Talking points: Few observers were surprised at the turn of events Sunday evening -- we all knew Brendan Rodgers was on borrowed time after overseeing an expensive, ineffectual overhaul of a proud club. But with Jurgen Klopp lurking, and Carlo Ancelotti very much in the frame, the Fenway Sports Group decided it had to act after an insipid 1-1 draw with Everton that left the Reds with just three wins across all play this year. In truth, Rodgers could (and should) have been sacked last year. Why the Fenway group chose to wait this long is a reasonable question to ask.
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Clock is ticking on Jose Mourinho
Talking points: Things at Chelsea are grim. This is their worst run in 37 years (they were relegated then) and Jose Mourinho appeared shocked in a rambling, seven-minute rant postgame in which he basically dared the club to sack him. They may well do just that. His team looks completely disinterested, unable (or unwilling) to defend or attack. True, the players must take their share of the blame, but Mourinho’s habit of lurching from dust-up to dust-up has not helped. The handling of Eva Carneiro now looks to have been a harbinger, and this Chelsea might not recover.
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Arsenal, Arsene Wenger answer their critics
Talking points: Stung by a miserable display against Olympiakos midweek, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger uncharacteristically tore into his players at Colney, and then answered his critics in the press with a flowing, potent 3-0 dismantling of Manchester United Sunday afternoon. Restoring Petr Cech to the nets helped and re-emergence of Alexis Sanchez as a scoring threat helped more. Louis van Gaal’s experiment in the back with Ashley Young failed miserably, but give the Gunners credit: This may prove to be a season-saving moment in London.
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Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa look sunk
Talking points: First Dick Advocaat, then Rodgers -- is Tim Sherwood next? No, his Aston Villa aren’t the worst team in England but they’re pretty close -- and, for all the money and talent his squad has, many argue that it’s criminal how poorly this side is playing. Villa haven’t won a league game since opening day and show little evidence that they can do so any time soon. Tactically inept, and whipsawed by a very emotional manager, Villa look to be on the elevator heading straight down. Expect Villa to make a change here as well.
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Time runs out for Dick Advocaat
Talking points: Sunderland have been bad for years, but this latest departure -- Dick Advocaat is the sixth manager to depart now in just four years -- signals severe rot at the highest levels of the club. Inept on the field, unable to settle on a style or a structure, the Black Cats have been done in by knee-jerk reactions, and dreadful signings both on the field and sideline. They have wasted the support of one of the Premiership’s best fan bases. You sense there is a chronic problem here, a lack of professional acumen and commitment at Sunderland that no single manager can fix. A trip to the Championship is likely to prove fatal.