|Unity and Quality|
Written by bbg on Wednesday, 9th Aug 2017 16:07
There is no mistaking the current signs of players, management and administrators all being all on the same page. It is particularly good to see the first-team manager acknowledging the work of the academy coaches in recent days.
I stated in a post prior to Saturday's match that I thought we had three academy players on the verge of a real breakthrough, the first time in a long time that a crop has arrived together, as opposed to the odd one here or there.
I also stated that I believed the unfortunate Andre Dozzell was going to be a key and regular player this year regardless of who was available, as he offered a level of midfield composure in a passing game that no one else in the squad can provide and the management are clearly aiming to play that style when possible this season.
We have creative players further forward, but not so much in midfield areas. It was great to see the manager recognising this by starting him Saturday last, even though he had a shortened pre-season due to international involvement. Hopefully he will return to a team vying for the Premier League.
In recent times it appears every post on this site turned into a debate about the manager. Personally, I would never have described myself as a Mick McCarthy fan or of any other manager for that matter.
I didn’t celebrate when he was appointed, but I was satisfied that we were getting a proven manager who had taken two clubs to the Premier League. With his experience, he clearly knows the game to an extent that neither I nor anyone else contributing to this site could hope to. No one should underestimate his achievements.
For me in his work here he has shown very good judgement of player’s ability and character. In Kieron Dyer's words, Flynn Downes was not a standout player at U16 level but the manager had seen something in him and Nydam that others might have taken a lot longer to see.
We have managed to acquire some decent quality in our squad as well as character, while paying little or nothing in transfer fees. However, we have to be honest enough to admit that, in that regard, we probably lag behind many clubs in the Championship this year. There are probably 10 or more who have a greater depth of expensively acquired quality. For all that, I would give us a real chance of at least making the play-offs within the next year or two.
I started out here referring to unity. As fans we have to stop the kneejerk reactions, and realise we are a big part of this. We can help our team or the opposition. Why did every opposition team love to come to Portman Road last season? You only have look at clubs such as Brighton and Burnley and the atmosphere their fans create. It is great to see though, the positive posts on this site for the past few days.
Disappointment is inevitable in sport and managers can make mistakes, but I think we must end the constant debates about managers when we lose and resist the head on a platter mentality.
I would leave the current manager in place for at least the next five years, or whenever the current owners feel he has run his course. I would offer the next incumbent the same longevity as he has had and I believe that sooner or later we will reap the rewards.
That is a policy we had in the past, even when it was not always popular. Big city clubs such as Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal had a similar policy in the past and they reaped the rewards. For us, unity will defeat the expensively acquired supposed quality of other wealthier clubs.
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