I agree with you mate, we could never spend our way to Europe. We couldn't even spend our way out of the Championship. That's why we need a long-term plan that works around our lack of finances.
And you're right - we are going to get battered a LOT on our way to being a successful team. Which is why the plan is long-term, even if we get relegated, or smacked about in the Prem, at least we know we're working TOWARDS something.
At the moment, we're getting twonked at home by Rotherham 3-0. Is that any better?
Maybe you're right mate! I hope so. I'm basing my views on the performance of recently promoted teams (and teams in other countries around Europe!) and how they play. There's a lot of football clubs, at the moment, who are battling it out with the traditional big boys (RB Leipzig in Germany, Atalanta in Serie A, Leicester in the UK) through great long-term planning and style, and I'd love for Boro to be a success story for once!
I think you misread my post or maybe I didnt explain what I meant very well.
My point is that the best we could probably do would be to appoint someone like Eddie Howe. He'd play brilliant football but we'd still get battered on a regular basis in the top flight and battle every season to stay up.
The days of European football are pretty unlikely in my opinion. Look at the players we bought in that era, the best 3 players that Villa had for a start. Southgate, Ugo and Boateng would cost more than 100m nowadays and we bought them before we added the flair players.
Fair enough if you want a fresh start, let's try and find a manager who will play good football. But in terms of league positions the best we can hope for is what Bournemouth did or Brighton are doing in my opinion, unless we get more investment. The days of spending our way to Europe are long gone.
Am I a Burnley fan?
They play direct football, their long term plan seems to have been to underfund their manager and just hover about in the league and get knocked out of the cups.
Even when they were briefly in Europe, they didn't plan for Europe.
I'm sure everyone on this board would swap places with Burnley in a heart beat.