Many will wax lyrical about how wonderful it is to see a ‘little’ team like Leicester City do so very well. They will do so without meaning to be patronizing but let’s be honest, more often than not they are failing to do so.
It is indeed an amazing feat and one that will live long in the memory and if successful Claudio Ranieri deserves to have a statue erected outside the King Power Stadium.
However what I find even more satisfying than seeing an underdog overcome the odds is seeing a big team struggle.
It’s looking increasingly likely that three ‘sleeping giants’ will be sent down to the Championship and all I can say is. Good riddance.
I have absolutely nothing against the supporters of Newcastle United, Sunderland and Aston Villa, indeed those who have stayed loyal to these big boys deserve medals for doing so, but these clubs have flattered to deceive for too long now and the wake-up call of life in the second tier may be just what the doctor ordered.
Aston Villa are having a horrific season and are certainly set for a first season out of the top flight since 1987-88 and there is no guarantee they will bounce straight back up.
In terms of who should steer the Villa Park ship next term I’d take a punt on Nigel Pearson, currently 5/4 with Sky Bet , and the no-nonsense boss may be just the man to get the big Midlands club back into gear.
Newcastle United already appointed their new boss in the form of Rafa Benitez and one wonders if the Spaniard will fancy a spell in the Championship.
If you are an overly optimistic Magpies supporter, and there can’t be too many of those around at present, then bet365 are offering a whopping 9/1 on the Geordies avoiding the drop!
Sunderland are perhaps less of a ‘sleeping giant’ than the aforementioned pair but nonetheless the Black Cats are a massive side with a big support base. The Stadium of Light side have experience of bouncing back from the drop, Sunderland making an instant return to the Premier League in both 2005 and 2007.
Sam Allardyce’s men fell to a predictable defeat to Leicester City on Sunday afternoon and now their Premier League survival pretty much hangs on their upcoming encounter with fellow strugglers Norwich City.
As well as being three big clubs who are some way down the track from their respective glory days this trio of heavyweights are also all suffering at the hands of owners who have either invested poorly or insufficiently and a change in ownership could be what’s needed to secure strong long terms futures.