Jose Mourinho – Tottenham’s £15m Gamble

Whilst Spurs’ 2019 form has been well below expectation they did reach the Champions League final but that hasn’t been enough to keep Mauricio Pochettino in a job past Christmas. For the record it was just 171 days since that Madrid evening.

On Tuesday evening, with the International break almost over an announcement was made from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that left most of us stunned.

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A short statement included the usual cliché lines “It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”

The former Southampton boss has guided his charges through some tough times and will be considered as having done a good job with all things taken into account. They played away from “home” for two seasons, the club appeared to have a self-imposed transfer ban during the same period, mounted a serious title challenge, led the club into their new state of the art ground and the afore mentioned Champions League final just last season.

It may have been some of his transfer dealings that will have riled the difficult-to-please Mr Levy, a man who wants a return on his investments. A possible blot of Poch’s copy book along with their current domestic difficulties.

As we all know football can be an unforgiving sport and there is very little room for loyalty, so for all of the praise that the Argentine will walk away with – he was replaced within hours.

That man – Mourinho, is back in the Premier League and this time it’s surely all or nothing as he attempts to rebuild a reputation.

As morning broke on Wednesday an early announcement from Tottenham confirmed the news that the former Chelsea and Manchester United Manager had signed a 3.5yr deal.

If we believe what we read, then discussions have been ongoing for weeks and a huge £288k per week deal has been agreed with the Portuguese “special one.” A salary believed to be twice that of the departing boss.

In recent times the man who arrived in the UK with charisma and a self-imposed arrogance has been reduced to a shadow of his former self.

Could this be due to the emergence of the likes of Klopp?

Are Jose’s tactics outdated?

Given his past and the many doubters, he has the task of winning them round. He’ll be looking a quick start, interestingly he has never lost his opening games with a new club and he’ll be desperate for that record to be upheld this weekend.

Both Mourinho and his newly assembled backroom team must put their stamp on the inherited squad, a squad that has wantaway men, out-of-form big names and perhaps more importantly in need of a result to kickstart their faltering campaign.

What must be said is that Jose is a serial winner.

Since Tottenham’s last trophy back in 2003 Mourinho has a massive 25 titles to his name and it’s that kind of record that makes him a lucrative prospect to a club that craves silverware.

There is little doubt that this is the biggest test of Jose Mourinho’s managerial career.

This is a total gamble from the Tottenham board, they’ve thrown the dice and are praying for a six.

The big decision has been made and the new, possible career defining era begins at West Ham on Saturday lunchtime.

Image sourced from; www.theindependent.co.uk/sport/football

Premier League – Biggest Ever Defeats

After Manchester City ran riot against Watford at the weekend there was a lot of talk of what might have been had Aguero, De Bruyne and co took more of the opportunities created at The Etihad.

5 goals up inside the opening 18 minutes set everyone calculators going and must have had the Watford board frantically making calls to every ex-Manager they still had in their contact book.

69% possession and 28 efforts on Ben Foster’s goal throughout the 90mins. The stats suggest that the side from Hertfordshire were lucky to escape the North West with just single figures in the goals against column.

As the Man City fans so creatively put it during the 2nd half “who put the ball in the Watford net? Half the f*****g team did”

City have now beaten the Hornets in their last 12 meetings stretching back to 2013, scoring a ridiculous 46 goals in the process.

Imagine seeing your team played off the park in a cup final losing 6-0 only to face the same side a few months later and it turn out to be a more embarrassing situation.

Seeing all of the goal updates come through thick and fast on Saturday afternoon got us thinking where the final score ranked in terms of defeats in the top English division. So just where does the 8-0 drubbing handed out by Pep Guardiola’s men sit in the list of the biggest ever Premier League defeats?

Man Utd 9-0 Ipswich (March 1995)

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5 goals for Andy Cole secured the Premier League’s biggest ever win over a dismal Ipswich side at Old Trafford back in the 94/95 season.

29 defeats in the campaign for Town as Utd went onto finish runners up behind Blackburn Rovers.

Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Roy Keane also added their names to the scoresheet.

Tottenham 9-1 Wigan (November 2009)

Wigan at least managed a consolation goal in this game to keep them off joint top spot with Ipswich.

Jermain Defoe equalled Andy Cole’s record of 5 goals in a single game during this demolition.

Crouch, Lennon, Bentley and Kranjcar completed the rout. Austrian Paul Scharner netted for Athletic in case you were wondering.

Man City 8-0 Watford (September 2019)

As recent as the weekend just passed so will be fresh in the mind.

David Silva opened the scoring in the 1st minutes before an Aguero penalty finished the game as the early as the 7th minute.

Bernardo Silva helped himself to a hat-trick with Mahrez, Otamendi and a late De Bruyne strike made it a shocker for Quique Sánchez Flores’ and his backroom staff.

City could even leave the likes of Sterling on the bench, it could have been worse Hornets’ fans.

Newcastle 8-0 Sheff Wed (September 1999)

There seems to be a pattern of a seasoned England striker scoring 5 in these types of games, Alan Shearer was deadly in front of goal this time around.

Aaron Hughes, Kieron Dyer and the late Gary Speed were the other scorers as Wednesday capitulated at St James’ Park.

Sir Bobby’s opening home match in charge of the club he loved and they made it a special one.

Chelsea 8-0 Wigan (May 2010)

Look away now Wigan fans, you’re on the receiving end once more.

Chelsea kicked off knowing a victory would seal top spot and end Man Utd’s title dominance.

An early strike from Anelka set the tone before Lampard, Kalou, Drogba got in on the act. Even Ashley Cole scored at the death to condemn the Latics to another heavy defeat in London.

They did however to survive relegation despite looking favourites for the drop in the week previous.

Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (December 2012)

A 2nd appearance on the list for the blues, this time Aston Villa were on the receiving end of result to forget when departing Stamford Bridge.

Torres, David Luiz, Ivanovic, Lampard, Ramires, Oscar and Hazard did the damage to Brad Guzan’s back as the American spent most of the day collecting the ball from his net.

A star-studded Chelsea side led by now manager Frank Lampard demolished the side from the Midlands.

23rd December made it a tough Christmas dinner to swallow for Villa fans.

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland (October 2014)

The one that escaped our memory.

Three (yes three) own goals in this one.

Vergini, Bridcutt and Van Aanholt all put through their own net

Saints Pelle x 2, Cork, Tadic and Wanyama increased the pressure on Gus Poyet on what would have been a long journey home.

Dutchman Dick Advocaat was brought in later in the season to complete the great escape with the Mackems.

Do you remember any of these games?

With Man City and Liverpool looking in fine form once again this season it’s fair to expect another few hidings handed out before now and the end of May.

Image sourced from; www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

Chris Hughton

Brighton and Hove Albion what have you done?

Within hours of the final whistle of the 2018/19 Premier League season the board acted swiftly and told Hughton, Assistant Manager Paul Trollope and First-Team Coach Paul Nevin to clear their desks.

Brighton having played their part on the last match day, were seen off by a rampant Man City with the title in sight. Glen Murray’s header did provide a shock lead and gave Liverpool the faintest of hopes, even if it was just for a few seconds.

Yes – they were on a poor run of form, that saw them victorious in just 3 of their final 23 league games but they were safe from relegation and did make the semi finals of the FA Cup.

But come on, sacked?

  • 2014-15: Kept Brighton in the Championship
  • 2015-16: Guided them to the play-offs
  • 2016-17: Promoted to the Premier League for the first time
  • 2017-18: Secured safety with a more than credible 15th place finish
  • 2018-19: Reached first FA Cup semi-final since 1983
  • An overall win record of 41% from his 215 games in charge

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Chairman Tony Bloom has openly stated that their status was put “at significant risk.”

Dress it up how you want, tell everyone how difficult a decision it was – but his previously mentioned statement sums it all up.

This is the same club that didn’t have a proper home for nearly 12 years, a club that were nearly out of business and football league in the late 90’s and all of a sudden a few million TV-generated quid and principles go out the window.

Widely recognised as one of the good guys in the game we don’t believe that the former Republic of Ireland full back saw this coming, despite him being no stranger to a training ground dismissal after similar ends to his stints at Newcastle and Norwich.

According to the bookmakers and some sections of the media a three man shortlist has already been drawn up. It comprises of Swansea’s Graham Potter, Derby’s Frank Lampard and England Women head coach Phil Neville.

Each and every one of those has to be considered as a gamble for a team that will surely be in need of an experienced head in what is shaping up to be a tougher looking division next season.

Whoever is chosen to lead the Seagulls into next season, they have a tough act to follow.

Chris Hughton image sourced from; www.theindependent.co.uk

City or Liverpool – 9 Games to go!

We’ve just witnessed what could be a pivotal week in the race for the Premier League title 2018/19.

Pep’s Man City machine has turned around the recent points deficit and now sit top of the table knowing that a win in each of their last 9 games has their title retained.

Back-to-back 1-0 victories over West Ham and Bournemouth coupled with Liverpool’s dropped points at Old Trafford and Goodison, have given the men from the Etihad a single point advantage heading into the latter stages of the season.

Klopp’s men need to regroup and quickly. Four draws their previous six league games, five in seven if you include the Champions League is not the form required in February / March in order to become legends.

It’s worth remembering that just a few weeks ago Klopp’s side could have been 10 points ahead had they managed to despatch City at the turn of the year. Plus Riyad Mahrez’s missed stoppage time penalty kick at Anfield inflicted an earlier defeat on the Kop faithful.

All change now!

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Due to the participation in the FA Cup, City’s run will be slightly disjointed from that of their title rivals, only two domestic league games in March could take the numerical advantage back to Merseyside should they deliver and turn recent draws into much needed wins.

Below are the remaining fixtures for each side in the quest to be crowned champions of England;

Man City

09/03/19 – Watford (H)

30/03/19– Fulham (A)

06/04/19 – Cardiff (H)

14/04/19 – Crystal Palace (A)

20/04/19 – Tottenham (H)

24/04/19 – Man Utd (A)

28/04/19 – Burnley (A)

04/05/19 – Leicester (H)

12/05/19 – Brighton (A)

Liverpool

10/03/09 – Burnley (H)

17/03/19 – Fulham (A)

31/03/19 – Tottenham (H)

05/04/19 – Southampton (A)

14/04/19 – Chelsea (H)

21/04/19 – Cardiff (A)

26/04/19 – Huddersfield (H)

04/05/19 – Newcastle (A)

12/05/19 – Wolves (H)

On paper the Manchester-based side have the easier run, but we all know that games and more importantly titles are not won on paper.

Spurs who have had what appears to be there annual wobble have to visit both title-hunting clubs and with pressure off they could get into their free flowing rhythm and cause an upset on the day.

Man Utd having recently taken points off Liverpool may find themselves in a catch 22 in mid-April. Win and they have the bragging rights of the City, lose and they may just have handed their biggest rivals their 1st title since 1990.

Could there even be a stranger twist brought about by recent event? Brendan Rodgers will take his hit -and-miss Leicester side to City in the penultimate game. Having seen the title slip away (pun intended) before being sacked – he could now play a pivotal role in derailing Pep’s men with little time remaining to recover.

One thing we believe for certain is that this title race is nowhere near over. Liverpool we believe will actually prefer to be the chaser rather than the chased.

An interesting few weeks ahead and games which will define legacies. It’s that important.

Liverpool and City image sourced from; www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football

Huddersfield Town – Wagner Walks

He gave them something to savour for the rest of their footballing history and now it has come to an agreed end.

David Wagner and the Huddersfield Town board have “mutually agreed” to end their near 3.5yr relationship.

In a surprise announcement on Monday evening, with the build up to Man City vs Wolves very much underway, a statement was released from the John Smiths Stadium.

Perhaps surprisingly – it was stated that a parting of ways was already on the table after the final league game in May.

Town Chairman Dean Hoyle said “After a long discussion we all felt that David staying at the club until the end of the season was best, but we’ve kept discussions open and we all now feel that the time is right to part ways.”

After their Wembley shootout out victory and subsequent PL kick off, Wagner was named Championship Manager of the Year after leading the West Yorkshire side into the top-flight and claimed the Premier League Manager of the Month award in in August 2017 after leading them to a solid 7 point start.

After the promising opening to that particular campaign – it all started to unravel and the stark reality of the task at hand, it appears it became too much for the German.

Somehow though, they managed to drag themselves to a 16th place finish.

The Terriers have just 9 league victories to their name since the end of August…2017.

Back in November they looked to have turned a corner with victories over Fulham and Wolves before a disastrous December and nasty New Year saw them lose 8 on the spin before Wagner’s last game in charge at Cardiff, a 0-0 draw.

Goals have been a serious problem, both for and against.

Whoever comes in has a serious task to even get the Yorkshire club back in contention to remain in the top division, it may make sense for the board to look further into the future and appoint someone capable of gaining promotion once again for after what is sure to be relegation.

One thing that remains after the news. David Wagner will be forever welcome in the town of Huddersfield and will be remembered for years to come after his achievements.

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David Wagner image was sourced from; www.express.co.uk/sport/football

Mark Hughes – Southampton Struggles

Blackburn Rovers, Man City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke City and now Southampton.

All of the mentioned clubs have taken the decision to employ Mark Hughes as their manager throughout the last fifteen years, it now appears that his time is up at his current club just like it has been at the previous five.

Last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Fulham – in what was dubbed and early season six pointer – did not go the way of the team from the south coast had hoped.

Now it looks an absolute certainty that the Welshman will be leaving St Mary’s before completing a calendar year.

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Appointed in March 2018 “Sparky” has overseen twenty-five matches winning just five, and perhaps more importantly losing twelve, a near 50% loss record. Not exactly that new manager bounce in form which most teams benefit from.

Just the solitary league win this season way back in September is bad enough, but the lack of goals is a problem that just isn’t being addressed. Ten goals in thirteen league games combined with a run of five league games without a goal shortly after their victory over Palace.

Last season Southampton escaped relegation by three points with one of the relegated sides being Stoke City, managed by Hughes for the majority of that 2017/18 season. The Saints got lucky and for some reason rewarded Hughes and his long trusted assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki with long term contracts after initially appointing them until the end of that season.

As we enter December it is a month that really could decide whether they will give themselves a chance of safety or they end up in a total relegation dogfight.

Spurs, Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd are games you can’t see any points being collected despite the current form of those from Old Trafford.

Cardiff, Huddersfield and West Ham – now for us, this has to being a gain of nine precious points given their predicament.

It’s also worth saying that none of these games should be under the stewardship of their former striker, his time is simply up.

The decision making in previous seasons may be coming back to haunt the club this season as they simply couldn’t continue to assume that selling their top talent year after year was going to sustain a place in the top division, but that is a whole other story than that of Hughes and his failings.

Fantastic player no doubt, but a questionable manager who has more than enough chances and shouldn’t be seen in the top division again. It genuinely is time that we seem others given a chance rather than this usual “Premier League experience” appointment should a vacancy arise.

Mark Hughes image is sourced from; www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football

Scotland vs England – European Nights

It took extra time at the end of Thursday’s 2nd leg to see EPL side Burnley finally overcome a spirited Aberdeen side at Turf Moor, however let it be said that there was no disgrace in the defeat for the side from north of the border, you could argue that they could even stake a claim for a moral victory.

With both legs finishing 1-1 it was a Jack Cork header and an Ashley Barnes penalty that sent Derek McInnes’ men home, home with their heads held extremely high.

The much maligned Scottish game has been given a further shot in the arm this week with the progression of Celtic, Rangers and Hibs in their respective ties with hope of group stages still burning.

Burnley finished 7th in the “best league in the world” last season banking an estimated £120m.

In comparison Aberdeen finished 2nd in the Scottish Premiership adding a staggering £2.5m to their bank account.

Chris Wood is Burnley’s record signing (£15m) and scored their opener in the 2nd leg. Aberdeen’s starting frontman was a £20k purchase from Carlisle this summer.

Burnley’s Starting XI cost £38.85m vs Aberdeen’s starting XI at £190k

We feel we’ve made our point but just to add further proof, If you look back at the clashes since the 1980’s you’ll probably be surprised by the numbers…

The last 5 ties between Scottish and English club sides in competitive football have all ended as stalemates.

Played 34: Scottish Wins – 7     Draws – 14     English Wins – 13

Aberdeen 0-1 Liverpool, 1980/81 European Cup first round
Liverpool 3-1 Aberdeen, 1980/81 European Cup first round
Ipswich 1-1 Aberdeen, 1981/82 UEFA Cup first round
Aberdeen 3-1 Ipswich, 1981/82 UEFA Cup first round
Nottingham Forest 0-0 Celtic, 1983/84 UEFA Cup third round
Celtic 1-2 Nottingham Forest, 1983/84 UEFA Cup third round
Manchester United 2-2 Dundee United, 1984/85 UEFA Cup third round
Dundee United 2-3 Manchester United, 1984/85 UEFA Cup third round
Rangers 2-1 Leeds, 1992/93 UEFA Champions League second round
Leeds 1-2 Rangers, 1992/93 UEFA Champions League second round
Celtic 2-2 Liverpool, 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round
Liverpool 0-0 Celtic, 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round
Celtic 1-0 Blackburn, 2002/03 UEFA Cup second round
Blackburn 0-2 Celtic, 2002/03 UEFA Cup second round
Celtic 1-1 Liverpool, 2002/03 UEFA Cup quarter-finals
Liverpool 0-2 Celtic, 2002/03 UEFA Cup quarter-finals
Rangers 0-1 Manchester United, 2003/04 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Manchester United 3-0 Rangers, 2003/04 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Manchester United 3-2 Celtic, 2006/07 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Celtic 1-0 Manchester United, 2006/07 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Manchester United 3-0 Celtic, 2008/09 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Celtic 1-1 Manchester United, 2008/09 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Celtic 0-2 Arsenal, 2009/10 UEFA Champions League play-offs
Arsenal 3-1 Celtic, 2009/10 UEFA Champions League play-offs
Manchester United 0-0 Rangers, 2010/11 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Rangers 0-1 Manchester United, 2010/11 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Hearts 0-5 Tottenham, 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs
Tottenham 0-0 Hearts, 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs
Hearts 0-1 Liverpool, 2012/13 UEFA Europa League play-offs
Liverpool 1-1 Hearts, 2012/13 UEFA Europa League play-offs
Celtic 3-3 Manchester City, 2016/17 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Manchester City 1-1 Celtic, 2016/17 UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Aberdeen 1-1 Burnley, 2018/19 UEFA Europa League qualifying
Burnley 1-1 Aberdeen, 2018/19 UEFA Europa League qualifying

It’s about time we put all of this “pub league” nonsense to bed, football in Scotland can provide just as much quality as the game in England. Despite all of the social media rubbish posted by clueless supporters looking for a cheap like or comment.

Money runs the game as we all know – but just try telling that to Sean Dyche who was probably wondering how he would explain a defeat to a Scottish side to the media after their recent scare.

Aberdeen, you did yourselves, your fans and your nation proud.

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England & Scotland fan image sourced from; www.mirror.co.uk

Managers – Are the casualties being looked after?

The latest high profile manager to go, Alan Pardew has lost his job as manager at West Brom. He leaves the baggies a country mile from safety having guided them to just one solitary victory under his charge.

Rumours are that Pardew is departing with a £500k golden handshake for his “efforts” and this is not the 1st time that he, like many others, will have received a huge pay out for a performance deemed underwhelming by a board of directors.

This of course, is at the highest level and with a guaranteed opportunity at another job in a few months’ time. But what about lower down the chain?

Last week we saw the devastating news announced about former Crawley Town Manager Dermot Drummy’s death back in November 17.

An inquest has concluded that the former Chelsea youth coach had taken his own life.

Drummy, 56 had been seeking counselling for his “low mood” after parting company with the League Two side just a few months prior.

Now let’s be honest being dismissed at this level is totally different to the riches of the PL or the top end of the Championship for that matter.

Guys like Drummy have been hard working coaches, craving a shot at being a number one and just because it doesn’t work out doesn’t make them poor managers. They are dealing with a totally different set of circumstances that a lot with similar job specs will never understand.

Take a look at this extract from a local journalist following the sacking:-

“The appointment of Drummy, whose background was as a vastly experienced development coach, was an interesting one, not least in terms of the style of football he had pledged to instil.

“The early signs were promising, with the club reaching fifth place by mid-October and fans clearly appreciative of the brand of football on offer.”

A glowing reference for a man just weeks into a role and this story got us thinking, what becomes of some of the under the radar sackings lower down the divisions and what becomes of some of the managers. Just how are they looked after? As this clearly shows that Drummy slipped through the net.

A staggering 45 managers in the professional leagues in England have lost their jobs this season. A near 50% sack rate and we’re yet to reach the business end where key promotions, relegations and ultimately fates are decided.

The LMA is supposed to play a key role in looking after its members, now they do have a “Mental Health” awareness section… Let’s just inform you that it is situated in the 4th category and the 7th subject down on their list. They do however provide a managerial performance table right there on the homepage. A proper own goal from where we’re sitting!

Some other cases include that of Martin Ling and Neil Lennon both of whom have admitted to having their own personal battles, It also looks like we’ll never know just what triggered Gary Speed’s decision on that terrible day.

With all the money in the game we love, every available penny should go towards protecting the people that actually make the game what it is.

They should be rewarded for their services and utilised accordingly even if that is providing local level coaching to grass roots and their salaries are covered by governing bodies.

We don’t want to be reading more stories like the tragic one of Dermot Drummy.

RIP

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Dermot Drummy Image Sourced From; www.crawleynews24.co.uk

 

Andy Robertson – From Amateur to Anfield

Another 3 points gained under the Anfield lights on Saturday evening and another outstanding performance from one of Liverpool’s star men.

Nope we’re not talking about Salah, Mane Mane or Bobby Firmino because it’s all about Robbo.

The left back who has made the position his own and is quite rightly receiving the plaudits he deserves.

Just 5 years ago Andy Robertson was playing for Scottish 3rd Division side Queens Park, a club in which he signed for after having been released by Celtic for being too small earlier in his career.

His move to Dundee United saw him instantly catch the eye of many north of the border. A renewed contract was agreed within just weeks of his debut and shortly followed by being awarded PFA’s “Scotland Young Player of the Year” and a subsequent place in the PFA “Scotland Team of the Year” for the 2013-14 Scottish Premiership season.

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All of this convinced Hull City to swoop with a near £3m bid to get their man, United accepted and the Left Back was on his way to the EPL.

3 seasons with Hull under the stewardship of former Man Utd stalwart Steve Bruce allowed him to gain what is deemed acceptable experience in England and it was Liverpool who won the race for his signature.

An absolute bargain at a reported £8m and his dream debut season is showing no signs of slowing down.

He has even earned the approval of Kop legend Stevie G. He told BT Sport: “He’s done terrifically well since coming in and the fans have taken to him. It’s not just about Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres, the top players that come, the fans love someone who gives 100 per cent.”

“He’s come in and he’s a very humble kid and gives it his all every game. To be fair to the kid. He’s been excellent.”

His lung bursting closing down run vs Man City made him a social media sensation but for those who have watched him for the past few years this was nothing out of the ordinary.

International recognition has obviously come his way and with 20 caps already under his belt, his partnership with Kieran Tierney gives The Tartan Army a strong looking left side for years to come.

He’s has never given up and has taken every chance that has come his way.

One of the signings of the 2017/18 season has undoubtedly been Liverpool’s Number 26.

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Andy Robertson at Dundee United Image is sourced from; www.dailyrecord.co.uk
Andy Robertson at Liverpool image is sourced from; www.liverpoolfc.com

West Ham United – The Bubbles are Bursting!

They stayed in the Premier League when it was most important to, they had the new stadium on the horizon and they even had Payet….Then it all started to go horribly wrong for those once happy hammers.

Now we are left to pour over the ridiculous images that Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley.

Club captain Mark Noble tackling a supporter to the ground, another invading the pitch in an attempt to impale a cleverly gained corner flag into the centre circle and all this whilst various fans decided to knock lumps out of each other.

As Chris Wood notched his late double, crowds gathered to vent their anger towards the Director’s box, objects were thrown forcing Messer’s Gold & Sullivan to head for cover. One of the photos of the weekend saw a lonely Sir Trevor Brooking seemingly facing the reality in which he was surrounded by. You just know that he felt their pain and wouldn’t have dreamt of walking away.

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Earlier this season saw a decision made to replace an initially popular Bilic with an immediately unpopular David Moyes. His post-Everton work leaves a lot to be desired and with an initial 6 month deal on the table, it was “make or break” for both the Scot and the board of the London Stadium.

Did we also mention that the Manager has three Assistants? Alan Irive, Billy McKinlay and Stuart Pearce.

So now let’s just have a look over some of their financial dealings…

A measly £2.5m in rent for a brand new 60,000 seater stadium – however there are add on’s if they win the Champions League, FA Cup or finish in the top 5 of the division. So to sum up, a grand total of £2.5m will be paid per year! Unless they suffer relegation then it will be halved to £1.25m. Seriously, flats in the same city are sold for more!

The Hammers do not have to pay for a range of things including policing, stewarding, goalposts, corner flags, cleaners and turnstile operators. Heating and lighting costs will also be covered by the stadium Managers.

Moving onto transfers since the demolition on the good old Boleyn ground or Upton Park if you prefer and you’ll see a good level of frugality:-

Notable Players In Reported Fee Notable Players Out Reported Fee
Andre Ayew £20m James Tomkins £10m
Arthur Masuaku £6m Dimitri Payet £25m
Jose Fonte £8m Darren Randolph £5m
Robert Snodgrass £10m Ashley Fletcher £6m
Marko Arnautovic £20m Sofiane Feghouli £4m
Javier Hernandez £16m Diafra Sakho £8m
Jordan Hugill £9m Andre Ayew £20m

A net spend of just £11m?! An unacceptable figure I think most PL fans would agree, especially when you take into account the non-existent layout for the purpose built Olympic venue they now call home.

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As the new terrace chant goes “so f**k off Gold & Sully, where’s our f*****g money, it’s all lies, lies, lies.”

The start of 2018 has seen a them struggle past League One Shrewsbury in the FA Cup before being dumped out by similar opposition in the form of Wigan.

League-wise, 4 defeats from the last 5 coupled with the afore mentioned Burnley defeat leave them looking over their shoulder from their current Premiership position of 16th and leaves them hovering precariously just above the dotted line.

March has been a disaster thus far and was always going to be a make or break month with 6 pointer after 6 pointer. 3 homes and just the solitary away with 90min battles against the likes of Southampton will ultimately decide their 2017/18 fate.

The recent arrival of an ageing Patrice Evra will hardly send the fans into hysteria. If the disgraced former Marseille man and Man City recruit Pablo Zabaleta start a game together, the combined age of the full backs will be 69! The likes of Salah, Sanchez and Sane will destroy them down the lines.

Can they avoid the drop? Will Moyes still be in place for the new season? Will they get the fans back on side?

So many questions and the 3 owners need to look at changing their entire philosophy or Baroness Brady may just be hearing some words to which she is all too familiar with – in the shape of “you’re fired!”

Mark Noble image is sourced from; www.talksport.com
West Ham board image is sourced from; www.indianexpress.com