In the past year or so, we’ve seen quite a few changes in the management area. Now we’ll take a look and see how the new bosses are doing.
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool: Brendan had a pretty good streak of success at Swansea before going to Anfield. He led the Swans into the Premier League in 2011 after beating Reading 4-2 at Wembley with a Scott Sinclair hat-trick. His start in the Premier League with “Relegation favorites” Swansea made all the pundits terribly quiet, picking up points against the likes of Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool and, Chelsea. Not to mention a win against Arsenal. It’s always nice to shut the critics up. In February 2012, he received the “Manager of The Month” award and Swansea ended up finishing in a surprising 11th place.
The stats as it stands in his new (denial-ridden) place of business: 12th in the table 2 games won, 5 drawn, and 3 lost, with a goal difference of -2. One of, if not THE worst start in Liverpool’s history. I can hear Kenny Dalglish banging his head on a table out there somewhere.
Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham: AVB’s time at Chelsea only lasted 256 days and saw a win percentage of 47.5%. That’s 19 won, 10 lost, and 11 drawn. That and some tactics which players and fans alike called “questionable to say the least” saw him sacked on March 4th, 2012.
The stats as it stands in his new (laughable) place of business : 6th in the table with 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses with a goal difference of 3.
Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea: Roberto is AVB’s replacement, and after winning the Champions League with them against Bayern Munich, he was made full time manager.
The stats as it stands in his not so new place of (wanker-ly) business: 2nd in the table (was first up until recently) with 7 wins, 2 draws and only 1 loss plus a goal difference of 12.
Paul Lambert, Aston Villa: At Norwich city, Paul Lambert led the Canaries to consecutive promotions. Npower Championship in the 09/10 season and then the Premier League in the 10/11. He kept them up in the 11/12 season before moving to Villa.
The stats as it stands in his new stomping grounds: 17th in the table 2 wins, 3 draws, 5 losses with a goal difference of -6 (With Barry Bannan and Stephen Ireland on your side how the hell do you manage that poor start?)
Chris Hughton, Norwich City: Hughton did well in his Birmingham career, led them to the group stages of the Europa League and to the fifth round of the FA cup in the 11/12 campaign.
The stats as it stands in his new workplace: 14th in the table with 2 wins, 4 draws, and 4 losses and a goal difference of -10
Michael Laudrup, Swansea City: Laudrup is a legend as a player. With successful spells at Juventus, Lazio, Barcelona, Real Madrid and, Denmark’s national team. (You should already know this.) Before the move to Swansea, he left on bad terms with RCD Mallorca.
The stats as it stands in Wales: 11th in the table with 3 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses with a goal difference of 1.
Steve Clarke, West Brom: Steve’s last job (besides being a renowned Chelsea player, which we won’t speak of) was the head coach at Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish.
The stats as it stands as a first timer: Surprisingly 5th in the table with 5 wins, 2 draws, and 3 losses with a goal difference of 4.
And last but not least, the Wanker Of The Week Award goes to:
Balotelli could not be reached for comment however, faithful viewers, just for you, our fourfivetwo insider got ahold of his agent who released this statement: “Mr. Balotelli says he is grateful to finally be recognized for his contribution to football.”