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Alan Mahon – the right man for the Manchester City Woman’s job?

Following Nick Cushing’s abrupt departure from Manchester City to take on the role of Assistant Manager at the New York men’s side in the MLS at the start of February, 24/7 football takes a closer look at the man entrusted with leading on of the top sides in the WSL. 

Playing career

Alan Mahon began his professional football career at Tranmere Rovers in 1995.

He made a total of 144 appearances for the club over a five-year period that included a Football League Cup final appearance at Wembley in the year 2000, where Rovers lost 2-1 to Martin O’Neil’s Leicester City.

In the same year Mahon earned his two international caps with the Republic of Ireland in Friendly’s against Greece and South Africa respectively.

The Irishman then secured arguably the biggest move of his career later that year as he was signed by Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon.

During his year spell with the club he featured in the team that lost 4-0 to Real Madrid.  The Madrid team had already qualified for the knockout rounds but it still included the likes of Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo and Claude Makelele.

Mahon said:

“I was playing a team like Crewe a few months ago and all of a sudden I am playing Real Madrid in the Bernabeu in the Champions League. I look back on it now with a lot of happiness – one of the highlights of my career.”

Due to his lack of games in Lisbon however he moved back to England on loan to Blackburn Rovers where he would go on to make the move permanent and help the Lancashire club gain promotion to the Premier League.

Further spells with Wigan and Burnley followed before he finished his career where it all began, at Tranmere Rovers.  The Irishman retired in 2011.

Coaching  experience to this point

Mahon has been involved with the Manchester City set up since 2013 as mainly Nick Cushing’s Assistant Manager.

The advantage of his appointment certainly seems to be the sense of continuity.

When asked about his interim successor Cushing said:

“Alan hasn’t been a head coach but he’s got an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in the game.”

Indeed Cushing took on the Manchester City role himself back in 2013 at the time he did not have much experience in the women’s game and went on to achieve three league cups, two FA Cups and an unbeaten league title winning campaign.

One thing that cannot be ignored however is that Mahon is taking over at a challenging point in the season, title rivals Chelsea are still to lose a match and are just a point behind in the WSL table, the blues have also crucially got a game in hand.

The Citizens are also still in the FA Cup as well so there is still the chance of securing another piece of silverware.

Whether or not Mahon can develop the same successful relationship as a manager with his players as his predecessor remains to be seen.

How do you think Mahon will get on at City? Is he the right man for the job? Feel free to let 24/7 Football know your thoughts.

TOWN TAKE ALL THREE POINTS FROM ROVERS

A fixture which has seen more draws in the last few years than an other score-line, fans on both sides would have been hopeful for more than just a point a piece.

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A second goal of the Christmas period for Huddersfield’s front man

Following this weeks news of star striker Bradley Dack being ruled out for the season due to injury, a heavy weight laid upon a Blackburn side who were looking to continue their unbeaten run dating back to 9th November. For Huddersfield, Danny Cowley made two changes to the Boxing Day starting line up which included the return of left back Jaden Brown who came in to replace Flo Hadergjonajat.

As expected, the beginning stages saw both teams very open in defence with both sides having chances in the primary stages. Danny Graham was the first to capitalise one of these chances for the visitors as he headed past Grabara, leaving the Huddersfield players to simply watch as he nodded down to the near post. Up at the other end shortly after referee Andy Woolmer waved away penalty claims as Karlan Grant was brought to ground in the penalty area. Woolmer was keeping the game flowing choosing not to be disciplinary with cards where other officials might have been during the first half.

Shortly before half time a whipped in free kick from Juninho Bacuna reached six yard box to be met by Town’s centre half Jon Gorenc Stankovic who recorded his home turf debut goal with a bullet header to make it 1-1. Stankovic arguably Huddersfield’s best player of the day was up against Blackburn’s Sam Gallagher who caused problems for the home side on multiple occasions, a great contest to watch throughout the 90 minutes.

It was Huddersfield who fought back in the second half to take the lead through a skilled strike from Steve Mounie who, from middle distance, struck the ball into the top right hand corner of the Blackburn net in the latter quarter of the game. A good strike which turned out to be the winner for the Terriers, however this wasn’t before Huddersfield’s keeper Grabara was needed to pull off a close range save to deny Rovers an equaliser.

Nine minutes added on for injury time led to a majority nervous atmosphere at the John Smiths but the home side managed to cling on to their one goal advantage. A good game of football from both sides with some real glimpses of talent in youth players from John Buckley for Rovers who showed intent to get the ball forward and supply his strikers. Similarly, Lewis O’Brien who balanced maturity and desire to attack well, stepping up to replace the injured Jonathon Hogg.

Roma for Rodwell?

Jack Rodwell is reportedly in Italy ahead of a shock medical at Roma. 

Rodwell was a promising youngster starring for Everton at just sixteen years old. The England international was playing for Everton u18’s at just fourteen years old before making his first team debut in the Europa League against AZ.

After two impressive seasons at Goodison Park, Manchester City came calling and the Sky Blues got their man for a large £15million. Unluckily for the versatile defender, his time at the Etihad was scuppered by injuries and he was moved on the then Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

The Black cats acquired his services for around £10million in 2014. The twenty-eight-year-old stayed at the Stadium of Light for four years making sixty-seven appearances in the process. Despite spending four years at the club, it was relatively unsuccessful spell and he was released in 2018. Then, he joined Blackburn on a free and he impressed but was left without a club this summer.

So, after failing to impress since his time at Everton, it is a bit of a shock the Roma have come calling. Roma aren’t famed for having a great defence but even still, Rodwell is a shot in the dark.

If he rediscovers his form and stays clear of injury, can he become a top Serie A player?

3 Players who could leave Blackburn Rovers if they fail to get promoted

  1. Bradley Dack

This has been a great season for Dack who got his move to a big club in the summer, transferring from Gillingham in the summer. Dack has scored 15 league goals from midfield already this season and so would be keen on proving himself at Championship level. If Rovers get promoted then he would most likely stay at Ewood Park, but if they are not promoted to the second tier, then they would definitely receive offers for Dack, which he may be tempted by.

2. Danny Graham

Graham has been incredible for Rovers since arriving in 2016, and has been securing the number nine spot at Ewood. At the age of 32, as a striker he will want to prove himself at the highest level possible for the few seasons he has left before retirement. He stayed loyal to Rovers after last season’s relegation but may wish to get back to the Championship, whether that is with or without Blackburn Rovers.

3. Charlie Mulgrew

A famous name in Scottish football, Mulgrew left Celtic for Lancashire in 2016. Although staying with Rovers after the relegation, it was confirmed that they had rejected a bid for the Scot from Sheffield Wednesday. So it is clear that the Championship is keen to see him, and he may be there if Tony Mowbray’s men get to the second tier. But he may also be there if Rovers don’t get promoted and an offer is good enough.

Blackburn fans do you think any other players could leave the football club if you fail to get promoted this summer? Let us know in the comments section…

Are Blackburn set to sign these two League One players in January?

Blackburn Rovers have had a terrific run in the first half of the League One campaign, as they have managed to accumulate 48 points from 24 games, which has seen them end 2017 in third position in the league table.

Rovers under manager Tony Mowbray have scored 44 goals so far this term and have only conceded 22, which is the third-best defence in the league as things stand.

Despite the flying start to the season that they have had, Rovers are linked with both Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell of Fleetwood Town.

Devante Cole – At 22 the young striker has certainly made his mark in League One, as he has already found the back of the net 10 times this campaign and is amongst the top scorers. Alongside his goalscoring record, he has provided 4 assist for his team, showing he can create goals as well.

With age well and truly on his side, he could be the perfect acquisition for Blackburn as he could go on and have a long spell at Ewood Park and with the way that the club are playing he could be a Championship player next season.

Amari’i Bell – The left fullback has been ever-present for Fleetwood Town in this seasons league campaign and played a major part in the clubs play-off campaign last season. Bell also offers a bit of versatility as he can play in a more attacking role on the left wing, and this has shown as he has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name this season.

Blackburn fans would you like to see Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell sign for your club in January? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…