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A quick answer from Old Trafford is no, while the Russian at Stamford Bridge is in favour. There is hardly a universal answer, but most teams sitting at the bottom of the Premier League decided to put the blame on their former managers. It can only be known in May how effective their moves are. The Linesman pre-assesses case-by-case whether the decisions of the board are justified.
Reading: Was it the manager’s fault?
They have surely produced some entertaining football. Two goals in the last ten minutes frustrated Chelsea; leading Manchester United …

After Rafael Benítez’ inevitable departure at the end of the season, Roman Abramovich will have seen four Champions League winning managers leave his club, only one of whom has succeeded in leading Chelsea to a Champions League final. Despite high-profile managers coming and going on a regular basis, Chelsea’s two Champions League final appearances have come during periods of transient management following a sacking of a high profile manager: Avram Grantin 2008 who replaced Jose Mourinho and Roberto Di Matteo in 2012 who took charge following André Villas-Boas’ departure.  Roberto …

There is a reason why Manchester United keep winning the Premier league. It’s because they know how. Man City and their Arab friends believe that the only way to win is to just spend as much money as they can to buy the best players available and just put them out there to do their stuff.

It worked, but only once. Why? Because they didn’t have the drive to go and win it again. They are like the Roman Empire, they had it all and they got fat and lazy and …

Everton put together an inspirational performance to beat Manchester City at Goodison Park. They were undoubtedly by far the better team of the afternoon, but Roberto Mancini’s tactical errors helped to make David Moyes’ mission to recover from the shocking FA Cup exit easier than thought.
Starting Aleksandar Kolarov
This had to be the key mistake Roberto Mancini made that cost the match. Two clean sheets in a row with Gael Clichy starting at left back was not convincing enough. Instead, the Italian chose to start Kolarov, a decision maybe only Seamus …

They are no longer the team with the most top-flight titles. They are no longer in the Big Four. Even the Merseyside is painted in blue this season. King Kenny could not restore the order. All hopes are on Brendan Rodgers. His erratic change in playing style led to some comical errors at Anfield, but it seems the patience of the fans has finally paid off. Liverpool shakes off their miserable start of the season and is back in the race for a European spot. Luis Suarez may be the …

I have always been a Jose Mourinho cynic, since his ‘Special One’ days at Chelsea where the focus and lens of the media were stuck on him and he thrived off it. His antics rivalled That of Di Canio, his tactical know how and ability to win trophies rivalled Ferguson and his mind games rivalled those of Derren Brown. However, he had his critics, some refused to get caught up in his orgy of egocentrism and self worth and believed his circus was bad for English football. I was one …

After Man United’s courageous exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, and Arsenal’s imminent bow to Bayern Munich, this Champions League looks like it is going to be the first in 17 years to not feature a single English side in the Quarter-Finals. You would have to go back to the 1995/1996 season, when Blackburn, the only English team, finished bottom in the group stage.
For years, English teams had dominated the Champions League, producing at least 1 Champions League finalist every year between 2005 and 2009, …

Since Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea Football Club in July 2003, which not only propelled Chelsea into the European force they are nowadays, but also saved the club from potential liquidation, Stamford Bridge has become home for nine managers – all of whom could argue that given enough time they could have gone on to achieve great things at the club. The reasoning behind the sacking of José Mourinho remains murky; however it was the ruthless dismissals of Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo that caused fans to question the …

It has been 2 months since Harry Redknapp officially took charge at QPR, and to the shock of many football fans, the club still remain at the bottom of the Premier League. However, as many know, Redknapp is not a manager to lose a relegation battle, but has even Harry himself left it too late?
Redknapp has become renowned for his famous escapes from the dreaded drop-zone, appropriately starting this trait in his first major coaching role at Bournemouth in 1982-83, where he was handed the manager’s position after a disappointing …

Newcastle United’s best start to a season in the Premier League was not from Kevin Keegan, nor Sir Bobby Robson, but Alan Pardew. It weren’t Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Faustino Asprilla, Alan Shearer; but Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba. The Magpies started the 2011/12 season with an 11-match unbeaten run and ended with European football qualification. It also made history as Pardew became the first English manager to win the Premier League Manager of the Season and League Managers Association Manager of the Year …