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Frederik Gößling was Ralph's GK coach at Leipzig, where he still works. Perhaps a name to look out for.

 

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**** me, not another umlaut?

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Andrew Sparkes leaving Orlando Pirates, might be something in this.

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Is he a good option in your opinion?

 

Very highly respected coach amongst UK based Gk coaches. I’ve magpied a lot of his ideas and methods.

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Very highly respected coach amongst UK based Gk coaches. I’ve magpied a lot of his ideas and methods.

 

[emoji106] let’s hope he’s on his way to us as it’s one area that needs shall we say freshening up

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Very highly respected coach amongst UK based Gk coaches. I’ve magpied a lot of his ideas and methods.

 

Better than Erick Black or worse?

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Very highly respected coach amongst UK based Gk coaches. I’ve magpied a lot of his ideas and methods.

 

His most recent follow on Twitter is the Saints Player Liaison Officer, not that that means anything.

 

 

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His most recent follow on Twitter is the Saints Player Liaison Officer, not that that means anything.

 

- K,Billy’s little clue...

- Sparkes leaving his current club.

- Now following Saints staff

 

Pretty positive signs

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Andrew Sparkes leaving Orlando Pirates, might be something in this.

 

Spent time with both Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls so is well known by the Red Bull "family" and I guess by tenuous extension might also be known to Ralph as well.

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Hopefully the end of zero talent Watson

 

 

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Obviously you are having a very bad day as all you seem to want to do is slag off our players and now a coach. Who next I wonder? Let's

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Obviously you are having a very bad day as all you seem to want to do is slag off our players and now a coach. Who next I wonder? Let's

 

What players? Huh. Dave Watson is a myth. Looking forward to a fresh approach in the GK coaching department

 

 

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What players? Huh. Dave Watson is a myth. Looking forward to a fresh approach in the GK coaching department

 

 

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He must have something about him to have had a successful career but it's a fact that since he's been at the club every keeper we've had has regressed or stagnated, time for some new coaching techniques me thinks.

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Sparkes just put on his twitter he's leaving south africa and heading home to england

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Great spot, mate. Wonder who the new club is...

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he also follows Gunn and Southampton on twitter and Jaidi

 

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Big fan of ex-Man City keepers & the development of our U23’s last season ;)

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Dave is staying but in a new role dont know what it is exactly but I guess he will work with the whole first team now. Leaving Sparkes to coach the keepers he and ralph feel we need.

 

Interesting. Any updates on any other incomings/outgoings K Billy?

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Dave is staying but in a new role dont know what it is exactly but I guess he will work with the whole first team now. Leaving Sparkes to coach the keepers he and ralph feel we need.
Finally ascended to the Sammy Lee role as chief cone putter outer.

 

 

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Finally ascended to the Sammy Lee role as chief cone putter outer.

 

 

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Or Dennis T-shirt Half-Time Entertainment Officer ?

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Dave is staying but in a new role dont know what it is exactly but I guess he will work with the whole first team now. Leaving Sparkes to coach the keepers he and ralph feel we need.
Thanks for the update, am ok with Dave in a different role he seems to have it anyway so that was maybe diluting his effectiveness as goalkeeping coach. Now thatwe have sparkes he can focus 100% on the club's keepers etc it can only be a good thing.

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Dave is staying but in a new role dont know what it is exactly but I guess he will work with the whole first team now. Leaving Sparkes to coach the keepers he and ralph feel we need.

Club hair stylist?

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Dave is staying but in a new role dont know what it is exactly but I guess he will work with the whole first team now. Leaving Sparkes to coach the keepers he and ralph feel we need.

 

Adkins always used to praise Watson when we scored creative freekick routines saying that he was the one who came up with them, maybe he'll be specficially a set piece coach.

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Adkins always used to praise Watson when we scored creative freekick routines saying that he was the one who came up with them, maybe he'll be specficially a set piece coach.

 

Adkins? Thought Watson joined when Koeman was manager?

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Adkins? Thought Watson joined when Koeman was manager?

 

I’m pretty sure that was the case too. Joined in the summer IIRC.

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Adkins always used to praise Watson when we scored creative freekick routines saying that he was the one who came up with them, maybe he'll be specficially a set piece coach.

 

what like getting harry kane to take corners in the world cup

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Adkins always used to praise Watson when we scored creative freekick routines saying that he was the one who came up with them, maybe he'll be specficially a set piece coach.

 

Adins left in January 2013

 

Watson joined in July 2014

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Finally ascended to the Sammy Lee role as chief cone putter outer.

 

 

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That's a tad demeaning, he is also capable of telling the 4th official who the subs will be.

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All of the goalkeepers at the club seem to be getting worse under the coaching of Dave Watson. In his capacity as England goalkeeping coach appointed by Roy Hodgson he even seemed to have an influence in wrecking the seemingly impregnable Joe Hart's career. I'm not sure that it's ever a good idea to take any coach from the awful England FA coaching setup, even though Dave Watson did at least play fro Barnsley, in contrast with many others, like Les Reed, who had no league experience.

 

One thing I've noticed with our goalies is that they have become much more hesitant. Watson seems to have go them thinking too much about where they are going to place the ball before they get it. He's also made them reluctant to come off the line for crosses. In his pre-match warmups he lobs the ball to them so that they never have to come more than a yard off their line.

 

Watson has had long enough to be judged now as well as in his last job at Norwich, and he's failed. Time for him to go.

 

He's still here, isn't he?

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He's still here, isn't he?

 

He is, but he isn't the goalkeeping coach. Seems to have turned his talents to set pieces. We used to be good at them.

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First team coaches Kelvin Davis and Dave Watson both were keepers. There is a big part of our problem

 

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First team coaches Kelvin Davis and Dave Watson both were keepers. There is a big part of our problem

 

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What's their position as players got to do with it? If they were solely focused on keepers, how come our goalkeepers have been full of mistakes the last few seasons?

It's hardly as if we're bringing through loads of CBs with Jaidi as our u21s manager is it...

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These scapegoating threads appear earlier each season.

 

Some others though, like this one, run for three seasons.

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I’m pretty sure that was the case too. Joined in the summer IIRC.

 

Fair enough, not sure who Adkins was referring to then but I definitely remember him saying that. Guessing whoever it was is long gone by now.

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Fair enough, not sure who Adkins was referring to then but I definitely remember him saying that. Guessing whoever it was is long gone by now.

 

Pretty sure that was Andy Crosby, his assistant, who came up with the free kick routines.

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Pretty sure that was Andy Crosby, his assistant, who came up with the free kick routines.

 

That sounds right. We had some cracking routines in that time, very inventive and scored some great goals - and that at a time when you'd expect every freekick within 30 yards of goal to be a shot from Lambert!

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That sounds right. We had some cracking routines in that time, very inventive and scored some great goals - and that at a time when you'd expect every freekick within 30 yards of goal to be a shot from Lambert!

 

Another factor was that in the past we had genuine 'dead-ball specialists' like Lambert and Le Tissier, who could score from a high percentage of our free-kicks around the opposition penalty area, instead of nearly always kicking them a yard high and to the right of the goal like our current so-called 'dead ball specialist' does. In the time JWP has been taking our free-kicks, we would have racked up about 20 more goals if either of them had been taking them. I'd like to see Boufal given the opportunity to take them as he has shown that he has the technical ability to curl a shot into the top corner of the net and would probably not need about 50 attempts to do so.

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Another factor was that in the past we had genuine 'dead-ball specialists' like Lambert and Le Tissier, who could score from a high percentage of our free-kicks around the opposition penalty area, instead of nearly always kicking them a yard high and to the right of the goal like our current so-called 'dead ball specialist' does. In the time JWP has been taking our free-kicks, we would have racked up about 20 more goals if either of them had been taking them. I'd like to see Boufal given the opportunity to take them as he has shown that he has the technical ability to curl a shot into the top corner of the net and would probably not need about 50 attempts to do so.

 

I’m not a huge fan of JWP and agree that his set pieces have been a myth for much of his time, BUT in fairness to him he has actually scored a couple of free kicks more recently (I’m including back end of last season) and only a great Lloris save prevented another at Spurs.

 

As I say, I agree that his dead ball skills (and play in general) are overrated but over his entire career with us, he’s probably experiencing his best patch from edge of the box FKs. Even Le Tissier and Lambert didn’t score every time...

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I have been a massive critic of Watson but if it is correct he is in charge of set pieces I think he has improved our set plays tremendously. There is starting to be a lot more creativity. We also are looking more dangerous at these. So if he is the man doing this brilliant keep up the good work

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