I made some pretty bold predictions this season and have an impressive record when it comes to my weekly Premier League predictions column. But I definitely got these five theories completely wrong.
Last night I found myself rather smugly conveying on my personal Facebook page the joys of being right. At the start of the season I rather fancifully tipped Stoke City to finish just outside the relegation mark and that The Potters would be embroiled in a relegation battle this season.
Many figured my argument justified including some Stoke fans who felt without a tweak to their current style Stoke may just find themselves at the wrong end of the table this season. After being thoroughly outplayed by Aston Villa at The Britannia this weekend leaving Tony Pulis’ men just four points ahead of Wigan in 18th place; who have two games in hand on Stoke.
So I had every right to feel smug and get some retribution on this Twitter user who suggested the use of alcoholic beverages may have led me to my premonition…
But then I felt shame. Here I was gloating about my early call when I should also be ready to eat some humble pie for other assumptions made this season.
So here they are … five examples of my self-depreciation serving of humble pie just to level the karma balance back in my favour once more.
When Southampton sacked Nigel Adkins I was outraged as were many at the treatment of the man who had brought so much success back to the South Coast.
In came Pochettino who had recently struggled with Espanyol and could not speak a word of English.
I proclaimed it was a mistake and that Southampton may now suffer relegation as a result.
The fact The Saints are now 11th in the table and I have written in my notebook of plans for future articles ‘Nicola Cortese shows the others how it should be done’ suggest I got that horribly wrong.
Humble pie rating: Four slices
Hugo Lloris would be the flop of the season
This one is a real slap in the face moment. Essentially I said that the French number one was the most overrated keeper in the world and that his signing would be a flop for the Spurs.
Now I am giving serious consideration toward placing Lloris in my Premier League team of the season.
Humble pie rating: Five slices
Swansea City will get relegated
I said Swansea would get relegated this season.
What a thing to say.
I just felt with Rodgers leaving along with Joe Allen and the failure to bring in Gylfi Sigurdsson that The Swans might struggle this season.
One League cup victory and comfortable Premier League campaign later and I have been proving completely wrong.
Humble pie rating: Cramming the whole thing in my mouth.
Charlton Athletic would win promotion
I said Charlton would get promoted this season. After the success of Norwich and Southampton after League One dominance I just felt that it could be celebration time at The Valley this season.
With five games left Chris Powell’s men are 12th and eight points outside the play-offs.
I may have slightly miscalculated this one although the London side can still be happy with their season.
Humble pie rating: Just a couple of slices for me
Reading would survive the drop
I predicted that Reading would survive this season. That is looking increasingly unlikely after their home defeat to Southampton this weekend. And even the most ardent of Biscuitmen seems resigned to Championship football again next season.
Humble pie rating: Three slices please; but make them big slices.
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