Mick Hucknall: Sing When You're Winning

"I’ve become more and more friendly with Alex recently," smiles Mick Hucknall, a broad grin revealing his gold-capped tooth. "I think that’s because we have more and more in common with our day-to-day roles."

The striking similarities between the velvety-voiced crooner and the manager of the most famous football team in the world may have eluded you, but Simply Red’s frontman is insistent.

"Alex is almost like a band leader. He’s the guy who has to be the bastard because he has to give the bad news as well as the good news to his team and I can relate to that.

"It’s not always a bed of roses being in charge. Sometimes people get complacent and you have to give them a kick up the backside and that’s why people call him Boss.

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Nick Moore

Nick Moore is a freelance journalist based on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He wrote his first FourFourTwo feature in 2001 about Gerard Houllier's cup-treble-winning Liverpool side, and has continued to ink his witty words for the mag ever since. Nick has produced FFT's 'Ask A Silly Question' interview for 16 years, once getting Peter Crouch to confess that he dreams about being a dwarf.