To Be And Not To Seem
Most longstanding Blues supporters know, I would suggest, what the club is truly about. We know and understand its identity. And we know and acknowledge its limitations, without frustration or envy of others. But we expect that the style of football we see is underpinned with hard work by players with a-never-say-die attitude.
Talented players obviously emerge from time to time, with those extra special gems usually departing quickly to pastures new which offer them a better chance of progression and success, and which helps to sustain the club financially. This is part and parcel of the landscape at St Andrew’s.
It might limit what can be achieved of course. But until new and hugely talented (and expensive) players arrive in some numbers, the starting point on the pitch surely has to be a style of football that is pragmatic and sensible given the resources at the club’s disposal. In my view, Blues fans understand that.
From the outset Wayne Rooney tried to play a very different style, not unlike Zola did in the past. Given the unforgiving demands of a competitive Championship, that approach had dangerous and damaging consequences which, unsurprisingly, resulted in the drastic action that was taken earlier this week.
As the club now undertakes the task of finding a replacement for Wayne Rooney, my plea to Tom Wagner, Garry Cook and Craig Gardner is to make an appointment with a clear and realistic understanding that the style of slick passing, pure and easy on the eye football pursued by Rooney is not what our current squad can deliver. And, possibly more importantly in my view, not what the vast number of dedicated supporters demand or expect.
That is not to say that Blues fans lack ambition. On the contrary, we want to see improvement and we hope we may see an uplift soon. Bring it on. But, as we stand today, please acknowledge the fact that we are what we are, and nothing else.
I believe the current squad has the overall ability to do well providing they are played to their strengths and not expected to be anything else. Root of all our past problems tend to boil over when we try to be something we are not. To be and not to seem.
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