I crammed four movies into one weekend and a cold into a normal football-watching weekend, and have The Mandalorian ahead of me — but first, a ramble.
Ramble of the Day
I’ll have wrapped the Hoddle up before the sun comes up in the United Kingdom, and so only the news of Quique Sánchez Flores’s firing will be in the links. I’d include Unai Emery’s fate in there, too, but that one’s been digested by us all in the comments.
Still, I’ll go ahead and say that I expect Marco Silva to join the group by the time I check the Hoddle comments. It seems to be trending that way, though I wonder if Ole Gunnar Solskjær will join him. I’ll guess he won’t, but I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong before.
After all, I was wrong when I asked on Friday who’d be sacked next in the Premier League. I said Silva, but within hours of the Hoddle going up, I was wrong. From the suggestion of a kind Hoddler, I pretended the question would be who would follow Emery. Again, I was wrong.
I now envision a world where all of the other managers on my list from Friday — Solskjær and Manuel Pellegrini — will also be fired before Silva. It’d also be hard to imagine Silva not getting fired sooner rather than later, even if the other two go before him. We’re probably hitting a period jam-packed with matches, year-end lists, and managerial firings.
What may be more fun, though, is seeing who eventually succeeds all of these managers. Tottenham quickly answered that question, but there are so many spots up for grabs! Wonder if anyone will pick Tim Sherwood up, while he’s free (unless that Amazon gig isn’t worth leaving).
tl;dr: I’m betting Marco Silva will be fired by the time this goes up.
Links of the Day
Inter’s Romelu Lukaku was racially abused by Slavia Prague fans during last week’s Champions League encounter.
Watford has sacked Quique Sánchez Flores less than three months after bringing him back to the club.
David Pemsel has stepped down as the Premier League’s CEO two months before officially beginning the job.
Today’s longer read: David Conn on the trial of David Duckenfield and a return of victim-blaming directed towards those who died at Hillsborough for The Guardian