Fight! Fight! Fight! There’s plenty of fisticuffs for the pod to reflect on this week as we discuss an eight-game ban for Alan throwing a punch – does this leave the defending champ on the ropes? We also look back at a brawl in League One and a teammate-on-teammate reserve game punchup for Evergrande, with the panel going toe-to-toe on what this means for punishment bingo and the CFA’s consistency.
Moving to more footballing matters, the experts discuss the new manager bounce for Cosmin Olaroiu at Jiangsu, strikerless Shenhua’s surprising run of form, and whether Dalian are doomed now that Zhou Jun has moved north from Shanghai. In light of recent coaching changes across Asia, we discuss whether China should go native when the time comes for Marcelo Lippi to step aside, and what kind of qualities the CFA should be looking for in a manager – and the Manzano for China bandwagon surprisingly starts picking up some momentum.
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