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  1. Warnock- genius or pariah?

    I'd be tempted to have him in the England set-up as a motivational / psychology coach on the one condition condition that he wasn't allowed to influence the style of football. His record shows he is a great man manager and gets the best out of players. Yes, he is a bit of a pantomime villain and seems to enjoy the role but I quite like him and he genuinely seems to have a soft spot for us. Obviously that disappears on match days and after a defeat. Football would be more boring without these type of characters.
  2. Freddie Hinds

    I'm surprised that the clamour is for Hinds to play a part in our season rather than McCoulsky. Neither may be quite ready but the latter is a natural goal scorer with a fantastic record at whatever level he has played at. He would be ideal for our bench at a time when we will struggle to fill it. Currently he is scoring a goal every 84 minutes for Newport with many goals scored after coming off the bench. Duric can play 30 mins max and Famara won't be back until mid Feb at best and will need to get up to speed. Woodrow hasn't really impressed and Garita looks like he might carve out a career in league 2 at best. Hinds did brilliantly and struck a wonder goal but he is not going to be a prolific goal scorer and I suspect McCoulsky is. Whether he has the pressing work rate that LJ demands is perhaps the only reason he won't be brought back. I'd rather we spent money on a quality midfielder as we will have Famara back to support Bobby Reid and Matty Taylor from mid-Feb onwards. At least a few more players from all positions are contributing goals this season and the team will have another defensive player with an eye for goal to go with Flint when Pisano is back. For a six to eight week period though I think it makes sense to have McCoulsky on the bench from 1st jan.
  3. 300K

    I wonder who LJ would have picked from the three centre backs if Eros Pisano hadn't been injured. Baker and Wright were forming a very solid partnership. Wright is captain so it would have been a tough decision to put him on the bench in favour of a player who could easily have gone elsewhere if the required £5m price or close was offered. Lucky for us and also for Flint that it wasn't.
  4. 300K

    The pundits were right when they mentioned Flint had the composure and movement of a centre forward. I can recall plenty of ridicule when suggesting that before when we short of goals upfront and okay for centre backs . I think Flint said he was after the number 7 shirt after his assist on the wing but I wouldn't go that far :-) I hope we can keep him in January but there may be premier teams after him. I think last season with the likes of Adam Mathews and Tomlin we didn't have that team spirit and unity. Now we have that with both the coaching staff and the players and Flint is an essential part of it.
  5. Magnasson

    He was solid enough but he's not a full back and never overlaps. Did well for a player playing out of position and in a position that he isn't suited too. Still, he's getting game time and that will help him if we get any injuries or, worst case scenario, lose Aden Flint in the January window. Given he's not a natural full back and doesn't really venture forward much it was a credit to Joe Bryan that he played so well on the left with a MOTM performance. City are doing well given we have no natural full-backs at he moment. Bailey Wright is another who isn't a natural full back but he was very solid and I was surprised to see how far forward he played in the second half. With four centre backs , Marlon Pack plus Djuric when he is on then we will deal well with aerial threats. Also, as he showed with his goal Joe is good in the air to add to the pluses of being two footed and strong in the tackle.
  6. Christian Ribeiro

    Yes, his class and natural ability stood out. He could defend decently but his ability to go past players was exciting to watch. He had a bit more flair and time on the ball than most players at the levels he has played at. It may not have been that he was never destined to be able to cope with footballs physical demands on the body - more likely one bad injury meant other parts of the body tried but failed to compensate and it was literally a knock on effect. Very articulate and intelligent player too so he will have that advantage and it will give him a range of options for whatever he chooses to do.
  7. Shawn Mccoulsky

    Shawn has a great goals to games ratio at all levels and he is now proving he can do it at lower league level. I believe a certain player with the initials TA had a similar sort of goal scoring trend - each time he has stepped up he has delivered with goals. Goal scoring is all about being in the right place at the right time and it's a bit of a born natural art and not so much something that can be trained into a player. So City may have one of those rare gems of a natural goal scorer. He must have the best goals per minute stats in the entire league with I believe one goal for every 50 mins on the pitch. If he were getting one goal in 200 mins in the Championship we'd have another 20 goal a season player on our hands. I can see the case for giving him a full season at Newport but with the injury to Famara then we are short of strikers and I'd rather have Shawn on the bench than Cauley Woodrow. Not knocking the latter but 20 goal a season strikers in the Championship are very valuable and we may well have another on our books and it would be good to give him time on the pitch from our bench rather than Newport's.
  8. Diedhiou

    I'd like to see Sean McCoulsky brought back as he's not starting for Newport but has still managed to be top scorer. Yes it's a big leap up to play in the Championship but natural goal scorers can often do it at all levels and he does look like he fits in that instinctive goal scorer category. He might as well be on our bench and used as an impact player rather than be Newport's benched leading scorer. 7 goals from not a great amount of minutes on the pitch is impressive. I think Sean will be a better impact player to bring on rather than Cauley Woodrow.
  9. Jordan Henderson - what am I missing?

    I could see Stones playing in midfield and I think he would be better suited there but he'd have to be playing there for his club before it was tried internationally. I thought the last match was a wasted opportunity. Fine to play three at the back but why play two wide players who can't go past a player? On that point it was an odd decision to play Sterling as a number 10. Henderson is far from inspiring and I don't know why Southgate has persisted with playing two holding midfield players when playing teams who often play 11 behind the ball. It's unfortunate that probably the most two most naturally talented attacking midfield players available for England have a self destruct button - Ravel Morrison and Jack Wilshere. Maybe the latter will see the light and avoid wasting his career. I see that Wenger has given him three months to save his career with Arsenal. England don't have goals from central midfield and before we had 20 club goals a season players (Lampard) and Gerrard with a decent goal ration even though they couldn't play effectively together of course. England do have a fair quota of flair players but we don't get the best out of them . It's a question of playing the right system, getting the right balance and getting them to play with the freedom and ability they demonstrate at club level. If it's a mental issue then I am not sure Southgate has the managerial skills to get them to relax and express themselves. People criticise Sterling and Stones but I bow to the choice of probably the best club manager in the world. With money no object they get regular game time. Southgate seems a decent man but, rather than get on the 'phone to Pochettino, I'd actually like to see the latter manage the side for the World Cup tournament. Otherwise it's just going to be a case of qualifying with ease and getting knocked out of the tournament with equal ease.
  10. Lee Trundle

    Clearly a late developer, sign him up!! Looks like he'll peak at age 60. He needed to be used here in the same way that Swansea used him. It's no use signing a player like Trundle and trying to turn them into a workhorse like Milner or someone. Unlike Lee Tomlin I don't think he was hard to manage but just needed to be used in the right position. Definitely a player who also feeds of the adulation of fans.
  11. Well, hands up, I was one who wanted LJ out and John Pemberton put in for the end of the season. I got it wrong as many of us did. I have to give credit to both Steve Lansdown for holding his nerve and for LJ for making decisions that turned the latter end of the season into promotion winning form. I think they were brave as well as stubborn and the way they handled the immense pressure shows a strenth of character that is definitely a plus for the manager and owner. No doubt our luck turned as well. Clearly Lee made mistakes early on and changed things so I hope he has learned and taken on board the things that he changed and worked. Anyway, it's interesting to look at what did change and assess what were the most influential changes. In no particular order I'd go for these things :- 1) Playing 4-4-2. Matty Taylor may not have set the division alight with goals but he has given a balance to the team, provided defensive balance in a way that Lee Tomlin for all his talent can't do, added assists and helped bring the best out of Tammy allowing to add some match winning goals. We do need a 15 to 20 goal a season striker next season to replace Tammy otherwise we will struggle as there aren't enough goals from midfield to compensate. 2) Vastly improved defensive displays. The fact is John Pemberton was the defensive coach and things improved when he left so was he the issue. I thought he was merely coaching instructions from LJ but that looks not to eb the case. I felt previously the full-backs were required to play too narrow and this was obviously under instruction. That changed after JP left and Jamie McAllister came into the coaching set-up. The improvement performances from Mark Little and Joe Bryan can't just have been a coincidence. JB went from liability in this position to back to a potential Premiership player and Mark Little went from lame donkey to athletic race horse. I think it was a mentality issue and they were allowed to get forward and they had better cover in front. 3) it wasn't just these two who upped their game. Jamie Paterson and Josh Browning excelled and provided great balance for defence and attack. It appeared to be a mixture of a better team spirit, a settled team and a common sense tactical change to 4-4-2. 4) A settled side at long last. 5) The defensive improvement and more cohesive team play coincided with Jamie McCallister supporting LJ with first team coaching. He must have had a significant influence. I think the fact that he was a long time friend of LJ meant there was a better spirit within the coaching staff that transferred to the team as a whole. 6) Marlon Pack and Corey Smith restored their partnership and provided a well balanced solid midfield although ideally we do need a goal scoring midfielder. 7) Much as I like Lee Tomlin, LJ focused on getting a solid team set-up rather than trying to accomodate an undoubtedly talented player in positions and with duties that are alien to getting the best out of him. The lesson is if we do sign another flair player they have to be a bit more of a team player rather than an individual mercurial talent who is not the easiest to manage. 8) The return of frank Fielding. I think the foreign competion goalkeepers were poor signings and FF, as well as being a very competent keeper, has a great team ethic and the defence were much more comfortable in play and communication with him in goal. So a lot of things changed and all for the better. We won't know if it was some fresh inspiration from LJ at a timely moment or if sound advice from Jamie McAllister was very influential. Whatever happend, it worked. So let's hope LJ has learned form this and he will get a settled side and formation from game one next season. It seems he has inherited his father's trait of going on long winning runs and, unfortunately, lengthy losing streaks as well. He did that at Barnsley as well. He is, as Steve Lansdown points out, a young manager who has made mistakes and is still learning but who has a lot of characteristics in a manager that SL likes. Next season will show whether LJ has taken on board the lessons on this season. For all the new positives it is a fact that we won't have our consistent match winner next season so a key recruit will be a goal scorer who maintians the balance in the team in the way Tammy has. It's too much to hope we can get a Tammy mark 2 but it will be an important recruitment decision. Tammy has shown that most natural goal scorers can go through the levels and maintain their goal scoring ratio as it's usually a born art of being in the right place at the right time. The hope is that another natural goal scorer, Shawn McCoulsky, can follow in Tammy's boots and also score goals at higher levels. He cetainly deserves a pre-season chance although obviously another quality signing is essential as we will be losing Aaron Wilbraham as well as Tammy.
  12. When all is said and done...

    I think the Club have to aspire to reach the play-offs. Seeking a solid middle of the table position is a bit like going out and playing for the draw and I don't think it works.
  13. April Mark Little

    He was previously asked to play narrow and closer to the centre backs. At long last LJ is letting the full backs add width. I was an advocate of John Pemberton taking the reigns but I have to admit the change has coincided with his departure. He does look fitter and more confident and he's such a good character to have in the team when he plays as he has recently.
  14. Why do respected managers treat us like we're thick..?

    In his defence he has to be diplomatic about players he doesn't select. If he doesn't like him for this game or he rates others above him then he can't say as such. He needs to keep his options open for the future rather than alienate players by saying the wrong thing. Fair enough for Andy Carroll fans to disagree with the failure to pick him but I don't think it shows a lack of intelligence to use diplomatic reasoning for those he leaves out.
  15. You choose... Pick an ex player as manager

    Bobby Gould ...
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