Back at the end of April, Stan Collymore took to his column for the Daily Mirror and fought Mauricio Pochettino’s corner for why the Argentine should be crowned as the Manager of the Year, saying that it would take ‘something special’ from his rivals to stop such a thing happening.
Collymore argued that even if the Spurs boss doesn’t win a thing, he should be handed the crown if he manages to get the north London-based side into the top four and the Champions League final; both of which he has managed to do.
The ‘something special’ that Collymore mentioned, which would be the only thing worthy of stopping Pochettino from winning the award, included Pep Guardiola securing a domestic double with his Manchester City side.
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As we now know, the Spaniard has gone on to do just that, landing the Premier League title after a 14-game winning run saw off a fierce Liverpool side who ended the campaign on 97 points, whilst also securing the FA Cup with a 6-0 win over Watford; it was the biggest margin of victory in an FA Cup final since Bury beat Derby by the same scoreline back in 1903.
In doing so, they became the first team in English football history to win the domestic treble, smashing a number of records along with way.
So, surely after saying that it would be ‘something special’, Collymore would be full of praise for the Citizens’ achievement, right?
In his most recent column for the Daily Mirror, the former Liverpool midfielder wrote: “I’m not afraid to offer the caveat that their achievement in becoming the first English team to win a domestic Treble still leaves me cold. Because, frankly, everything is set up for them to do it.
They have such deep pockets and so many resources that the difficulty level for them to win all three competitions has only really been a 5/10.”
Playing their accomplishment down after talking the potentiality of it up not even two months ago?
It seems like Collymore has severely contradicted himself here, and maybe he should take a moment to remember his own opinions before going against them just a few weeks later.