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  1. Tactical moreso the reason than the players themselves. Will always look lightweight when playing a two-man central midfield versus three. Barry Bannan and Ben Pearson are not what I would call units, just as a comparison off the top of head.
  2. Unpopular opinion. As the season has progressed we're playing more and more 'anti' football. Movememt off the ball has got worse and worse as season has progressed to the extent that imo we could play anyone in midfield be it Nagy or Barry Bannan, and still look **** while in possession. Lack of Identity and gameplan is crippling.
  3. Fuber

    I miss Cotts.

    Thats going well then. Hes signed so many players the academy is utterly pointless. He doesnt even trust signings two years down the line that were signed to be 'developed' ffs. The only player which actively improved in their natural or main position under LJs tenure has been Brownhill. Reid was a position change he was forced into by injuries, Webster had an injury hit season at Ipswich before hand on which Ashton took a gamble, Kelly got worse the more he played first team football. Now we're completely relying on loans to develop our own players, signing the likes of Williams, Henrikson, Rodri, which could prevent our own players developing which could help more long term.
  4. Fuber

    I miss Cotts.

    Tbf Rog. At least he had a system.
  5. Fuber

    I miss Cotts.

    Net spend is Zero. Sure. Howevever that 'Net Spend' covers up the cracks that contain a worrying trend. You're using pure figures to make a point when the picture is more grey in comparison once you analyse. If it was not for Ashton negotiating very good fees in regards to our sales of players, we would not break even - even then we barely break even despite player trading profits due to the constantly increasing wage costs. Its a bleak picture. And the more wages increase the more we need to sell, its an unrealistic cycle and expectation for this to continue. LJ has trusted no single academy player nor developed them since he joined barring Kelly. The latter actually lost confidence playing under LJ. O'Leary, Walsh, Morrell, and Smith would do no worse than Maenpaa, Massengo, Nagy, and O'Dowda, at this moment, whike saving circa £25kpw, i.e. £1.25m pa. Our academy has moved on leaps in the last 6 years and we do not use it enough imo.
  6. Fuber

    I miss Cotts.

    Progressed, minutely, in comparison to the amount spent Dave. Football on the pitch. Regressed. Period. Last 24 months. Academy players not getting close to the first team, despite contending elsewhere while we experiment. Wages have gone up almost 30% the last three years. We're blowing millions a year, barely matching Preston. Progression is a lose term, apparently. I dont judge it by just the league table whn you can just as well argue teams elsewhere have simply gotten worse.
  7. Every club at this level bar those with parachutes rebuild consistently. We've spent £40m over three years to challenge with Preston. Who have spent less than half that?
  8. Fuber

    I miss Cotts.

    Fans refusing to progress and not wanting to appoint a better manager, equally part of the problem, if not moreso.
  9. Its well known that hes been homesick, but more importantly still is not 100%. People forget how good he was on his debut. Literally ran the game before tiring. The big issue is the overall lack of identity in our playing style. Means the midfield, the main decision makers, can only go off of how theyre trained.
  10. Yet another antagonising thead Dave. Grow up lad. Dont have an issue with LJ as a person, win or lose. Its the lack of identity and perfromances. Shambolic. Even when we do win.
  11. One player ***** up, entire squad gets reprimanded. Basketball flick. Biographic, based on the real deal on an incident from back in 1999 when he taught at Richmond High School, where a couple players were failing high school on grades. They were undefeated and he forfeited games until they got their grades up to a sufficient level. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Carter
  12. Imo, the Samuel L Jackon film Coach Carter is how any collective group should be managed. LJ seems to promote togetherness but hides any tactical blunder behind player names. Should have rotated to 4-5-1.
  13. xG table sums it up for me. Alright in the league, but performances/entertainment do not reflect league position.
  14. Issue is for LJ is that, the team are averaging less shots per home game than Ipswich did under McCarthy. Yet the latter is the one who got booted for playing 'boring football' and had absolutely no money to spend. Yet still managed to sign a certain Adam Webster. McCarthy at least had a gameplan and got a team organised. Id actually like him to be manager when the season is out. Failing that Adkins. Also - people say LJ has developed players - but what is the actual proof? Outside of Brownhill, there isnt one. - Reid, he changed his position, even Cotts said if Bobby could learn how to finish he would be a multi-million pound player, LJ was forced to play him up front. Yet as soon as Fammy was fit again, Bobby was smashed straight back into midfield as a CAM, we lost the press that made us effective, and bottled the playoffs. - Bryan, for me, great player, but not a fullback, Cotts helped develop him the most and got much more consistency from him. - Kelly, actually got worse training with first team over the course of the season and lost form, Im still not sure why Bournemouth signed him when likely needing another season in the second tier. - Webster, there was always a player there, our medical staff get probs for getting him a decent pre season, Credit to Steve Allen who I think we still miss, injuries have been a recurring theme this season. Besides the above is there anyone who LJ has bought on as a player? Eliasson maybe, but thats more been physical conditioning to get him up to snuff. As for youth development besides Kelly? Id honestly say that I think O'Leary, Moore, Morrell, and Jonny Smith could all easily be squad players. Instead we've signed the likes of Williams, Benkovic, Henrikson, Rodri, Watkins (who I think we should have sold). Granted Williams has proven a fairly astute bit of business. It just strikes me as a very short term type of plan of cramming the best available players we can like this is the season when we've decided to go for it. Then you have the team selections and squad rotation, too many changes when we lose, and not enough when we win (Smith and Weimann in particularly). I dont think LJ is up to it. Sorry.
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