It’s been eighteen months since the completion of The Equaliser’s 20 Greatest Managers series, a list which attempted to rank football’s most significant pioneers, thinkers and tacticians according to their strategic and philosophical legacies. While the series proved popular and sparked some healthy debate, I’ve always had some nagging doubts about the order and have wanted to revisit it, to amend oversights and update the order, for some time.

What follows is a revised list featuring many of the same names as before, but with several shifts in position and the odd new entry to amend weaknesses in the original series and hopefully reflect some of the changes in opinion and developments within football that have taken place over the last year and a half. Read the rest of this entry »

I suppose this has been coming for quite a while. As the paucity of content in recent months suggests, I’ve been struggling to find both the time and motivation to blog and have decided that the time has come to put this thing out of its misery.

We had a good run. I look back on the Greatest Manager, Favourite Footballer and Decade by Decade series with a certain amount of pride and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the guest writers who took the time to contribute such great content. The blog wouldn’t have been anything without your hard work and support.

The blog was a major focus for me for well over a year, but in the last few months I’ve struggled to find the time to watch as much football as I once did, let alone blog about it. As a result, now feels like the right time to call it a day rather than limping on for a little longer producing stuff that I’m simply not committed to.

I have had the great pleasure of meeting and working with many wonderful people through the blog over the last couple of years, one of the best aspects of being a part of the blogging community. To all those I’ve met, through Socrates or other projects, I wish you the very best for the future.

So I guess that’s it. Thanks for reading.


As I explore freelance options, focus on some new writing projects and attempt to sort my post-university life out, I will be putting the blog into hibernation for a couple of months but hope to have it back up-and-running this winter. Many thanks for all of your support over the last eighteen months, whether you be a first-time reader or a regular contributor, it is always greatly appreciated.

If you need to get in touch for any reason then don’t hesitate to e-mail me at equaliserfootball[at]gmail[dot]com or contact me on Twitter and Facebook.

See you in the not-too-distant future.

All the best,


It is too easy to forget the lessons of history. With the modern, globalised world setting its gaze firmly upon the horizon of technological progress and instantaneous communication, the events and gradual metamorphoses which have conspired to shape our environment can become obscured in the rush for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

by Dawes Dunham

Major League Soccer. Something about the name just didn’t sit well with me. Perhaps it was its close proximity to the name of my most worshipped sport, Major League Baseball. Perhaps it was the garish jerseys and worse team nicknames; Wizards, Galaxy, Burn, Mutiny, and Fusion were hardly enthralling names. They felt cooked up in a lab somewhere, even given my immature pre-teen sensibilities. This was my country, my league, and – at 12 years old, recently coming off the recent high of seeing the World Cup in my own backyard (America) – I felt no attachment to this fledgling enterprise. Read the rest of this entry »