In my absence the football world has changed yet again. Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League to Inter Milan and their former manager, Jose Mourinho. The 'Special One' came back to Chelsea for the first time since he was sacked, and his side out done Chelsea all over the park. Carlo Ancelotti was brought in to win the Champions League but know his failure has put all the pressure on him to win the Premier League this season. If he does not, Chelsea may be looking again for the one to bring them the European goal they crave. I still back Manchester United to win the league this season.
I must mention Fulhams show in the other European tournament. The Europa League is looked down on if your a regular Champions League contender, but for teams like Fulham this is a big deal. They turned around a 3-1 first leg score to win 4-1 at the Cottage. I am impressed with Fulham and Roy Hodgson this season, they may not be the most fashionable team in the league but they get the work done. They are still in the FA Cup and doing well in the league. Hodgson is a candidate for manager of the year.
Portsmouth now have been docked 9pts and are going down. I think that they should play weakened teams in the league as it does not matter now. If they focus fully on the FA Cup this would end a season of turmoil in a great way for the fans. Hull City appointing Ian Dowie has put them in the Championship I feel, I don't rate him and never will. Burnley will be my bet for the third place. Poor at home, poor away, relegation beckons.
QPR have changed their manager again. Neil Warnock now sits in the hottest seat in football. However QPR now have got rid of Flavio Briatore and Warnock could be the man to finally drag them up to the promise land. It won't be this year but if he is given the time and money he will be able to do it. Newcastle have been out of the world the season. They powered their way through the season, and could be promoted by Easter Monday.
I do want to mention David Beckham, his injury blow is gutting for him. He has worked so hard to get back into the England shake up. But it could be the end of his international career. I hope not, he is a legend and I hope he still goes to the World Cup on the coaching staff because his experience could be vital.