Graeme Souness lack of self-awareness is impressive as yet again he embarrasses himself
You have to hand it to Graeme Souness.
When it comes to football experts/pundits lacking self-awareness, he has few equals.
After watching Mauricio Pochettino talking on Tuesday night after Tottenham lost to Ajax, Graeme Souness went off on an embarrassing rant (see below).
Souness rounding that off with: ‘I’m fed up listening to people talk bull about tactics and formation and too much football science. Get first to the ball and you’ve got a chance in football. Don’t get first to the ball and you have no chance. Simple as, simple as.’
It is just so simple and yet these people just won’t listen to Graeme Souness…
This is the same Graeme Souness who accepted at the age of 52 that he was a liability as a manager.
The worst decision John Hall and Freddy Shepherd ever made, replacing Sir Bobby Robson with that idiot.
He destroyed that team and wasted a fortune on the likes of Boumsong, Owen and Luque.
Souness was actually going to be sacked by Blackburn in 2004, only for Newcastle to actually go and pay compensation to land him.
As well as around £40m on that trio above, Graeme Souness also brought Amdy Faye and Babayaro to St James Park.
In 17 months he wreaked havoc at Newcastle, finally sacked in February 2006 after a final half dozen match run that saw five defeats and a draw.
Glenn Roeder stepped in as caretaker boss with Alan Shearer as an assistant whilst also playing, and in the final 15 games of the season, only lost three games, with 10 wins and two draws taking Newcastle into seventh.
Graeme Souness is correct in that it does come down to players in the end BUT having a donkey as a manager is something that can rarely be overcome.
People like Souness live in their own little bubble and are incapable of recognising how ludicrous it sounds when they preach to others after having been an abysmal failure when trying to do the job themselves.
Often trying to rewrite history about his time at Newcastle, in September (see below) we had classic Graeme Souness. Talking about how difficult the job is and unrealistic expectations of Newcastle fans: ‘This is an ongoing problem (at Newcastle).There is a frustration that they haven’t done better, as they think they should have done. Managing there is very difficult. You don’t get too long, you are always firefighting.’
As Roeder and Shearer proved what a failure Souness was back in 2006 and managers such as Rafa Benitez and others are showing the value these days of having people who get their players gelling as a team with tactics and formation getting the best out of them.
Graeme Souness talking to Virgin Media sport after Spurs lost to Ajax:
“Let me tell you.
“You can watch any football programme and they will talk about systems and tactics and formations and substitutions, preparation…
“It’s quite simply a game of football.
“If you first get right that you are first to the ball, you are on the front foot and you are going forward and playing on the front foot, and you are attacking.
“After that the tactics might come then into play.
“If the tactics come first…’We are going to have this system, we are going to do this with tactics..’ but you are second to the ball, your tactics go out of the window.
“I’m fed up listening to people talk bull about tactics and formation and too much football science.
“Get first to the ball and you’ve got a chance in football.
“Don’t get first to the ball and you have no chance.
“Simple as, simple as.”
Graeme Souness talking to Paddy Power – 25 September 2018:
“When was the last time they (Newcastle United) won a trophy? 1969. It gives you an idea of how difficult it is there.
“And, if you look at the (other) teams who have won trophies in that time…
“They are a fabulous football club, but it’s a very difficult place to work, it’s difficult to be a player there.
“Mike Ashley hasn’t been at Newcastle since ’69.
“This is an ongoing problem.There is a frustration that they haven’t done better, as they think they should have done.
“Managing there is very difficult.
“You don’t get too long, you are always firefighting.”
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