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Old 23-10-2001, 06:41 PM
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Originally posted by pedro
It has to be Smith without a doubt. Goldbergs heart was in the right place, it was just unfortunate his brain was somewhere different. Although it is assumed that Venables bled the club dry he only took what was offered, who wouldn't. Admittedly he could have worked harder and been around more but do not lose sight that the demise was off the pitch not on it. He had to part with the likes of Moore and Jansen which did not exactly do us any favours. Smith however got it wrong almost from the start. He always thought he knew best and would not listen to other views, treated players with disrespect, and generally fell well short on both the managerial/coaching front. He was out of his depth (for the second time) and thank god it was dealt with when it was or the long awaited Palace v Brighton would have been this season, in Div 2.
Agree completely. Smith was also quite happy to let Cockerill and Houghton take the blame not long before his own demise, so lost any claim to the 'decent bloke' status he so obviously craved.
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