Welcome Gaffer, The Gers find themselves top of the table as we move into the group stage of cup qualification. You must be delighted.
"Aye, it's a nice change as we usually find ourselves in the bottom three at this stage! We had three points last season and two the season before when the cup break came around. It's good to be able to concentrate on the cup without having to worry about potential relegation issues!"
The Bears are happy with the team's results, Gaffer, but there have been some concerns expressed about your recent....err...shall we say, aberrations? Some doubts have been expressed about the state of your mental health.
"Whit? Is somebody saying I'm going bonkers? Well, that's just not right, not at all! Where's all that comin from?"
Well, there was the issue with your half-time substitution against Villians. Van Bronckhorst for Spackman in MF, a like-for-like change so everybody thought, but Gio goes in at left back. Of course, the MRP won't allow a 5-1-4 formation so it moved Vidmar to MF which caused us to fall foul of the balance rule thereby destroying our OFF. We lost 34 OFF levels and 5% possession because of that...aberration.
"Aye, just a wee mistake with my typing. Could have happened to anybody....."
Well possibly, but what about Saturday's game when you took off Greig in the second half when we were 4-0 up. It was obvious that Greigy wasn't happy and that he was pleading not to be taken off. That cost him his "Leader" SL rise.
"Aye well, it's the first time I've had a 'Leader' in my squad, so I thought it functioned just like the 'Captain'. Could have happened to anybody. Doesn't mean I'm goin bonkers."
Well, how about that Blog you posted about multi-positional players not usually being eligible for SCs?
"Just another wee mistake. I was thinking about MAs not being eligible for the Anchorman and Playmaker SCs. that was all. Nothing to be worried about. Could have happened to anybody"
Maybe, Gaffer, but it's obvious from the phone-ins that The Bears are worried, and if The Bears are worried then it's likely The Board will be worried too.
"No no, I can assure everybody that everything will be okay. I've been under a wee bit of stress recently with all our wheeling and dealing....players coming and going.....you know....it's a difficult time for a manager. Things will be okay. It won't be a problem from now on."
Let's hope so, Gaffer, for everybody's sake!
Till next time..................Follow follow, Bears, to all these neutral venues for our cup qualifiers!