(Article submitted by Steve Heighton)
big question BFS v PDC . The holder v the pretender. The experience v
the new boy . The drab v the flair and so I could continue but I won't .
The important thing here is to forget the press and the clamor of
isolated fans with hero worship as their main argument rather than any
football logic. The main block of true supporters know two things . Sam
has so far got the points on the board playing in his style and secondly
he makes some shocking decisions that make no sense and he speaks
nonsense in his after match statements be it on tv, radio or the club
point one. Well the truth is we have the points
on the board. For whatever reason we have them. At this stage perhaps
not enough of them but we are still in a better place than we might have
expected and certainly better than those below us. The general rule of
thumb is you must have 3 worse teams than you below you . So if QPR,
Reading and Villa are worse than us can they, with Wigan and the Toon ,
still be worse than us by seven points at the seasons end. I don't trust
Reading or Wigan to give up and Villa may squirm out of it although I
hope not . This puts us in a relegation position if we don't get more points. We
are the typical Jekyl and Hyde and this is solely down to Sam. At home
we force the game and pick a team with strike power ( obviously
exempting Nancy Cole and his two whole goals) and look good. We play it
about better and at a higher tempo until the opposition buckle. A good
trend to have and so far its worked. However away from home we are
abysmal and again this is down to the manager.
Take Villa , a poor team of kids ready for taking . We could have taken
the game to them with Jarvis and Cole flanking Carroll and been brave,
and then if we had lost you do it with some pride, but we would more than
likely have won. Instead of this Sam chickened out and played for a
draw and as expected we got turned over. Not only that, we were shocking .
We could hardly pass a ball, it was worse than the lower leagues. So my
conclusion of Sam is he is lucky so far and sooner or later will get
found out. The Dubai jolly shows what he is about . Sun and frolics
rather than hard work at home .
why don't I want PDC then ? Well I might at some point and that may be
in May . He is pssionate and fiery. None of the
players even understand what that means these days. We
have really poor players at the moment and a rollicking from Paolo will
be water of a duck's back. What is worse, the current squad has no flair.
Even Joe is not enough. Matt Jarvis could excite but have we seen it
consistently yet ? No. The rest of the squad are just workers and this
is just not a Paolo squad. If Sam goes, so will Nolan and Carroll .
Carlton and the Piq are useless and Chamakh is a loanee. As Di Canio is a
positive attack minded person, this is bad news . The defence at times
is steady but no more than that and again the middle is screaming out
for a player with an eye for a pass. Its all toil but no flair. This
will ruin Di Canio and will send us on a downward spiral, that is
assuming we haven't already got relegated.
for me its down to the rest of the season. Whether we like it or not, if
we can stay in the Prem, we are
happy with that, even with crap football, in which case Sam has earned (and some!) his right to stay .In a second Premier season he may even get
it right! If we go down, then take Di Canio and let's go on a journey
or more likely rollercoaster of a ride. At least it will be fun! And so
the remainder of the season is crucial for all of us, from Sam down to
the tea lady, with a passing reference to us the supporters.
dull being West Ham!!