14 March 2013

The Football X-Factor

by @PamelaRFC | Guest Contributor
First of all, I'm just a Bearette on my own and, as you probably know, English isn't my native language. So apologies for the grammar. Plus, one can only write from the heart and I am neither a journalist nor a researcher.

Football, and mainly Rangers, is my passion. I certainly don’t intend to slag off Ally McCoist however I will try to best explain what’s currently on my mind.
We all know that Marco van Basten and Ally McCoist are legends, real legends. They were great players in their time with an abundance of goals and beautiful skills.  They didn’t have to think too seriously about how to play a ball or to consider tactics, because they just had it.
They had the Football X-Factor. They didn't require a whole load of coaching because they already knew it. They didn't need a Louis Walsh equivalent spluttering out "you took that and made it your own" or some other nonsense.
It ticks over by itself when you have genius. You don't require a panel or desire a phone-vote. Walking for most of us is obvious, just as football is logical for them. Paul Gascoigne used to say that he saw moves unfold before him as he drove forward into opposition territory. Package his vision, bottle it and you'll be building Trump Tower II.
When their glittering careers ended, when they stepped into the breach and into coaching, it wasn't quite so obvious to them anymore. Or so it has appeared.
You cannot expect your players to have the talent and skill that you had. For most of the players it isn't quite as easy as it was for the legends in the dugout. They don’t have the football intelligence or awareness that their coach had and perhaps the coach is almost too football-intelligent, dare I say it, to explain things to his players. For him it’s too easy, too simplistic.
Promising young footballers need top coaches. The talent may be there but if it is not aligned with insight and guidance from a teacher then where does it travel? How does it progress? Does it progress?
I have backed Ally since he started in earnest in 2011. I probably love him more than I love myself. Let's face it, he's so damn loveable most of us probably feel that way! His constant appeal is the famous McCoist charm. Maybe he is too intelligent for his players. Who knows?
He needs a technical coach, that's for damn sure. The team needs to play with more speed, with more passion, more pride and, although individual skills might be good, you need to combine such abilities into a team. The right players need to be placed in the right positions and kept there if they are performing well.  
Sometimes I think you're not a Rangers manager until you've played someone out of position. It seems to be a trait that McCoist has inherited. It’s like asking someone to sing bass baritone when they’re really a tenor. Okay, I'll leave the musical references now. ‘Thank God' I hear you say.
There’s no doubt that we will win the league. I mean, come on, it never should have been a contest. And Ally will hold that trophy aloft, grinning from ear to ear at the end of the season in front of the Ibrox crowd.
Still, I'm unsure how much of a success that is. Are those who stand by Ally content that we have sacrificed style and substance for some sort of a 'we did just enough' mentality? I think not. And if there is no guarantee that Messrs McCoist, McDowall and Durrant can bring the style back, even when having to spend money to beat part-timers, then I'm not sure we should be judging that as a success at all.
Don’t forget that, don't dismiss it. It forms part of a vital chapter in the story this season.
At the end of the day we are all Rangers and I have to admit I feel a little bit sadomasochistic just now because it hurts sometimes to watch my team, but I just can't stop watching them. I love them and Ally too much. Let's just hope that we're treated to some pleasurable viewing in the not too distant future. It's long overdue.