This 100%. Also a manager who doesn’t rotate and tinker as much either. This is by no means me saying I want Pep to leave but I certainly feel he won’t be with us after 2 or 3 (max) seasons so mentally I’m ready for his departure. To be honest, I was ready for him saying he wasn’t going to sign his latest contract.I think when Pep does leave, my personal opinion is that we need a refresh - and that includes some of the board members.
I’d like us to take a new strategy that involves utilising the abundance of local academy talent that we have right in front of us, in conjunction with the pre-established world class stars we already have in our ranks.
I’d genuinely take a couple of seasons of ‘underperformance’ if it means seeing the likes of Foden, Palmer, McAtee, Harwood-Bellis etc firmly integrated into the team.
Things have gone a bit stale in my view and I find myself getting more disassociated with the club season on season. I’ll obviously always be supporting City come rain or shine, but seeing local lads line up for City week in week will inject so much identity back into the club in my opinion. Seeing Foden develop into this world class star has been one of the biggest positives for me in the past couple of seasons, not spanking dross in the league cup.
I’m personally finding the pursuit of having 20 £50-100m players in the squad quite tedious and also, completely unnecessary at times.
I’m not saying we should stop making big signings, merely saying that we need to find a balance, rather than always chucking more money at the problem, and look at our own in addition to chasing world class talent.
When Pep does leave (and that’s something in no way am I advocating for, but it feels inevitable), I’d like to see Tkixi go with him and Soriano shift into a wider CFG role, with someone stepping in to solely look after City in a CEO capacity. Change and fresh ideas are healthy and I feel Pep leaving would be the right time for a re-think in strategy.