Well, once again I write after another abject unbelievably bad performance after even Bruce’s NUFC achieved something that didn’t seem possible. We were even worse than before. For me it was a new low and absolutely abysmal.
I wrote in a previous recent piece that Bruce may or may not have lost the dressing room but that he’s definitely lost the fans. If he ever had them in the first place. I thought Social Media was savage after Fulham and justifiably so, but it was and continues to be worse after the latest fiasco.
Whatever plonkers like Carlton Cole, Savage and Sutton and countless others spout, Bruce is not doing a good job. He’s destroying us game by game and day by day. Yes, you can have a go at the players and they deserve a great deal of criticism but ultimately the fault is the Manager’s.
It really can’t be anybody else’s when he’s been backed and has a squad better than Rafa Benitez ever had. I still maintain and will say it publicly there are Premiership quality players in that squad as Olly has often alluded too. There are players in our squad that other teams would take in a heartbeat. So why are they playing the way they are?
For me, it seems they have no confidence in themselves or the Manager and at the moment really don’t look like they want to be there and even worse want to play. Yes, we’ve had COVID, yes it has disrupted us but Brentford paid us the ultimate humiliation on Tuesday night.
They actually rested players and prioritised the league. We didn’t and yet they were still the better team and won! It simply is not good enough and has to be addressed now before it’s too late.
With Bruce’s luck running out and us getting worse and worse, I reckon it’s time for Ashley to act to protect his asset – and I think he just might if our awful performances continue to equal abysmal results.
He took a while, some would say too long, to sack McClaren, but is he really going to make the same mistake when his £300m is on the line? He now really runs the risk of the Saudis (and any other interested parties) walking away completely if we look in danger of going down.
You may be thinking “but we’re 12th and 8 points clear of the bottom three”, but the fixtures coming over the next few weeks could soon change that.
Just look at them and consider how we’ve played in the previous games:
- Man. City (A)
- Liverpool (H)
- Leicester (H)
- Arsenal (A) *FA Cup*
- Sheffield Utd (A)
- Arsenal (A)
If that doesn’t strike fear in your heart then nothing will I think we’ll struggle to pick up many, if any, from this especially with the current regime in charge and playing the football we are.
If Ashley is the shrewd businessman, he’s claimed to be I can’t see him risking further damage it if we get close to danger as a result. Or am I just one of those deluded fans that shouldn’t expect anything more or be careful what I wish for. I think you know my answer to that.