The last time I wrote a blog for The Independent I was sat on a sagging mattress in a dingy, damp hotel room in Metro Manila, eating a dubious pot noodle (the restaurants were closed), and hoping against hope that the internet might just hold up just long enough for me to file my copy – it didn’t of course, and I had to dictate it all over a crackly phone line which took infinitely longer than it should have done. It was August 7th 2012, the day a tropical monsoon downpour caused devastating flooding in the densely-populated city, which affected more than 1.2 million people.
I have been staying in Manila for just over a week now, having arrived in the middle of Typhoon Saola (locally known as Gener). Ever since we left the airport last week the weather has been a key feature here, raining heavily daily, but last night things changed.
When unknown Englishman Simon McMenemy was appointed Head Coach of the Philippines last year, a few eyebrows were raised. His previous job had been as Assistant Manager at Worthing FC and his only major managerial experience had come from a spell in charge of his hometown club, Haywards Heath.
At the time though there was barely [...]
If we are talking about corners of foreign fields being forever English then this week you can look no further than south-east Asia where 37.5% of teams participating in the AFF Suzuki Cup, the biennial tournament for the region, are led by Englishmen.
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