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|Dean Smith and Lee Johnson|
at 07:53 6 Jan 2018
I clearly remember Lee Johnson getting pelters at the start of the season on here for not being a good manager and being on borrowed time, the first to be sacked blah blah. Yet, there he is, in the play-offs and league cup semi, a manager plucked from lower leagues who’s turned the clubs fortunes around spending less than the club have made on transfer sales in the last two years.
Dean Smith is another example of a manager plucked from lower leagues spending less than the club have made on transfer sales getting the club playing attractive football in the two years he’s been there.
Come May, lower league managerial recruitment has to be Evans next strategy, surely? There will always be a list of managers who haven’t made the step up but what strategy does Evans have left other than to go abroad? He’s tried everything else and we’re still no nearer to the PL than we were when he took over.
|Earning the right to play|
at 20:01 9 Sep 2017
I was always taught that you have to earn the right to play. Do the dirty, scrappy stuff on and off the ball, win the battles and that gives you the freedom to play football. Mick's sides have always been renowned for this but over recent years its pretty much vanished. The irony now is that we're trying to play football without doing the grunt work and coming unstuck.
When are we ever going to see a Mick Town side boss a midfield from start to finish? Today was disjointed. Last week was lethargic. What's next week? What i can guarantee is that we won't dominate the middle of the park.
at 06:47 7 Aug 2017
With the imminent signings of Waghorn and Barnes (without wanting to put the kiss of death on either deal), it looks like our business is all but done. Have to say I've been impressed with the way we've gone about our business this summer and who we've brought in. With the emergence of a few youth players in Downes and Nydam there's a real cause for optimism with this squad now.
Good options up front, an almost embarrassment of riches in central midfield and solid competition across the back and at full back / wing back.
Big seasons for Webster, Bishop and McG in particular. If they can find some form and we continue to keep the ball on the deck, have to say, for the first time in years, I'm actually looking forward to seeing a Mick side play.
|Interesting Mick Stat...|
at 18:38 24 May 2017
In November this year, Mick McCarthy will become the 2nd longest serving Championship manager to have managed at one club behind Dave Jones (Cardiff City) who, in his 6 years management, achieved an FA Cup final, play-off final and a play-off spot.
Add this duration to MM's time at Sunderland and Wolves in the Championship and he has spent significantly more time in the Championship than any other Championship manager since the Championship's inception - 9 years of the 13 its been in existence.
Nothing to read into it as such, just an interesting observation i thought.
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