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The Manageress Complete Collection [DVD]
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(Sep 20, 2010)
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The Beautiful Game has a beautiful new manager and she s about to change the face of football. In 1989, a TV drama series hit the screens that rocked the world of football. Cherie Lunghi stars as Gabriella Benson, a woman executive raised on the game by an often absent father. When her mother dies, he reaches out to her by cutting a deal with the faltering Blackburn Rovers to have her replace their current corrupt manager, making her the first ever female manager of a football team. Rampant sexism, political incorrectness, corruption, drugs, fistfights and foul play. Nudity in the locker room is the least of Gabriella s worries as she comes up against fierce resistance from the team and their trainer up-front, and the constant risk of Boardroom backstabbing from behind. But with astute business skills and a keen eye for the game she has loved all her life, Gabriella Benson is about to show her team and the world that she s got what it takes to be THE MANAGERESS.
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Cherie Lunghi shines in her role as the first woman in Britain to become manager of a professional soccer team. Lunghi very much makes the role her own. The narrative follows, if not seems to mirror certain aspects of the “game” on and off the playing field - as it covers all facets of the life of a football club from sleaze, backroom shenanigans and a whole lot more besides, moreover there are some excellent moments of humour.
There are some good supporting performances from, the ever calculating, Warren Clarke as the chairman of the club. Tom Georgeson as ever, does an excellent job of his role, as the person passed over for promotion, as he sees his job go to Gabrielle Benson.