Scolari Sacked - It's Gone Horribly Wrong There
Remember the August sunshine? Pretty hard to recall that a few months ago the land was bathing in light, not in snow.
Optimism was aplenty everywhere and while United were basking in Double glory, the pretenders stepped up confidently in the hope that this would be their year. Chelsea were tipped to be dominant on the back of... I don't know what.
Fergie could not understand why an ageing squad is supposed to improve spectacularly, and neither could many United fans. We were the European and English champions yet Chelsea were tipped to run away with it because they added an over-the-hill primadonna to their ranks and appointed a man with no experience of managing a European club side as manager.
Of course Scolari could have done well and indeed he started well enough but his shortcomings were revealed very soon and now, after some particularly pathetic performances since the winter's kicked in, he's sacked. His reign is now labelled as a false dawn which it was indeed.
Now it's difficult to imagine why anyone predicted that Chelsea would dominate the league. Any ideas?
Goodbye, Big Phil or whatever the expectant journalists called you in the first few weeks. It's all gone horribly wrong - after yesterday's victory at West Ham not even the most optimistic (deluded) Chelsea fans can believe that they are still in the title race. Instead of dominating, they went into decline. Unexpected?