Plenty of excitement in the Premier League without a ball being kicked
THERE’S BEEN some interesting goings on in the wacky world of Premier League football of late.
With the transfer deadline day drama, the managerial merry-goround and not forgetting the crazy goings on at Newcastle United, a club who set the bar at unprecedented heights when it come to ridiculousness, we’ve had plenty to keep us entertained.
Firstly we’ll reflect on the exciting events that occurred just when we thought the transfer window would be gently closed rather that slammed shut with great gusto.
Abu Dhabi United Group really caught us all by surprise with their takeover of Manchester City and before we knew it they were bidding left, right and centre for any player with seven zeros on their price tag, before snatching Robinho from under the noses of Chelsea.
Manchester City fans may be shouting from the rooftops after securing the services of skilful samba boy, but how long will the celebrations last?
When the former Real Madrid man runs out on the pitch and Wigan or Hull on a bitter November night, surely to god he’ll wonder if he has made the right decision.
Another worrying point for City fans is the fact their new striker didn’t seem to realise who he’d signed for.
The Brazilian stunned football fans by making the £32.5 million move but it appears his deadline day switch didn’t fully sink in, believing that he had in fact moved to London. ‘On the last day, Chelsea made me a great proposal and I accepted it,’ he said at his press conference, to which a reporter replied: ‘You mean Manchester right?’. ‘Yeah, Manchester, sorry’ answered the suitably embarrassed Robinho.
The Brazilian’s transfer overshadowed news of the other big-money deal on the day, that of Dimitar Berbatov’s £31m switch from Tottenham to rivals Manchester United.
City have promised to change the face of the game in England and in Europe, targeting a who’s who of world football for their next assault on the transfer market.
We’re not going to begrudge City fans their day in the sun, they’re as entitled to buy titles just as much as Chelsea or Man. United.
Elsewhere after being the widely touted favourite to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post, Alan Curbishley has bitten the bullet.
It didn’t take long. Three matches in and having won two of those, Curbishley apparently left due to an over interfering chairman.
Newcastle almost got there first in the quickest manager to go race, with the ‘has he, hasn’t he’ Kevin Keegan debacle, before King Kev predictably decided to jump ship.
Only at Newcastle!
Robinho wasn’t sure if he’d signed for Man. City or Chelsea.
Kevin Keegan has walked yet again.