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Author Topic: What does success look like for Gerrard  (Read 19401 times)

Offline ozzjim

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What does success look like for Gerrard
« on: November 11, 2021, 08:53:54 AM »
Simple thread. Not discussing whether we want him, but if has a 2.5 year deal, what do we consider successful in that period.

For me 12th or higher this season
Top 9 next season
Top 6 season after
Semi final in a cup at least during that period

Offline richtheholtender

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2021, 08:55:02 AM »
Has to be Europe doesn't it? Anything other than that could have been achieved by Smith in a full season

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2021, 08:57:43 AM »
Yeah Europe and/or a cup. I don't buy into this dead cert for the Liverpool job thing. If he's basing his career on getting the Liverpool job then we're in big trouble,

Offline Neil Hawkes

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2021, 09:05:48 AM »
European qualification by next season.

Offline Dick Edwards

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2021, 09:06:08 AM »
Gerrard will be inheriting a very good albeit underperforming squad of players. In addition we have a wonderful crop of young talent that will blossom over the next couple of seasons, and we have wealthy owners who will back him in the transfer market. I honestly think the Villa job at this time is a fantastic one for anyone lucky enough to get it and if Gerrard can motivate the underperformers to produce more consistently I still expect us to finish in the top half this season.

Looking ahead our ambitions should be no different to what they were under Dean Smith. The club has everything necessary to be geared for success, and if Steven Gerrard is the man the owners hope he is we should be challenging the top six as soon as next season. Maintaining interest in the cups should also be demanded.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2021, 09:08:24 AM »
Mid table or better this season, top 7 next season.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2021, 09:09:25 AM »
This season top 10 and he's done well.

Next season we need to be at least 6-8.

Offline Goldenballs

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2021, 09:10:23 AM »
12th this season
10th next season
Europe in season 3

Add a League Cup in there somewhere and that would be brilliant.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2021, 09:11:03 AM »
Getting into Europe would mean he'd be backed at least. Our squad is nowhere near strong enough to cope with playing every other week in Europe. Can't do it with loans from Man U and 36 year old free transfers

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2021, 09:11:12 AM »
For fans to call him a success  - getting us into Europe (maybe 12th this season, 8 next, 6 in his third)

For the press to call him a success - 3 mid table finishes

For Purslow to call him a success - increased commercial revenues
« Last Edit: November 11, 2021, 09:13:52 AM by Beard82 »

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2021, 09:19:51 AM »
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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2021, 09:24:25 AM »
FA goddamn Cup. I'm pushing 60 and I want to see it happen in my lifetime. Everything else is noise.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2021, 09:25:05 AM »
I'm surprised by people saying 12th etc.

If sacking Dean was the right choice, that presupposes we have a good squad and Dean was underachieving.

Replacing him with Gerrard also presupposes that Gerrard is a step up. So I'd expect him - if indeed we do have a good squad - to outperform our expectations of Dean. Not by an unreasonable amount, because it wouldn't be his squad.

But with 27 games left, it's not as if we're utterly languishing like when Garde took over.

I'd expect top half this season, personally.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2021, 09:26:19 AM »
If the owners are going to splash the cash, top 4 has to be the aim. 

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2021, 09:27:14 AM »
12th? Seriously? Is that all? As far as I'm concerned we should be top half minimum. And if the rumoured big money is to be spent in January then higher still.

The expectations on Smith were Europe this season for many folk so that should be the same next season.

Why should any new manager have lower expectations set for him than his predecessor? If we had a broken and unbalanced squad I'd understand, but we have a good squad. Should our fitness issues continue I'd revise it, because this season has had so much disruption already for the same reason. (though I note that Smith was required by many to have coped so perhaps the same standards should apply).

 


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