I've seen posts pointing out that we now look mid-table and would probably have had these results under Bruce or at the very least this is 'his squad'. I think these posts forget we were in free-fall, had abandoned tactics and motivation and were losing fans. But is that all there is to this to justify the switch of manager? Two games against those that many dismiss as 'fodder' (away to QPR described by the BBC as 'tricky' - for Liverpool though) isn't enough to hail the new messiah after all - how can it be?
You look now at MON's handling of Bendtner and have to wonder if the Bent/Jones/Gyan/Henderson(?) situations would ever have developed.
Brucey moved us up several steps and has been part of our overall development since the Quinn era began. He assembled this squad which began to look so poor, yet passed well at times in so many games, were never trounced very often, just beaten. We created chances but with little passion or out and out striker the goals were never going to come anymore. No real guidance from the touchline and no tactical awareness for me were the nails in the coffin.
But that's the past - already MON has reminded us that we have good players - we do have a better squad 'on paper' than the mags, yet even most of us had started to accept it was a miscalculation - now a couple of injuries and a reversal of club confidence on both sides and how does it look?
We have a lot to be grateful to Bruce for, but I believe it was key (and fantastic) that he was removed before the new guy was staring at square 1 re-building - down to Short that I'm sure. Now MON can move us forward building on the platform we already have - I believe we ARE an 'inked in' PL outfit, NOONE has previously had the chance to build from such an advantageous starting point.
The ranks of genuine fans have been swollen by our own holy trinity of owner/iconic board member/manager and I believe that is a huge advantage. (It will also likely be hell on earth when the ride is over but lets forget that for now, hopefully its a generation away)
Financial stability, a PL squad that we can build on, a renowned manager, every reason for genuine optimism.
A Merry Christmas to us, one and all