I read an article yesterday by Chris Sutton in The Daily Mail, where he considered how much money he thought Manchester United would need to invest to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.
He suggested it would take £1bm.
Based on his assessment we will never compete at this level, but I believe far too often we underestimate the value of the right coach / manager.
I look at the Man United squad and believe the manager is not getting the best out of them.
The role is priceless and vital to success.
For Man Utd it’s the difference between Champions League qualification or not. For us it’s the difference between relegation and survival.
The same newspaper, the Daily Mail, runs with the headline ‘stench of relegation surrounds Newcastle’ after our draw to Brighton.
The article highlights the fact that we are the least offensive side in the Premier League, a shocking statistic and this is only down to one man…our new head coach.
All is not lost, but Steve Bruce needs to sort his tactics out and quick.
Genuinely, man for man I believe we have enough to avoid the bottom three, but recent results and performances suggest otherwise, and that’s what makes Steve Bruce’s appointment all the more baffling.
We have talented players in all areas of the pitch and several individuals who are more than good enough to play for top 8 sides, yet recent history tells us our manager is Championship standard.
I couldn’t have been more scathing of the Brighton performance, but strongly believe we have a squad who can turn it round, however I ask myself – Is the manager up to it?