Premiership joy for former Celts


Mick McCarthy Celtic newsThree former Celts were celebrating fantastic results tonight.

Mick McCarthy, Davie Moyes and Stevie Kean pulled off great wins that will make the fans of Wolves, Everton and Blackburn almost as happy as the bookies who would have cleaned up after tonight’s results.

Chants of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ ran out around Molineax and Ewood Park as the fans of Wolves and Blackburn tormented the opposing managers with Roy Hodgson and Carlo Ancelotti neck and neck in the race to be the next Premiership manager to collect their P45/ Golden Goodbye.

An own goal from Chelsea defender Jose Boswinga in the fifth minute gave Wolves the points to add to last week’s 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

The win lifted Wolves out of the relegation zone but with five points separating ten teams at the bottom of the Premiership the battle to avoid relegation has never been fiercer.

Ten points from their last eleven matches have seen Chelsea tumble down to fifth place with Ancelotti feeling the pressure despite being a double winner in his first season at the club.

“Obviously I am under pressure,” he admitted. “My position is solid at this moment. I’m under pressure because the team didn’t reach the result we wanted.”

Over at Anfield Hodgson looks like a dead man walking.

Stumbling his way through one ‘must-win’ game to defeat in the next has seen the former Fulham managed age visibly since moving to Liverpool.

With Kenny Dalglish in the background as an obvious caretaker with ambitions losing at Blackburn was the last thing that Hodgson needed before facing Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Hodgson’s situation looks very similar to the position that Tony Mowbray was in a year ago at Celtic with his after match media conference ended as soon as he was asked about his own position.

“I am not prepared to talk about that because obviously I am depressed enough with the performance and the result,” he responded.

“I have no comments to make and I have no intention to answer any questions on the subject.”

The win over Liverpool is a timely one for caretaker Kean against reports that the club’s Indian owners have made an offer to take Ronaldinho to Ewood Park.

Martin Olson and a double from Benjani put Blackburn three goals in front before Steven Gerrard scored in the 81st minute with a goal that would have provided the travelling Liverpool support with no consolation.

At Goodison Everton survived the loss of Tim Cahill on international duty at the Asian Cup to defeat on form Spurs 2-1.

Seamus Coleman scored the 75th minute winner after Rafael van der Vaart had cancelled out Lois Saha’s third minute opener.

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