I was born lucky. Very lucky, and what I’m referring to is the fact that I am comfortably the most buoyant person I know.
I am a floater, and this provides me with top quality thinking time. Wealthy women with small brains pay good money to enter floatation tanks. My tank is free, and it is called The Atlantic Ocean. Last night, as the sun set, I set off into the calm waters beyond where the waves break, pointed my feet westwards towards America and began to think. Naturally, my mind turned to the new season, and in particular, how the Managers of the top teams would affect the outcome.
Well, let’s see. First things first, the transfer mill continues to grind around and around, and will continue to do so, which makes evaluating the teams rather tricky. The Managers, on the other hand, are all in place.
Stability amongst the top three remains. Below us, Tottenham and Liverpool blood new boys, and in many ways Di Matteo is amongst this new breed ( It was at this point that some jellyfish drifted past me, and I spared a thought for Harry Redknapp).
I really hope Spurs get to keep Adebeyor, because he has the potential to upset a dressing room, and following the revolt at Chelsea under AVB, I do not think the Portuguese Man has it in his armoury to control the egos as and when they encounter a blip.
Chelsea under The Italian managed to bludgeon their way to some trophies, but wow did their League form dip. Has he got it? Well one thing history tells us is that time under Abramovich will be in short supply, and the egos that rose up against AVB remain. Oh, and they’ve added the Herculean Ego of Hazard.
Newcastle. Fantastic season last term, but Pardew has a record of chronic inconsistency, and a fragile temperament. Sorry Tooners, but I cannot see it lasting. Liverpool, on the other hand, have a brilliant new and very shiny man at the helm. A believer in the beautiful game, but untried at the highest level. Naturally, I hope he lights up the league with his Swansea style, but it will take time.
I really do believe that with our new men on board, we can look upwards. Mankins’ City, mmmm. We know about the strength of their squad with its rotational depth, and a manager who I believe is improving his Premiership credentials, however, I’ve just read GiE’s link about Mankini bemoaning the lack of funds, and I smell cracks. Players like to pass the buck, and the moment they sense their manager is not prepared to carry it, then the hierarchy of responsibility comes crashing down. A couple of early defeats and it will be very interesting to see how much of this responsibility Mankini is prepared to shoulder. Very little, GiE’s comment would suggest.
Perhaps the most significant contribution a manager makes is to maintain The Respect of his squad. Ferguson and Wenger have it in abundance. I do get the feeling old rivalries are about to be resumed.
Written by MickyDidIt89