The recent sacking of Spain manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup prompts a familiar question: how important really is the manager?
Ultimately, the consensus is that Spain will be fine because they have much better players than most of the other teams in the competition. Put simply, you or I could manage them and they’d still probably progress deep into the tournament.
I’ve been reminded of this debate during my time with Champion Eleven – a management game in which you never really feel like you’re having much of an influence.
It really is all about the players in Champion Eleven. You’re constantly receiving new team members in sticker packs and from periodic scout searches. Your biggest recruitment headache tends to be how to trim your bloated squad.