When you look here there’s much to make you happy.
Will this change, I wonder?
Persistent rumours suggest that we’re going to lose Mark Schwarzer next, but that either David James or Rob Green would join in his place. I’d prefer Green, I think, as I like people who have a need for redemption. (Did you watch Paraguay v Japan the other day? Always sad when one person alone misses; you want at least two to fail as that way there’s shared blame. The poor lad who hit the bar… oh dear). Green seems like a good egg and part of me wonders about getting a “Green #12” England shirt just as some sort of gesture of solidarity. (But that would be a waste of money so I won’t).
Otherwise we don’t know, do we? The thing with new managers is that they all have their favourites, their own style. We’ve got used to Roy’s way of playing to the point where we know it inside-out; next year will be interesting for this very reason, looking out for changes in approach (particularly away from home), different ways of doing things. How long will Roy’s organisation last if a new manager does things differently? If Roy said stand “there” and new man says stand “there”, which of the two “theres” does the defender go to in the first few games? Does Dickson Etuhu turn into a pumpkin? Zoltan Gera a left-winger? Chris Baird a Championship player? Where do all the players play? Why did the Fulham Chronicle say that Phillippe Senderos didn’t come here for Roy, he came here to play football? Instead of whom?
Roy’s left a good machine, but one that perhaps only he knew how to operate. Interesting times…