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Anthony Richardson recaps another epic weekend in the Premier League, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic might have found a relative.West Brom – teamtalk.com 26 Sep 12:07
Liverpool moved into second place after hammering Hull, while Arsenal climb into third after finally getting one over on London rivals Chelsea.
Manchester United also reclaimed some lost ground after thumping Leicester at Old Trafford but they are seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who collected just 2.5 points for claiming their second win over Swansea in four days.
In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 7, decided by an algorithm based on bookmaker odds and winning margins.
It rewards teams scoring lots of goals and also those defying expectations but sees odds-on favourites penalised for sneaking past inferior opponents by the odd goal.
Arsenal – 5pts: Brushed Chelsea aside with a swagger.
Southampton – 5pts: Took a struggling West Ham apart.
Liverpool – 4.5pts: Clicking into gear in attack.
Bournemouth – 4pts: Resolute and of the results of the weekend.
Manchester Utd – 3.5pts: Show of strength against the champions.
Tottenham – 3pts: Too good for Boro.
C Palace – 3pts: Bold comeback on Wearside.
Manchester City – 2.5pts: Put Swansea to the sword again and are still the team to beat.
West Brom – 1.5pt: Snatched a late draw.
Stoke – 1pt: Hard done by, denied all three points.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. Man City||18.5||18|
|= C Palace||13.5||10|
|= Manchester Utd||11.5||12|
|= West Brom||10||8|
|18. West Ham||3||3|
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Joe Allen netted home his first goal for Stoke, but Salomon Rondon equalised for West Brom in stoppage time.ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 24 Sep 20:50
Joe Allen netted home his first goal for Stoke, but Salomon Rondon equalised for West Brom in stoppage time. Mark Hughes expressed his frustration but vowed Stoke would keep building after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by West Brom courtesy of a stoppage-time Salomon Rondon equaliser. Rondon's header at the death, cancelling out Joe Allen's 73rd-minute finish, denied the Potters what would have been their first Premier League win of the season. Boss Hughes admitted afterwards it felt like his men had suffered another defeat to add to those from their previous four league matches. Stoke City West Bromwich Albion 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats But he also acknowledged...Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 24 Sep 19:10
Salomon Rondon's equaliser in injury time earns West Brom a point to deny Stoke their first league win of the season.ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 24 Sep 18:11
Stoke City West Bromwich Albion 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Joe Allen netted home his first goal for Stoke, but Salomon Rondon equalised for West Brom in stoppage time. ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley break down the latest from week 6 throughout the Premier League. Salomon Rondon's stoppage-time header denied Stoke their first Premier League win of the season as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by West Brom in ex-Potters boss Tony Pulis' 1,000th game as a manager. Mark Hughes' side had looked set to end their four-match losing streak in the league by claiming all three points when Joe Allen opened the scoring by bundling the ball home in the 73rd minute. But in the end they had to settle for one, and a total of two from six games this term, after Rondon converted...ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 24 Sep 18:10
Joe Allen netted home his first goal for Stoke, but Salomon Rondon equalised for West Brom in stoppage time.West Brom – teamtalk.com 24 Sep 17:51
Salomon Rondon scored in the 91st minute to prevent Stoke their first win of the Premier League season and earn West Brom a 1-1 draw.
Mark Hughes’ side had looked set to end their four-match losing streak in the league by claiming all three points when Joe Allen opened the scoring by bundling the ball home in the 73rd minute.
But in the end they had to settle for one, and a total of two from six games this term, after Rondon converted late on from a corner.
It made for a satisfying conclusion to his return to the stadium for Pulis, who is still yet to lose against his former employers in five meetings, while the pressure continues to mount on his successor Hughes. His men are, at least, up a place and off the bottom of the table.
Stoke fans showed their appreciation for Pulis just before kick-off as they gave him a warm reception as he emerged from the tunnel, with the 58-year-old clapping back and waving to all sides of the ground.
There was not much for the home or away fans to cheer about in the 45 minutes that followed, with real chances to break the deadlock very much limited.
After Erik Pieters went down in the West Brom box under the attentions of Matt Phillips and had his claims for a penalty waved away by referee Martin Atkinson, Stoke came close to scoring in the 25th minute when Glen Johnson lifted the ball over Ben Foster and Craig Dawson did well to head it away.
At the other end, Rondon was allowed to turn and shoot twice on the edge of the box and once inside the area, but each effort missed the target.
The hosts applied more pressure as the second half got under way, with Allen’s header being deflected over by Dawson and Ryan Shawcross nodding a corner wide at the back post.
Pieters then once again tumbled in the box when feeling contact from Phillips, looked at Atkinson and saw the referee dismiss his spot-kick appeal.
Soon after, Stoke’s Premier League debutant goalkeeper Lee Grant palmed away a curling shot from Nacer Chadli, before Potters substitute Peter Crouch, brought on for Wilfried Bony, prodded an effort wide.
The home side’s growing momentum finally yielded a goal when Xherdan Shaqiri crossed from the right, Jonny Evans’ headed attempt at a clearance fell to Allen and the Wales international finished from close range.
Four minutes later, Stoke were grateful to Grant as he pulled off a smart diving save to keep out James McClean’s header.
But they then saw Grant beaten at the death as Rondon connected with a corner to bring things level.
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Struggling winger Memphis Depay is the subject of interest from Italy, while Manchester United may have suffered a blow in their pursuit for Danny Drinkwater, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
MILAN PREPARE BID FOR MEMPHIS
AC Milan are considering a £24m January move for Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 22, according to reports in Italy.
Depay has struggled to make much of an impact at United following his £25million move from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in June 2015.
The winger arrived with high expectations after winning the Eredivisie Golden Boot in the 2014/15 season with 22 goals.
However, the Netherlands international has scored just two Premier League goals in 31 appearances for the Red Devils and could be on the way out.
Italian website CalcioMercatoWeb claim AC Milan are prepared to offer the 22-year-old an escape route in the January transfer window.
The report says the Serie A giants are looking at an initial loan deal with the view to making the move permanent in the summer for £24m.
Milan are flush with cash following the sale of the club to a Chinese consortium and have been linked with a number of high-profile signings in recent weeks.
Depay is under contract with United until June 2019 and has the option to extend for a further year, but the temptation to effectively get their money back on the player might be too big a temptation to resist for the club.
NO DRINKWATER BUY-OUT CLAUSE
Danny Drinkwater has not got a buy-out clause in his new Leicester City contract, manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed.
The England midfielder has been in sparkling form for City this season, having signed a new contract with City until 2021 in the summer, and his performances have led to speculation that Manchester United are planning a January move to try and entice the 26-year-old back to Old Trafford.
Drinkwater, who returns to Old Trafford on Saturday for the lunchtime clash with United, joined City in January 2012 from United and the Manchester-born player has spoken of his love for United, having grown up as a supporter before coming through the youth ranks at Carrington.
However, Ranieri dismissed the reports as pure speculation, revealed Drinkwater was tied to the club and said such stories were a sign that his players were playing well.
“Sometimes I think maybe the newspapers don’t have any news and they write some news,” Ranieri told the Leicester Mercury.
“I am very surprised, this often happens one month before the market opens, but he signed a new contract and everything is normal. For us it is good and for him it is good.
“I have players who a lot of big teams want, and that makes me happy, because it means we are working very well.’
“This is a good process to improve because one year ago nobody was asking about our players.
“Now there are big, big teams and my players must be very proud of this but maintain their way.
“Then if something happens, it’s okay, but he signed a new contract and I think he doesn’t have a clause and if Manchester want him it is okay.
“We don’t want to sell anybody. We want to keep our players and we showed this during the summer.
“We only lost N’Golo Kante because he had a clause but we didn’t lose any other player. We want to keep all the players and all the squad and maybe improve the squad.”
AND THE REST
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has agreed a new four-year deal with winger Jesse Lingard, who will double his wages to £50,000 a week (The Sun)
Yaya Toure’s father has begged Pep Guardiola to forgive his son and give him another chance, with the midfielder having been exiled from the team following a row with agent Dimitri Seluk (The Sun)
Cologne are suing one of their own fans after the supporter threw a flare in the stadium and the Bundesliga club had to pay the fine (The Sun)
Hull City defender Curtis Davies, 31, is hoping for an England call-up following his impressive start to the Premier League season (Yorkshire Post)
Slaven Bilic has still not decided on the name of his four-day-old daughter because he is too busy sorting out the problems at West Ham (various)
Aleksandar Kolarov will be offered a new deal by Manchester City in recognition of his impressive start to the season (Daily Mirror)
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been ruled out of the Premier League game with Manchester United and could miss three weeks due to a groin problem (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea and Croatia midfielder Mario Pasalic, 21, could be heading back to the Blues from his loan spell at AC Milan (Calcio Mercato)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will select Loris Karius, 23, ahead of regular goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 28, for Saturday’s Premier League match with Hull at Anfield (Liverpool Echo)
Jamie Carragher insists Jose Mourinho should be able to criticise Manchester United’s players in the way Sir Alex Ferguson did after the Portuguese was attacked for his public criticism of Luke Shaw (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, has insisted he never considered leaving the Blues during the summer transfer window (Sky Sports)
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of the club’s photoshoot in yet another snub (Daily Mirror)
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 29, says that he has “no regrets” after seeing a move to Juventus fall through (Le Parisien)
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson says Jose Mourinho should start picking Michael Carrick (Daily Express)
Ronald Koeman believes Everton’s rivals were guilty of branding Idrissa Gueye a dud as he backed the midfielder to become as influential as N’Golo Kante was for Leicester City last season (Daily Express)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged Sergio Aguero to be ‘smart’ on his return from a three-match ban for elbowing West Ham’s Winston Reid (The Guardian)
Sunderland boss David Moyes has said he was offered the chance to sign free agent Emmanuel Adebayor, 32, last month but is not currently considering a deal for the striker (ESPN)
Sunderland manager David Moyes has urged Patrick van Aanholt and his team-mates to behave like role models after the Dutchman was photographed appearing to be smoking shisha pipes (The Guardian)
Arsene Wenger says he would have liked to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa two years ago (The Guardian)
Arsene Wenger insisted that the strength of Chelsea after the arrival of Jose Mourinho in 2004 was their players and not their new manager (Daily Telegraph)
West Brom boss Tony Pulis will oversee his 1,000th game at the weekend and says “it’s all about survival” (Daily Telegraph)
Everton speed demon Yannick Bolasie has recalled the time he beat the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt (Daily Mail)
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Team news ahead of all the weekend’s Premier League matches, with Anthony Martial ruled out for Manchester United and an Arsenal striker requiring a fitness test.
Manchester United v Leicester
Saturday, 12:30pm, Old Trafford
Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United’s Premier League clash with champions Leicester.
The forward was forced off in last weekend’s defeat at Watford and, despite returning to training on Friday, will be absent with an ankle/calf problem.
Luke Shaw (groin) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (thigh) are back in contention for the squad, but Phil Jones (knee) remains absent.
Marcin Wasilewski is suspended for Leicester after his red card in their EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea.
The defender was dismissed in the 89th minute and will sit out at Old Trafford, with Claudio Ranieri expected to hand several first-team regulars a recall.
He made seven changes in the 4-2 extra time defeat, with Jamie Vardy, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Daniel Amartey and Riyad Mahrez all set to return. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has recovered from concussion, but has suffered a minor muscle strain in training so is a doubt, while Matty James and Nampalys Mendy (both ankle) are still unavailable.
Bournemouth v Everton
Saturday, 3pm, Vitality Stadium
Manager Eddie Howe said there are a “couple of injury issues” for Bournemouth.
Midfielder Dan Gosling will be hoping to be in the team after scoring in the Cherries’ 3-2 defeat to Preston in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, as he is yet to start in the league this season.
The Bournemouth boss is expected to field a different side to the one which faced the Sky Bet Championship outfit after making a number of changes for the cup game.
Romelu Lukaku is set to return for Everton.
The striker, who has scored four goals in his last two games, missed Tuesday night’s EFL Cup defeat by Norwich with a toe injury.
James McCarthy and Darron Gibson (both groin) are making good progress and should be back within two to three weeks but Muhamed Besic (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Liverpool v Hull
Saturday, 3pm, Anfield
Liverpool midfielders Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum are set to return.
The pair were rested for the midweek EFL Cup win over Derby, with striker Daniel Sturridge also sitting that out after missing training with a niggle which could put his place against the Tigers in doubt.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is expected to return, despite summer signing Loris Karius making his competitive debut and keeping a clean sheet against the Rams.
Hull midfielder Jake Livermore returns to contention following suspension.
Livermore, a makeshift centre-half in the Tigers’ first five league games, missed the midweek EFL Cup win at Stoke due to a one-game ban and caretaker boss Mike Phelan must decide whether to recall him or retain Harry Maguire alongside skipper Curtis Davies.
New signings Ryan Mason, Markus Henriksen, David Marshall, Will Keane, James Weir and Dieumerci Mbokani all started on Wednesday night and will be hoping to make their first league starts.
Middlesbrough v Tottenham
Saturday, 3pm, Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will welcome back and Jordan Rhodes.
Uruguay international Stuani missed the 3-1 defeat at Everton with a groin problem, while Scotland counterpart Rhodes sat out with a knee injury, but both have returned to training and are available once again.
That means Karanka has only full-back Fabio da Silva (knee) and midfielder Grant Leadbitter (hernia surgery) missing from his squad as he looks to end a run of two successive league defeats.
Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier.
Dembele and Dier are both struggling with hamstring strains and may not be risked while Danny Rose will also be assessed as he nears recovery, also from a hamstring injury.
Harry Kane remains sidelined with an ankle problem meaning Vincent Janssen will be handed his second Premier League start up front.
Stoke v West Brom
Saturday, 3pm, Bet365 Stadium
Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri will undergo a late fitness test.
Shaqiri has not featured since the first game of the season due to a calf injury but has been training this week as he closes in on a return to action.
Forward Jonathan Walters is a doubt after missing the EFL Cup loss to Hull on Wednesday because of an ankle problem.
Tony Pulis will have an unchanged West Brom squad in what will be the Welshman’s 1,000th game as a manager on Saturday.
James Morrison’s return from injury against West Ham and Hal Robson-Kanu’s inclusion for the first time last weekend means that the only player unavailable to Pulis is Chris Brunt, who is continuing to make his way back from a knee injury.
Pulis has hinted that he might make one or two changes to his starting line-up despite the impressive 4-2 victory over the Hammers with Allan Nyom and Saido Berahino pushing strongly for places, while Craig Gardner and Morrison may also be options.
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Saturday, 3pm, Stadium of Light
Adnan Januzaj returns to the Sunderland squad after suspension.
The Manchester United loanee is available after sitting out the 2-1 EFL Cup third round victory at QPR in midweek following his red card at Tottenham, and he will be joined by fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Jermain Defoe following their respective recoveries from groin and calf injuries.
Midfielder Wahbi Khazri has recovered from illness and frontman Victor Anichebe is close to being available as he works his way towards match fitness, but keeper Vito Mannone (elbow), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) are still out.
Crystal Palace are without captain Scott Dann after he suffered a minor hamstring injury in the EFL Cup defeat at Southampton.
He also remains a doubt for next Friday’s match with Everton, but James Tomkins has been passed fit and will replace him alongside Damien Delaney in central defence. Pardew will also name Delaney as captain.
Beyond that, the manager is expected to revert to much of the team that last week defeated Stoke 4-1, instead of retaining those who lost at Southampton.
Swansea v Manchester City
Saturday, 3pm, Liberty Stadium
Record signing Borja Baston could make his first Premier League start for Swansea.
Borja impressed during Wednesday’s 2-1 EFL Cup defeat against City, while Swans boss Franceso Guidolin must also decide whether to involve club captain Leon Britton after the 34-year-old shone in midweek.
Winger Nathan Dyer, meanwhile, has undergone surgery to remove extra bone that had grown on his ankle. He is likely to be sidelined until mid-November.
Top scorer Sergio Aguero returns for Manchester City after completing his domestic suspension.
Uncertainty remains over the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany with no updates on his condition since leaving the field late in City’s EFL Cup win at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday – the Belgian’s first appearance of the season after a thigh injury.
Playmaker David Silva might return after a muscle injury but midfielder Fabian Delph could still be doubtful.
Arsenal v Chelsea
Saturday, 3pm, 5:30pm
Arsene Wenger will recall a host of first-team regulars.
The Gunners boss made 11 changes for Tuesday night’s EFL Cup win at Nottingham Forest but the likes of Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will return at the Emirates Stadium.
Olivier Giroud (toe) faces a late fitness test while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (all knee) are out.
Chelsea will remain without the injured John Terry when they visit rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.
The captain and central defender suffered an ankle injury in the recent 2-2 draw with Swansea but, despite optimism that he would, he has not recovered on time.
It is hoped he and fellow central defender Kurt Zouma, who injured his anterior cruciate ligaments, will soon return to training.
Beyond them manager Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad from which to choose, and must decide whether or not to retain Cesc Fabregas against his former team after his two goals at Leicester.
West Ham v Southampton
Sunday, 4pm, London Stadium
West Ham will be without a recognised left-back after Arthur Masuaku joined Aaron Cresswell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Boss Slaven Bilic can welcome back centre-half Winston Reid, however, after he shook off the knock which has kept him out him for a fortnight.
Andy Carroll is progressing well after a knee injury and will be back after the international break. Fellow forwards Andre Ayew (thigh) and Diafra Sakho (back) are still out.
Southampton will again be without forward Jay Rodriguez because of a groin problem.
Saints manager Claude Puel is expected to recall his first-team regulars after changing the side for the midweek EFL Cup win over Crystal Palace.
Club-record signing Sofiane Boufal continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury, and the Morocco midfielder could make a belated debut after the international break, while right-back Jeremy Pied (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Burnley v Watford
Monday, 8pm, Turf Moor
Burnley will be without striker Andre Gray for the Premier League match at home to Watford on Monday night after he was banned for four matches for comments he made on social media.
The suspension may bring Sam Vokes into contention for a start, with the likes of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Patrick Bamford and Jon Flanagan also angling for promotion from the bench.
Hamstring victim Ashley Barnes is the only notable absentee.
Watford will be without defender Daryl Janmaat.
The Holland international suffered a shoulder injury in Watford’s impressive 3-1 victory against Manchester United and could be sidelined for six weeks.
Defender Jose Holebas is also an injury doubt, while a number of other players will be evaluated over the coming days to determine their fitness for the trip to Turf Moor.
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West Brom boss Tony Pulis says that it "couldn't be scripted better" as he prepares to play Stoke in his 1,000th game as a manager.West Brom – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 12:51
Mark Hughes leads the way in this season’s Premier League Sack Race, but Jose Mourinho is the big mover and we investigate if his managerial style could cost him his job.
1. Mark Hughes
Generally a 20/1 poke at the start of the season Mark Hughes is as short as evens to get the boot first this season after a poor start.
Sunday’s capitulation at Crystal Palace leaves Stoke with just a point from their first five games – a point they picked up on the opening day against Middlesbrough.
The summer arrivals of Joe Allen, Bruno Martins Indi, Wilfried Bony and Ramadan Sobhi raised hopes of an improvement in their ninth-placed finish in the Premier League, but as Hughes accepted on Sunday they are in danger of letting that get away from them already.
Hughes’ Stoke have been a model of consistency in the last three years with ninth place theirs for the last three years and Hughes has targeted a higher finish this time around. However, defensively, where Stoke were so strong under Tony Pulis’ reign, the Potters have been awful.
They have conceded four goals three times already this season – although two of those results were against highly-fancied Manchester City and Tottenham. So Stoke have had a tough start with a trip to Everton also thrown in and that will surely have been considered by chairman Peter Coates, who has backed Hughes.
However, the fact that they have conceded 14 goals this term and 50 this year cannot hide the fact that defensively Hughes had problems last season too.
2. Tony Pulis
Generally a 7/2 shot Tony Pulis looks a touch of value given his history of walking away from jobs.
TP walked away from Crystal Palace after just eight months in 2014. On the eve of the season, after taking his bat and ball home over his transfer budget, he quit at Selhurst Park. And there have already been signs friction on that front with West Brom with Pulis recently suggesting the club’s incoming transfers were not his targets.
The Albion faithful are also far from happy with Pulis’ style of play, however the weekend’s win over West Ham was much needed and if he can follow that up in the next few weeks then he may buy himself some time, but if he does go it will most likely be his decision and may be at any time.
3. Francesco Guidolin
There were fears over the Swansea boss’ health last season and rumours of Brendan Rodgers’ return were rife, but that never materialised and Rodgers went to Celtic.
Guidolin penned a two-year deal, but things have not gone according to plan this term with just four points and four goals scored. A 5/1 chance Guidolin looks all set for a difficult season after an uninspiring transfer window.
4. Slaven Bilic
After a brilliant punditry display with the BBC at Euro 2016, things have gone down the pan for West Ham.
The move to the Olympic Stadium has been difficult and defeats to West Brom and Watford have piled the pressure on Bilic, who said he was embarrassed at the half-time, losing 3-0 to West Brom.
The Croatian has demanded a reaction and the end to individual mistakes and he looks capable of turning things around and BetVictor share that view with him quotes at 8/1. Paddy Power are not quite so confident and have Bilic as short as 5/1.
5. Alan Pardew
6. David Moyes
7. Aitor Karanka
8. Claude Puel
9. Walter Mazzarri
= Next permananet Hull boss
11. Sean Dyche
= Arsene Wenger
= Eddie Howe
= Jose Mourinho
Charged in from 100/1 ahead of the weekend to as short as 16/1 with Coral after Manchester United’s defeat to Watford and the ensuing fall-out.
The Portuguese boss had not dealt with things well and suggestions that his heavy-handed approach may well be outdated have some validity.
He has now lost 11 of his last 21 Premier League games and although the majority of those were with Chelsea before his ill-fated return ended in the sack, there are already similar signs emerging at Old Trafford.
Things were going swimmingly and ‘United were back’ ahead of the Manchester derby. But the manner of the defeat against their city rivals had alarm bells ringing and throwing Jesse Lingard and new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan under the bus after hauling them off at half-time was ill-judged. And with just a month of the season gone he followed those comments up with suggestions some of his players could not deal with the pressure before hammering Luke Shaw in the aftermath of the 3-2 defeat to Watford.
Mourinho referred to Shaw as “our left-back” – hardly discreet, but hugely divisive. It’s hard to see how trust can be developed between players and manager when, at the first sign of trouble, the boss is calling you out in the press. You can only imagine what was said in the privacy of the dressing room.
But at 53 years old are his brash management style outdated?
He has already upset a number of his squad and failing to add new blood to his backroom staff and the lack of new ideas and fresh thinking may well be becoming exposed.
15. Antonio Conte
= Claudio Ranieri
= Ronaldo Koeman
19. Mauricio Pochettino
20. No manager to leave
= Pep Guardiola
The post Sack Race: Mourinho odds slashed, are his methods outdated? appeared first on teamtalk.com.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 17 Sep 19:27
West Ham's poor start to the season continues as they suffer a fourth league defeat, going down to West Brom at the Hawthorns.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 17 Sep 00:00
West Brom manager Tony Pulis says the only way he will stop being West Brom manager is if he is sacked by the club's new Chinese owners.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 15 Sep 19:24
West Brom's long-awaited takeover by a Chinese investment group has been completed, the Premier League club announces.