As ridiculous as the firing of Andre Villas Boas was, it’s probably not as ludicrous as Steve Clarke’s dismissal from West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies finished eighth last season (their highest top-flight finish since 1981) and are currently only five points behind 10th-placed Swansea City; a team whom they would have been ahead of if it wasn’t for some diabolical decisions going against them in certain games.
Bad calls such as Chelsea’s stoppage-time penalty at Stamford Bridge and a non-penalty against Stoke City have proved costly and are strong examples to demonstrate why match footage should be available to officials. Every side has things go against them unfairly, but they were worse than most.
The majority of football fans have teams they wouldn’t mind seeing go down, whether it’s local rivals, clubs featuring players they hate, or ones that have had heavy investment like Chelsea, Manchester City and – from a more realistic point of view – Queens Park Rangers last season.
I normally have sides that I would like to see relegated, but up until the past couple of weeks, there was no-one in particular that I would have happily seen fall through the trap door (not ones who feasibly could, anyway).
I’ve now revised this state of affairs and would now happily see Fulham, West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur drop into the Championship (I know the odds against the latter are huge, but there you go). With the way things are going, Cardiff City could be joining that list. Guess what these clubs have in common?
I ran out of teams I wanted to see go down last season. Southampton were one of them after the treatment of Nigel Adkins and so too were Sunderland from April onwards. But I was in a double bind over Reading because, even though it was silly to get rid of Brian McDermott, they were taken over by the wronged Adkins.
I would have chosen QPR last season after the dismissal of Neil Warnock during the previous campaign, although I also wanted to see Mark Hughes do well.
The managerial merry-go-round makes it difficult, and when Harry Redknapp took charge at Loftus Road in late November last year I was at loggerheads again as to which team 'deserved' the drop; such is my respect for the man.
Oh, it was all so much simpler to pick sides you wanted to see get relegated when owners were, on the whole, more sensible, and there wasn't as much money at stake.
It’s nothing to do with the supporters of the actual club themselves - so don't take it personally - it’s more to show arrogant and idiotic chairmen and women that patience is a virtue in football.
Who would you like to see go down - deserved or otherwise?
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