Writer: Chris Mitchell
Date:Wednesday August 15 2007
George Burley has come in for a lot of stick recently, and I think that a reasoned argument in his defence needed to be written. In his time here, George has:
a) nurtured Surman, Jones and Baird into top players and therefore earned the club a lot of money. each one has in the past expressed their admiration for him and his loyalty in them.
b) stuck it out while the board squabbled like little children. being a football manager is difficult at the best of times but not knowing who you are working for and not being allowed to get settled must make it very hard indeed.
c)We are playing some good football (not in the 2 games this season admittedly) and a small improvement on last season may well be enough. THAT night at Pride Park was one of the proudest in my life.
d) Although some say he wasted the £7million, he has also done some sound business for less money. Viafara now looks a snip, Rasiak was a good buy, Hammill and Guthrie are excellent for loans, we made a profit on pele, Skacel's form, although inconsistent, has been enough to convince me that he is good enough. not to mention Saga...
e) Changing the manager now would be disasterous for the current squad. So many players would want to jump ship and it would be years before we could think of challenging again, if we are lucky enough to avoid relegation in the transition period.
f) he's only had 18 months. its no good saying 'well Billy Davies did it in a year' because at the end of the day, a penalty shootout is what divided us and them. if we can sign some good centre halves, we have a good chance this year. get rid of burley, and this season may as well be a write off.
g) There is nobody else that we could realistically target to take over who would do a better job. Dodd is far too inexperienced, Hoddle has failed miserably in his last two jobs and has all the man management skills of a flannell, Jewell has said he won't take another job until next season, and Warnock is not the type of man we want leading out club through this difficult period.
We must stick this out, as if we support our manager, I for one really am confident that we can make this seaosn a successful one.
Date:Wednesday August 15 2007
Koeman - Now For First League Win (Thursday August 28 2014)
Trip To The Emirates In Third Round (Wednesday August 27 2014)
Koeman Satisfied With Second Half (Wednesday August 27 2014)
Stats: Millwall v Southampton (Tuesday August 26 2014)
Settled Side For Millwall (Monday August 25 2014)
Koeman Disappointed With Performance (Saturday August 23 2014)
Stats: Southampton v West Brom (Saturday August 23 2014)
Koeman - We're Ready For Albion (Friday August 22 2014)
Duo Talk Debuts (Tuesday August 19 2014)
Schneiderlin Wants To Stay (Monday August 18 2014)
|13. Man Utd||2||0||1||1||-1||1|
|16. Leicester City||2||0||1||1||-2||1|
|Call Ups Cause Commotion
» Newcastle : 28/08/2014 23:23:00
|Ignore Loic Remy Talk
» Newcastle : 28/08/2014 22:43:00
» Hull City : 28/08/2014 22:12:00
|Chambers Rewarded For Early Season Form
» Arsenal : 28/08/2014 20:26:00
|Walters at the double as Stoke ease past Pomey
» Stoke : 28/08/2014 19:43:00