After putting up our feet for the international break, it’s time for ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with a bit of music thrown in for good measure.
We look at some major talking points from the football world 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 weekend and what to watch out for over the coming days. Let’s get started.
Petulant Sancho must leave United
The recent spat at Manchester United between Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho perfectly highlights how football has changed, and not for the best.
Arguments between managers and players are commonplace – the difference now is the pandered nature of modern footballers and social media access is a recipe for disaster.
Ultimately, Ten Hag is the United boss. If he thinks a player isn’t pulling his weight, he is right to call him out. If nothing else, the fans deserve honesty on why someone is underperforming.
Sancho’s petulant response smacks of someone who thinks he is better than he is. United need to ship him out in January – he’s a waste of space.
Chelsea manager under the cosh
Banter club Chelsea continue to be the gift that keeps giving, with their ridiculous outlay on players showing little signs of delivering.
Given how their season has started, last season’s managerial merry-go-round at the club must already be giving Mauricio Pochettino sleepless nights.
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager will insist he is at the start of a long-term project, but Chelsea’s spending means he does not have that luxury.
His team need a victory at Bournemouth this weekend – anything less and questions will be asked about his suitability for the role.
The week that was
Are you looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:
- Manager who gambled on football is secretly spared punishment by the FA.
- What happened when Jill Scott and Gary Neville swapped social media accounts?
- Record signing to free transfer: Why Pepe failed at Arsenal.
Today’s top tune
We gave a Fife-based indie band Shambolics a few months ago and make no apologies for doubling up by pointing you towards their latest tune.
‘Never Be Mine’ is just over two minutes of indie perfection. Crank up the volume and enjoy!
What to watch this week
A final Morning Mix thought
Almost every time there is a controversy in football, a family member connected to the issue pops up on social media to weigh into the debate.
The latest example is Harry Maguire’s mummy. She’s the perfect example of why social media is dangerous in the wrong hands. Put the phone down and shut up.
- Daniel Levy open to selling Tottenham stake in Tottenham for ‘the right money’
- FIFA Rankings: Argentina retain top spot ahead of France, Brazil & England, Germany continue to fall
- Neil Warnock departs Huddersfield Town after draw with Stoke City
- Sociedad’s dominance, Inzaghi’s questionable decisions, Martinez comes up clutch – Takeaways from Inter Milan’s draw vs Real Sociedad
- Inter Miami star Messi leaves Toronto game with injury