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1 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:03:36
2 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:25:06
3 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:36:11
But itÂs the sheer unadulterated negativity of it I just canÂt stand... why highlight errors and incompetence when there are so many positives to talk up? Is it any wonder weÂre so miserable??? Where's the constructive criticism? [Blah, blah, blah]
In case you missed the point, I think the whole article is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, judging by the self-deprecating comments sprinkled throughout...
4 Posted 19/05/2015 at 19:49:29
1: Not making substitutions when losing.
2: Making substitutions in the last 2 min when losing.
3: Subbing a defender on when looking for goals.
4: Playing players out of position.
5: Continually using tactics that are found to be ineffective.
6: Dropping players on form for managers pet favorites.
I wonder which club would emerge on top?
5 Posted 19/05/2015 at 23:12:06
6 Posted 20/05/2015 at 09:30:38
7 Posted 20/05/2015 at 15:16:16
You are right, it is all a bit tongue in cheek given some of the criteria.
However the reason we fare so badly in the analysis is the number of errors that have either led to goals or shots on goals.
Maybe you could interpret this as the manager having been let down by his players?
8 Posted 20/05/2015 at 15:23:05
If a team of players performs well and wins trophies, the manager gets massive credit for making it happen. So flip that around... ineptitude over the season reflects badly on the manager. If a team of players performs very poorly, itÂs usually the manager who gets it in the neck.
TÂwas ever thus.
9 Posted 20/05/2015 at 19:04:31
Some of our senior players probably had to have a good hard look at themselves at a certain point this season and realise they had been below the standard required and the standards they had played to before.
10 Posted 21/05/2015 at 13:51:13
Is this managers trying to be too clever and forgetting to deal with the basics? Probably not, but as far as weÂre concerned it certainly feels like weÂve shot ourselves in the foot this season rather than that other teams have been better than us.
John, Denver, Jim Â– if you ever happen across fans of other teams discussing their managers, youÂll realise it sounds a lot like 95% of teams every season under any manager.
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