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Before the injuries hit, yes. nt.
As a result of a combination of a string of mediocre signings, bad luck with injuries, gambling that we could correct the FFP hole we are in in one season and several years worth of failing to get mediocrity off the books, we are in a bad place.
I think a further problem is we have a squad with little on-field leadership and lots of weak, nervous personalities who hide and panic when the going gets tough.
We have sacked several managers who have been let down by this bunch and to do the same again to Benitez would empower them further.
RB is a decent manager with loads of experience. These players need to know who the boss is and either step up or ship out. Personally I would rather have RB doing that task (even with his distasteful baggage) than any of the other candidates that we could realistically appoint.
So, for me, we should stick with him, make sure we spend wisely in January to fix the urgent squad problems (RB and Striker for me) and get behind the manager and more importantly our (mostly unfit to wear the shirt) team.
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