Top post. 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.