As I was commenting on a post on HammyEnd.com the other day I had a moment of clarity. I realised that deep down I don't really like Sanchez or feel that he's the right man for the job. The great thing about writing a blog is that you have a record of your thoughts at any particular time. I was actually quite pleased with Sanchez coming in when Coleman was sacked but, having seen the lack of a significant reaction in the remaining 5 games and our survival achieved thanks more to a fortunate win over Champions League final bound Liverpool than any improvement in our own team, I was hoping for a more exciting manager to be given the full time post.
Over the summer Sanchez talked a good game, and I fully believed that he could take the players he was buying and turn them into a successful Premier League side. There were quite a few positives in those first few games but the results failed to come. Maybe we're not that far away from getting those important results, maybe we ought to give Lawrie enough time to get his players settled in and finish off what he has started. I feel that I ought to be more positive and ought to just relax a little and see where we stand in a month's time, but I'm already feeling uncomfortable about where we are heading and seeing managers currently available who I feel could do a better job is probably making me less patient than I should be.
If I was confident we could get in another manager with a proven track AND give him the funding to bring in a few key players I’d jump at the chance. The thing is its actually quite difficult to pick out someone who you could feel certain would do a better job. For every supporter who would like Martin Jol (for example) believing he did a great job for Tottenham, seems to be a good coach and has been the victim of the over the top expectations of the board, there's probably another who thinks Jol didn't do that well considering the money he was given to spend.
From a personal point of view I think Sanchez needs to win me over between now and Christmas before I can give him my full support. If he's shown an improvement by then I don't think he could complain if he got the sack. I wouldn't shed any tears if he was given the boot now either but I do think he deserves a few more months to sort things out.
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