Let's face it. It was no surprise to see Paolo Di Canio given his marching orders on Sunday. In just six short months, he had managed to upset and alienate everyone at Sunderland from the fans to the board, and probably even the tea lady.
When Sunderland parted company with Paolo Di Canio on Sunday, many cited the Italian's style of management for his dismissal - falling out with big characters in the dressing room as well as publicly denouncing his players... a filthy cloud lurks above Sunderland as a club and how they are run above management level.
Football is a team game won by moments of individual genius - where players can turn from hero to villain in one moment of madness, change the future of a club with one kick of a ball and drift into the injured footballers void that surrounds the game. So why, when without the enforcer of these rules who make all competitiveness authentic, does the man in black become a figure of hate?
The Y-word debate is once more encompassing the footballing community. To opponents of its usage, it is an abhorrent term that never should have found its way into match-day vocabulary. Contrastingly, advocates of the term contend that language is understood in context, not just one word. As such, chanting 'yid army' does not equate to condoning anti-Semitism.
We only need to look at the events over the last 18 months or so to question why are the football authorities such as FIFA and UEFA not doing enough to crack down on this violence?
It is a long season, and Spurs' new-found strength in depth gives them every chance of achieving the Champions League qualification they patently crave. But Arsenal's confident strides towards the summit of the Premier League, whilst potential title rivals stumble around them, act as a taste of vindication for Wenger.
The final day bedlam wasn't just reserved for the stewardship of Harold James Redknapp, either, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire. André Villas-Boas was a bold and progressive appointment for Spurs but he, too, was kept sweating in his first window with the club.
Living about 6,000 miles away from the Boleyn is one of the harder separations I've had to make to live in San Francisco. And it doesn't matter how many Red Sox games I go to, there is just no replacement for being at home when the season starts.
Saturday is Non-League Day, an annual event that coincides with an international weekend to encourage fans of all clubs, but especially Premier League and Championship whose teams have no matches, to get out into their communities and back a local side.
Making sense of Arsenal's transfer window takes some doing. The late purchase of Mesut Ozil sparked scenes of delirium outside the Emirates, among the first team squad and on social networks. Rightly so too, you can make a good argument that Wenger has never signed a player of such a standing in the world game before - rather than becoming top class whilst at Arsenal, he's already there.
We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked. We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked.
So finally, after endless play-off heartache, Cardiff City have finally made it to the Premier League. It was obvious to all that certain areas of the team would need strengthening if they weren't to be relegated by Christmas, and with last season's top scorer Heider Helguson and midfield stalwart Stephen McPhail both being released, gaps needed to be plugged...
I might as well be honest with you right from the start: this article will contradict itself. It will set off by being one thing but in the end will turn out to be something else, in many ways similar to a Premier League season.
After the protracted sense of gloom that accompanied last season, a break was much-needed but with a new manager, new signings that have created excitement in abundance and a new, invigorating challenge, it promises to be a year to embrace.
Interestingly, it's not just the top clubs who have whipped out the cheque book this summer. Norwich, Swansea, West Ham, Southampton, Cardiff and Liverpool (yes Liverpool fans, you're not a big club anymore) have all spent more than £15 million each over the summer.
What's the League Cup called now? I lost track somewhere between the Coca-Cola and Milk Cup eras. As for the Europa, which would you prefer - top four in the league or a tricky second leg in Elfsborg? Come to think of it (Wigan), which would YOU prefer - FA Cup winners, or staying in the Premiership?