I just saw the position you were in when Kean was the manager and the position you are in now... The grass is always greener on the other side, hey Nige?
We were in a false position. We were playing poorly but picked up results and key decisions went our way in some games. Against Leicester at 1-1 they had a goal wrongly ruled out, then we went and got a lucky goal against the run of play. We'd only played a few games anyway and a few wins can see you high up. The problem we have now is that we have a shite squad plus a couple of exceptions with injuries to big players making a world of difference.
Anyone could see that Kean was a joke. He should never have been appointed, but when he nearly took us down from being mid-table and we survived on the last day, it was celebrated like we'd won the league despite talk of Champions League. He got the pay rise and extended contract even after the relegation form that almost saw us down. At the start of last season we all knew we were doomed and he took us down. As much as other fans and Kean's mates on Sky who share the same agent back him up, his results & nothing else were inexcusable.
Tactically he was clueless. He didn't have all the players on board and he was out of his depth.
Sacking him was the right move but the problem we had was bringing in a good manager. Who would want to work for Venky's? Berg said it himself earlier in the year. He's inherited a shit squad with no pace or width whatsoever. The players we have are either inexperienced or the wrong side of 30 and there's no real depth in the positions we need. Kean brought in Murphy & Etuhu who can't tackle for shit, don't press and get bypassed so easily. Our only other central midfielder is Jason Lowe. He came in yesterday but after playing all last year at right back for some reason under Kean, he looks lost when he plays.
The damage Kean's signings, training methods etc have done is going to take us a while to put right. We went from being one of the fittest teams in the Premiership to one of the worst within about six months. Whoever came in had a massive job on their hands trying to turn us around and the club went with the safe option of a manager who they didn't need to pay compensation for and wouldn't command a big salary.