managers this should be a massive wake up call. Evans has learnt nothing.
This will be another season of trialists, loans, low quality freebies and poor quality spin from Milne. If Evans was planning any significant investment he wouldn't have put ST prices up by the amount he has because it will make no difference. Even the under 23 scheme is being paid for by our older supporters.
I don't want to be negative and I thought our players were superb. They had fight and determination and generally played well but there was only going to be one winner of that game. We are lucky we have players who will fight and a manager who can set us up well but we really do lack quality and today was a great example of what we are up against. They were bringing players off the bench worth millions.
Without significant investment we will never go up. Today was one game which we could have won if it wasn't for a keeping error (no blame on Bart, these things happen) but over a season it would truly take a miracle.
Before anyone jumps on me for being negative I am proud of our players and management today, they were very good. Look at it long term though and I can't help feeling it was depressing. Evans really does need to invest if he has any realistic hope of owning a Premier League club. He said "there are some who don't think my investment strategy has any chance of working'. It doesn't. It has no chance and if he thinks it does he's lying to himself or he's a complete idiot.
I recently argued that MM was the problem as he told ME not to bid higher amounts on deadline day in January, he sets up defensively and he gets s to play the way we do. Others like Rommers said ME was the problem for not backing him; a criticism I called 'lazy'. I have come to realise I was absolutely wrong on this. MM isn't blameless at all but ME has starved him of funds despite being the only manager to have any success during ME's reign. Reading MM's quotes on the home page made me really sympathise with him. It's very clear that he wasn't backed and is just trying to turn water into wine. It worked for a while but this window really highlighted the job MM has on his hands. Rhodes to Sheff Wed somehow passed me by. MM's job is impossible and all those (including me) who were hoping for a change in the summer might end up regretting it. There is no way ME backs a new manager with significant funds when a proven manager gets Â£110k to go shopping in the Conference.
1) MM said all the way through the window that other teams don't want to sell their best players and they want to have someone in before letting them go. We sold Murphy with no one in to replace him and sold the focal point of our team for Â£3m. Some will say he wanted to go and i'm sure he did and some will say Â£3m is good money but it's not really is it? Not when it has totally screwed us over. In theory for the last day or two of the last window and the full month of this one we had Â£3m and the wages Murphy freed up to replace him and we couldn't get a deal done for anyone we wanted? Even if there are various fees and payments(purely speculating here) which make that Â£3m nearer Â£2m (which would make the deal even worse) there was no one we could sign permanently that we wanted? I don't believe. No one on here believes that.
2) MM 'then turned to his loan list'. We have to assume that with deadline day quickly passing the new loanee was top or near the top of MM's loan list. I find that really odd. Did we really have no one else more proven or less of a risk than him? No disrespect to him but it looks like a panic signing.
3) Chambers has been offered a deal by Forest. We need to either let him know we're taking the extra year or that he can sign the contract with them asap. It can't do him any good to leave it dragging on.