As I have alluded to in the past, we can only take things at face value and we can only speculate what is happening at the club as we are treated like mushrooms, we are told nothing by those who run the club.
Not that I think they should be telling us the ins and outs of what happens on a daily basis, but considering we are the club, we are the ones who pay the wages, we are the ones who keep the suits in a very cushy job, it would be appreciated if every now and again they told us what the plans were for the club for say the next few years.
Kinda like a forward forecast of where we anticipate we will be this time next season and the season after. I honestly don’t think that is too much to ask for, it’s not as if I am asking for intimate financial and tactical details to be divulged.
Given they tell us nothing we have to take what we hear at face value, we hear a little snippet hear, a rumour there and we have to make our minds up to how much truth or not as the case may be with what we hear.
Take Pedro’s statement a while back telling us that the team is in the main sound and we don’t need to strengthen too much. He may have a point if the domestic league and baubles are the goal, if we are talking about Europe we are woefully short in a few departments, our new manager has said as much.
A few weeks ago he was anticipating 4-5 players coming in, that has been reduced to 2, has someone had a word ?
I like Lenny’s honesty, I like the way he treats the media with the contempt they deserve, but as time goes on he is getting more and more reticent to say things things that he knows the support want to hear, things like transfer ambitions, he has obviously been told to reign it in.
So what happens is that we end up making things up in our heads about what is happening re the ins and outs,,, only last week we were linked with two RB’s from down south, one signed for Bournemouth and the other for Stoke, we talked to them so they were more than links.
Now I can understand the fella that signed for a premiership club, but the fella that signed for Stoke, it can only be down to the offer he was presented with.
After all if we take things at face value, Lenny told us last week that we can match any Championship club when it comes to transfer fees and with what we can afford to pay as wages, I wonder if we will hear other snippets like that from Lenny in the coming weeks…..Mmmm
We also put in a bid for a middy called Sawyer from Brentford, if the media are to be believed we bid 1 mill less than they were wanting, then nothing. Is this down to Lenny’s sudden change of mind that he wanted 4-5 players then suddenly now it’s only 2, has he been told ? I reckon he has.
Is the Kieran T sage taking it’s toll ? Are we not getting the offers that we had hoped for ?
Has the Ntcham situation taken a turn for the worse, has he spat the dummy out and other clubs are now re considering their position,, who knows,, we sure don’t.
Are the players that we bring in depending on how many we can sell ?
It’s beginning to look that way.
Will the money in the bank be spent to further the team on the park, it’s looking like it’s not, why do we have so much money in the bank ?
It’s unheard of for a Scottish team to be in this situation, never has the league seen anything like it. What is the money earmarked for?
Had it been to strengthen the team that would have already been done would it not,,, had it been to give us a very decent fighting chance of CL football we would have brought players in long before now,,, so what are the board playing at, why are we being kept in the dark over these things ?
I reckon the board are taking a massive gamble this season, imo they obviously see European football as a luxury that they can’t or won’t afford, this strategy to me is crazy, it’s European football, specifically CL football that enhances everything that surrounds the club.
The money we can earn is stratospheric in comparison to the domestic Old Firm stuff, yet we don’t give ourselves a fighting chance of it.
Europa league should be a shoe in but it doesn’t have nearly as much in the way of finances nor kudos that the CL has.
For a start we can attract a far better class of player if we have CL football, or maybes not as we won’t pay for them, silly me, we should be able to attract a better class of player when we have CL football, the club are dining with the big boys at the top table, albeit we may get a humping now and again, but many teams get that from time to time.
What the CL gives us it the chance to buy better players due to the finances, the finances that the PLC idolize. So why the gamble, why are we not investing for CL football ?
All I can see is the slow erosion of what Brendan has built up in the past three seasons, our better players will be sold and a lesser standard brought in, these players won’t have the same asset value so the downward spiral will continue till……what will it take for Dermot Desmond to have another lets bring in quality brain fart, do we have to lose the league, do we have to go without European football ?
What will it take for the club to strengthen from a position of strength, this is a question that the support have been asking for years, why are we hell bent on stagnating at the level that the others have a fighting chance, why are we allowing this to happen ?
Is it for the competition domestically,,, is it because the board think that the domestic situation is more important than any European ambitions.
CL football on a yearly basis will allow us to compete at a decent level in the CL, the humpings will be fewer and farther between, the standard of player at the club will get better year on year, the income will increase year on year, the merchandising will increase year on year.
So why are we gambling ,, why are we not investing in the team?
Again it’s not always about how much we spend, it’s how we spend it ! Some of our best investments have been players who cost us relatively very little in the grand scheme of things, Henrik, Lubo to name but two, in recent times, VvD and big Vic.
They are out there, other teams can find them, we used to be able to find them. What is happening to our scouting dept these days ?
Is it focused on the UK market in the main, why are the Balkan leagues, the south American or the African leagues not featuring as much as they should be, what are the scouts looking for, why can our direct rivals, by that I mean the likes of Basel, Saltzburg, PSV, Ajax, Benfica, AEK, Anderlecht, why can they scout and source players at very decent fees and we can’t ?
Jeezo, we have been looking for a Mika replacement for well over a year now and still we look ! Each hour that we look brings us an hour closer to O’Donnel from Killie, no disrespect to him BTW, but you get what I am saying. Our scouting is woeful and our deal closing out is even worse
We need to have a total refurb of the footballing side of the club, a complete overhaul. starting at the very top, the CEO needs to be a CEO, he needs to delegate, he needs to stop pretending to be all things to everyone, he just can’t do it.
We can also forget all this we are treble treble winners as the stock answer to any board criticism, the person who was responsible for winning us the nine pieces of silverware has been chased out of the club, the Golden Goose has laid his last egg at the club. Can anyone honestly see Lenny repeating the same feat,,, I would love it if he could but I have my doubts.
Delighted that we are in the next round of the CL, not that it was in any doubt, it was a strange game, we were never really troubled but as ever you have to be wary, especially when you have a referee that would have put a fair few Scottish refs to shame, he was dreadful, really shocking for a European ref to be that bad.
A wee bit disappointed that Lenny didn’t make a substitution till the 80th min, the game was well won and the way they were kicking the crap out of us I would have made changes as soon as possible, but he obviously knows best.
Lenny I recall from the past liked to play with two wingers, I also recall that many supporters weren’t happy with it, we get away with it when we are on the front foot, I hope he changes when we are up against teams that press us more and will attack us with more conviction.
Overall a very decent display and worthy winners 5-2 over the two legs, but we really need defenders in as soon as is humanly possible, Ajer, Jozo, Bitton, Boli will not do for rounds three and hopefully the play off round, I can’t understand why our most expensive defender didn’t even get a few mins tonight, something is just not quite right there, can’t put the finger on it, but there is something, or hopefully it’s down to my lack of sleep and I am hallucinating….
Morgan, Boli, Christie were stand outs for me, the rest were just superb 😉
The above article is by The Exiled Tim.
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