Glenn Murray has brightened up many an afternoon and evening in Albion with his goals.
He hit the mark today with a one-line tweet to bring a laugh to Seagulls supporters on an unsettling afternoon.
It came down to the candidates Graham Potter and Mauricio Pochettino to succeed the sacked Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
It seemed, as it still may seem tonight, that it was Potter’s job to decline.
But Murray, now working on what appears to be a successful media career, decided to speak his mind and do his bit for the Seagulls.
He tweeted: “Just throwing it out what a fantastic manager I think Mauricio Pochettino is….”
In reality, of course, Murray is a huge admirer of what Potter did in Albion.
Not just the results, but the massive transformation in general.
Albion was at its peak this week.
There have been very few occasions more uplifting at the Amex than what we saw when Leicester visited on Sunday afternoon.
Albion and their fan base faltered. Buzz.
At an all-time high in terms of league position and overall feel, not to mention the quality of the football.
It’s about “Graham Potter’s Blue and White Army”.
And that’s after the sale of two key players and one more that until recently could have been called one.
Averaging more than two points per game in the last 14 games that started at the end of last season, they have produced some of the best results and played some of the best football games in the top league in the world.
And then the shuddering jolt of morning coffee.
That so much work, time, effort, patience can just be picked up by another club feels kinda wrong, even though it’s just the lore of the football business world.
That they can come and plunder what Albion has worked for.
What’s really the point?
Okay, that’s a negative, kind of defeatist view.
But that’s how many Albion fans will feel tonight.
You go into this football thing knowing that players and managers will come and go.
It’s all a matter of whether they eventually walk out the front door with cameras clicking, or sneak out the back with their stuff in a trash bag (all figuratively, of course).
As Potter traveled to London for talks, let’s not forget that Albion is very pleased that its staff are hearing what potential new employers have to offer.
Sometimes they decide they’re better off where they are.
Still, opportunities like this don’t come often.
The question marks are there. We heard all of that in today’s news coverage.
Just like Potter was a “project manager” who needed time.
More time than Chelsea might want to give him.
And there was certainly pain and frustration in the construction process he oversaw here.
But perhaps the players he would find at Chelsea are better equipped to play his football than those he inherited at the bottom of the Prem in 2019.
And of course he’s a better manager or head coach than he was then.
Certainly more experienced.
Instead of having no Premier League games to his name, he has 120 – many of them having played during the Covid and lockdown testing period.
He needed time to rebuild Albion, but three years later he might not need as much at Chelsea.
The question is whether he could handle well-known players.
Well, he seems to get along well enough with Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana, to name just two.
They’re great professionals, but they have sky-high standards after working with the best, and Potter impressed them and commanded their respect.
What he may not like to deal with are players with attitudes he doesn’t like, big names or not.
We’ve walked this path before with Potter. But not nearly that far.
He was loosely linked with Aston Villa and Newcastle but never seemed like he was going there, even when the call came.
Tottenham were theoretically a more attractive offer but as far as we’re told no actual offer ever came.
This caught us because Tuchel’s dismissal seemed hasty, at least from this distance.
Everything was normal for Potter this morning.
Well, a bit unusual given that Albion trained with the Amex rather than Lancing.
That was because yesterday was set as the photo op day for the new season with sponsors.
The squad picture was taken earlier in the preseason until it turned out to be outdated very quickly due to late player contracts.
Nowadays, they circumvent this problem by posing at a pre-season date when the transfer window is closed.
What doesn’t usually happen is that the head coach and his assistant then leave.
That wasn’t a fait accompli as Wednesday afternoon turned into evening.
Albion said absolutely nothing.
But it felt like there was real cause for concern — despite Glenn and his best efforts.
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