Armchair managers face decision tonight
While we waited so long for these games the chances are tonight will see another pre season defeat, meaning the prevailing ‘not looking good’ mood will probably linger a while yet.
Not good for the opTIMist while familiar territory for the glass half empty viewer, as usual there’s nothing like few reversals to see all sorts of viewpoints get expressed.
I suspect only a few decent league victories will begin to swing the supports mindset. Taking a decent scalp while playing good in the qualifiers would certainly bring some much wanted confidence to a possibly nervous and worried fanbase. Many would argue the fanbase would always have been nervous this year, they may have a point.
All of us have some point or why else be here, that’s the beauty of the beautiful game and blogs in general, the number of different viewpoints. If you’ve posted any sort of opinion on football at all you can consider yourself an armchair manager to some degree, that’s not disparaging believe me. As the game is constantly changing, so will opinions, the names involved, trends, plus fans themselves.
Defeat inevitably brings criticisms, but other opinions are there to be absorbed and learnt from, dissected and debated.
Each of us has a lifetime of viewing experience tucked under the belt, some vastly more live than televised, for a few the opposite is true.
Whilst no one is proclaiming to be the next Nagelsman it would be foolish to believe nothing that has been said is valid, whether it be beautifully expressed poise or a cutting single sentence.
Tonight we face one of the globes elite teams, and in Mbappe and Neymar they have two players who may well fill the void when the current best out there retire.
While its unusual to be facing such prestige this early, its there to be enjoyed or not and learned from or not, both on the coaching and fans side.
Those wondering how this can help the players may have a point, but if the players were offered PSG now or another Dundalk style friendly , I think they jump at the chance to play the French despite the obvious quality gap.
Not sure the fans would rather watch a trouncing than an easy romp though.
Perhaps we need to find a little bit of the players mentality, and use this game as a learning opportunity only.
PSG are boulevards ahead of us on the park, this is one defeat that needn’t sting badly.
The above is by Mahe. Consider mailing your opinion in to be the lead article please