93 days, that's all it took for Tottenham to realise that Nuno Espirito Santo wasn't the right man for the job. Santo has been sacked and replaced by Antonio Conte, a high profile manager that refused to join the club in the summer, thus in theory costing Daniel Levy an extra few million. Santo is out with Tottenham in 9th place. Though 9th isn't where the club want to be they are currently only 5 points behind the champions Manchester City and a top 4 place, so did Santo deserve the chop so soon?
With Tottenham yet to draw a game it all depends how you read statistics with 5 wins but 5 defeats so far from 10 games. If that trend had continued Tottenham would have finished on 60 points which in this league would not have been enough to finish in the top four and surely that has to be the clubs objective. At the same time this is a club under Daniel Levy that sacked their best manager in a generation in Mauricio Pochettino who not only ensured Champions League qualification but took the team to a Champions League final only to be sacked months after. So it is still unclear what Levy expects.
There had been discontent at the way Tottenham were playing under Santo, though the Portuguese with time had turned Wolves into a decent outfit, but time is not normally afforded at this stage. Conte will bring a lot of experience and enthusiam though and it will be interesting to see how that pans out. Long term is questionable but short term we should see a new look attitude in the players, and Tottenham will improve. It is interesting to note that in the last blog, Santo being the next Premier League manager to leave was actually odds of 20.00.
Cristiano Ronaldo is proving his greatness most weeks for Manchester United, even at 36 and even in the fast paced environment of the Premier League and indeed the Champions League too. Ronaldo scored a splendid goal as United who had to win themselves after a miserable few weeks beat Tottenham away from home 3-0. Ronaldo now has 4 goals from seven league games and 9 goals from 11 in all competitions.
There were shocks at the weekend and who could have predicted Liverpool blowing a 2 goal lead at home to Brighton? Manchester City also had an off day in losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace at home. City do seem to have these results that no one can see coming, just like they did last season but they still won the league with ease.
West Ham are going from strength to strength and they thumped Aston Villa 4-1 away from home. The Hammers have been superb under David Moyes and have won their last 3 games in a row.
Finally Chelsea took advantage of some surprise results as they beat Newcastle 3-0 away from home to extend their league at the top to 3 points. Already this campaign is turning out to be one of the best, and let's hope closest in years.