What about the future?
When asked about the future of the club I can only look ahead to us being the side we once were, and I think that given time we will be that team again.
Every relationship has its ups, and you have to take the good with the bad some might say that in order to appreciate the good times you will have had to have experienced the bad times.
We appear to be still reeling from the disaster that was Hicks and Gilette, while paying the price of Damian Comelli’s signings that failed to justify the outlay and expectations.
When Sunderland contemplated losing Henderson last summer, Steve Bruce told his chairman he believed they could get £4million for him. Imagine his delight when Comolli offered £14million and then swiftly improved that bid to £16million.
Comolli was FSG’s first senior appointment back in November 2010. The Frenchman convinced them he would get value for money. That he would unearth hidden gems and sign players who would have a high sell-on value. Comolli failed miserably and Rodgers has had to pick up the pieces.
Perhaps it is a case of once bitten twice shy that has now caused the FSG to make a complete mess when it came to the signing of new players.
When you read in John W. Henrys letter to the fans. “We are still in the process of reversing the errors of previous regimes. It will not happen overnight. It has been compounded by our own mistakes in a difficult first two years of ownership”.
“It has been a harsh education, but make no mistake; the club is healthier today than when we took over”.
“Spending is not merely about buying talent. Our ambitions do not lie in cementing a mid-table place with expensive, short-term quick fixes that will only contribute for a couple of years”.
Just reading in those words you get the impression that they are no longer going to buy what they consider to be overpriced talent. All this says to me is that we will be running the club like Arsenal, and what Arsene Wenger refers to as fiscal responsibility.
I think Rodgers will bring an exciting style of football to Anfield, but I fear it is going to take longer than just this season before we see any results.