Date:Monday December 31 2012
This is nothing more than sharing a thought I had, but I think it's a thought with some merit & hopefully you'll agree!
In the summer, many of us were left gutted & perplexed by our inability to finalise the much reported deals for Willian and Moutinho. I think both players would have been an amazing couple of additions to our squad, and could have potentially raised our global profile too. However, I think I've come to understand why these deals never actually went through!!
At the start of summer it was announced that our new manager would be a certain Andre Villas-Boas, a guy who had just endured a complete nightmare at our not so great London rivals. Though the media would have us believe that he was an unmitigated failure, I think the more rational amongst us could see that it was nothing more than a case of the massive egos at Chelsea not liking a manager who came in with instructions to get rid of the old-guard, whilst also actually telling the players what to do. This resulted in them not putting in any effort, disharmonising the changing room and, ultimately, getting AVB the sack. The press loved it because they had someone to slaughter, whilst the players loved it because it meant they get what they want, ie one of their 'old buddies' coming in & letting them do as they wished.
Back on topic though, our chairman took this supposed gamble & gave this young ambitious manager the chance to resurrect his career & hopefully implement a true long-term vision at our beloved THFC. Although he (and we) desperately wanted these 'worldies' called Moutinho & Willian, it appears our chairman erred on the side of caution and opted for the 'cheaper' and 'safer' options of Sigurdsson & Dempsey.
Were we underwhelmed? Well in comparison to the aforementioned names, yes we probably were. However, think about it from Mr Levy's point of view for a second. Although it was he who ultimately made the decision to hire AVB, it would be absolutely understandable if he decided to wait & see if this young manager had the same nightmare at THFC, as he did at CFC. Afterall, the £40million+ it would have cost to sign Willian & Moutinho would have been a massive sum to fork out if the manger was to prove that his last managerial adventure (nightmare) wasn't simply a 'one off'!!
So here we are some 6 or so months later, with the same young manager our chairman opted to bring in and, to be fair, he's done a very good job, especially when you take into account that the team that finished 4th last season had options such as Kaboul, Parker, Ekotto, Van der Vaart & Modric. These are players that our latest manager has not had the luxury of being able to utilise. So based on that fact alone, I'd say that AVB has actually exceeded what I believed he was going to be able to do with what he has at his disposal.
So after all of that, I think it's fair to say that AVB has, hopefully, now earned the trust of Mr Levy & Mr Levy can see for himself that IF he dips into those famously deep pockets and buys the quality of player that AVB would like him to buy, we'd be able to push on to the next level & pretty much guarantee CL qualification not just this season, but for many seasons to come. Afterall, who doesn't believe that if we were to add just a 'class' playmaker, ie a David Silva type player, and a 'class' striker, ie a RVP type striker, we would be more than capable of aiming for more than just 4th and, dare I say it, even compete with the 2 Manc clubs..
Over to you… COYS
Written by coopsieyid
Date:Monday December 31 2012
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