OLE STARING DOWN THE BARREL
It’ not a case of if but when Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the sack. The next question is … who would take the poison chalice?
A great start to his Man U managerial career winning his first six games and surpassing the record set by the late Sir Matt Busby, Solskjaer also collected the most points of any top flight manager in his first 10 games in charge – 26. The proverbial wheels have come off since then and his record after 32 games in charge is the worst by any Man U manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
It’s difficult to lay all the blame on poor Ole though – this Man United teams is in disarray and alot of the blame should be directed toward chairman Ed Woodward who has been woeful in his transfer dealings. Armed with a massive budget, he has failed to build a team that even comes close to competing with the top teams.
Their latest defeat 2-0 at West Ham sums up their current ineptitude … a total of 3 shots on target!
Yep … its a poisoned chalice … Sir Alex must be shaking his head in total disbelief at how the dynasty he had worked so hard to build has disintegrated so quickly!
LAMPS CAN TAKE HEART FROM CHELSEA PERFORMANCE
While Chelsea went down 2-1 at home to Liverpool, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard can take great heart from the way his young team fought back from 2-0 down to almost snatch a late draw. It’s fair to say most neutrals want him to do well – he was an honest, hard-working player and has shown the same application to his role as a manager.
A good night sleep is not something you get with Roman Abramovich as your boss – he has fired more managers than Donald Trump on The Apprentice – but Lamps is building something at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea could be a team to watch in seasons ahead.
A NEW-LOOK TOP SIX THIS SEASON?
The traditional top six may look different come the end of the season and that’s because Man U won’t be there, Chelsea are in transition and Arsenal look incredibly shaky at this point.
Add to the mix a strong West Ham team (over the last 31 matches they have the sixth best record in the league) and Leicester firing on all cylinders and the competition for that aforementioned top six has never been stronger.
This is a good thing for the EPL which needs some new colour at the top!
COULD MARCO SILVA BE JOINING OLE ON THE DOLE?
Is Marco Silva on his way out? Everton have massively underperformed considering the off season transfer business they have made. Getting thumped 3-1 by Bournemouth last week and then losing 2-0 to Sheffield United at their Goodison Park fortress this weekend is completely unacceptable if you are an Everton fan. The Toffees lie 14th in the table when this was the season that they were expected to challenge for the top six.
Yes, the season is young … but time will not be on Silva’s side.
CHECK OUT LIVERPOOL AND MAN CITY GOAL DIFFERENCES
Anyone who follows the EPL could tell you its a 2-horse race between Man City and Liverpool this season. But who would have thought it would have been this one-sided this early? After only 6 games, Man City have a goal difference of +18 and Liverpool +12 with the next best Leicester at +3!
Admittedly, the title is not decided on goal difference (unless the top two are tied of course), but it’s truly astounding at how big the gap is in quality between the top 2 and “the rest” this season!