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  1. I Love Sturrock

    Is something not right about Jos?

    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.
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    Poll: Who do you want as next manager...?

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Amazing how Rhodes gets his confidence back when the manager isn't hanging him out to dry.
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    Sams Interview

    And now we're rushing him back again out of desperation.
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    Injuries

    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.
  7. 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?
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    New manager

    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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    New manager

    There's certainly a time and a place for a manager staying for years if it's clear they have a long-term vision and are improving the team - like a Pochettino at Tottenham, for example. However, I completely agree with you that sacking a manager seems to have become a dirty phrase in recent years amongst the management and journalism fraternities, who all ultimately look out for each other and perpetuate the myth that sacking a manager is always a bad thing. They love to trot out the fact that Alex Ferguson was about to be sacked until the Man Utd board showed patience, as if Ferguson isn't the 0.001% outlier of all managers. Watford's owners have made a great success in recent years of switching the head coach when it has become stale. Zola's stint there got them to the play-off final, and they got rid of him a few months into the next season when it was obvious he wouldn't improve upon it. Sound familiar? They arrived at Jokanović the season after (after a couple more changes, admittedly) and got promoted automatically. Karanka got Middlesbrough to the play-off final after struggles near relegation under Tony Mowbray, and got time from his board the season after because they were around the automatic places all season and the season-on-season improvement was clear to everyone. He rewarded this patience with automatic promotion at the end of that season. In comparison, Carlos Carvalhal inherited a team from Stuart Gray that finished comfortably mid-table (13th) and included some very good players picked up for nothing by Gray, like Westwood, Lees, Loovens, Lee and Huchinson. Carlos had much more to spend on fees and wages that Gray ever did, and completed a good achievement by getting to the play-off final. The next season, Carlos was given even more to spent on fees and wages and although there were big-spenders in the league like Newcastle and Norwich, we were comfortably at the top table with the fees on Reach, Abdi, Pudil, Fox and Winnall and wages on Fletcher, Rhodes, Emmanuelsson, Buckley and McManaman, not to mention massive new contracts for Lees, Forestieri, Westwood, Lee and Hutcinson. Although we eventually finished 4th thanks to a good run at the end of the season, for the most part it was difficult to see how Carlos was improving us. These concerns were fully realised in the play-offs, where a Huddersfield team with no money showed up our head coach's negative approach to big games. At this point with Carlos after another play-off disappointment with the same style and the same mistakes, other teams in the past saw there was going to be no improvement and made a change. We didn't. In fact, we gave Carlos a brand new contract and allowed him to spend even more fees (Rhodes for £8m and Van Aken for £4m) and wages (Boyd on a big contract). Before anyone starts about Chansiri buying him players and Doyen Sports being involved, I'd argue that as well as the numerous times Carlos has admitted he identifies players himself (remember his list of 200 centre-halves?), Van Aken and Boyd have got 'Carlos Carvalhal player' written all over them. They suit his preferred style of play to a tee. Van Aken's a defender who's good on the ball and allows moves to be started from the centre-backs, and Boyd's a winger who isn't fast or tricky but can work hard and interchage with midfielders in the middle. So with all this in mind, is it that unsurprising that Carlos isn't delivering an improvement this season? Where other clubs saw the writing on the wall and acted, our unqualified support at the same time is going to lead to disaster. We allowed Carlos to be the one to benefit from the Chairman's spending, and now we're in trouble because Carlos has been found out and we can't spend our way out of it.
  10. Are you sure that isn't the queue for season ticket refunds?
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    Did Loovens push him over?

    Carlos has had over two years to replace Loovens and hasn't managed it. This season he's gone through his list of 200 centre-backs, spent £4m on Van Aken, panicked after realising he's not very good and rushed a half-fit Loovens back into the team. Unsurprisingly, a half-fit Loovens has been caught out. How is that not the manager's fault?
  12. Leeds thought they could come to Hillsborough and play football, which always gives us the space to pass it around and look brilliant. Bolton were at home and made the game a physical battle, and we struggle to handle those sorts of games. If he can't work that out, he's even dafter than I thought.
  13. Before even reading the article, my suggestion would be that Carlos is an extremely stubborn manager who believes very much in his own methods. It's why he never learns how other teams have started to change the way they play against us to expose the way the patented Carlos formation as detailed in his own book works: no real wingers, full backs doing all the work and having to attack as well, no wingers with pace, and wingers interchanging with central midfielders and basically acting as central midfielders to leave full backs completely exposed. These points are precisely why Carlos never buys fast wingers and prefers hard working ones who track back instead. It's why we wasted £5m on Reach. It's why we got McGeady on loan and decided we didn't want to play him, and he went to Preston and tore the league up. It also means he never learns from identifying the right players he needs, it means he never gets us motivated before half time and it means he has no middle ground between all out negativity and all out attack. The only tactic he has is play it safe until half time, hope the opposition haven't scored and then go for it in the second half. It's all or nothing for Carlos, and it's bloody easy to manage against. Managers started finding this out last season, and almost all of them have twigged this season.
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    He won't be sacked

    There's a definite line in the sand when it comes to fans displaying their chagrin, like tweeting nasty abuse directly to Carlos or booing individual players who are making mistakes but trying their hardest. Things like that aren't on. However, we're at a point now where the Chairman has appeared sat next to Carlos at the last home game as a public show of support, while Carlos does press conferences determined to deflect from his own weaknesses and even playing fans against each other if they want him sacked. In a situation like this, fans have no choice but to show Chansiri and Carlos exactly what they feel through the channels available to them, whether that's at the stadium, on this message board, on Twitter or on the radio. Otherwise, they're both content to remain safe in the confines of their own bubble.
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    Papering over the cracks?

    Although humiliating Leeds was a beautiful way to spend 90 minutes, it's important to put the performance in the context of the last two years under Carlos. Carlos has turned us into the Arsenal of the Championship. When we're at home and playing a team that give us the space to pass it around, we look like the best team in the league. It's matches against decent teams away, or a team at home who park the bus or have massive players on set-pieces - matches where everything isn't set up for you to win are the matches that win you promotion. Losing to Birmingham away on a rainy Wednesday night told us more about the team than beating Leeds at home did.
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