Returning with a New Club: The Curse of the Former Player

Referee Howard Webb shows the red card to Tottenham Hotspur's  Emmanuel Adebayor

Referee Howard Webb shows the red card to Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor

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Some players have described it as the best feeling that they’ve ever experienced on a football field whereas others have chosen to keep their celebration as low-key and as respectful as they can. Either way scoring and winning against your former employers can for sure make you a star player at your new club.

On Saturday, Steve Clarke, once assistant manager to Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, faced the London side for the first time as West Brom’s boss. He oversaw his Baggies team beat the Blues 2-1 and take all three points, but he certainly isn’t the first and he certainly won’t be the last to haunt his former club.

Earlier this month, Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford to take on a Manchester United side fronted by Robin van Persie. The striker spent eight years at Arsenal but, after failing to agree a new contract, he made a high-profile, big-money move to United. Obviously Arsenal’s defence of Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos would have wanted to shut out every Manchester United player, but the one they will have wanted to have prevented most would probably have been van Persie. That didn’t last long. Robin van Persie was on the score sheet after just three minutes to give the Gunners a taste of what they would have had, had they held on to him.

 

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