In the cool light of day, obviously it's inpractical even if I still thought that. You look at paying Moyes's contract off for the next three years (£3M/yr) and then paying someone like Bolton compensation for (for arguement's sake) Owen Coyle ? and it's not going to happen, nor probably should it. Moyes has many many positives and is a great manager but right now he needs to have a good look at himself.
I'd like to see him improve... as with some players he too has a weakness in his game:
I can understand him starting with Cahill upfront ? really I can. The logic was there with the strikers not scoring etc. But, after 25 minutes clearly it wasn't working. Why not change it there and then? Or at the very least, change it at half time??
After 25 minutes I thought he should have subbed Hibbert for Saha or Beckford and put Rodwell into central defense. Hibbert's too small and not strong enough for the center and clearly Cahill is less effective uptop. The Hammers were looking dangerous as Hibbo wasn't clearing the danger from crosses in his central berth.
Now, after that tactical ineptitude I find it incredable to give Beckford all of 3½ minutes and totally scandalous to then give Bilyaletdinov all of 90 seconds. Not only was it unfair on the two players to think they can contribute in that time, but way more worrying the fact they were so late ? and not made simultaneously ? suggest's he was running the clock out for a point. A frigging point.... Running the clock out? Are you serious??
Attitudes need to change and it starts at the top. It seems medicrocity or just doing 'average' is acceptable. That was 2 points PISSED away at West Ham ? along with countless others. A point isn't good enough from that game yet, at the end, he's playing out time for one when we should be going for three?
Moyes obviously has many strong points but I wish he would be more positive ? not necersarily with his starting tactics ? as I say, I could see the logic in Cahill up-top, but more positive in making a change when it clearly isnt working. I'll bet you Mourinho would have made a substitution after 25 minutes as soon as he saw it ar at least at half-time. Personally I would have re-subbed Yakubu too as he is one lazy bastard when he doesn't care.
I don't believe Moyes would not have been thinking the same problems and issues, so why not have some courage and make substitutions early and have time to put it right? We're a way better team than mid-table but not if we keep being so rigid and so predictable from the bench.
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1 Posted 30/12/2010 at 20:27:53
Moyes Isn't a great manager, he's like O'Neill ? decent yet vastly overrated and is helped by managing in what I think is a poor-standard league. When Moyes comes up against good continental sides, his failings as a manager are there for all to see and, unfortunately (as I like the man), he will never develop into a manager who'll be anything more than 'decent'.
The subs in the last minute were scandalous and his general lack of reading how a game is panning out is his ultimate failing.
2 Posted 30/12/2010 at 20:35:59
3 Posted 30/12/2010 at 20:37:48
4 Posted 30/12/2010 at 21:07:24
Moyes has turned into a complete idiot.
5 Posted 30/12/2010 at 21:21:07
It is all well and good for Moyes to complain about their performance yet maybe it is his own ineptitude as a coach that is at fault. All three have proved unsuitable for 4-5-1, thus Moyes has to either change tactics or get rid of them.
6 Posted 30/12/2010 at 23:01:23
7 Posted 31/12/2010 at 01:08:20
I think we can all see that DM has gone stale and needs a new challenge elsewhere. DM has had some sucess but we still ain't won anything. When we went up 1-0 up in the FA Cup Final, we tried to defend that lead for the next 90 mins whereas a more positive approach may have been the order of the day.
This season, 4 wins and 10 draws is not good enough. As I said, what about Dave Jones???
8 Posted 31/12/2010 at 09:00:18
Please, no 'greedy mercenaries who couldn't care' views. I'd just like to know as they are the ones who have to play this system.
9 Posted 31/12/2010 at 09:35:53
It didn't gel but, having said that, even when we went behind I genuinely thought we were the only team that was going to win that match and a lot of managers would be worried to change things up when it looks like their team is shading it.
My biggest concerns are:
Phil Neville ? love the guy as a captain and warrior but he is simply lacking as a complete modern full back, hence imbalancing our team.
Tony Hibbert ? Again, love the spirit but he is now technically below the standard that i believe is required.
Mikel Arteta ? A shadow of his former self at the moment. Not sure whether he needs playing or resting.
Strikers ? or lack thereof. Yak looks unfit again, Saha seems totally ineffectual. Though also lacking required technical skill, I believe Beckford has looked most likely to make something happen.
10 Posted 31/12/2010 at 10:45:57
Bill "Mr 24/7" Kenwright... that's another issue.
11 Posted 31/12/2010 at 15:16:08
12 Posted 31/12/2010 at 17:21:32
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