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  1. We signed 14 players in the summer, how many would you consider leaders? Gregory, I think that's probably it. It's staggering really, as this has been an issue for years now since the Loovens/Semedo era, and we still haven't addressed it.
  2. Could go on all day here. A hell of a lot comes from spectacular boardroom mismanagement and understandable toxicity from that, but I’ll leave that as the obvious issue. For me, one huge repeating factor is the weight of pressure and expectation - not that it exists but it’s horrendously addressed by the club. We keep appointing managers and signing players who can’t hack it. So many of our recent managers have been more bothered about nullifying the opposition in home games, than thinking actually I have 20,000 fans at my disposal here, let’s get at teams and get them on my side, make this a hard place to come. We have an expectant fan base, with a living memory of being one of top clubs in the country in the early 90s. We obviously aren’t going back to that, but the expectation that we should be a top tier side rightly or wrongly isn’t going anywhere. Therefore, find personnel that can deal with it, and perhaps get what it means to manage a club like this. We’ve had one season in recent times where a manager harnessed that - Carlos first year. Attacking football, the use the crowd as an intimating factor (Arsenal game anyone?) and expectation to drive the players on. I appreciate it’s not that simple, but at least act like we’re up for a challenge.
  3. He needs to drop this ‘horses for courses’ mentality before it’s too late. I don’t think it works with L1 footballers. We’re coming to the end of October with zero idea of what our best side is, and players know it’s an absolute lottery what the next games side will be no matter how they play. He needs to pick his best team, and a formation, with the next 3/4 games in mind, and go with it. Assuming there is zero chance he’ll go 442, I’d gamble on this: BPF Hunt Iorfa Dunkley Palmer Bannan Adeniran Berahino (we’ve got to roll the dice now we’ve got him and get him on the pitch using his pace) Paterson Shodipo (pace either side up top third) Gregory Obviously if Luongo, Windass, Hutch are fit, they’re back in
  4. Teams smell blood with us now, and probably have for a long time - even a new bunch of players haven't been able to get over our longstanding record of chucking in late goals to gift points away. You'd imagine opposition's pregame analysis stresses that you're never out of the game against this lot. We need our management to take this head on now, its no good pretending its a blip or unlucky or we've switched off and so on. Teams are up for a scrap in this league anyway, let alone against sides they know are historically fragile. Unless we are somehow 3 up going into injury time, you're never really out of the game against us! Its not about Moore setting up to protect one goal leads, or shutting up shop when a team grabs a goal back, parking the bus etc. Its more an attitude - if teams want a fight, we'll give them it. For 90 minutes. Letting them off the hook with "oh we were great for 45/60/70 mins today" just won't wash this season, that's becoming pretty obvious to us all. Moore was known for being a tough, no-nonsense defender, who led teams. We need to see some of these qualities in how he's going to set us up this season - this idea they've clearly got that we're just going to waltz up to games and "play through the thirds" or whatever, and teams will let us do it, just isn't materialising. We're probably not as good as he thought we were to do this. There's still time to change his approach, and we absolutely have the players to do this - press, be aggressive etc. Its basic league 1 stuff, but if we don't start doing it, we aren't going anywhere, because if not teams will keep hounding us all game and we'll keep throwing away leads.
  5. Agreed. Whilst I don't think this current formation suits us, I suspect its only marginal gains moving to another one while ever we keep playing as we are. We were led to believe we'd get exciting attacking football under Moore, a young manager with fresh ideas. Yet his 'identity' at the moment appears nothing more than always playing out of the back. That isn't an identity, that's a tiny cog in a wider machine. Its looking clearer by the game that he's neglected the rest of what you need to do when playing out from the back, or the players just aren't up to doing it. You can play neat passing football in this league without it being so lethargic. Fine play out from the back, but also use an intense press, look to hit teams early when possession turns round, etc. At least act like you're trying to play on the front-foot.
  6. But if we’re playing from the back, you need someone there to link it together surely from deep. Wing and Adeniran abdicated that responsibility first half and we then had centre halves who aren’t any good on the ball trying to thread passes longer up the field. The problem when Bannan is deep isn’t him but that we then need other players to step up and move for the next ball. They usually just run off and Bannan has to try and pull something out of thin air. Anyway, not a a Bannan thread I suppose - more making the point that playing him on the right wing was absolute lunacy. Smacked of a manager getting too clever about things and muddled thinking. 100% with you about needing to start Berahino and lack of pace in general. Killing us at the moment. Trying to hit pacy widemen, or running at full backs at speed, seems an obvious L1 formula.
  7. One of the most worrying signs for me is that he’s got into his own head about certain things, and it’s clouding his judgement big time. Main example. We have one of the best deep lying centre midfielders outside the Prem in Bannan, yet Moore is constantly tinkering with him either higher up or out wide. At the same time Moore is trying to play out from the back with people who don’t like being on the ball and have no one to pass to, but the one person in the squad who could pick the ball up comfortably and link defence to midfield was ambling round somewhere on the right wing. It’s like Moore is trying too hard to prove we can play without Bannan in his preferred and best position. It’s absolute madness. And it’s going to cost him his job at this rate. And I say that as someone who is absolutely willing him to succeed.
  8. I'm not saying I disagree with the idea of not changing a winning team, but Moore keeps referencing his 'horses for courses' strategy. If he's serious about that, then there is no way our starting wingers for a home game we really need to win and get on the front foot with are going to be a left back (Brown) and a centre midfielder (Adeniran) like he set up at Wigan.
  9. BPF Palmer Iorfa Dunkley (Hutch if fit) Johnson (I think his ability to deliver the ball into the box from deep is going to be crucial at home when trying to break teams down, gives us a different option) Bannan Adeniran Paterson (harsh to drop after Wigan) Wing Shodipo Gregory
  10. He’s a 10. Windass when he’s back is a 10. Berahino, Paterson, all very good options in L1 for playing off a main physical striker (in either a 4231 or 442). Instead we’re persevering with a system that isn’t getting the best out of anyone and nullifying some of our most potentially creative players.
  11. Wasn't it suggested by some that we have some sort of buy-back? It was meant to be a loan originally but we ended up going for a full transfer with an option for later if needs be? I could be mixing things up, and it sounds too much like a sensible thing for it to be true anyway.
  12. I think that while ever we are/were a Championship club, he'd retain his ownership as he probably thought that there's always a chance we'd stumble upon a promotion and solve all his issues. We know from his comments to Monk about play-offs etc this season that he's occupying a parallel universe in this regards with the players we have; delusion, desperation, or blind optimism who knows. As soon as we're relegated, that "puncher's chance" disappears and he has to face a reckoning. And that comes down to resources. If he doesn't have the resources for us anymore (which the evidence we have about late wages etc suggests could be true), then its either sell up, or dig in and run us on a shoestring budget. And the latter makes it incredibly difficult to see any return for him, beyond the money back for the stadium in rent.
  13. Agreed. This can’t be a procedural thing we keep falling foul of. Once maybe, twice ok, but this is ongoing. You’d work out an alternative way by now if so. It stinks of plate spinning and having to move money from x y and z to then put into the club.
  14. The odd time he’s played further forward, he’s never got on the ball and we’ve been worse off for it. He had to watch Pelupessy or the centre backs belting it over his head or out of play instead. I’ve never got this obsession with getting him up the pitch either - his shooting isn’t good enough for a start. He’s at his best with the game in front of him, undoubtedly for me. You don’t have to possess all of Alan Irvine’s coaching badges to know that playing three centre backs, a defensive midfielder, and a deep lying playmaker is a recipe for trouble though, as you’re too congested centrally in your own territory. With 3 at the back we could have done without a defensive mid, but our defenders are that limited that I think managers are reluctant to play without that protector. But then that impacts Bannan and the space he needs. Luongo (or even Lee, but I’ve done that to death) were at least able to break through the pitch and that gave Bannan space and options. Our other centre mids haven’t been able to and it’s killed us and our one creative player.
  15. I think as soon as it goes out of your own hands, the nerves aren't really there as much. If we take it to the last game and a win definitely keeps us up, I'll be all over the place. Tomorrow though, meh.
  16. I think even had he been appointed straight after Pulis (instead of waiting months for the wheels to fall off again under the caretaker and be forced into making a decision) and we'd have probably just had enough.
  17. IF we are in an OK position as a club at the time he leaves Leicester, I'd say we would have a reasonable shout of having his final season or two with us. He is actually a proper fan - not one of these types who says they follow x or y, but really doesn't care that much. He'll have made more money than he'll ever need, and with the character he is, I bet he'd fancy a go at it here. His career has also had such a narrative to it - and coming back to his boyhood side for his final year closes it quite nicely for him. The issue with this plan is I fully expect that, unless the ownership changes, we'll still be playing League 1/2 football by the time he retires. And I'm not so sure he'd do that. The fairytale finish to be dangled is returning to your hometown club to help them get to the Premier League, not to secure a midtable League 1 finish.
  18. I find it more than a bit coincidental that he had Alonso in and around the place for so long. Who knows what his role actually was (was hit to help broker a deal and transition between ownership?) but I find it a bit hard to believe he was just here as a commercial adviser. There could be all sorts of reasons why he rejected the Alonso “offer”, it may not purely be down to the amount not being high enough. With the way the club has been run this season, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s looking for an out, particularly now we’re down. While ever we are in the Championship, there is always a (slight!) chance you’ll get lucky and go up. Now we’re about to rejoin L1, so much extra work and resource is required, and his actions this year don’t look like a man willing or able to do so (that January transfer window being proof). His best bet now might be to sell up with a deferred payment if we reach the Prem?
  19. Even IF we recruit well and comprehensively, it will still ask a lot of them to gel and hit the ground running. And that’s even accounting for us recruiting properly. In reality I’m assuming our business will consist of some more Cardiff/Derby cast-offs, and releasing then re-signing Hutchinson.
  20. Our squad is notoriously mentally fragile. Pulis tried the ‘calling them out’ method and found himself out of a job a few weeks later. Thompson apparently did the same and results fell away for him too and they packed in. This lot collectively just can’t hack it - you only have to look at how many points they’ve chucked away over the past year or two, or how they never recover from going a goal behind, to see that fragility. A proper squad could handle being told hard truths, our lot just can’t. The only minor chance Moore had was probably to give them crazy amounts of positive reinforcement, and hope it coaxes them into something. I don’t for one second think that he actually believes what he’s saying. He should be judged on what he does next season.
  21. The Lee formula should be our first go-to. That is players who previously had long spells at academies of the top clubs in the country, who then had to drop down and successfully prove themselves at a lower league club. If you can find players who fit into those parameters, you're more likely to be getting a technically sound player (due to their years spent at a top academy) who has potential to progress up the leagues with you, and also has desirable metal attributes as they've bounced back and started to rebuild a career doing the hard yards in the lower leagues. I don't know enough about L1/L2 players to know if there are any that fit within that category and are realistic signings financially.
  22. He probably has to play purely because the alternatives are either worse or too inexperienced for a relegation run in. He was Watfords best player in injury time. Once when he strolled to get a ball to take a throw in in 91st minute, but then 2 minutes later he jogged to retrieve a ball for a Watford throw and somehow ended up throwing it further away. Just no urgency to his game at all. He’s one of a very small number of players who could make a difference. You can hide behind not getting your preferred position or tactics or whatever, but it’s up to him whether he goes beyond the bare minimum or not.
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