I’m not saying he won’t do better, but people are purposely saying “oh it’ll all be fine in January because of his contact list” just to be funny and so they can wait for him to fail. Facts are, as I said in another thread, your contacts can give you glowing opinions but if your budget doesn’t stretch then you’ll have to go for players with a less glowing opinion.
As for Guthrie, Liddle and Adebayo… I don’t remember many people criticising the Guthrie and Liddle signings when we brought them in at a time when the fans were crying out for experience. It just so happens that we’ve all found out that Guthrie’s fitness isn’t quite at it and Liddle is probably past it, but at the time of signing them they looked good signings. Nothing to suggest Adebayo is an expensive signing either. A kid signed from Fulham who had had less than impressive loan spells in this very league.
The back room staff might be expensive but every manager needs coaches. I remember people moaning about Whitney not having many staff, now we have a manager with his own staff it’s too expensive… shall we go back to a manager and one inexperienced assistant alongside him then?
So yeah, he might have better players than that in his contact list, but if they want 3k a week and we’re only willing to offer 1.5k then we aren’t going to get them.