Have defended Edwards to this point but Dobra made it look like he was on the beach already. Woolfy, Nydam, Downes and Dobra are a youthful but increasingly experienced, and unquestionably talented spine for our team next year.....they just need experience and quality around them to thrive. Dozza and Bish need to step up but should be in that conversation too, but otherwise, bring on the clear-out!
Side note for Kenlock. Really decent performance last night, maybe he can command a full-back spot, or at least back up both.
Genuinely think PC was a good appointment for ME, but for our new owners....not so sure. His black book is full of League 1 & 2 players not Championship and higher. His demeanor is at odds with the calm, professional demeanor, esp in the media, of the Managers the owners have employed in their other football ventures.
The owners can insist all the like about how they wanted PC but I firmly believe that if we are not at the top from the get-go next season, then expect a change of manager....maybe sooner if new recruits do not gel and there is discord pre-season after all the vitriol he has thrown at the current group of whom at least half will still be around.
Toto. Am not sure I can make a case for anyone else other than an honorary mention for Teddy Bishop in what has effectively been a come-back season. Teddy has grafted, things have not always come off, and not often hit the heights we know we can.....but in the context of this team he has done OK and hope he is here next year. Slim pickings !
The reality is that ME has taken so far down into this hell of League 1 that the motives and aspirations of our supporters now match the potential investment opportunity (versus limited outlay) for our new owners. We should be grateful they have a track record, that they are willing to show their face, their money is clean, and that they have been guided and defacto vetted by Frank Yallop with whom there is a fantastic interview on Youtube which I recommend ALL supporters to watch ( What more can we hope for ?!
Embrace these guys as the alternatives, including the status quo, do not bear thinking about !
Geeez. What were they watching or is this based on stats alone ?! Be nice to win something and feel proud rather than a fraud; hopefully neither player takes this seriously, though it probably matters not either way now as we need better and that is bl**ding obvious.
Play the lad further up the pitch for rest of season, less work rate, less chance of re-injury, and more chance he can build his confidence ahead of next season where he is one of only 8 players I feel confident of still being in/around the 1st team next season....in case you wondering Nydam, Downes, Norwood, Bishop, Nolan, Woolfy and Dobra are the others.
I don't believe Richardson was the only reason for PC's success at other clubs either....but a bigger part than we perhaps want to believe. PC was a great appointment for ME with no budget, but is he the right man to give significant funds too, does he have the knowledge of players above this league, can he attract them, and can he get any kind of a tune from those that will still be at the Club next season? I think the new owners have a big question to answer and if things do not improve at all from the current desperate level we have fallen to, then do not be surprised to see Nigel Pearson show up, even though he is hardly pulling up trees in the Championships !
Anyone spotted these 'Big' Clubs no longer have academies.....where will they get their players from ?!
Good to see Man City in there with their European history not matching our own !
Sad day for football that something some contrary to the very ethos of the Sport is allowed to even be proposed in such a way. Can only hope that it fails spectacularly and those responsible are kept away from future decision making.
Yep, it's ITFC boys against men.....again ! What older heads we have don't help our cause as they should anymore as painful as that is to say about the likes of our Captain; though it is hardly Chambers fault no one else has stepped up to claim his place in the side, le alone the armband.....what do you expect from a bunch of kids ! Oh, I know....abject and repeated failure.
Chambers new 3 year contract then ?! What he does there will be the true test as whilst I admire Chambo and his own desire to do right by the Club on and off the field, ITFC has blatantly lacked leadership on the field for years now; his own head visibly drops now and if that happens how can you rally the players?
Cook needs his own man in as captain, not weigh down Flynn with the job. Someone who is in a team that runs for 100 minutes not 90, who never gives up, and who demands the same of very player around them. This decision to me will be the acid test of the changes PC refers to repeatedly now. We can but hope. In Cook we trust.
KVY as a winger given lack of full/wing back options? Might get injured less if not having to do all the running of a Full Back and stay a bit higher up the pitch and cause some damage; would certainly frighten defenders which only Norwood does currently and Edwards when he fancies it !
PS: Dozzell has another 3 years on his contract so he may become our Ozil unless Mr Cook can train him into a position on the park where he is more effective than he is at the moment.
Why would he give another season to this carnage. Yes it should change and improve, but why gamble with your career like that. Far less pressure in an also-ran Championship side who want to get on the right side of Spurs.
ANOTHER season defining match.....had one almost weekly since Feb ! Actually think we were saying that when we went to Burton in January !!!!
All that tells you is that we have missed a host of chances to show we are deserving of a Play-Off spot, but somehow this league is so bad that we have not fallen out of the reckoning completely however hard we try !
Dozzell has a problem now. If he is not seen as our CDM and cannot score goals and be a CAM, then love him or loathe him, he just does not fit/work. That would be a shame as there is a clearly a player in there, but one who has seemingly accepted that mediocrity is enough to sustain a career (at ITFC), as the one criticism I do have is his lack of hunger on the pitch. There were flashes on Saturday, but nothing more, and certainly no goal threat unfortunately.
Half that team should be starting in 1st team now. Without Norwood, Sears and Drinan are the most natural pair of strikers at the Club, and for all those that critise Freddie, just look back at the records which show that whenever he has been given a run in the side up top, alongside a (ideally physical) striker, he has banged in the goals. We over-complicate and focus on the unstable/unfit game changing players when we just need solid sorts playing in combination.
Save Norwood until he is fully fit, play these 2 and get Kenlock, Gibbs, Nydam, Dobra, and even Bennetts back in the 1st team picture for the weekend.