It’s Monday again which means it’s time for ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with a bit of music thrown in for good measure.
We look at two major talking points from the past seven days and point you in the direction of some of the best football stories elsewhere on the internet.
We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for the next week and what to watch out for over the coming days. Let’s get the ball rolling!
‘Me, me, me’ attitude does Tottenham striker no favours
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. Let’s start by saying that a 30-goal season is a tremendous personal achievement. Well done. Top job. However…
When your team has failed to achieve its minimum aim of qualifying for the Champions League, personal achievements count for nothing.
That didn’t stop the Spurs captain from waxing lyrical about his ‘personal highlights’ this season on Twitter following Sunday’s game at Leeds United.
Given how his team have performed, how about putting the ego aside for a minute? Kane should have offered a sincere apology for Tottenham letting the fans down.
Leeds let down by clueless board
Having marched gloriously back into the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa, it has taken Leeds United two seasons to ruin the feelgood factor he brought to the club.
A series of baffling decisions in the boardroom got exactly what they deserved on Sunday, with the club losing their top-flight status in dismal fashion.
Getting through four managers in a single season demonstrates a lack of long-term thinking. This has rightly been rewarded with another stint in the second tier.
Recent history suggests the Leeds board will make a pig’s ear of fixing the mess they have created. It will be intriguing to watch what happens at Elland Road this summer.
The week that was
Are you looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:
- ‘Winning the transfer window’ is misunderstood – most big deals don’t pay off.
- Arsenal didn’t win the title for you Dad, but watching them try helped me.
- The all-or-nothing transfer dilemma Tottenham face this summer.
Today’s top tune
We make no apologies for giving Wrexham indie band The Royston Club yet another shout-out in the Morning Mix column.
Their first album ‘Shaking Hips and Crashing Cars’ is released on Friday. Hopefully, it will get them the recognition they deserve.
They recently shared ‘The Deep End’ with the world – click the video, buy the album and catch them live. You will not regret it!
What to watch this week
All eyes will be on Wembley Stadium next Saturday as Manchester City and Manchester United go head-to-head in the FA Cup final.
Will it be another step along the road to the treble for City, or can United throw a spanner in the works?
A final Morning Mix thought
The Manager of the Year will be announced tomorrow. It will be a travesty if the winner isn’t Aston Villa’s Unai Emery.
His efforts in repairing the mess left behind by Steven Gerrard and guiding Villa into a European qualification spot are worthy of the accolade.
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