Every season offers us both the hope of something different and also the crushing inevitability of the familiar. Joy and despair, thrown together like the deadliest of cocktails. Certainly, when it comes to toasting our victories and drowning our sorrows we know all about that. The Prememento Podcast is back for it’s fourth season. This year we’re going into the dugout. To the very nerve centre of a football team. More than any one individual, the person who holds everyone’s fate in their hands. Picking up where we left off, we will cover every team, every era and bridge the gap between today and tomorrow. We’re going to look back at all of the paths in football that led to this point and see where these roads may later lead. After all, the future is conceived in the past and forged in the present.
At this point passion and commitment aren’t so much of a buzzword for English football but rather a stone around it’s neck. Said with mocking tones, to underline the disconnect and gulf between tactical ideals. No doubt there is still a place for these kind of ideals but their overreliance is something that has waned as time has passed. For someone who personified those qualities two things were always going to be true. Firstly that there would always – and perhaps will always – be a place for them within the beautiful game. Secondly that their journey over time would inevitably be an interesting one.
A former great of English football coming to the end of it’s prominence and a side very much in the shadow of their cross city rivals at a pivotal point in their ascent to the top of English football. Nottingham Forest and Manchester City have very different needs and in turn got Stuart Pearce at very different times in his career. Needless to say, for someone that did manage to play for both clubs only one of them holds him in lofty regard. In addition to a record breaking (for all the wrong reasons) half season at the Etihad, with it being international week there’s also a long look at a pivotal year for England that year in the course it set them on as well as a tournament close to home that everyone forgets.
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