What's With The Long Face Poch? 5 European Clubs IN chaos This Season
It's always nice to see your team do well, win games and trophies. And while some sides like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool or even Manchester City all seem poised for trophies this campaign there are other clubs whose internal struggles are shaking to the core this season.
So far, countless teams have disappointed in 2019/20, but only a select few are truly in the midst of a crisis. Here's who we think are the 5 big European clubs in crisis right now
5. Everton (4/10)
Aside from the other two teams in the Premier League relegation zone, no side has scored fewer goals in the top-flight than Everton this term (6 goals scored, 13 conceded), with their recent 1-0 loss against Burnley seeing many fans lose patience with Marco Silva. Given the fact that the Toffees have spent over £110M on three different forwards (Richarlison, Moise Kean, and Cenk Tosun) since the Portuguese's appointment in the summer of 2018, that is a rather troublesome statistic (8 games played, 7 points: 2 wins, 1 draw, 5 loses). The only, and logical solution... OK, the only solution to fix all this mess is to first terminate Silva's contract at Goodison Park. The guy is simply not up to the standard required and his sacking will invariably help lift Everton from their lowly position at 18th place.
Even with Silva's "expected" sacking, the Merseysiders are unlikely to be pushing for a spot in Europe, but if they're able to get a well-proven manager to lead the team, that will be of enormous benefit, especially once they build their new state-of-the-art arena in the coming years. I've heard that Everton was scouting Ten Hag as the perfect replacement but... If Barcelona couldn't, oh well... (Sorry Toffees)
4. Valencia (5/10)
Now, if you thought Everton was in a bad situation just for being in the relegation zone... YOU'RE RIGHT! THEY ARE! BUT... What's the clever thing to do when you have a coach who is loved by the players and supporters in equal measure, whilst also bringing stability to a notoriously volatile club? SACK HIM! (Peter Lim responds) NOOO! PETER, NOOOOO! Sadly, that's exactly what Valencia owner Peter Lim chose to do in September, with popular gaffer Marcelino only finding out he had lost his job after reading the local newspaper. You can probably guess how the fan-base has reacted.
Delivering last season's Copa del Rey couldn't save the Spaniard as his relationship with Valencia's president deteriorated, yet the latter's decision has likewise failed to save Los Ches' form. Having signed an unexperienced Albert Celades (WHO!?) in La Liga, Valencia may be in 8th place now, but many of their displays have been sub-par, particularly in the 3-0 drubbing at home to Ajax in their second UEFA Champions League game this season. EUROPA LEAGUE, HERE I COME!
3. Tottenham Hotspur (7/10) (That escalated quickly!)
What a difference five months can make, am I right? (Thank God I support Liverpool)
Going back to May, when Mauricio Pochettino had just masterminded Spurs' remarkable comeback in the Champions League semis against a wonderful Ajax in Amsterdam. "Somehow" reaching the showpiece event in Madrid teed up what promised to be the crowning moment of his Lilywhites project following years of diligent work on the north London outfit. Unfortunately, they didn't, in what could be described as the most boring UEFA Champions League final in history. But that didn't seem that bad, right? At least, they got new signings, right? Right? Oh, well...
Now, they've just conceded 10 goals in the space of 5 days, probably lost their captain for the rest of 2019, have several first-team stars who want to be anywhere but Tottenham, and are out of the League Cup (Thanks, Colchester! Colchester fan since day one). Tottenham Spurs now sit on a total of 17 defeats in all competitions in 2019 after their 3-0 humbling by Brighton, the most for any top-flight side at present. We may be witnessing a brutal end to Pochettino's tenure at Spurs. - Pochettino having a nightmare be like: NOOOO!! GET AWAY!! GET AWAY FROM ME, GNABRY!! NOOOO!!
2. Newcastle United (How is this team so bad? Fortunately, not worst than...) (8/10)
When Rafa Benitez was around, there was always the sneaking suspicion that Newcastle would survive in the top-flight. But now that he's gone to China, and Steve Bruce is at the helm, you start to wonder if it's realistic for Newcastle to expect to be in the Premier League come next season.
It's not that the guy is a bad manager, and he has also good players like Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, and Joelinton in the team, but the 58-year-old exacerbates what is already a sour atmosphere at St. James' Park, what with public enemy number one in control of the club's finances. Until Mike Ashley vacates his position as Magpies chief, they will always be a shadow of their former selves. He's brought the team to its knees and alienated supporters, that low mood seriously hampering on-field performances.
The only clubs they've defeated this term are likewise riddled with problems, Manchester United and Spurs managing to out-crisis Newcastle. And finally...
1. Manchester United (10/10: EXTREME CRISIS CONFIRMED! EXTREME CRISIS CONFIRMED! EVACUATE! EVACUATE!)
Undoubtedly, Manchester United has been in crisis since Sir Alex Ferguson hung up his chewing gum in 2013. The David Moyes era was an abject failure, Louis van Gaal played dire football and Jose Mourinho nearly burned the club to the ground in the post-Fergie years. It all seemed it was going to be a big "nice" change with intern Ole, but...
Things have gotten worse under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! WHAT A SURPRISE! With the Red Devils' loss at St. James' Park, the Norwegian has lost half of his 16 Premier League games, having only won four... FOUR! WTF!? Teams are coming to Old Trafford believing they can get a draw at the very least, the players are in disarray, and the Red Devils' stock price is once again in decline. The most worrying thing is the lack of an answer for all of this, no managerial changes have satisfied supporters or United's ambitions. Until they find the right man to lead them out of the wilderness, the club will continue to stagnate and tarnish the good work of Ferguson. And oh well... Let's hope this (doesn't) change soon.