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** Gary Wackett is a very aggressive centre-half with a terrible disciplinary record, a nod to various British "hard man" footballers, such as Vinnie Jones, Stuart Pearce and Billy Bremner. His name is possibly a play on another the name of another English centre-half, Gary Mabbutt.

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** Gary Wackett is a very aggressive centre-half with a terrible disciplinary record, a nod to various British "hard man" footballers, such as Vinnie Jones, Stuart Pearce and Billy Bremner. His name is possibly a play on another the name of another English centre-half, Gary Mabbutt.


** Gary Wackett is a very aggressive centre-half with a terrible disciplinary record, a nod to various British "hard man" footballers, such as Vinnie Jones, Stuart Pearce and Billy Bremner.

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** Gary Wackett is a very aggressive centre-half with a terrible disciplinary record, a nod to various British "hard man" footballers, such as Vinnie Jones, Stuart Pearce and Billy Bremner. His name is possibly a play on another the name of another English centre-half, Gary Mabbutt.


* TheCameo: Lots. Pele, Ronaldo, Natasha Kaplinsky, Sue Barker, Dickie Bird, Keith Allen, Atomic Kitten, Gabby Logan and Barry Venison.

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* TheCameo: Lots. In ''England Manager'', Pele, Ronaldo, Natasha Kaplinsky, Sue Barker, Dickie Bird, Keith Allen, Atomic Kitten, Gabby Logan and Barry Venison. Venison. In ''Manager'', Jimmy Greaves and Jeff Stelling.


* YesMan: Doddsy takes this to ridiculous extremes in the film (though so did Phil Neal, his real-life counterpart). In the TV series he's a lot more self-assertive, though still pretty subservient to Mike.

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* YesMan: Doddsy takes this to ridiculous extremes in the film (though so did Phil Neal, his real-life counterpart). In the TV series he's a lot more self-assertive, though still pretty subservient to Mike.Mike.
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** In the second-last episode of the TV series, Mike goes out on a stag night with Tonka, fearful that Tonka will get himself arrested or injured just before an important match. Mike gets so drunk that he ends up breaking Tonka's jaw in an punch-up, ruling him out for the entire ''season''.

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** In the second-last episode of the TV series, Mike goes out on a stag night with Tonka, fearful that Tonka will get himself arrested or injured just before an important match. Mike gets so drunk that he ends up breaking Tonka's jaw in an a punch-up, ruling him out for the entire ''season''.


* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Forever FM boasts that it is "the fourth biggest radio station in the North West".

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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Forever FM boasts that it is "the fourth biggest radio station in the North West".


* ArtisticLicenseGeography: 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''.



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



* 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''.


** Mike's meltdown during ''Manager'', when he launches a kung-fu kick at someone in the crowd and then makes a rambling nonsensical speech at a press conference, is a nod to Eric Cantona.

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** Mike's meltdown during ''Manager'', when he launches a kung-fu kick at someone in the crowd and then makes a rambling nonsensical speech at a press conference, is a nod to Eric Cantona.Cantona's erratic behaviour as a Manchester United player in the mid-1990s.


** There's another when Mike vows he will never sign Tonko again. Next, he's at a press conference announcing that he has signed Tonko.

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** There's another when Mike vows he will never sign Tonko Tonka again. Next, he's at a press conference announcing that he has signed Tonko.Tonka.



* InSeriesNickname: Most of the England players have a nickname, usually just a shortened version of their surname. Gary Wackett is "Wacko", Kevin Tonkinson is "Tonko" and Rufus Smalls is "Smallsy". TruthInTelevision as simplistic nicknames are common in English football.

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* InSeriesNickname: Most of the England players have a nickname, usually just a shortened version of their surname. Gary Wackett is "Wacko", Kevin Tonkinson is "Tonko" "Tonka" and Rufus Smalls is "Smallsy". TruthInTelevision as simplistic nicknames are common in English football.


** Kevin Tonkinson is a gifted but mercurial playmaker from the [[UsefulNotes/NorthEastEngland North East]], like Paul Gascoigne. He subsequently became a much more direct Expy in ''Manager''.

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** Kevin "Tonka" Tonkinson is a gifted but mercurial playmaker from the [[UsefulNotes/NorthEastEngland North East]], like Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne. He subsequently became a much more direct Expy in ''Manager''.


A second film, ''Mike Bassett: Interim Manager'' is currently in pre-production for an early 2016 release, with the producers seeking partial funding through Website/{{Kickstarter}}.

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A second film, ''Mike Bassett: Interim Manager'' is currently was in pre-production for an early 2016 release, with development, but appears to have dropped into DevelopmentHell following the producers seeking partial funding through Website/{{Kickstarter}}.
failure of a Website/{{Kickstarter}} campaign.


* CassandraTruth: When Tonka gets drunk, he says it's because his Thai wife was killed in a car crash after swerving to avoid a llama. Mike thinks it's just another of Tonka's lame excuses. It turns out to be true.

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* CassandraTruth: When Tonka gets drunk, he says it's because his Thai wife was killed in a car crash after swerving to avoid a llama. llama that had escaped from the local zoo. Mike thinks it's just another of Tonka's lame excuses. It excuses, but it turns out to be true.


* IronicEcho: Mike tells Doddsy won't sign Tonka again because their relationship is like the running gag in the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' cartoons, where every week Lucy would convince Charlie to kick a football, then move the ball out of the way just as he was about to kick it, and Charlie would fall over. After Tonka joins Wirrall, he tells Mike to show the team his penalty-taking skills. Mike starts his run up, but just before he kicks the ball, Tonka whips it away with a piece of string and Mike lands in a heap.

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* IronicEcho: Mike tells Doddsy he won't sign Tonka again because their relationship is like the running gag in the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' cartoons, where every week Lucy would convince Charlie to kick a football, then move the ball out of the way just as he was about to kick it, and Charlie would fall over. After Tonka joins Wirrall, he tells Mike to show the team his penalty-taking skills. Mike starts his run up, but just before he kicks the ball, Tonka whips it away with a piece of string and Mike lands in a heap.


* IronicEcho: Mike tells Doddsy won't sign Tonka again because their relationship is like the running gag in the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' cartoons, where every week Lucy would convince Charlie to kick a football, then move the ball out of the way just as he was about to kick it, and Charlie would fall over. After Tonka joins Wirrall, he tells Mike to show the team his penalty-taking skills. Mike starts his run up, but just before he kicks the ball, Tonka whips it away with a piece of string and Mike lands in a heap.



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** The night before a crucial game against Liechtenstein, Tonka went out on a wild night of drinking and took the entire England defence with him. England failed to win by the match and Mike got the sack.

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