A case of careful what you wish for
I have kept my opinion on hoping a club like Crystal Palace would take Steve Cooper off our hands along with any compensation involved in recent weeks, mainly down to many weeks of ruminating over and over again what I believe would be the best solution for the club as far as maintaining stability and progress is concerned, and the facet of longevity that all football clubs crave for but very little get. The nature of the beast unfortunately in this instant ‘fix’ world we live in that includes short term thought processes for so many fans.
With no parachute payments next season there is no doubt that players, whoever they may be, Roberts, Cabango, Lowe etc., will be offloaded, while even though the salary of the departed Andre Ayew will no doubt help the monthly wage bill, that lack of investment in a proven goalscorer last January yet again indicates the lack of any real investment from our owners. There are very few guarantees in football recruitment and that can be seen in the Hourihane loan which at first brought success but soon frittered out.
Losing a player let alone a head coach to a club further up the football chain, even when financial compensation is involved is very little a club our size can do about, while retaining the same coach, who on paper has had remarkable success with limited funding or backing from the club’s owners is the easy decision to make. But do we honestly feel that keeping somebody you know and hoping that gaining more experience would be more beneficial than stepping back into the recruitment minefield to be the better option.
Julian Winter possesses a fair number of years experience as a Chief Executive when it comes to manager / head coach recruitment is concerned and was involved with the hiring of German David Wagner during his time at Huddersfield Town and although he gained the club promotion via the Play Offs to the PL his style of playing the game will not the suite the call by many of our fans to a return of the Roberto / Rogers modus operandi.
While Cooper’s tactics, tactical decision making continued to be puzzling, let alone the ‘shithouse’ method of defending what you have through to the final whistle, the underlying situation the club is in, especially bearing in mind how much the financial side will take a large hit next season (no longer any parachute payments, would it be more of persevering if you can, with what you have rather than wishing you can get somebody in who will return the club to a far more aesthetic style of play that not only created an identity but drew plaudits from fans across the football pyramid.
Comparisons with John Hollins’s style of play are spot on and it didn’t take long for the rot to set in during that era after a championship winning season was followed by very little investment. Extremely fine margins exist between success and failure and whilst the Hollins era initially brought success what followed was a downward cycle that was only resolved via a final match victory that preserved the club’s Football League status and a CVA that enabled the club to operate as a financial company. Far bigger football clubs than ours have fallen foul of believing that a change in manager / head coach or even its owners is the answer to it’s many problems.
I am not a fan of our owners let alone Steve Cooper, far from it, but having been a part of the Jackarmy for many decades, witnessing so many rollercoaster moments, I have tried to look at both sides of a discussion had by many clubs’ fanbase when opinions are given over what they felt was best for their club.