Tis the season to be jolly. So they say. But for those who manage football clubs, and the players, it is a busy and nervous time of the year. It can also be a decisive one.
For example, it's rare that the team bottom of the Premier League on December 25th survives being relegated come May. That means Watford had better hope for more good fortune the likes of which Manchester United presented them with in their previous game.
The managers of Southampton and West Ham continue to wonder if their next game will be their last one.
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