Sat, Jan 28
The manager makes ten changes to his team who then crash 5-0 at home to Arsenal.
Puel says he “would do the same thing again”. But I rather agree with Alan Shearer, Puel’s mass changes isn’t fair to fans or players with a chance of winning the Cup.
Sun, Jan 29
DIMITRI PAYET would have become a legend to every Hammers supporter.
But he’s a dead loss instead.
It would be unfair to say he hasn’t been trying this season but the manager knew in the weeks before Christmas that his heart wasn’t in it.
Once Slaven Bilic realised the damage Payet was inflicting to morale, we did the only thing that made sense. We sold him for as much as we could, to the only club who wanted to buy him.
That was £25million to Marseille, representing 250 per cent of the original price we paid to them 18 months ago.
On paper, good business; in reality, bad business. But other than treat a man like a naughty schoolboy — and with no legal right to force him to play — we took the only sensible option available.
Mon, Jan 30
NIGEL CLOUGH refuses to turn the wheel full circle and manage his father’s old club, Nottingham Forest.
How could he? Dad Brian won the league and two European Cups and Nigel played over 400 games.
He says he’s staying at Burton out of loyalty.
Maybe he didn’t fancy joining the line of eight sacked bosses in owner Fawaz Al Hasawi’s reign as his last, bitter memory of the club he loves.
Tues, Jan 31
SIMON MIGNOLET will never quite live down his blunder tonight.
He says he didn’t hear the whistle. His better answer was a penalty save that protected a 1-1 draw.
Weds, Feb 1
PEP GUARDIOLA says Chelsea’s ten-point lead is too great to make up and he’s probably right.
I think he’s been surprised by adaptability needed in the Prem.
Thurs, Feb 2
AT the sharp end of the African Nations Cup two matches have been decided by penalty shootouts.
But for clubs waiting for players to return, they feel no more exciting than shying at coconuts.
West Ham star Andre Ayew’s Ghana still have a third-place play-off.
But at least, after Cheikhou Kouyate’s Senegal lost a quarter-final shootout, he will be available for the Southampton.
Fri, Feb 3
WEST BROM supporters are, rightly, proud of their Black Country wit.
So when a 6ft 7in striker takes the field at The Hawthorns, no doubt the jokes will fly.
Equally, there will be huge appreciation for Peter Crouch who this week became the 26th player to score 100 Premier League goals.
Playing alongside Crouch, Saido Berahino, until this week an unhappy Baggie, will learn a lot about the game, and life itself.
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