Whiskyman wrote: hammerwell75 wrote:
Mind you a lot of posters wanted Moyes to go come the end of his contract too and be replaced by a more exciting Manager , many as I recall wanted Rafa , how well are Newcastle doing ?
There's a lot of negativity around the club at the moment and TBH it's understandable , but we've got to try and pull ourselves through it the best we can . We are West Ham and it is not like it's anything new for us to be in this position but at least we still got time to make it good . A win on Sunday will be a good start and we can then go from there .
Imo Rafa Benitez is a very good manager. His track record proves it doesn't it ? But I did have a chuckle at some of the posts demanding gung ho attacking football, overseen by the same Rafa Benitez. David Moyes is Benitez lite. Benitez always gets the defensive part of the game right first but, unlike Moyes, until he took the Newcastle gig he's always had the funds to bring in the right type of midfielders and strikers to complete the jigsaw. Anyone who saw Newcastle's recent home game with Chelsea will realise that he set up his Newcastle side far more defensively than we did against the same opposition last season.
I agree and I also like Rafa , but I can't help but wonder if any of these " so called top managers " could build a title winning / challenging team from scratch & within the time of a season .
I guess it's fairly easy to go into a well established club and only have to add one or two more good players while having the funds to do so , but it's not really been the case here nor at the Barcodes. So i guess had he of come instead of Pellergrini , we could possibly still be in the same position as we are now, maybe a point or two better off but no where near breaking into the top 6 in the first season .
I guess the point I was trying to make is , we don't know where Pellergrini will take us yet and certainly can't be judged by the first four games of the season . Some have already wrote us off as well as the manager & new signings . We seem to forget that we are starting / trying to build our club up from scratch and that will always take time and patience , things will go wrong and we have to learn by our mistakes in the process.
I'm actually excited about it and the journey TBH , I'm sure we will come good soon and continue to build as a club . For years we've found ourselves in this kinda position and having a relegation battle before the season starts , finally this season we've got a Manager who can attract more decent players than we normally would of got . We just have to learn to have some patience and support our team through out the good and the bad .