After our latest capitulation at Chelsea, the frustration and anger from the fans has been ignited, even Tim couldn’t resist having a pop at the players after the game!, the current mood at the lane is ugly and while us fans are going round in circles blaming everyone except the milkman, there is one man who must take the responsibility for the mess we find ourselves in, please step forward Daniel Levy!
For our sad story to unfold, we must first cast our minds back to happier times, to the 1st of January 2012 specifically…………..we are third in the table, just 6 points of the top, under the leadership of Harry Redknapp we have been playing some truly entertaining football, we have the likes of Modric, Bale, VDV and a inform Ade striking fear into premier league defences, at this stage it looks like we are well on course to qualify for the champions league again, and we are serious contenders for the title, furthermore while it appears that the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are in decline, we are certainly on the rise.
At this point the perfect opportunity presented itself to Daniel Levy to show some real ambition and back Harry in the January transfer window, therefore making a statement of intent to our rivals. At the time a quality striker and defender was what Harry, pundits and our fans were desperately calling for to be the last piece in the jigsaw, the argument was that any money spent then would be recuperated from the champions league qualification. However the prudent Levy hesitated and in the end was unwilling to sanction this, consequently with no backing Harry had no options other than to sign freebee golden oldies in Saha and Nelsen at the last minute and the rest is history. To be fair many will point to our cursed bad luck that season, specifically with the circus regarding Harry and the England job and Chelsea miraculously winning the champions league, however I believe that it was Levy’s lack of ambition and his failure to back Harry in the transfer market that set the motion for our fall from grace.
Moving forward….in the space of just over two years both Harry and his replacement “AVB” have been sacked, we currently have in place a rookie interim manager who will almost certainly be replaced in the summer, we twice failed to qualify for the champions league and our superstar trio Modric/VDV and Bale have all been sold, the money generated from these sales has been wasted on players who we didn’t need, have not fitted in and have failed to live up to expectations, our team is playing like a group of strangers, there is no leadership or character in our team, and our style of football has become truly dismal.
Now while I am more than happy with Levy of how he is running our club financially, I believe he has made a terrible mess on the footballing side of the management, in the last 10 years Levy has made several disastrous appointments and we have seen many managers come and go, also in this time we have seen the director of football position come, go and come back again, there has just been no consistency, I want Levy and ENIC to have better communication with us fans, we need to know what the hell is going on with our club right now ?, as we seem to be drifting aimlessly without direction or purpose, I can’t really blame Tim Sherwood for venting his frustrations on Saturday, deep down he knows that he will be replaced in the summer, and the players must sense this too which would go a long way to explaining why there appears to be no fight from them right now, as Tim himself stated, the silence from Levy and the board is deafening………
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