There’s a terrific piece by Dave Hynter in the Guardian interviewing the Romanian-born Brit Mario Marincia, who was sensationally installed as Malawi’s new manager last month ahead of the African Cup of Nations. Marincia, whose route into coaching began with John Sitton at Leyton Orient, spent a year working with Fulham’s youngsters and assisting the club’s award-winning Fulham in the Community scheme.

The coaching odyssey that has taken Marincia all around the world had a twist in December when, a month after hiring him as the new technical director, the Football Association of Malawi announced he would instead be the interim manager for the Cup of Nations. Even more bizarre is the fact that the man he has replaced, Meck Mwase, would save as Marinicia’s number two before assuming his old job again after the finals. Talk about an unconventional build up.