In the end, Barcelona fans were only able to celebrate the news of the contract renewals of three pillars of the club - Leo Messi, Xavi HernÃÂ¡ndez and Carles Puyol - for 24 hours. Ã¢ÂÂEternalÃ¢ÂÂ read the front cover of WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs edition of Mundo Deportivo, alongside the faces of the three footballers; an indication of the joy this had brought to a club already buoyed by being top of la Liga, 13 points ahead of Real Madrid.
A product of its time, it has since dominated the discourse. Six minutes into a Saturday evening game against VVV Venlo, Groningen winger Leandro Bacuna is sent off Ã¢ÂÂ and everything comes to a head in a supercharged moment that says Ã¢ÂÂenough is enoughÃ¢ÂÂ. Some saw it as breaking through a glass ceiling, while others thought it trivialised one of the biggest issues in football.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs often said that two heads are better than one, but is this true of football management? Can two managers effectively occupy the same throne without bickering over everything from tactics to transfer targets? With Grimsby currently flying high under the prolific partnership of Rob Scott and Paul Hurst (see the January 2013 issue of FourFourTwo for more details), Will Taylor delves into the archives to decipher why this isnÃ¢ÂÂt a more common occurrence in modern football.