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  1. Fuber

    Michelle Owen - Unity not Negativity

    I think when a manager has taken us on ouor worst losing run in history as well as won 8 of however many games since last December - to be fair, if this was Cotts under SL he also definately wouldn't of been sacked. Even this run since that Wolves game at Molineux - the 8 wins, who were they against? Birmingham, QPR (shot on confidence and at an all time low also when we played them), Wednesday are financially crippled by FFP and wage cuts, we've spent almost 10x the amount Blackburn have in the past two years, Ipswich have been in a mess since McCarthy has gone. The only proper competitive team in that mix where I can say we played well, and dserved to win against respectable opposition and deserved the result was Swansea - more of that please! I'll be clear, I don't have a chip in my shoulder with regards to LJ, he was a decent player, and is a decent if not great coach. But manager? Millen, was a good coach - but he did't have an average of £12m per season to plow into signings. We ended up with Stead, Pitman, and Woolford for a combined £1m. My issue is that we're not much better in terms of quality than when Cotts left - in fact I'd still take some of the likes of Williams, Ayling, Elliott, Wilbs, Freeman - now. That's not even getting into the fact that Cotts was manager during the formative years of players that have gotten us circa £25m in transfer fees this past summer. We've spent £40m on players that havent made us any kind of profit since Cotts left us that January back in 2016. Only losses. - Is that Sustainable? If this was any other manager - not LJ - I'd be just as much if not even more critical, as he's still young for a manager - but the issue is, he doesn't seem to be learning, and as the formative years of his managerial career, he needs to. In fact I'd go as far to say that he's now too concerned at countering other teams than having them worry about us.
  2. At the end of the day a key regard to being a football manager is to have some skill or knack of getting consistant results. LJ has shown he can set up a team. And motivate them in pre-season. Points for him. However, his man management, recruitment, in-game tactics and subs, general motivational skills mid season, persistence with 442? I cant be the only person who quite rightly guessed O'Dowda and Watkins to be subbed on against Wednesday. Good, perhaps great coach. But that isn't all you need to be a manager. If that was the case Milen wouldve succeeded.
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    Stems from some of LJs pointless squad rotation. Looked a changed man after the first 5 games of the season. Got swapped in and out a couple, lost momentum. Back at square one. I'm a broken record at this point. But LJs man management is atrocious.
  4. Is it going to cripple us this season? In terms of depth we're seeming a bit desperate for a couple of loans in Jan at this rate. Midfield defo a priority with the risk of Brownhill and Pack getting burnt out playing every game in the manner they are, with the latter needing a break with his poor form for the last 3 games. Am I the only one that is of the opinion, despite being a young manager, that our squad is being hampered by LJs stubborn continued use of 4-4-2? Actually looking forward to Eisa getting back fully fit. Feel a front 3 of him O'Dowda, and Weimann, would provide utility and pace. With Eliasson, Watkins, and Adelakun (when fit) as rotation. T'is but a dream unfortunately at this moment in time.
  5. Who can be used as an example to highlight our square peg round hole recruitment for the last 3 years?
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    And like we've been shot following WBA; we're now back to an abhorrent performance ala Boro. It all comes down to confidence.
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    Tactics, selection, as well as players imo. Granted, Brownhill imparticular was awful and didn't show up. Pack was poor, along with Hunt. 4-4-2 is too open away from home, i.e. WBA and Tonight. Ultimately, why the **** Pato gets selected is beyond me.
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    Wigan Athletic v Bristol City Match Day 9

    Get Pato off ffs.
  9. Fuber

    Lee Johnson, stay for life!

    I'll gladly eat humble pie if it means we keep this up. I've been critical of LJ and Ashton, but the former has especially done well since that debacle of a Boro performance. Especially the way LJ seemingly G'ed us up after HT, and the consequential second half performance was superb. My only concern at the moment was our absolute collapse in confidence after conceding @AppyDAZE. We cant just happen to have a team talk to sort it out if things go wrong every game it happens. Such as if that corner happens in the second half. Besides - that pleasing performance. Not the best one Ive seen over 90 minutes, but clinical. I still worry when our heads drop though. The biggest single difference isnt anything to do with LJ's coaching imo. That accolade belongs to Kalas. Composed. Confident. Class. Leads by example in that defence.
  10. The late Gerry Gow maybe?
  11. Following the last two performances and a critic of LJ. Let's give him a chance. He's seemingly solved from the deficiencies we've suffered with so far to a degree, now we need to see whether it was a one off and we can keep a few more clean sheets. It'll come down to man-management of this squad and keeping players pulling in the same direction. I'm still critical of the recruitment but as I have pointed out, I don't believe a non footballing suit should be in charge of transfers. Although LJ does have input and sign off on them, it's not 100% his fault in the same way it isn't 100% Ashton either. All I'll say is - this is it. This season its now or never. I'm not asking for promotion. I'm not asking for a cup run. Just a degree of performances, win or lose, where we're consistant and a stable mid table finish. No relegation worries or horrific runs. Let's get behind the players, the club, manager, and see if they can deliver. 2 strikes LJ. Make this season count.
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    The OTIB GIF Thread

    Me when I spend 20 mins, bit by bit, going over a post I'm writing. Adding sources as evidence to back up my point. Stating 3 times in said post I'm using an estimated example, where I don't know the exact fee. Immediately gets told; "We didn't pay/get this for X". No source. No constructive critique. Natta. Naught.
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    Structuring Transfer Roles

    ... Firstly. Damn. Secondly. I still consider him a sh** head of recruitment. I rest my case. Going to bugger off before I spout more of his quotes and dig myself a deeper hole. . .. . .
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    Structuring Transfer Roles

    Just to be clear. I quoted myself as the edit button was not working on my Samsung. @Phileas Fogg just for the record I meant 'we don't have a single profit under the new scouting team' in terms of profit on players signed by said scouting team. Not on players who we've sold since the change up in general. I may not rate Ashton highly but he is a very good negotiator when getting fees for assets. I.e. the fees for Bryan and Reid. Magnússon to an extent as well.