This past weekend cost two notable Premier League managers their jobs, with Andre Villas Boas's sacking from Spurs being the most high-profile. The Portuguese manager got the axe on Monday morning after his Tottenham side slumped to a thumping 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool in front of their own White Hart Lane faithful on Sunday afternoon.
How on earth have the Australians - defeated 3-0 only a few months ago - reversed the impetus from that series to such an extent that England's players now genuinely appear helpless?
Who can be trusted by an English top flight team once again despite their previous failures in the Premier League? The following managers are currently clubless and it could be argued that they deserve another chance to be successful in the Premier League.
Spurs sit in 7th place with a -6 goal differential and are ripe for passing by Manchester United. But who would have done better with this Spurs squad?
Sometimes, you catch sight of a headline and, as you feel your eyebrows heading for your hairline, you wonder to yourself: "Did I really read that right?" Such a headline caught my notice the other day. "Cristiano Ronaldo opens a museum in his own honour in Madeira, Portugal", it read.
When the draw was made on Monday morning, there will have been football fans the world over that wrote off the chances of Manchester City and Arsenal. Had this have been last season, then I would have agreed. This time around, however, I don't.
While it appears Cahill and Jagielka are first-choice for Hodgson, Terry's experience and evident ability in the back four would be a welcome boost to England, especially on the back of consecutive demoralising defeats to Chile and Germany.
As a racing fan and a Le Mans nut I read the tweet that announced Allan McNish's retirement with disbelief and then denial. The avalanche of messages that followed made it clear that the three-time Le Mans winner was indeed quitting while at the top of the sport, just 45 days after clinching the 2013 World Endurance Championship title in Shanghai... I was stunned.
Andre Villas-Boas and Steve Clarke became the latest casualties of a ubiquitous perversion of Christmas cheer this weekend... But for both men, it is a case of 'goodbye but not farewell'. So clique-infested is the managerial merry-go-round that they will be back before you know it.
For some clubs, the frenzied start to 2014 may simply pass them by, but there are clubs that will most definitely use the transfer window to import fresh talent and export stale players.
For some years now, fans and teams in the Premier League will have looked at games against Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and more recently Manchester City as games that they would most likely loose. The sort of games you would go into thinking that you would be lucky to get a point. This mindset, however, has changed of late.
Performing at an elite level of sport requires a tough mental and emotional discipline and that is not a given thing, it has to be learned. Its just as big a part of your training as the hours in the pool, the gym or the track. How you approach the mental and emotional side of sport will teach you more about yourself than any formal education, and probably be the biggest lesson you will learn... at elite level, you have to learn how to lose and your emotional response to losing is what toughens you up and teaches you who you are.
A week has done wonders for the outlook of Tottenham Hotspur supporters. After the 6-0 disaster at the Etihad, Spurs responded by taking seven out of a possible nine points.
Prior to last weekend, the last time Newcastle United won a league game at Old Trafford, the mobile phone had yet to be invented, the...
World class left-backs are a rarity in the modern game. Roberto Carlos set a benchmark for the marauding full-back during his playing career but other than Ashley Cole in his prime, it's difficult to pinpoint a standout player in the position. In the Bundesliga however, two have been winning the adulation of the neutral - David Alaba andRicardo Rodríguez.
From the moment a new manager is appointed we expect, in most cases, almost instant results. When these results don't materialise mass panic ensues in the media and the boardroom.