I start off with a big sigh. No wonder so few people are posting. There’s only so many times and so many ways you can say the manager and the squad – I hesitate top call them a team – he has produced are crap.. After a time you just feel like writing “See my previous six posts!” The only question really is how long must this go on before the powers that be pronounce “Enough” and give Val his marching orders. There are people – commentators even – who still talk about us slipping behind the top two, as though automatic promotion is still on the cards. Most of us realists know that by the end of this week we could be clinging to a play-off spot by our finger nails and are grateful that we are seventeen points above the relegation zone. When Slaven Bilic took us up, it was with a team which had been comfortably in the top two for almost all the season and often played a brand of football with which Val is not familiar. Yet that team with some loanees strengthening it finished thirteen points adrift of safety. It is difficult to see how the current team could get any points at all in the Premiership. Derby’s low of eleven points would be well beyond them. Enough. Ditto. Same old same old.
Exactly. I watched the ‘highlights’ on Sky and it wasn’t nice viewing. An amateurish goal let in. We probably should have had a penalty for a clear push on Diangana. The stats say it all – 20 shots at goal of which 2 were on target. I don’t think that we’ll even make the play-offs like this. The sooner he goes the better, Farke ex Norwich is available as an experienced Championship manager.
It’s hard to believe that under Big Sam we comprehensively thrashed Chelsea last season. The worst result that Thomas Tuchel has sustained since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Now Chelsea are top of the premier league and Albion are sinking into oblivion in the Chumpionship.
How did this happen?
It’s pretty simple. The owner has given up and everyone can see that. Like a man whose house is on fire and just stands there, watching it burn down, our guy must get out of the way ASAP before there is nothing left, because nothing positive is going to happen until he does.
If we lose tonight and don’t win on Friday evening, surely VI will be on his way. I don’t really know enough about the guy to say whether he deserves to be given a lot more time, but nothing I have seen so far has demonstrated that he really knows what he is doing or that he has the ability to get the best from this squad. Plan A and nothing else, blaming the players for the defensive errors when it’s clear that the system is the real root of that particular problem. That’s not to say the players haven’t been pretty dire as well, but if he really can’t convince them, and I don’t think he has, then he surely has to go.