I wonder if his style of management had a shelf life, a bit like Mourinho's? Mourinho's victimhood/ everyone is against us style of management only has a two season shelf life for a given team I think. Unless you change the team, its a tired style and ceases to work.
Ranieri's 'Dilly Dong' Pavlov's dog style of pitch side management also has a shelf life too? Particularly as other teams now watch out for it and know what is going on. Do you think these is an element of this?
A good point. I don't know. I think mourinho at chelsea was difficult because there were rumours of shagging & cliques & leaks and power struggles, a bit like moyes at manu. Saying that, Moyes was left a turd burger by ferguson with zaha, and then inexplicably ordered a side of turd fries to go with it by buying felliani. Also with mourinho, i think he has to have the right players for his style to work. It was obvious that hazard & fabregas weren't that type of player. Ranieri seemed to be losing the respect of the squad at the end of last season, players mocking him & chucking drinks on him. At the time it was dismissed as high jinks, but it wouldn't have been done to pearson. I think ranieri deliberately played the innocent Italian abroad, but perhaps that came back to bite him. Whether they were only ever putting up with him i don't know. I don't think keeping coaches from the previous regime ever works. I wouldn't be surprised if shakespeare gets the gig until the end of the season & beyond. I suspect the players are of the mind set that they're worldbeaters if you bookend the results from pearson's last half season and ranieri's full one. I wouldn't be surprised if they win the fucking champions league, judging by their miraculous change in form.
A lot has been made about loosing Kante, but he wasn't that good. i read a report saying that he protected the back four, and without him they were exposed. Yes & no, he certainly did that, but he was helped by his mates. This season, prior to the liverpool game, no body appeared to be doing anything for anyone. No runs off the ball into space, no tracking back or decoy runs. Suddenly versus liverpool everyones doing it. Vardy, who's spent the season looking like he's got myalgic encephalomyelitis, suddenly is back to the player he was last season.
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I hope you went out smiling like a child, into the cool remnant of a dream.