We'd do him no favours by lowering the expectations. It's also a sign of trust and belief if we want him to reach top four. It's not just a bad thing.
We just don't have to be so rigid and sack everyone, or rip everything up, if we don't reach our targets. What we need to do is evaluate what we have done and what we have achieved (or not). Then we draw our conclusions.
it is if you've spent an entire season hoping for the outcome that you expected and it didn't materialise. Unfortunately not everyone will take the reasonable route that you've described in the last paragraph.
In my opinion the last thing we should be looking to do is to pile the pressure on from the start,he hasn't even met the team yet. If we are to succeed, taking into account the sheer magnitude of the changes that have gone on/will go on at the club, then it will be in small steps. Step by step,not great leaps and bounds.
A reaonable way of thinking would be to sit back and accept that he's just got here, he has a long term plan in place and that there are simply far too many variables to actually make a worthy prediction of note.
I for one won't put a position in the league as a prediction then cry like a spoilt brat when we don't achieve it. It doesn't do anyone any good.
And if the crowd at Anfield is anything to go by, gripped by anxiety when we haven't scored after 20mins (his game after all is about patience and picking the right time in a game to attack) because all we are focused on is the fact that if we don't get these 3 points then 'we're never gonna make 4th/reach to where I've pinned my hopes', then I think that not only he has a lot to do, but we as supporters do, learning to be patient again, learning to support the team again during the most frustrating phases - which there will be - and doing what we're supposed to do - pushing the team on for 90+mins.
Putting a set target of 4th for me is a poison chalice that supporters will have to drink from each time there's a stumbling block in our journey to the top again. Fuck that. Are we really capable of pushing aside Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea considering that we haven't even worked together yet?
In regards to what I want, well, progress would suit me fine. Previous posters on this thread have defined it succinctly that a measure of progress in different areas of the game would suit them and I have to agree. My aim is to be filled with hope this time next year because of what I've seen over the previous 12 months - clear, positive steps.
That would do me just fine, oh, and having fun while I support my team.