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I Love Sturrock

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  1. Some people really can't wait to get the knives out for a manager, can they? Waiting with hands tantalisingly above their keyboard for that first defeat in five games. For what it's worth, I thought we put in a perfectly good away performance for 40 minutes until Onomah gave away a very unnecessary free-kick in a dangerous position. We'd limited them to half-chances, had a goal from Nuhiu ruled out and put a free header on a plate for Matias. All of our confidence and fight seemed to drain away once they scored the first goal. Maybe this was the fault of the manager, but sometimes it's difficult to motivate players who've run their tails off to defend all over the pitch away from home, and then had a soft goal render that hard work pointless.
  2. When Forestieri plays on the left-wing or as a left-forward, he does work hard making forward runs, but he only works hard defensively when it suits him and it's guaranteed to get the crowd to clap him, like a lung-busting run to close down someone who's just tackled him. He doesn't do the defensive dirty work that nobody notices to help the full-back/wing-back behind him, like tracking a runner if the full-back gets sucked by somebody else on that side. Matias isn't perfect, but he does this dirty work for the man behind him much more. This is even more important at the moment when the person playing on that side is Matt Penney, because the last thing a developing young lad needs is for Forestieri to hang him out to dry. Maybe Penney's looked so confident because Forestieri hasn't been playing in front of him. The last three managers Forestieri's played under (Jokanovic, Carvalhal and Luhukay) haven't had a clue how to use him, because if you play him as a striker, he gets bullied and doesn't have space to run at people, but if you play him as left-winger or left-forward, he sulks (because he prefers playing as a striker) and doesn't do the defensive dirty work to help the full-back behind him. Jokanovic put him on the bench a lot in Watford's promotion season (Deeney and Vydra were untouchable up-front and Forestieri couldn't play on the wing because of the reasons stated) and the club were happy to sell him to us in the end. Carvalhal tried playing Forestieri as a striker but he'd get bullied and go missing a lot as a result, but because of the refusal to track back on the wing, Carlos ended up putting him on the bench and only playing him on the left-wing when we were losing and going for broke anyway. Luhukay has clearly not been impressed with his attitude in the slightest so far, and prefers Matias on the wing instead because he'll do the dirty work. Forestieri apologists who've been questioning Luhukay's sanity for leaving him out might want to consider that there's a common thread running though the last three managers he's had.
  3. It shows that Carlos Carvalhal didn't know what he was doing, and Jos Luhukay does.
  4. I'm all for giving players time to settle in and prove themselves, but Van Aken has been here for a year and shown no improvement at all. He can ping a ball across the pitch 40 yards, but his poor positioning and awareness are no better than when we bought him. I'd rather see Thorniley or Hutchinson in a back three than Van Aken. I'm afraid he's been another waste of big money, which is why we're in a mess now.
  5. Lots of fans have been very keen to reprimand the greed of Clare and Hirst and believe Chansiri's side of the story, but is it safe to assume that's what happened? Given what's some out of our Chairman's mouth in recent months, we have no reason to take him on his word. At the fan forum in January, he told us Carlos had been the one in charge of all recruitment. At the fan forum this week, he told us he bought Jordan Rhodes himself because of the demand on social media. Chansiri doesn't know what he's telling fans from one meeting to the next. I wouldn't be surprised if Chansiri had majorly messed Clare and Hirst about, a bit like he's trying to do now with Westwood - drop him from the team completely so he'll leave for money before the transfer deadline. It seems like Chansiri decided he was going to phase Clare and Hirst out very early in the negotiation stages, with no room for compromise whatsoever.
  6. Well, quite the opposite actually. Carlos had almost a fully fit team for the first few months of this season, and we were still poor and getting worse. Luhukay hasn't had that luxury (or anything approaching it) in a single game, so bringing up "similar" injuries to compare both is ridiculous. I'm certainly no happy clapper, because I was happy to tell people early into his second season how Carlos was taking us nowhere. I'd probably even swap Jos for Mick McCarthy right now if you offered me the opportunity. However, Jos has been here for what - three months? He had no money to spend in January and had barely seen his squad before the window closed. He inherited a squad full of inadequate, unfit, unmotivated and overpaid players, and he inherited it all from Carlos Carvalhal, the man responsible for it. Let's bear some of this in mind and give Jos a genuine chance before we rush to judgement.
  7. Mick McCarthy. He's had Ipswich in and around the play-offs in recent years with sod all money, and it's because his man management, organisation and ability to spot players is probably the best in the league. He's got experience with Wolves of having a bit of money and winning our league. He even kept them in the Prem for a couple of seasons against all odds. If he came to us and had a bit to spend, he'd sail out of the league. I know he doesn't like us, but what if Chansiri waved a bit of money at him? Ipswich fans have been giving him stick for months. He might think about one last go at the Premier League.
  8. I wouldn't actually be that shocked if Carlos kept them up this season. The negative style we've seen for the last two seasons to nick points might suit a team in relegation trouble. They've also had a proper pre-season without him, so their players will already be much fitter than ours are now. The trouble will come if they give him beyond this season and really let him get his claws into the club, because his lack of forethought towards signings, fitness and injuries will make them worse and worse. The man does not appear to plan ahead for anything and stumbles from one transfer window to the next. They'll end up exactly like us: an unbalanced squad of unhappy players and overpaid failures who aren't fit enough to play at pace for 90 minutes.
  9. Amazing how Rhodes gets his confidence back when the manager isn't hanging him out to dry.
  10. And now we're rushing him back again out of desperation.
  11. Forestieri, Hutchinson, Lee and Lees have picked up numerous injuries in recent seasons, so it shouldn't have taken Nostradamus to predict that we might need good quality cover for them all. It's just Carlos all over. He fails to plan ahead for something, gets bitten on the bum for it, and throws some excuses about to cover his tracks.
  12. I can't believe I'm responding to a comparison between Carvalhal and Ferguson, but here goes anyway... Ferguson went to Aberdeen and took a team that hadn't won the league since the 50s to three league titles, four Scottish cups, the European Cup Winner's Cup, the European Super Cup and the Scottish League Cup. He got shown patience at Man Utd because it was obvious he was a very good manager who would bring success given time. What does Carlos have on his CV to suggest he can progress a club given three years at it? If anything, this season is proof he's doing the complete opposite. I just don't get this blinkered view that because of examples like Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger (examples that probably make up 0.0001% of all managers), every single manager must be given years at a club regardless of the circumstances. When it's obvious it's going stale, why waste more time and money?
  13. Is there a negative Carlos post you haven't replied to on this forum with your own particular brand of effluent? Here's the Samaritans number for you when we sack him: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us
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