Not a single excuse – not one!
It would have been so easy to have moaned and groaned from the moment this appalling injury jinx struck the club but that’s not the Slaven Bilic way.
Instead he has managed to put a positive spin on everything: Payet’s absence? That gives Lanzini his chance? Lanzini missing? Zarate will step up to the plate, Moses? Ok Michail it’s down to you.
And all the way down the line he has got a reaction from the squad as one after another they have gone down like a row of nine pins and along the way changed training grounds.
Now it’s Carroll’s turn to suffer another absence yet all we hear from the boss is that it will only be for one match and all the other players are rushing their way back to full fitness. In the meantime he declares we have top strikers in Valencia and Jelavic!
I’m not going to make a comparison between Slav and the former boss because quite simply there isn’t one. In fact after nearly more than enough years than I want to remember covering football I’ve never seen a boss quite like him.
They all make excuses, they are all economic with the truth and any opportunity to find a handy reason for defeat is taken.
So as this Christmas approaches I have my present and am still enjoying it – the arrival of a manager who not only ‘gets’ us but refuses any approach than to take everything that comes his way totally in his stride and refuse to be anything other than entirely honest.
Compare that approach to what we’ve seen from Jose Mourinho over recent weeks – again Slav has shown himself to be entirely different class.
Thanks for the first five months of your reign. I’m looking forward to the next five years and beyond with great expectation. I just love the honesty and the refusal to do anything other than accept whatever happens out on that pitch is down to him.
Such a change – such an almighty refreshing change.
Thank goodness Moyes said no, Benitez was otherwise engaged, Ancelotti reckoned there were bigger bigger fish to fry and Klopp waited to be Kopped.
We got our man – the best man. Merry Christmas.