Carlos has a fairly impressive CV for making an impact at unfancied clubs and taking them to finals or promotion. I think that has shown itself here in the first season and the continued good results against the likes of Newcastle, Arsenal, villa on the opener last season and Fulham this season.
On the flip side we have struggled to get going whenever we are expected to win. The list of games is too long to bother typing.
Do we have to be the underdog to be successful under the current manager? A lot of his interviews are about managing expectations, playing us down, reducing pressure and remaining positive. This is understandable and a decent mode of operating but is it right for us at present? Can he change it?
Whether we like it or not, there is huge pressure and expectation here now. I don't think that will be quelled easily off two failed goes at the playoffs, but pressure seems to be something that our team dislikes or tries to set aside. Shouldn't they be thriving on it at this level? Should a manager be making the pressure of playing for a club with expectations as s positive thing and challenging players to step up or step aside. At the very top level you would rarely see Mourinho citing fan expectation as a hinderance as it comes with the territory. Whilst we are no Man U and Mourinho we are one of a growing list of big clubs in this league who are deemed capable of bigger things and difficult to play for at times as a result. As an example in league one Megson made us quite arrogant with our expectations and refused to acknowledge any assertions that Hillsborough was a hinderance.
I don't think either way of viewing pressure is wrong, after all I think Carlos is very honest and realistic, this is a very hard league and players who handle
pressure well are expensive. But given the quality of our squad is this mindset right for a club now aiming for the top two?