A mixed bag of results ensured that the Premier League remains at its unpredictable best and meant the bookies undoubtedly had a good day at the office. Alan Pardew got off to the dream start at St James; the Ian Holloway show goes on at the Britannia, while West Ham once again slump to defeat to stay firmly rooted to the bottom of the league.
In the papers today we have more fall-out from the Carlos Tevez transfer request; Samir Nasri believes that Manchester United have lost their aura, while Hiddink backs England’s call for reform.
Nasri: Man Utd have lost their aura – Daily Telegraph
Pardew thrilled with success – Sky Sports
Ancelotti: I trust Chelsea not to sack me – Guardian