- Aug 14, 2018
That's not manager job to understand and say it's impossible to sign Sancho aka plan A. That was Matt & Ed's job, they were the people who have the knowledge, information, and power as they were in charged to negotiate and deal with the budget. The manager just says his targets and changes the target if the people above him say no. This is really not rocket science.I think rationality would be ashamed how the term gets used these days. I made that point a few times already but I think, the discussion would be a lot less stingy, if some, and I think you kind of belong into that group, would apply the same claims for "rationality" or "objectivity" yourself. I am surely not the only one who has the feeling that this particular is ready to bash everything and anything but the manager in itself. Its the Glazers, its quality of offense/midfield/defense, its squad depth at offense/midfield/defense, its being unlucky with chance creation/chance conversion, being unlucky with referee decisions, its "we are not there yet" - but in no way, shape or form is there a chance that it could have anything to do with the manager. All factors play their parts but there is no chance, the manager isn't a factor in that as well. We can and should discuss the extend of influence of each and every factor.
Putting all the blame on the manager is just as irrational as taking him out of the equation.
Controversial opinion: If Ole identified the RW as the most pushing issue of last years transfer summer, he, as part of the transfer team, should have been pushing towards not just having plan A. I would expect that sort of rationality from every member of a so called transfer team but the more you are a football person, and the more you expect this position to be a problem, you can't just line up a big transfer and chase it all summer. At some point, you just have to turn away, execute plan B.
If both Matt & Ed told Ole we can't get Sancho sooner instead of telling him the last days of window, Ole and his teams would have time to organise and execute for his plan B & C. The fact that all report last summer after 10th August were saying that the club still believe that they can land Sancho and the last week of the window we submitted a bid, that sums up everything what I posted.
Would Torres be in Ole's plan B or C if the board told Ole the club couldn't afford Torres before July 2020? Probably, who knows but I'm sure there will be plan B or C.