Boring boring Chelsea? I'll get back to that subject.
This won't play too well in Coventry, but I couldn't be more pleased for Tim Sherwood right now. He's not everybody's favourite and I'll admit there have been times I've had my doubts, but what a job he's done since walking into Villa Park.
Sherwood isn't short of confidence. His style can easily irritate, but if you're a Villa fan he must be like a breath of fresh air after what was going on at the club before. He's got players believing again, smiling again and winning again.
But what I like most is that he's put his head on the block. Football is in his veins. He isn't sitting comfortably in a TV studio telling everybody else what they're doing wrong. He's out there, putting himself on offer. Backing himself.
I worry that too many of today's retiring pro's are leaving the game. I've said before that one of my biggest disappointments recently was that Jamie Carragher went that route. He's a student of the game and a huge loss doing what he is now. The same applies to Gary Neville. They're good guys doing a very good job, but surely they want to really test themselves at some point? Just like Sherwood is? Good luck to you Tim.
There's some fascinating developments to come on the managerial front. What are Liverpool going to do? They're three years without a trophy now. Whose fault is that. Is it Brendan Rodgers? Or his players?
I thought Liverpool came up really short against Villa and it seems to me that it happens every time Rodgers is confronted by a big game. Think about it - Lge Cup this season. C Lge in Madrid. Europa Lge. This semi-final against Villa. Go further back - the title decider v Chelsea. It's a worrying recurring habit if you're a Liverpool fan.
This has been a poor season at Anfield. After last season's Suarez inspired excitement they've gone backwards as others have made progress.
Liverpool's obsession with 'moneyballs' or Brendan-omics as I call it, won't bring the results they want. You can't keep signing ordinary players, expecting them to become top players. It's not a policy a club like Liverpool should be pursuing anyway. When Suarez left last season they should've gone for two 'stellar' signings - paying big money and big wages. They would've stayed competitive and attracted better again this summer. But what big names could they tempt now? The 'Dalglish' factor persuaded Suarez. Can Rodgers do that?
West Ham are a mess - again. You've got a manager there who has no idea if he's staying or going. So how is he supposed to get performances from players who have that knowledge and don't care? They have ambition beyond their status. Right now they're top 10 in the P Lge. They're punching at their weight. A word of warning for everybody at Upton Park - be careful what you wish for.....
The same applies at Newcastle. It's a crying shame what's going on there. I'm sure they'll be safe, but after seven defeats in eight - and only two wins in 14 under John Carver - it's going to get scary.
Pellegrini looks like the walking dead. I keep hearing that City are convinced they can persuade Guardiola to take over at The Etihad. But when? Talk to people in Munich, as I have, and they'll tell you he's happy and determined to fulfil his contractual obligations. That means staying one more season at least. His close friends will tell you that he harbours a desire to manage a club with deep traditions and history - in England. Would City make his wish list on that basis? United, Arsenal or Liverpool might. Yes, Liverpool.
If City fire Pellegrini what do they do? They'll be treading water if they wait 12 months for Guardiola - and even then there are no guarantees. So who gets it? Vieira? Maybe. Benitez? Don't rule him out. City need someone like him to sort that dressing room out. I don't believe it will be Klopp. He's got to chose his next job very very carefully.
If he goes to City there's every chance the dressing room could swallow him. I've said it before - it was a mistake to back the players and not Mancini. As my old Mum would say - 'you reap what you sow in life'.
And so to Chelsea. Boring or what? Let's put it like this. Liverpool were terrific last season. We all fell in love with their gung ho style. I would've loved to have seen them rewarded with the title, but in the end their 'adventure' cost them. They won nothing
Mourinho isn't as naive as Rodgers was. If Liverpool hadn't lost at home to Chelsea I'm sure they would've won the title. But they lost a game they didn't have to win. There's no chance Mourinho will make the same mistake.
Chelsea will win the title because they're street wise. United were good on Saturday - had loads of the ball - but no real threat. Mourinho made sure of that. He had everything planned. Do you remember how he made his late substitutions? He made two in stoppage time, but not together. Twice he broke play up in the final four minutes, putting on one, then another. Clever. Very very clever. He doesn't miss anything.
No, Chelsea aren't boring for me, they're pragmatic. They're winners. And they won't be looking for a new manager in the summer!