Not sure how many of you will have heard of George Raynor, but I think it's fair to say not many are aware of his extraordinary achievements in this country. Stated by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful international football manager of all-time, Yorkshire-born Raynor managed the Swedish national team in four different spells, most notably 1946-1954 and 1956-1958. In that time he managed Sweden in four major competitions, two World Cup's and two Olympic Games'. The worst he ever did was finishing third, winning the Olympics in 1948 and reaching the World Cup final in 1958.
He had a relatively unremarkable playing career, although he did play for Mansfield in the 1932-33 season. This was Raynor's first taste of regular league football, having joined from Sheffield United where he had only played once in two years. From the Stags, Raynor went on to play for Rotherham, Bury and Aldershot, before having his career cut short by the war. Having taken Sweden to Olympic glory and a World Cup final, as well as managing Juventus and Lazio, Raynor had hopes of landing the England job upon his return to Britain. Instead he ended up managing part-time Skegness Town; there could be no finer indication of the contrast between his reputation on the continent compared to at home.
Anyhow, for those of you who are interested, the full article is here:
http://ahalftimereport.com/2016/01/07/g ... never-had/