Four other typical views I’ve seen this week:
2) The Board will take the cheap option – Not unlinked to the first point, somehow fans seem to think they know how much each manager will be paid and jump to conclusions about the names being linked, with the cheap option meaning we’ve ducked a big decision and are happy treading water.
3) I haven’t heard of him – It seems that unless you’re a known name then you are nothing. In the old days this was all that happened. Managers started out at non-league clubs and worked their way up – quickly enough if they were good enough. Arsenal fans once said ‘Arsene Who?’; I’m sure there was even a clutch of Man United fans so oblivious to what was happening North of the Border back in 1986, that they hadn’t heard of Alex Ferguson. Experience and know-how of the division you’re in doesn’t always guarantee the best results. Sometimes a lean, hungry ambitious manager is just what the whole club needs.
4) Why haven’t they just offered Manager X the job? Well who knows? Perhaps he didn’t apply. Perhaps they’ve spoken to him but they didn’t get on? Perhaps his agent demanded we sign Lionel Messi or he’s not interested? This is linked to the main article but I do find it incredible that some seem to think it’s all so easy and straight-forward.