.... His team for Saturday will be interesting. Especially where he plays Rooney.
Good! about time.
David,I had to laugh last night when he saw that performance and result, on the back of which we now sit easily within reach of midtable. His face in the director's box was a picture: he had the horrifying realisation that his job here had suddenly changed from getting safe to getting us into the top half of the table and keeping us there.
We have effectively stepped out of the Big Sam criteria of basket case club and are asking for a bit more than moving us from relegation team to bottom half plodders. Inside he must have been very concerned about what he's now got to do.
As said all along: this position we found ourselves within was way short of fire fighter manager territory. Moshiri has panicked and has us now managed by a man without the tools to do the new job: mid-table/top half finish. That's what happens when you have a clueless errand boy in the hot seat.
We are three points from 9th with four teams ahead of us with worse last 5 PL match form than us and they're there to be taken down immediately; we have a team with its tail up; we have a raft of players to come back from long term injury; we have a January window coming up.David,
we are five points clear of the drop zone
Our defence is a shambles that has conceded 20 goals in the eight games since Koeman got sacked.
We beat a team that happened to be one of the three below us. It was a good display but there were clear areas where improvement was needed - and drastic improvement at that.
The manager search was ridiculous. We could have had Sam 4 weeks ago but instead went for targets that simply weren't feasible. We could have got Dyche thanks to his buyout clause and I'm convinced that 4/5 weeks ago he'd have happily joined us. Now we weren't worth the gamble to him. But he'd have been the perfect manager to fix our short and long-term issues.
Instead, it's Sam.
The target is still 40 points. We need another nine wins (simplifying it, obviously) to get that.