When I give such opinions, I am countered with some strange observations, regarding what I apparently 'want', such as a return to the Smith years, or another mediocre British pro-licence mid-table coach to replace the superior version we currently have.
So this is what I want:
I want our expensive coaching staff to train our expensive footballers to pass to each other and have the confidence to do so regularly. If they can't do this, what the heck are they paid for?
I want our strikers to play in the opposition half, preferably near their goal. That way, there's more chance they will score and earn their money. Also the added bonus of them not giving away free kicks from which our opponents score.
I want our team to have more than one player who can pass and take free kicks, rather than look to Arteta. No wonder he looks shot to bits.
I want my club to have a proper scouting system, so we can get quality young players for next to nothing, rather than pay £15m for 'one for the future'
I want a bigger squad, so that we can maintain our winning runs and not see good players physically and mentally shattered and losing their confidence because they can't cope with the demands of the way we currently play.
I want our manager to have the balls to bring in some strong characters who can fix things on the pitch. The best managers increase their authority by giving some of it to their stronger players.
I want our manager to stop moaning about agents and just close some deals. Remember that it was Crystal Palace's refusal to deal with an agent that got us Cahill.
If our manager is so highly regarded around the football world, I'd like to see him attract some quality young English players to the club that's finished 6th & 5th in the last two seasons.
I want some sense that we're going in some kind of planned direction, rather than the 'make do and mend' approach over the past few years.
This might seem like utopian nonsense to some — just seems like common sense to me. Instead of moaning about 'money', 'agents' why don't we change our attitude, spend some time building the future of the club properly? This may involve the current management, it may involve additional specialist coaching, management, or scouting staff. What matters is that we build on the improvements of the last two years, rather than standing still, doing nothing and hoping, just hoping that something will change from somewhere.
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