José Mourinho’s declaration that he would be aggressive and play front-foot football is largely the story of his opening seven games.
So, where to start? With the fond farewell for Voro, Valencia’s very own Mr Wolf? With Paco Jémez’s long Granada goodbye, a death so foretold he got up at 5.30am and waited for the boat the bishop was coming on?
The numbers spoke of another humiliation. They were outpassed (231 to 712), outfought (44% to 56% one-v-ones won), outplayed (28% to 72% possession) in front of their home fans.
Aston Villa will turn to Steve Bruce if they are unable to persuade David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, that he should give up the team he has taken to the top of the Championship to try to rescue one of England’s bigger, and more troubled, clubs.
Gareth Southgate began his new position in charge of the England side by insisting he was not “too nice” for the role and making it clear Wayne Rooney would not be given the same freedom that Sam Allardyce had promised the national team captain.
So: how’s it been for you? As the Premier League takes a breath, sucks on half an orange, and smears some soothing embrocation across a vivid set of autumnal bruises, this seems like an ideal moment to sit back and review a particularly frantic opening act.
Ryan Giggs, perhaps, would have been the easy appointment for Swansea City. Bob Bradley, however, was the interesting appointment. He’s always the interesting appointment.
Not content with expanding the World Cup to 40 teams, the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has suggested going even further and opening up the competition to 48 countries from 2026.
Robin van Persie is at surprisingly short odds to join Rangers. Would he consider a move?
Welcome to this evening's transfer round-up. This edition features 'Arsenal looking at Mario Mandzukic?' and 'Shkodran Mustafi linked to Arsenal again' plus more, so delve in below.
Shkodran Mustafi's career has gone from strength to strength since leaving Everton.