It’s a funny old game

Hello, good afternoon sports fans, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff. I hope you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health. Sports fans, let’s talk about sports, in particular football.

Football is known to many as The Beautiful Game. Here though I want to talk about football and its unpredictability for one a better way to put it. For example, look at the Scottish league.

Hearts, who were third at one time with a healthy lead over Aberdeen and the rest of the chasing pack, now find themselves in a distant fourth position. The same could be said of Aberdeen.

It was not too long ago that The Dons appeared to be in crisis and free fall. Being the victim of a giant killing in the Scottish Cup didn’t help clear the clouds of Pittodrie.

But the appointment of Barry Robson did. That’s six wins on the spin for Aberdeen and after languishing in fourth, they have a five-point cushion over Hearts. The Dons’ revival and Hearts’ slump has seen Robbie Nielsen, who was in his second spell at the club, sacked.

Former captain Steven Naismith takes over. The former Everton and Rangers man has quite the job now on his hands. Moving the discussion South of the border, if we look at Aston Villa and Leicester for example, then here’s an example of two contrasting fortunes.

The Villains, who were languishing in the bottom half of the table, under Unai Emery have come roaring back and are now in sixth. Leicester, before the World Cup who were eighth, have endured one of the most dramatic of slumps, are 19th.

As a result of this dramatic slump, The Foxes have parted company with manager Brendan Rodgers. For Leicester as a club, this fall has been nothing short of dramatic, they were once seen as a potentially attractive proposition for managers who weren’t able to get a job at the usual top six sides.

Having conceded 50 goals+, then it’s clear to see why, Leicester have been struggling as they have. Their goalkeeper getting sold and the lack of defensive reinforcements too was bound to catch up with them.

These examples and the ones in Scotland, only go to further demonstrate, football is a funny old game. For those chairmen who think about sacking their managers, just remember all it takes is one result sometimes.

Football, it’s a funny old game. That’s what maybe makes it so beautiful.

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