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I'm sorry to have to disagree with some of this, where nobody could come in and sort this and needing all sorts of new money and new players.
Sure we could use more money for a pair of star wingers, another striker and a top young defender, but consider these fundamental facts.
Roy did not inherit a terrible squad, nor was he not given the ability to sell and buy at his own will. I AM NOT MAKING A CASE FOR RAFA, but, largely other than mascherano, the entire squad returned including torres at least fit enough to play, and despite the bad form and decline of last year, they still managed to finish 4th in defence and tied on clean sheets winning Pepe another golden glove (in a tie). I think Mascherano is a terrible loss no doubt, but nobody can convince me he's the reason for this horrendous defending and lack of organization in the back. At the very least, last year in Rafa's worst game approach and negativity, we'd have managed a 0-0 or 1-1 draw. Quite honestly, it could have been 3 or 4-0 before half time, had pepe not made a great save, and skrtel a nice sliding intervention.
The fundamentals of it all are, on paper, this team was decent enough to fight, and punch above their weight regardless of who the manager was, and then we brought in cole and meireles (won't talk about jova, he's rubbish), so on paper this team is even better. Bottom line is Roy is not doing a good enough job in training and practice sessions, and he's not putting players on the pitch in the right positions to succeed nor having them play with the right mentality from the minute the whistle blows. AND, where the hell are pacheco, babel ? Were they even on the bench, I don't think either were... At least 2 players who can inject some pace. Kyrgiakos was our fcuk ing best attacker today, nearly had 2 goals. That's pathetic!
It's not too late for this to be turned around, but I'm starting to become positive Roy can't do it
Tend to agree with you here. Not saying that Tweedle dee and tweedle dum our wonderful owners should be let off the hook, but Roy can't shift all the blame to the ownership issue as a cover up.
Most of us knew going into this season it was going to be a struggle. Even without the lack of money we all knew Spurs were not going to relinquish 4th easily, and City would not stop spending until they got CL football. But I think most of us at least hoped that Roy would have enough experience to give us a bit of a tactical edge, and be the man manager everyone said Rafa was not.
Well I ask, allowing Blackpool to keep the ball in the last 15 minutes, des that show a motivated team? Not in my book. And, if great tactics are bringing on Jova to get a winner, and rather take Rafa's substitutions that everyone complained about. At least they worked some of the time, so far Roy's has worked none of the time.