Here at the The Sack Race we have a number of different authors who are all experts in their field, who are here to provide you with all the very latest gossip and news from the managerial merry-go-round.
If you have a rumour regarding a pending sacking or a managerial appointment that you would like to see on the site, please contact us and we'll upload it (if we believe there's any truth in it!), or send us a message on Twitter: @thesackrace.
Meet The Team
Jack Kitson is an experienced sports journalist who has developed a wealth of knowledge as the man at the helm of The Sack Race website. Jack meticulously tracks the success and scourges of gaffers in the gruelling game of managerial musical chairs, with his radar firmly set at the heart of the frantic, mind-boggling and all-encompassing world of football management. Jack's insatiable appetite for this engrossing aspect of the football world makes him The Sack Race's go-to-man.
Andy Dillon is a regular contributer to The Sack Race who offers an insightful and engaging view on the managerial arena. Andy has been a Sports Reporter for The Sun for the past 17 years, during which he's covered three World Cups (2002, 2006 & 2010), along with three European Championships (2004, 2012 & 2016), and the 2006 Champions League final. Andy is also the Chelsea correspondent for SunSport, while he covers both the Premier League and European football.
Plus: Andy was the reporter who got Tiger Woods' golf ball back for him at the 2003 Open in Sandwich!
Mike Holden is a football trader, betting tipster and statistician who puts great faith in managers, their methods and personalities, when deciding where to strike his next wager. This passion has enabled him to produce a wealth of insightful articles for The Sack Race, comparing gaffers from various statistical perspectives, while also writing an abundance of feature articles reacting to topical events that either strengthen or weaken a manager’s position in his current job. Mike also works for the Racing Post, Oddschecker and FourFourTwo.
Simon is now the youngest member of the team having recently gained a degree in Sports Journalism. After two years working for Opta Sports his knowledge of football statistics is vast and he is always on hand to give some statistics to back up his opinion on a manager!
Having previously done work for the BBC & ITV he features on and edits The Sack Race podcast, and boldy claims to be by far the most handsome person we employ.
The youngest member of the squad, Harris Simpson is a social media guru, always working around the clock to get to the source of breaking news stories, delivering up to date feedback on all the latest goings-on in the world of management. Harris has a vast knowledge of all things social media, and he will look to give a voice to the fans, as he provides the latest opinions straight from the terraces, directly on to the site.
Anthony is a regular contributor to the Sack Race whose soul mate in life is the the world of sports betting. A former odds trader, Anthony focuses on the importance of value when it comes to picking out a punt, whether that be for his beloved Blackburn Rovers or for a jolly in the 3:35 at Beverley.
Anthony's booming voice is often heard on our Podcast, Manager Mayhem, where he delights listeners with his trademark wit and cheeky charm.
Mark has been covering sport in the North West for more than 20 years, from the old days of the Manchester Evening News Pink Final to live tweeting from games. He has a deep-rooted passion for all things Leigh Centurions and has edited the club programme as well as
designing several playing kits.
- Specialist Subjects: Rugby League, Football, Cricket, trainers and football kits.
- Biggest Winner: Iafeta Paleaaesina (33/1) as a first try scorer while playing for Wigan.
- Favourite Sporting Moment: Seeing Bolton recover from 2-0 down to beat Reading 4-3 after extra time in the 1995 Play-off Final against Reading at Wembley.
Hugely experienced in the world of sports writing, Mick Bates has agreed to move to The Sack Race to contribute his vast knowledge to the world of football management. Mick has an exhaustive list of contacts in the football world that we will be utilising on a regular basis to bring you the inside track on all the latest big stories.
Mick has his finger on the football pulse and we will be working him hard to make sure he gives you the benefit of his knowledge on all the big stories over the coming months. So, whether its Bournemouth or Blackburn, Leyton Orient or Liverpool, Mick will be able to get the news to you better than anybody.
Richard Smith has plenty of experience, knowledge and contacts in the world of football and media having previously worked for two different football clubs (one in the Premier League and the other in Championship) before moving in to the world of sports betting as a trader for a leading online bookmaker.
The Sack Race is the first site on which Richard has agreed to share his expert knowledge and opinions of the managerial merry-go-round, and he's at hand whenever he hears any whispers, rumours or breaking news. Rich's contacts at bookmakers mean that he'd often privy to some great inside information on where the money is going on the next manager markets, making him an ideal member of The Sack Race team.
Known to his mates and colleagues at the Sack Race as 'Mr Football' due to his extensive knowledge and useless facts about all things football, both in the UK and Europe, Chris Knight is always the first pick for any pub quiz team.
Chris has also worked in the sports news industry which means he has fantastic contacts and sources which will help him on all the breaking news stories which are so important to fans and punters alike.