February 1 2015 Latest news:
Gianni Rivera once said that “the real trouble with our national team in Italy is that we have 50 million managers”.
I suspect that few people were surprised at the news that Mike Phelan had left the club on Tuesday.
This time last week most of us had no idea what to expect. Seven days later, such has been the impact of Alex Neil that there is a real danger of expectations getting completely out of hand.
Given a surrender at Preston that was even more abject than that at Reading, Monday afternoon’s events can hardly have come as too much of a surprise, nor did the inevitable social media meltdown that accompanied them.
While it’s fair to say that it was only one game, and that performances and results had been improving, the trip to Reading was a wake-up call of seismic proportions.