Five wins, four losses and six draws is close to comprehensive mediocrity, but the specific manner in which this record has come about is well south of mere mediocrity, and the cause for my present anguish. I can no longer tolerate generic calls for more effort, or endure another misguided bystander noting “they just don’t want it”, not in the face of soft goals, incoherent tactical play, merciless ref-baiting and vision-less, overwhelmingly incompetent passing.
Incompetence has a cumulative effect. Simple plays that go awry, runs that go unseen, support and cover that vanish or never appear erode the very notion of a team leaving eleven frustrated, isolated individuals. The cumulative effect of this incompetence becomes tangible in the behaviors of the team, and calls for more effort, more subs or better officials serve only to obscure the cause and existence of the team cancer.
The answer is reestablishing a collective identity, recalibrating the demands placed on each player to fit their skill set, defining a process of preparation and producing a manner of play that meets the challenges of the game. Training sessions must be tightly structured to the issues at hand, and effectively re-create game-like situations that have been the difference between winning and losing. Disractions and excuses need to be identified and excised from the collective mindset, replaced with personal pride and accountability.