Sunday Sermon.. 'EXPECTATIONS'
"If you don't expect, then you don't get disappointed" was a line my Dad often quoted to me when I was a teenager. It was directed more towards relationships with other people than expectations of a football team in a season though...
I have tried to keep it in mind when dealing with people all my life, in both personal and professional relationships, and I feel it has stood me in good stead... 'mostly'... People let you down when you 'expect' of them because by doing so you are setting them up to fall short... of your, yeah you guessed it 'expectations'...
Ok, enough of the sermon cos I've cocked up big time, I BLOODY WELL EXPECTED!!! I really "expected" us..PFC.. to do one hell of a lot better when we dropped down into the Championship. Although I didn't "expect" us to storm straight back up to the Prem, I certainly 'expected us to be in a far more commanding position than we now are. After all, like us all I'd got used to Pompey being an EPL team for seven seasons, "expectations" had been raised. Ok, we'd had a little local difficulty with various fit and proper persons, but we were not going to hang around in the second tier for long... we were better than that. Skint and tied to paying back creditors or not eh!
I don't need to ramble on, you know the rest. As I cast a slightly envious eye over 'that lot down the road' I think we are going to have to lower "expectations" considerably and rebuild slowly/properly like they have. As much as it sticks in my craw to say it, they've taken their time and done well, and I'm pleased for them and their current position in this league... they deserve it.
By the way, I still think it was absolutely right to get rid of SC, he didn't have an ounce of positive football in him and he certainly wasn't the sort of manager to move us forward again, no matter how slowly. Negativity doesn't produce positive results... fact...
Any further correspondence can be directed to my new mail facility outside St Pauls Cathedral...Written by cornypomp
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