Specialists in arrogance
Jose Mourinho once called Arsene Wenger a "specialist in failure" and he wasn't far wrong. Not only did he specialise in not winning very much, he didn't seem to recognise that anything was wrong. This season the league was there for the taking for Arsenal or City but they've both failed miserably. For Wenger to believe that his squad was so good that he didn't have to buy a single outfield player in the summer was bordering on the insane, or a bout of severe arrogance.
Pellegrini is not much better. City have not been able to string together two Premiership wins on the bounce since October and have not beaten any team in the top 9 all season with the single exception of Southampton. The City fans regard him as useless despite his so-called charm. Arrogance again. If you were to put your hands on a hot hob and it hurt, you’d quickly stop doing it. You might say the same about playing Bony. On Saturday against Norwich he didn’t have a single touch within 5 yards of the Norwich penalty box. He scores one goal in every 250 minutes on the pitch. And yet Pellegrini has a brilliant young striker in Kelechi Iheanacho who despite his youth and lack of minutes scores a goal every 142 minutes. Why would you play Bony? The pundits didn’t know, the fans didn’t know and when we bumped into Joe Hart over the weekend he point blank refused to comment.
The great thing is both of these specialists in arrogance who simply refuse to believe that they are possibly wrong are on the way out. Pellegrini is on his way – many of us City fans would like him to leave now – and the only thing keeping Wenger in a job is that the Arsenal board are scared to death of what might happen if he goes and will it be another Old Trafford situation.
Pellegrini’s failure at Norwich put a few noses out of joint with most of us captaining Aguero instead of Kane and some of us idiots even wasting out TC chip on the Argentine. The few that captained Kane were richly rewarded with 26 points or in the case of the sponsor’s recruitment manager, Natasha Wilcox, 39 points as TC to shoot her from 10th place to 3rd. Those blokes in Futura’s office must be pulling their hair out getting beaten by a female who claims to choose her team on lucky colours and numbers!
And let’s give a mention to Andrew Dyson who has returned to the Top10 having been absent for 13 weeks. Andrew chose Kane as his captain.
In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:
Natasha Wilcox, FuturaRec2Rec
Ben Wilcox, Bauhaus
Manager of the Week
A couple of seasons ago, Ossie Rowland was up there with the best. Unfortunately, he found a girlfriend instead and slipped into obscurity. But Ossie’s back with a vengeance and in a week where the average score was just 35 points, Ossie’s racked up no less than 88, helped by having Kane as his captain and a complete team scoring points.
Welcome back to the big time Ossie.
Page 2 Pacesetter
With 78 points in 63rd place, we find a manager who we’ve never come across before in the shape of one Stephen Farquhar. Stephen had the usual trappings of a good score this week, in that he had a full house on the team and Harry as his captain. It looks like a really good team actually and should be on Page One.
Welcome to the newsletter Stephen.
The Best of the Rest
With a massive 78 points in 128th place, Alex is another newbie to these pages. He couldn’t quite squeeze a full house out of this week, but he did, like the most successful teams this week all did, captain Harry. Alex is a big United fan but unusually for a United fan, he seems quite bright. He’s not got a single player from OT in his side.
Great to have you in the newsletter Alex!
With a 20% ownership and 5 goals to his name, Scott Dann is understandably very popular, but with Palace safe and concentrating on getting to Wembley, coupled with Scott’s drop off in form – 5 points in the last 4 games – we think its time to seek better value elsewhere.
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
The Baggies’ Venezuelan striker has scored 37 points in his last 6 games. He’s as strong as an ox, weighs 13st 6, but is one of the fastest players in the whole Prem. He’s got pedigree as well scoring 20 goals in 37 games for Zenit St Petersburg before he went to West Brom. And he’s only £6.5m.
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However, those of you who aren’t putting in your team names are missing out on some great publicity for your agency and, as recruiters tend to be competitive creatures, isn’t it better to beat you rivals in business AND in the fantasy league?
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