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A Poor Effort,
This review is from: Paul Le Guen: Enigma: A Chronicle of Trauma and Turmoil at Rangers: L'Enigma - A Chronicle of Trauma and Turmoil at Rangers (Paperback)
The title is basically inaccurate as this is not a chronicle, but a series of chapters based on themes. There is no enigma either; a manager came to Rangers, was unsuccessful, and threw in the towel.
Mr Spiers has taken the time to meet the Le Guen family and appears to enjoy their company based on his fawning account of their attributes.
Why did Paul Le Guen have such a good reputation? Mr Spiers fails to give any proper assessment of Paul Le Guen's time at Lyon.
* Does his record at Lyon merit this reputation?
* Did Santini build the team, did he buy a team, or were the players in place for Santini?
* Did Paul Le Guen piggy back onto Santini's success?
* Did Paul Le Guen buy more players; did he spend wisely?
* What was the state of French football at the time?
* Was a youth system supplying young talent?
* Were the traditional title challengers ®Marseille, PSG, Nantes, Monaco ® rebuilding? Did Lyon win the league with above or below average points?
* How well did they do in Europe?
* Could he be regarded as lucky, etc etc
Was Paul Le Guen suited to the task at Rangers?
He was taking the post from a manager who knew Scottish football inside out. He was taking over from a manager who was denied funding to finish off Celtic after Rangers had won the league in 2005. Mr Spiers makes no assessment of the task confronting Paul Le Guen.
Having missed most of the above Mr Spiers didn't miss his opportunity to denigrate Rangers fans and goes back 35 years to use the words of a former Rangers manager in so doing. What went on 35 years ago is utterly irrelevant to Paul Le Guen's period at Ibrox.
This is a really poor attempt to assess Paul Le Guen's very brief time at Ibrox. Someone with more analytical skills and a better knowledge of football could easily produce a better book.