Rover the Moon wrote:So 12 games into the season (1/4 of a season) and the clubs position is the epitomy of mid-table, being 7 points from the play-offs and 7 points from relegation. I'd give it a B- so far
There have been some good performances and results and some disappointing ones, as we'd expect, but personally I'm satisfied with the season so far. The summer transfer activity never screamed of aiming for promotion (to me) but more of consolidation and as far as I am concerned we are acheiving that. Especially as in the background the club seems to have settled down somewhat. No longer is it the circus big top of last season. No Shebby, no Agnew, and no inane comments of confusion from the owners. Though Shaw, who is still inexplicably employed inspite of the assertation that repected executives would be sourced to run the club this season, seems to enjoy putting his foot in his mouth occassionally but is such a disrespected and disregarded irrelevance he isn't taken seriously by too many.
Yes some people inside the club talk of promotion and the financial implications of not achieving that, but being realistic for a change, we as fans cannot worry ourselves about what may or may not happen but concentrate on the here and now.
I see this season as a learning curve for both manager and the core of the squad, and with some additions next summer (hopefully of better quality than the likes of Marrow, Judge and Taylor) the club can make the next step of trying to flirt with the play-offs.
Have peoples expectations been realigned since the season started? I think we are achieving exactly what I expected us to.
Mid-table is a poor return for the money we are waxing, but realistic in terms of the players we have recruited to play at the club. We have a huge and expensive squad, sadly littered with dross in many areas. The points per pound return we have achieved under the Venky's will be catastrophic.
We don't really have time to further peoples learning curves, as we are losing money hand over fist and getting nowhere fast. It appeared logical to most to try and get back up at the first or second attempt and although the signings of Rhodes, Best, Murphy, Etuhu pointed to our (misguided) ambition in year one, the recruitment of Judge, Marrow, Eastwood, Taylor, Spurr, etc pointed to merely consolidation and further downsizing in year two.
I am still gutted at what has happened to our club and continues to happen. Watching the likes of West Ham, Stoke, Swansea and Fulham and seeing the quality in their squads when compared to ours still smarts. I guess Wolves, Bolton and ourselves are the perfect examples of how it can all go tits up very quickly.
I remain hopeful however we will be in and around the play-offs in January and will then make a concerted effort to get out of this division at the 2nd attempt. If that involves player signings then so be it. Our larger squad at that time should pay dividends as others suffer loss of form, suspensions and injuries. As an older fan who has seen it all before, being marooned at this level for the next 20+ years won't cheer me up.
There is some right old sh1t in this division. We are two or three players away from being very competitive against all we play and would then be favourites in most matches.
On Bowyer and a return to decency. Well that couldn't come soon enough for me and I thank him for that. At the end of the day however we need to get out of this division and he needs to start winnning matches and picking up points most weeks asap. Our injury concerns haven't helped much either.
We are roughly where most thought we would be, but that is not good enough. I cannot help feeling we should be doing better as other clubs situated locally with far less resources are currently showing.