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  1. 71 points
    I waited so long to hear a manager says this. It seems forever that there has been no tie up between the 1st team squad and the rest of the club. Long may it continue.
  2. 66 points
    I don't normally create threads but I'm absolutely sick and tired of the negativity around the club at the moment with our fans. Of course people are entitled to their opinions but it's almost like people want us to lose so they can moan on FT. People wanting the manager out when he's only been here for 6 months is pathetic. Take today for example, people just seem to look at the score without the context of the game. We completely battered a good Burnley side, away from home, with our third and sixth choice midfielder we should have at the very least come out with a point. Take Burnley for example, Dyche has built them over a number of years, where there hasn't always been success whilst he's been there, but eventually he's got a hard working, tough team that suits his style of play perfectly. If we want to be a club like Watford where we change our manager all the while we'll never do anything good. Instead of being negative we need to get behind the manager and at least give the bloke half a chance. We all know what happened with Pearson but look what he did, there were times in the Championship when we were absolutely abysmal under him, take that period where we didn't win for about 16 games for example. But eventually Pearson built us in to a good side. Who knows if Puel is the right man for us but at least give the guy a chance.
  3. 55 points
    And this, in a nutshell, is why he should be given time. We're all proud of the way we assembled our title squad. OK, we're highly unlikely to have that level of success ever again, but is there anything better than seeing teams chocka with homegrown talent doing the business for a club they care about? We've cobbed money about to little effect the past couple of years, great to have someone who wants to take a different approach.
  4. 53 points
  5. 51 points
    Can’t believe it’s even a discussion and a clear example of how shit modern football has become. We will get no one good if we keep sacking managers.
  6. 45 points
    Puel In. Rome wasn't built in a day. When he's got the players he wants we'll see faster football he likes to play. He can only do so much, we're in transition and we have to accept that if we want to play a possession based game that it will take time to get the right players in.
  7. 40 points
    So at what point given this is the third manager who is losing the support of these players do we actually think it MIGHT be the players that are the problem? Or because they overachieved for a season, they get a complete free pass forever while all their managers have to carry their collective can? Its three totally different managers too.
  8. 36 points
    Kasper- played hundreds of games for us over a 6 year period while we get promoted, stay up, win the league, get to the champions league quarter finals= Shit. Jakupovic- Kept a clean sheet V Fleetwood thanks to a post= play him. Foxestalk.
  9. 33 points
    Sorry, that was undeserved. We had a stack of chances and didn’t take them, after giving Burnley a 2 goal start. Puel is rebuilding. Puel in.
  10. 32 points
    Let me start off by saying I’m as frustrated as anybody else with how things have been going recently but some of the comments about players (especially the title winners) have been really disappointing. We may have outgrown players like Wes and Simpson etc but the vitriol towards them is really sad to see and is in my opinion disrespectful considering what they’ve achieved here. It’s the management and recruitment teams job to move us forward and phase these players out gradually so the anger and frustration shouldn’t be directed to the players A special mention to Simpson who has held down the right back spot for years now without taking a break due to their being no replacement/competition
  11. 32 points
    I can’t believe some of the negative comments on here. Those of us over 30 probably couldn’t imagine the day we’d spend 10 million on a player let alone 25 million plus. We have a billionaire chairman who’s already committed to a new £80 million training facility and now wants a state of the art stadium. And yet people still piss and moan .
  12. 32 points
    Was it cringeworthy when he gave us promotion and a premier league title? We could have got a cvnt that wanted to change our name. Or a cvnt that wanted us to play in red. But no we got the worst of the lot an owner wanting to share his birthday. One that shared it with termally ill kids at a hospital.
  13. 30 points
    Something positive. That was Vardy's 60th goal in the last 3 seasons across all competitions. 15/16 - 24 16/17 - 16 17/18 - 20 Bravo.
  14. 30 points
    What's the point in competing in the premier league if we're not striving to get into European competition? I don't want to be supporting a team that's happy just to survive in the premier league. And why couldn't we win the Europa League? Are you forgetting that last season we knocked Sevilla out of the champions league. The same Sevilla team that won the Europa League 3 years in a row...
  15. 29 points
    I'm not a huge fan of Hoddle but he's essentially right in saying that Puel is a long term builder. We could become a QPR and sack manager after manager in the hope of short term success but it rarely works, even if Puel doesn't set the world alight he'll at least build a solid foundation which is what we need with a squad requiring an overhaul.
  16. 26 points
    Can you all just fvck off and support someone else.
  17. 24 points
    We were nowhere near as bad as some are making out on here. Yes, admittedly we could have been a couple of goals down on a different day, but you should expect any team playing at home to have spells where they create at least a couple of decent chances. I thought we controlled the game for large periods and it's quite evident that we're now managing the transition of the ball from goalkeeper, through defence to the midfield much more comfortably. What we now need to work on is our movement in the final third as it's too static with no one offering an option, which is making us look laboured in midfield as the midfielders chose to hold on to the ball rather than give up possession. Once Puel has had time to develop this aspect of our game we'll be a very good team and certainly win more than we lose. Today Brighton made it very difficult for us as they sat very deep and got plenty of men behind the ball when out of possession. This restricted our play due to our lack of movement up front yet we still found a way get the points on the board. It might not have been pretty but it's days like today that show us how far we've progressed. It wasn't that long ago that we were in a similar position to Brighton, working hard as a unit to avoid defeat and being picked off by teams who were a little more streetwise and possessed a little more quality. To be able to pick up points against teams setup to nullify you, or when you're not quite at the races should be viewed as a positive step in my opinion. As for those questioning Puel, give the guy a chance. I distinctly remember Man City fans last season calling for Pep to go and calling him a fraud. One season later, and they're now saying he's a genius and has created the best team ever to play in the PL. Rome wasn't built in a day, be patient and have a little faith.
  18. 23 points
    Too right... players like Kasper from Leeds, Simpson from QPR, Morgan from Forest, Mahrez from the Bloody French Championship, Kante from even further down the French league, Vardy from the conference... imagine buying those sorts of players and expecting to win anything! FFS... next they will want to add a few rejects from shit clubs like Stoke, Schalke and Villa and expect to go anywhere other than backwards! Time to buy some real quality who have played in Europe like Slimani, Musa, Robert Ron Jeremy, Inler, etc.
  19. 23 points
    Don't worry, the players made up for it by delivering the extra L with the loss against Newcastle
  20. 22 points
    I don't get it. We absolutely dominated in the first half and just struggled to break down one of the most defensive teams to come to the KP this season. That's been our problem for at least 3 seasons now. Mark Hughes played for a draw, and so for almost the entire 90' Southampton had 10 men behind the ball, 11 at times. Even Man City sometimes struggles to break teams down when they do that. Walking into the dressing room and laying into the players when their performances were pretty good, would have done what exactly?
  21. 22 points
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  22. 22 points
    Puel positives: * Blooding youngsters through (Chilwell, Choudary, Diabite). * Playing a more possession based game and look more comfortable on the ball. I'm fed up of this player power (if the stories are to be believed). There comes a point where the directors need to say enough is enough and ship out players causing issues. I honestly think if the owners back the manager 100% and allow him to bring in and ship out the players he requires, we could be a decent side. Players throwing tantrums for not playing particular tactics need to be shipped out. There is no sentiment in football anymore....Ask Drinkwater, Kante and soon to be Mahrez! Messgae to the owners. Back him 100% or get someone in who you will back 100% for a prolonged period! Nigel didn't get results overnight, Pep didn't, Jose hasn't at Man u, Klopp hasn't at Liverpool. TIME IS NEEDED.
  23. 22 points
    I bet all they do is swap the kop with the family stand.
  24. 22 points
    Moving closer to his family and a promotion after years of loyal service and unearthing gems for us. The bloke is worse than ISIS.
  25. 22 points
    Diabate changed the game when he came on and he was Puel's signing give Puel's a chance to see what changes are made during the summer.
  26. 21 points
    By Gary Silke 07:00, 21 APR 2018 A couple of weeks back I asked the question: “Has Dele Alli ever passed to Jamie Vardy on England duty?” Many thanks to Leo De Wissel, of Anstey, who did a bit of research... Former England manager Roy Hodgson with Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli after the goalless draw with Slovakia at Euro 2016 (Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images) “I had wondered this and aired the view only to be ridiculed, scoffed at, and have my eyesight questioned. Undeterred I have watched all the England games in which they have played together and noted every intended pass from Alli to Vardy - this does not include balls that reached Vardy by accidentally ricocheting off another player or where Alli’s pass was clearly meant for someone else, but Vardy intercepted it. “I also tried to count the number of passes from Alli to Harry Kane but they were too numerous. So, how many passes has the talented Mr Alli made to Jamie Vardy while on joint duty for England? Believe it or not, the answer is... NIL.”
  27. 21 points
    'Southampton were mad to sack you... not many English managers can do what you do': Glenn Hoddle meets up with old Monaco pal Claude Puel Glenn Hoddle recently caught up with former Monaco team-mate Claude Puel The former players talk sackings, success and the future of English football Ex-Monaco stars Hoddle and Puel first met back in the summer of 1987 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5616415/Southampton-mad-sack-Glenn-Hoddle-meets-old-Monaco-pal-Claude-Puel.html#ixzz5Ch4SsneV Glenn Hoddle and Claude Puel first met in the summer of 1987. Hoddle was the 29-year-old star foreign signing for Arsene Wenger’s Monaco and Puel was the 25-year-old academy graduate, a one-club man who would become a Monaco institution, going on to manage them to the French title. But in the late Eighties he was the workman-like squad player for Wenger — a young, aspiring coach who had just joined the club from Nancy. Hoddle and Puel couldn’t have been more different in profile. As they embrace as friends 31 years on, ROB DRAPER listens in as they recall those first encounters in pre-season training… GLENN HODDLE: It’s good to see you! CLAUDE PUEL: It’s the first time you’ve come to see me! You didn’t want to at Southampton? GLENN: I was letting you get your feet under the table. And I was concerned. I was remembering our first day in training at Monaco... CLAUDE (smiling): He was angry with me! For me, there was no difference between the training session and the game. And if he was the other team [Puel punches his fist into his palm to indicate the type of tackles which were flying in]. But we played well together. GLENN: That was Claude. He would want to win, whether it was five-a-side, everything. He was quite calm normally. But when the game was about to start, in the dressing-room, he had an English mentality. He was very vocal. CLAUDE: I have two personalities! I should have made my career in England and Glenn in France. GLENN: I didn’t understand him but me and Mark Hateley [the England striker who had joined that summer with Hoddle] knew that whatever he was saying in French was: ‘Come on. We’re going to win.’ I wanted to experience playing abroad but with players who wanted to win. For Mark and me everything that Arsene did was new. I remember the first time me and Mark did the warm-down in the stadium the day after we played. We’d never done a warm-down. And Arsene said: ‘You have 25 minutes. You have to run.’ The day after the game! Ten o’clock in the morning! So me and Mark, we were so tired. We would run so slowly, just jogging, chatting. And Claude would put 12 laps in, lapping us. We thought he was crazy. CLAUDE: We needed to have some players like me to work for all the great players like him to create something. GLENN: Arsene had the balance right. CLAUDE: It was a good balance. I recover the ball and I give you the ball. I played simple, one-touch or two-touch. GLENN: When Arsene went to Arsenal, he played the same system with two holding players, like you and Marcel Dib. And then the No10, myself. And we had Youssouf Fofana out wide. And at Arsenal he had Marc Overmars. We had Jean-Marc Ferratge, who could tuck in and break, and he had a Ray Parlour. It was a replica of what he did at Monaco. And it worked perfectly. We won the league that year and played in the European Cup. CLAUDE: Glenn was not a recovery player! We needed to have behind two strong players to recover the ball and use his quality. And he was fantastic. He was a player for France. He wasn’t a player, at this time, for England. If he had come earlier to France, it would have been better for him. Because all people could see his quality. GLENN: In England I had to go box-to-box. CLAUDE: When Arsene came in at Monaco, it was all new. Some new tactics and a new physical approach. He had the same effect at Arsenal. He trained Nancy the season before and had been relegated. And the president, Jean-Louis Campora, took him anyway. GLENN: I didn’t know that he had gone down with Nancy the season before. Maybe I wouldn’t have signed if I’d known that! That’s a big decision. CLAUDE: It was. But Arsene had personality. He’s calm, never angry. GLENN: Well, some half-times… CLAUDE: Yes. In the game. But never angry [outside of this]. He was never … on the bench and five minutes later after the game in front of the media, he was calm. GLENN: When you were a player you took notes during training. Did you always want to coach? CLAUDE: During the period with Arsene, I had been training young players, 11, 12 years old. It was my passion. I continued to pass my diplomas until the end of my career. At the end of my career I became an assistant manager to Jean Tigana. But it wasn’t in my mind to continue as manager. I became an assistant manager and had responsibility to develop young players. The year after I did training with the first team and managed the second team. I came to Monaco at 15 years old and stayed 25 years. I was an academy player, professional player, assistant manager and manager. It was my club. GLENN: You must have been proud to win the league in 1999-2000 as manager. CLAUDE: It was fantastic. I took that team after Jean Tigana. It was January, we were 11th and we finished fourth. They gave me a contract and the next year we won the league with, I think, the youngest team in history. GLENN: How do you assess your time at Leicester this season? CLAUDE: It’s the first time I’ve taken a team in the middle of the season. It was a team in difficulties [Leicester were 14th but one point off the bottom three]. The challenge was to try step by step to change but not a lot. You need results with a change at the same time. Their difficulty was the way Leicester played and won the Premier League with a fighting spirit with fantastic togetherness. But after that, other teams knew Leicester. They sat deep with a strong defensive block, no space, no possibility to play direct play. No space for Jamie [Vardy]. It was important step by step to keep the counter but to learn a little more possession and control of the game. And to try to play a more open play. It was important to have a different response against different teams. For example, we cannot play against Manchester City and say we will have the ball. We need to have a strong defensive unit, a good structure and a good counter-attack. [But] for me it was not long ball, not a battle. It was quality with the ball. One-touch, two-touch. Take space. GLENN: It’s a big difference. You have a possession-based game. With Leicester now, possession is better and it’s a far better team. With another pre-season and you bed down it will grow even better. CLAUDE: Some of the players only know one way of playing. For a lot of players it’s the first time they’ve started to play out from the back and to be available for their team-mates between the lines. A lot have improved, like Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson. And Harry Maguire. He is fantastic. Many of these are players who won the title. But to get them to accept this, we needed results. They had to keep the counter-attack but have a good alternative. GLENN: Before Leicester were one-dimensional. Now you’re trying to play different ways and possession-based. Keep an eye on Leicester next season! CLAUDE: Glenn was the same as a player and a trainer. For me, it’s different. I was not a technical player, I was a worker for him. But as a trainer I like quality and creative players. And for any position, I want a player who is comfortable on the ball. We work with the recruiters, the staff, the academy to give a direction to the club. GLENN: That’s your experience at Monaco and working with young players. So you’re not scared. Some managers think they need more time. CLAUDE: For me, it’s not a problem to give them game time. I know for some managers they cannot, because there is a lot of pressure in our job and the directors want results, results, results… [with] young players, sometimes it’s very good; sometimes it’s bad. But if we want to develop some players, it’s crucial to give them game time and take some risk for the future of the club. After Lyon, I managed Lille. At the time they had no stadium, no training ground, no team and the lowest budget [in the French league]. The first two seasons we played [just] to prevent relegation with young players from the academy. We finished 14th and 10th. And after that, no club wanted to play in the InterToto Cup. So we played in it and we took them like friendlies. I used academy players at the beginning. We won the InterToto, played European games until the last 16 of the Europa League and we finished second, in the Champions League positions. With the same team, we continued and I think it was 2004, we rotated between seven and nine players every game. And we finished second playing 64 games in the season. We played against Manchester United and [Sir Alex] Ferguson in 2005 in the Champions League and eliminated them [Lille beat Manchester United 1-0 at the Stade de France, as their own stadium didn’t meet Uefa regulations. They finished third in the group, United fourth]. He was angry! When we sold the players, in total, it was for €150million profit. We gave Eden Hazard his debut. GLENN: That’s fantastic. No English coaches will have done what Claude has done or have that experience on their CV. It’s not a case of giving him money. He understands youth, building the team, doing something outside the box. And he’s been successful. He was successful at Southampton. He should never have been sacked at Southampton. Look at them now. CLAUDE: When I was at Lyon [where his team reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2010] it was a team that needed to always finish in the top three but develop young players. GLENN: When you look at Claude’s experience you know that Leicester or any club he’s going to manage is in really good hands. You can see the foundations being built. CLAUDE: But I don’t know if in the Premier League we have enough patience about this. But my feeling is to keep this mentality to work for the club. And perhaps it is finished at the end of the season, or at the end of next season. But my work is to work for the club and continue to develop the players. GLENN: But there’s a formula that Claude has and it creates good foundations. Southampton made a big mistake and didn’t give him time. And Leicester will make a mistake if they don’t give him time. It’s a question for the owners. Do they understand that he has the right formula? More important than what he’s done is how he’s done it. This is what you’re doing at Leicester. What you would have done at Southampton. Let’s hope they give you the time. They’d be fools not to. This squad for me plays better football than the one who won the league. CLAUDE: At Southampton, we reached the League Cup final even though we were playing every three days. It was the first time the club had done that. GLENN: And you deserved to win the League Cup final. But what you did at Southampton, you’re doing here, for the long term. At Southampton they cut you. They panicked. They didn’t realise what they had. But wherever he goes, he’ll do this job and given time, will have success. Not many English managers work like this. CLAUDE: But I’m not naive. Owners and chairman are under pressure. It’s difficult to keep building and winning. GLENN: And that’s what we miss out on in English football. The interview ends and Puel embraces Hoddle as he compliments him. Hoddle returns the gesture warmly and then stops and fixes Puel with a steely stare. ‘You know really I ought to hit you,’ he says. ‘After all the kicks you gave me in training!’
  28. 21 points
    People are so hard wired and honestly, ignorant, they just arent willing to give anyone time to get their ideas over. Well, unless they play "the Leicester way" which has now become synonymous with passing the ball as little as is humanly possible, hoofing it from every area on the field in the hope one fast striker can score every single goal we score as a team, and making sure the team features at least 2 or 3 headless chickens at all times that will show PASSHHHUUNNN that they can shout at and relate to at all times because thats what football is to them. Show them some little intricate movements, patient football, tactical flexibility etc, and that doesnt turn them on. You cant FVCKIN SHOUT at stuff like that, you cant GET MAD FVCK OFF REF FVCK OFF OPPONENTS at that. Show them an interview where a manager pauses for a moment and gives a considered response, that doesnt turn anyone on either. Fvcking belittle the journalist. Give a mad response. Show your MAD IT MAKES ME PROUD. BRIM WITH VISIBLE PASHUNNNNNN LIKE I DO. The bloke has never had a chance from the start here. Look how fast people turned on Ranieri. Way before the bad spell in January. Wed got people saying Ranieri out after Hull away! Puel has brought a vision with him, there is evidence it has worked. Consistently? not yet. Over 90 mins? in some games, not as many as we would like. However, if we bin him off, ask yourself this: Who do you want to come in thats going to: a) Satisfy your lofty ambition of making talentless, devoid of skill and crude football entertaining every week and successful enough it will beat teams regularly enough to satisfy your goals for where Leicester should finish. And for many that seems like breaking the top 6 with ease b) Make players who are either genuinely not that good, or 2 years older than when they had the absolute best season of their life, a freak never likely to be repeated and not their typical level of performance, they are now older and worse than that.....who do you think is going to take them over and make them better as players? c) Magically make Mahrez stay and Kante come back so we can line up with the nucleus of the team from the title winning season who played the style you yearn for d) Guarantee that an away team wont come here and actually god forbid play quite well because they have their own agendas in the league and need points badly themselves? But they cant give you a name. All they can give you is what they give you at a match, a confused cocophony of anger thats not got any focus to it other than its not as good as it was when we won the league. Well no shit, it never will be either because winning the league was bonkers. Theyll tell you theyre bored, then point to all the games weve lost as evidence of why theyre right to be bored and you must also be bored. Completely ignoring that ive watched them batter Southampton away 4-1, ive watched them batter West Brom away 4-1, ive watched outplay Chelsea at the bridge, and beat Spurs at home too. Theyll pine constantly for the good old days of Pearson Walsh and Shakespeare like theyre the only people of any signficance in the clubs entire history. Puel has a summer to come to mould a team more into his style. To bring staff if he wants them too. To ship out players if they cant be bothered to listen to him or carry out what he wants. The owners are making a serious commitment to the future with the training ground, with the expansion plans, and have shown absolutely no panic or intention to change the direction we are going in. We are on course for our second highest league finish ever. Beat Burnley away which is not unthinkable by any means, we are still well in the hunt for 7th. So lets stop using every single defeat as an excuse to put up these pathetic polls, and actually just accept that yes, you can look bad on a given day. Football wont always entertain you, its not a cinema ticket. That getting new ideas over is a gradual process that takes time, and that we are actually a decent football team and lets back the manager and just stop the doom mongering that wouldnt have looked out of place when we were losing to teams like Colchester.
  29. 21 points
    And should be illegal tbh.
  30. 20 points
    Bloody hell its actually happened! Well done puel for showing bollocks to drop your captain.
  31. 20 points
    Thoughts on him today? Personally thought he looked very composed, wasn't fazed by the occasion nor afraid to get stuck in. Hope he gets a bit more game time towards the end of the season.
  32. 20 points
    Probably my mini dachshund called Nigel Pearson not really seen a dog that comes close tbh.
  33. 20 points
    I think we played well.
  34. 20 points
    The owners have entrusted Puel with making training and tactics decisions, and all the rest of the things a manager does. As long as that’s the case, they should shut up, grow up and do the job for which they are paid obscene amounts of money.
  35. 20 points
    If we sack Puel and get relegated next season it would serve our wanky fans right. We're 8th ffs, having been a yoyo team all my life, this is decent. Time for a few to dust off their Man Utd and Liverpool shirts from a few years ago if they think Leicester City being 8th isn't good.
  36. 19 points
    Getting him on loan was one of the most important and best signings the club has ever made, with hindsight.
  37. 19 points
    I've been staunchly Puel in throughout, and I think there's a couple of important things to consider. 1) We have a number of players who are well aware they are leaving of their own accord or otherwise and have begun to shut down performance wise and this hasn't helped our current situation. 2) Puel has a reputation for coming into clubs and playing with a system that he feels suits the team he has in front of him. At Southampton he did that for a season but wasn't given the chance to expand on that with more of his own signings after the saints fire sale. What I do believe will happen is we will see with his first few signings what formation/style we will be playing next season. For all we know he could be desperate to join a lot of the league in playing 3-4-3, but he currently doesn't have the resources to do that. Personally i'm looking forward to him having the chance to shape his own team. We actually haven't had anyone bring real change to this club in a long time, and for me it's needed. Those players we have stuck by have reached their expiry date for me and personally i'm pleased it's Puel at the helm, rather than one of the British merry-go-round coaches who would probably stick with the old until they can't physically play anymore.
  38. 19 points
    couldn’t be further from the truth these days. every time i visit there’s cooler stuff popping up. it’s probably got to the stage where you have to seek out the shit parts now rather than the other way round.
  39. 19 points
    The amount of bullshit in such a short post is astonishing.
  40. 19 points
    Hoddle was the superlative England creative midfielder player of his time. A superb passer of the ball, but ever criticised for not working hard enough. As England manager he was going somewhere but self-sabotaged by declaring his rather bizarre religious beliefs. I don't get the "abysmal commentary" comment nor the "well up his arse" bit either. Seems a perfectly reasonable meeting and discussion between two old team-mates. And it gives the whole 'Puel stay, Puel go' discussion on this Forum a useful amount of objective information. 'We' haven't been "wank" - the team has been slow off the mark but, when they've woken up, have been threatening and scoring. The team aren't playing better now than when they did in 15-16 but there's been an influx of potentially good players. Kante and Drinkwater have been lost but Maguire, Diabate and N'Didi are young and bound to get better. Chilwell has emerged as a fine 'wing-back' and I think Gray and Iheanacho can and should improve. Let's be frank here - the owners and senior managers haven't exactly been infallible in their choice of what manager to employ - certainly not in dismissing Pearson - the first time I've witnessed the reversal of the biblical adage that the sins of the sons will be visited on their fathers. Sure, everyone thought that Claudio was the best thing since sliced bread when City won the Premier but, although he was exactly the right personality to 'steady the ship' after Pearson was let down so badly and obliged to leave, the reality is that that team could have had gone on to win the title with the lightest of touches. Ranieri took the media pressure off them - made City lovable. But he had the same problem as Puel has - how to 'evolve' (it's the latest buzz word re City ) the team into a more flexible unit. I don't believe Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is under pressure. The team have recovered from a difficult start to the season and ended up in a reasonable position. He doesn't need to panic - he has no shareholder pressure on him and the fans should be extending a lot of good will to him for having facilitated the success we've achieved. Are the fans going to start turning away from buying season tickets, just yet? If they do it will show a startling lack of patience, loyalty and maturity. Ever since MO'N left the club has been ineptly run and mediocre. And yet it's still not good enough for some. Early days yet for Puel. I was reminded yesterday that O'Neill was the subject of much negative invective - so much so that he came out onto the pitch and appealed for more time. I suspect that to keep on changing managers won't produce what most of us want - it looks like we do have someone of worth in charge.
  41. 19 points
    4 wins in 16 this is Peter Taylor form going into next season! We we have gone backwards from his bright start this isn’t negativity it’s pure facts! People really need to stop bragging about 8th! We are 9 points behind Burnley!
  42. 19 points
    These are exactly my thoughts. Not denying that we've been dreadful at times in the last few months, but we're still 8th. Add to that we've come very close to getting into two semi finals. If we hadn't won the league two years ago, most people would be seeing this as progress. Also, we shouldn't ignore how brilliant Burnley have been too. People need to calm the **** down.
  43. 19 points
    Wow there's a lot of hyperbole. ON the face of it, it looks like a very limited airstrike that allows all parties to save face. Three main targets linked to chemical weapons appear to be struck, all of which will have been evacuated beforehand. No Russians harmed, presumably as they had advance notice. No coalition casualties. No strikes on Russian hardware. It's a limited strike that appears to be a one time hit that has allowed the West to state that Chemical weapon use is beyond the pale. So we in the West save face by upholding the red lines of chemical weapons use. It's allowed Russia to issue a strongly worded condemnation, whilst still controlling Syria, so they can look strong. As long as Assad doesn't use chemical weapons again (which would be a direct challenge to the West) then this recent flare up is over. Presumably Putin will be telling his ally that it is not worth using these weapons as the cost to his regime is too high.
  44. 19 points
    ...and yet many want to sack the manager.
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  47. 18 points
    Poor opening 10 minutes yesterday. Burnley caught us cold and it was a tactical masterclass from Dyche to get his team firing on all cylinders to try and kill the game early doors. Burnley simply wanted it more than us in those opening minutes and were first to every ball and were quick to pick up the second ball. After we settled we were easily the better team. The contrast between the two sides was night and day. I don't recall Burnley really having any chances of significance after their blistering start. Had we taken our chances in the first half we could and should have been going into the break leading 2-4. We continued to boss the second half and for the life of me I genuinely don't know how we didn't come away with at least a point. Credit to Burnley they did what they had to do, and I left the ground yesterday with no complaints only disappointment at what could have been. Aside from the obvious underperformer's, what has surprised me having read the thread is how little mention there is of Maguire's contribution to their second goal yesterday. Burnley played a hopeful ball down their right to no one and all Maguire had to do was take the Huth approach and put the ball into row Z for a throw in. Instead he tried to be clever in attempting to shield the ball out for a goal kick and got absolutely bullied in the process which led to the corner that they scored from. It was an extremely naive piece of defending. Burnley were in the ascendancy and full of confidence. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that Burnley's game plan would be focused on trying to use their height and strength in and around the penalty area at set pieces, particularly as everyone in this league knows that we are abysmal at defending them. I really like Maguire a lot as a player. He's comfortable on the ball and doesn't panic in possession which I like, but in honesty he hasn't mastered the basic art of defending which is primarily his role. He's still young so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt as he has time to learn and develop this side of his game, but it is definitely something he needs to work on. As for our tactics yesterday, once we established a rhythm there was only one team in that game which highlighted that Puel's approach is working and will benefit us long term once he has the right personnel at his disposal. Finally, I just wanted to highlight Choudhury's performance yesterday. What a mature display from a player with such little first team experience. He certainly did not look out of place, and was one of our best players. Hopefully that will give him the confidence to push on.
  48. 18 points
    Obviously the players don't get a free pass, and I don't think Shakespeare lost the support of the players, just the support of the board, but that's a separate point. What Pearson understood and Ranieri seemingly forgot in his second season, is that these are limited players with very clear strengths and weaknesses. Vardy is the best in the league at chasing lost causes, putting defences under pressure and being a right nuisance, he is not that great at winning headers against strong centre halves. Mahrez is great at turning a bit of space into a chance, but if you give the defence time to swamp he, he can't do his thing. Ndidi will run all day long and win the ball back, but is sloppy in possession at times. Simpson is the best defensive right back in the league, and the worst attacking right back. Morgan will put his body on the line but don't expect him to dribble the ball. Puel seems to want to play in a style that exposes the flaws of our players, we are not great at passing the ball and keep possession, we are great at attacking quickly and don't worry about losing possession playing a high risk pass. I would start to get annoyed at being asked to do something I'm not good at which has the added effect of minimising what I am good at and makes me look shit. Morgan and Simpson haven't become shit overnight, they are still good at what they are good at, but we are not playing to their strengths and seem intent to expose their weaknesses. If you want your right back to over lap and cross the ball, don't pick Simpson, literally anyone else would be better. Fair play to Puel he did recall Amartey, but when big Dan got injured he should have done something, anything other than ask Simpson to play as an overlapping fullback, it's like asking Morgan to be a ball playing centre half. He isn't and never will be. The frustration is we have a ball playing centre half on the bench or a change of formation to 3 at the back, would allow Morgan to just defend, Albrighton to go wing back and we have a strong looking side that plays to their strengths. Even Vardy, I know he is still scoring, but generally late in the game and it would make more sense to play Nacho for the first 60 minutes as a leading striker, he at least has a chance of winning a header and will give the defenders something to worry about other than Vardy's pace. Then we can unleash Vardy on a tired defence to win the game. The players need to execute the manager's plans and they are doing so to the best of their ability, and that is the problem and why they are getting pissed off, they can't play better because of the system they are in, so you either rebel against the manager or play his way and play shit.
  49. 18 points
    Think Danny Simpson will go down as a very under rated great bit of business. Does what it says on the can and has been a much maligned important cog in our success. As defensive fullbacks go he is as good as there is about however we are moving forward and it looks highly unlikely that his forward play fits in with the way the manager wants us to play. Some of the criticism aimed at Puel recently could have been reduced by better delivery from the flanks, looks like we will be looking to bring in attacking full backs but even if his time here is coming to an end the guy does not deserve some of the stick he gets and also turning his off filed life around deserves credit
  50. 18 points
    You don't have to like him, but have some respect.
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