There is a bit on five live about us at the moment. It seems to be accepted currency that we have spent a lot of money, will likely spend some more, and we have a firm objective of promotion this year (sh!t or bust, who possibly could have predicted that?). Apparently the owners are excited because MoN will be the man to get us up, and we the fans are excited because we have a new shiny manager with a connection.
Oh for f*cks sake, could the thinking around football be any more limited and patronising?
To quote Robbo from an interview in a little known local publication he wasn't big on coaching: ...
..just to be clear..in the context I was talking about the 'coaching' was teaching Steve Guppy to cross exceptionally well. Which I know he spent a fair bit of time working on. It wasn't an overall coaching role I was talking about. Robbo was classic number two, affable humourist, liked by the players, bridge between manager and squad.
The bit that I suspect Guppy does less well is not the coaching bit, but the legend who is funny as f*ck bit.
Authoritarian, anti-democratic, conspiracy. Where are people who are proud of our country and want to uphold our democratic ideals when you need them to prevent an act of terrorism against our rights, freedoms and livelihoods? Are they enlisting in the good fight or are they out there appeasing the sh!t out of this so that they can persecute muslims? Only asking.
If Martin O'Neil comes without team o'neil, or control of those aspects of the backroom, it's a pretty much guaranteed disaster off the bat. It would just be forest to a tee if we finally implemented a club structure at the time it was most at odds with the working practice of the manager we appointed.
I consider suggestions that we have a competent level of football expertise established at the club premature.
He knows the game, knows how to manage teams to achieve at least the sum of their parts, generally comes complete with a backroom team that provides the expertise that historically we lack.
It's clearly never going to be a proper club based structure, or modern progressive passing football, with an old school manager like MoN..... But then it's clear we are not going to be those things anyway. So might as well have one we have a bit of affection for.
Might make him harder to sack unnecessarily. Might not.
My argument would be that even from the 'outside' without 'inside knowledge' there are many interesting observations and analysis to be had from visible exhibitions of what is going on. To preserve the inside track (which generally yields nothing of any real interest), that analysis is sacrificed. There's little stuff that appears in the press with their access, that we haven't chewed over here first. There's stuff that I've found out, without having any access to any internal sources.
What on earth is the f*cking point of journalism if that's the limit of what they can do?