Watching a performance like that leaves me with a need to wash, to try to somehow scrub away my disgust. Last week at West Ham was bad enough, but as if being dared, we somehow managed to descend even further – it was the only thing we did manage to dare to do.
First off, Nuno has to go – he should never have been appointed: he’s out of his depth and powerless to effect change. He’ll stay (at least for now) because no one will pick up the poisoned chalice, but he was only appointed because he was just about credible, would do what he was told and was naive enough to buy the magic beans.
His team selection is questionable, his preparation, training, tactics, substitutions, and “philosophy” lacks……. well, everything. We are unfit, unmotivated, have no strategy, plan, or tactics to achieve either one. Basically, it’s a train wreck, but what is worse it’s a train wreck that everyone including Levy and Paratici, had to have seen coming.
Frankly, Nuno should have taken Kane off instead of Lucas – we’re currently playing with ten men. Whatever is wrong with him and his game, it has to be sorted out because it’s getting worse and we can’t keep on carrying him on match day. But Nuno hasn’t got the minerals to take off Kane. He hasn’t got the minerals to play with a defense of less than 6 – a back four and two (!) defensive midfielders, one of which (Skipp) is striving to emulate Winks’ forward passing ability and Dele Alli’s concentration.
So with seven out of eleven defending and three strikers, our forward focussed midfield is down to one – Lo Celso. Sonny and Harry are pinning their hopes on him carrying the entire creative load, with only Lucas able to try knitting any flow in transition.
“Sorry” simply doesn’t cut it when you can see it coming, there are no prizes for “trying” and to work harder we need to have started to work – the evidence is to the contrary. Nuno should quit because he is embarrassing himself as Levy’s patsy.
There is no leadership at any level; leaders have been sequentially eradicated from the club; people asking awkward questions soon disappear. No leadership on the field, none at the coaching level, nothing from management, just a Chairman whose leadership credentials should earn him a place exiled on Elba.
This is now a club where even bleach, carbolic, or a wire brush and Detrol, will only cleanse the surface grime, unable to penetrate to the rottenness of the core.
That rotten core is ENIC.
That rotten core is LEVY.