When I give such opinions, I am countered with some strange observations, regarding what I apparently 'want', such as a return to the Smith years, or another mediocre British pro-licence mid-table coach to replace the superior version we currently have.
So this is what I want:
I want our expensive coaching staff to train our expensive footballers to pass to each other and have the confidence to do so regularly. If they can't do this, what the heck are they paid for?
I want our strikers to play in the opposition half, preferably near their goal. That way, there's more chance they will score and earn their money. Also the added bonus of them not giving away free kicks from which our opponents score.
I want our team to have more than one player who can pass and take free kicks, rather than look to Arteta. No wonder he looks shot to bits.
I want my club to have a proper scouting system, so we can get quality young players for next to nothing, rather than pay £15m for 'one for the future'
I want a bigger squad, so that we can maintain our winning runs and not see good players physically and mentally shattered and losing their confidence because they can't cope with the demands of the way we currently play.
I want our manager to have the balls to bring in some strong characters who can fix things on the pitch. The best managers increase their authority by giving some of it to their stronger players.
I want our manager to stop moaning about agents and just close some deals. Remember that it was Crystal Palace's refusal to deal with an agent that got us Cahill.
If our manager is so highly regarded around the football world, I'd like to see him attract some quality young English players to the club that's finished 6th & 5th in the last two seasons.
I want some sense that we're going in some kind of planned direction, rather than the 'make do and mend' approach over the past few years.
This might seem like utopian nonsense to some ? just seems like common sense to me. Instead of moaning about 'money', 'agents' why don't we change our attitude, spend some time building the future of the club properly? This may involve the current management, it may involve additional specialist coaching, management, or scouting staff. What matters is that we build on the improvements of the last two years, rather than standing still, doing nothing and hoping, just hoping that something will change from somewhere.
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1 Posted 29/10/2008 at 14:32:55
When you break it down to bare bones, passing a football to a player in the same colour shirt and playing players in their correct positions is not rocket science.
2 Posted 29/10/2008 at 14:31:53
After all it is results that matter, not excuses. COYB!
3 Posted 29/10/2008 at 15:07:03
4 Posted 29/10/2008 at 16:06:36
I want our manager to learn from his mistakes..starting with not playing neville in midfield tonight!!!!!
I doubt i’ll see this one materialise.
5 Posted 29/10/2008 at 16:12:57
6 Posted 29/10/2008 at 16:00:35
Mr Chucklebrother listen closely.."You dont have a very long throw in, ok? let somebody else take one."
7 Posted 29/10/2008 at 17:11:12
COYB please beat Bolton tonight & settle my nerves a bit !
8 Posted 29/10/2008 at 17:48:51
9 Posted 29/10/2008 at 18:35:06
10 Posted 29/10/2008 at 19:18:09
11 Posted 29/10/2008 at 19:23:36
maybe someone will be broadcasting on sopcast.
12 Posted 29/10/2008 at 19:28:10
13 Posted 29/10/2008 at 19:34:20
14 Posted 29/10/2008 at 19:34:34
15 Posted 29/10/2008 at 19:41:06
By the way,is Castillo,injured or has he offended the manager?
16 Posted 29/10/2008 at 19:55:38
17 Posted 29/10/2008 at 20:05:43
18 Posted 29/10/2008 at 20:34:23
19 Posted 29/10/2008 at 21:18:26
Drop Neville back to RB and Hibbert, I think we have a major problem at RB!, hopefully Lars Jacobsen is the answere. I reckon we will sneak it 1-0 tonight!
20 Posted 30/10/2008 at 00:39:01
What are Fridays Lottery numbers please ?!!!!
21 Posted 30/10/2008 at 00:57:47
It sounded to me that a better scouting system was one of the main causes of the delay in Moyses contract as he knows that is lacking. It seems like he?s fought tooth and nail for just that.
A bigger squad ? absolutely... but we can only just afford what we?ve got!! Why can?t we attract bigger names well it doesn?t matter what the reputation of a manager ? simple ? greedy footballers want more MONEY!
Building a team with a sense of purpose and forward planning takes time and patience, especially when you?ve not got money and they are things a lot of fans don?t seem to have.
22 Posted 30/10/2008 at 03:02:18
Get JV or VA with LS and drop the Yak for the FFC game it will do him the world of good... check last season?s state when Moyes last done that... COYB
23 Posted 30/10/2008 at 14:44:12
24 Posted 31/10/2008 at 09:54:51
I’m just surprised that considering we’ve finished 6th and 5th in the last two seasons and have a ’great young manager’, we struggle to get players at all. Surely it’s more than ’money’?
Does it really cost a fortune to get highly paid ’licenced’ coaches to teach highly paid footballers to pass a ball and have the confidence to do so under pressure?
Does it really cost a lot of money and take seven years to build a reliable and consistent scouting system?
If we can find £15m for a ’promising young player’ on deadline day, is it really financially impossible for us to attract and keep young English talent?
Considering that for as long as I can remember, ’we have no money’, I expected Moyes to make a scouting system a relatively cheap priority from day one.
Anybody know how much Man City’s scouting system costs? Perhaps we should have poached the guy who runs that instead of the guy who made Newcastle great last season?
25 Posted 31/10/2008 at 21:04:55
26 Posted 01/11/2008 at 08:49:48
Practically the same players this season who seem to be panic-stricken into getting rid of the ball at all costs.