Wednesday 20 January 21: After a little writing, cleaning up things from the last couple of days, I switch to the Sporting Life site to see the following: Leicester returned to the top of the Premier League after a dominant 2-0 victory over Chelsea, which piled more pressure on manager Frank Lampard, who is now 4/5 to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job.
Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison struck in the first half to lift the Foxes above Manchester United at the summit by a point. Brendan Rodgers has been happy for his men to go under the radar in the title race but his bright and energetic side continue to underline their credentials. Even with Jamie Vardy on a five-game goal drought, composed and controlled Leicester have enough quality to win. Maddison’s goal – his third in three outings – came just two minutes after VAR had overturned a penalty award for Chelsea when replays showed Jonny Evans’ foul on Christian Pulisic came outside the box.
Premier League sack race odds: Frank Lampard – 4/5: Steve Bruce – 15/8: Chris Wilder – 3/1
Defeat further dented Chelsea’s top-four hopes and their indifferent form of two wins in eight league games keeps the pressure on boss Frank Lampard.
A summer spend of over £200million has failed to reap immediate rewards and they sit eighth, five points adrift of the top four. The visitors never looked like troubling the Foxes and Lampard would have been furious when his expensive side paid the price for switching off twice to help the hosts to a sixth-minute lead. First, they were slow to react to a quick free-kick and Tammy Abraham knocked Harvey Barnes’ cross behind. Then, when Marc Albrighton and Maddison combined for a short corner, the visitors were unprepared. It allowed Albrighton to cross for Barnes, who miscued, and the ball fell for Ndidi to cut a half-volley in off the post from 20 yards.
That was the Sporting Life, now I look at times as they are: Having spoken to one or two friends, mainly about health and football, the football being how concerned they are about Chelsea’s latest relapse.
I look at Brendan Rodgers and the path he has taken since leaving Stamford Bridge a few years back when taking the Watford, with ironically, Frank Lampard senior as his assistant. I knew that combination wouldn’t work out having seen Frank work with his brother-in-law at WHU way back when the Hammers had young Frank among several other potentially top players, in fact, l might be right in saying they had a half a dozen youngsters in the England squad under Harry Redknapp with Frank, Rio, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Julian Dicks and Trevor Sinclair…
Anyhow, how the game moves on and as l just had a conversation with Tony Jiminez about look at the difference between Rodgers and Lampard’s teams last night, yay the Krishnan has never had a look in after his exploits – where he almost pulled off the championship with Liverpool before having success at Glasgow Celtic – something l would not read to much into – as l think l could win things in Glasgow with a patch in one eye and one leg, which l basically have, if you see the damage that automobile did to it or may l say those incredible surgeons that performed fasciotomies on both legs.
You’ll have to Google fasciotomy as every time l explain it l have repercussions of such times.
Football amazes me, when you think Roman came in and has given a job to every Tom, Dick and Harry from abroad when Rodgers has worked his way back to the summit of the Premiership after putting one over the club l’m certain he’d have loved to have been at instead of Leicester City – which l might be overstepping the mark as l’ve met him – and my son Anthony speaks do highly of him – and he is no second rater, as you can see by the way these young Foxes are going about things, so very impressive last night. The heat most certainly is on both the top of that table and in Frank’s kitchen in one of his many properties.
The other point about Chelsea is how far Chelsea have slid downhill since those heady days of Frank, John Terry, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, Arjen Robben and Petr Cech? The question mark being the main talking point whether it’s on s podcast with Don shanks and John Sitton or with Tony Jiminez and Johnny Boyle – and then there’s you in pub talk, or would have been had they been open!
The bookmakers make Frank the new favourite at 4/5 to be the next to join what used to be the dole queue where it’s now Millionaires Row, although Frank has already enough property to not only feed but house all of Marcus Rashford’s school kids. There is no chance today of even the worst manager ever who put a pair of shoes on going down that rocky and bumpy path of years ago.
Football is the only place of employment where you live the rest of your life in luxury for being a complete and utter failure.
This is the time l check my fridge? Oh yeah, and Marcus, would you like to know what our kids are at lunchtime?