Today (Thurs) on the eve of what could be the manager’s final appearance in the Boleyn dug-out for the visit of Everton, the guy known to some as ‘Nasty Nige’ gives his feelings as we all approach the the final home game of the season.
Last season I made a fool of myself when I trumpeted: “Sam is finished.”
I declared he was being sacked…that his time was up and asked Sam to sing “My Way” as a leaving song.
So today I wouldn’t be so foolish to say the same again …would I? Oh yes I would.
No matter how our final home game of the season turns out against Everton, it will be a great day – it’s the last time we will be managed by him at the Boleyn I aim to celebrate. It’s time to party.
It may seem strange to celebrate but since Christmas we ain’t had a lot to celebrate so that’s a good enough reason to do so.
Of course there is that nagging doubt that it all may not happen, He may get a new contract but I’m a gambling man, and the Press have long been proclaiming it.
The owners may be saying no decision until the end of the season but really, if they were dead set on keeping him, they would have tied home up long time ago.
Back at Christmas we were sitting in the top four, looking forward to an FA Cup run (cough) so they had ample opportunity to say: “Sam, here’s another two years.”
They didn’t and the season crashed and burned, the FA cup demise sealed his fate and since then it’s been mainly dross. Them sticking to the no contact until the end of the year actually means nocontract at all.
Mind you, I don’t think he would sign one anyway. If you were Sam and you read daily that every available manager is being lined up for your job, would you really take what they offered you knowing you were not only second best but probably seventh or eighth -.the fall back guy. I know I wouldn’t accept it, and probably be telling them to stick it where the s don’t shne.
However, I can see other clubs fighting to get him ;, Sunderland all day long would love him plus QPR and Fulham would hope he could do for them what he managed for us.
Us fans are often painted as being ungrateful in the way he has been treated, but he, while achieving everything the owners have asked of him, only has himself to blame.
Football is not like the business world where you can be blunt, direct and to the point to your staff because in the general workplace you have not got 35,000 fans to get along with as well.
He may think he doesn’t need to pander to us and that he only needs to do what his employers ask of him. But in this game 35,000 are looking on and when the social media crowd are added it’s probably around 60,000 may be even more.
Make little or no attempt when you are as disliked as he is, to change and win them round then those fans will make life difficult.
DG on Twitter is inundated day after day with ‘get him out’ tweets, articles are written which the club do monitor, urging the owners to sack him. Ultmately, the pressure tells , the outcome is inevitable and it’s time to wave goodbye.
The replacement list is fluctuates day by day with the apparent favourite being Rafa Benitez, who Sam claimed in a Sky interview a couple of seasons back was no better than him
That may be true, but, football is about trophies and when Rafa puts his on the table they look mighty impressive; Champions League, UEFA cup, FA cup, trophies in Spain as well.
Sams table is empty – he has won nothing, his promotions have only come via play offs so he’s not won a league title either. I will welcome any manager although my preference would require the club to change its current set up and I can’t see the owners handing back the transfer reigns to a De Boer or Rijkaard.
I must admit I don’t envy the owners making that decision, struggle next season and those who have backed Sam being quick to point out that never happened under their man!
On the other hand, if Europe does beckon, a word of warning. The last time we qualified for Europe via league placing resulted in us having to start in July, but come May Harry was gone and we stayed up by the skin of our teeth with 42 points, the same total as two later and that saw us go down.
This summer is the most important in the club’s history. Get the right manager, sprinkle in some class players then the top eight should beckon. Get the wrong man, a couple of gambles and the unthinkable could happen.
Who’d want to be an owner?
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