makes new threads with tweets in the OP
- Oct 25, 2010
There's a statistical relationship between wages and performance in football (ironically United are the exception to that!)What are you even saying? What’s the point of having a manager at all if you think it’s that simple?
By and large coaches improve players by degrees. If you put Pep in charge of the dog and duck they wouldn't play like City, cos City has much better players. Coaches are important, of course. However, by and large, teams reflect the quality of their parts. Its very rare that you get a coach like Sir Alex who can consistently elevate pretty average players.
The group we have should be able to sort itself out. For example, is it down to poor coaching that United managed to waste tons of chances and draw with Watford at home? There's always someone else to blame with this group. They've gotten used to hiding behind excuses. Roy Keane took their measure when he called them bluffers. If the players were as 'big' as their egos they could've easily qualified for next year's Champions League.
For crying out loud we've heard them whining about having nothing to play for for months, even though going into the Leicester game they still had a good chance at top four. Honestly, who's fault is it that they have nothing to play for? Did Ralf tell Bruno to miss an open goal against Middlesborough in the FA Cup or to miss a penalty against Arsenal when we were on top at the Emirates?
All we hear is excuses, excuses, excuses. A great manager can get more out of good players. However, good players should produce a consistently good level on their own. Hence the Chelsea 2008 example. If you have a dressing room that maintains high standards it doesn't fall apart as fast as we have this season. That shows you where the real problem is.
Don't be surprised if there are briefings against Ten Hag in a few months time.