FA Cup is really a subplot in the managerial drama

Today represents the last embers of FA Cup magic in England.

Maybe Wigan Athletic, conquerors of Manchester City and underdogs who won the Cup five seasons ago, can do it again. But their opponents, Southampton, will be anything but saintly up north if new manager Mark Hughes is as good as his word.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'FA Cup is really a subplot in the managerial drama'. Print Edition | Subscribe