The Stat-Smith: Soccer Special


The Stat-Smith is back, and he casts his eye over the must know stats and facts from the opening weeks of the Premier League season, and he reveals the manager who only lasted 10 minutes…


Burst Bubbles


West Ham have endured a miserable start to the season. Slaven Bilic’s side were knocked out of their Europa League qualifier, and currently find themselves in the relegation zone.

The Hammers have struggled to adapt to the Olympic Stadium, and the pressure is mounting on their Croatian manager.

West Ham have lost five of their first six top-flight games for the first time in their history. The London club have also conceded 15 goals in their opening six games for the first time since the 1988-89 season. They’ve also lost two of their last four home games, the same number as they’d lost in the previous 17 at home.

To compound the Hammers’ misery, their star Dmitri Payet has had more shots from outside the box without scoring than any other player so far this season.

Can Bilic arrest the slide?


Wasteful Zlatan


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit the ground running at Manchester United, so this stat may come as a surprise.

The Swede has scored four league goals so far, the most recent of which came in the 2-1 defeat to Man City in the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford. The 34 year old averages a goal every 135 minutes, but he is actually the most wasteful striker in the Premier League.

Official Premier League statistics show the Manchester United striker has had more shots than any other player in the Premier League. The former PSG striker has had 32 attempts at goal this season, which means that his shots to goal ratio is a surprising 8.0.

In contrast, Son-Heung Min – who has also scored four goals – has a ratio of 3.5.


Lung-Busting Lallana


Adam Lallana has covered more ground than any other Premier League player so far this season. The Liverpool midfielder ran 12.5km in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Spurs, which was further than any other player in the league.

The 28 year old broke his own record in Liverpool’s 4-1 demolition of Leicester, when he ran a staggering 13.1km.

The English international has made a good start to the season, registering three goals and three assists from midfield in the opening six league fixtures.

Read more about Lallana’s impressive running here.


Awesome Austin


Charlie Austin’s clinical finish helped Southampton to a 3-0 victory away at West Ham last weekend.

The English striker has scored 6 goals in 14 games since his return to the Premier League last January. The 27 year old  has bagged an impressive 5 goals in his last four games, including a brace against Sparta Prague and one apiece against Swansea, Crystal Palace and West Ham.

Incredibly, Austin has scored as many Premier League goals (21) since his debut (August 2014) as Wayne Rooney, despite playing 20 games fewer.

Does the Southampton striker deserve to be in the England squad?


The 10 Minute Manager

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce reacts during the nPower Championship Playoff Semi Final 2nd Leg between West Ham United and Cardiff City at the Boleyn Ground on May 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)


Much has been made of Sam Allardyce’s dismissal after serving just 67 days as England boss, after the 61 year old was undone by a Telegraph sting operation.

It seems a perfect time to draw attention to the shortest managerial reign in English football history.

Step forward Leroy Rosenior.

In 2007, Rosenior sacked by Torquay just ten minutes after taking the managerial job. Rosenior was appointed as manager of the relegated League Two club on May 17th 2007, only for chairman Mike Bateson to agree to immediately sell 51% of the club to a consortium.

The first act of the new owners was to sack Rosenior, who they replaced with Paul Buckle.

Unsurprisingly, his 10 minute reign is the shortest in English history, and is unlikely to be beaten.


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