| Essjayess wrote:|
We are a WIP, hence i wont compare our present squad to any previous one. What i do see is two summer windows and one winter window where the playing staff, maybe only Alex Tettey apart, thats completely and utterly been overhauled, Russ Martin leaving just about the last vestige of the old squad finally gone from those promotion / relegation years.
Looking back on last season, despite it all, i think DF did a good job getting us in mid table, considering all the changes that happened. This last summer window i think surpassed all my expectations in getting some good players into the club, looking at our squad now, i think it has the makings and potential to not only get better but in fact much better. But lets not forget there is still a lot of gelling to be done on the pitch still, thats why i think DF's real job is only just beginning, as the team itself can only now be called a DF team.
Are we getting better?..depends what aspect of the club you think about and what previous time or era you compare it with. But for sure a couple of areas where we are getting better is at Colney, which is getting its much needed upgrade, and in the academy products that are getting into the first team squad. Those two things by themselves are a big big improvement on recent seasons.
Agree with every word of this. ^^^
The main problem for some people is this - some people are still affected by a combination of
a) The Hughton era and tension of trying to stay in the PL
b) The disappointment of not getting back under Neil the second time
c) The rebuild which they see as a cheap option rather than being able to buy more expensive players.
All this done against a background of thinking the board are getting it wrong all the time. Even the promotion under Neil was done under a cloud of people thinking everything was wrong that season with Adams being in charge and having to find someone else.
If you think like that it is no wonder that you are down on the club all the time. You cannot even recognise that the board has changed and developed and that the club is evolving and developing. It mght not be your favourite idea of how the club should be because you want to have lots of money to spend on lots of expensive players, but the truth is there is development, we are getting better and the results will improve as the team gells and gets more instinctiveness into their play.
I suppose if you are a little bit older, you probably take your resentment back to the Grant/Roeder time too, but then their was even less money around and we were deeply in debt - so even if you don't think things on the pitch are improving or are likely to improve, you might recognise that the health of the club in that sense has improved tenfold since those days, we have good players on the books and not a team of loanees, we have a developing academy and a policy and willingness to bring players through and we have the finances to be sustainable on all fronts.
So added to having a plan that is being acted upon for the first team and that is being implemented throughout the club, you might see that there is cohesiveness, development, financial responsibilty, leadership that has placed footballing descisions with football people and overall a club that is just about as healthy a club as it could be. That needs to be translated on to the pitch - of course it does and things there will develop how they will - but if it is possible for people to put aside what has happened long in the past and just recognise the developments and changes that have happened more recently, they might just climb on board and appreciate what is being attempted.
You can't make an omlette without breaking eggs and things on the pitch might take more time to come right, but in terms of development the club is in an improving and healthy situation. We now just need a few good results to kick us on and really get our season going.
Or you can just be down on the whole club and everyone and everything to do with it.........but is that realistic?