“Keeping Jones was not the answer,” Jeremy Robson wrote at the Blackcats list, amplifying points he has made here. “But it would have been a whole lot better than the mess we are in right now. Quinn needs to stop being everybody’s friend and playing the genial gent and get his finger out.” Well put, and it produced this superb analysis from Chris Russell, a new voice here but very welcome …
I actually believe this is little to do with Quinn right now, but more to do with Ellis Short.
From a business perspective you look at our squad and even being conservative – McCartney, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Kilgallon, Healy must equate to somewhere near £120k/week. If Ellis has taken a look at the squad, its quite logical for him to look at Quinn and ask some pointed questions on the sanctioning of those signings/level of contracts.
Yes, they kept us up and so on, but we’re talking pure business, rather than fan and the associated level of sentimentality that comes with that.
With the above in mind, has Ellis then said to Quinn/Bruce – Ok, well if the signings someone who is, for want of better terms, a highly regarded professional (so not NZogbia) then ok, we`ll look at that but otherwise you`ll need to wheel and deal.
This would fit with the German defender we were after (didnt he just miss out on the World Cup?) and more than likely the strongly linked Gyan (World Cup Player). When the German defender fell through, Bruce was then struggling and turned to what he knew – ie: Bramble, on the cheap. This would also fit with some of the new signings too.
Either way, from all the magic carpet bravado of a few seasons back, something’s changed. Is that down to there being no value in football right now, the new homegrown and financial rules coming into play or internal issues, we simply don’t know.
I also think there`s more than meets the eye on Jones, his strained relationship with Bruce would certainly be a factor, but possibly Bruce trying to placate Ellis could probably be thrown in the mix. As others have said far more astutely, getting rid without a replacement in the bag isn’t good.
Personally, I’d have kept Jones. Defensive headers we all know about but I still believe he’s one of those players you could make work for you. Put him in a team who know how to ping a ball into the box and I think you`ll see a different player. I fully expect him to get 10-15 goals for Stoke this season if they can keep him fit.
Agree with the comments on left back, Rico isn’t the answer in fact he’s possibly one of the biggest questions in the team along with Steed, who I still think looks rather good without ultimately creating very much. We’ll probably see Bardsley/Ferdinand there on sun, with Rico in front of them. Still trying to work out his baggio rats tail, my conclusion was that it helps his balance similar to a cat, however if its flowing in the wind nature can wrap Adam Johnson’s legs up ninja stylee, every little helps.
Biggest issue for me would be width, width gives you options and Hutton’s contribution last season was noticable. Hopefully Wolves will spank the mags back into reality, always did like Mick Mac.