Ok, so let's try and look at this objectively. The league this season is tight as a gnats bum-hole. We sit one point above the relegation zone, and yet half way through the season we're 13 points off the top 4, 12 points off the top 6, and just 6 points off of the top half. We've given up 15 points from winning positions and have never gained a point when we've conceded first. Even if we converted a couple of those where we scored first loses in to wins, and converted a couple of those games where they had scored first in to draws, we'd be comfortably top 10.
Do we really need a massive overhaul, or do we need to play to our strengths and be a bit more solid at the back, and maintain fitness and concentration levels for 90 minutes each matchday?
I do appreciate our midield is on the weak side, but a bit of fitness and discipline could still make it in to an effective unit.
I am going to go against the grain here, but with the exception of Arnie, I actually think that we have a better set of players as things stand, than when Moyes took over last time - albeit not the numbers of players he had last time.
If it is him as next manager, and he can bring out the Anderson of old, get Haller firing, it may be not be as bad as things would appear on the face of it right now.
It's a funny old league this season, where realistically, if someone goes on a bad run from 9th downwards could be staring relegation in the face - and anyone from us upwards, could (not saying we will), with a good run, be fighting the the last remaining European spots in 19 games time.
I now it's all ifs and buts, but I cannot see how our former temporary manager, should he return, cannot improve greatly on the measly 19 points that we've gained in the previous 19 games.
Give him a chance I say, because as much as we can tout for a bigger name, or a young, hungry manager, they ain't going to come here.
Pellegrini I think ended up confusing his self, let alone the players - and as I said earlier in the season, we should be doing much better than we are, despite the imbalance of the squad.
Diop, Anderson, Haller, Rice, Yarmalenko, Lanzini - all very good players that are more than good enough for us, made to look like League 1 players (and I include Rice in that as he has had a few shockers, let's be fair) by the previous incumbent.
There are still 57 points to play for - and if it is Moyes that becomes our manager, I'm pretty sure he'll get more than 19 of them, like the previous bloke did for his share of 57.