Richie87 wrote: ↑Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:14 pm
Sligo underachieved, but Dundalk had a lot of European experience prior to last year ,and playing teams from, Andorra, Moldova and the Faroe Islands wasn't the worst of draws. I don't think an Irish teams will get a such a favourable draw again to reach the group stages.
The Moldovan team had some pedigree and was a good win, but they looked very average against Dundalk
Absolutely our players' European experience is a huge asset. That lack of know how did Sligo over. So much more to a culture of success than whether or not you have the cash to collect a bunch of guys who have slick agents, and it's so frustrating watching us bleed that culture away and see some people actively support it happening.
Filippo seems to have been a good coach popular with the players and getting to the group stage and winning the Cup even with favourable draws was very impressive for a rookie who knew nothing about us. But the main reason it worked for him was the quality of the core group of players he inherited. Whether you are a player or a coach you need to get to know this league before you can thrive in it, and his league results were terrible from start to finish.
Every team needs constant refreshing but no team can ditch proven winners, bring in a dozen imports and expect to challenge for the title. Yet that's what we did and it was a stupid thing to do. Someone up at Oriel (or somewhere else) should have been saying to themselves "Stephen Kenny put all his faith in these guys we're letting go, why do we think we know more about building a league winning squad than Stephen Kenny?" By the time the quality players start to show what they've got - like Stanton recently - it's already over. That's grand if you're going into it saying this is a transition year and we'll be right at it again next season. But that's not what's happening here, is it? That's not what you're doing when you're only offering single year deals.
Instead it looks like whatever little bit of what we had left from that era is just going to be let go with no effort made to keep anyone. And yes I know some people are gonna say "how do you know they're not blah blah blah". I don't know but I'm pretty sure not a single one of you would bet good money that Jim Magilton is sitting down this week or next week with Sam Stanton or any other player and talking about a new two year deal.
For the moment we can be thankful at least that Vinny is back and seems to have stabilised things on the pitch. He's walked into a difficult situation and put the club first. No matter what happens from here I hope he's part of the rebuild.