Kenwright might find investment, he might not. He could walk in the morning, he could fight to the bitter end. Financially I don't how much better or worse off we are than any of the other clubs outside of the top four. I also don't know how solvent we are or how close to the baliffs knocking on the door we are. So until something actually happens on the money side of things I'm certainly not in any position or hurry to worry about this now.
Moyes might sign his contract, he might just walk. Moyes doing anything will depend on any number of things happening over the coming months. He may or may not get the contract he wants. He may get loads of money for players, or none at all. We might be top of the league by Christmas and he's the hero, we might be relegated by Christmas and he's been sacked. Who knows what will happen.
The squad might come together and play out of it's collective skin. We could be top of the league by Christmas and have every cup game won by a couple of goals. The sqaud could fall apart and we could be drifting aimlessly in the lower reaches, already knocked out of all the cups. I certainly know which one I want to happen, but speculating and predicting on this point is certainly something I don't want to do, for the sake of my sanity if nothing else.
My one genuine worry at this stage, and the one thing I will speculate on, is what level of discontent there is amongst the players. Most of them are old enough and settled enough to be considered senior pros. They are old enough not to have to prove themselves but are still young enough to be very ambitious. By Christmas, if things have worked out more on the negative side than the positive, the players will have had a full close season and half a regular season of their club being messy and unsettled on several key issues. If they become unsettled themselves at that stage, with the January window nearly upon us, the fear for me is that they may start engineering moves away. That, or the vultures start to discretely circle.
Anyway, that's hopefully my one and only piece on all that's gone on over the close season. Here's to a blindingly brilliant season, and hopefully an end to the fear and the bitterness.
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1 Posted 13/08/2008 at 13:01:09
ps I will be there on Saturday with my two sons giving it plenty.
2 Posted 13/08/2008 at 13:25:08
I will also be there on Saturday giving it plenty.
I was hoping to be there excited by the prospect of a new season, with a few new players in the team.
Instead I’ll be there worrying. Already we are just hanging on, rather than progressing.
As an addition why has Moyes not signed?
3 days from the start of the season and our manager hasn’t signed the contract.
Plus Neville in Midfield!! oh dear....
3 Posted 13/08/2008 at 13:40:56
4 Posted 13/08/2008 at 14:12:35
5 Posted 13/08/2008 at 15:24:37
Also, where is Baines going to play?
6 Posted 13/08/2008 at 16:17:39
7 Posted 13/08/2008 at 16:45:43
8 Posted 13/08/2008 at 16:51:21
9 Posted 13/08/2008 at 16:54:21
However, there is no reason why the team that did so well for much of last season, won?t do so again.
People go on about how much other teams have ?improved?. I?m sorry but this shite gets wheeled out every season. How much did Spurs ?improve? last season? Newcastle? Man City? Blackburn?
As far as I can see the only team, along with Everton, that truly improved last year was Pompey and even they have lost Sully Muntari. Same again this summer. Spurs spend loads,Villa spend loads, the shite spend loads - but will they improve? Questionable.
In summary, every club will have a view of where they want to finish and most will want what we got last season, 5th place. Its up to them to take it off us and I say bring it on!
10 Posted 13/08/2008 at 17:29:59
Cameroon drew with Italy to go through to the next round.
What type of player is he anyway?
"I don?t see myself as a taller Makelele, even though I think he?s a great player," he said. "I see myself more as an Pirlo-type player. Yes, I play in front of the back four, but I like to be a playmaker, to supply the midfielders and strikers who go forward, rather than being defensive-minded."
11 Posted 13/08/2008 at 18:49:09
I am afraid that your one-word-entitled post inspires me to a one-word-description of it; insipid.
No real substance to it at all. I may win the lottery on Wednesday but then again I may not. I could go for a beer right now or I could have a cup of tea. I don’t really see you point in such an elaborate post. Allow me to put it more succinctly for you.
"Wait and see what happens before you panic."
I wonder if that’s what Captain Smith’s perspective was in 1912.
12 Posted 13/08/2008 at 19:18:21
13 Posted 14/08/2008 at 08:23:53
14 Posted 14/08/2008 at 08:58:28
We look like Turner, Irvine, Kissock, Agard, Rodwell, Gosling, Baxter and Jutkiewicz will be in the squad of 18.
Have Moyes and Kenwright misread the memo from the FA... it said squad OF 18...
not UNDER 18!!
15 Posted 14/08/2008 at 13:21:57