Sending mixed messages?
Because that’s certainly the sense that I’m getting from caretaker head coach Steve Spooner as he gets ready to take on Stoke City this Sunday.
Talking at his press conference, the 59-year-old outlined his preparations for this weekend’s game, but might have said a little bit too much about his future beyond our trip to the Potteries, hinting that he’s preparing to stay in the dugout for a little bit longer, just in case:
“We’ve been asked to come in and prepare the squad for Stoke, that is what we have done. We have prepared for the other games too, because that would be foolish of us not to do that, but right now, we are looking at Stoke and not beyond that.”
I spoke yesterday about the timeline that Blues are going through when it comes to the club handling the vacant head coach position, and how we could end up going through four managers in the space of four weeks depending on how things work out, but if I’m being honest I’m kind of fed up with the whole thing now.
There’s part of me that wants to take the risk and make this the last appointment of the season, forget having to make yet another philosophy change for the final three games, it would just make matters worse.
Unless the team turns in an utterly diabolical display against Stoke, similar to the Swansea one then just keep things as they are, hopefully we’ll get that ‘new manager bounce’ and we can breathe a sigh of relief. Address everything later in the summer, when hopefully we’ll be safe by the skin of our teeth after the Wigan situation is sorted out.
But at the same time, if the team suddenly turns things around and we put in a good display, we’ll find ourselves in a position where we can’t change them for all the good they did.
This is the problem with the board giving us vague ideas of what’s going on, rather than anything concrete, it leaves us with more questions than answers.
What about you? What do you make of Spooner’s comments?