Lord Kangana wrote:
Peoples agreement or otherwise that we shouldn't have been 19th can't be presented as a pseudo fact. We were 19th. With those players. That had cost loads. Maybe they were just shit players we'd overpaid for? The evidence is more conclusive in that direction than not if we also want to paint Coyle as shit based purely on results.
No what can be presented as fact, is that the team didn't finish 19th (nor was it 19th at the time - we were 18th), and it had 2 games in hand. If we thought 19th was pretty good with that squad and that squad was doing the best it could, there would have been no point sacking Megson. I don't believe Megson was sacked because he wasn't playing the beautiful game, he was sacked because the squad was underperforming.
Coyle's squad also finished 14th last season - fact too - so time has obviously moved on since Jan 2010 (or is that not a fact, because it doesn't fit your argument?). But for one result going the other way, the squad (Coyle's squad) would have finished top half.
What can also be presented as fact is he's got rid of some of the people that half the folk on here declared as being shit. Taylor, Elmander and the like.
He's doing shite. For the level of resources he has compared to other teams in the Division. I wouldn't expect him to finish top half - that would be a bonus. I would expect between 17th and 13th/12th.
What about the investment of the 5 teams I mentioned that were in the Champ/Div 1 when Coyle took over - he's had way more than at least three of them in both transfer fees and salary. You haven't commented on how that fits with your line of thinking - probably because it doesn't.
He's also had more than a few of the other teams in the Prem since then in transfers, and has had the benefit over half of the Prem teams in terms of wage bill (although I've every reason to believe that he's cut the wage bill).
He's fooking shite.