To change the manager or not. A difficult decision.
Was interesting just reading everyone’s reactions last night and I deliberately kept from having my ten pence worth because the bigger picture usually shows itself after the dust settles on a performance.
It doesn’t really make much better analysing this morning as we all have eyes and it’s clear as day that there’s problems.
Firstly, it was yet another performance which underlined that Pardew is out of his depth and before those Pardew supporters come on and say that it’s unfair on him as he got us to 5th last time out, they need to analyse last season’s games that show he was still poor on tactics but got away with it due to a lack of injuries.
Square players in round holes and all that.
On the contrary, the team actually started quite decent with a few chances to maybe be 4 up before half time but it was the second half where his inabilities as a coach shone through brightly.
Here we were playing a team that hadn’t won away from home and couldn’t even string 2 passes together in that first half and Pardew decides to go for a 1-0 win.
The midfield getting deeper and deeper which gave Reading confidence. The gap between attack and the growing army of bodies further back down the pitch was widening and a critical tactic of hoof ball that we’d employed earlier in the season, started to be ignored.
The likes of Williamson still deciding to play short passes in these areas which didn’t relieve any pressure. Even when we had the ball, the build up play was that slow that it allowed Reading to get men back and we just resorted to pussy footing around by passing across the pitch, then back etc. Frustration personified.
Part of me thinks that this is a deliberate ploy for a couple of reasons.
One is that Pardew has no say whatsoever in player dealings and he’s deliberately playing baffling tactics to get the regime to dip their hands in their pockets.
The other is to unsettle any purples we have left into demanding a transfer, so that it makes the conveyor belt easier to empty.
Whatever is going on, im not sure a manager change can fix things with the set up we have going on which isn’t designed to have the football side of things at heart in my eyes and could we even attract a manager of decent ability anyway, that will have to work under strict guideline?
The answer is no.
Sometimes it’s hard to be a supporter as you can’t just walk away but new boundaries are opened up and crossed nowadays, so I wouldn’t rule anything out.
Take for example, the likes of Nile Ranger, who’s never out of the press for certain wrong doings and he decided to take to a social networking site to have a go at the booing that was heard at the game. The booing that was at the tactics, not any individual.
Not his argument and who’s he to play the angel?
A gap has been created between certain people during this bad run, which shows a lack of fight or spirit.
I just don’t think Pardew is the man to restore it.