Whilst watching another embarrassing capitulation against a Southampton side who prior to playing us couldn't hit a barn door, I began to think about how awful our squad actually is. I started to consider which players other teams would covet. Forget the 'top 6' clubs, I mean the other 14 who we have to mix it with at present.
So, I considered a scenario based on the present season. Burnley and Watford are battling to take the position we usually battle for, i.e. the best of the rest/7th. So imagine it's January and Mr Moshiri picks up the phone to Burnley and Watford respectively and says "If you give me a nominal fee, you can take your pick from our current (fit) players to help you push for 7th". (I say fit players so as to exclude those who can't help our current slide towards relegation, i.e. Coleman, Barkley and Bolasie).
So who do Sean Dyche and Marco Silva pick, if anyone? I would suggest they maybe take Pickford and possibly Sigurdsson, knowing if he plays in the position he plays for Iceland he can influence a game. So that is Burnley and Watford, not Man City and Chelsea, who may take up to 2 of our players.
This then made me take my blue tinted spectacles off and realise that maybe this is why there isn't a glut of top class managers banging down our door to come and manage this once great club. Why go to a 'bigger' club, on a 'bigger' salary, only to have to manage a 'poorer' squad for more demanding fans.
So where do we go from here? Well it looks like either Martin O'Neill or a Allardyce/Pulis appointment. Who would have thought that just 4 months ago. Oh well, it's over to the board to review that awesome short-list of candidates, none of which will be met with enthusiasm by the fans, and take your pick.
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1 Posted 27/11/2017 at 00:27:18
He doesn't have a clue about through balls and as for shooting at goal, he couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo. Schneiderlin did a good job of hiding whatever talent he may possess.
Right to the end the Saints manager was proactive with his subs and tactics while dear old Rhino was his usual immobile self with barely a sign of concern.
2 Posted 27/11/2017 at 10:32:14
For all the flak BK takes, we would not be in this situation if he was leading the search. Moshiri going solo is clearly a total disaster, he hasn't got a clue how to do deals.
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