HOT OR NOT: The Masters put fans first

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HOT OR NOT: The Masters put fans first while Neil Warnock could leave Cardiff at the end of the season

  • Tiger Woods’ Masters triumph was one for the ages but the tournament excelled 
  • Burnley’s revival in the second half of season is vindication of Sean Dyche’s style 
  • The relationship between Neil Warnock and Cardiff may have run its course 

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Ian Ladyman reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.

Tiger Woods won another Green Jacket but the Masters showed sensible decision-making

Tiger Woods won another Green Jacket but the Masters showed sensible decision-making

HOT

THE MASTERS 

A win for the ages from Tiger Woods but also some common sense from the organisers. 

Moving the tee-times forward on day four to ensure bad weather did not push everything over into the Monday was an inconvenience for the players but it put the paying public and television audience first. Other sports should take note. Cricket for one.

SEAN DYCHE

Of Burnley’s opening 26 competitive games this season, they won precisely three. Since then, Dyche’s team have won eight and drawn three of 15 Premier League games and are all but safe for another season. 

Such a recovery is further proof that the Dyche model of management does work. How long, though, until we get to see him try it somewhere else?

Burnley's revival in the second half of the season is vindication of Sean Dyche's style

Burnley’s revival in the second half of the season is vindication of Sean Dyche’s style

REGAN GRACE 

The young Welshman made his Super League debut for St Helens as he scored in a defeat by Wigan two Easters ago. Now Saints are an awful lot better and so is their 22-year-old winger. His hat-trick on Friday at the DW Stadium helped illustrate the yawning gap between the two great rivals.

Regan Grace scored a hat-trick for St Helens against Wigan and is improving rapidly

Regan Grace scored a hat-trick for St Helens against Wigan and is improving rapidly

NOT 

NEIL WARNOCK

The veteran has done well to put Cardiff in touch with the pack at the bottom of the Premier League but there is a growing feeling the club may part company with the 70-year-old at the end of the season, whatever happens. Some relationships are not built to last.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock may be leaving the club this summer regardless of their fate

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock may be leaving the club this summer regardless of their fate

CHRIS HUGHTON

The Brighton manager has problems after his team were beaten by Cardiff in midweek. Since an early win over Manchester United, Brighton’s season has been built around the ability to take points off clubs at their own level.

Four of their nine wins have come against Huddersfield and Crystal Palace, for example, while Newcastle and West Ham have also been beaten. The worry is that three of their last five games are against Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has problems after his team were beaten by Cardiff in midweek

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has problems after his team were beaten by Cardiff in midweek

HANDBALL

Did the ball strike the arm of Fernando Llorente as he scored the decisive goal for Tottenham at Manchester City? Who knows? Would it have constituted handball anyway, given his hand was virtually glued to his own side? Who knows? Hands up if you understand the rule anymore? No, thought not.

Fernando Llorente's controversial goal for Tottenham highlighted confusion around handball

Fernando Llorente’s controversial goal for Tottenham highlighted confusion around handball

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