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Andy Brassell Interview

Andy Brassell was nominated for the Best Football Journalist award. We asked him about the awards, how 2010 had turned out for Andy, future plans and of course, who he would vote for in the awards. Here’s the interview:

1) You’ve been nominated for Best Football Journalist, chosen by both fans and industry experts, how does it feel?

Pretty flattering. I’m in great company, so I’m very grateful that people thought of me.

2) What kind of year has 2010 been for Andy Brassell?

A busy one, which is good. I’m pleased to be doing what I’m doing, and have met and worked with some inspiring people in the last twelve months, so no complaints from me.

3) What do you think has been the key factor in your success?

All success is relative, and there’s plenty of room for improvement. Journalism – both in print and online – is evolving quickly so you have to be versatile and imaginative to adapt, which is something I think I cover well.

4) If you were casting a vote for your any of your fellow nominees, who would it be?

That’s a really tough one. The quality in the category is just outstanding. If pushed (which I assume you are trying to do), I’d point out my colleague Tim Vickery as the consummate pro and Iain Macintosh for hopping from both sides of the line between ‘proper’ journalism and blogging with such a light touch. Daniel Taylor deserves props too for handling a rapidly-changing football environment in Manchester (the City bandwagon, Rooney) with real class and clarity.

5) What’s next for Andy Brassell?

More writing, more speaking, more travelling, (hopefully) less red meat consumption and a few surprises.

6) Have you seen the Castrol Football Rankings? What do you think about them, and who do you think is the best footballer in the world at the moment?

I’m aware of it, but not really clear how it’s worked out. Personally I feel that individual awards are all well and good, but it’s a team game and that should be remembered rather than constantly singling out individuals. That said, I’ve just come back from Barcelona where I had the good fortune to see Lionel Messi doing his stuff against Real Sociedad, so it’s hard to look at anyone else for current best footballer. He is quite breathtaking.

You can vote for Andy Brassell in the following award category:

Best Football Journalist

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