Jeremy Robson sees a ray of hope in what to date has been a lousy season. But to keep the hope alive he asks the owner to once again back the manager/head coach in the forthcoming transfer window.
Where does the hope come from?
We might be bottom of the league and struggling for victories. Well we are! There’s no might about it. What has to happen in both the short and longer term to assure a brighter future? It’s the bleak midwinter but there may be brighter skies ahead.
My biggest fear with the January transfer window looming is that Poyet doesn’t get the players he needs to save us from the drop. Ellis Short needs to back his man and give him what he requiress to bring in: a striker who recognizes the need to put the ball between the posts; an attacking midfield player who can do the same; a solid reliable and experienced centre half and a goalkeeper with a real pedigree. Throw a left back in there and you probably have Gus’s shopping basket ready for the checkout. Give the man what he needs to keep us up Ellis. Poyet needs to be convinced to buy in totally to the club and link his future to our own.
There’s an element of brinkmanship going on with any incoming transfers because they have to be players who are prepared to give Championship football a go for at least one full season. Quite who he is targeting we won’t know of course. The most obvious place to look would be to the Championship itself but that is a huge risk. He has to bring in players who can save our PL place but remain aware that we may not be a PL side come August. It’s a huge challenge but I still believe that Poyet is the best man for the club at this time. It’s just so unfortunate that he has had to follow in the immediate footsteps of a triumvirate of bad ones.
It’s vital that Short can keep Poyet at the club and to do that Poyet needs to feel that he is in control and has the opportunity to build his own team, unencumbered by Di Fanti. In the event that there are tensions and divisions between manager and Director of Football, then the latter needs to be sent down the road. A lot of our supporters possibly feel that after the influx of such poor quality players during the summer, that he should have gone already.
Everything that Ellis Short does in the coming months has to be geared towards keeping Poyet because despite results his influence has been profound. He is the best manager we have had in a long time and he needs to be given the time, resources and opportunity to do the job his way. At this point he hasn’t had the chance to field a single player of his own choosing but has still got more out of the existing squad than his predecessors. The biggest fear for me is not relegation but losing the manager who will bring us back to the PL in 2015 leaner, stronger, and far more competitive than the one that’s struggling so badly at the moment.
Ha’way the lads and Happy Christmas to all who visit Salut!Sunderland.
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