NewCorkSethSnowflake Royal Stam did a decent job first season, with decent signings and massively benefited from McDermott's signing of Kermorgant.
He took over a side that had been plagued by useless loanees who didn't give a toss and built something around the solid core. But his side was always incredibly fragile and vulnerable.
He also had the same issue as Rodgers, he had an ethos and he wasn't prepared to compromise it, and he wasn't capable of communicating it to limited players low on form and confidence.
The side Clement inherited was much more damaged and less capable of recovery than Stam. He couldn't just wave good bye to most of the problem players because they were loanees and build around a solid core.
Clement had no midfield spine, oxf*rd all upfront and one fit proper full back and piss all on the wings except Barrow.
Stam's issues were less widespread.
Just one note: Stam did benefit from the signing of Kermorgant but he certainly got the most out of him. We had all written Kermie off after his games under McDermott.
Yep. In that first season Stam had a core side of about 14 players. Of those, he signed Moore, Blackett, Joey, Swift, and Beerens, and also brought Kelly, Evans, and Kermorgant into the team properly. That leaves Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, McShane, Williams, and McCleary. Could throw in Harriott and the January signings, but that just makes it more "Stam's side".