Today I’ve seen one of those weird theories which some of our fans love so much attempt to pop up.
Ange’s comments yesterday about leaving the door open for Ajeti and Barkas and Bolingoli and others has been interpreted, in some circles, as a concern that he will not get the backing in January which he expects.
It’s being interpreted as the start of the let-down.
But I don’t believe that this is the case.
Ange has made his plans and those plans are underway.
I think he’s probably got cast iron guarantees that he’ll get what he wants.
He’s leaving the door open to these guys out of simply pragmatism; what if they don’t leave? What if the squad is stuck with them? We can’t and won’t just write these guys off.
They have contracts that we have to honour. If we can’t ship them out they will be around the training ground and the first team squad for a while to come. The worst thing the manager could possibly do was tell them they have no future.
We have a settled camp right now.
He is simply trying to keep it that way, and he is to be applauded for his efforts. In fact, he is to be saluted for them because this is another example of his brilliant knack for man management. That’s all this is.
I’ve spent much of the week lashing the board, but this isn’t Ange suddenly changing his tune because they’ve told him he’s not getting as much to spend as he wants to.
This is just the big guy being a good leader.
The club will back him, of that I have no doubt.
Let’s face it, fans are angry enough.
If they let this guy down I really do believe that all Hell would be paid. They dare not. They will not.