Plenty of ex­cite­ment in the Premier League without a ball be­ing kicked

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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.

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