jackos wrote:.This summer we have signed NINE players our manager WANTED, the majority of the players, and our manager have turned down other clubs to play for Leeds United.
I agree with most of this but I think the point about the manager "wanting" those players is fairly nebulous though. Every manager wants to sign the best player in the world, in every position. If you are able to compile a mental list of players in order of preference, Leeds managers generally have to pick players who are very low on their list of desired targets. Thus, if you can imagine drawing up a list of midfielders you want, of all the footballers in the world, Norris is going to be very far down. Technically you might want him more than a bunch of non-league players but to say you'd plump for him over many hundreds of other midfielders is inaccurate. You want him only in the sense that you want him more than other worse players, not because he's an excellent or noteworthy player.
Thus, I do believe that Grayson "wanted" Connolly, Bessone, Rachubka, Nunez, O'Brien, Paynter, Sam etc - but it was only in the sense that they were in theory as good as he could afford within his budget. They kept us up too, which was the brief.
Colin certainly "wants" Norris, Green, Ashdown, Kenny, Pearce, Gray, Varney etc - but again, it's only in the sense that those are the players he can acquire with the current resources. With more money, he'd want other players instead. He'd sign some combination of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona.
So whether a manager "wants" a player isn't necessarily any indication of things improving or not. They just want them more than players lower on their wishlist.