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Ali Begbie

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  1. I think the mistake was more about our exasperating policy of always always ‘playing out from the back’. In that position, Kasper should of either just played in short or hoofed it. We conceded goals from similar mid-range passes from Ricardo against both Wolves and Manchester United. Saturday’s game was just the ghost of Puel. Rodgers now has a little bit of time to start to sort out our ridiculous way of playing.
  2. I really don’t get the ‘it was difficult for him’ argument. He took over a successful team with a great team spirit and was given money to burn. He has under-performed and under-achieved. That’s not acceptable in League as competitive as the EPL, with top quality managers desperate for the chance to manage clubs like ours . OK he has helped in a move away from the old guard – but that would have happened regardless of who was the manager. This season has been a wasted opportunity. Ironic really that Puel was sacked on the day he could easily have been leading us out at Wembley for the League Cup final - but for another of his head-scratching team selections. His experimental approach to Premier League football has ultimately been his downfall. He seemed to adopt the principles of a Youth Team coach – determined to give lots of different players the opportunity to develop. Clearly this is not how you can run a Premier League team. Watching the game yesterday was painful. Possession football just doesn’t lead to effective football unless you’ve got the quality of Manchester City. It was a fool’s errand from the start, with Puel too stubborn to see what was happening in front of his eyes, game after game after game. I wish the man well, but I don’t remember ever being more relieved to see a manager given Le Boot.
  3. Well, you're not alone. A lot of Man City fans would be happy to give him back as well... https://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/threads/riyad-mahrez-2018-2019-performances.335464/page-189
  4. Good observation yes. He's scored 10 times this season but 8 of those have come in 'romps'. He did score the winners for them away at Spurs and Watford though. he's not had a bad first season, but at the mo it looks like we've got the better half of that deal for the £60m we got for him. Would we swap him for Barnes right now? Probably not.
  5. Agreed this is my view too. Don't see the point in sacking him now but I also can't believe that there isn't someone else out who would be a better long term option. With luck we'll win the next six games and I will be choking on my words.
  6. I’m not sure how much credit Puel can take for realising that we needed a right-back and a 10. You heap praise on him for the easy things that would have been done jointly with the owners, DoF and recruitment team. It’s not been difficult or painful at all. It’s all been easy thanks to the excellent way in which the club is run above Puel. However, the things that Puel is fully responsible for: (team selections, substitutions and tactics) have been fairly poor.
  7. World class keeper, world class central defender, world class striker. Yes he had some work to do with some of the older players but he basically had the spine of a great team handed to him on a plate. Plus he’s had to do nothing to build up team spirit or commitment to the cause. That was already there. He didn't have to get rid of the players you mention to make way for expensive additions like Maddison and Ricardo. On a platter on a silver cushion. Wrapped in a bow. Believe me most managers would have bit your hand off for the scenario Puel inherited. But somehow he’s managed to turn his best players (and a majority of the fans) against him, got us knocked out of the FA Cup by Newport and sitting in the bottom half of the League. True but too often Puel has diluted the quality of the first 11 by his constant inclusion of average squad players at the expense of the quality that he has at his disposal. Diabate at Fulham, the unfathomable preference for Ihanacho, the decision to play Matty James at Newport. Bringing on ANDY KING when 2-1 down at Newport. Benching Maddison at Wolves. Benching Vardy isn’t even in the Top Five of the Bizarrest decisions he has made this season. These are not the decisions of a great manager.
  8. People talk about ‘player power’ at LCFC. And they are absolutely right. Most clubs would love to have the commitment and dedication that our players have to their club. What a good manager would do is use player power to their advantage. In some respects Puel has done a good job but he has had it easy. He inherited a great group of players and a great ownership plus a big budget. Most average managers could take this side to mid-table. What we need is a manger who can harness that ‘player power’ in the right way. Puel is constantly trying to fight it. Why? It’s a battle he will never win. Who would choose Puel over Schmiecal or Vardy? Similar to Sarri at the moment with Chelsea and Edin Hazard. I feel that this season has been a huge missed opportunity because at the moment we have the money and the ‘pull’ to attract a top class manager and players. But that won’t last forever, so we need to say “Thank you and goodbye” to Puel whilst some of the aura of 2016 still remains.
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