I going to define the United Way as:LVG's and Jose's pragmatism in games was met with genuine disdain from us fans, and a lot of us believed for some reason that these managers were "going against the united way" intentionally?? In reality, these managers were grinding out results with the resources (players) they had available, in the way they saw possible. I am damn sure neither had any interest in getting on the wrong side of the fan base. I think we severely misread the situation, and hugely underappreciated both at the time, in hindsight of course ...
- pride in yourself, your club, its tradition, and your team-mates
- mostly playing attacking football which inspires its audience and players
- focus on improving the art of football
- not being afraid to try new ideas
- winning with style
The problem with "LVG's and Jose's pragmatism in games" is it never really looked like winning centre stage again. It was stuck in a rut; ignoring new developments as if the football of a one or three decades ago was still state-of-the-art. The attacking football of Marcelo Bielsa acolytes, or the new German scientific attacking football always looks likely to win and inspire. I think LvG himself would agree with that. Of course a manager should vary his style to suit circumstances, such as injury crisis, or coming up against a technically superior team, playing away in tough cup matches. That's why I'd prefer one of these German coaches with a proper education in sport and football - both intellectually and at the coal-face. Nagelsmann next summer please. Caretaker till then.