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  • Layla Layla Nov 21, 2012 12:14 Flag

    Don't need to be bad....

    i get your point. but equally do u just keep a manager on who isnt taking u foward just because of a lack of time.

    more time doenst automatically mean they will do better.

    im refering to avb not di matteo.

    for example if we keep AVB on for a few years and end up going backwards. it would be hard for me to accept that it was the right thing to do because every manager needs a lot of time!

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    • I don't think it's about a 'lot' of time. It is about enough time.

      If you employ a plumber to change a tap, then you have an idea as to how long that may take - give or take issues (stop cock doesn't work etc). You allow enough time. You don't kick him out after 10 minutes if it's not done.
      If you employ a plumber to fit a central heating system, you allow more time. You don't kick him out after a day or two.

      The question has always been 'how much is enough time?' in the case of AVB? Levy will have his own ideas and only he and the board knows AVB's short and long term remits (ie was it to restructure the team with youth, was it to win the Europa this season and CL next, was it...).

      So without knowing what Levy has asked him to achieve and when, it's difficult from outside to judge what is enough time.

      BUT, again, Levy will have his 'trapdoor' limit. IE the low point at which the floor beneath AVB disappears. I would guess that Levy would see an exit from Europa and a subsequent low position at Christmas as being a major problem for the club financially.

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      • Well put JL,

        But then I agree with on this matter, so I guess I would say that! good analogy!

        I must confess to not being an AVB and not being at all happy about his appointment. But I am a believer in fairness and despite my initial reservations I feel we must at least give him a chance to initiate the changes that he feels will benefit us. I always felt, judgement prior to Christmas would be premature, I stand by that.

        If we are teetering on the drop zone by xmas, then I think Levy will get chopping, but if we are mid table, depending on who's been available and the way we've played then he may be safe for the season. Right now, I'd give him the season to see what can be achieved on and off the field (IMO we desperately need strengthening). His reputation may help us sign a couple of gems!

        Time will tell, I say give him a fair amount of it, IMO at least a season.