Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
There is nobody at Arsenal revelling in the current plight; not a soul taking this plummet down the table on the chin; no calm demeanours disillusioned at the state of the club.
Arsenal are deep in crisis. A sea of individual crises blending together into one hideous, over-sized iceberg on the Atlantic Ocean crisis ready to drag the club into the very depths of despair.
Y’know, pretty crappy and all.
In such times, hope is what bands everyone together, yet the unfortunate reality is that signs of improvement have been replaced with signs of deterioration. Arsenal are actually looking worse with each passing week, not better.
By all means back your manager, but only those foolish enough to ignore the alarm bells ringing off would prevent themselves from preparing for the worst. Whatever the case is in football, contingency plans must be made.
This applies to potential signings, possible replacements for departing players, candidates for a new manager, and much more.
Even if you truly believe in the man in the dugout, there comes a point where the position becomes untenable. Sacking a manager you still believe is talented and making a call for the sake of the club’s future can be mutually exclusive. You have to be prepared.
With these clauses in the players’ contracts it’s preparing for an outcome, that if arrangements are not made for, will financially ruin the football club; a deeper dive into monetary disaster beyond that already occurring.
Which side you do fall on?