Is there a single positive aspect to Sheffield Wednesday at the moment?
One point from three league games is just not good enough. On paper we have a good squad but the fact we are not playing Westwood is bizarre. I think Dawson and Wildsmith will go on to have good careers but we need a strong, stable spine to the team. Blooding young players is great when the team is doing well but when the team is struggling, it can be devastating. Young players need confidence; not to be getting beat week after week. Young players need to be led; we don’t have any leadership. We are in trouble.
Brentford was always going to be a difficult game. Dean Smith has done a great job with them and will have loved beating the side he used to play for. I don’t begrudge them the win at all. I’m simply frustrated that we are in such a predicament when just a couple of seasons ago there was so much cause for optimism.
I know Chansiri has spent a lot of money on Wednesday but I do wonder if the money has been spent wisely. I’ve blogged before about the utter failure of our transfer policy in recent years but I also wonder to what extent we have neglected the parts of the club that can take a club and allow it to compete at a level greater than the sum of its parts. I mean no disrespect when I talk about Huddersfield or Burnley and what they have achieved is extraordinary. It seems, from the outside at least, that they have achieved success by investing in scouting and building a secure and stable foundation to the club, rather than just signing players. We have somehow managed to sign a whole squad of players without improving the starting eleven that lost the play-off final a few seasons ago.
Spending money without a plan or direction is basically gambling.
let's keep spinning that wheel....
I’m more worried about the future of the club now than I was when Nick Parker stood on the court steps and pleaded for investors to come forward. At that point in time, I believed the club was still attractive enough to attract investment. I’m not privy to our exact financial situation but the fact we were in an embargo and having listened and read the thoughts of other fans, it does not take a genius to work out our finances must be precarious. This is not about how much money Chansiri has but about how much money we are allowed to spend, or lose, and still remain a participant in the football league. We have spent a relative fortune and gone backwards. How has this been allowed to happen?
I fear for the young players we are bringing through to the first team. It is hardly the best environment for development. The longer we go without a win in the league, the more restless and frustrated the fans will get. These are no longer fans paying a reasonable, going rate for their tickets. These are fans that have been asked to pay a premium. The fans expect football to match the price they are paying.
In football, you do not buy your ticket expecting success or even entertainment. You hope for it. There is an understanding that when you buy your ticket you are supporting the club and anything else is a bonus. However, that dynamic changed in the last couple of seasons. We were told that if we wanted to see quality on the pitch then we would have to pay for it. The dynamic changed between club and fan; we were told that the more we pay, the more success we could expect. We are paying Premier League prices with the very real prospect of a season long struggle against relegation back to League One.
In more positive news, CS Sportul Snagov continued their impressive start to the Liga II season by getting an away win at Daco-Getica București. Snagov took an early lead and finished the game 1-3 winners. After three games of the Liga II season, Snagov sit in 4th place with seven points. I’m looking forward to seeing Snagov play and I’m hopeful it will happen before the end of 2018.
Weight Loss Update
After I finished reading The Obesity Code (link below to the book on Amazon) I made some drastic changes to my diet. I used to graze quite often and would eat little and often. Since reading The Obesity Code, I changed things. I now eat less times per day. I fast for more than half the day, and restrict my eating to a small window of time. I was worried about how I would feel but by almost every measure, I feel better. I have more energy. I feel less bloated. Interestingly, I have less headaches and those who know me well know I suffer from frequent headaches. After one week of eating in this way, I have lost 1.1kg. It will be interesting to see how much more progress I make following the advice in The Obesity Code.
Although I have lost over 20kg since getting serious about my health, I still probably have another 10-15kg still to lose to get back to how I was at my best.
It’s now almost one week since my Grandfather passed away. He was almost eighty-years of age, and would soon have celebrated his sixtieth wedding anniversary with my Gran. I didn’t know my Grandad as well as I would have liked. For much of my childhood he was a quiet man, or at least that was my impression. As I grew older I started to know him better. I discovered he had served in the Royal Navy and had been based in Malta for many years. As I look back, I realise just how hard he had worked. It’s the things you don’t notice as a child but notice as you look back. My Grandad was the hardest working man I have known. Along with my Gran, they raised many children in what must have been a very trying household. Many of those children have gone on to become successful in their own lines of work and more importantly become good people in their own right.
I’m glad I was able to visit Malta on three separate occasions and see my Grandparents there. I’ll treasure the memories of looking over the Grand Harbour in Valetta with my Grandad telling stories of his time in the navy. As he spoke, he had that cloudy expression in his eyes which all people have when they reminisce about happy times. We have not had the cremation yet, but I suspect my Grandad will return to Malta one last time. It seems that it was his wish to return and be reunited with his eldest adult son, my uncle, who passed eight years ago.
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