Late summer 2008. Barcelona lose 1–0 in Soria against little Numancia on the opening day of the league season. A tough baptism for the debutant coach, Pep Guardiola, made all the harder when the result isn’t much better in their second game against Racing Santander, a 1–1 draw at the Camp Nou.
Frank de Boer didn’t win a league game in his short tenure at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park. Back in 1984, Dave Bassett didn’t stick around long enough to see the team play.
Bassett’s stock was on the rise in the summer of 1984.