- Mar 31, 2014
That might mean what the season is to you but it’s not what it means to the club. They outspent every other team to get better not to get worse. This isn’t planned it’s just the same incompetent people running the club hiring our worst ever Premier League manager and things inevitably getting worse. We’re being asked to let same incompetent people keep doing their jobs with no accountability.Jury is still very much out for me as to whether our manager is competent. I know many disagree - that's up to the individual.
The club would have known that letting so many players leave in the summer would leave us short in certain areas, so there was a very real (in fact, likely) chance that we would get injuries that would hurt our form quite badly. This isn't speculation, we are seeing it happen right now. There is little doubt that a team with McTominay & Pogba in the middle instead of Fred/Pereira is a much, much better side, the same as the improvement since Martial returned is quite obvious.
For me this year is about - do what we can, have a good look at the academy, strengthen where possible, and recruit well. Fans are being asked to accept a squad rebuild and be patient with it, not accept incompetence. People aren't taking it that way though. That's up to them. I'm actually enjoying this season so far, but that's because I support the project. If I wanted instant results & success like many seem to need, I'd probably be freaking out after a draw or loss, demanding change & generally not enjoying the experience at all.
No way club thought they couldn’t improve on last season. Chelsea sold their best player, employed a rookie manager and had a transfer ban and Arsenal had a poor window. We’re still below both and Leicester whose defensive ‘leader’ we bought for an excessive fee have sailed ahead of us as well.
They thought they were being clever and buying time by saying give us three years to catch City but time eventually catches up with you.
They now have less time to bridge a bigger gap, have a harder ‘project’ to sell to potential signings, a manager that is under pressure and an all important drop in revenue. Let’s not pretend this is all going to plan.