Top post.Don't really think this has come to pass. I read you subsequent post calling everything John Thomas said as being wrong, but the bit you say in bold is you being blatantly wrong and John Thomas being right, Poch did want to buy players last summer, even in the Poch interview you posted on Wednesday, Poch says he wanted to sign people last summer.
All those people that hung their hat on him meaning "spend" we're right. Whatever being brave meant, it definitely didn't mean "not spend a penny or buy nobody" because Poch has stated he wanted to.
Pochettino, a Formula One fan, used the example of Alonso facing Lewis Hamilton in a far superior car, to highlight the challenge his Spurs side face.
"When you work in football, it's because you want to win," Pochettino said. "When you are a player the only thing you want is to win.
"You can be a winner but if you don't have the tools to win, it's difficult. If you have the car to win and you are good, then you win.
"If you have the same car as another who is good, then one is going to win and the other is going to lose.
"Take the example of Fernando Alonso and compare with Hamilton. If you put Hamilton in McLaren last season and Alonso in Mercedes, it's the same result: Hamilton at the bottom and Alonso at the top.
"I always put the same example. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the best drivers in Formula One.
"But if you put Hamilton in McLaren last season and Alonso in Mercedes, it's the same history, Hamilton on the bottom and Alonso on the top. That's the reality.
"Where did Alonso finish last season with McLaren? I follow Formula One. I love McLaren. But it wasn't competitive last season. That's the reality, no? But do you think that's a problem with Alonso or a problem with the car?"
Anyone thinks this isn't a guy who wants to be given the same "tools" as the manager's he's competing with, and actually wants to be different is kidding themselves.
a) Sissoko, Aurier and Moura at about 150m in fees and wages suggest to me the new way isn't any better than the old way and the transfer reigns should be taken back.
b) There might be zero rift, I think Poch probably understands the realities and Levy pays him the third highest salary in the world to understand these realities and likewise Poch is grown up enough to generally toe the party line, but the quotes above and his constantly admitting he'd like to strengthen, holding his pockets out etc, make it clear he'd prefer not to have to cope with these realities.
I don't have a problem with the way we are run, I'm not and never had got bent out of shape about the fact that we have to run like any normal business, and I think both Levy and Poch are excellent at their respective jobs, getting the most from the environment they are working in, but I just don't understand this need to spin us as some evangelical Ark on which everyone is floating on a supercilious cloud of righteous joy. We do seem to be a well run club with a generally good consensus running from top down, but I'm sure it fucks Poch off that he can't go out and spend 200m on three players. And it's understandable, and it's not heresy to say that that's probably the case.
I will add though, that for me it's not about "floating on a supercilious cloud of righteous joy." It's about trying to recognise what it means that Poch would like to spend, which I agree with you on.
It says to me that we're on the cusp of being in a position, where we can indeed spend. Be it one, two or ???? years down the line from moving back to our home. If not, given that Poch does want reasonable spending power, he would have said fuck this shit and left already.
I say reasonable spending, because Poch is no mug. He's closing in on 5 years with us. Since the sheikh took over at City zero managers has lasted that long, same with Chavs since that Russian dude, same with United post-Fergie (granted not a long time past for it, but no one's looked like they were close to being afforded that time). Looking to the other potential top jobs for Poch. PSG no one close since money came in. Bayern, Hitzfeld lasted 6 years two decades ago, other than that it's back to 60's for someone to last even 5 years. Barca had Rijkaard for 5 years and Cruyff 6 years as the longest tenures in the last 100 years. Real hasn't had a manager for 5 years or more since the 60's/early 70's.
And all those clubs have been winning many major trophies for large portions of the time. Having 100m+ net spend each year is wonderful, but it comes with a set of different circumstances and expectations. Could you really see Poch telling the Sheikh that he feels at least one of Foden, Sancho, or Diaz will be twice the player of Mahrez within a couple of years, if given playing time, so keep your money? Which I'm pretty sure is how he would have felt. He would have been told that now counts, and he would be out on his arse, if not buying meant going one or two more years with no CL trophy.
Poch wants to be able to spend, but more so my gut feeling is that he doesn't want to be a managerial nomad. He wants more to see and help Kane, Alli, Sanchez, and take your pick in the squad go from what they are now to the absolute maximum, they can be. And win trophies along that process. He has next to no chance at doing that sort of thing at the clubs vying for his services. He has a very real shot at it with us, especially if the pursestrings is gradually opened, to compliment seeing players develop. He's clever enough to recognise that unique situation.