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The transformative power of the manager
at 12:58 27 Nov 2020

Was just reading an article on the influence that managers have on team performance. I found it interesting because it's something I've been thinking a fair bit about recently. If we had a new manager how much difference could it actually make?

There are two main points that stood out to me in the article that I think can be related to our current situation. The first is a quote attributed to Giovanni Trapattoni that "a good manager can make a team 10 per cent better, a manager can make that same team 30 per cent worse". The other was that a clubs budget will dictate what the base platform is (which is why despite Man Utd's questionable managerial performances they are still one of the top teams).

I'd argue that Towns performance last season was our base level. With the players in our squad we'd struggle to be much lower in league 1 honestly (without too much disrespect to the rest of the league). That means that there is significant room for improvement, obviously. I can't think of a player who Lambert has improved, Downes maybe but I'd put this down to natural development rather than anything Lambert has coached. I'm no tactical expert but I don't think playing 4-3-3 and trying to keep the ball is anything groundbreaking so a manager with new ideas could get the best out of this squad. My concern is that there isn't a quick fix to turn the teams fortunes around this season.

Link to full article here: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/chelsea/tottenham-la
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I was bored
at 12:37 18 Jan 2017

Douglas has been getting a lot of criticism for a while, some justified and I thought some heading into scapegoat territory where he was being blamed for the teams poor performances. I was bored today and decided to look at results when Douglas has started the game and when he hasn't.

With Douglas:
P-18 W-3 D-6 L-9
Points - 15
Points per game - 0.83

Without Douglas
P-11 W-6 D-2 L-3
Points - 20
Points per game - 1.82

This includes cup games so using 'points' might not quite make sense but there's a clear difference there. I don't want to be totally one-sided so it could be argued that Douglas has played more in games that we've lined up defensively in... make of it what you will.
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