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Inferiority complex?

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I was struck yesterday by a quote from Dave Whelan, Chairman of Wigan.

"With Paul Jewell, I always felt that the size of the challenge against the Big Four got to him a bit and he sent the lads out to keep the scoreline down. He gave the big guns too much respect whereas, because Steve played at their level, he feels their equal. He respects them as clubs but sees them as potential scalps when he faces them."

Perhaps Our Davey has an inferiority complex, too, because his playing career was so modest. If so, he should take a few lessons fron Wenger and Mourinho ? they couldn`t play at all!
Colin  Trew, Aughton     Posted 10/05/2008 at 09:03:26

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Connor Rohrer
1   Posted 10/05/2008 at 15:02:53

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Thats just a cheap dig at an old manager in my opinion. Whelan seems to be very bitter. Paul Jewell worked wonders for them and should be respected for what he did at Wigan.

Moyes has beaten the top four before. We took four points off both Liverpool and Arsenal last season as well as a point of Chelsea. This season we?ve made crucial mistakes at crucial times. Indvidual errors by indiviual players.

On the whole our performances have been decent and we have certainly held our own but the mistakes need to be cut out. That's my opinion anyway.
Peter Barnes
2   Posted 10/05/2008 at 15:45:35

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If Moyes really had an inferiority complex about the top 4, he?d be coming out with defeatist comments about never being able to break into the top 4, like Keegan said and that Coppell and Redknapp agreed with.

The fact Moyes is one of the few who truly believes we can break into the top 4 proves he doesn?t have an inferiority complex.
Michael Kenrick
3   Posted 10/05/2008 at 15:55:43

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And yet the way that he approaches those individual games against the top four (this season at least) shows that something seems to have gotten to him. Perhaps he?s having trouble transitioning from the negative blocking tactics that were successful against them and a lot of other teams in previous seasons, to a more adaptive approach that needs some extra guile (and luck and decent refereeing). He?s played it too safe, and failed against them this season.
Jay Harris
4   Posted 10/05/2008 at 16:19:03

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Or perhaps he doesnt have enough faith in the players to compete on level terms with 200million pound teams.
Stefan Tosev
5   Posted 10/05/2008 at 16:18:27

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Michael,

IMO we capitulated in our last 3 games against Sky 4 during our run-in slump, prior to that both MU games,Arsenal at home, Chelsea away and Liverpool at GP we played decent stuff and got beaten by individual mistakes, rather than being out played. I can't account to Moyes for them.

Chelsea (CC away first leg), at home (EPL) and Arsenal away are the games where we should and could have approached the game diffently.
Connor Rohrer
6   Posted 10/05/2008 at 16:32:25

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Michael Kenrick, in some ways I agree with you but most of the time playing Neville in midfield and Hibbert at right back has been forced due to injuries, suspensions, african nations etc.

We have rarely had our positive attacking players fit against the top four this season and we have rarely been at full strength. Cahill, Osman, Arteta and Pienaar have all been out during periods of the season and especially when we competete against the "top four".

Moyes showed last season that if he has his attacking players ready he?ll play them. Fernandes, Arteta and Osman all started in our win against Arsenal as did Cahill, Osman and Arteta in our 3-0 win against Liverpool last season.
Paul Hennessey
7   Posted 10/05/2008 at 17:23:28

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It's got nothing to do with his playing career - half the problem in this country is that people seem to think you have to have been a good player to be a good coach/manager and that is a big reason why so few English coaches are coming through these days

I don't think any of the managers of the ??big four?? had outstanding playing careers either or for that matter did Mourinho - so I think that has nothing to do with a perceived inferiority complex.
James O'Donnell
8   Posted 10/05/2008 at 22:20:44

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I have to comment as this is the first time I have ever agreed with something Michael Kenrick has said. I?m gobsmacked but I think you have it spot on there Michael. He has been trying to be their equal in football this year but the team has not quite up to it. I think he may have gone a bit overboard with it in an effort to avoid getting tarred with the hoofball dogs of war tag. Didn?t work though did it as we didn?t win any of the games and we are still getting tarred with the boring hoofball tag.
Arthur Jones
9   Posted 11/05/2008 at 06:37:10

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I think DM has done a good job this season. He?s ?cut his cloth according to his means?. At times earlier in the season we were playing some of the best football seen at GP for over 20 years but circumstances dictated that we couldn?t maintain the continuity,.. Injuries, AFCON, tiredness, and a relatively small squad all contributed to our lack of recent form, not to mention the "Fiorentina" effect.

The only time I can really recall Moyes making what I consider to be a really horrendous error, an absolutely jaw dropping one, was the Spurs substitution, taking Manny off and bringing on Hibbo. But the reaction to that seemed to goad him into playing a more adventurous style for the rest of the season which got us into 6th place and Uefa Cup qualification.

Unfortunately, Alex Young and Bally don?t play for the blues any more so the School of Science days, which we all long for, are a long way off yet. If we can get a larger squad with a few more SKILFUL midfielders, then I think DM can bring us to at least some semblance of the golden years.

Sean Allison
10   Posted 11/05/2008 at 08:59:22

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Since Moyes's arrival we have beaten Liverpool twice, Arsenal twice, Man Utd once, and taken points from Stamford Bridge, The Emirates, Old Tarfford and Anfield. Moyes's record against ?The 4? is as good as anyone's with the same amount of spending and a lot better than most. The fact that we haven?t done as well this season, when we all know our squad and football has vastly improved, should not obscure the fact.
Peter Clarke
11   Posted 11/05/2008 at 11:42:56

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1 point out of a possible 24 against the top 4, and the 1 point we did get was a very lucky draw. Moyes seems to approach these games with "not lose first, win second" mentality. As the saying goes, show me someone who’s afraid to lose and I’ll show you someone you can beat every time.

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