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Premier League Weekly | Latest News & Stories – Oct. 4, 2021
Claudio Ranieri is returning to Premier League
Yesterday, news arrived that Watford sacked manager Xisco Munoz after ten months in charge and after seven games into the new season. That’s very usual for Watford. They are a club with a minimum of one manager change every season. The last season they sacked Vladimir Ivic in December when they were in the top 6 in the table. Now, they are 15th in Premier League with two wins and 7 points after seven games. But, that obviously wasn’t enough for the Pozzo family.
Hours after Xisco’s sacking, the news appeared that Claudio Ranieri is the main favorite to succeed Spaniard. The Italian manager previously worked at Sampdoria and Roma. Watford will be his 4th club in England after Chelsea, Fulham, and Leicester. He would be Watford’s 16th permanent manager in the last ten years.
Does James Milner deserve the second yellow card?
Pep Guardiola was furious with the referee after a 2-2 draw at Anfield with Liverpool. Manchester City manager says that referee Paul Tierney must give James Milner a second yellow card for his foul on Bernardo Silva in the 74th minute. Milner, who changes injured Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back, has a yellow card when he incautious brought Silva down in the 74th minute. Paul Tierney called a foul but didn’t gave Milner a second yellow.
Can Tottenham sack Nuno for free next summer?
English media are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur has the option to cut a deal with Nuno Espirito Santo next summer if the Portuguese manager doesn’t finish in the top 6 at the end of the season. Nuno, who wasn’t the club’s first option this summer, signs a two-year contract, but he can leave the club without compensation next summer if he doesn’t archive European football for 2022/23 seasons.
The pressure on Nuno is getting bigger. After a great start of the season and three wins from the first three games, Tottenham loses three straight matches with a 1-9 goal difference. Yesterday they won at home against Aston Villa, but that win doesn’t change the situation too much for Nuno because Tottenham struggles very much this season with the ball, and they create very little in every game.
Holidays are canceled at Southampton
Ralf Hasenhuttl ordered his players to return to training this with because winless start to the season. Players who are not on international duty agreed with the club that they could have all week off. But, because of the season’s terrible start, Ralf Hasenhuttl canceled that and asked his players to return to training this week. Saints have a winless start of the season with four draws and three losses after seven games.
They have two back-to-back losses against Wolverhampton and Chelsea, and they sit at 17th place in the table with one point above the relegation zone.
After the international break, they have a couple of games when they must start collecting points: Leeds United, Burnley, Watford, Aston Villa, and Norwich.