The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, presided and Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, delivered a message from Pope Francis.
Some wondered where on earth he took his inspiration from, however, a look at Williams’s first picture in the Stoke Sentinel, provides a clue. It shows the youngster wearing a Sergio Tacchini tracksuit top that just happens to closely resemble what the Valiants’ players will be forced to wear in the forthcoming season.
Fresh from beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, Pochettino cast his thoughts immediately on Sunday’s North London derby against the Gunners which could be the final match of its kind at the current White Hart Lane site.
What they had been doing for the previous 17 months is anyone’s guess, but things hardly improved – by April they had won two in 19 and relegation loomed.
But looking at Villa’s position, it is certainly a risk. There are managers with Premier League experience available, and with Villa hovering above the relegation zone, to go with a man without that top-flight managerial nous suggests the hierarchy feel a relegation battle is unrealistic.