History Film / MikeBassettEnglandManager

20th Feb '16 9:57:31 PM GrammarNavi
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England manager Phil Cope suffers a heart attack after a couple of bad results in a previously strong campaign to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Brazil. Because of the manner of his departure, none of the English managers in England's top division, the [[EnglishPremierLeague Premier League]] are interested in taking the job (well, one is, but the Football Association aren't interested in ''him''). As a result, they have to turn to Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson), manager of second tier club Norwich City, and it soon becomes apparent that while Mike has all the enthusiasm in the world, he doesn't really have any of the managerial skill. England's qualifying campaign goes from bad to worse, and they're forced to rely on a flukish combination of results to get through to the World Cup itself. Things eventually get better once they arrive in Brazil, but not before they get a whole lot worse...

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England manager Phil Cope suffers a heart attack after a couple of bad results in a previously strong campaign to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Brazil. Because of the manner of his departure, none of the English managers in England's top division, the [[EnglishPremierLeague [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Premier League]] are interested in taking the job (well, one is, but the Football Association aren't interested in ''him''). As a result, they have to turn to Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson), manager of second tier club Norwich City, and it soon becomes apparent that while Mike has all the enthusiasm in the world, he doesn't really have any of the managerial skill. England's qualifying campaign goes from bad to worse, and they're forced to rely on a flukish combination of results to get through to the World Cup itself. Things eventually get better once they arrive in Brazil, but not before they get a whole lot worse...
11th Feb '16 9:20:17 AM Aurelian
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** They also discuss a high successful Scottish manager, a reference to Alex Ferguson.

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** They also discuss a high highly successful Scottish manager, a reference to Alex Ferguson.
11th Feb '16 9:02:34 AM Aurelian
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* ShoutOut: In the FA's meeting at the start of the film, one of the board brings up an English manager in the Premier League who seems absolutely perfect for the England manager's job... only for the rest of the board to laugh off the suggestion, because he's a "big head." This is a reference to Brian "Ol' Big Head" Clough, who was passed over for the England manager's job in 1974, 1977 and 1982, which to this day is regarded as the biggest wasted opportunity in English football history.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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In the FA's FA meeting at the start of the film, one they mention a manager who is both English and successful, and actually wants the job. However, other members of the board brings up an English manager in the Premier League who seems absolutely perfect for the England manager's job... only for the rest of the board to laugh off the suggestion, because he's describe him as mouthy and a "big head." head", and they quickly decide against hiring him. This is a reference to Brian "Ol' Big Head" Clough, who was passed over for the England manager's job in 1974, 1977 and 1982, which to this day is regarded as 1982 because the biggest wasted opportunity in English football history.FA deemed him too controversial and opinionated, despite his successes and being a popular choice among the public.
** They also discuss a high successful Scottish manager, a reference to Alex Ferguson.
11th Feb '16 8:54:19 AM Aurelian
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* TheCameo: Lots. Pele, Ronaldo, Natasha Kaplinsky, Sue Barker, Dickie Bird, Keith Allen, Atomic Kitten, Gabby Logan and Barry Venison.
11th Feb '16 8:50:48 AM Aurelian
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* DirtyOldMan: Jack Marshall, the England physio, seems to take inordinate levels of care when inspecting the players' groins. In a deleted scene, he also gleefully talks at length about how his job involves "rubbing young men's thighs."

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* DirtyOldMan: Jack Marshall, the England physio, seems to take inordinate levels of care when inspecting the players' groins. At one point, he instructs a player with a wrist injury to take his underwear off. In a deleted scene, he also gleefully talks at length about how his job involves "rubbing young men's thighs."
11th Feb '16 7:38:03 AM Aurelian
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* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
--> '''Mike:''' England will play Four. Four. Fucking. Two.
16th Jan '16 7:48:14 AM ATK
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* ClusterFBomb: Mike drops a Cluster F Bomb that [[Series/HellsKitchen Gordon Ramsay]] would be proud of during a 4--0 thrashing of England by Mexico.

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* ClusterFBomb: Mike drops a Cluster F Bomb one that [[Series/HellsKitchen Gordon Ramsay]] would be proud of during a 4--0 thrashing of England by Mexico.



* ShownTheirWork: Say what you want about the film (and series), you can't accuse the writers of not knowing their football.

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* ShownTheirWork: Say what you want about the film (and series), you can't accuse the writers of not knowing their football. [[YouFailGeographyForever Their geography, on the other hand...]]


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* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires / YouFailGeographyForever: England's game against Mexico takes place in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Bombonera La Bombonera]] - which would be an almost criminal insult for a World Cup in Brazil, given that the stadium is in ''Argentina''.
10th Jan '16 4:12:44 PM phoenix
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A {{mockumentary}} released in 2001, based around the rather stressful job of the England national [[TheBeautifulGame football]] manager.

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A {{mockumentary}} released in 2001, based around the rather stressful job of the England national [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] manager.
14th Oct '14 11:33:23 AM OlfinBedwere
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Both the film and the TV series are somewhat efficient comedies by their own merits, but you really need to be a football fan to really appreciate the subtleties and references that go into them.

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Both A second film, ''Mike Bassett: Interim Manager'' is currently in pre-production for an early 2016 release, with the film and the TV series are somewhat efficient comedies by their own merits, but you really need to be a football fan to really appreciate the subtleties and references that go into them.
producers seeking partial funding through Website/{{Kickstarter}}.



* TheOtherDarrin: Bradley Walsh and Dean Lennox Kelly played Doddsy and Tonka in the film; they were replaced by Steve Edge and Renton Skinner respectively for the TV series.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film was originally supposed to end with Mike quitting the England job despite his eventual success, and moving to Bolivia to coach there. The producers decided they wanted a SequelHook however, and refilmed the ending to have Mike proclaiming "four more years!" (In the TV series we find out that he lasted just over ''one'' year, getting sacked after losing every single match in the Euro 2004 qualifying tournament)
5th Jan '14 1:10:20 PM nombretomado
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* GenreShift: ''England Manager'' was a mockumentary, while ''Manager'' followed the "Modern Britcom" format popularised by shows like ''{{Extras}}''.

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* GenreShift: ''England Manager'' was a mockumentary, while ''Manager'' followed the "Modern Britcom" format popularised by shows like ''{{Extras}}''.''{{Series/Extras}}''.
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