|We ALL Need to Come Together, Right Now, Over Town|
Written by IamSpartacus on Thursday, 12th Apr 2018 08:42
This in-fighting is painful to see, read and hear. The Mick McCarthy was crap/great/boring/salvationesque claims are all true, and at the same time not. It is not binary.
We were in a mess as a club when McCarthy joined. Paul Jewell had screwed the youth set-up. Did anyone, Marcus Evans, bother to look at the youths Jewell ever brought through? Total amount? One: Leighton Baines. Not a bad player but not an encouraging number.
A huge percentage of players were loaned, a massive amount was being spent/wasted on loanee wages from Connor Wickham's sale. Jimmy Bullard and Danny Collins for example - and later a spent Bullard on contract to the point where he wasn't allowed to play any more.
The football on offer was awful with the concept of organisation being utterly missed and Jewell had no iota of clue what to do about it, hiding in the dugout with no plan A, let alone other alphabetti spaghetti.
McCarthy was a white knight, A dream boat. Salvation. Through a matter of pragmatic hoof, win-the-second-ball football we survived relegation, and two seasons later got in the play-offs.
The last two and a half seasons have been awful to watch. Ryan Fraser, Tom Lawrence and the first two months of this season aside (giving false hope), I questioned many times what the point was. Many did. McCarthy, as dull as his football was, still did positive things though.
We are in a massively better place with the youth set-up in flow, the squad (in the main) is ours, and there is hope. Not a distant village near Framlingham, it is tangible.
The youths are coming through, anyone at Selhurst Park earlier in the season will have left with enormous hope, we just need to be patient.
Anyone expecting us to spend our way to the Premier League are both foolish and also totally out of touch with the history of the club.
The youth set-up is the only realistic way forward (barring an oil sheik taking over) for the club to both be a sustained Premier LEague club (if we make it) but also to attract you quality players. Think a Southampton that doesn't lose its way.
I respect what Mick McCarthy did but desperately wanted him to leave- I hated his style of football for every minute from after the play-off season (winning was a mask that blinded many of us), but it is churlish to ignore the positive influence on the club. He stayed at least two seasons too long but the club are factually in a better position than when he joined.
Thanks Mick. You were an arse to the fans sometimes (and this was often reciprocated) but you were good value and served an enormous purpose to the club.
I badly hope, come the Aston Villa game, we all (all of us, not just the Sir Bobby Robson Stand, let's all be involved) support Klug and the team for the whole match. Imagine how that will feel? I felt sparks of that against Millwall again. I'd love to feel it again. Don't we all?
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