Football manager sackings are like buses in the Premier league this season, with two coming along at the same time this week. Arsenal could benefit, if the so called new manager syndrome kicks in for Chelsea and QPR this weekend. The bookies must have made a killing on Chelsea being the first club to sack their manager, as the early season favoutites were Liverpool, Southampton and Reading.
When QPR lost to Southampton last week, something had to give and it was no surprise when Mark Hughes was given his marching orders by the owner, but he had been beaten to the gun by Abramovich, who has put Rafa Benitez in charge until the end of the season. Chelsea face a massive game tomorrow as the Premier league champions arrive at Stamford Bridge. A draw would be ideal for Arsenal, but a Chelsea win would also help us to close the gap at the top of the table.
Will Benitez have an instant effect? The Spaniard claims to have identified the problem at his first training session, so it is possible, but I doubt it. The players had good relations with Roberto Di Matteo, except perhaps a certain Spanish striker so they were already doing their best. However, if Rafa gets Torres playing like he used to at Liverpool, they will be very dangerous.
QPR have not officially appointed a manager yet, but it is the worst kept secret in the world that Harry Redknapp is on his way to the club. They travel to Manchester United today, and nobody gives them a cat in hell’s chance, but stranger things have happened. The team is full of quality players, who may play with more drive and freedom today, knowing that the pressure is off and hoping to make a good impression on the new boss.
United are coming off a shock defeat to Norwich and Rooney has been ill, so QPR have a chance. If they can take any points off United, then QPR will have done the Gunners a massive favour and the gap to the top could be down to six points, as long as we beat Villa, of course.
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