Re the last few posts I think itís a good consideration when picking a new manager.
I think you either need to be in line with current tactics so that you at least appear to be on the right track (as in, your tactics are sound but just need better players) or youíve got to be the one to come up with something that is pretty much a counter to the current trends and probably starts the new one.
The second I think is pretty difficult unless youíve got lots of money to ride out any difficult periods if results donít come (and you look way out of sync with the current game) or youíve got nothing to lose (as in what preceded you was awful so anything that might avoid a disaster will be welcome, along with a few good results).
So the most likely approach is the first one. We need to make ourselves, as a starting point, less good versions (for want of a better phrase) of the top teams. We can then get back to a point of identifying which specific positions need improvement.
At the moment everything seems a mess because we have no proper, tactical plan and that means that itís hard to really judge anyone. It feels like every position is weak almost, whereas that isnít the case (individuals have dragged us to 8th).
Got to agree with that. I genuinely thought Martinez may have been onto something very early doors. Not revolution induced dominance. But sufficient swagger to trouble the top 4.
Unfortunately that was all built on residual defensive toughness that he couldn't maintain himself.
Since then i think we need to start again. Moyes (and Allardyce funnily enough) were pioneers of the 5-man midfield, choking a game and having a bit of forward thrust to win tight games.
It was the Mourinho who turned that 5 man midfield into a fluid entity, with all of them willing to flow forward or back depending on the situation.
We need now to look to bring a manager in to emulate, not break. We aren't in the position to hire a mind who can break this cavalier surge that Klopp & Guardiola are employing. We need a lesser varient of it. But something that is sufficient to match 6th, 5th and maybe 4th every now and again.
But it will take a year or 2 before we can start nipping at 6th i think.
Moyes left when his tactics stagnated to the point we weren't realistically getting higher than 7th often. That's the same position we are in now.