There's 7 points between 2 and 3rd so... no. The rest of the league is pretty close though, maybe Real and Barca should just play each other every week and the other 18 teams should be left in the league.
The results that he's put up - bringing them back to the PL, and then beating Arsenal and drawing against Chelsea, and beating Sunderland convincingly.
One thing that sticks out for me - Sky Sports interview with both Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan after being Sunderland 5-1 at home, and talking so positively about the manager; the match came at a time where Hughton was under pressure, and the two players Carroll and Nolan pretty much dedicated the win to him.
You can bring in a manager with the wealth of experience and football knowledge, but if the players aren't willing to fight for you the way they were willing to fight for Hughton, then what the hell is the point? It's a poor decision by Newcastle and I for one really hope it comes to bite them in the ass.
Disgusting. Sakced because he's young. Doesn't give much hope to young managers. This is a man who's taken them from the brink of destruction after being relegated to the Championship, to winning the Championship easily and then taking them to 11th in the Prem after drawing with Chelsea and I think, beating Arsenal. Mike Ashley and Co, you're having a laugh.
Martin Jol left Ajax on the same day... coincidence? I think not.
Ashley is to obssessed with image and glamour than actualy fotball. He couldn't see Hughton as anything more than a coach, depsite his great record as boss. If he had found a decent replacement I could sort-of understand the decision, but to bring Pardew in is ridiculous!!!!
Shearer will only come back if Ashley sells up, but at the moment I can't see that happening. He doesn't seem to give a s**t what the fans think of him, the club is his own little toy and their opinions don't matter. The only way he will go is if someone makes him a massive offer, which in today's climate I can't see happening.
Totally agree, maybe their great start raised expectations? Though WBA were better than that, given they were bottom all season a couple of years ago but stuck with Mowbray.
As for McClaren feel a bit sorry for him, we need more managers + players to go abroad. Not that he had much of a choice, no one here would have gone near him after his England disaster. He has at least begun to re-build his reputation after his time in Twente.