We were in a bad run of form over several weeks, as we had had at other points in Gerrard's reign. Only because Gerrard and his team left has it become accepted wisdom that they'd run out of ideas and we would never have recovered. The start of last season had huge reminders of 1987/88 when, after a huge effort to win our first title in 9 years, there was a hangover from the success. We'll never know whether it was that, or something more permanent.How do we explain the Hibs at Hampden debacle last season before Gio came in? Our football was stale, stuck in a rut with the same formations, bothing was changing. The same coaching team Michael Beale was part of had done all they could with this group of players, the squad in now arguable in a worse state than then and we are expecting Michael Beale to come in and improve us?
For what it's worth, I'm not 100% sold on appointing Beale. He will either be a spectacular success or a spectacular failure, and I don't think we are in a position to take that risk. I think an appointment that offered more confidence in moderate success would be more appropriate for us now. But, as you said in your post earlier in this thread, any doubts will be set aside if he's appointed, I will hope he is nothing but a success and will give him every chance to prove my doubts wrong.