Things Are Looking Up
Posted on November 3, 2006
Filed Under Articles By Chris
Another Friday rambling from Cliff.
Well that’s been a good few weeks and everyone that’s read my ramblings will know I have always backed Bruce as he is a superb tactical manager, and never makes odd decisions! OK, that’s very tongue in cheek but in all fairness he seems to either be riding some massive wave of luck or has finally found a system which suits the players, and hopefully will please some of the fans.
I for one am still fairly on the fence about it all. Is this now proof that Bruce has turned the corner? I obviously do not know but am willing to give him a chance to prove everyone wrong.
The game against Albion was a strange one for me, I know they missed some chances but looking back on the game so did we. Muamba is a superb player and alongside Clemence appear to be the first choice for now. Bruce has been quoted as saying we have no chance of signing him permanently but who knows. I know some fans are fed up we are using loan players but when an exceptional one comes along you would be foolish not to use them.
It would seem the injury to Dunn could be a blessing in some ways, I know he has his supporters but he really does not appear fit enough to do the up and down like a player like Muamba. That energy in the middle of the field I think is crucial to any successful team.
I could not go to the Coventry game as my daughter was not too well but it would appear we played well, some reports even suggest we controlled it for long periods. Stephen Kelly came out and said we could have beaten them by fix or six goals! That to me seems like an odd thing for a player to come out and say, but it does show some confidence is returning to the squad at last.
I have noticed that generally football fans are not happy unless they are moaning and in many ways I am the same. It is far easier to write about bad things and the things you do not agree with. Football in particular seems to be the one thing that we will never be happy about, look at me at the Albion game. Winning the game 1-0 and he decides to make a sub which I do not agree with. I was moaning and whining, bear in mind we were winning!
Bruce for now is the manager, we should really get behind him, yet it is not that easy for me personally. I am trying to get over my problems with Bruce and truly hope he takes the club back to the promised land. People seem obsessed when talking about the Blues at the moment to say which camp they are in, Bruce in or out. This very site has a Bruce-o-meter. I for one could not care less who is in charge as long as we are winning or at least entertaining occasionally. Bruce stays or goes whatever, the club must move on.
I think Bruce was a little over the top regarding the incident with Johnson but on the whole things seem to be back to normal within the club. Hopefully the arrogance which had come to the fore from Bruce will now go away again and he will become the manager he promised to be a couple of seasons ago.
On the subject of managers I read something recently that said the Blues were torn between two managers when they appointed Barry Fry, I am not sure how true it is but allegedly the other option was one Martin O’Neil. Now would he have been a success at this club or maybe he would have gone the way of Fry? I often think about things like that, was O’Neil destined to be a great manager or would we have managed to knock that potential out of him? Fry was entertaining and it is sometimes forgotten he was very well thought of before he came to us.
This weekend sees us go to Plymouth which is a big test, they are nicely placed and seem to be doing well. Their home record is not that great though and they seem to be drawing a few. I think we should still be looking to go there and win, but maybe that’s my arrogance now showing through!
Have a good weekend
Plymouth 1 – Blues 1