Expectation is the killer of experience, also the breaker of hearts and I am really trying not to set myself up for a disappointment.
We all knew Rogers manic NLP machinations and lack of defensive cohesion when punching up from his time at Liverpool and while they may have proven a glass ceiling down south, the clearest thing was the difference it made here, at all levels.
That he worked the players into the ground for diminishing returns and, much like Wenger at Arsenal, over believed in his own mythology of being able to transform a potential into star quality has left us with a group of worn out players and duds. Part of being a top quality player is being able to deal with the intensity that excellence requires and not everyone has that mental quality. Marcelo Bielsa had a fantastic first season at Athletic club (Bilbao) and the players were elated, by the second season the players were mentally exhausted by his attention to detail and wanted out.