Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Sunday January 18 2009
As the latest draft of JFK`s propaganda rant hits the airwaves this morning there has to be a question over his sanity. Ranting at Keegan and Allardyce, Kinnear has tried to apportion blame on everyone but himself. Looking at his statement however there seems one pretty major party who has avoided Kinnear`s scattergun slavver - Mike Ashley.
In ranting about squad strength there is only one man to blame and that is the chairman. As the exit door seems constantly open, the incoming door seems to see about as much action as Tina Malone. Far be it from us to defend Allardyce, the guy did try to strengthen us. At the time he had reasonably decent cover in a lot of positions, signing Viduka, Barton, Smith, Cacapa, Rozenhal, Faye, Beye, Enrique and Geremi. We had cover in full back positions, with the likes of Edgar and Ramage along with Taylor, Bramble, Faye and Beye whilst our midfield was jam packed. Ditto up front.
Sam went, Keegan came in and then came the root cause - Dennis Wise. Ashley then started to 'trim` the squad, with trim being a slight underestimation. If the guy had gone at it with a chainsaw it still wouldn`t have summed up the brutality. Ramage, Emre, Milner, Faye, Bramble, Rozenhal, Carr, Solano and Diatta left, with Gutierrez, Coloccini, Xisco, Guthrie and Nacho Gonzalez brought in.
There is a pretty comprehensive numbers deficiency. Keegan, bless his cotton socks, probably didn`t even sign a player, given Wise`s input! The constant battle at board room level has seen plenty leave yet not as many come in. Funnily enough Kinnear, with his lucrative two year deal sitting on the table, seems reticent to actually blame the ownership structure for any of the issues. Surprise there.
So to conclude - whilst Allardyce certainly did sign some sh*te he did sign a volume of it. Keegan didn`t even make a signing of his own so to speak whilst Wise and Ashley have seen the biggest exodus since Moses parted the Red Sea.
Date:Sunday January 18 2009
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