- Sep 1, 2008
I think it's been "it" for a good while - the project, in reality, run its course a good while back and those who were prepared to back him for the sake of the club foretold how this story would end. Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, it was kind of inevitable to be brutally honest. It's easy to fall in the trap and say just look how much he has done for the club, but in reality, he had the building blocks of a very good and energetic squad ready to go. Poch built on that with his own system and suddenly we were capable, in fact very capable of beating teams we all felt we had no right to. Poch's system was a fundamentally easy system to get to work if you had the right players and we all fell in love with it. If only Poch himself had realised that his system alone was not enough and he needed a workable solution to plan A when it doesn't go right or breaks, then Poch could be lauded with real admiration. In essence, the biggest task he could face is the one he could provide nothing for - Life after the Poch press, was there really ever a long term and workable plan?So that's it then? The "project" is over? The momentum of our rise over the last 4(ish) years took us way higher than we expected (aka. we overachieved, aka. we punched above our weight, aka. we also had a bit of luck) and are now returning to the correct level of buoyancy?