Midlands malaise and specter of upcoming Premier League sacking | football

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We don’t want to get too excited, but there are signs that Fiver’s tireless campaign may finally pay off. With the hastily held respect respite in the international break looming, a number of Premier League teams are looking to a full four weeks between matches. The detrimental effect is that with a long Human Rights World Cup holiday looming, the overhead table will be an uneven and unsatisfactory mixed for some time. Just look at her condition!

It’s hard to extract a lot of narration from this particular set of data, but by running the numbers through our Fivermetrics™ supercomputer, we can predict a rough year for the mid-tier giants in the first place. Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Leicester City have won 48 major titles. Sadly, they have already conceded 56 goals collectively this season, and they are all currently in the bottom six. Leicester are rearing up after giving up on the whole project of being a football club – signing players, tagging set pieces, things like that. It’s unlikely that new centre-back Wout Faes, a kind of tacky David Luiz, will improve things.

The next / first assignment for coach Brendan Rodgers / new manager Sean Daichi will be Monday night’s derby against Forrest… ah under fire Steve Cooper / new manager Sean Daichi, whose team began to resemble the mid-2000s reality TV experience, Where the historic club returns tickets back in time, only to have its entire squad replaced overnight. At least it’s probably entertaining, which is more than can be said about wolves. Across England’s top six leagues, Gillingham has scored fewer than the three goals scored by Bruno Lage’s tepid shots so far this season.

Then there’s Aston Villa, who at least won Southampton in a match broadcast on Sky Sports, then described by Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling as “up there with the worst PL match ever”. What about Steven Gerrard? Did he manage to instill some much-needed grits in his side, or send an expensively assembled team to play football with meat and potatoes while searching Tyrone Mings’ cupboard for bags of ketchup? The jury’s still out – and the return of old TV buddy Rafa Benitez, the specter of impeachment yet to come, may heat up that hot seat even more.

However, as The Fiver knows all too well, it can always be worse. Stoke and West Brom got caught up in a post-Pulisball feedback loop. Birmingham, Derby and Coventry have all had years of financial trouble. But is stepping on water the only alternative? Instead of fighting a territorial relegation battle, perhaps they should stick two fingers in front of Todd Buehle and form their own Midlands All-Stars team. With Leicester’s attack, Wolverhampton’s defense, Forest manager and Villa’s budget combined, they may still be up. may be.

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“I knew we had to change things inside, but I couldn’t do it right away because I was [a] Red can be considered “Oh, he came to change our club.” At another club, I would have made those decisions. I’ve done it in the past, because you clearly know that’s the way to improve, but at Everton I couldn’t do it” – Rafa Benitez explains how that giant elephant in the room trampled on all his chances at Goodison Park.

It’s David Squires… the Premier League’s attempts to get the right tone.

Zing! Illustration: David Squires/The Guardian

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“It is wrong to write to The Fiver with a pedantic point [yet here we both are – Fiver Ed] But the National League’s Boreham Wood/Arsenal’s Back-up Ground/Strictly Come Dancing home is not in ‘deepest’ Hertfordshire (Fever Friday). The area has a London telephone number, as is its proximity to Greater London hotspots/pipeline ends such as Edgware and Stanmore” – Neil Rose.

“Now that Hartlepool has pushed head coach Paul Hartley through the ‘do one’ door, does that mean they will need to rename the club?” James Furtkamp Tong.

Spain’s allusion to cycling in the coverage of the team’s latest announcement (today’s quote Friday) was an interesting decision. While the men’s soccer team was dominating the international game between 2008 and 2014, Spanish cyclists have been dominating the Grand Tours. Since then, Spain’s cycling successes have been limited to winning the team rankings, which are well deserved but are still secondary competitions to all-around individual racing. However, as a means of generating interest in the Nations League, it is probably ideal” – Ed Taylor.

“Now we’re supposed to have Gareth Southgate, in full cricket uniform, announce his next team while some poor bad guy (maybe James Madison) hits a six in tribute to Baseball?” Nabil Francis.

Send your messages to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can always tweet to The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner for our o’ the day, who also received a copy of Johnathan Wilson’s Two Brothers, also available to buy here, is… Ed Taylor.

Max Rashidin and his European team ask: Are Bayern and Juventus in crisis? The weekly women’s soccer capsule is selected during the opening weekend of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Would you say A Le Tissier does good things?
Would you say A Le Tissier does good things? Photo: Tim Markland/PA

News, Bit and Pop

La Liga has vowed to “bring justice” to fans who chanted racist slurs at Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior ahead of the Atletico derby.

Judd Bellingham, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice were deemed fit enough to train at home in England before their Nations League defeats by Italy and Germany.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is questioned in the north London derby on 1 October after leaving the France camp with a disturbing case of thigh talent.

Keith Curle is the new director of Curleypool.

And David Unsworth is the latest rider to face the challenge of trying to survive more than a year at Oldham. “I really think this cabaret is a sleeping giant,” Huda said, as he replaced a picture of John Sheridan’s family on his new desk with one of his own.

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Months before the start of the Human Rights World Cup, migrant workers in Qatar’s stadiums face poor living conditions and say They still pay illegal fees and can’t change jobs. Pete Bateson reports from Doha.

When Jess Hayes was young, she would grope, stare at and be called as she attended Premier League matches, but she, she writes, shows WSL that attending a match can be fun and safe.

The Son Heung-min trilogy over the weekend brought a collective sigh of relief in South Korea, John Duerden explains.

That's fine, son.
That’s fine, son. Photo: Peter Chibora/Action Images/Reuters

Jonathan Liu suggests Todd Boley’s arrival as soccer ideas foreign money wants to talk as well as spend. Meanwhile, Aaron Thames says US creepy! United States of America!! United States of America!!! Influencing football doesn’t have to be a bad thing globally.

Forget Paris Saint-Germain. In Ligue Urrrrrrrrn, the real fun lies in a relegation battle that threatens to include more than half the teams, says Adam White.

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