Welcome back to me!
It has been since Christmas since I last posted, and I have to tell you, that is just far too long. Though I am sure that anyone that reads my stuff has missed me terribly. :)
So much talk about the owners, our dismal 7th place finish, Rafa out the door, etc. etc. that has made us all rue this past calendar year. I know I have had plenty to say, as many of the loyal Reds supporters have, but most everything that I was thinking was said by other writers on the blog; and quite well at that.
But watching the second leg of the Europa League tie with FC Rabotnicki made me realize something: we aren’t in as bad of shape as we first feared. Granted, it wasn’t a full squad, we played minnows from Macedonia, rabble rabble rabble. To see how well new signing Joe Cole looked, along with Pacheco getting the nerves out in his first senior squad match, and seeing Ngog play very inspiring football, was wonderful to say the least. I am looking quite positively on the near future; not just a few seasons down the road.
Roy’s intent on working some of the younger, promising players in the senior squad has been great, and quite refreshing as our former gaffer didn’t seem too keen on it.
I wouldn’t go as far to say we are world beaters, or that our squad at this point can run through the Prem, BUT we are definitely in spectacular shape compared to May, and I think it’s only going to get better.
New ownership looks to be in place before the end of the transfer window, finally getting rid of that debt and our sorry excuses for owners. A quick injection of cash and a couple quick transfers before the ‘silly season’ is all said and done, well, it might just be exactly what we need.
The only thing that we can hope for that is out of everyone’s control, is injuries. Those killed us more than any other issue last season. And with a deeper, more experienced, and (hopefully) healthier squad, we should be in for quite the treat this year.
Don’t lose faith, fellow Reds supporters (not that I would ever doubt the greatest fanbase in the world), but it looks like we are going nowhere but up.