Today's theme is people in football who, well, really don't help themselves. Historically, you might consider Joey Barton to head up this list - on one hand, Joey craves being thought of as a football intellect. On the other hand, he likes to put his cigar out in a team mate's eye. Mario Ballotelli would probably get selected if this list became an XI - Mario wants to win the Ballon d'Or one day, but by the same token likes to let off fireworks in his bathroom.
Lincoln Embarrassed By Losing To Arsenal, Boro Need A New Plan And Kate Is Un-Abel To Finish The Match
It was a funny old weekend of football. Premier League matches alongside some juicy FA Cup Quarter Finals always dilute the attention and I am not sure we are any the wiser as a result. Mind you, it would take more than a game of football to make me wise, that is for sure.
The stage was set in Stoke. People were turning up purely to see the record broken. How would he celebrate? Would he even
Pep Guardiola is sitting at a table waiting to be served the Premier League title on a large plate held by maître d' Jose Mourinho. That image could still be rewritten but that's the way things look to be heading after two consecutive Premier League defeats, three in all competitions, and one inflicted by the former Barcelona chief himself...
If there were concerns that the severity of his injury and length of lay-off would have blighted him, think again. Rodriguez has actually come back faster, putting him in the very highest bracket of speedsters in the Premier League.
A lot of coaches get undue credit for being good man-managers - just look at Brendan "got the most out of Luis Suarez for one good season but drove out Steven Gerrard and probably Raheem Sterling" Rodgers - but Koeman is a hell of a man-manager.
Nevertheless, late into March and with a run-in that includes five fixtures with teams in the bottom half of the table, it seems that the Saints will defy all of the odds and finish on a par with the likes of Spurs and last season's runners-up, Liverpool. Cast your mind back to the beginning of the season and this would have seemed almost impossible.
A summer of change that saw the manager and several key players sold then left the club among the favourites for relegation ahead of the new campaign. However, Southampton have not only started the 2014/15 season in good form, they have begun even better than they did 12 months ago.
Chiriches's Coco the Clown Impression Must Be Put To One Side As Southampton Await Spurs In The Main Event
Vlad Chiriches has been looking like a disaster waiting to happen in the Spurs defence for some time and on Thursday night, late in the game, the waiting ended. His ugly air-shot of a hashed clearance, compounded by a desperate hand ball in full view of the referee, resulted in a converted penalty for Demba Ba and an equaliser for Besiktas.
Major squad overhauls usually have an adverse effect on the team - take Spurs' season in the wake of Bale's multi-million pound move to Real Madrid - but Koeman has taken everything in his stride and built a side capable of matching Pochettino's from last season.