I honestly don't think SWFC will reach the PL in my lifetime now. I think we will be scrapping around for years in the EFL. It's not just about the massive fight to get up but the even bigger fight to stay there and I honestly don't think we have the skills off the pitch as well as on it. Looking at the current bottom 3 in the PL, all just promoted. Cardiff, Huddersfield and Fulham who are rock bottom yet played some brilliant stuff last season and then there's Hull, back in the bottom 3 of the Championship. What would await us? Without a new method of injecting revenue the only thing that might make clubs like ours prosper that little bit more is the posible prospect of the PL having a second division that's been rumoured and we make the qualification. As good as the PL is to watch at times, it has effectively ruined football in the EFL with the disproportionate share of cash. We moan about £30-40k a week players, fans in the PL moan about £300-400k a week players.
On the chairman, as nice as he appears to be I think he is out of his depth. Sure he might know about business but not football, he came as a trainee. He fell for the idea (Doyen Sports?) that recruiting a charismatic sharp dresser for manager was the way to go. Picked up the nod that Mourinho might have mentioned him so in came Carvalhal. Did anyone question the many clubs he had managed previously for someone so young at the time? Sure we had some exciting times, spent ourselfs to death, punched above our weight and finished 6th, then again 4th (we didn't look worthy of 4th for me) then everyones belief fell flat and we know the rest. As for Jos, he did well last season given the squad injuries and we finished higher than many thought we would. Have to feel for him a little bit this season. Still with a pile of injuries, he did what we cried out for Carvalhal to do, and promote youth with some success. Prior to our 4-defeats we made sixth and he got praise following that great Villa game. I am still gobsmacked how we went from that to the 4 dire performance ending with the Norwich embarresment. I don't know what to make of him but like a lot of fans question the swapping and changing about in the team. It's dead easy to say pick your best 11 and stick with them but there is a case for a bit more rotation given the high demands and competitiveness of this god forsaken division. Who would be a manager?
On recruitment I think we have 10 players or so out of contract at the end of the season so let the clearout begin. With no funds its back to basics. I think the approach may well be to sell at least one so called asset whether it be Bannan, Reach, Forestieri, and I laughingly include Rhodes then look for talent in the lower leagues at sensible prices. I would rather that be a manager who knows our leagues thoroughly who has managed at Championship level with success. If Jos is still the manager then I dare say we will see more unknowns from small teams in Europe. There is the prospect that Bannan, Reach, Forestieri will want to leave anyway if they have any ambition left. I fully expected at least one of them to leave at the end of last season. I admire Bannan's loyalty to us when he signed his new contract but he must be questioning his decision.
It's difficult to be optimistic when you look at out long record. We were last were champions of anything in the 58-59 season when I was running around the back yard kicking balls through my dads shed windows and in the 60 years or so since then we have won 1-trophy. To make us feel better the club, The Star, run endless stories about the so called glory years of the early 1990s. Move on for gods sake.