Okay, so upon reflection I’ve realised that we never had a hope in hell of getting anything against Arsenal on Sunday, just the same as we haven’t done when playing them at home, for ages.
To be honest it wasn’t the loss that disappointed but more the manner of the first half.
I console myself that things did improve in the second half though.
Anyway, it’s gone and we need to move on.
So I’m looking around at the news and it isn’t good is it?
Shearer and other pundits are saying that the squad aren’t up for it and the players aren’t committed to the cause.
I say I’m not convinced this is true, an opinion that has been backed up by Joleon Lescott, who says the players are trying (which of course, he would do).
While the lack of effort in getting back for Arsenal’s second was poor, I honestly don’t think I’ve been able to say the players haven’t tried in any game before that particularly poor piece of play.
Certainly, I’ve said in many games that I couldn’t fault the players for their effort and I haven’t noticed many, if indeed any of you, pulling me up on that point.
No, I believe it’s more about the lack of confidence and we’re just getting what poor confidence usually gives you: poor results.
That and probably the players just aren’t good enough as a whole to blend together in the short time we have.
Yes, we know there are major problems, but the consensus has generally been that we can see good qualities about individual players and the same consensus has often said that we shouldn’t be where we are in the table.
Which brings us nicely onto the manager.
Remi Garde has very kindly said that if we go down (note it read to me more like “when” we go down) he’ll stay and rebuild the foundations of a big club.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I found that comment frankly annoying.
If the manager can countenance the “R” word in a conversation with the press, what does that say to the players?
The honeymoon is over for me with Garde, as I found that interview a bloody disgrace.
Why didn’t he just come out with what any decent manager would do and say “we haven’t even considered relegation and I won’t talk about it” or similar, even though we all know it’s rubbish?
It’s just indicative of how inexperienced he is in being in charge of a club in our position and given that I’ve seen practically no difference in what he’s done compared to Sherwood, I’m already beginning to think he was the wrong choice.
Perhaps I’m being fickle in saying that this early into his reign, but the truth be told, Garde isn’t up to what’s required for a team fighting relegation.
Hasn’t the club, that seems to be very good at PR bullshit bothered to learn him anything about how PR works in this league?
All my thoughts are irrelevant though, if we’re already thinking about the Championship (even the name of it makes me laugh) in which case he’s very possibly the right man. But what’s that saying about us if that’s so?
Which all combines to bring thoughts about Tom Fox’s meeting with the trust and what Stan Collymore’s worries are.
It was interesting to note that the meeting was a seemingly rushed affair before the Arsenal game. How convenient.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been after the game, as trust members would have been more irrational after yet another home defeat.
So why not make it mid-week?
Anyway, Fox seems to have easily batted off any criticisms.
We don’t do Moneyball, apparently, simple as. Sherwood had the final say on the players who were signed.
Whereas Shearer says NONE of the thirteen players signed were Sherwood’s choice.
Who to believe?
Well, no doubt many of you will say Sherwood has a lot of media friends and that’s absolutely correct.
But can anyone doubt that we have no-one in the higher echelons of the club, that has even kicked a ball at any level and that their experience is more to do with running a business, as opposed to running a Football club?
And make no mistake about it, while they’re similar, they’re also poles apart.
The news about a new chairman, to me, is utterly meaningless, unless it’s a massive footballing name or someone who is coming to seriously invest in the club, with a view to taking over completely.
He’ll most likely be yet another business-oriented type who will ultimately answer to the man (not) pulling the purse strings, in Randy Lerner.
Yet more PR bull that has probably come from Fox, as in “oh dear, it isn’t working, let’s do what business does and add another layer of over-paid beaurocracy”.
I think we’re going to add another director.
If it’s not a 100% footballing type, you can write this one off too, imo.
As for Stan Collymore, love him or loathe him, he’s come out with the comment that he worries more about next season than the current one.
It’s obvious what he thinks about the hierarchy of the club.
But that’s for another day.
Just as you’d expect when we’re at our lowest ebb, it’s all doom and gloom isn’t it?