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Bagworthblue last won the day on 14 July 2015

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  1. As a coach myself, he drives me nuts but it will come with coaching. On the ball, fine, he just needs to keep plugging away and he will develop. Off the ball, if you watch him, he's often caught on his heels, often goes to sleep, and he reacts too much rather than being proactive. If he can improve his concentration, stay alert for longer in games and be a bit more consistent, he will develop into a hell of a player. For his 1st few games in the prem though, he's showing a lot of promise.
  2. Lol. I think I will play safe and refer to him as Caglar going forward 😅 Surprised anyone actually read that far 😅
  3. As a coach myself, I really wish people would just relax a bit and think bigger picture and longer term. The reality is that there 7 or 8 clubs in the Prem with a higher revenue than us and with a greater 100+ year history than us. We've been a yoyo club for 130 years and this is one if the longest periods of stability we've had in the top division, certainly in recent times. FFP prevents us from competing with 6-8 of these clubs on an equal footing as does our history when it comes to attracting the best players. Puel in tandem with the club hierarchy is working to a strategy of buying young up and coming players and players that are "Not quite ready" to develop as a means to compete. We are morphing from a very singular style of play that gave us the title but which was not sustainable to a more fluid and interchangeable set of systems which take time to embed. By " time" I mean a season or 2. During this period we are embedding youth and accepting that youth brings inconsistency. It also requires a lot of close management to ensure they develop the right Pschological attributes, dont burn out or lose their heads meaning they need resting, time outs etc moreso than experienced players. At the same time we have older players that i am sure are trying to adapt but it's hard to teach old dogs new tricks when their play style has been mentally embedded for many years. It's a period of transition, we've had to deal with a horrific helicopter crash, we are blooding youth and adapting our play and it's natural that we will have periods in games we get it right and periods we get a bit lost and run out of ideas. We need to get to the stage where the periods of getting it right become evident for 60% plus of the game more so than 20% of the game. Puel, in my mind, is sacrificing his own reputation by looking to put the club's long term plan into place and is building a SQUAD for the future. To compete, this means being realistic about the speed of progress, buying players at the right price and right time. (January is usually a time to buy players out of desperation to avoid relegation or in a bid to secure Europe. Neither of those are likely hence between now and the end of the season, it should be about giving Soyunchu, as an example, a chance and looking at building further towards the long term). People call Claude boring. He was at a disadvantage from day 1. He came with that reputation having not had time to complete the build at Southampton. ( finishing 8th there too) Combine this with his dour tone in front of the media and people assume his boring persona is also his style. Yet if you truly listen to him, where we are now and what we see is not where he wants us to be when the build is complete. We are a stable mid table team, a position all my life I'd have dreamt of us being, but even better, we are achieving this whilst slowly building to try to be even better than that. As a coach I know that every supporter is also a manager who has a different view on absolutely everything from selection, even down to 1 guy awarding a player his man of the match whilst another person thinks the same player was awful. We dont work day to day with the lads, know their pschological strengths and wesknesses, see in detail how they are progressing towards what he is asking or have any rral understanding of who is easily managed and who is a negative voice. Its easy to judge from afar but to be with them every day gives him insight none of us have when we pick our preferred team for a game. We need to be patient, acknowledge the diificulties in blooding youth, changing from 1 system to various new systems, whilst dealing with huge disaster, the loss of a player that gave us excitement and loads of goals, dealing with an oversized squad of players that need moving on and credit the guy with doing all this whilst keeping us mid table in the prem, 9th out of 92 clubs! Please be patient. The grass is not always greener. Replacing him could well be a good move but equally it coild bethe change thst threatens all the progress weve made. Life after Puel was not so great for Southampton. It may or may not be so great for us either
  4. Yup and its also extra revenue. People forget with FFP, we are limited in what we can spend by our revenue. More seats sold, more pies, pints and programmes, and merchandise bought due to higher footfall , concert revenue from new arena = bigger long term wage structure, bigger potential transfer fees. The club needs to build in stature to a) compete financially and b) convince good quality players to consider us. Nb I know a lot of people who want season tickets on Direct Debit and have given up going to individual games as the hassle factor and one off cost in trying to get 4 seats together etc as a family is off putting and often impossible and means sitting in different places every time.There are a lot of fans who don't go often that would go every week if they could get a season ticket for friends and family together! If you don't fill it on day 1, you work towards increasing attendance over time. In the meantime, you still get improved revenue.
  5. As a coach myself, it's clear to me what is happening and in time we should improve considerably but patience will be needed. Increasingly in the past, we faced teams like Huddersfield sitting deep ( initially) and staying compact in fear of our counter. Games like Saturday may well have ended 0-1 Or 0-0 In the past. Puel is trying to get us to retain possession more but also attack at speed either via quick passes to break central lines or via the counter. The issue is that when you try to get players to focus more on keeping possession, reduce the % game longer balls, players often go too far the other way. This is what we started doing last season, at times this season and what Southampton did the Season before. To please the manager you choose not to lose possession, recycle, recycle, recycle bit you've missed much of his message. The result is we play sideways, we isolate Vardy etc and deny any kind of service. From being fast and furious, we go to the opposite extreme and play a too measured ( boring) game. In other words, players start to go too far in the opposite direction as possession becomes key.and they fear losing it too much. Albeit not overly enthralling to listen to, Puel has always maintained the desire to play quick attacking football, not retain possession at all cost, to be brave etc but players on the pitch are a little too afraid at first to do this as it may result in lost possession. Equally, it relies on good movement infield from your advanced midfielders and striker. Yes it means Vardy sometimes has to offer himself up to hold up as a 10 not play constantly as a 9. On Saturday, early on I saw Schmeichel grab the ball and look long for Vardy. On a few other occasions, I saw us try a more direct approach. I was impressed on Saturday as it was the 1st time in a while I saw us trying to move back to the centre ground we need to be at. A mixed game where sometimes you switch play to create space to break lines and other times where you look longer. This makes us more unpredictable and is key for breaking down stubborn teams who park the bus. There was good movement at times in the pockets of space but all too often it's Madders. Nacho, Guezzal etc need to come narrow at times to create forward opportunities more often too. At 2-1 up, Huddersfield had to gamble and play a higher line which makes Vardy a greater threat again. Mendy and Wilf are looking great but need to look for those line splitting balls more. Maguire is crucial as he breaks lines with passes more than anyone. Other than him, Amartey also finds those line splitting balls which is why he's preferred to Simpson who could only really play safe or go long down the line. We've gone from 1 extreme of play to the other over the course of last season but the owners held their nerve. Its easy to panic and pull out halfway through a transition but we are now showing signs of gradually making better decisions more often and showing greater movement to enable those line breaking moves forwards. There is a fair way to go and with younger players we need to be patient. With older players accept change is hard to adjust to as they may have played a certsin wsy for years and for some just not conduisive to their skillset.(Simpson) I just hope we forgive the lapses and allow the progress to continue. Puel bores me shit less but that's no reason to discount the progress he is slowly but surely making. I don't post much so apologies for the essays when I do. 🤣
  6. Anyway good debating chaps. Probably the worst behaviour today comes from me given my wife's mother died out the blue this AM and here I am debating a red card. Night folks
  7. Or Docherty endangered himself byarriving late? If you arrive late at a less than 90° angle in the direction a ball is being kicked, you will get kicked by a follow through. Simple maths.
  8. Nope. I come from an era when if you won the ball it wasn't even a foul so I wouldn't have claimed red. ( I may have shouted for it whilst quietly disagreeing) 😁. Now I'm not saying that tightening up to protect players isn't a good thing but he went for the ball and won it. Had the OPPO not arrived late both would have met the ball halfway up the ball at the same time and height and it would have ballooned off somewhere with everyone applauding bpth players commitment. Arrive late at your peril.
  9. Vardy kicked the ball at the right height to hit the middle of the ball. His fo it didn't go over the ball. The lateness of the oppos lunge with planted angle leg meant Vardy hit him higher up the leg. If hed have timed his tackle, bothe his foot and Vardys woukd have hit the ball at Same height from opposite sides. Had Vardy done what he did after Oppo had kicked the ball then Vardy would have been late and caught the player high up as oppos leg would have planted after kicking the ball. In which case I'd have shown Vardy red myself!!!
  10. But you could argue that the challenge was on Vardy as Vardy played the ball and OPPO came in late.
  11. Maybe the game has changed too much for me to comprehend then. I would have been sent off every game in my day for such challenges but never intended to hurt anyone and I never once injured anyone.
  12. If hed have been 1st to the ball and Vardy was late then he'd have been putting Vardy in danger. 2 players had eyes as on a ball and Vardy won it with his standing leg planted and kicked the ball half way up the ball. The fact That the oppo leg arrived just after Vardy kick a ball was out of Vardys control. Nb where is the ball in the pic? Well gone.
  13. But it wasnt a tackle. A tackle suggests the other player was in control of the ball. The reality is that 2 players went for a free ball and came from different angles. Vardy got there 1st and won the ball. The Wolves lad arrived late and was caught by the follow through
  14. Im a bit astonished anyone sees it differently. He won the ball with a single foot with his standing leg on the ground and without raised studs. It was not a tackle. The ball broke free and 2 players went for it. Vardy was more committed in winning the ball and the result was he got there 1st. In my opinion, the lack of conviction from the Wolves lad meant he got there 2nd and fouled Vardy. However Vard's determination to win ball meant his efforts were more aggressive and Dean viewed that as 'an out of control challenge' . It was not out of control as his standing leg was planted and he won the ball. We should appeal.
  15. Odd how he's not listed as an official agent on this. How surprising 🤣 http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/policies/intermediaries/fa-registered-intermediaries-list
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