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Hurst Planning Changes at Leeds
Tuesday, 23rd Oct 2018 12:01

Town boss Paul Hurst says he will make changes to his side when they face Leeds at Elland Road on Wednesday and confirmed he is considering which of his goalkeepers to field.

Hurst says he has no injuries ahead of the game with only the longer-term absentees and Myles Kenlock sidelined at present.

“No, we’re as we were,” he said. “I think Myles is the only one really who is missing apart from the longer-term injuries. That’s good from my point of view, a squad to make some decisions about.”

The Blues manager says left-back Kenlock could be back prior to the next international break.

“Possibly,” he reflected. “I think it’ll be touch and go though, we’ll see. You don’t want to rush hamstrings back. I think the initial diagnosis was a couple of weeks, so there’s a possibility.”

Asked whether he is considering a change in goal with Dean Gerken having made the error which led to QPR’s opener, Hurst said: “I’ve got a few decisions to make. Prior to the game on Saturday, there was always a thought with this week and the games, the opposition and the travelling that I would not stick with the same XI.

“Goalkeepers are no different in my eyes from that point of view, so it’s something that I am looking at.”

In the last couple of games left-back Jonas Knudsen has joined keeper Bartosz Bialkowski on the bench meaning both the Town players who were at the World Cup in the summer have been out of the side.

Hurst agreed that that might look an odd situation: “It may well do to people on the outside. What I would say is they’re not here, they’re not on the training ground.

“And Jonas had a long travel last week [having been away with Denmark]. He played a game, he played near enough the full game and then had a long travel.

“I think if you look at [Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, people might think it’s strange he’s on the sideline and coming off the bench.

“I think it’s easy when you’re on the outside to look and think you can make better decisions and maybe not have the full story or have seen everything which contributes to managers making decisions.”

Quizzed on whether he has found a back four which works, the Blues having conceded two more very preventable goals at the weekend, he added: “I don’t think that the goals alluded to are down to personnel or an organisation, a structure. It’s more individual errors than anything.

“I don’t think that’s really something I’m worried about in terms of that. Can individual players play better? Yes, but I think from a point of view of being a unit, I don’t think that’s the case.”

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HighgateBlue added 12:07 - Oct 23
Planning changes? Maybe he's considering a change of career...

robmonkey007 added 12:11 - Oct 23
At least the bonus of being tonked at Leeds will be the end (surely) of Hurst and Doig. I think you can see there’s no passion from the players with these two steering the ship.
Burley and Holland? Burley and Butcher? Could be exciting season after all if there’s a change come Thursday morning.

Currie10 added 12:12 - Oct 23
“I think it’s easy when you’re on the outside to look and think you can make better decisions"

You make it easy you absolute muppet.

CB at RB

RB at LB

Do one.

Batram98 added 12:15 - Oct 23
He's gotta go, but would feel so sorry for the next manager after Hurst has signed players who simply aren't good enough apart from Edwards.

BlueParadigm added 12:19 - Oct 23
Disappointed with the press/media conference. Why aren’t any of the journos asking the tough Qs that supporters want to hear answered ie

1. Why do you persist in playing players out of position?
2. Why do you keep two World Cup internationals on the bench?
3. Is there a bullying culture within the club?
4. What is the tipping point when you feel a Manager should be replaced?

BtreeBlueBlood added 12:20 - Oct 23
Edwards likes the left - ward the right

stewartm added 12:26 - Oct 23
Looking ahead, anyone who takes over after this absolute disaster of a manager would probably be better off being a magician rather than a manager...

clint_eastwood added 12:26 - Oct 23
We need to get Carlos Carvalhal now. He was terrific in his first two years with Sheffield Wednesday and did well with Swansea in the Premier League even though they were relegated. He is a great tactical coach, can organise his teams and would be a coup for Town.

Carrotblue added 12:32 - Oct 23
Steve Bruce?

norfolkbluey added 12:34 - Oct 23
Paul Hurst doesn't fill me with confidence when I hear him talking like this morning. He sounds depressed and clueless as to what to do next. Changing the team again because he doesn't know what to do after the debacle last Saturday. Leeds will be wanting to carve us apart on Wednesday after losing themselves last week. It will be one up front again and everyone in defence. Should be a cracking game of backs to the wall. AGAIN!!!
Heaven help us but there is always the chance of a miracle.

herobobby added 12:45 - Oct 23
Any chance you can do us all a favour and sub yourself !

karl1426 added 12:59 - Oct 23
Change yourself and don’t short-change the loyal supporters!

Suffolkboy added 13:01 - Oct 23
Confidence this Manager does not inspire ; sounds , again, like absolute tripe and 'yes ' it is time for those privileged to interview him face to face to ask the direct questions to which we all seek logical succinct answers -- except succinct is something this man is incapable of !
The excuses about JK & BB are frighteningly shallow and totally unbelievable ; LC is quoted as saying PH has ' fallen out ' with BB ; totally the same with JK I expect .
This is a ' lame dog ' interview from a chap who needs away from the responsibility of running ITFC which plainly he cannot handle !
Nevertheless , Come on You Blues : love doesn't die ,but passion occasionally rests !
Mr Evans do take note of the feelings and the current lack lustre efforts ; even from a distant viewpoint you cannot be blind to what's going on !

tomitfc added 13:05 - Oct 23
I dread to think what magical concoction he will come up with this time..

Ian Milne at centre half?

Houss542 added 13:16 - Oct 23
I still believe in PH, but this is our strongest team on paper:

GK- Bart
RB- Donacien
CB- Pennington ( dont mind Chambers for his leadership)
CB- Nsiala
LB- Knusden
CM- Skuse
CM- Chalobah/Downes
CAM- Dozzell
LW- Edwards
RW- Sears
ST- Jackson

We have loads of long term injuries but this (in my opinion) is the we should really be playing week in week out. I appreciate form needs to be considered, but we need to play players who have scored goals and we need to keep playing them so they gain confidence.

planetblue_2011 added 13:23 - Oct 23
Clint Eastwood I agree. well said.

IpswichFuture added 13:25 - Oct 23
Interesting comments about change being needed throughout the club. McCarthy provided the owner with four and a half years of (ugly) sticking plaster but a decade of under investment in players, facilities, supporters and a CEO / Director of Football means that in 2018 the cuts have quickly become open wounds.

This is a league one squad, on a league one budget, with a league one manager who will soon be playing in front of league one crowds in the championship. Because most of the 18k who had to watch that garbage on Saturday won't be hurrying back to see more.

We are heading the same way as Charlton, Blackpool, Coventry and Sunderland. The only consolation is that the likes of Blackburn, Southampton, Wolves, Naaridge, Sheff Weds and Sheff Utd have all been there and come back stronger. But it still doesn't make it something to look forward to.

benknight73 added 14:00 - Oct 23
Feel the comments on here are a tad harsh. How many of you know what is actually going on behind closed doors?

Until Saturday, I felt there were positives to be taken from most matches and still believe we need time to flush McCarthy's legacy out of the club.

I'll support PH as long as he is the manager, but feel Marcus Evans needs to step up and decide whether football is a business he wants to be involved in. I understand it's his money, but football clubs considerably impact the mood of a local community. He needs to review whether his involvement benefits the town or whether his financial situation allows the club to compete.

Hegansheroes added 14:04 - Oct 23
As Matt Holland has said we have the best keeper in the division yet he's on the bench. Gerken really is at best a division 1 player & was Bristol's 2nd string when he was signed. I personally would get rid of him in January anyway. as for some of the other crazy decisions Hurst makes re selection perhaps there is some strange disease in Southern Yorkshire that affects the brain, MM certainly did some weird things. Would be great to get perhaps George B and another of our greats players of the past back. looking back Jim Magilton was actually doing OK when he was given the boot for a "high profile prat"

sotd78 added 14:16 - Oct 23
Play players in their best position - leave them out if there's competition for their place - don't move right backs (who aren't actually any better than ones we've loaned out).
Play the best goalie on the books - end of.
Play Chambers at right centre back for the first time in ages.
Play 442 at home
Or simply hold your hands up and say glug glug!

afcfee added 15:19 - Oct 23
How about Emmanuel at rb or Woolfendon at Cb or Nydam at Cm even give Morris a go? Oh wait you loaned them out and now could do with all them back in my opinion. Hopefully the new manager takes that option up in January, surely we will get a new manager. Hurst has made some terrible decisions and hasn't shown any passion. He's clearly lost the dressing room and now the fans time to say bye 👋.

TR11BLU added 15:49 - Oct 23
Wish some on here would change

Burley, Butcher Blah Blah....weve moved on and so has the game.

As for Bruce.....ffs

Kesblue66 added 16:45 - Oct 23
Try playing people in their proper position for a start.It always amaze me that supporters can see things that managers can not.You dont watch football for 40/50/60 in my case 70.and cant see whats wrong.

blueboy1981 added 16:45 - Oct 23
Remember Mr Hurst to play your back four in their rightful positions - at least that would be a positive start.

Perhaps you didn't realise where you put them on the team sheet against QPR - surely it wasn't intentional - Was it .... ???

brittaniaman added 16:45 - Oct 23
Just wondered what the Shrewsbury fans think if they read this site (just a thought)
He certainly did not look comfortable at the press conference today, no smiles.

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