That’s right, after bunking off last week, Football Friday returns!
Xisco Munoz, Steve Bruce, Nuno Espirito, Daniel Farke and (After originally scheduling this post)… Dean Smith, are the Premier League managers to have bitten the dust already this season. That’s twenty-five percent of top flight teams that have ditched their manager by the first week of November! Further down the football ladder, the familiar names of Mick McCarthy and Neil Warnock have, amongst others, also been shown the door. All the while, little boy lost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plods on, tarnishing a celebrated playing legacy and adding to an abject managerial record. The likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp continue to demonstrate how far away from their level Solskjaer is.
Claudio Ranieri has experienced both extremes as a Premier League manager meanwhile Eddie Howe has experienced relegation. He’ll surely do so again if he takes he reigns at winless Newcastle United! What evidence is there to suggest that he’s the man to avoid them dropping into the Championship regardless of finances?
As for Farke, leaving Norwich City is probably a good career move for him, even if it seemed an odd time for the Canary hierarchy to action it. He couldn’t keep leading Norwich on the up and down ride only to fall extremely flat at the highest level. Farke still has qualities as a coach even if establishing The Canaries in the Premier League was constantly beyond him.
Rowe Rowe Rowe Your Boat
Recently, I suggested that Conor Gallagher merited an England call-up. If England weren’t already spoilt for choice in the middle of the park then Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe is yet another option.
After a few loan spells, he’s finally getting regular game-time and like Gallagher, he’s contributing on the goal front. The twenty-one-year-old has five goals and two assists in thirteen appearances across all competitions this season. He’s been a major part of Arsenal’s resurgence under Mikel Arteta.
Disclaimer: I scheduled this post prior to… Smith Rowe being called into the England squad!