The world is watching. A huge weekend for…
The Sky game on Sunday looked instantly unglamorous, but was at least billed as the battle of the P45s. Unfortunately for McCarthy, once one manager bites the bullet, others often follow suit. Wolves’ last ten Premier League games read as follows: Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 8, For 9, Against 22. To make matters worse, they have not kept a clean sheet since August.
If Sunderland’s first game in the post-Bruce era ends in victory, there will surely be at least two Premier League clubs searching for a new boss on Monday morning.
There’s actually little more to say. Each week I suspect/presume/hope that a defeat will put Kean out of his misery. He is woefully unqualified, and hanging onto his Blackburn tenure is only serving to make him unemployable in the hotseat at any other club. A home defeat and surely he will go. Every week Venky’s make themselves, and me, look more and more foolish.
My favourite statistic of the week: Bolton have not drawn any of their last 36 games.
What is most worrying for Owen Coyle is that Bolton have won just three of their last seventeen games. Add in the lack of draws and Bolton would be on for a season total of twenty points, the fourth lowest total in Premier League history. It is a drawn out example, but the fact remains that Owen Coyle needs to convert draws into wins and defeats into draws.
Visiting White Hart Lane will not be easy, but provides the perfect opportunity for Bolton to try and grind out a back-to-the-walls point. After all, they have won the same amount of games this season as Villa in 8th.
Another game in the Europa League, another away day in the Premier League.
Whether or not Stoke have been found out, it has been a difficult few months for Tony Pulis’ men. A win last time out over a Blackburn side not currently worthy of the Premier League name was only Stoke’s second win since mid-September, and only Swansea have taken less away points than the Potters.
Stoke travel to Goodison on Sunday. If they lose they could drop to 16th in the table. Worrying times for Pulis.
Fleetwood Town, Stourbridge, Chelmsford, Redbridge, Gateshead, Tamworth, Salisbury, AFC Totton, Sutton United. All can still dream of the highlight of the football calendar: FA Cup Third Round day. All can still pray for a plum tie at Anfield, Old Trafford or Eastlands.
In fact, with Gateshead hosting Tamworth, a non league team in Sunday’s draw is guaranteed.