Why should we give him any more money to spend, he hasnt earned it
He has about 8 players with a chamce of winning the World Cup in 4 months and about 15 players with Champions League experience. He needs to be coaching now(well he should have been coaching a lomg time ago)
I didn't say I believed it. I said it wouldn't surprise me. With the way SG has handled the situation and all the needless things he's said in public, no it would not surprise me if such a mental thing was indeed true.
I'm afraid his man management is failing him. As a player, he was the sort of person who would boost his own morale. He thinks every player is (or should be) like this. There was an interview with (I think) Ollie last season where the interviewer asked what Gerrard had said to him. Ollie said something along the lines of 'not much'. SG expects a certain temperament -- I think this is what he means when he says about our 'identity' or 'brand -- and he wants rid if he doesn't see it (hello bomb squad).
I'm imagining the conversation he had with Mings. And then the one he has had post-Saturday with McGinn. I cannot imagine a scenario where he was able to deliver the news diplomatically. Mind, if his decision works, he'll look like a genius. Unfortunately, if it doesn't, he will have destroyed the morale of two longstanding players (and the knock-on effect it will have on others that are close to them).
His signings have been unbelievable -- he has such star power in attracting these people. But I haven't seen anything outstanding about him as a coach yet. Tactically, I think he's naive (the wing backs bombing on and expecting the CMs to fill in was exposed time after time last season) and hasn't showed much ability to reflect on his own decisions (instead of blaming the sh*t* application of others). And other than JJ (who may have been on the up anyway), I can't see a player who has accelerated their development under SG. He needs to show that he can attract these superb players and develop them, otherwise he's going down the route of managers from days-gone-by where your existing players' values drop like a stone. This doesn't accord with the model that Purslow and co have tried to put in place.
It's a weird balancing act: ironically, I think DS had the combination of being a paternal figure as well as someone who was interested in the more modern technical aspects of the game. SG is far more traditional in his football values, rigid in his style and is seemingly quite aloof from the players, but he's undeniably a star. If you're a youngster, he must be quite awe inspiring. If you're an established player who doesn't fit into his mould, it must be frustrating.
From a fan perspective, I find SG quite frustrating. I want to buy into his vision and I actually like his arrogance (we've needed it for a while), but I'm not entirely convinced he has the wherewithal as a coach to get it done without blowing up the entire squad.