Sunday’s performance and result was the story of our season, I’m usually upbeat after a win, but the victory over Cardiff City felt so underwhelming, teams are usually praised when winning ugly, however with our current set up I don’t think we can win any other way !, if only we could see some purpose to our play, to have some kind of footballing philosophy, or at least have some intent with our passing and ability to attack spaces, then we would have cause for optimism for the rest of the season.
This March we will be playing the likes of Chelsea, Benfica, Arsenal and Liverpool in our quest to gain Champions League qualification and progress in the UEFA cup, usually I love the excitement and anticipation of these big games, however this time I am honestly dreading them, I hate being pessimistic but the way we are playing I would be in denial to think we can get fourth place and win the UEFA cup, if we don’t improve drastically, then my main hope is that we simply avoid getting thrashed and humiliated, like we did twice against City and Liverpool already.
Poor Tim is trying his best, but he is inexperienced and out of his depth at the moment,, I just don’t understand Levy’s thinking in appointing Tim in the first place, if you’re going to select an interim manager, then at least get someone who has experience (like Chelsea did with Benitez), even Glenn Hoddle was willing to take on the job until the end of the season, and that would have been a popular and sensible choice, however it appears that Levy is setting up Tim to be the sacrificial lamb, much like David Pleat was in the horrifying 2003/04 season, and I fear we are in limbo until a full time successor is appointed.
Despite everything I have said, I do hope Tim and the boys prove me wrong !, I believe that our squad is a diamond in the rough, and with the right manager we can unlock the potential we have, the old cliché says that one man’s nightmare is another man’s dream, we do have hope, even if it’s a fools hope!
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