@Shikasama I think people value loyalty for sure, but I don't think most fans or commentators are naive about it. People come and go - it's the manner in which they do so which irks I suppose. |
On the one hand, if you're happy and settled and feel valued in a good team which are doing well, why would you leave? On the other, if you've contributed to a club and worked hard for them, I think only the most myopic of fans would get upset when a player / manager then turns around and seeks out a fresh challenge.
I actually think that Arsenal fans reactions to the likes of Fabregas and RvP leaving, vs, say, Nasri or Adebayor are quite telling. As far as I can tell, the former category are treated with some level of empathy, if not quite sympathy, while the latter are hated for the manner of their departures.
I digress though. SAF is where he is and Utd are a hell of a club to have stayed at for all that time; it's hardly Alan Curbishley and Charlton. I just think that down the line, if / when Pep or Mou come to be compared, their determination to prove they could do it abroad will probably count in their favour.