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|Music to my ears...|
at 17:40 6 Jun 2018
Paul Hurst, "...I will be encouraging the players to go out and play and enjoy their job. I have always tried to do that wherever I have been as a manager. To get players to enjoy the way they play on a football pitch."
Basics but so obvious and necessary! Been missing for far too long.
|Where’s our perspective?|
at 06:25 13 Apr 2018
I find it staggering how many people think a minority of our fan base have caused MM to leave. Sure there’s a few who have been vociferous in their approach to wanting change and while booing is indefensible it’s hardly what has ‘forced’ change at this club. Attendances have plummeted, we’ve stagnated, the entertainment is dire and the cost of this too high. From a commercial and football perspective it’s been disaterous yet huge swathes of people are concerned with a perception that our names have been tarnished in the media. Really? I think there are far bigger concerns with the way this club is being run than whether those from the outside looking in think a minority are unruly. Who cares? All supporter groups have the inarticulate who spontaneously vent at any given opportunity, the game is still tribal with working class roots (I’m sure someone will jump all over this point)
Can we have a bit of focus on here and regroup ahead of next season. Some of this outpouring and finger pointing isn’t getting anywhere near the real problems this club has, which for me stem from the way the club is being run, not from those who attend who haven’t the ability to channel there frustration in a meaningful way.
|"Inners" and "Outers"|
at 23:27 29 Mar 2018
Now he's gone, can we stop with the "inners" and "outers" labelling? The out pouring of emotion and finger pointing on here reminds me of Britain in the wake of Brexit. Mick had a decent crack of the whip and was unable to keep a huge sway of fans happy with his style and approach. It was time to move on as is it time to move on as a united group of Town fans. For better or for worse there should be sense of optimism not scepticism. It's a new chapter.
The minute a manager turns on section of fans, he's lost. This outcome shouldn't surprise anyone, it was inevitable. Here's to more ups and downs but hopefully all with renewed sense of pride and passion, which has sadly been absent for a long time.
From me, thanks Mick for all the effort but you weren't the right fit. Time to embrace change.
|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.
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