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  1. Young player learning his trade and I’m glad it’s with us as he has lots of potential.
  2. I think that we all need to break out the champagne and praise the management of our club who have just lost us one of our best players so far this season, and a free bonus bottle because he went to a promotion rival.... cool stuff.....
  3. I'm just pleased to see that new center back join us in this transfer window given our massive injury crisis. I mean, we've had this issue for a while now and it's 6 days before our next very important game and I'm pleased to see we are bedding him in in plenty of good time.
  4. On paper we have a great midfield for this league. The reality is that we have hardly controlled midfield in any game this season. It can only be formation, tactics, workrate, fitness or attitude. I think it's all of the above and it has been the root of our problems for the past 5 seasons. We don't consistently support the attack or the defence, we do too much shadow marking and drop off players rather than getting in faces, and we don't pick up runners. To cap it all we are too deep and too negative which is why we struggle to score goals - the number of times the commentators have remarked that there's not enough men in the box only points to the midfield, who seem to be more concerned about the counter than getting into the box to score.
  5. Paul Cannoville. Gary Lineker Frank Worthington Andy Cole Steve Claridge Thierry Henry
  6. However you look at this it's a major failure. He's been one of our better players and he's being moved on to a promotion rival in the same division. You couldn't make this up. Shambles.
  7. If we were so hindered why did the manager and players spout about expecting promotion before the season started? You would have thought expectations would have been played down if we had truly been hindered. In any case we are supposedly working with one of the biggest budgets in this league and have disappointed significantly.
  8. Indeed, as I had stated. Some interesting ones in there too, wonder what our Scottish friends think of Derek McInnes for example?
  9. Our last 2 performances are up there with The Exorcist if we are talking about horror shows....
  10. Well, the list above proves there are people out there, but it's all superfluous as we have no opening as I type this.
  11. I think we've arrived at stick or fold time, and the bottom line is we look abject, still have no real plan or style, don't work hard enough, and tend to play with little threat tactically. There is no doubt that DM is a really nice guy and is doing his best and I really feel for him and, despite his limited track record, sincerely hoped it would work out. But it seems that this job is just too big for him even if he is being let down by the team who should also share some of the responsibility. I just cannot understand why decent players (as proven at other clubs e.g. Wing) turn out to be so ineffective. Truth is, we've rarely controlled a midfield this season and have yet to really go on to an easy win. Every match is a struggle, yet other teams manage to win comfortably. At the same time we have a fragility which is too close to the surface e.g. Plymouth, Hartlepool, Sunderland, when we look like we'd struggle in the Sunday league. We can keep saying its early days and we need stability, but he's been here for not much short of a year, failed to stop us falling through the trapdoor, recruited most of the players in what was a refresh opportunity and we look as disjointed as ever with no signs of us impressing and looking like we mean business on the pitch. It's a results business and in League 1, there is very little patience or leeway at a club of our size and stature when we are not scoring frequently and not winning the number of games necessary to place us in the play-off pack after we've now gone past the half season stage. It's fold time sadly even if it is a gamble to change - nothing is without risk and it's more of a gamble to stick in my opinion.
  12. Take your pick - some of these are not realistic, some are interesting... you can add to these those in jobs already e.g. John Terry (as someone suggested above) and others like Gareth Ainsworth... Football Managers Out of Work Right Now* Aitor Karanka Alex McLeish Andrea Pirlo André Villas-Boas Billy Davies Bruno Labbadia Chris Beech Chris Coleman Chris Hughton Claude Puel Daniel Farke Derek McInnes Diego Martínez Ernesto Valverde Eusebio Di Francesco Fabio Cannavaro Frank De Boer Frank Lampard Frankie McAvoy Gary Caldwell Garry Monk Gennaro Gattuso Graham Westley Gus Poyet Heiko Herrlich Hernán Crespo Ian Holloway Jack Ross Jaap Stam Javi Gracia Jesse Marsch Jonathan Woodgate Jorge Jesus Jürgen Klinsmann Luca Gotti Lucien Favre Luiz Felipe Scolari Mark Hughes Mark van Bommel Marko Nikolić Markus Schopp Martin Allen Michael Flynn Michel Mick McCarthy Micky Adams Neil Harris Neil Lennon Neil Warnock Nigel Adkins Nigel Worthington Niko Kovač Nuno Espírito Santo Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Paco López Paul Clement Paul Cook Paul Dickov Paul Lambert Paul Peschisolido Paulo Fonseca Phil Brown Phillip Cocu Quique Setién Raphael Wicky Richard Money Roberto Di Matteo Ronald Koeman Ronnie Moore Roy Hodgson Rudi Garcia Sabri Lamouchi Sam Allardyce Sean O’Driscoll Simon Grayson Slaviša Jokanović Sol Campbell Steve Bruce Stuart Kettlewell Tony Pulis Uwe Rösler Vítor Pereira Vladimir Ivić Zinedine Zidane
  13. If you go back and watch Sunderland at home you will see our success was based on energy, denying them space and closing them down quickly and attacking with intent. Then watch the match today and the contrast is alarming. Today we shadowed but didn't get in faces, and failed to close them down quickly while lacking any kind of energy or speed in getting the ball forward until the last 10 minutes when it was too little too late. Why?
  14. Not seen this before and a friend of mine in DC just sent it to me. Thought I'd share.. Sunderland away...
  15. In lower leagues particularly. In higher leagues the technical skills and trickery can overcome some of this and there are fewer poor teams so if you press get ready to concede on the counter. Irrespective, we know from before that these are prerequisites in League 1.
  16. We know from before there are 4 prerequisites to success in this league: 1. Get in opponents' faces when they have the ball, as they don't have the technical skills and it will force mistakes more often than not 2. Play with an attacking formation to press teams to play more in their own half, by pushing up the pitch against poorer teams, as they rely more on set pieces to score. This reduces the number of set pieces against us, while giving us more of a scoring threat ourselves 3. Get the ball from back to front as quickly as possible to reduce the time teams have to organize against our attacks (playing it out from the back is ridiculous as we take more risk and allow teams to get more people behind the ball) 4. Play people in the same positions as much as possible and make sure they each know their role - consistency means a lot to players of lesser ability None of this is rocket science but Moore still hasn't fathomed this out despite apparently knowing this league. In fact we do NONE of these so we shouldn't be surprised by poor results.
  17. Why was this not finalized before the transfer window opened? I know sometimes it's a knock on effect of clubs waiting to see if they get replacements before selling or loaning, but for our current loan players a) we should know contractually if we can send them back or not and b) we should have seen enough to be able to make the decision in a). Why, on the face of it, do we always seem to be behind the 8 ball?
  18. IF the training ground was the solution, why have we conceded so many pathetic goals from set pieces, why don't we stop countless crosses coming in and why don't we mark the man instead of leaving him in acres of space? And all of these things are football 101.
  19. Well that's not long to wait, so I guess I'll go with that
  20. Playing like we have for most of the season, who can really see 3 points in any of these? Another 2 weeks before our next game will surely affect our rhythm even more... against a team we've played 3 times so far this season and been given a pasting in 2 of them. Delusional and clueless as we'll set up exactly the same way and somehow expect different results.
  21. Virtually every team in the league has had the same disruption. Every team in the league has injuries. It's all excuse laden for still having no plan, unenforced changes, poor performances and dull tactics (how many goals per game have we scored compared to most in this league?).
  22. He says we lost our rhythm because of covid and that's impacted us. It's the same for everyone - it's just excuse after excuse for poor, dull tactics, and too much unenforced chopping and changing.
  23. Well it's good to see all that time on the training ground to improve defending set pieces is paying off at last.
  24. Bannan will have more good games than bad, but he would be more effective in a settled team and playing in an advanced midfield position. Our set up and tactics mean he often plays far too deep where he can't influence a game as much. A good manager would realize all this, as well as realizing we are not Bayern Munich and understanding that the key to this league is a) to work hard to close teams down and force mistakes, and b) to get the ball forward quickly to keep teams on the back foot.
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