The year it changes

If the past five years are anything to go by, Norwich or Fulham get relegated from the Premier League and the other gets promoted from the Championship.

There have been jokes about them being something of the Batman and Bruce Wayne situation, where the two were never in the same room as they’re the same person.

This mockery theory is like Aaron Ramsey being a mass murderer due to his goal-scoring for then employer Arsenal. With the Cottagers doing well in the Premier League and The canaries initially doing well in the Championship, it looked like this theory had gone by the wayside.

Fulham might not go down and Norwich might not go up. Under Marco Silva, West Londoners Fulham have been brilliant since returning to the Premier League.

The spirited draw on the opening day of the season against Liverpool looks to have set the tone for their season. Fulham are ninth in the league, thanks to a 3-0 drubbing of Premier League rivals Crystal Palace in their last game.

Marco’s men have carried on their good form before the World Cup break. As for Dean Smith’s Norwich, they have slumped to fifth in the table.

That’s hardly disastrous one would have thought, but with Burnley doing as well as they are as well as Sheffield united, the Norwich hierarchy clearly didn’t want to risk their promotion hopes, by keeping Smith on who won just three of his last 13 games.

So the Nowrich board parted company with the former Walsall, Brentford and Aston Villa boss, after 13 months in charge with the East Anglian club.

The interesting question is, who will want the top job at Carrow Road? If I was Delia, I would be taking Daniel Farke to dinner and going on a charm offensive to say sorry we let you go in the first place.

I can’t believe I am writing that Norwich might not get promoted to the Premier League. The Norfolk club get promoted to the Premier League, it’s what they do, they’re the epitome of a yo-yo club.

Fulham were supposed to be the same as Norwich, but someone hasn’t told Marco Silva that and it’s got they haven’t. As a neutral, here’s to hoping that both are in the Premier League next season.

After all, we need to see if these two are football’s equivalent of Batman.

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