I think our players were good enough, and I said that when Pellergrini was here. He just wasn't getting enough out of them, they were disorganised, unfit, and by the time he went, confidence was totally shot, and we were left floundering near the bottom of the table. It was then that our inept board of directors left it a good 6 weeks or more too long before they finally sacked him.
Now fast forward, and a run of injuries to Antonio, Yarmalenko, Fredericks, Anderson - all key players with the ability to play football to the required level, and our current manager, like him or loathe him, is now having to field a pensioner at right back, no options in the middle, a shot Lanzini, rock bottom confidence and having to play catch up due to the board delaying getting rid of the previous manager, and a previous manager that seemed to lack the ability to get the best of the now injured players he had at his disposal.
Now of course, we're out of the bottom 3 on goal difference only, and that's not down to the players or Moyes since he's been in - that's firmly on the board for dithering and not making a decision, and on Pellergrini for his ineptitude since we beat Man Utd.
Now I'm not saying Fredericks for example, is a top quality right back, but what he does offer is energy and pace - he can keep up with an attacking player, harry them, get in the way of a cross, be there, make himself busy, put them off, unlike Zaba for example, who gets left for dust on the half way line allowing the attacker a free run up the line. It's the same with the others mentioned above. Yarmalenko, Anderson, etc have not all become rubbish overnight - they've been messed about by the previous manager whose tactics, if you could call them that, were baffling to those that were watching, so they must have been pretty baffling to those who were trying to implement them on the pitch - and with what HE had at his disposal, I will still maintain until my last breath - that we should have not been where we were in the table when he left. It's all too easy to blame Roberto and the loss of Fabianski, but what was going on in the middle of the pitch and further up has also played a big part in us being in the position we were when he left and where we are now. It's clear we're crying out for a bit of pace, yet when we had a bit of pace in the team, the manager didn't utilise it properly, instead trying a short shitty passing game and trying to walk the ball in the the goal. The players we did have with pace are now on the treatment table.
Moyes has now got to try and save us from relegation with in effect half our 2nd team, and one hand tied behind his back by our awful owners.
Make no mistake, we're going down this season - and for all the comments of "It will hit the owners in the pocket" - no it won't. It will do no such thing. They'll still be creaming off their interest, they'll perhaps have to loan the club even more money to try and get us up again - with even more interest. In the meantime, the club itself will get hurt with the loss of TV revenue, the fans will get hurt with the indignity of relegation, and for what? To try and get up again so the whole cycle of incompetence and vanity of our board can start again.