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1 Posted 30/04/2021 at 07:51:52
2 Posted 30/04/2021 at 08:56:29
3 Posted 30/04/2021 at 08:58:06
4 Posted 30/04/2021 at 09:02:08
What strikes me is the value of not just managing players from different nationalities and cultures, but the importance and value of doing it in different countries. Our continental counterparts and South Americans have always been better at this. The outcome, as in Ancelotti's case is they properly understand the traits and cultural nuances of the players they are managing because they have lived and worked in their countries. They will understand the character and psyche better.
Not picking on the British, but we have never been good at encouraging our players and managers to go abroad to broaden their experience. I just wonder if that results in British managers who, yes, manage multi-national squads, but expect everyone to behave like a British player, both on and off the pitch.
Just a thought.
Great words on Tom Davies. I think Ancelotti is managing him really well and subsequently getting more out of him. Many of us have doubted Davies, myself included. So credit to those who didn't, credit to the coaching staff, and most of all, credit to the player for proving doubters wrong. I think stability is key to players like Davies and we just haven't had that in recent seasons.
Thanks again, Paul.
5 Posted 30/04/2021 at 09:12:08
Yes, Carlo is disarmingly frank - he does not have his nose up in the air (contrast him with Mourinho, for God's sake!). His comparison to himself with Tom Davies, must be bit unsettling for Tom that Carlo does not rate him high technically. I believe Tom has a very good future with us. A midfield of Davies, Allan and Doucoure is quite dynamic while being also quite solid at protecting the back. I was hoping to see more of Gbamin this season, but he seems to be cursed at the moment!
6 Posted 30/04/2021 at 09:20:59
7 Posted 30/04/2021 at 09:31:06
8 Posted 30/04/2021 at 09:43:39
Like they say, there are no pictures on a scorecard in golf; similarly there are no Birth Certificates with posts on ToffeeWeb. From an early age, and as a fairly avid reader, I suppose Charles Dickens's descriptive writing started it off in me. Not only do I try to envisage the subjects in the story, but also the Author, assuming he/she hasn't had pictures plastered everywhere as the media tend to do these days, and often 'spoil the illusion'. Take care and thanks!
9 Posted 30/04/2021 at 10:19:07
The 1970 Brazil manager said, for every maestro to perform, there has to somebody to push the piano on the stage... no shame in being the piano pusher (unlike a wall pusher... allegedly).
10 Posted 30/04/2021 at 10:35:35
That'll do me.
11 Posted 30/04/2021 at 10:36:44
Derek T, 'Piano Pusher' always remind me of the old PG Tips adverts where the Chimps were the stars, and I thought very well put together, with the Wardrobe Department excelling too. Do you know the "Piano is on my Foot ?" " No, but if you hum it, I'll Play it! :-) Classic!
12 Posted 30/04/2021 at 10:42:37
P.S Happy birthday Paul, and I doubt there are not too many older than Mr Knox. ðŸ˜„ðŸ˜„ðŸ˜„
14 Posted 30/04/2021 at 10:46:07
15 Posted 30/04/2021 at 11:13:07
16 Posted 30/04/2021 at 11:51:07
PS Happy Birthday Paul, nice article
17 Posted 30/04/2021 at 16:57:00
His contributions at the General Meeting of Shareholders in January 2020 suggested he was at the club for the long haul. Everything we have heard from him since then has confirmed that early impression. In football terms he is a statesman with the experience and wisdom garnered from years playing and managing across Europe at the top level.
18 Posted 30/04/2021 at 18:14:36
For anyone interested, you can view and listen to the entire hour long Q&A on UoL's site. Fast forward to around the 12 minute mark to get beyond the introductions to when Carlo appears. A good listen.
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