He's back and with a warm fairy feeling of revenge.
After Manchester United's defeat of Leicester gave José Mourinho a little disappointment of complaining and St James' Park started with a goal fountain at Keegan in the kickoff that is still played between Newcastle and Tottenham, kick-off time at 3pm. That tradition was abandoned for profit years ago means that there are only four Premier League games at the time, but that does not mean they should be ignored. The first day will always spill something intangible, and no less important Huddersfield against Chelsea, where the Mauricio Sarri regime begins seriously after the trembling performance of the Community Shield last week and the launch of Thibaut Courtois, the holder of, er Kepa. The Chelsea season is offered to you by lastminute.com after Sarri arrived just four weeks in advance, with Antonio Conte still on the training ground. Meanwhile Huddersfield tries to repeat the alchemy of survival last season. Terence Kongolo and Eric Durm are their new big arrivals. Just one more thought: does the late arrival of Kepa mean that Rob Green will be handed Chelsea gloves? Always good to catch the new guys early, and Bournemouth v Cardiff will see Harry Arter unable to play for Neil Warnock, having been lent there by his godparent club. Both Bournemouth and Cardiff have only made enough cosmetic changes to their team, so this seems like a case to you, to use a phrase that Liam Gallagher has ruined. Fulham v Crystal Palace is another bow for a promoted side and, unlike the thrifty Cardiff, Fulham has paid some serious money, over 100 million pounds. The palace, with a little money, did much less business but clung to Wilfried Zaha, while Roy Hodgson signed a new agreement. Mr Roy remains very popular at Craven Cottage, and rightly so. Finally, let's face it, most probably less, it's Watford v Brighton. Javi Gracia has accomplished what some considered impossible, having not been dismissed as a manager by the Pozzo family at the end of the season, but may not be subjected to little pressure; his club sold players rather than invested during the summer. Last season Brighton had a good season, and to follow the instinct of the club owner, Tony Bloom, the game mogul, launched the dice with new signings, almost a new team. A note of caution here, or at least a warning from history. Chris Hughton did a good job with Norwich a few years ago, after having promoted them and with great success. He fought in the following 2013-14 season – remembers Ricky van Wolfswinkel? – while trying to assimilate a new blood that seemed to have made the Norwich certainties in the middle of the classification. Hughton was fired with a month of the season left, and without result. Perhaps one to see there. And of course, after an excellent opening weekend last weekend there is always the EFL where, frankly, anything can happen and it usually happens.