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Everything posted by Athelwulf

  1. I've tended to back Chansiri, the reason being that our problems go back many, many years. Failure to modernize the club when the maximum wage was abolished in the early 1960s, and then again with the advent of the PL in the early 1990s, meant that our ultimate relegation was inevitable. There's just no way that our economic system at S6 could compete in such an environment. Add to that our perennial inability to develop players, and the catastrophe of the last two decades isn't difficult to explain. Chansiri has been the first chairman in our history to ever invest big money in the club, and for that I'm grateful. He had a go. However, like you I am now at the end of my tether with his stewardship. Chansiri has brought some very good players to this club, but apart from Bruce his record at selecting managers has been very poor, and he lacks the judgement to know when to let them go. He's streets behind Mandy in that regard, and inferior to the chairmen of rival teams too. They may not have invested as much money as Channers, but they get the right person into the dugout. True, he's had misfortune to contend with - like the loss of Hooper before the play-offs, and Bruce leaving him in the lurch - but nevertheless I too now feel that we'll never improve while Chansiri remains. I'm with you on that.
  2. Moore's making the mistakes of an inexperienced manager who's learning his trade. Maybe one day he'll go on to equal what, say, Alex Neil or Dave Jones have, or maybe he won't. But what we need is the finished article - we're not a guinea pig. Sunderland did it and it's paid off, as it did when Jonesy came in here. We can't afford to be stuck in this league while Moore serves his apprenticeship, on the off chance that he makes the grade one day.
  3. True. Sunderland have simply done what we did when we engaged Dave Jones to get us over the line in the Mind the Gap season. Mandy is streets ahead of Channers when it comes to selecting managers. Sunderland made the change and it's paid off. They've brought in an experienced manager who's managed at a much higher level and has the confidence and expertise to try different things against different opponents. Sunderland were more expansive today - against us, whom they saw as more of a threat, Neil simply outthought Moore and choked us. I'm not convinced, having seen Wednesday against High Wycombe twice, that we necessarily would have won today. I think Ainsworth would have shithoused and stifled us, and waited for us to concede from a defensive clanger or a set piece. I doubt we'd have had the freedom which Sunderland had.
  4. Well played and well deserved. We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when...
  5. For God's sake Morgs, don't! The thought of it makes you shudder.
  6. Bearing in mind we only managed to take a point off Wycombe, I'm not sure we've gained much. Would Sunderland have gone up had Johnson stayed? Or is it down to Neil?
  7. I'd be surprised if Gregory will still be here, for a start.
  8. But are Rotherham capable of it either, Tewkes? If Sunderland came up against a better manager than Neil, then they wouldn't be playing that way either.
  9. I agree with you Big D. Both these teams stifled us, and were scared to let us play. However Neil isn't allowing Ainsworth to stifle him, therefore Moore is tactically inferior to Ainsworth, who in turn is tactically inferior to Neil. What sickens me is that we have the playing staff to beat either of these, and we're now looking at another season in the Third.
  10. Our opponents won't let us. High Wycombe didn't let us either. Neither did Sunderland. Yet Sunderland are managing to play that way against Wycombe. Could it be tactical?
  11. No, because they didn't fancy their chances against us playing like that. They stifled us, rather than give us a sniff. It's a backhanded compliment to us, so so much for our being a bobbar team lucky not to be relegated.
  12. Welcome aboard. Apart from fans of the other North-East clubs, and those of High Wycombe, the rest of the country's right behind you. All Alex Neil has to do is pin a picture of Gareth Shittus-Ainsworth on the dressing-room wall, and that should do the trick. There are some contests which have to be won at all costs, and this is one of them. Defeat is simply not an option.
  13. If Bannan goes Moore will be out before we put the Xmas lights up.
  14. There are basically four ways to get to the PL. (a) parachute cash, like Hull (b) "sustainability", which takes years to build, like Brentford. (c) a good manager, like Tufty or Bielsa (d) chuck money at it and gamble, like us, but you finish worse off if you fail Channers only had the options (c) and (d) open to him, and we're not lucky enough to get a Tufty, nor have we the pedigree/name to get a Bielsa. We knew it was sh*t or bust when we chose (d), which is why I and others wanted Carlos out after 'Udders. We only had a limited time frame to seal promotion in, and we blew the third season by keeping him.
  15. Good analysis. The thing is that this is where a manager's experience and confidence comes in, the latter in particular. Dave Jones, disliked though he was, would doubtless have changed things to scupper what Alex Neil was implementing. He might have even had the assurance to change things from the start and completely thwart Neil's plans. Remember Big Ron's long ball which was having Man Utd's full back in all sorts of trouble in 1991, and Wilson and Nilsson doubling up to stop Sharpe too? As you say, there are two teams on the pitch and it's about which manager implements his players best.
  16. True. I'm not convinced with Moore tactically, but there's no doubting his recruitment prowess. For the first time in so long we're getting it right in that department. Young players who won't break the bank - and the fans' pockets - and who can be improved and flogged on if necessary.
  17. I'd also add to the list that his recruitment has been very good, and as a person he's well liked by the fans too. And if a manager can cope with Channers, then you're half way there anyway. I don't dispute that he ticks many boxes, and I was in favour of his appointment. My problem is that so many teams rely on set pieces at this level that you have to be able to defend against them. And next season everybody will have Sunderland's approach when playing us, save the likes of MK Dons. Lincoln stopped Bannan, for instance, and we were very poor. I think we need to get someone in to deal with the defending, at least. Rotherham's promotion was based on solid defending, and I think they'd only conceded 18 in the league when they came here in the early spring.
  18. It was not sacking Carlos soon enough which cost us a third shot at promotion to the PL... What you say is true, regarding stability and building some sort of infrastructure from the bottom up. I don't think anyone disagrees with that. The question many of us have, though, is "Why Moore?". Many interviews I heard at other clubs over the course of the season would suggest that, in the opinion of their players and their managers, our squad was arguably the strongest in the league. I disagree with that personally, but our fourth-placed finish wasn't a great achievement based on our playing staff and our budget. At best, we broke even. We never managed to cure ourselves of our defensive problems from set pieces all season long, we over-elaborated in the defensive third, and it was largely injury problems which forced Moore into a stable team selection. And Daz was also lucky to have such a quality squad at his disposal when injuries struck too. Tactically he was outwitted in the two semi-finals, and we were meekly eliminated. Based on what I've seen, and making comparisons with other clubs with far fewer resources, I just don't understand why Moore would be given 2 more seasons.
  19. Not really surprising when you consider that he kept Carlos after the 'Udders shambles. Since he arrived Chansiri has brought some very good players to this club, but apart from his appointing Steve Bruce he's never been able to get things right managerially. Retaining Moore simply continues that tradition.
  20. Did he manage to get any digs in at Wednesday? He's like a broken-winded horse. What a bullet hole.
  21. It's the humility of Tufty and St Hecky of Royston which gets me right here. Simple, modest, self-effacing men managing a virtuous club and leading pious lives. Men so devoid of self-pride that every day upon waking they apologize for even having the temerity to exist at all.
  22. Yes, that was a truly appalling defeat, especially given the circumstances. My wife's husband is a Blade and he shut himself away in his room and refused to come out. We tried to coax him out with the promise of various alcoholic beverages, and it was only a raging thirst which finally drove him out.
  23. And humble, let's not forget that. That's come straight from Uriah Wilder's mouth.
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