Five talking points from the weekend's actionby Jack Kitson / 03 April 2017, 11:21Tweet
It was another action packed weekend in English football as the Premier League title race suddenly shot into life after Chelsea slipped up against Crystal Palace, while down at the bottom end of the table Leicester, Crystal Palace and Hull continue to rack up the wins.
Rotherham finally lost their fight for survival in the Championship, whereas Sheffield United could soon be zooming past them in the other direction. Elsewhere, Coventry ended years of hurt by winning a trophy, while up in Scotland Brendan Rodgers hoisted his first league title.
4 wins on the spin
What do Sam Allardyce, Craig Shakespeare and Mauricio Pochettino have in common? The three gaffers are all enjoying four game winning runs following their respective victories over the weekend.
Relegation avoidance specialist Allardyce endured a slow start to life at Crystal Palace but has since thrived, leading his troops to wins over Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford, and most stunningly of all, Chelsea, meaning the Eagles have soared up to 16th, four points clear of danger.
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare created history after becoming the first ever British boss to taste victory in his opening four Premier League games after his troops beat Stoke 2-0. Shakespeare now has five wins from five games in charge in all competitions.
Is the title race back on? Tottenham’s impressive 2-0 win at the fortress that is Turf Moor saw them shred the gap between themselves and Chelsea to seven points with nine games to go. That margin could decrease further this week should Spurs win at Swansea, and Chelsea stutter against Man City.
Brendan Rodgers wins SPL title
In three seasons at Liverpool Brendan Rodgers failed to hoist any silverware, however up in Scotland he’s now bagged two trophies in charge of Celtic: the League Cup back in November, and the SPL title on Sunday afternoon.
The Hoops hammered Hearts 5-0 at Tyncastle, with the superb Scott Sinclair netting a hat-trick, as they hoisted their sixth successive league title. Rodgers’ men are remarkably still unbeaten in the top-flight, dropping just four points from 30 games, and you certainly wouldn’t bet against them ending the campaign undefeated.
Paul Warne unsure on his future at relegated Rotherham
Rotherham became the first of the 92 teams in the top-4 tiers of English football to be relegated this season after the Millers lost 1-0 at home to Fulham. The defeat was the club’s eighth in a row and 30th in total in what has been a dismal season for the Yorkshire outfit.
Rotherham started the season with Alan Stubbs, who lasted just 14 games in the dugout, while his successor Kenny Jackett threw in the towel after just five winless matches. Warne, in difficult circumstances, was then handed the reins but can’t be made a scape goat for the club’s continued struggles.
Rotherham are now expected to make an announcement, regarding their manager situation, on Wednesday with Warne in the frame for the permanent position, although he’s admitted that he’s happy to be a fitness coach - see video below.
Coventry end 30 year wait for a trophy
Coventry City finally had a day to remember as they lifted the Checkatrade Trophy in front of 43,000 Coventry fans. The Sky Blues have had a torrid time this season, lying bottom of League One, but this competition has provided some reprieve in a dismal season.
In front of a record crowd for this competition (74,434) Coventry were roared on and took the lead through academy graduate Gael Bigirimana, who became a father for the first time on Saturday. Another academy graduate, George Thomas doubled the lead with a stunning touch and finish in the second half before Oxford pulled one back to make it a nervy finish.
The Sky Blues held on and 30 years since their FA Cup win over Spurs the Coventry faithful tasted success at Wembley once more.
Sheffield United on the brink of promotion
Sheffield United can end years of hurt on Wednesday by finally escaping the clutches of League One after six seasons stuck in the division.
Prior to Chris Wilder’s arrival last summer five managers (including caretaker Chris Morgan) had tried and failed to lead the Blades back up to the Championship, but Wilder is now on the brink of achieving this feat.
United are currently 13 points clear of 3rd-place Fleetwood Town, meaning should they beat rock-bottom Coventry at Bramall Lane on Wednesday - and Fleetwood lose at Oxford - then their promotion will be sealed under Wilder, who last season won League Two with Northampton.