I said a good while back that I’d leave my judgement of Paul Lambert until after the transfer window.
My logic at the time was that he’s somewhat inexperienced in the Prem, had signed a load of cheap kids that wouldn’t be able to cut it when things got tough in the winter and would make corrections to make up for the mistakes he’d made.
A pretty sensible approach, I thought and one that I think still seems reasonable, even in hindsight.
But it didn’t happen, did it?
I’ve purposely kept my council on here of late, because I didn’t want to engage in the somewhat kneejerk reactions that I’ve been reading, even though I tend to agree with most. I was waiting for the end of the window, remember.
And then yesterday (or maybe the day before), I read that Lambert had a massive £3 million pounds to play with.
£3 million? That must have hit Lambert like a kick in the proverbials.
What on earth is any manager in the Prem supposed to do with that?
There was a rumour that Randy Lerner had promised money a few weeks back, but then pulled it.
I now totally believe that rumour was true. Which begs the question “why?”.
Just the same as all of you, I don’t have a clue.
Not that we’re going to hear from Mr Lerner, as he doesn’t say anything does he?
I’ve heard all sorts of views, including Jonathan’s excellent reply on here, that blames the state of the global economy and an economist’s outlook of where we might be in a few year’s time, when everyone else goes boobs up and we come out smelling of roses.
And we’re pandering to the FFP rules (even though any european footy is light years away, as it stands and we have no chance of being punished).
But I don’t buy any of it.
I don’t believe Lerner can see that far, even with his team of advisors.
He certainly can’t when it comes to a football club, in my opinion.
And even if you think he can, I still think the supposed policy of continually halving the wage bill that has been suggested, is totally flawed, in that it fails to take into account relegation.
Aah, the “R” word.
This for me, is now an absolute certainty.
With my sad hat on, we lack quality throughout the side.
The top priority for me was the defence. A central defender (Curtis Davies for pennies?) and a left back (I won’t mention the fact that we had one).
The midfield argument has been done to death, so I won’t go into that either.
Which brings me back to Paul Lambert, the manager.
I can’t believe for one minute (even given his sometimes shocking choices in tactics and subs) that he doesn’t know our weaknesses and wouldn’t have wanted to improve things.
I personally don’t rate him, but given the lack of room for manoeuvre, he’s now absolved from blame, in my eyes.
A Ligue 2 Defensive Midfielder and a bloke that’s apparently been on Spur’s books for years, but has never kicked a ball for them, can only be seen as an absolute insult.
One that I totally fail to understand.
Even though I wish them all the best, they’re coming into a doomed side and if they actually get started against Everton, I’d have to question who is making the decisions when it comes to who is actually playing. Talk about a hiding to nothing!
After having thought about it, all of this has to stem from higher than Lambert, who I still believe does know at least something about footy, which means Paul Faulkner or Lerner himself.
I personally think most of what’s gone on is down to the former.
Either way, Lerner has to go, as he’s at least ill-advised or just plain stupid.