Counting Down The Days
Tonight sees our team make its first public appearance under new management. While it is unlikely to bear much resemblance to the shambolic unit that we had the misfortune to witness last season,that is more because our better players have only just returned to training after their international duties rather than to the raft of new signings that we desperately need.
Tonight’s match is against Charlton from the English third tier,while on Saturday we play Bristol City from the second tier. Both games are being played in Newport-the one just after The Severn Crossing before you get to Cardiff. Nope,I dunno why either. Having said that,I don’t think anyone from South-east London would have bothered to turn up for the match given that the English national team are playing in The Euros semi final.
So that’s the immediate itinerary taken care of. Our first pre-match friendly less than two weeks before we play our first competitive match of the season against Midtjylland of Denmark. I’m not too sure of how good a team they are,but with a name like that I certainly don’t fancy playing them at Scrabble. If we win the tie,I believe we are guaranteed group stage European football next season.
That’s how important it is.
Yet AP doesn’t know his best team two weeks before such an important match-because neither he nor us has a clue to who he will be able to pick from! He doesn’t know who will be in his squad in two weeks,much less in two months after the transfer window has closed.
Has any manager been dealt such a bad hand at a “well run Champions League club” Oh,how hollow such boasts sound now.
But we have to put that behind us,even if we will never forget who caused this. This isn’t the fabled “moving on” because that suggests that we “don’t give a damn” about the reasons why we are where we are.
We do. But “tomorrow is another day”. Let the blame fall where it must for the problems that AP and DMcK have inherited-and continue to remind certain people of that too. The new guys are gonna have enough problems dealing with the future without having to deal with stuff which is not of their doing.
Tonight,Celtic return to action. AP has already impressed most of us during that miked up training session a week ago. He needs our support,the players need our support. And they will get it.
But AP needs the support of the moneymen too. Somehow he needs to throw together a competitive squad in next to no time,with a dearth of scouting reports,and all the while as he is getting to know the squad and drill into them the new approach. HIS approach.
Apparently,Rome wasn’t built in a day. But he’s gonna have to get a move on regardless!
Above article by BMCUWP.