His stubbornness not to improve a creaking squad and keep a young, progressive manager happy has been compounded by bringing in old damaged-goods Jose Mourinho.
We’ve seen this play out three times already – twice at Chelsea and once at Manchester United. At first it’s all smart suits, new haircut, tanned face, a smile that doesn’t quite reach the eyes . . .then it’s grumblings of discontent, conspiracy theories and open revolt. Mr Mourinho, it has to be said, has more faces than Mt Rushmore.
Quite why Levy and Spurs think it will be fourth time lucky is anyone’s guess but for a neutral it is going to be funnier that Tory maths (if I take away 21,000 police officers and give you back 20,000 then you have 20,000 more coppers. Right you are Einstein!).
In less than 72 hours there were already signs of Spurs turning into a team of absolute sh*thouses – I mean it already contained a certain Dele Alli.
In his first game in charge at West Ham the sight of Harry Kane leaving a late one on Robert Snodgrass and then theatrically kicking his legs straight out and throwing himself to the floor was nothing short of prime Diego Costa.
Yes Jose got a 3-2 victory to kick-start his Tottenham-era (remember when he said he’d never take charge of them because of his Chelsea loyalties?) but as good as Spurs were, the Hammers were absolutely dismal.
Things might go well for the next few months but the thought of Jose ever managing my club leaves me colder than a brass toilet seat in Alaska.
WHAT do Prince Andrew and Manchester United have in common? They’ve both been awful since Fergie left.
As Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon can tell you, Sheffield is a hard place to lead your side out and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer endured just as tough time there as the politicians during Question Time.
After goals from John Fleck and Lys Mousset, Man United looked more out of it than Luis Ortiz after he was KO’d by Deontay Wilder but three unlikely late goals seemed to have snatched victory.
But the reason why the Premier League is so captivating is sometimes the only thing predictable is the unpredictability and Oli McBurnie’s 90th-minute leveller was the least the hosts deserved.
‘Forged in Steel’ is proudly printed everywhere inside Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane. For the visitors it was more the case of ‘Forged in Liquid Mercury’ as Andreas Pereira and Fred toiled in midfield.
But as bad as they were, poor hapless Phil ‘the next Duncan Edwards’ Jones, took the biscuit. These were the first Premier League minutes that he was trusted to play this season. They were chaotic, to say the least and Jones was badly at fault for the opener before being unceremoniously hooked at half-time.
The Red Devils have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 top-flight away games, their worst streak since a run of 15 in the 1985-86 campaign – talk about leaky.
Brandon Williams opened his account with a superb strike, Mason Greenwood scored his first Premier League goal to level and Marcus Rashford completed the turnaround.
VAR also played a rare blinder – rightly calling that the goal that made it 3-3 should stand after McBurnie did everything he could to keep his arm out of the way as he controlled the ball before lashing it past David De Gea.
Seven quality minutes should not detract from the appalling, embarrassing performance by the Red Devils for the other 83. The result papered over the cracks in this very poor team.
It’s not that long ago that Sheffield United were in League One and not that long ago Manchester United were a feared force.
But while one club continues to throw money at multiple problems, the other has a well thought out plan.
Solskjaer spent £130m on his defence in the summer, yet Blades boss Chris Wilder has five clean sheets to Ole’s two and the gulf in class in terms of their coaching ability is very evident.
CHAMPIONS train, losers complain and that was certainly the case at the Crystal Palace v Liverpool game.
In the first half the Eagles – and many neutral fans – were moaning that James Tomkins had a goal ruled out after a clear shove on Dejan Lovren by Jordan Ayew.
The sniggering about LiVARpool is music to Reds’ fans ears – the bitterness from haters is making an already sweet few years even sweeter.
After Jurgen Klopp’s side went ahead through Sadio Mane, Wilf
Zaha scored his first goal of the season – a sumptuous finish past Alisson. There were only eight minutes left but this Liverpool side never know when they’re beaten. And three minutes later Bobby Firmino picked his spot, cool as you like, to win it for the league leaders.
This is now the Liverpool way, of course. Just ask Leicester, Aston Villa and Manchester United – this unbeaten title charge is being sustained by late goal after late goal.
It is something champions past and present from the city of Manchester are familiar with doing.
And Pep Guardiola’s boys edged a tight and difficult game against a bang-in-form Chelsea 2-1 thanks to Riyad Mahrez’s winner.
But it came at a cost with talisman Sergio Aguero picking up a groin injury that will rule him out for a couple of weeks.
Still it’s almost December so it’s a good time for Jesus celebrations and City fans will be hoping their angel Gabriel will fill the Argentine’s huge boots.
AND finally will it be Marco Silva, Unai Emery, Manuel Pellegrini or Ralph Hasenhuttl joining Pochettino as the next managerial casualty?
My money is on Silva as all the pieces he has spent – £200 million’s worth – has seen Everton go from eighth under Sam Allardyce to 15th under him in 18 turgid months.
Or will Arsenal do the unthinkable? Emery’s side’s diabolical display in the 2-2 draw with Hasenhuttl’s struggling Saints certainly focuses attention on Poch’s current availability.
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