Date:Wednesday January 8 2014
Like many, I've been agonising over the decline of our club.
Consider the stats: worst home record in the top 4 divisions, pitiful possession and pass completion.
Pundits describe dire football; fans all cry for a quality attacking midfielder and never get one.
Why keep playing 4-3-3 at home when our weak midfield gets overrun and our strikers isolated?
Why can't we knock the ball about at home? Because the team isn't capable.
I've been getting as fed up with Lambert as anyone: his team, his philosophy, he's had time and he's had money (7th biggest spender in the league I read, though I don't know how)
So I decided that I blamed him.
But now I want to stick with him and I want to try and persuade you to. I changed my mind when Cardiff sacked Malky Mackay and hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Cardiff: newly promoted, smaller fanbase than ours, no more than a reasonable war chest for transfers probably and a mental chairman. Now Ole may prove to not be much cop in the long run but Randy had him on his jet before Lambert so he must have been his first choice. Ole you remember had personal reasons for not wanting to come to England yet a few months later here he is. Between the lines? We're flat broke and lack ambition.
If you really can't afford decent players and you're starting with a small squad with huge wages, you're forced to take punts aren't you? I admit the French second division is taking the Michael and a lot of our signings have been poor but if you're forced to pay peanuts...
Lambert's strategy of blooding young players is fraught with pitfalls - when confidence is high it's great but when it's not everything goes to pot and everyone's afraid to want the ball especially with the moans and groans from home fans (however justified!) But if our budget is as catastrophic as I now think, it's maybe the only viable strategy going. At least whilst we aren't perfect at the back we're far tighter than we were and if we'd been able to rely on Benteke to score anything like last year we'd have a fair few more points too.
When he tried free-flowing football we got destroyed. We're more cautious now so it seems a case of a few ugly points and survive or play nice football and go down like Wigan.
An ugly choice but one forced on us by the chairman imo not Lambert - he tried to play decent football at his other clubs - why wouldn't he here unless he just didn't think he could?
If Lambert was sacked How much of our already paltry budget would be lost to compensation?
If we couldn't attract Solskjaer, a young (exciting) but unproven manager, who can we really expect to come and achieve more than Lambert with less? I can't think of anyone I'd trust that I think would actually come. Besides, changing managers regularly is damaging and partly why we're here in the first place. As long as we have Randy I hate to say that we are no more a sleeping lion than Nottingham Forest. We're has-beens with a small cheaply assembled squad that plays poor football with only a decent number of fans who watch it and with our posh training ground, we're like a chav trying to pick up girls in his Porsche only to take them home to his mum's house.
No, I'm blaming Randy and Paul Faulkner. So please: give roaring on those useless young blighters one last go, ignore Lambert for now and unfurl a banner asking Randy to watch a game at VP and spend some $$$ or sell to someone who will. I'm sure the training ground is wonderful, coaches to away games must be a godsend, the refurbishments beautiful: the investments have been admirable. But they've dried up. I can cope without a chairman that throws billions at us. I can cope with not competing for Champions League.
But I can't cope with being so frugal that we're comparing ourselves (and not always favourably) with Cardiff and Crystal Palace et al. I think some fans need to be more realistic about just how big we are these days but I can't understand why a club like ours can be allowed to repeatedly fight relegation.
Date:Wednesday January 8 2014
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