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  1. Fuber

    Lee Johnson - Time To Go

    I think the issue is LJ is a good lower league coach. Coach being the key word. He can get us playing fantastic football when morale is good, intricate, patient, decent to watch. I doubt I'll ever forget Man Utd and the legs against the Citizens. I'm a critic of his. Not for his time as player, as many have tried to insulate with regards to my view (he was pretty key to our rise under GJ at times as a member of the squad then, I don't think I've said anything ever with regards to his footballing skill), but from when I review his managerial career in general. But his man management here has been nothing short of highly questionable, and at its worst, pure lunacy. Criticising players in the media, dropping Mags for one error as a sub, keeps Paterson in the squad for 12 games towards the end of last season in which he was utter dog, not giving players a few games to get up and running, panic selections when we're off form. Bailey Wright disappearing since he was booed off (before his injury). Mad Mick (who I won't hide I've touted before), specifically avoids the blame game developing, same with Klopp, and other managers who are good at dealing with squads and getting application from their players. It's a team game. 11 men. Togetherness, something we've seen evidenced with players instagram posts through the past few season (that core promotion group under Cotts) . And sorry - but some of LJs squad use and management has been absolute squalor. Thats without touching on my theories about players being rushed back from injuries such as O'Dowda And Pisano. LJ is a 5 out of 10. He's a good coach and can, for periods and odd games, get us playing well - with almost an artistry we haven't seen for years at times. But not with much if any consistency over a season. And this'll be his 3rd full season in charge. If we finish below last season, now with what is basically 'his' squad, say 14th of lower, I'd say he has to go. If we fail to have more than 4 points after Blackburn, that would be roughly 4 wins in 32 games. That's a 12.5% win rate, including what were two feeble wins against Sheff Wednesday and Ipswich. The former were crippled with injuries and (are still) in the mire financially. The latter had lost any kind of semblance of their once clockwork like work ethic where fan pressure and taken its toll on management and playing staff alike. No Words. I like Lee. Fantastic Coach - offensively at the very least when Plan A works. But the current situation is very difficult, the silver lining is we're only 3 games in. We're his 3rd club. Hes now been a manager for what? 7 years? He's learning, hopefully but consider this. As a case study - McCarthy, at the age of 35, had Millwall finishing in the play offs of the old First Division in 1994 his second full season in charge. He's got every club hes managed at this level to the playoffs at minimum. Two of them promoted. His Wolves side was much cheaper than other teams at this level. Same with Millwall, where he made errors, lessons learned that he then applied at Molineux. The crux of my point is this. If Lee doesnt learn the lessons he should have by this stage with regards to errors made the last two seasons, as well as Barnsley, this time around... I doubt he will in his entire managerial career. At the very least, not in the timescale I think SL will want Prem football. With incremental improved I thing SL wants it in the next 3-4 years, as a personal theory of timescale).
  2. Fuber


    More over-complicating. Don't know about you, but I would of taken i.e. Kane from Chelsea on loan again. That would of been the easy option having played for us before.
  3. I believe this is correct, pitch dimensions are ratified at the start of the season by the FL per submission from the club aren't they?
  4. Fuber


    What was the first game back after injury where Pisano ran his legs off down the right hand side and had to be subbed at 60-something? He was good start of the season, especially against Barnsley where there wasn't really a bad player on the pitch, and played encouragingly solid against Brentford when we battled an absolute storm to get a point, then had the first injury to his knee. He came back getting back slowly to full fitness after a couple of matches for the U23's, and had a very good game against Sunderland, but then suffered the injury 8 minutes into the Fulham game. It's my belief that LJ pushed him back into action too soon after a pretty bad knee injury, not fully match fit, and it cost Eros pretty dearly. He shouldn't of started against Fulham - where only 3 days previously he was only safe to play 50 minutes of first team action. He should've been rested. Unfortunately for Eros, whether due to circumstance, or due to how serious the injury turned out, I don't think he can physically cope at this level anymore. And for his sake I hope thinks hard about moving back to Italy in Jan for the sake of his career. It's a shame, because before the knee injury I was impressed with his determination and cynical streak (read: Italian defending), the downside is that when not fully fit and struggling to keep up with play, those types of fouls then started hindering us by being much closer to our goalmouth. The biggest (worst) thing, is that a fully fit Eros would help us out loads with dealing with crosses/corners which is our major weakness at the moment. Despite only being 6ft-ish, he seemingly won the ball comfortably in the air multiple times, such was his aerial strength he highlighted in the pre season friendly against Twente, albeit only in preseason, and against Barnsley where he had a header from a corner that went narrowly wide. He bagged 5 goals in Verona's relegation season from Serie A somehow. 1 of every 7 goals they scored that season.
  5. Fuber

    How long does LJ have?

    Mad Mick. Ipswich may of been boring, partly due to squad limitations, but Id take a season or two of mid table finishes and learning how to defend. And we have a younger and much faster squad.
  6. Fuber

    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    No CM? ...Really?
  7. Fuber

    Out of interest...

    I mean. If we're being hyper critical and pedantic, and then carry last season's form up to present... We're currently 1 win in 10. No wins against Blackburn, Sheff Utd or QPR, none of whom should rip up trees, and on that record, with new signings and core of a team? How much time would LJ get hypothetically to let the team Gel? Forest made sweeping changes, intergrating a domestic and foreign signings seamlessly. We aren't the lower spenders on playing staff we were the season we got up from League 1.
  8. Fuber

    Out of interest...

    That was my thoughts also. I had taken the view that maybe with the core being restructured it I could give him a clean slate. The issue is the defence is still an issue. And we know on previous evidence it was not ever fixed with the old guard. The question is can we coach the new guard to succeed.
  9. Fuber

    Out of interest...

    All managers do, the difference is, he's surviv-ed/ing two of them.
  10. Fuber

    Don't forget

    I don't care about our forward play. We created chances. It's not like spell towards the end of last season where we had two games without a shot on target. What does concern me is us defending crosses. "But we're gelling!" I hear you cry. I agree. What I dont agree with is why we're SO ******* SLOW TO CLOSE DOWN THE ****ING CROSSER AND DEFENDING SO ****ING NARROW. We defend crosses like 8 cats in a room high on catnip with someone dangling a piece of string - just gawping. *cough* sorry. I feel ill actually having typed with Caps on. Carry on.
  11. Tbf, the squad will take time to Gel, I can accept that. What I don't like is how narrow we defend across the back 4; we invite crosses in - when we belatedly no longer have the ball magnet that was Flint's absolute brick of noggin.
  12. Just to point out Dave, in my post I wasn't writing him off; more questioning the risk of him playing in the Championship when his previous highest level where he played a significant part or run of games was in League 2. That's simply factual information. Morrell, for comparison, has twice the experience at League 2 than Walsh. I simply think on paper, hypothetically, with the physical style of the championship we won't see the best of him in a two in the middle scenario. He'd be better in a three, (only my opinion) such as with Liam Kelly at Reading.
  13. Tbh, he handed in a transfer request, so naught we could do. He was decent for us but barely got a run - McInnes, that should explain itself. Scored the goal before he left at Coventry I believe? End of the season?
  14. For playing the ball on the deck, maybe. In my book there's not such thing as strictly better, just getting players to fit a system. The issue is without Flint, it highlights the serious lack of height throughout the team.
  15. I mean. I assumed it was more of a chance for him to get some confidence vs Match fitness. He had the Games with the ROI at the end of last season in June/July, so I'd assume he'd be more match fit with the full pre season than a few others if anything. But, I'm just guestimating.