Brighton's home form is dreadful and managers have been sacked for less

Can you really sack a football manager at Christmas?

Brighton have registered just one Premier League win at the Amex Stadium in 2020
Brighton have registered just one Premier League win at the Amex Stadium in 2020

Actually yes, worse still when Manchester United sacked Frank O’Farrell in December 1972, the then Old Trafford supremo Louis Edwards reportedly took his club's Christmas turkey back as well.

Is Albion boss Graham Potter heading for a similar fate, minus the snatched poultry?

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Not at the moment no, but after Monday evening's frustrating 2-1 defeat to south coast rivals Southampton, the murmurs among the Albion faithful appear to be growing.

The stats do not lie. The Saints defeat means it’s still only one Amex EPL win in 2020, Arsenal back in June at the first game of the restart.

And with only two home games left in this unprecedented year, even back to back wins against Sheffield United and ironically Arsenal, would see only three league wins in a calendar year.

This is not only on the face of it relegation form, but have seen a number of former Albion managers sacked with better annual stats.

When my dear old Dad first took me to the Goldstone nearly 48 years ago, I probably didn’t comprehend at eight years old that I was consigning myself to a lifetime of sporting frustration and disappointment, with sporadic bouts of footballing ecstasy.

Currently the results are very disappointing, and the football is extremely frustrating even more so by the very fact that the Albion are not that far off from getting it right.

But ultimately it is a results game. Between now and 2021, the Albion, aside from the two aforementioned home games, face trips to Leicester City and Fulham in the space of four days next week, then a trip to the Olympic Stadium to face West Ham in between the two Amex games.

If the Albion don’t get at least eight points from those those games, and perhaps as a result start the New Year in the relegation zone, will the murmurs turn to serious concerns amongst the fans?

But if Potter was to get sacked, who comes in?

Eddie Howe is the only current out of work proven EPL manager I would want at the Amex, anyone else represents a huge gamble for high stakes.

For me, I will take the easy option, eight points from the 5 games and a proven striker in the transfer window to finally see Potter-ball reaping dividends.

And finally I can’t condone the Millwall fans booing their own players for taking the knee last Saturday at the New Den.

That said I’m with QPR director of football Les Ferdinand in that it’s now become a hollow gesture and should be stopped.

We’ve even got the Vicar of Dibley doing it on the BBC on Xmas Day. What would Eric and Ernie have made of it all?