Harry is without doubt one of the best, if not the best man managers in the Premier League. His humour and his wit are legendary, his cheeky grin, his way with words. All these things make him an interviewers dream. There is however in my opinion one thing missing in Harry's management bag, and that is, 'Ruthlessness'. Now i don't doubt for one minute that Harry can throw a wobbly in the dressing room, when the players are not succeeding on the pitch. No, the ruthlessness i am alluding to is what i would call, ' The Alex Ferguson' effect.
Harry tends to play and play and play players that are just for whatever reason not up to the task. To many players over the past three years have been given to many chances to prove their worth, and have let Harry and the club down. A prime example for me was David Bentley. First few games he was on top form and playing how we expected him to. Then he seem to suddenly think he only needed to turn up and coast. What did Harry do? Well actually he just kept playing and playing and playing him, with no effect. OK he is now an outsider and injured playing for another team somewhere in the lower leagues.
The point i am making is that if this had been Alex Ferguson, Bentley would have been gone, forgotten and history, if he had done the same at Man United. Ferguson's ethos is simple, cold and decisive. You play for this club, or you don't. If you don't meet the exacting standards set, and give 100% every game, then your no good to me or this club. Harsh, hard, cold, single mined, dictatorial. Yes Alex Ferguson is ALL of these things. Do the players respect him? Yes they do. Do the players give 100% all the time. Yes they do. If they don't or cause trouble in the ranks, does he out them. Yes he does. Are Man United the most successful team in the Premier League. Yes they are!
So Mr Levy. In the search for our next manager, how about keeping some of these traits in mind when choosing Harry's successor. After all, nice is nice, but winning is better.