‘Two up, Two down’ – Farewell Pulisball

‘Two up, Two down’ – Farewell Pulisball

Two up, Two down

It’s week 5 of our ‘Two up, Two down’ series following the return of proper football after an extremely boring international break. We’ve looked at the highs and lows from a busy weekend and picked out our top two for each.

TWO UP – Marco Silva

What a job the Watford manager is doing. Despite only being in the role for less than 6 months, Marco Silva is already being linked with a switch to Everton. Watford are currently 8th in the Premier League after a 2-0 weekend win against West Ham. The Hornets are now just four points behind Arsenal and Liverpool, 12 games into a season where some thought they might be in a relegation fight.

Watford’s summer business has produced several high quality performers for Silva’s side, including 20-year-old Brazilian Richarlison. The winger arrived from Fluminese for £11.2m and has quickly become a Fantasy Football favourite after scoring five Premier League goals from his opening 12 games. Marco Silva continues to be linked with the vacant managerial position at Everton with a reported £10million offer arriving from the Merseyside club for Silva. It has been reported that the 40-year-old would like to talk to Everton, however would a departure half-way into his first season in the job look good on his CV?

It’s set to be an interesting week where the Everton job is concerned with money also coming in for former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

TWO UP – Luton Town

When it comes to entertainment, you don’t need to look much further than the League Two title favourites Luton Town. Nathan Jones’ side love a big win at Kenilworth Road. Already this season, they’ve won 8-2, 7-1 and 7-0 and it’s not even December yet. Striker Danny Hylton has scored 9 goals in his last 9 games including a hat-trick against Cambridge on Saturday. The 28-year-old is joint top scorer in League Two and is the 5/1 favourite to win the Golden Boot.

Luton boss Nathan Jones has been linked with various jobs in the past including Wigan and Rotherham, however the former Brighton coach has remained loyal to Luton so far. After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, the Hatters will be hoping to go one better this season and they’re heading in the right direction with how the season has started in free-scoring form.

TWO DOWN – Pulisball

The end of an era. Tony Pulis is no longer managing in the Premier League to the joy of West Brom fans and a lot of neutrals. His management style is one of the main reasons why the Premier League has lost it’s attraction to many supporters. A ‘play to not concede’ attitude doesn’t lend to entertainment no matter how you look at it. Football has wrongly become a business and despite it being understandable that owners of clubs have to do all they can to ensure survival in the top-flight, for the high ticket prices they charge, surely the quality of football should go some way to justify this expense. In recent years, Tony Pulis’ tactics have included having as many centre-backs on the pitch at any one time. Not good.

An extremely poor start to the season has resulted in the departure of Pulis from West Brom after picking up just three points away from home in their last 10 games. The Baggies are now just one point ahead of West Ham who currently sit in the third and final relegation position.

Within minutes of his dismissal, Pulis was heavily linked with the Wales vacancy however it’s hard to see him getting the best out of players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey with his defensive approach to games.

Two down

Former West Brom manager Tony Pulis.

TWO DOWN – Bury 

It’s been a bad week for The Shakers. Two back-to-back 3-0 defeats at home has seen Bury slumped at the bottom of the League One table and knocked out of the FA Cup. Several pundits fancied Bury pre-season to mount a promotion push after some high-profile signings including former Leeds and Preston striker Jermaine Beckford. They are currently five points adrift at the bottom of the league after 18 games.

The only positive for the manager-less club is the fact that former Sunderland boss Simon Grayson is the odds-on favourite to be their next manager. A move which would still appear to be unlikely despite the betting. Caretaker manager Ryan Lowe has failed to improve the position Lee Clark left the side in and without swift action to appoint someone who can turn their poor form around, it could be a drop to League Two for Bury this season.

Two up, Two down