A Little Bit Too Keane?

Well, I don’t know about you lot, but I haven’t really stopped chortling yet. Middlesbrough 2-1 Chelsea. There are many issues that I could try to discuss at this point. Are Chelsea just too arrogant to win the Premiership again this season? Was it just a lapse in concentration, or is there a deeper malaise at Stamford Bridge? All very interesting questions, I’m sure you’ll agree, but I’d rather focus briefly on this question: have we seen the finest moment of Gareth Southgate’s managerial career, in only his second competitive game? I mean, in all likelihood, exactly how much better is it going to get for him? Middlesbrough are an average Premiership team. They may get to, say, the semi-finals of the FA Cup. They might, at a push, get back into the UEFA Cup. But no. This is as good as it’s going to get for him. All of which brings me to the first major managerial shuffle of the season. Sunderland’s start to the season has been remarkably wretched. We all had a few laughs at their ill-fortune last season, as they found many, many strange, interesting and original ways to lose Premiership matches. Their start to this season, however, has been almost disturbingly bad. Four straight defeats in the league, and then, on Tuesday, a comprehensive 2-0 defeat against Bury. Probably the worst team in the...

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