Good evening everybody,
It’s Friday evening, for some that means a weekend off, but for some it means you are just about to embark on another busy weekend of work. Whatever you are doing tomorrow there is a big day ahead in football. While fireworks are being set for ignition at The Emirates Stadium tomorrow, there has been plenty going on elsewhere.
For now I’ll stick with Arsenal, as Aston Villa and Belgium international striker Christian Benteke apparently told reporters back home that he dreams of playing for The Gunners. Manager Paul Lambert has since claimed that his comments have been taken out of context, and that ‘the big guy is more than happy’. He moved to assure Villa fans that he is going nowhere, and hasn’t mentioned moving at all.
Much has been made of job security today, with many claiming that the game tomorrow between QPR and Southampton could see one of the managers receiving a P45 by Monday. Both managers have since spoken out about the situation, claiming that they are not worried that they will be rendered jobless as a result of this game.
At the other end of the spectrum, today saw the manager of the month awards handed out for October.
Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates scooped the League 2 award, having guided his team to 3rd and only tasting defeat once.
With 16 points from a possible 18, Sheffield United had a great month, and manager Danny Wilson deservedly picked up the League 1 award.
Middlesbrough fans would be forgiven for dreaming of a long awaited return to The Premier League after watching their team win 4 and draw 1 in October, progressing to the Quarter Finals of the Capital One Cup in the process. Manager Tony Mowbray was rewarded with the Championship’s award as a result.
Last month saw Manchester United knocked out the League Cup by Chelsea, but in the League it was a different story, as the Red devils got the better of the The Blues in London. Victories at hometo Stoke and away to Newcastle added to a great month for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, meaning he picked up the Premiership accolade.
Many of you may remember Roberto Martinez rejecting a job offer from Liverpool in the summer. The Spaniard has today insisted he was ‘100% right’ in his decision. Wigan currently sit in 14th, one place and one point behind The Reds and the two clubs meet at Anfield tomorrow.
For more on today’s headlines, read the Lunchtime Roundup by Thomas Brooks.