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JET: Me and Mick Didn't Click
Tuesday, 6th Aug 2013 12:19

Former Blues midfielder Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has admitted that he and boss Mick McCarthy weren’t on the same wavelength when it came to utilising the 22-year-old’s talents during his time with Town. The ex-Arsenal youngster left Portman Road for Bristol City this summer in a swap deal which saw Paul Anderson move the other way.

Emmanuel-Thomas, who scored one and created one on his Robins debut, Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bradford, told the Bristol Post: "Mick McCarthy and I did not really click on the football pitch. We had different ideas and that is why I came to Bristol City.

"I wanted to be somewhere where I knew I would be given a free role to play football. Having played for [City manager] Sean [O’Driscoll while on loan at Doncaster] in the past, I knew what he would want from me"

The Londoner is viewed more as a withdrawn striker at Ashton Gate, a position he appears to relish more than the wide right role he usually occupied at Town where he was expected to be more involved at both ends of the field.

“I've come here to score goals and to create goals, it's as simple as that,” he said. “There will be games when I see a lot of the ball and other games when I don't see so much of it.

"Whatever the situation, I see my job being to make sure things happen in and around the box. I'm here to make and take chances.

"I do have some defensive duties, but getting on the ball and hurting the opposition is my main job.”


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brendenward35 added 12:26 - Aug 6
Well Jet at the end of the day Mick was boss and you do as you are told otherwise you do what you did and move on. I'm sure you will do well in the lower league and life should be a little bit easier for you, good luck and have fun
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Sibelius8 added 12:28 - Aug 6
There we have it! JET's attitude seems to be all about "Me, me, me" and not about his contribution as one of an eleven.
He should remember that football is essentially a team game.......
Such a shame.......
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Jimmy86 added 12:30 - Aug 6
Whilst JET had undoubted talent and potential it was how he applied himself which left me and many others tearing their hair out. A free role prob would suit him best and we have rarely been in a position to give him that.He admitted to being laid back, however there were times where he looked plain lazy. Good luck to him and think it was a good deal all round
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pazelle added 12:34 - Aug 6
#ihopeweinsertedasellonclausewhenheleft
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RetroBlue added 12:35 - Aug 6
...*nd it appears he didn't "click" at arsenal or cardiff as well as Ipswich. The pattern seems to be more related to JET's ability to adapt than any clubs lack of utilisation of his set of skills.

Good luck JET, but in case you haven't noticed you've now gone from PL to League One, but you appear happy with your lot.
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Popeye added 12:36 - Aug 6
Jet me old son, you get paid to play and not to have ideas, leave that to the manager its his job!
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prickettboy3 added 12:36 - Aug 6
I'd also like to be somewhere where I can do what I want, when I want but sadly my boss has other idea's. The fact is that life is rarely that kind in the workplace. No doubt at all JET will score goals for fun in L1 adopting the free-role, but that role seldom exists in the Championship and above & his seemingly evident attitude of "I'm here to score & create" would not have sat well with big Mick.
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Garv added 12:36 - Aug 6
Still disappointed we gave up on such a talent so quickly. I'm not surprised he had a good debut and I think his comments here are fair.

Mick was the wrong manager at the right time unfortunately for JET. So far he has been the RIGHT manager for the club, let's see what happens from now on.
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bluelodgeblue added 12:47 - Aug 6
A free role without responsibility probably sums JET up?
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Sindre94 added 12:49 - Aug 6
In a game like on sat JET could have made something happen when we struggled for goals.
Im glad hes gone. He just doesnt fit into Micks style of play
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hampstead_blue added 12:51 - Aug 6
It seems O'Driscoll is prepared to pander to his ego.

Sorry JET you may be talented but your work ethic is poor, very poor.

You'll never cut it with the big boys with that attitude.
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Bogblue added 12:53 - Aug 6
god Id have given my right arm to have his talent because Id have worked to develop it and therefore be a top player.So frustrating to watch him wasting his talent.Can imagine Mick found it even more frustrating.,Good luck Jet, I did like you, just sad you didn't knuckle down with us.
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prickettboy3 added 13:02 - Aug 6
2 words JET - Gareth Bale. Do you think he said to HR or AVB "I'm really just a left back. Not interested in scoring"?
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broadside added 13:03 - Aug 6
I think we all agree he's had a bucketload of chances at a number of good clubs. Somehow though it always seems to be someone else's fault when it doesn't work out. Wish him well as I always enjoyed watching his unpredictable style. All the same eight goals in 70 games wasn't exactly good value for our money was it. In the end maybe he's just a good Division One player who flatttered to deceive a few people before he was finally found out.
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sirmichealmills added 13:05 - Aug 6
Get back to your twitter account you overated waster, I could pull people out of the crowd that would work harder than you, classic example of a "all about me" player, your nowhere near as good as you think you are....
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muhrensleftfoot added 13:13 - Aug 6
Mick wants maximum effort from all his players, that's why he & JET didn't click. Even the world's best players like Messi & Ronaldo give maximum 100% effort all the time. When JET realises that talent alone isn't enough, and starts actually working hard, then he may just have a chance of being a success. So far his career has gone from Premier league, to Championship to League One. Not exactly setting the world alight & unless he changes his attitude, then he never will.
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BeingBlue added 13:14 - Aug 6
To be able to pull off the lazy role, you have to be as gifted as dimitar berbatov.

So much was expected of JET when he came here from arsenal, unfortunately just doesn't cut it in the championship and that comes from him being lazy. We need more players like jay tabb who will put a shift in and put the teams above himself.
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bournemouthblue added 13:19 - Aug 6
JET unquestionably has the ability to unlock defences and create, that is an absolute guarantee.

Accommodating him in a team is the real skill, O'Driscoll is certainly more likely to achieve that rather than McCarthy who wants every player to give it 110%. JET simply wasn't going to do that. Which is a shame because we all know the huge amount of ability he possesses. If Brizzle can harness that then good luck to them, they'll have one hell of a player on their hands.

He will certainly look like absolute dynamite in League One. He perhaps needs to step down to move forward but the chances are he'll come back up with Brizzle revived and ready to tear into the Championship.
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Mark added 13:25 - Aug 6
To be fair, at least JET wants to play first team football and is willing to drop down a league to get it, unlike some others who think they are too good. He may well develop and make use of his skill, and if he does I hope we have a sell-on clause (I doubt we do).
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Taricco_Fan added 13:45 - Aug 6
"Mick and I"
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Edwardebenezer added 13:47 - Aug 6
Like Mick said you never earned the right to be called Jet, he sussed you out right at the start!!
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NoCanariesAllowed added 13:48 - Aug 6
Spot on, muhrensleftfoot. I think unfortunately there are many talented young guys playing football who have reached a point where they recognise their talent, but don't recognise that the talent alone will not enable them to succeed. Those that do prosper in this game are those who take their skill and work as hard as they can to make the best of it.
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Earl60 added 14:04 - Aug 6
Good on yer JET, you have flair, Mick doesn't. Pleased to see you now have a manager that will utilise your talents to the best effect.
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oldelsworthyfan added 15:13 - Aug 6
'Mick and me didn't click' is as ignorant as it sounds. It seems that he doesn't 'click' with anyone but himself. Arsenal got rid of him. Ipswich has got rid of him
He has some talent, but is an idle player who thinks he is better than he really is whilst taking little responsibility upon himself for the team. As much as he wants it to be, it will never be 'all about him' in what is A TEAM GAME!
Maybe in Division One he'll grow up.
Of the so-called 'talented' players that have played for ITFC, I wouldn't put him in the top 100 of them.
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sucrePB1 added 15:22 - Aug 6
never going to get anywhere with just a team of 'workers'..... will miss jet abilty to create something from nothing. shame
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