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  1. That’s not entirely true… he changed away from his normal 4-2-2 recently and it made us more defensively solid, but we had even less attacking threat than normal. He has also changed styles, formations, tactics, etc in games multiple times. The problem for me is none of this has changed our fortune, and despite having multiple transfer windows to build his squad, he hasn’t found any consistency, and we still can’t score. I remain of the opinion this season, after a transfer window with no excuses available, is do or die for him. These next five games in particular should se
  2. No. It doesn’t. The season is well under way. What starts now is Ralph’s interview, his time to prove he deserves the job. He has the players he wanted, few injuries, seemingly no off-field distractions (e.g. big ego problems as we’ve dealt with before), two weeks of training, followed by five winnable games. If we don’t come out of this period with proof that Ralph can create wins from the squad he has built, he has to go. That would give his replacement time to assess the squad ahead of the January transfer window.
  3. But that was a clash of egos as much as anything, and since then RK has gone on to achieve not a lot in multiple ‘bigger’ managerial roles. Maybe he’s the managerial equivalent of Billy Sharp; too good at one level, not quite good enough at the next? I’m not advocating getting rid of Ralph yet, but if we did Koeman would make a lot of sense as a replacement.
  4. RobM

    Mohammed Salisu

    This is the sign of all good CB’s in the modern game. It doesn’t look spectacular or heroic, but it’s a skill to be in the right place at the right time, with the right body position to not lose your man or need a spectacular challenge. It’s easy to dismiss this as the opposition not being difficult to defend, dismissing the reading of the game and the movement needed to make it look so simple.
  5. He's great physically, good in the tackle, happy to do the ugly stuff when needed and *just* stay on the right-side of the rules, and he's great on the ball, but he doesn't read the game consistently well enough and gets caught out. Top CB's know where to be, how to position themselves, how to pre-empt danger, and have a habit of being in the right place at the right time. Our Jack isn't quite there yet, so needs somebody next to him who can do this and organise others as well.
  6. The most annoying thing about this shambles is the lack of shame, care, problem solving, or admission of failure from the club. No solutions are being offered other than standing in line for a replacement. How about e-tickets as a one-off, or an option to download from the website and print at home, or open the TO for extended hours this week to spread the demand and make it more convenient? Nah, not their fault so not their problem to solve, it seems.
  7. Sometimes I wonder if Ralph actually wants leadership on the field, or whether he thinks that’s his job from the sidelines. Same mentality that led to him not replacing his assistant manager; I can do it all myself, I don’t need any help. Ralphs strength is also his weakness. He has clear ideas and principles, he is laser focused on what he wants from the team, and he is utterly convinced it can and will work. But, as we saw at Everton, he can’t admit when it isn’t working and change it. Maybe he sees that as admitting defeat or showing he’s wrong? Who knows. To my uneducated eye t
  8. I’m not yet Ralph Out, but I 100% believe this season is make or break for him. All excuses are gone now. Deadwood players are gone so the wage bill is healthier. We got decent money for Ings and Vestergaard so can sign players he wants, in addition to those he has recruited already. He has had enough time to establish is system and ideas and train / develop the squad. He has plenty of experience in the EPL, so knows what’s needed. What other excuses are there? Squad depth? He doesn’t use them. Squad quality? He chose them and trains them. Back room s
  9. If we blow the entire Ings income on a single player, it needs to come with more guarantee of success than Armstrong IMO. As we saw with Adams, lots of goals in the Championship doesn’t mean the same in the EPL. I suspect the club know the Ings money is our only money, so want to bring multiple players in rather than spend it all on one.
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=d6ztLI50I-0
  11. I don't wish to alarm anybody... but we're still not very good at defending.
  12. I might be late to the party… but I’ve just seen we’re advertising on TV now, Sky One to be precise. Somewhat suggests ST sales aren’t superb.
  13. I’d keep if the price was right and his motivation to play for us and succeed was strong. But in reality, he hasn’t shown he’s capable of succeeding in the Prem, and coming from Liverpool elevates his price for no good reason, so I doubt he’ll join us. One thing worth saying is any move, however cheap, should come after we’ve put serious money into priority positions such as a striker and fullbacks. If there’s money left, sure, sign him up.
  14. Does anybody know the likely routine for getting into the game? Will it be like the games between lockdowns where you had a specific gate and very specific entry time? Or, more like normal and just turn up as you wish? I'm hoping and assuming the latter, but haven't seen anything concrete either way.
  15. Same, but I've ended up in the Chapel. Still, quiet football is better than no football...
  16. The fact he called out our board and not Ralph, and the fact he made specific reference to playing style, ability to express himself, etc, suggests some significant misalignment with Ralph. I have huge respect for Bertrand and what he has done for us, but if any player can't get fully onboard with the managers style, it's right to move on. I wish him well.
  17. And therein lies our constraint, which is why we're playing Adam's as a first choice striker. That's the balance we as fans need to remember; we can't afford to buy EPL-proven quality unless it comes with risks, e.g. Ings and his injury record when we signed him, or Adams and the risk that he won't carry his goal scoring levels up from the Championship.
  18. Adams does everything right, up to the point he needs to shoot. Everything else he offers us is great. The problem is the fact he's our main striker this season (given Ings' injuries and lukewarm performances when coming back from injury) and that isn't good enough if we want to be comfortable in the Prem. Bring in another striker who can match Ings at his best and Adams is an asset to have around for competition, cup runs, cover, an option from the bench, etc.
  19. RobM

    European League

    Agree with this. An odd comparison perhaps, but I’ve always said the Championship is the most entertaining and competitive league, as it doesn’t have a traditional group of clubs with a financial advantage the FFP rules prevent other clubs competing with. If the ‘big 6’ leave the EPL I can’t help but wonder if the league will be more competitive as a result. I fully expect the best players won’t come here, money will still talk just as loudly, but what we’ll be left with is a more even ‘best of the rest’ league.
  20. Are we a good team who sometimes has bad spells. Or, a bad team who sometimes has good spells? Our win, goal scoring and defensive records under Ralph are so hit and miss it’s hard to tell. It has often felt like we’re better than our performances suggest… but after a while of lacklustre performances, shit defending, an inability to score, and no idea how to win games if our normal style doesn’t work, I’m not so sure.
  21. Watching Ings recently feels like VVD all over again. Much less twattish behaviour off the pitch, but similar half-effort performances reliant on natural ability to shine occasionally.
  22. As nice as it would be to have more money gifted to us, it's not sustainable and its unrealistic to think we'd make such huge progress that we could replace one sugar daddy with another if the first one got bored and left. With Gao forcing us to be sustainable, he could walk away and somebody else come in and our future wouldn't be threatened, unlike when Lowe and the circus that followed left and we nearly went bust. As for that article... the negative bias is obvious when it blames the board for appointing Puel and Pellegrino, yet considers appointing Hassenhutl an 'incredib
  23. Mine was checked. If you’re thinking of chancing it with somebody else’s ticket you might get lucky, but you should be prepared to be sent away. I think the stewards who check are the ones who won’t be convinced to turn a blind eye. The whole system worked really well inside and outside. Still plenty of chance to meet others if you wanted, atmosphere was decent considering how empty it was - better in fact than some pre-season games with much larger crowds.
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