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Hurst: Spirit in the Camp Extremely Good
Thursday, 20th Sep 2018 18:25

Boss Paul Hurst says the spirit in the camp is extremely good despite the Blues disappointing start to the season.

Asked whether spirits remain high even though Town find themselves bottom of the table and winless after eight Championship matches, Hurst responded: “I’ve got ears and I’ve got people who speak to me so I think we might be trying to fish there regarding one or two comments.

“The spirit in the camp is extremely good. I would imagine there are a couple of players within the group who would like to be in the team and I’d be disappointed if that wasn’t the case and I haven’t fallen out with any players.

“Not to my knowledge, so if they have then I would say that’s a little bit childish because I don’t know about it.”

Hurst is yet to fix on a settled team with changes - usually one or two but in the cases of the Norwich and Brentford matches six and five respectively - and says that’s in part to find a combination of players who will bring that elusive victory.

“A little bit, but not so much a blend,” he reflected. “What I try to do with any squad is [make it so] everyone feels that they’ve got a chance of playing and that’s how I manage.

“And at the minute, some performances have been OK and we’ve stuck with certain things and other parts of it haven’t and that’s probably why changes have been made.

“Before Saturday’s game I’d spoke about making changes irrespective of the score but added to the fact that I wasn’t happy with large parts of that performance, I think naturally there were going to be changes.

“But I’m no different than a lot of [managers]. I think in regard to the [3-5-2] system [against Brentford], there was a genuine thought process behind it and also we haven’t changed that much, there have been little tweaks, not changes.

“I know where we’re trying to go and what we’re trying to do. It hasn’t helped with a couple of injuries at times and then maybe people going away and red cards.

“It’s never quite as simple but I am looking for people to really hit better form and ultimately get that result.

“Again, that’s not to say if you get a result you just stick with it, there can be a lot of things wrong in it, the same as there can be a lot of things right with a performance that doesn’t get you three points.”

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Mullet added 18:43 - Sep 20
After the failures at Hull he made a big deal to point out that the system was superior to those in it. He then changed the system completely and it failed (again). Before going back to 4-2-3-1 and players in recognised positions.

It's great to hear all of this, but the press utterances are too open and too contradictory. We now need to see it, not just be told it.

GluedtoBlue added 19:00 - Sep 20
I'm pleased with the way he's approached the rumours to him upsetting people.

A win on Saturday and things could look very different, very quickly. Confidence is a big thing.

Suffolkboy added 19:05 - Sep 20
The intention is good ; the articulation poor and more than a little confusing just to read .Face to face it might be better,but clarity and objectivity seem elusive !
Still not certain he's got a really good grip at this level ; woods and trees remain in mind !
Come on you Blues !

Superfrans added 19:19 - Sep 20
Mullet - your point about him being too openis an interesting one. Our last manager was criticised by some for being too opaque, insisting that he should be trusted and refusing to discuss certain things. Personally, I don’t feel the need to know everything and am Willing to accept that the manager will always know more than any of us do. But Hurst’s openness of really refreshing, I think. He doesn’t treat us (or the players) like kids and is willing to explain the thinking behind his decision making. I can’t see what is wrong with that.

herfie added 22:20 - Sep 20
Articulate, honest and comprehensive responses, based upon deep thought and conviction regarding his abilities as a man manager and coach. So far, so good, and refreshing following wh@t’s gone before.

However, there’s an obvious disconnect between the words and performances/results. Equally obvious is that narrowing the gap between words and action remains a huge challenge. We’re seeing this played out match by match, formations, tactics, team selections and the gut instincts and nous that all C’ship managers need to win matches. PH needs to acquire the latter skills to the same level as his words.

shakytown added 01:48 - Sep 21
If I was earning what they do I would be a happy camper as well.

bobble added 09:06 - Sep 21
hopefully a couple of wins will take us up and give him more confidence..

SamWhiteUK added 09:22 - Sep 21
Suffolkboy, the video is there to watch, rather than find yet another thing to moan about....

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