Darren Way, Michael Flynn and Kevin Nolan bid to conjure up FA Cup fourth round giant killingsby Jack Kitson / 26 January 2018, 13:10Tweet
The 2017/18 FA Cup fourth round draw may not have produced the most glamourous cluster of fixtures in the competition’s history, but there’s still a number of tasty manager mash-ups to look forward to this weekend.
Below we pluck out three League Two gaffers looking to conjure up their own magical moments against Premier League opposition .
Darren Way vs Jose Mourinho
Yeovil Odds: 30/1
Yeovil boss Darren Way pits his wits against birthday boy Jose Mourinho on Friday night at Huish Park, which the former describes as a “dream come true”. The history books state that it’s been a whopping 69 years since Yeovil progressed into the fifth round, and the club can be backed out at 30/1 to conjure up one of the biggest FA Cup giant killings in the history of the competition.
Way is planning to get Mourinho drunk by handing him a bottle of wine and a some strong Somerset cider, as he bids to follow in the footsteps of the club’s south west neighbours, Bristol City, who stunned United in the League Cup quarter-finals. On that occasion Lee Johnson famously splashed out on a £450 bottle of wine for the United boss.
Mourinho, who penned a new deal on Thursday, boasts a squad costing £588million, which includes new recruit Alexis Sanchez, a man he plans to unleash in Somerset tonight.
The match is Mourinho’s 100th at United, and he’ll be expected to mark that milestone with his 61st win at the club, although if he samples some of the Somerset cider before kick-off then he may wake up to the hangover from hell on Saturday morning...
You said you've joined "the biggest club in the world" @Alexis_Sanchez so it's only right you start your #MUFC career in the biggest away dressing room in @SkyBetLeagueTwo*.— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 22, 2018
*maybe#YTFC #Alexis7 pic.twitter.com/BVFt0A06Xk
Michael Flynn vs Mauricio Pochettino
Newport Odds: 18/1
Tottenham are determined to cling onto their boss Mauricio Pochettino amid reports that Real Madrid are eyeing him up following a stuttering season to date under Zinedine Zidane. However, before Pochettino even begins to think about sunny Spain, he’ll be tasked with avoiding a shock cup upset down in south east Wales.
Pochettino has worked wonders at Spurs, but he's yet to lift a trophy with the club, who haven’t hoisted any silverware since the League Cup 10 years ago. The FA Cup - last won in 1990/91 - offers arguably their best chance of ending this drought, but first Pochettino’s men must negotiate their way past a fired up Newport County side managed by the excellent Michael Flynn.
The Exiles, who are making their first fourth round appearance since 1979 (before Flynn was even born), outwitted Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds in the previous round, and now they’re an 18/1 shot to stun Spurs and progress to the fifth round since 1948/49.
Ahead of the clash Flynn told South Wales Argus:
“I’ll tell the players to go out and enjoy it.
“They have to go and express themselves, start bright and get up against them.
“And they can write their own history if they get us in the hat for the next round.”
Which League Two manager has the best chance of conjuring up a shock upset in the FA Cup 4th round?— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 26, 2018
Darren Way (Yeovil) vs Jose Mourinho (Man Utd)
Kevin Nolan (Notts County) vs Carlos Carvalhal (Swansea)
Michael Flynn (Newport) vs Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs)
Kevin Nolan vs Carlos Carvalhal
Notts County Odds: 7/2
A third manager tasked with toppling a Premier League side is Kevin Nolan, who is preparing his high-flying League Two side, Notts County, for the visit of Swansea.
Since his appointment at Meadow Lane last January Nolan has made a real impact at the club, leading his troops to 28 wins from 57 matches, with Notts currently 2nd in the fourth-tier.
After beating the likes of Bristol Rovers, Oxford and Brentford, County will be looking to book their spot in the fifth round for only the second time in 26 seasons, and ahead of the match a determined Nolan told the Nottingham Post:
“I don’t fear anybody when we are at Meadow Lane and I know we will have a good go at anyone.
“It’s a tricky tie for them (Swansea).
“Hopefully we can ruin their week.”
Swansea may be rock-bottom of the top-tier, but the Welsh outfit have been rejuvenated since the arrival of Carlos Carvalhal, who oversaw a shock 1-0 win over Liverpool in his last outing. The Swans’ main priority is preserving their place in the top-flight, but a cup run wouldn’t go amiss, as the club bids to keep the momentum going under their new gaffer.
Carvalhal with an early contender for quote of the year:
WATCH: "If you put a Formula One in London at 4 o'clock in the traffic the Formula One will not run very fast."— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) January 22, 2018
Carlos Carvalhal had an inspired teamtalk for his team today!
Alfie Mawson boosts @SwansOfficial survival hopes: https://t.co/zI4xSVNSU8 https://t.co/ZESkpQhd8R