Brendan Rodgers did not deliver good news to us last night, did he? There are no signings immediately on the horizon. You look across the city, and whether or not you understand the logic of what they are doing, you cannot deny that they haven’t wasted time getting their plans into place. We screwed up royally this summer in failing to strengthen the front line.
People above the manager didn’t think that was a priority although this blog and others were virtually screaming “ASIAN CUP!” the whole way. Do they get it yet?
It is lamentable if we’ve not got options ready to go. What in God’s name is our “head of recruitment” doing if we don’t have three or four deals already well in progress and just about over the line? There is messing up and taking the piss; this is the latter. In spite of claims that we are “prepared” for the Asian Cup I see no sign whatsoever that we are.
Rodgers seems calm about this. Calmer than he should be perhaps. He has to know that if they drag their feet he is the one who might pay the price for it. Once in my living memory – once – have we treated a transfer window like an opportunity and not an embuggerance. That was January two years back when we had the business done early and won the league because of it.
But that was before Lawwell & Sons were in the building, and already we’ve reverted to type with uninspiring summer business, a club more interested in the balance sheet and people dragging their feet inside the walls. There is no excuse for this cruddy, shoddy way of doing business. These people have had months to prepare their target lists and get to work.
If they are selling this manager short here then they are doing more than gambling with his job and with the league title. They are gambling with the mood in the stands, a mood that is ready to get ugly and has already exploded in frustration in this campaign. And the fans will know who to blame for it, the chairman and his blue eyed boy.
This club is so amateurish at times. It is so backward and unfocussed. We should be coming out of the traps hard and fast, because time is a factor here and there is none of it to lose. Players will be soon be departing to their assigned duties on the other side of the world, our whole forward line, and if we don’t have someone in place it will cost us big time.
There are already grave, grave doubts about the skillset of the guy who heads our recruitment department, and some of the names we are linked with are highly unimpressive; another Korean League player with one full campaign behind him? In the ball-winning midfield slot where we’ve already squandered uncounted millions in recent years?
It’s like a joke, and the joke is on us. I’ll tell you, if this goes wrong, if these people fail to deliver something the boss can work with I have little doubt that we will lose this league and he will pay for that. But that man will not fall alone. The last time he left this club they escaped scrutiny and dodged responsibility. People still blame him for that to this day.
Not this time. No chance. If it comes to it, this time they will pay that bill.