If the owners have ambition, things will have to change.
Trezequet, Jota, Hause, Konza. None of these should have been signed, and I suspect Smith was involved in them. Targett, El Ghazi, Wesley. Poor signings for the PL in my opinion.
Just think what we could have done with decent signings scouted from abroad in these 8 positions. We need the kind of scouting that can pinpoint the kind of players we need.
The players I have mentioned above appear to my eyes to be what I would term lazy signings. Not enough thought put into what we really need.
I like Smith and he is one of us. But let's not let that cloud our judgement.
He did well last season. But he still finished the season 5th with a team superior, if not better, than that of any other club. (Just my opinion, but I loved that team.)
This season he has been terrible; has appeared completely out of his depth, and barring a miracle will get us relegated.
His only mitigation is, as I suggested above, poor recruitment, but I still feel that he should have been able to get more out of the team. I am unconvinced by his performance this season.
The owners need to be smarter in their appointments, or they will only be wasting time and money.
To sum up:
Recruitment and Management need to be changed if we are to maximise the potential of our owners, rather than the status quo, or the slow downward spiral.