It is arguably the worst Manchester Untied team since the early 1990s, and they are still joint top
Chelsea are in transition, with Cech, Terry, Lampard and Drogba to replace in the next two seasons, and likely another management change on the way
Arsenal remain weak in the same areas they have been since the Glory days of their back 5
Liverpool are in transition, possibly on a slow upswing
In fact only Tottenham and Man C of the top 6/historic big six are on an upswing. City's is chequebook led, Tottenham less so...yet still might have to adjust to a new manager next season
All this means the Premiership is a little less predictable and therefore I would argue more watchable for the neutral
but as European results show this season, the relative strength of the top end of Premiership compared to other European Leagues is at it's weakest for some time
From the editorial in the sports section of the Racing Post.
'It is no longer in doubt that football is not a sporting event to decide the best team but a soap opera for blokes. We know that because post match coverage focuses on everything except the football itself.
And last week's episode of football was the equivalent of the Eastender's Christmas special in which every member of the Beale family either has a baby,dies in a car crash, assaults their spouse or vomits on the bar of the Queen Vic'
It all happened, well actually it DIDN'T all happen, because there wasn't much in the way of memorable football'
The reason the Prem is getting worse is it is run as an entertainment business and not for sporting achievement any more. A huge % of the teams in it are never going to win anything. Yet the pay of players even at these clubs has continued to spiral on the back of even more money given to the clubs by the broadcasters to provide more 'soap opera' than ever before. Players are paid like actors and act like them too.
It isn't simply weakening, it is reaping what it has sown over the last few years, even very average footballers can now get 50k a week because their clubs are getting more and more cash to provide the latest episodes by a TV channel that has ruined the game.
So instead of going and getting a top player for a lot of money and have to pay him even more than the average ones, most clubs are now looking to get cheaper players and still pay them a fortune. So even the top teams are weakening because even the biggest ones, Arsenal, Man Utd have sold star players in recent years for ridic money, and the sugar daddy clubs have spent ridiic amounts on rank average players, and even more obscene amounts paying them.
Milner for 25 mill anyone
125k a week for Glen Johnson make any sense?
Does Alan Smith still get 80k a week to make the tea at Newcastle?