2. I'm not entirely confident that the dross on offer would do any better, I think there's enough in the pool that would do no worse, and might do better than the dross we have.
maybe the uncertainty of your convictions is shared by Eddie - and it's a £multimillion gamble he's not prepared to take with such odds!
We took a gamble when we got Coyle. Unproven at anything like a top level. So it's not really about level of uncertainty of convictions in that sense - I'm absolutely convinced there's better out there - and on the same basis we "picked" Coyle, some with much better records. So in many senses, I don't think it's as big a "gamble" (money aside for a sec) as people are suggesting. Every time we replace any Manager, the same questions arise - to the point, that if you believed half the comments, we'd have been relegated the instant Allardyce left, managerless as no one would come to little owd Bolton.
When the possibility was first mooted that we might need a replacement, Hughes was free as was O'Neill. Curbishley is still free, more recently "freed" are Bruce, Warnock and McCarthy - Every single one of them has a better record than OC.
Then we get to people like Grayson - who is probably about the same level, but might provide that kick that OC seems uncapable of giving us at the minute.
On to the "money". We have no notion of what it would cost to relieve OC of his day job. We do know it would cost us £multimillions, if we get relegated, in lost TV revenues (even with the parachute payments). I'm sure ED will have done his own sums, but I'd be surprised if the cost of replacing Coyle was anything like the loss of revenue from TV rights.