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January 2002 News
News of other stars from the 1970-71 season
New Role For Advocaat
Dick Advocaat (ADO) will take on the role as the Dutch Head Coach from July 2002. Initially it was believed Dick would be taking on this role full time, but it later emerged that the role would be in conjunction with his role as Director of Football at Rangers at least for a year. Dick was kicked upstairs into the Director of Football role in December of last year. Dick will be expected to spend 10 days a month in the Netherlands to fulfill his Head Coach role.
Dick had been the manager of Rangers for four years, during which it has been the turn of Glasgow rivals, Celtic, to dominate Scottish football. The Dutch post became available when Louis van Gaal stepped down in November, 2002. Dick will be in charge until the end of Euro 2004. He was previously in charge of the Dutch team during the 1994 World Cup Finals.
Graydon Sacked !
Ray Graydon has been sacked by Walsall. The club were in the relegation zone of Division One, but the news has still been regarded with some shock by Walsall fans and football World in general. It seems to be a reversal of a policy that the club had for holding on to their manager through thick and thin.
In 1998-99 Ray helped to promote the club to Division One only for the side to be relegated at the first attempt. Ray was not sacked and he rewarded the club for this loyalty by helping them win promotion to Division One a second time, last season.
At the time Ray was sacked, Walsall were 22nd in the League and had just 27 points from 30 matches. The position was far from relegation certainty, though, and no-one was expecting him to be sacked as Walsall fans hold him in such high regard.
As Ray has been sacked, Chris Nicholl (Luton Town) the club's First Team Coach has been sacked also.
Well done to Graham Taylor (Lincoln City) for his award of OBE in the New Year's Honour's List. Famously and unfairly dubbed the Turnip, some would say he is the country's highest honoured root vegetable since the King Edward. Not that this site would be so low as to make that joke. Ahem.
Doubtless, Graham won his award for his 1020 League games in charge as manager, plus his spell as the England manager. Quite right, too.
See BBC SPORT NEW YEAR HONOURS Taylor awarded OBE, which gives Graham's career review.
Good to see 61 year old Jim Smith (Boston United) back in the action as assistant to manager Roland Nilsson at Coventry City. Coventry were relegated for the first time since 1952 last season, and are presently 8th in Division One. As their manager, Jim successfully kept Derby County in the Premiership last season, but was sacked earlier this season as a further relegation battle threatened.
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