Other clubs get exactly the same problems we do. But as with us it's not every season it's every now and again so there aren't many at any one given time. How many of us take the time to really find out what is going on at other clubs? We look at results, players in form and notice tabloid headlines. I might have an advantage not living in the area - we get midlands news and are not far from Stoke so I see (mediawise) Everton from a distance and a lot more about Stoke. They are not a happy bunch either!
We are making more of a news story because it follows on an expectant summer window and the hope of fighting for a top 4 place. Stoke were not expected to set the world alight this season so not much is really 'news'.
As a group on here we are setting ourselves up to suffer! Look around these posts - we are in a total shit place, nowhere on the pitch is OK apart from keeper position, skirting very close to relegation spots a few weeks ago and virtually no hope in sight.
Now we are moaning because we are not playing scintillating attacking football on a Saturday when it looks like Sam (or whoever else might have taken over) inherited half a squad who can't be trusted to fight if they can be arsed about anything at all.
Forget who is manager for a moment and just ask yourselves what you expect 8 weeks after appointing a new manager into this mess? We've signed 2 forwards, some we don't want or rate will go and there may be more coming in.
Any manager will go back to what he believes are basics and rebuild from there. It won't be pretty for a while but I can accept that if it makes us safe and lays a foundation for rebuilding over the next 2 or 3 seasons.
We can't alter it, no one can say it has or hasn't worked for a few months yet so give yourselves a break and look down at the 7000 teams below us and accept that whilst we are not a happy group of bunnies life could be a lot worse.