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Hope (Powell)

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It’s brainstorming time at Grimsby, out comes the marker
Inventory of the merits of the prototype manager

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 “European knowledge a chief ingredient”
4 major tournaments and the nation’s adorement

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Job description insists on “first-rate (wo)man management”
“Coach of the national team,” is the cliques lament

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 “We need someone special with a proven pedigree”
66 caps, 35 goals, Hope can guarantee

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Silverware and honours most certainly applicable
Hat trick of FA cups and the League and Cup double

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 “Thorough understanding of the international game?”
“Add National vice captain,” to Hope’s mushrooming fame

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 “Ok, how about a touch of celebrity?” some yammer
“Ok, Sister of a feted ex Libertines Drummer?”

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 They exclaim, “find the best (wo)man to fit the frame
Distinctive name from English football’s hall of fame

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 After Grimsby give the elbow to Gaffer Mike Newell
Take a moment to mull over the FA’s crown jewel

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 More apt after Mr Newell’s lineswoman drama
Hope, Toffees Marley or Rehanne from Leicester?

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Many illustrious Mariners have trodden the slope
Shankly, McMenemy, Buckley, and now maybe Hope?

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Number 7
(c) Emdad Rahman

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/hope-powell/