Why have Mourinho when you can have Jones

Last updated : 29 November 2012 By Tony Scholes

They remain very much in the relegation positions but the problem is certainly not  with manager Jones who replaced Gary Megson in the run in to promotion last season. When asked about his position after this latest poor result, he said: "I haven't become a bad manager overnight. I'm never fearful of my job because I'm good at what I do."

He then added: "Go get whoever you want in. Get Mourinho. He'll still be working with the same players. You could bring someone else in but what happens if it doesn't work for them? You bring someone else in? The club has been through that enough times."

Maybe Mourinho wouldn't do any better with the current players but Jones might be advised to recall that there are currently 16 players at Hillsborough that he has signed since the end of last season. I wonder how many of those players might have been on Mourinho's shopping list.

One team out of the bottom three now are Ipswich. They keep getting hammered away from home but Mick McCarthy has come up with this idea of getting points in home games. It's two wins and a draw at Portman Road since he took over and that's helped them out and pushed Bristol City back into the relegation places.

Another manager coming under pressure is Ståle Solbakken at Wolves. One point in six games doesn't help, or three points in nine games as it's now become. It's brought about a slide down the table that couldn't get much bigger. When they last won, at Blackburn on 6th October, they were 3rd but they've now plummeted to 18th and the natives are, I'm told getting restless.

Wolves have also suffered the misfortune of two successive home defeats this week when the winning goal for the opposition has been scored by a former Wolves player. Adlene Guedioura scored the winner for Forest on Saturday and for Millwall on Tuesday it was Andy Keogh with the only goal of the game.

Being bullish, like Jones, Solbakken has said he's the right man for the job and yesterday called his players in for a debrief following their latest defeat. The meeting lasted an hour and it has been reported that senior players questioned his methods. You can't beat a manager who listens. Solbakken did and then said there would be no changes.

Since the reported meeting, both the manager and midfielder Karl Henry have spoken, both saying that everyone was working together and that the local press are way off the mark.

Time will tell, but I reckon these two, Jones and Solbakken, are on borrowed time, probably more so Jones given Milan Mandaric lurks around the corridors of Hillsborough.

The fixtures this week paired all the eight B teams together in four games. and the fixtures ended last night with a Lancashire clash between Blackburn and Bolton. Apparently Chris Eagles was the star as Bolton won. Last year opinions were divided on who Burnley fans wanted to win that game. The divide is no longer there. I wonder what changed at Bolton.

The results and the usual stats are below along with this weekend's fixtures which run over three days.

The Results
Tuesday 27th November
Barnsley 1 Burnley 1 Ipswich Town 3 Nottingham Forest 1
Blackpool 1 Birmingham City 1 Leeds United 1 Leicester City 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Bristol City 0 Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield Town 0
Charlton Athletic 2 Peterborough United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Watford 4
Derby County 1 Cardiff City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Millwall 1
Hull City 0 Crystal Palace 0  
Wednesday 28th November
Blackburn Rovers 1 Bolton Wanderers 2  


The Stats
Biggest Win Middlesbrough 3-0 v Huddersfield Town (home)
Watford 4-1 v Sheffield Wednesday (away)
Total Goals Scored 27 (16 home - 11 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals 2 - Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough)
Highest Attendance 24,044 - Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City
Lowest Attendance 8,610 - Barnsley v Burnley
Total Yellow Cards 27
Total Red Cards 1
Most Cards in a Game Derby County v Cardiff City (4Y 1R) Ref: Mark Brown
Hull City v Crystal Palace (5Y) Ref: Darren Drysdale


Leading Goalscorers (League Only)
18 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 2 penalties
15 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 6 penalties
12 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - 2 with Huddersfield Town
11 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 2 penalties
10 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties
Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties
9 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties
David Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty
8 Sone Aluko (Hull City)
Craig Davies (Barnsley) - includes 1 penalty
Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penalties
Chris Wood (Millwall)
7 Heidar Helguson (Cardiff City)
Darius Henderson (Millwall)
Theo Robinson (Derby County) - includes 1 penalty
Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 1 penalty
Pete Whittingham (Cardiff City) - includes 3 penalties
6 Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers)
Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 1 penalty
Chris Eagles (Bolton Wanderers)
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough)
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Liam Trotter (Millwall) - includes 1 penalty


Hat Tricks
 Date Player & Game
01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers
15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United
22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City
22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY
23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City
29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday
23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY
06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town
17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS


Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)
Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R
  League   Total   League  Total 
Barnsley 24 1 27 2 Huddersfield Town 32 3 33 3
Birmingham City 21 2 23 2 Hull City 17 0 17 1
Blackburn Rovers 21 0 21 0 Ipswich Town 27 0 27 0
Blackpool 23 0 23 0 Leeds United 35 2 40 2
Bolton Wanderers 38 1 40 1 Leicester City 20 1 20 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 23 0 24 0 Middlesbrough 26 0 29 0
Bristol City 25 0 27 0 Millwall 35 1 37 1
Burnley 33 1 39 1 Nottingham Forest 32 3 32 3
Cardiff City 30 2 32 2 Peterborough United 33 0 34 0
Charlton Athletic 29 0 29 0 Sheffield Wednesday 32 1 35 1
Crystal Palace 25 1 29 1 Watford 37 4 38 4
Derby County 20 1 21 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 1 20 1


Highest and Lowest Attendances
Highest Lowest
Att Fixture Att Fixture
28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09)
28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11)
28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08)
27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10)
26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 8,088 Barnsley v Bristol City (01/09)
26,594 Brighton & HA v Sheffield Weds (14/09) 8,195 Barnsley v Crystal Palace (23/10)
26,455 Brighton & Hove Albion v Bolton Wand (24/11) 8,227 Barnsley v Cardiff City (24/11)
26,402 Brighton & Hove Albion v Leeds United (02/11) 8,319 Barnsley v Peterborough United (02/10)
26,293 Brighton & HA v Middlesbrough (20/10) 8,427 Peterborough Utd v Derby County (29/10)
26,185 Charlton Athletic v Barnsley (20/10) 8,571 Barnsley v Ipswich Town (29/09)


The Next Fixtures
Friday 30th November
Birmingham City v Middlesbrough  
Saturday 1st December
Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town Millwall v Charlton Athletic
Bristol City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Nottingham Forest v Hull City
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion Peterborough United v Blackpool
Huddersfield Town v Leeds United Watford v Barnsley
Leicester City v Derby County (17:20)  
Sunday 2nd December
Burnley v Blackburn Rovers (12:30) Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday