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Dear reader, we are in luck. The airport WiFi seems to be playing ball long enough for me to scribble down my thoughts on last night’s Premier League action and to dig out some funny football news to muse over.

Leicester City haven’t moved this fast since someone mentioned an ostrich. The ink is barely dry on Claude Puel‘s severance cheque and there is a new man in office.

Brendan Rodgers was given several million reasons to depart Celtic when on the verge of a historic treble treble. The deal was done when many thought we’d have to wait to the summer to see the former Liverpool manager return to the Premier League but with Celtic’s eyes lighting up at the thought of £6m in compensation, wheels started to turn.

And so, Rodgers was at the King Power last night to observe Jamie Vardy score the all-important winning goal against Brighton. Leicester fans will start dreaming of, er, seventh whereas Brighton fans are starting to look nervously over their shoulders once again.

For all the mocking of Rodgers that I am sure I will get the opportunity to enjoy over the coming months, I have to say now that I am looking forward to seeing what we can do with the likes of Harry Maguire, Ben Chillwell, James Maddison and Demarai Gray. Exciting times for the Foxes.

Rafa Benitez was talking up one of his young charges, Sean Longstaff, yesterday and boy did the young man repay him. Burnley’s decent run came to a shuddering halt at a rejuvenated St James Park where Fabien Schar went peak Tony Yeboah and Longstaff doubled the lead. Burnley’s quirky fact around never losing a Premier League match on a Tuesday is consigned to the history books.

The axe won’t fall on Everton’s Marco Silva this week. Everton beat Cardiff City 3-0 in Wales with Gylfi Sigurdsson once again reminding us he should not have strayed too far from the birthplace of Gareth Bale.

What’s that? Wolves were not that fussed about putting in a shift against a smaller club? Perish the thought. Jan Siewart got his first three points as a Premier League manager for Huddersfield.

Maurizio Sarri may well have accepted Kepa’s apology but he is still considering dropping him for tonight’s big game against Tottenham. If Chelsea lose, there is every chance this will be the last big decision Sarri gets to make in London.

The door might be slightly ajar once again for Liverpool in their hunt for that elusive Premier League title. Man City’s Laporte and Fernandinho are both out for five games and we know what happens to City when their Brazilian midfielder can’t play. They struggle, that’s what happens.

Meanwhile, King Kloppo is adamant that his Liverpool team do not get enough credit. Tell you what, Jurgey lad. Win it, then you’ll get some.

I think we understand why the Poch kicked off with Mike Dean at the weekend now. He is frustrated at the ‘lack of fight’ in this team so was probably showing them what it looks like.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 46th birthday present was more half-baked confirmations that he will get the Man United gig full time. On top of that, he might be allowed to sign Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.

One good game is normally enough to put a player on AC Milan’s radar and they are interested in Friday night’s hat-trick hero Gerard Deulofeu of Watford. Because sticking three past Cardiff is proof enough that he can do the same to Juventus, right?