All this talk about sacking Grant is a stupid diversion. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. This is one weird Premiership and teams have been taking points at places where they shouldn't stand a cat in Hell's chance. Blackpool won at Liverpool and, just as remarkably, Stoke. Sunderland thumped Chelsea at the Bridge. Wigan won at Spurs. Newcastle and West Brom left the Emirates with 3 points in the bag. And so it goes on.
The net effect of all this is a high bar to survive this year. Even if results run to par for the rest of the season, 38 points will not secure safety. In fact, our record of relegation despite accumulating 42 points might be under threat. I don't know if the bookies are offering odds on how many points the club fourth from bottom will achieve, but I reckon it will be a minimum of 40. So tell me, where the hell are we going to harvest 28 points from?
There are games that we can write off immediately. Chelsea away? Even in mid wobble they will beat us. Tottenham away? Under 'Arry? In our dreams! Man Utd at home? Only if they play their stiffs! Man City away? Yeah if the entire first team squad go on strike! Liverpool at home? Bloody hell, we couldn't even get a result against Fulham with Hughton in charge and the bogey team label is on the opposite boot when the Scousers are involved!
So we come down to a narrow band of games.
28 points from 21 games? That's 8 wins and 4 draws! Find me eight wins! Wolves, Birmingham, Blackburn, Sunderland, Villa, Stoke at home. That's six if we take everything we can!
So we now need two wins AWAY from home! Hmmmm. Fulham? Wigan? Blackpool? West Brom? Blackburn? Two of those five. There's our eight wins. Not much margin of error is there?
Let's turn three of those into draws shall we? We still need a home draw. Liverpool? Everton? Arsenal? Man Utd? Or an away draw at Newcastle, Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City or Bolton? What are the chances of that?
It's possible to make it to 40 points but is it probable? A chance in ten thousand I'd say! So that's why we have to start PLANNING for the probable and stop whining about Grant! Bloody Mourinho would struggle to keep this shower of shit the right side of the U bend!