The Lead

While not the most statistically sound rubric (but hopefully not among the least statistically sound), a manager’s career win percentage at least provides a glimpse, through a glass darkly, of their general ability to achieve success.

Joachim Loew’s win record is 53.67% (300 game sample). Carlo Ancelotti’s is 55.19% (819 game sample). Jose Mourinho’s is 69.04% (591 game sample). His win record at Real Madrid is by far his best at any club, with 74.29%, second in the club’s history only to Manuel Pelligrini’s single season in 2009-10 with a 75% win record. Pep Guardiola’s win record at Barcelona by contrast was 72.47 % over 247 matches. Mourinho has coached 140, so it’s reasonable there might be a little regression, but arguably not much lower than the former Barcelona manager.

Two of those names above are being touted as possible replacements for Mourinho at Real Madrid at Marca.

Meanwhile at Chelsea, Rafa Benitez (52.01% career win percentage over 673 matches) has had to respond to strongly denied rumours that Avram Grant is set to help him out on the touchline. This of course is the club with the same owner that apparently wants to tempt Pep Guardiola to join up, a manager that has only known one club with a strong youth academy and endless, adoring support from its board and fan base.

The only conclusion here is that certain club owners are very, very stupid, but not quite as stupid as the fans that refuse to acknowledge their errors in judgment.


Toronto FC acquire Justin Braun.


Wigan manager Martinez ready to appeal red card.

Unlikely Ferguson will start Vidic in Manchester Derby.

Andy Carroll questioned by police over assault allegations.

Sturridge denies conditions linked with move to Liverpool.

Silva a doubt against Borussia Dortumund and Manchester derby.

Fernando says he has no regrets coming to Chelsea despite the struggles.


Sneijder affair continues.

Cagliari owner adamant club will keep Pinilla despite sacking rumours.

Juventus fined over banner.

La Liga

Costa says Valencia remains united.

Jose Mourinho silent on rumours he’ll be pushed out.


This week’s Bundesliga Fanatic podcast.

Klopp confident Lewandowski won’t leave the club.

Bit and Bobs

Dutch linesman dies after attack by youth players.

Football in Afghanistan.

Man City’s Kolarov singing ‘Jingle Bells’.

According to Mexican police, Javier Hernandez reduces crime rate in the country.

South Korean player faces two-match ban after making political statement on the pitch.

Thanks to Alima Hotakie for compiling today’s links.