Alan Pardew

By Chip Kidger
3rd April 2018 at 4:14pm

Who has a spring in their step and who has egg on their face after a blockbuster Easter weekend?

Here’s our weekly look at who’s hot and cold in the world of sport…

 

HOT

Man City

Pep’s proteges continue to march on seamlessly to a thoroughly deserved Premier League title after comfortably dispatching Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Easter Saturday.

Even with the Champions League praying on their minds, the blue half of Manchester will be hoping for a derby day occasion to remember next Saturday with only one win between Guardiola and his first league title on English soil.

 

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter

Easter weekend is the perfect time for a great resurrection story. The golfing world witnessed its own miracle comeback this weekend as Ian Poulter timed his comeback to perfection by winning the Houston Open and securing an unlikely place at this week’s Masters.

Hollywood scriptwriters will be hoping one of golf’s most colourful characters will be toning down his eccentric dress sense this weekend and measuring up for a more distinguished Green Jacket.

 

Dele Alli

It’s the result Spurs fans had been waiting on for over 28 years. They finally put to bed their Stamford Bridge curse in emphatic style on Easter Sunday with a 3-1 away win at Chelsea that effectively secures Champions League football for Spurs in their first season at their new home – and at the expense of their bitter rivals.

An impressive brace from Dele Alli is also a boost for England fans ahead of Russia, with the 21-year-old finally reproducing the form that helped herald his early arrival on the international stage.

 

New Zealand cricket team

It wasn’t particularly pretty at times, but New Zealand clung on to secure a precious draw against England in Christchurch. It’s a result that means the Black Caps have finally recorded a first series victory against England on home soil since 1983-84 – before any of the current team were born.

 

COLD

Alan Pardew

Pards has looked like a man awaiting the gallows for weeks, and the axe finally fell on the 56-year-old’s disastrous four-month reign on Easter Monday following the Baggies’ insipid 2-1 home defeat to a Burnley side with very little to play for.

It’s probably safe to say he won’t be drowning his sorrows on a city break to Barcelona any time soon.

 

Joshua v Parker fight

Joshua Parker fight

Sadly, this much anticipated match-up failed to live up to the hype. Joshua’s unanimous win on points was ultimately deserved, but in a contest that lacked real excitement or drama, perhaps the biggest talking point comes from outside the ring with the question of who next for the 28-year-old British fighter.

 

Olympiakos players

Olympiakos

What’s not to like about playing for a grand old club like Olympiakos? Domestic trophies year-after-year, the chance for a spot of sun-drenched Greek island hopping, and an inexhaustible supply of souvlaki and Greek salad. Need we go on?

Answer: one wildly unconventional owner. Shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis is so angered by his side’s recent poor form, he has fined the players £350,000 and ordered them to ‘leave today and go on holiday’ to think about recent performances.

For many of his charges, it could be a one-way ticket…

 

Mike Edwards

Spending April on the Gold Coast sounds like the dream ticket for most people at this time of year, but it’s a situation which is rapidly turning into a nightmare for Nigerian high jumper Mike Edwards.

The 27-year-old touched down in Australia for final preparations ahead of the Commonwealth Games only to find the IAAF have barred him from competing as he represented Britain at junior level in 2009.

Edwards is now refusing to budge from the Athlete’s Village in protest at the decision.

All image sources from PA Images

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