Two up, Two down – Manager merry-go-round…

Two up, Two down – Manager merry-go-round…

Two up, Two down

It’s our third edition of ‘Two up, Two down’, where we look back at the weekend of football and pick out the good, the bad and even the ugly!

TWO UP – Wolves steamrolling the Championship

What a job Nuno Espirito Santo is doing at Wolves. The former Valencia and Porto manager replaced Paul Lambert in the summer but after just 5 months in charge, Wolves are top of the Championship and into 4/7 from 16/1 pre-season to win the league.

Nuno has managed to bring a fluid style of football to Wolves with key additions in the shape of Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves, Willy Boly and leading Championship scorer Leo Bonatini, who joined on loan from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal FC. The Brazilian striker has now scored 10 goals in 16 games, including 7 in his last 6 in the league.

Wolves have won 7 of their last 9 games and are 4 points clear of third place Cardiff City with a couple of tough games coming up after the international break. An away trip to trip to Reading is followed by Leeds visiting Molineux before a home game against Bolton to end November.

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Wolves Manager Nuno Espirito before the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road.

TWO UP – Sean Dyche

The Clarets continue to climb up the Premier League table after back-to-back 1-0 wins against Newcastle and Southampton. Sean Dyche has managed to guide Burnley into a 7th place Premier League position, tied on points with Arsenal and Liverpool. It’s an incredible achievement for arguably one of the smallest clubs in the league on paper, however it shows what an incredible job Dyche is doing at the Lancashire club.

Dyche continues to be linked with managerial vacancies in the Premier League and he currently tops the betting to be the next Everton manager with Sam Allardyce. The 46-year-old is reaching an interesting point in his career where he needs to decide whether or not to stick or twist. During the last few months, Leicester, West Ham and Everton have all sacked their manager. Despite the incredible job Dyche has done at Burnley, would a ‘bigger’ club than those three be interested in his services? Not so sure.

If he sticks or twists, Sean Dyche has done an unbeliveable job during his 5 years as Burnley boss, but can they match HIS ambitions going forward?

TWO DOWN – Tooooony Pulis

During a 1-0 defeat away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, West Brom fans were heard singing “Tony Pulis, your football is sh*t”. Pulis has built a reputation for himself as a manager who will keep your side in the Premier League, which is undoubtably an attraction to chairman. However is this everything that’s wrong with modern football? How a team can pick up a few draws on the road, 1-0 wins at home and it’s job done. Survival. It’s getting to the point where fans aren’t settling for this, and why should they.

West Brom are now winless in the Premier League since August, which has seen them pick up just 4 points from their last 10 games.

How could we discuss Tony Pulis without another look at this legendary clip of Robbie Savage reacting to a Man Utd fan suggesting Pulis as the next Manchester United manager… enjoy!

TWO DOWN – Jose Mourinho

Another weekend down and another disappointing Manchester United display as they lost 1-0 away to Chelsea. It’s now just one goal scored in 900 minutes of football for a Jose Mourinho side against one of the ‘big six’ over the last 10 games.

Jose Mourinho’s away form vs the ‘big six’

Played – 10

Won – 0

Draw – 5

Lost – 5

The gap between United and their ‘noisy neighbours’ is now 8 points after only 11 games with Manchester City into 1/9 to win the Premier League. It’s going to take something special to prevent Pep Guardiola winning a first league title in England this season. Paul Pogba is proving to be a huge miss for Mourinho and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his way back from injury, both players could provide a huge boost for the final half of the season. If they’re not careful though, the gap might be too big to close.

The first Manchester derby of the season is just over a month away on December 10th and it’s surely a game José has to win. It goes without saying that between the international break and this fixture, Manchester United can’t be dropping many (if any) points if they are serious about regaining the Premier League title.

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