*Comments you Probably would not have expected a Government/Tory MP to say: November 2018

This is new territory for me on this blog. It was prompted by some of the hypocrisy I saw in some of the comments coming from a number of Conservative MP’s in the aftermath of the Draft Brexit Agreement being announced and made public. Some of them I thought were totally mind-boggling, I really did. So, I thought I might start doing a monthly post picking out some of the more extraordinary comments uttered by an MP in government.

*The title of these posts is a working progress and is open to change. Please drop me a message on facebook, twitter or comment on this post if you have any suggestions for a more appropriate title. Additionally, each image along with the quotation comes from the individual’s bio page on the Parliament website. read more

Premier League Predictions 2018-19: December 15th-16th

And then there was one! Liverpool remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League this season after last weekends 4-0 win at Bournemouth while Manchester City succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. They were temporarily third before Tottenham beat Leicester 2-0 in the even later kick off of 7.45pm. Arsenal remain 5th after avoiding a potential banana skin in Huddersfield while Man United remain 6th after their 4-1 hammering of Fulham. That is courtesy of Everton’s 2-2 draw with Watford in the Monday Night Football and Newcastle succumbed to a 7th home defeat of the season against Wolves who won 2-1 at St James’s Park. Burnley secured a 1-0 win over Brighton and it was not the start Ralph Hassenhuttl was looking for at Southampton as his new side lost by the same scoreline at Cardiff while West ha, wpm a hectic London derby against Crystal Palace 3-2.

As the title of the post suggests, I will be making predictions on this weekends football as part of my weekly comparison of the predictions made by pundits Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson. In doing this, I aim to see who is the most accurate over the course of the season but also to see how I fare in comparison as well. To settle this, I use the scoring system utilised by Sky for their Super 6 game which is as follows: read more

2018/19 Premier League Managerial casualty number two: Mark Hughes out at Southampton, Ralph Hassenhuttl in!

The Premier League has seen its second managerial casualty of the season and after the first casualty, this one came as no surprise. At least not to me but given his side had just picked up a point against Manchester United, the timing is perhaps a surprise. After he insisted the pressure around his job was like ‘water off a duck’s back’ this weekend, the draw on Saturday was not enough to keep Mark Hughes in a job as Southampton manager. The Saints sacked the 55-year-old Welshman on Monday after only eight months in charge as they released the following statement…

Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes. Assistant First Team Manager Mark Bowen and Assistant First Team Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club. We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s. The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway. read more

Premier League 2018/19 Predictions: December 8th-10th

Last weekends Derby Sunday did not disappoint! Arsenal vs Spurs was a classic and had everything from penalties to red cards as tensions rose as Arsenal bounced back to win 4-2. Liverpool edged past Everton in dramatic fashion as Divock Origi handed Liverpool the three points and Claudio Ranieri’s return to Stamford Bridge was not so happy as his Fulham lost 2-0. Manchester City similarly continued their unbeaten start of the season with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth while West Ham won 3-0 at St James’s Park. There were home wins for Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Leicester while Brighton won on the road at Huddersfield. Southampton squandered a 2-0 lead over Manchester United at St Mary’s as Jose Mourinho’s side came back to a 2-2 draw.

Mark Hughes was sacked by Southampton. [Image from The Guardian]

After the weekend, there was a managerial casualty. The draw was not enough to keep Mark Hughes in a job as Southampton gave the 55-year-old Welshman his P45 after eight months in charge and a run of 10 games without a win. Kelvin Davis took charge of their 3-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday. read more