|To put it
politely, I am getting sick and tired of hearing Mr. Levy quote "we
want to bring quality players in but Glenn will need to be
thrifty". Does this bloke live on planet earth or is he a
resident of cloud cuckoo land - like a lot of us think.
The words quality and thrifty only go together if you are Real Madrid or
AC Milan; clubs that can entice world class players on Bosman rulings
through ambition and success. Sadly, at the moment, we are not in
He must realise that you have to speculate to accumulate. I know
it went pear-shaped at Leeds, but they did go a little OTT on the
spending. All Daniel-san needs to do is spend £20mil tops in this
close season to get a class goal machine, a couple of steely midfielders
and someone to sit behind the front two, if we had a good season from
this he could probably get away with snapping up a few good Bosman's the
next season to satisfy the fans.
I can almost hear the groans from fellow fans reading this article
"yeah, what's new ?! We know this already !!", but I
have to express my feelings on this subject. The way the board
talks about money being tight you would think we were in the position of
West Ham or Charlton ! Surely we can't have money problems so deep
that the best we can offer is a third of the asking price for players we
are bidding for.
If we are not careful, we will become a club that no-one wants to come
to and that no opposing manager has respect for. Worst of all, we
could be left behind by teams like Middlesbrough and SCBC, who, through
spending millions on attractive players and buying dynamic
youngsters/foreigners respectively, are likely to make significant
progress soon - let's face it, it's only a matter of time before these
teams find the right combination of strikers and midfielders to be
Even one great signing can make a difference, if we ended up signing
someone like Morientes think of the optimism it would generate for the
coming season. I shudder to think what our last season would have
been like without Keano. I know it's bad to rely on one player,
but he acted as a catalyst for everyone for a while and actually made
people think we could qualify for the promised land at one point.
If I can consistently manage Spurs into the top 5 each season on
Championship Manager 3 (with a £15mil budget) then surely it's not
impossible to work towards this -REALISTICALLY- in real life !!!!