This is getting to be a cruel joke.
Martin Jol has it in his power to end all this but for whatever reason is not doing so. And his employers? At this juncture it’s not entirely clear what they are waiting for.
Honestly, I can see an argument why a Jol/Meulensteen partnership would be a good idea. But that’s ignoring the present predicament in which the team is absolutely destroyed. We have nothing, nothing at all. The players are probably not that bad as a group but are a collective shambles. They know it, everyone knows it. Presently there appears no way out.
Stekelenberg, like Stockdale before him, played well, but was given plenty to do. Victor Valdes of Barcelona doesn’t get this many shots in a month. Our man did what he had to but still let in three against a team struggling mightily.
Last week I saw encouraging signs brought about by a sensible team selection (read: Derek Boateng played) but today was appalling. Sidwell was back in the side and again we reverted to tripe. Duff and Taraabt came in to see what difference they might make but of course they achieved nothing. We can say that Taraabt looked bright and maybe he did, but the team didn’t get a shot on target all game so, you know. Needless to say, Berbatov and Ruiz weren’t playing but their absence curiously failed to turn us into Brazil 1970. Maybe they are important players….
In the same way, the back four was able to be terrible without Senderos, suggesting that he wasn’t actually to blame.
You can read the last two points and conclude that it really doesn’t matter who plays, the whole squad is so bummed out, nothing will happen. We’re playing at about 60% capacity for some reason. I always felt with Roy that his team had some kind of weird multiplier effect, they made each other better. Now we have the reverse, like some grand mansion built with bricks but not mortar.
We can only conclude that nobody knows what they’re supposed to be doing.
This is unforgivable in this day and age.
I can’t even be bothered to talk about Darren Bent. I think he and Stekelenberg are about the only ones free of blame but I know not everyone agrees.