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18 minutes ago, layten said:

You can help but think Kane was watching the City players celebrate and thinking 'I'll have a bit of that'.

When hes had a chance World Cup 2018, Champions league 2019 and today hes been terrible

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I don't know if I'm fed up with losing all the time or City winning all the time. A bit of both I suspect. I've come to expect nothing really, we will always be that middle table club until a miracle occurs.

 

If you believe what you read, of course Levy didn't give a shit about this final anyway, just wants the top place PL finish for Champions League next season.

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1 hour ago, SaintAnselm said:

It’s time this squad has a complete reset this summer and start afresh, sadly I don’t think we are going to have a decent manager to help with this.


I don’t think I can even pick a starting XI from our squad if we sell who I think should be sold. Kane and Son both looked like they’d had enough at the end of the game yesterday, but neither of them had a good game. Lo Celso was OK, Moura played well (no idea why he was hooked rather than Son), Lloris and the two CBs did well. We need some serious rebuilding - almost an entire team.

 

GK - Lloris is getting on a bit. Need to start thinking about replacements.

RB - neither Doherty or Aurier are good enough

CB - Sanchez and Dier not good enough, need a successor for Alderweireld. Carter-Vickers has done well on loan, but we need at least 2 good CBs

LB - Sessegnon has done well on loan, Reguilon looked good early on but seems a bit headless based on recent performances. Rose is out of contract soon.

CM - Hojbjerg stays, Lo Celso and Ndombele have the quality but are not ticking at the moment. Skipp has been fantastic at Norwich and I hope he can get in the team. Bye bye Winks and Sissoko. We have had no control in midfield for two years.

Forwards - Bale to return to RM, Lamela and Lucas inconsistent, Son hasn’t signed his new contract and Kane looked pretty pissed off yesterday at the end, but keeps turning up for finals half fit. Vinicius hasn’t been given a proper go, and will likely return to Benfica. Bergwijn hasn’t produced at all this year.

 

In summary, we will need a whole team if Son and Kane leave. We need a proper football man with influence over Levy when it comes to players. Hitchen and Levy choosing the transfer targets has led to a lot of average players being bought because they’re young, and ‘good value’, but unfortunately they’re also not ‘good enough’.

 

If we keep Kane and Son, the only reason is probably because no-one has any money this year to buy them.

 

 

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On 26/04/2021 at 09:49, Jammy said:


I don’t think I can even pick a starting XI from our squad if we sell who I think should be sold. Kane and Son both looked like they’d had enough at the end of the game yesterday, but neither of them had a good game. Lo Celso was OK, Moura played well (no idea why he was hooked rather than Son), Lloris and the two CBs did well. We need some serious rebuilding - almost an entire team.

 

GK - Lloris is getting on a bit. Need to start thinking about replacements.

RB - neither Doherty or Aurier are good enough

CB - Sanchez and Dier not good enough, need a successor for Alderweireld. Carter-Vickers has done well on loan, but we need at least 2 good CBs

LB - Sessegnon has done well on loan, Reguilon looked good early on but seems a bit headless based on recent performances. Rose is out of contract soon.

CM - Hojbjerg stays, Lo Celso and Ndombele have the quality but are not ticking at the moment. Skipp has been fantastic at Norwich and I hope he can get in the team. Bye bye Winks and Sissoko. We have had no control in midfield for two years.

Forwards - Bale to return to RM, Lamela and Lucas inconsistent, Son hasn’t signed his new contract and Kane looked pretty pissed off yesterday at the end, but keeps turning up for finals half fit. Vinicius hasn’t been given a proper go, and will likely return to Benfica. Bergwijn hasn’t produced at all this year.

 

In summary, we will need a whole team if Son and Kane leave. We need a proper football man with influence over Levy when it comes to players. Hitchen and Levy choosing the transfer targets has led to a lot of average players being bought because they’re young, and ‘good value’, but unfortunately they’re also not ‘good enough’.

 

If we keep Kane and Son, the only reason is probably because no-one has any money this year to buy them.

 

 

You are spot on here. A squad overloaded with average. I really think Kane has had enough and I don't blame him. I think we need to rehabilitate Dele and get him back to his best. The defence is a massive problem though. I can't see any of these things being resolved sadly. 

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21 minutes ago, Stoppy2000 said:

I'm hoping we get to see Bale score a few more goals before this cameo is over. Can't see him staying on for another season. 


He is just incredible in full flow, sure Utd are down blah blah blah but those finishes were just a class above 90% of players in the league - I’m hoping he will stay as Levy needs some ‘cheap’ good news….

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13 hours ago, SaintAnselm said:

If we appoint yet another Chelsea reject I give up.

 

 

Rafa Benitez is still in with a shout too !

 

The one I really don’t want is Roberto Martinez - the luckiest man in world football to have landed the Belgium job after taking Wigan down and being bobbins at Everton.

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1 hour ago, Jammy said:

Rafa Benitez is still in with a shout too !

 

The one I really don’t want is Roberto Martinez - the luckiest man in world football to have landed the Belgium job after taking Wigan down and being bobbins at Everton.

I don’t think I want anyone we have linked with to be honest, getting in someone older is pointless as let’s face it, we need a complete rebuild and with that a manager whose young and will happily take on this type of long-term project.

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3 hours ago, SaintAnselm said:

I don’t think I want anyone we have linked with to be honest, getting in someone older is pointless as let’s face it, we need a complete rebuild and with that a manager whose young and will happily take on this type of long-term project.


Someone like Eddie Howe or Graham Potter ? Potter would be a brave appointment, but Brighton are probably a level of player in a couple of areas off being a bloody good side. Would be quite happy with that.

 

Or Scott Parker alongside a more experienced assistant or Director of Football ?

 

One thing’s for sure, Steve Hitchen has presided over a period of very poor recruitment and playing style, and needs to get in the bin.

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2 hours ago, Jammy said:


Someone like Eddie Howe or Graham Potter ? Potter would be a brave appointment, but Brighton are probably a level of player in a couple of areas off being a bloody good side. Would be quite happy with that.

 

Or Scott Parker alongside a more experienced assistant or Director of Football ?

 

One thing’s for sure, Steve Hitchen has presided over a period of very poor recruitment and playing style, and needs to get in the bin.

None of them really excite me really, but Potter is probably the best of a bad bunch.

 

Hitchen has been a fucking disaster, we have wasted over 200 million in players that really done anything over the last few years.

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1 hour ago, SaintAnselm said:

None of them really excite me really, but Potter is probably the best of a bad bunch.

 

Hitchen has been a fucking disaster, we have wasted over 200 million in players that really done anything over the last few years.

Yeah, and more to the point, would any of those managers excite Kane enough to stay ?

 

Another one I really don’t want - Southgate.

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Also it won't make any difference who the manager is if we don't get rid of the huge amount of dead wood. I personally doubt we will - especially in the current transfer market. Levy won't want to take a hit on mega flops like Lamela. 

We might as well stick with Mason if he does reasonably well. So far he's done ok. 

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3 hours ago, ilpostino said:

Genuine question, would you take Poch back?


Yup, hoping this is a real possibility now PSG are out of the CL and the club will implode.

 

12 minutes ago, Stoppy2000 said:

Also it won't make any difference who the manager is if we don't get rid of the huge amount of dead wood. I personally doubt we will - especially in the current transfer market. Levy won't want to take a hit on mega flops like Lamela. 

We might as well stick with Mason if he does reasonably well. So far he's done ok. 

 

Lamela is all but gone and likely to Roma, defi Italy tho. Mason shouldn’t even be considered if we have any ambition, it could also be the end of his managerial career so I don’t think he would take it tbh.

 

 

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20 hours ago, ilpostino said:

Genuine question, would you take Poch back?


I’m not sure. On balance, yes - there were a lot of positives during his reign, but there were also negatives. Lack of a Plan B when things weren’t working, bizarre substitutions too late to change a game etc. I’m not sure how big a stick the bad signings are to beat him with - it’s become pretty clear that the manager at Spurs identifies a position he needs improving or reinforcing, and provides a player name as his ideal signing, and Hitchen and Levy then go out and find someone sort of the same only cheaper and not as good. That’s been true since ‘Arry was in charge (asked for Tevez and Cahill, got Saha and Nelson).

 

Ultimately, the player recruitment strategy needs a massive overhaul, with final say on player acquisition coming from the manager. I’m ok with them presenting a list of players to him and him selecting from that list (or telling them to fuck off and try again if the list isn’t good enough), but not happy at all with the way it works currently, and I suspect not having final say on transfer targets is putting off most ‘top’ managers.

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