Time for Change as Season Switches Gear

By , Posted on 4th December 2011 - Posted in: Football News, News

If there’s a certain familiarity amongst the names occupying the top slots of the Premier League table (and also in those sloshing around at the wrong end) there’s also a feeling of change in the air as the football season rolls on into December.

So what has changed? Well, for starters we’ve had our first managerial sacking with Sunderland and Steve Bruce finally parting company. Traditionally that first sacking initiates a handful of others and there are one or two managers who must be anxiously praying for a swift upturn in fortunes before his trigger happy chairman runs out of patience.

Secondly, the January transfer window is looming larger and larger in our sights and there is increasing speculation about who may be moving where. Which squad places will be freshened up? Who’ll be arriving and who’ll be leaving? Last January’s window finished with the epic double transfer of Liverpool’s Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50m and the switch of Newcastle’s Andy Carroll to Anfield for £35m. Will that day of action be topped in next month’s deals? Will Luka Modric remain at Tottenham? Where will Man City’s Carlos Tevez slink off too (and more to the point, who’ll take him?).

Of course January also brings us that iconic date in the English football calendar, FA Cup 3rd round weekend. With Manchesters City and United being drawn against one another (not to forget Leeds and Arsenal) we’re not going to be short of entertainment. However briefly, fans of all Premier League teams can still unite in nurturing that dream of a balmy afternoon in early May when English football showcases itself around the world with the FA Cup final at Wembley.  Maybe 2012 is your team’s year?

We have also reached a pivotal moment in the Champions League group stages. Three of the four English teams (ManCity, Man United and Chelsea) are in real danger of elimination. Only Arsenal, who suffered a woeful start to the season, have secured their place for the knockout phase. We’ll know next week who’s made it and who hasn’t.

Change is not pervading the atmosphere everywhere though. Over at Goodison Park the faithful Everton support must be wondering why everything seems to happen, well, elsewhere. How long will manager David Moyes stick around with no money to spend, locked in his Groundhog Day existence, continually fighting the good fight? He looks increasingly like a man flogging a dead horse.

I guess when the footballing gods finally wave a wand over Goodison, change will come quickly. It’s often the way in football.

 

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