‘YOU ARE NOT A COACH’
A blistering put down from our mercurial German.
I thought he was calling someone a pussy from the bench, but apparently not.
What to make of it?
Well, one thing is for sure… next season, Emery will remain. The relationship is broken. There’s no chance at redemption. You can’t abuse a manager like that from the bench and survive it, unless you’re an Arsenal player.
The story about Conte wanting the German over at Inter is true, I think they’re willing to take on some of his wages. Still a nightmare from our perspective, and it’s still optional for Mesut. If he doesn’t fancy Milan, why bother? He doesn’t need to go anywhere… he’s playing the system like a machine.
One thing I will say is this: Emery needs to get better at managing egos. The way he dealt with Ramsey and Ozil this season was embarrassing. He didn’t know how to operate to their strengths and he made a total hash of their treatment. You job as manager is to make top tier talent fit into your system.
We’re in a very drossy situation this summer. Everyone knows we’re absolutely desperate to sell off our average players, so I would imagine most clubs with any sense will wait until the last minute to see if they can land a good deal.
We’re already moving slowly. Dortmund has done all their major business early, we’re still stuck in the starting blocks.
To make matters worse, we now have an average manager in survival mode. You know what that means? Hiring in players that he knows, and hiring in players that can give him at least one good season. It’s a poverty version of what Mourinho used to do.
Emery isn’t going to give a rats arse about bringing players in that could set the world alight in 2 seasons. He’s going to want pros that can get him another year in his job. My worry there is we’ll see some sort of attempt at recreating the Sevilla magic from way back when… but even when you scratch the surface there, he just won cups, the team ended up 7th in his last season.
Thomas Meunier is a good player, but is a 27-year-old right back a smart move when we have Hector Bellerin? Is there not more value to be had elsewhere in the market? He’ll be expensive to contract, he’s not a necessity, but he’s Emery’s pal. Seems an odd place to start.
But, we’ll see, at least he’s good.
This summer has so much riding on it. If we blow it with short term thinking, we’re just putting off our 5 year ascension to the top by another year.
Let’s see where Raul takes it.