We have seen neighbours Blackburn accept the resignation of Steve Kean and replace him with former player Henning Berg, who quite notably criticized the club's owners on Norwegian television by saying there were "no real Managers with credibility who would accept a job like that" and neighbours Burnley lost Manager Eddie Howe to Bournemouth and replaced him with ex-Watford boss Sean Dyche. Even more recently, Queens Park Rangers sacked Mark Hughes and when the dust from his departing car had settled, former Tottenham Manager Harry Redknapp was seen getting out of his vehicle to occupy Hughes' still-warm managerial seat.
Roberto Di Matteo who was called upon to replace the "under-achieving" Andre Villas-Boas (current Tottenham Manager) at Chelsea was himself booted after all of eight months despite winning the coveted Champions League Trophy as well as the FA Cup. The new man in charge, if he can be called that, is none other than former Liverpool Manager Rafa Benitez. You will be excused for wanting a cup of tea
(or something stronger) before you read on. To round up the roundabout, the Brazilian National Team has parted ways with Manager Mano Menezes after two years in charge after losing crucial games against Germany, France and notably Mexico in the Olympic Football Final.
To say that change is the only constant is clearly more than just a truism. Our Douglas has been doing his fair share of changes to his first team - rotations and experiments have been the order of the day in a five-game run that has remarkably not yielded a loss, despite the close attentions of this past weekend by a Brighton & Hove Albion team that must count themselves as desperately unlucky not to have claimed all the points on offer. The magnitude of the task at hand is clearly obvious to all and sundry and the optimistic opinions at the start of the season have been shown to be just that.
Further changes are certain - both in terms of line-ups and personnel going forward. The Manager must be thinking of both recruiting and releasing players in the January window - by which time he will have had the opportunity to decide who he wants to go, and who should stay. A certain Stuart Holden should be ready for his much-anticipated return close to then as well, which should improve us even
further. Rumblings have also surfaced regarding champions Manchester City being willing to send their highly-regarded young striker John Guidetti to the Reebok to get some first team football in the second half of the season. This remains to be seen, but while the roundabout speeds up in frenzied fashion, we hope Bolton Wanderers will have swung back to the Barclays Premier League - or