the thing is, it's actually longer for any "real" success
we beat Man Utd in the 1995 Final through sheer determination and hard work. the players in that side weren't the most skilful bunch were they? And we failed to capitalise on that cup success and build.
I'd actually go back almost 30 years to where the problems started, and that wasn't with Heysel, because everyone else was banned from Europe as well at that time but several clubs recovered quickly and effectively from it.
It was the fact that John Moores became ill and the club was a rudderless ship.
He wasn't there for the top bods on the board to run things past and get his agreement to - or to say no so they jibbed whatever it was - or to tell them what to do - on a daily basis.
At that point, someone should have stepped in and taken control. Someone should have stepped up to the mark and made decisions. Instead we were left floundering for several years. Losing our best players and manager and instead of installing a proven manager, we promoted the head coach. Colin Harvey was an incredible coach, but not manager material, certainly not the manager to take over from Howard Kendall. But he was the easy, safe choice for a board who had no idea without Moores.
Luckily, just like with the Football League, we bagged ourselves a seat at the top table with the Premier League when we were actually in a state of decline and could easily have been left out by the other clubs without too much protest from anyone outside the club.
But we still had no real idea of where we were going.
Manchester United were busying themselves buying up all the houses around Old Trafford during the 80's and knocking them down before any real planning rules came in. Everton were cash-rich but doing nothing with it. Then when we did something with it, we ended up buying garbage and employing managers like Mike Walker.
For me, we're still recovering from that.