After three defeats in his first four games, Big Sam must be wondering whatever happened to New Manager Bounce.
It has not exactly been a replica of Alan Pardew’s experience at Monday night’s opponents Crystal Palace.
After leaving the dark side of North-eastern football in January, he took Palace from Sunderland-style doldrums sailing up the league to finish 10th, Palace’s best in the Premier, pulverising us at the Stadium of Light along the way. And this season has been even better so far.
Guess the Score if you dare. The form book says we have little chance; the pundits expert their pace to tear us apart. But we went there pre-Pardew last season, on another Monday night in November, not long after the 8-0 thrashing at Southampton, and beat them 3-1.
A repeat of that would be nice, if improbable.
Have a go, whoever you support. No one guessed we’d lose 1-0 to the Saints so it is a rollover. That means an extra prize – two mugs instead of two or, if the sponsors – Personalised Football Gifts - agree, a framed print version of the same dressing room image with the name of your choice as No 12. I will let you know what it's to be but enter anyway. A Palace winner would receive a prize with suitably altered design - but. A UK delivery address is essential and Monsieur Salut's decision shall be final. Ha'way the Lads. [caption id="attachment_52083" align="aligncenter" width="241"] M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake [/caption]