Now, bear with me here. A former Gazzetto dello Sport F1 journalist was commenting the other day about the rumours of Hamilton to Ferrari in 2021. He said, "You only hear these rumours because someone wants it out there, be it Hamilton or Ferrari. I have seen meetings taking place and people leaving buildings who have almost certainly had meetings that you'd never normally put together, They never get in the press because they don't want it to. People have meetings and discuss things away from the media, deals are done before anyone in the media gets wind of it if that's the way it needs to be done. Public meetings and public comment are more often a smoke screen to hide what is actually happening."
I'm sure the same is true in football in this country. I'm sure phone calls, agent to agent meetings and conversations are happening all the time. It's a way to circumnavigate the Tapping Up rules. I'm sure that Messrs Sullivan et al have been making tentative calls, sending out a message, getting a feel for any potential interest, whilst giving the media, etc their full backing to the manager.
I certainly cannot believe that the management of the club think that the return of Antonio and Fabianski will be the saving graces and when they are back, all will be well again. At this time of year, with a transfer window fast approaching, it has to be at the forefront to look at the team management. If it's not working, which ours isn't, it needs changing.
Arsenal (H), Southampton (A), Crystal Palace (A), Leicester (H). Out of those four games, on current form, I can only see 1 point at best, a draw away at Southampton. And that my friends is relegation form. Relegation would cost the club ten times what it would cost to replace the management and coaching staff. The next 7 days are crucial to the future of this club.