1.) When appointed to the job, he was asked "what have you learnt from your experiences at Derby?". He said that he learnt that he probably tried to change too much too soon. In his first summer at the club, he signed something like 15 new players and it ended in failure. At Christmas, he was asked "what do you think went wrong?". Jewells answer? "I probably tried to change too much too soon".
2.) When Jewell was appointed, he was asked what type of side he was looking to play. He talked about how he had always liked to play attacking football, liked a traditional 4-4-2 with wingers. In his entire time as manager, he barely ever played a 4-4-2. In his first summer at the club, he signed Lee Bowyer, Jimmy Bullard and Keith Andrews, all central midfielders, to join Grant Leadbitter. He didnt sign a single winger in that time, nor in the rest of his ITFC career.
3.) In his first summer, he talked about taking time, building for the future, a long term plan. Then proceeded to sign a whole series of 30-something players, many on short term contracts, or loans. They team suffered some horrendous results, had a brief period of 6 games where a formation worked before it was horribly exposed and the club sunk towards the bottom of the table. We lost 4-0 at Burnley and Jewell asked fans for patience, reminding that it takes time to build a winning team (despite no evidence that he was building a long term strategy). At Christmas, Jewell confessed that he had actually been working to a short term plan to win promotion, but it hadnt worked (quite spectacularly hadnt worked). Contradicting his requests for patience from supporters, which were simply with the aim of deflecting flak from a terrible team.
4.) We got injuries to almost every central midfielder and he played Hyam and Drury, both completely out of the pitcture at that point (Hyam said he was about to leave on loan at the time). They did well and he kept them in the team, suddenly professing that, this time, he really was building a long term plan. By the end of the season, Hyam had dropped out of the team and we were playing players like Leadbitter and Bowyer, both of whom were set to leave in the summer.
5.) He spent the entire sum of Connor Wickhams transfer fee on a series of players that had no future value, but were all about a big push for promotion. A push which went very wrong.
6.) He released many of our youth players, to the point that we had absolutely no youth system to speak of, something which hit us hard when the U21 league arrived and we had no players to fill it. Caolan Lavery was offered a risible contract and subsequently scored goals in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday. Cody Cropper is at Southampton. When we failed our Academy audit this summer for Category 1, one of the main failings that they club could actually put their finger on was the lack of young players who had been given opportunities in the first team in recent years. Jewell didnt play them, nor keep them.
7.) Jewell spoke of building a team for the future once again, yet his last acts as manager were to sign a whole load of experience short term signings, including a goalkeeper to replace the goalkeeper he had signed only two months earlier. His argument for doing so? That we needed some experience to help us move forwards with a young team.
8.) He openly ridiculed Gunnar Thordarssons as being "boring" because he was so intent on learning the game.
9.) Jewell brought Bullard, Chopra, Taylor and N'Daw to the club, all of whom ended up creating enormous bad publicity for the club. He brought Lee Bowyer to the club, who already had enormous bad publicity. Carlos Edwards brought bad publicity to the club whilst Jewell was manager. His judge of player ability was poor, but his judgement of character wasnt much better.
Jewell was given the almost unprecedented opportunity to have two different projects at ITFC. He failed the first one spectacularly and failed the second one almost as spectacularly, leaving us at the bottom of the table. Worst Manager ever.
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by his comments. I saw Mark Hughes interviewed after the QPR game where he answered comments about his players holding in the box by saying that the referees had made it clear that they wouldnt punish holding in the box unless it was on the player who the ball reached.
Hughes found out what is allowed and then told his players to work within those rules.
Rosler complains that the PL are applying different rules to the Championship and at the same time arguing that Ipswich were too aggressive. Evidently, one manager found out what would be allowed and what wouldnt. Comparing two leagues and saying "it isnt fair" makes you look foolish.
A guy from Vancouver is asking the club how he claims his one match discount, as per the membership. Apparently, the match is decided by the club. They will pick one game a year that presumably will, uniquely, suit the travelling habits of every single overseas fan.
McCarthy loves 4-4-2, we know that and, on the evidence so far, with two fairly defensive midfielders. When McGoldrick was injured, we brought in Williams and played 4-2-3-1 (or a form of 4-3-3, depending on how you look at it). Williams was an attacking midfielder behind a lone forward, still with two fairly defensive midfielders.
I cant see how Mick would fit Williams AND McGoldrick in the same team, unless it means either a.) playing McGoldrick as a lone forward (unlikely) or b.) removing one of those defensive midfielders (unlikely).
Last season I had a ticket right in the corner. One of the steps is slightly higher than the rest, for some reason. Pretty much everyone in the section spent half time watching people come out of the tunnel, look up as they started climbing the steps, working out where their seat is, only to trip on the step. Every time.
Read somewhere on saturday evening that we would stand a good chance of winning the world cup if we could pair the current attacking options with the 2006 defensive options.
It does highlight quite starkly just how big an issue the defence is. Luke Shaw may live up to the hype and become a natural successor to Ashley Cole. Certainly, in two tournament games, Leighton Baines has suggested that he isnt. Kyle Walker is a far better full back than Glen Johnson and may well be enough to get us through a few tournaments. But beyond that, things are pretty dire. Cahill and Jagielka are both decent centrebacks, but neither of them are good enough to lead the back four, to organise it or basically show the kind of quality that other countries have in this key position (see Godin for Uruguay). Its not just that we are lacking a Terry or Ferdinand, but in the past we have always taken someone like Keown, Carragher, Sol Campbell as backup options.
And there are no real options coming through to offer hope in this area either. Smalling and Jones represent the very same issue with England that they also represent at Man United- they arent the vision of the future that was perhaps expected. Its led United into the situation they are in.
Am I forgetting someone? Discussions this morning threw up Steven Caulker, but I dont think anyone is convinced. Its an area we have always been strong, but its really lacking.
"That's not all either - ALL MEMBERS, including Season Ticket Holders will receive a 'Members Pack', offering more value than ever before - Again, Brand New for 2014/15 !"
Inside your members pack- "Welcome Pack and Member Pin Badge"- thats right, not just an exclusive pin badge but a "Welcome Pack" too. Unclear what this is. Possibly a letter. Probably a letter. Regular E-Newsletter. No expense spared. I already get one of these. Shop Discount Events. As long as I spend money. They already have these too. Membership Card or Season Card. I already get one of these. Money cant buy experience- prize draw. Entry into a lottery.
In terms of "added value", this is all pretty low. A pin badge and entry into a lottery are the only actual extras.
If we are out of the play-off picture, Im not sure I quite agree with the suggestion that we should send back Williams, recall our loanees and experiment between now and the end of the season.
A bit of experimentation, particularly in the last couple of games, is beneficial when no-one else is particularly putting much effort in either. But its still fundamentally in the interests of the club that we give ourselves the best chance of winning games. There is a clear pattern between teams who finish a season poorly and continue it into the next season.
You only have to look at our side in 2011/12- despite Jewells attempts to frame a specific part of the season as "play-off form", we only won a couple of our last 10 games and that just rolled over into the following season (admittedly with a few players dissapearing in between).
One of the strongest points about the current squad, from the comments that come out of the club anyway, is the team spirit between the players and something of a sense that, even if they arent as good as the other teams, that is giving them some sort of advantage. A run of winless games to finish off the season could undermine that and undermine MM.
some valid points about the external factors that affect attendance too and it seems that some of those are probably responsible for the drop in attendances at Portman Road.
As much as the price is expensive, I dont know that people arent just bored of seeing a team that for the best part of 10 years have generally won as many games as they have lost each season.
Teams get a boost in attendance with a really good season and relegated teams bring a larger attendance down with them. Eventually, attendances fall away in time in both cases, but its been falling away for nearly 10 years for us. We need a good season to spike our attendances back up by a couple of thousand. The closest we got was appointing Keane.