bobo the clown wrote:
I loved the new discipline he brought AND added flair.
I coped with the fact that he ran his contract down & joined a massive club 30 minutes from his home. No quibble at all. I was despondent however that, having knicked him from us they allowed Ian Wright & a couple of others to undermine him & then, despite ending (I think) 6th they binned him for some French geezer from the Japanese League. ... & look what good it did them !!
If they'd left him alone he'd have stayed with us & been a 10yr+ man and I'm convinced he would have prevented the yo-yo years.
Still, he is untarnished in my thoughts &, however good Mr Allardyce was there is always a stench around him due to his manner, the allegations & the way he left.
But Bruce began the ride & Sam redoubled it, with a bit of excitement in between.
Rioch was never going to stay here 10 years as didn't he have to move back south partly to care for a sick family member?
In his final year his father (or mother)-in-law had cancer so the whole thing wrapped up very neatky for him.
I suspect that if he'd thought we were his baby he'd have found a way to manage. Put it this way, had Stretford offered him a job I suggest he'd have taken it.
As it was it waas the Arse who he joined & good luck to him. But their gobshite superstars didn't like his style & Dein didn't back him & finally they spotted Wenger & after only one, pretty decent year, he was out on his ear. I just think that he could have been persuaded to stay but for the Gunner's interest, which proved to be short-lived.
As said above, sometimes it just works & players & managers should consider that when they are being tapped-up.
Nonetheless I have nothing but good thoughts for the Brucemeister.