Sunday, 7 March 2010
Square Pegs In Round Holes
Gianfranco’s penchant for playing our stars in positions other than those to which they were previously accustomed has raised the odd eyebrow at the Boleyn, but should we be so surprised? Stanislas on the left has probably been the most high profile, but Collisson left midfield, Noble playing wide and last year Tristan playing anywhere on a football pitch are other examples.
From the day he arrived looking like a little lad on his first day at “big” school, wearing his older brother’s shirt and tie; he has looked to me, uncomfortable wearing the mantle of management.
Likeable though he undoubtedly is, he is also a square peg; a sardine dressed as a role mop herring, certainly the team played like a bunch of gherkins on Saturday.
He’s a coach, not a manager. He has brought players on individually and most look more comfortable on the ball than they did under Curbishley, the short passing and movement have certainly improved. But his insistence on sticking with 433 which has been highlighted on this blog is undoubtedly one of the major reasons for our predicament.
He won’t be our manager next season, the two Davids have already begun work to ensure that his undoubted principles leave him with no option but to resign, thus saving a payoff and removing one more high wage earner from the staff. Clarke will be offered a manager’s job elsewhere and take it and Curbishley will prepare the old brown Volvo for a service and a new MOTD.
I hope I’m wrong, no one likes to see a nice guy fail, but I think Gianfranco is both happier and more suited to the job of coach. It won’t happen of course but I think Clarke as defensive coach, Zola as offensive coach with someone in the mould of Martin O’Neil as manager would be an excellent combination. Dream on!
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:28