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FEATURES 66 Brian McDermott on the brink

Eight years ago the ex-Reading and Leeds manager woke up and admitted he had a problem 72 England 8-2 USA How English coaches are taking

over women’s soccer in America 78 Charlton 4-4 Sunderland Curbishley, Quinn, Mendonca

and more revisit the greatest play-off final ever, 25 years on 98 Benito Carbone’s Perfect XI

Three Englishmen make the cut

AROUND THE GROUNDS 84 Steven Schumacher interview Plymouth’s boss on promotion 85 Meet football’s No.1 hypnotist 86 Best & Worst: Hibernian 88 Walton & Hersham: TikTok army Swans are flying up non-league THE PLAYERS LOUNGE 90 Thomas Hitzlsperger on ‘banter’ 92 Barry Venison’s letter to Kenny 93 Glenn Murray: My Pardew snub 94 Aron Winter: Mr Bean with Gazza

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