... veiled ... it's a constant vile barrage of negativity from a minority who can't seem to let it go.
There is never a guarantee of success in any season (for me that is what makes the first match of the season, when nobody is basing their optimism on anything but faith, so amazing). Those fans who carp on about under performing can not tell us who they could guarantee to have done a better job than our manager. Nor are they entitled to say he should have done this or he should have done that because they haven't walked the walk and they have not the faintest idea of the full picture of what was happening on a day to day or minute by minute basis.
They are unable to give credit where credit is due. How sad it must be to be unable to fully celebrate even the partial successes of a football club you purport to support.
Rant over. Eid Mubarak, everyone.