Recent content by fastwalker

  1. Maybe after Sir Alex, the United dressing room has simply become far too powerful?

    Aside from being a footballing genius, Sir Alex Ferguson was also the most dominant figure in the United dressing room for a quarter of a century. No-one but no-one was bigger than he was. Those of a certain vintage will remember seeing the likes of McGrath, Whiteside, Ince, Keane and Beckham...
  2. Will Ole get another PL job after this?

    Look at Moyes. Ole may have to go out to come back in though. Ole's level is not top six. Ole's level is Leicester, Brighton, Southampton, Palace.
  3. Ole’s farewell interview

    I have never met Ole, but he does seem like a genuinely nice guy. However, in my opinion that farewell interview was an absolute car crash. It was the ultimate act in manipulation, Ole by the board and the fans by Ole. Ultimately Ole has left in disgrace. He was not good enough and must have...
  4. What should be the top five priorities of United's next permanent manager?

    That is not entirely surprising, but if that is the case then it is a descent into madness. Every club has big personalities that need managing, but when you have players who think or behave as if they 'out rank' the manager then they have to go. Again, I am reminded of Paul Ince, Roy Keane and...
  5. What should be the top five priorities of United's next permanent manager?

    Whoever the next United manager is, they should arrive fully briefed on the squad, contract situations and coaching set up. They will hopefully have more than enough time to think about what needs to happen first and what needs to happen next. Looking at the various challenges facing United...
  6. The danger of desperation: is it better to act now or should we wait until the summer?

    The more I think about the inevitably of Ole's departure, the more I realise that the lack of succession planning at United means that our incompetent Board will make a knee jerk decision to avoid the opprobrium of fans. As bad as the situation is and as clear as it is that something needs to...
  7. Solskjaers Legacy

    As kind and generous as one might like to be to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the shadow within which he has had to operate and the expectations that he has to meet mean that he will ultimately be regarded as a failure. I think most would acknowledge that Ole, has been promoted beyond his ability. An...
  8. Forget about 'strategic patience' at United, should we just adopt the Chelsea model?

    I think it was model. The club made a conscious decision not to sack Alex Ferguson back in 1989/90 believing that he would come good. I believe that decision very much reflected Martin Edwards philosophy around recruitment and retention. That is a clear and distinct approach to Roman and...
  9. Would you take Rodgers at United?

    In simple terms no I would not. Would he be better than Ole absolutely yes! But that is not the point. Let's be real here, every manager goes through difficult periods. Just think of what will happen when we go though our first and subsequent difficult periods under Rogers. This man will be...
  10. Forget about 'strategic patience' at United, should we just adopt the Chelsea model?

    The model of what constitutes success for elite level clubs has changed. It is generally accepted that the days when a club could have one manager for a quarter of a century like SAF are long gone. Yes, SAF set the standard in terms of the benefit and value of 'keeping the faith' and the belief...
  11. Does anyone think there is a genuine and achievable end goal or are we just hoping for the best?

    I get the fact the SAF can never be replicated or replaced. I also get the fact the transition from SAF to whatever the 'new normal' will inevitably be will take time, with ups and downs along the way. I get the fact that United have to rebuild the squad to be competitive and I also get the fact...
  12. Ole Sack Watch

    Thank you Gandalf, that made me laugh out loud!
  13. Does having 'united DNA' matter in management selection? If so, what is it?

    Honestly, the more I read the more convinced I am that 'United DNA;' amounts to nothing more than a not so subtle form of psychological conditioning. So much of football is tribalist - our colours, our badges, our chants our terrace culture. As football fans we live for the experience of kinship...
  14. Does having 'united DNA' matter in management selection? If so, what is it?

    Thanks Grande; that was a really good read. By the looks of things, 'United DNA' or the 'United Way' seems to mean different things to different people or in some cases nothing at all to others. At best it is a euphemism for the style of football, team culture and discipline that was exemplified...