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“Football Earth” star joins Roy Race in bid for England Manager role

Football Earth - ZebrasFollowing the announcement that comic hero Roy “Roy of the Rovers” Race has put his name forward to be considered for the next England manager, today Pet Guardiola has thrown his hat into the ring.

Football Earth: Pet GuardiolaFootball Earth: Alan Sheared

Pet is one of the top managers of the natural game among the likes of Mark Ewes, Jurgen Clip Clop and Roberto House Martinez.

This is a major departure for Pet, who has no experience of managing a team of human beings. Pet’s career, along with other famous names such as Alan Sheared and Chop Harris, can be followed in the panel cartoon Football Earth about how animals play the beautiful game. It currently appears weekly in the Non-League Football Paper and in the bi-monthly football magazine She Kicks.

Humans with access to the internet can also find the cartoon at, and on as Soccer Earth.

Very few commentators believe that Pet has a chance of becoming the next England manager. Some critics even believe he has made this announcement simply to advertise a new book about the natural game, Football Earth The Wild Side. This cartoon collection of footballing animals is out in March 2017 published by Summerdale and contains nearly 150 cartoons.

The author Steve English, when asked about Pet’s annoncement, said that he had no comment to make…

It will be Hot Shot Hamish next!

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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