Let me start this article by saying Ange Postecoglou has my backing 100%.
He is the right man to take us forward. I wrote an article yesterday saying we should take him off his 12 month rolling contract and give him a long term deal. I stand by that article.
You can read it here It’s time to give our manager a long term contract – Champions 67
The reaction I saw from some in our support to various articles and comments made last night and into this morning, about the manager’s terrible decision to risk bringing on Kyogo 30 mins into the game last night, only for him to hobble off injured mid way through the 2nd half, leaving us with no fit strikers and our two current best players on the sidelines, was bizarre to say the least.
I can understand the argument that he was ‘unlucky’ last night. I don’t agree with it though. Of course any player getting injured is unlucky, but if you risk our only fit striker who clearly needs a rest, as that’s why Ange left him out in the first place, in a game that is a dead rubber in terms of progression in the competition, and he then gets injured, that for me isn’t unlucky, but poor management.
The arguments that I don’t get though are people who feel the manager can’t be criticised because he has done more good for us and got more decisions right so far this season. Of course he has, I agree with that. In my opinion he has barely put a food wrong since coming in the door. But when he does get things wrong like last night, why are we not allowed to say that?
Not holding a manger accountable because of the other successes they have had is why we were stuck with Lennon for so long. We still had sections of our support, our own board and Lennon himself constantly talk about him coming into a club at a hard time after Rodgers left, seeing out the treble, winning another treble after that. No one could argue he didn’t do great but that didn’t stop him from getting things horribly wrong time and time again in his final season with us. We should know from our very recent history that our manager should not only be judged on his past successes.
There is a difference between being a supporter and being a blind follower.