In a way, Louis van Gaal has a lot to thank David Moyes for. If it weren't for the Scot lowering the bar like a particularly enthusiastic assistant at a limbo dancing competition, Van Gaal would've been under much heavier fire for his side's dreadful opening month of the season.
Gus Poyet managed to guide Sunderland to safety with relative ease last term, playing a pretty brand of football along the way. As a result, the Uruguayan has earned himself a special place in many Wearsider's hearts.
Roy Keane was a great footballer. The absolute perfect blend of being fearless and feared. This week, extracts of his latest autobiography, The Second Half, have been released through the Great British Press. My suspicions are all but confirmed: he is an appalling human being .
Nearly a fifth of the way through the league campaign already and Everton are sitting in 17th with just one win. It's not what fans would have expected after such a bright first season under Martinez.
What talented young English players seem to miss out on is tournament experience at youth level, while their foreign counterparts are absorbing the opportunities that will prove invaluable when they make the transition to their respective senior teams later.
Paige, Barrett, Neville, Spud, Magnus & Bram - Who will be the next breakout star from the UK independent scene to make it to the big leagues? Whilst we certainly don't profess to be experts, here (in no particular order) is the first part of our bite size guide to some of the top talent working the UK Indy scene today:
Why don't more runners embrace the trails? I suspect many find that a psychological barrier exists between the two, particularly when you are just starting out. Perhaps a seemingly innocuous footpath stile creates a mental barrier as well as a physical one, for runners as well as livestock.
Of the four, only Manchester United currently lie above Spurs - on goal difference - but they look more and more like the modern version of Ossie Ardiles's flaky 1994 Tottenham team which had the best attack in the league and the worst defence.
Yesterday, just before 7pm, after a day of intense focus and scrutiny on Coventry City Council's movements, Wasps confirmed that the council 'unanimously approved the sale of their shares' and indeed the side is moving to Coventry.
It is this sort of patience and uncertainty that precludes the restless and impatient, and because of these things, constantly successful Mourinho from being anywhere near the right fit for the Arsenal model. For a club that continues to model itself on actualizing potential, Wenger is still the right man.
The ECB has still not said officially why he was sacked. It seems almost a small and inconsequential detail at this point, so much water having passed beneath the bridge and so many daggers having been placed so expertly between so many shoulderblades. But it is the most important detail of all.
My guide dog Uffa and I decided to hang up his dirty harness and my old riding boots and dress up in his Sunday best High Visability Outfit and me in my cutest kitten heels for this years London Fashion week...
Who will be celebrating promotion? Usually the relegated sides are the safe option, and had I written this in August, I would most likely have predicted that Wigan, Fulham and Norwich would all be challenging for the top six, all in the top ten, and at least one returning to the promised land of grotesque amounts of TV money...
Just recently there has been an array of injuries to squash players. Nick Matthew had his knee operated on before the Commonwealths, world number four Joelle King will be out for months after an achilles operation, and Ramy Ashour has missed several events because of his troublesome hamstring. And these are the more major ones...
Sometimes I try to explain to people how serious wrestling is and how it should be appreciated on a higher level. Whilst they may see it as a simplistic form of pantomime entertainment I prefer to view it as an art form with many intrinsic and complex details that are far too high-brow for the average man.
Despite his well documented frustration at Manchester United, the Scot is a highly respected manager with unquestioned ability. He may just be the man that Newcastle need to turn them into a consistent top-half side.