by Bulldog Drummond
Three teams have let in three or more goals in four consecutive home fixtures. West Brom are on the edge of this, and of course it will be very much to Arsenal’s benefit if that can be achieved.
|06 Dec 2020||West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace||L||1-5||Premier League|
|20 Dec 2020||West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa||L||0-3||Premier League|
|29 Dec 2020||West Bromwich Albion v Leeds United||L||0-5||Premier League|
As for Arsenal, a win won’t take us that far up the table, but it will help
|10||West Ham United||16||6||5||5||23||21||2||23|
although of course it depends on what the other teams do. But the only way out of the mire is a step by step approach and that is what we are looking for.
We are of course not going to catch Leeds in terms of goal scoring (15 would be nice but seems unlikely with the Larger Sam in charge of WBA); they have scored twice as many goals as we have but a 3-0 win for us and a 1-0 defeat for Leeds will take us above them – and the same applies to the other two teams above us.
Meanwhile, the ex-England manager with a penchant for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ (although I might be tempted to indulge in inappropriate behaviour to lay my hands on a million quid, so I can’t complain), can repeat the achievement of the Mark Hughes by winning a Premier League match as a manager against Arsenal with four different clubs.
“But what of this Larger Sam?” I hear you cry. What has he been a-doing of in his career? Basically, managing the likes of Limerick, Preston, Blackpool, Notts County, Notlob, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, England, Crystal Palace, Everton and Western Bromwich. You might have thought that people would have realised by now, but no, they keep giving him a job.
Still he is a record breaker, what with being the only football manager with three corruption charges against him – first the 2006 Panorama investigation, second when Ravel Morrison said he had come under considerable pressure from ever larger Sam to sign up with football agent Mark Curtis, who represented Allardyce and some West Ham players, and as England manager offering to give advice on how to get around those pesky FA rules on player third party ownership.
But well, these people will keep employing him, and these allegations keep being made, but of course we have no evidence whatsoever that the larger Sam has ever done anything wrong. Not a thing. Not a sausage. Not even a large sausage.
But the real problem for the larger Sam is that he actually isn’t very good as a manager.
|Preston North End (caretaker)||30 September 1992||30 November 1992||12||25.0|
|Blackpool||19 July 1994||29 May 1996||102||43.1|
|Notts County||16 January 1997||14 October 1999||145||38.6|
|Bolton Wanderers||19 October 1999||29 April 2007||371||41.2|
|Newcastle United||15 May 2007||9 January 2008||24||33.3|
|Blackburn Rovers||17 December 2008||13 December 2010||90||35.6|
|West Ham United||1 June 2011||24 May 2015||181||37.6|
|Sunderland||9 October 2015||22 July 2016||31||29.0|
|England||22 July 2016||27 September 2016||1||100.0|
|Crystal Palace||23 December 2016||23 May 2017||24||37.5|
|Everton||30 November 2017||16 May 2018||26||38.5|
|West Bromwich Albion||16 December 2020||Present||3||0.0|
We might perchance compare him with Arsenal’s managers over the same era
|George Graham||14 May 1986||21 February 1995||460||48.91|
|Stewart Houston||21 February 1995||15 June 1995||19||36.84|
|Bruce Rioch||15 June 1995||12 August 1996||47||46.81|
|Stewart Houston||12 August 1996||13 September 1996||6||33.33|
|Pat Rice||13 September 1996||30 September 1996||4||75.00|
|Arsene Wenger||1 October 1996||13 May 2018||1,235||57.25|
|Unai Emery||23 May 2018||29 November 2019||78||55.13|
|Freddie Ljungberg||29 November 2019||21 December 2019||6||16.67|
|Mikel Arteta||22 December 2019||Present||52||51.92|
We shall see.
- WBA v Arsenal, there’s a unanimity over the team
- WBA v Arsenal: The ups and downs of the Larger Sam
- West Bromwich v Arsenal: the curious case of home and away
- Arsenal transfers: Gnabry return, White a disaster, Martinez a loss?
- Why do journalists get so fixated on scoring in double figures?
- Buying players does not mean success as last season shows…
- All change with PGMO and the refs.. But what change?
- The last five years proves one big thing: nothing is guaranteed.