Well folks, belated Happy New Year to all from sunny 25 degrees, Addis Ababa, where weÃ¢ÂÂve just celebrated the Ethiopian Christmas, a full two weeks after Xmas in England and a week after New Year.
The great thing about Italy - especially if you reside in the north of the country - is that if you tire of the long, inclement winter then all you need do is hop on a plane and an hour later you are basking in the warmth of the south.
The Premier League table doesnÃ¢ÂÂt look quite as promising for Blackpool as it did a week ago, but I bet thereÃ¢ÂÂs not a single Tangerines fan who would not have settled for 11th position at the half way point in the league. They have a few games in hand too.
December 21st 2008 Ã¢ÂÂ the once great Leeds United were marooned in mid-table in League One, the third tier of English football. They had lost five games on the spin, including an infamous defeat to non-league side Histon in the FA Cup second round, a run that saw manager and former club captain Gary McAllister fired.