Cook correct in saying we need to build partnerships, Andre has had 10 different midfield partners this season and I guess thats the issue. He's played 33 of the 36 games this season and has been partnered by:
That's ridiculous, and for a youngster trying to find his feet in the game thats tough. No chance of building up an understanding with anyone, not many similar players there either, so trying to build up a level of consistency with anyone there has been nigh on impossible.
Much the same as the 3 behind the front man, in where we have used 12 players in different positions and have very rarely been settled. Obviously the lack of performance from a lot of them has been a contributor, but I'd suggest from those now available go with Dobra, Parrott and Lankester and stick with them, time to bin the non performing Judge, Sears and Edwards they've had more than enough chances.
If you look at the defence, its been relatively settled, Chambers at RB, Kenlock or Ward at left back and 4 central defenders used. Obviously still without fault, but they have been relatively solid given the fact the the 6 in front of them have offered little and the ball keeps coming back at them.
Looking ahead to the week to come, he said: “There’s an U23s game at Charlton on Monday, we’ll be very strong. Myself, [first-team coach] Gary [Roberts], we’ll all be there watching the lads, it’s an opportunity to impress. We’ll get a rest into Chambers, Dozzell, Toto and the rest because they’ve had a lot of games.
he could sort the crap out. Seems pretty similar now, in that there are so many mentally weak players in this set up. The fact that both Chambers and Skuse continually get in the side speaks volumes for the rest of the squad and their voice or lack of.
The fact that so many go missing, will not go unnoticed by Cook and regardless of where we end up this season and massive revolving door is likely. Will Evans however back him, time to see who sinks or swims, at the moments it looks as though the majority will drown.
No desire, no effort, no passion, no fight, can't take on new instructions, no urgency. Just looks like a set of players happy to pick up their wages at the end of the month regardless of results or performances.
Can honestly say in nearly 40 years of supporting the club this truly is the worst bunch of players I have ever witnessed, there have been poor squads but there usually is still one or two who you would be desperate to keep hold of and would be sorry to see move on, this lot not one, not a solitary one.
Feel for Paul Cook, its obvious he's desperate to see us further up the field and pressing harder and having efforts on goal, problem is there is no desire or effort to do so, sadly he can only work with what he has got. Appreciate he has only had a few days of training with them, but bloody hell they have to put more into their game than that, really wouldn't be unhappy to see the U23's get rolled on Saturday from now on it was that poor.
Given the situation, have you re-set the standards and criteria you would normally have?
I’ve got be careful, for managers when you’re out of work there are so many angles with social media and outlets for sport and news.
From a personal point of view, football has changed so much for a manager. There’s a new term called a ‘head coach’, isn’t there? And somewhere along the line in football, the manager has evolved into the head coach and the head coach is not the manager.
Well I’m a little bit old fashioned in that I think the manager is the manager and the head coach is the manager, that’s where I sit.
I see clubs nowadays and I feel the way forward is most definitely having a sporting director involved, recruitment rooms. A manager needs help, he really does.
But one thing that really does disappoint me, we only see managers sacked. You never, ever see anybody else within a football club sacked, do you?
So from my point of view I want to go back in and I’ve been lucky at my football clubs. Especially at Chesterfield where I had Chris Turner, my CEO, we had a fantastic relationship. I went down to Portsmouth with Leam Richardson we had Mark Catlin and Tony Brown, again a fantastic relationship.
I went up to Wigan with David Sharpe who was the chairman, sporting director, everything. And again I had a fantastic relationship. My latter stages at Wigan Athletic were with Darren Royle the executive chairman and with Joe Royle, the sporting director and again, a fantastic relationship.
I think those relationships at football clubs are absolutely paramount. It’s a huge thing for football managers going forward.