pipoldchap wrote:I have little time for Moaninho, but there's a whiff of scapegoating for Scum failures in my view. A manager/head coach can only do so much if (a) the all-powerful suits above him know and care sweet f.a. about football, and (b) the players don't deliver on the pitch. The board and the players, if you ask me, are the real MU culprits, though Moaninho didn't exactly help his cause by his miserable attitude. Big clubs these days want instant success or else--hence the managerial merry-go-round. But they have no right to such success. Look at what happened to Ranieri at Leicester. They haven't exactly set the PL alight since his triumphant reign, have they? Clubs have to learn to accept that there'll be fallow periods when others are ascendant. No empire is indestructible, even in the screwed-up world of PL football. Meanwhile, patient, long-term construction of a successful team appears to have become a lost art.
Agree, and so does the art of actually coaching players. Ranieri is an excellent example of this, Bielsa at Leeds with broadly the same team as last season. Toshack at Swansea all those years ago? Pochettino at Spurs, it can be done with the right manager.Edited to say it makes my blood boil when you hear managers bemoaning lack of money, no resources, having to make do. Try f*cking coaching first before you start splashing the cash.Also, while I think there is a significant lack of expertise at the top levels of Man Utd, they did give JM 400m to spend for christ sake. You could buy 5 Leeds United's for that money.