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The Gaffer

‘The Gaffer’ on BT Sport

Access-all-areas with five National League football managers, The Gaffer is a BT Sport Films documentary showing their lives in and out of the dugout.

Starring Harrogate Town’s Simon Weaver, whose father is the owner and chairman, Bromley-born Neil Smith managing his hometown club, lower league legend John Still (a gaffer for more than 40 years) and his mentee Hakan Hayrettin at Maidstone United, Eastleigh’s Ben Strevens in his first-ever season as a manager, and Middlesbrough playing hero Craig Hignett in his second spell in charge of Hartlepool United.

How do they switch-off from football’s most intense, relentless, unforgiving job in the modern game? What is the real impact of being sacked?

From the training ground to their homes to half-time team talks, with BT Sport capturing it all, the man behind the manager makes The Gaffer.

  • The Gaffer premieres tonight at 10:45pm on BT Sport 2, after the UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea

The Gaffer