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  1. Holden's done well and got the team playing with confidence but we've had our fingers burned in the past when promoting caretakers to full time and I very much doubt he will be in the frame. I think what the last two games have shown is the value of not chucking the baby out with the bathwater. Some felt Holden and JMc were irrevocably bound with the previous manager and they have shown they can contribute to the coaching. If the plan is to achieve continuity and consistency, I very much hope both will be kept within roles in the new coaching set-up. However I'd still rather that was
  2. Not massively. But we need the goal difference.
  3. Indeed. One of many odd aspects is the points total. Since about 2013, you've need (if I remember rightly) at least 74 points to make the play-offs. That total is out of reach for everyone except Swansea and it looks like it willl be a way lower sixth place total this year...
  4. If anyone enjoys a Google, I'd love to know the last time we picked an unchanged side. (Albeit not enough for me to take actually take the trouble to find out!)
  5. If Fam does go at the end of the season, I'm going to really miss what a ridiculous player he is. He's right up there in the Paulo Wanchope category of appearing to have the ball caught up between his feet and then beating three men before anyone has noticed he has it under control.
  6. Didn't come off but I really like what Wells tried to do there with the subtly slipped through ball to Dasilva. He's really starting to look like the player we thought we'd signed.
  7. That's fair. I think the thing with Bentley is he's a superb goalkeeper except for when he completely ***** up. As you say, that dines't necessarily fill a defence with confidence...
  8. I think it is harsh to judge Warnock on what he is doing at Middlesboro. Taking over a new club to turn things around with that many games in such a small number of days is a nigh-on impossible task and, with the season structured at it is, Boro made the change way too late. At the same time, he's not been offered a job by a promotion chasing team since 2012 (Cardiff were strugglers when he took over) and I think it unlikely every top half team has missed a trick in the intervening years. Warnock is a great fire fighter and will achieve things over the short term. But I get the impr
  9. Talking of players that have their critics, it was a smart throw from Bentley to start the move to the second goal too...
  10. I really do wonder if the major issue with LJ wasn't so much that the players disliked him or didn't buy into his ideas as much as that performances were analysed to an extent that he inadvertently got them to a point where they were so worried about getting things wrong that they lacked the confidence to get things right. Paterson in particular now seems freed up to play his natural game and it is making a massive difference. I'd love us to appoint a manager next season who encourages the team to go out and enjoy playing. Structure, analysis and discipline are important but I wonder
  11. I think a lot of it depends on the ability to self-reflect. I think there is a real value to have someone who knows what is like to lose your head and make stupid mistakes if they can understand the reasons and work with other players on how not to replicate them.
  12. I think, in a way, that is the choice with any managerial appointment (and that's probably not restricted to football but in any walk of life). But I think the problem is some people seem to feel "appointing this person" or "appointing this type of manager" is a guarantee of success. But of course, in reality, every appointment is a gamble in its own way and none of us know how any manager will pan out...
  13. I think the other thing is that there is a flipside to getting an experienced manager in. Whilst it certainly isn't the case with all experienced managers, you can get managers who've achieved what they wanted to in previous roles and proved themselves and maybe don't have quite the same desire to push themselves. I suspect Chris Hughton still feels he wants to establish a club in the top flight and has something to prove but, whilst I know nothing about Mick McCarthy, his reputation in the game is assured, he's managed a national team at a world cup, established a team in the Premier League,
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