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The ineptitude numbers are in

19/05/2015  Comments (10)  jump
The Guardian has compiled a list of indicators reflecting how inept each club has supposedly been this season.

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Patrick Murphy
1 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:03:36
If we manage to score a few more own goals in the final match and finish top? Is there a place in the Europa League available?
Andrew Ellams
2 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:25:06
It would mean a lot more if it actually had some sort of correlation with the league table. Yet another example of pointless statistics that will get the stattos out there throwing their arms about.
Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:36:11
So, if the top two teams in terms of ineptitude were relegated – while the Champions come bottom – doesn’t that represent some sort of loose correlation, Andrew?

But itÂ’s the sheer unadulterated negativity of it I just canÂ’t stand... why highlight errors and incompetence when there are so many positives to talk up? Is it any wonder weÂ’re 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...

John Zapa
4 Posted 19/05/2015 at 19:49:29
Other missing inept categories should include:

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?

Denver Daniels
5 Posted 19/05/2015 at 23:12:06
John, I know you are alluding to us under our current manager, but you could easily attribute all those points to us under Moyes as well. Maybe great minds do think alike :-)

Jim Lloyd
6 Posted 20/05/2015 at 09:30:38
Well John, that sounds just like Everton under Moyes.
Graham Mockford
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?

Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 20/05/2015 at 15:23:05
I agree, it was a significant factor, Graham, but IÂ’m not sure I agree either with your focus on one element, or your conclusion.

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, itÂ’s usually the manager who gets it in the neck.

TÂ’was ever thus.

Graham Mockford
9 Posted 20/05/2015 at 19:04:31
Agreed Michael, hence my use of the word maybe. The buck always stops with the manager but as it’s never as black and white as all that.

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.

Mike Allison
10 Posted 21/05/2015 at 13:51:13
It is basically just daft, but the standouts in there are Everton, Liverpool and Man United, who will all feel they should be higher in the league than they really are.

Is this managers trying to be too clever and forgetting to deal with the basics? Probably not, but as far as weÂ’re concerned it certainly feels like weÂ’ve shot ourselves in the foot this season rather than that other teams have been better than us.

John, Denver, Jim – if you ever happen across fans of other teams discussing their managers, you’ll realise it sounds a lot like 95% of teams every season under any manager.

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