Weekly Football Phrase: To be in the dark

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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be in the dark‘. A few days ago on languagecaster.com we had a new football phrase ‘by mutual consent‘, used when managers leave a club or are sacked. This week’s phrase is also used when talking about managers of clubs, usually before they lose their job or move to a new job. When you are ‘in the dark‘, literally, you cannot see, so this phrase means you do not know what is going to happen because you do not have enough information. Managers are often asked if they think they will be sacked. When they say they do not know, or are unsure the newspaper’s headlines often say that they are in the dark – they do not know what their boss is thinking. Recently, Avram Grant of Premier League side West Ham has been under a lot of pressure and many people believe he will lose his job soon. Headlines said he was in the dark about his future.
To be in the dark

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