After all ?
We are not that bad. Amazing business getting Nahki Wells on loan, and along with Hamed, it's transformed us having two decent strikers. We haven't had a decent striker for ages. Lumbering Smith being our best last season speaks volumes. I was gobsmacked how first Ollie and then SMC persisted with Washington. He was obviously shite from the get go. And we've got two super midfielders in Eze and Freeman. Should be a half decent season now.
I thought he was supposed to be a great coach, although not necessarily a great manager. I do struggle to see the difference when it comes to football. How can you coach a player and still have the ability to destroy their confidence? How can you be a great coach and yet not be able to read the game and make the necessary changes to turn the tide? How can you be a great coach and oversee the implosion of what should be a competitive side? it's beyond me.
Tim Nice But ... Exasperated
McClaren is a good coach of players that don't need coaching but a poor manager of players that need managing. He also seems to be undermining our young players rather than bringing them through, loaning out Manning being one of his most glaring errors in judgement. I can't even watch his post match interviews as he seems to be living in an alternate universe where everything is conspiring against his obvious genius to confound his expectations. Hopefully injuries in key areas will lead him to picking a decent starting formation because he doesn't seem able to see beyond his first idea.