Was thinking about what type of manager fits where we are as a club.
When we had no money, then having a tactical pragmatist was essential as we couldnít afford, literally, to make errors too often that would cost us league placings.
Conversely that financial restraint, through enabling longer term thinking and less ability to make frequent managerial changes, lead to a more exiting, if not immediate, transfer strategy as we tended to go for players who were young enough to develop while they were here.
Now that we have more money and more expectation that puts more pressure on a manager to be immediate.
Therefore if you appoint pragmatists, their natural inclination will be to buy players who are theoretically ready to go, and tactics are likely to reflect that too.
When things donít go right itís difficult to keep patience with pragmatism when there are things in place to provide more.
Therefore a more idealistic manager should buy more players who are in line with that approach.
One of RMís most bizarre failings was that he didnít do this (bar Barry, who of his signings could really pass the ball?) and was probably his undoing as he didnít have the players with base skills in sync with how he wanted to play to carry a basic level of performance when confidence dropped.
Koeman played younger players sometimes but pragmatic tactics in big away games laid an underlying impression that came out when it started to collapse this year.
But also signings wise, we did sign some players to develop but it was the here and now players who didnít provide enough that formed the idea of wasted money.
So I think someone like Silva would be a decent fit in theory.
But we shouldnít be worried about it not being a massive success (eg potential defensive failings) as long as the base tenants of synergy between approach and signings are in place.