tizzwoz wrote:UNPOPULAR POST ALERT!!!
In times of crisis, everyone likes to point the finger of blame... I'm just curious if us as fans should share some of the responsibility?
For years, a large majority of fans have wanted a glamour manager. Big Sam was widely disliked and David Moyes's arrival was met with disgust by the majority (86% disapproval if I remember) . Both managers can claim to have done what was asked of them without the backing of "most" fans. MP was a popular choice given his experiences at Madrid, Malaga and City.
For years, we've been demanding vast money be spent. We've insisted on stella names. We turned our noses up at signing certain players as they were not deemed "marquee". Anderson, Chicharito, Joe Hart, Yarmalenko - all "star name" signings, that failed, or are failing to live up to reputations. Time will tell if we was right to invest so heavily in them.
"Noble is useless" - "We need someone out there who gives a damn"
"We need Cresswell in as Masuaku cant defend" - "We need Masuaku in cos Cresswell cant pass"
"Give Martinez a Chance" - "Martinez is toilet"
"Sanchez was rubbish at Villa" - "Sanchez looks like our best bit of business"
"Should have kept James Collins" - "We should be making next level signings"
My point is this. As fans, we make judgements, decisions and react without any ramifications or consequences. You just have to go through pages and pages on these forums to see how fickle and reactionary we are. One minute we are talking about a top 8 finish, 4 weeks later we are discussing our impending relegation battle.
I'm just curious, do any fans here who called for a "star name" manager, stella signings, money to be spent bare ant responsibility? Did we back the owners into a corner where we insisted on certain things? - Lets be honest, had we spent 20m this summer, or signed the likes of Johnny Evans, Rondon and Harry Arter, we'd have all gone nuts would we? We'd have claimed they were pocketing money, lack of ambition etc etc
This honestly isn't me digging us fans out, I'm just wondering if any of us feel that we are reaping what we sow right now.
Too many fans are wedded to an idealistic view on how football should be played. Primarily this is a sport, and it should be approached as such, rather than an aesthetic endeavor. If we are at the top end of the table and can give everyone a good game then that will be exciting and entertaining. Watching De Boer esque displays just crates and infuriated fan base, especially after ****ing out a fortune!
The club continually shoots itself in the foot with idiotic decisions, like selling Tonkins who has been playing very well at Palace. We have also gone down the fashionable route of signing far too many foreign players and have a foreign manager. A strong core of British players with a few high-end foreign signings would be a much better way of doing things.