Roylew, I can't understand why you seem to be a voice in the wilderness. You're right about the 'coaching' the team is given. Nothing will ever change until the coach is sent packing. Time and again he's said that the players are his 'mates'. That's no basis for player management, for it lays him open to charges of favouritism and cronyism. He needs to be detached from the team, not wanting to be a part of it, as though he's missing the camaraderie of old. But even that isn't the biggest obstacle to success at a once-great club. No, it's the philosophy of bish-bash wallop, five drives and a kick, turn it inside, muscling up, buying into our way of playing - whichever cliche you want. There are no moves! Some players haven't performed this season and are paid a shed load of money for it: Tomkins was a world-beater a few seasons ago, now where has that creative flair gone? More importantly, why has it gone? Has he 'bought into' the coach's 'run at a brick wall not round it' philosophy?
I'm afraid things won't change unless things change. I think Confucius said that - or he should have done!