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  1. Merrick's Marvels

    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    Thanks Dave. Still looks bloody stupid - a centre half, skipping! Ever do that yourself???
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    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    Yep, that's it in a nutshell. Agree 100%. And, to go one stage further, I think the "yes men" thing is actually driven from the very top down - the quiet, studious man who owns our club has tended to favour the appointment of managers - in spite of their lack of qualifications for the job - of similarly quiet, studious, deferential character: Tinnion, Millen, Johnson, even Coppell (although he had a track record of success behind him, unlike the others). Contrast this to Cotterill - the opposite of quiet and deferential - whose brash character meant that his relationship with the suits above him - and by extension Lansdown - eventually became so poor that he lost his job despite, only months earlier, delivering unprecedented success for a perennially underachieving club. Lansdown has surrounded himself with characters, personality traits, that reflect himself. Nothing wrong with that per se as we all do it. However I'm not convinced this will deliver us meaningful success (if that's defined as Premier League football). This is what frustrates me about him - on his good days he makes defending at this level look easy and on his bad days is a liability. From the brief highlights I've seen (maybe not the best camera angle??) he appears to jump out of the way of the cross from which Bolton score their second, giving a very good impression of a girl playing hopscotch whilst doing so. A centre half, jumping out of the way! He should have been chucking his body in front of it for heaven's sake.
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    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    Yes, I would favour Flint and a.n.other too but there we are. And, yes, Fulham is the counter argument, I'm sure Johnson would point to them and perhaps Huddersfield too. My response to that would be twofold: 1. How may teams get promoted playing the Fulahm way compared to ones that are rather more pragmatic (Wolves for example had players who could mix it if required). My instinct tells me it's the latter. 2. Fulham is not a good example to use, imo, for the simple reason that they had the players to pull it off - we don't. Fulham had Fredericks, Sessegnon, Cairney, MacDonald, Piazon, Mitrovic, Targett - all of whom are better than their equivalents in the City team. Johnson wants to play a certain way for 46 Championship games without having the tools to do so (he has added depth to the squad but the quality still isn't there, imo, for the way he wants to play). Naive, imo. As for Huddersfield, may be they've just got a better coach
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    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    The psychology referred to is that of the man himself - what drives him as a person, not as a Coach. Apart from that, I agree with you, eg. I think the no.1 reason this Coach has been looking to move Flint on for some time is because he wants his centre halves to pass it like Rio Ferdinand and is willing to sacrifice other attributes ie. Webster not as strong in the air but better in possession. Naive in my opinion. Pragmatism is required.
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    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    That's not the insecurity being talked about - it's about his insecurities as a person. Yes the naive bit is a matter of opinion. In mine, setting out a passing style that requires us to play like Barcelona for it to be successful when, quite frequently, we can't match the way Brentford do it a lot of the time, is naive. Imo, a more pragmatic approach is required for this set of players to be successful over a full Championship season. Other examples are available upon request.
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    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    Again - you and others nit picked on specific points rather than respond - as I wrote first time round - to the over arching point being made. The over arching point being made lies at the root of the team's inconsistencies, that is: we have a naive, insecure manager. I'm here all day so how many times would you like me to repeat it for you - the over arching point. If you can't see that this manager has deep insecurities, or how they manifest themselves, so be it. This is a classic example of what I meant by facile debate - someone wants to discuss psychology and the counter arguments are based on how tall our centre half is or how many games the new signings have under their belt. Jesus wept.
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    Johnson - No new striker incoming (Merged)

    Nitpick, by all means, but the over-arching point being made - we have a naive, insecure manager - is profoundly true imo and way beyond the usual level of facile debate hereabouts.
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    Barnsley - Mental Health/MIND Charity

    That is impressive.
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    Interesting article by Adam Baker

    Agreed. Unless success is finishing 10th!!
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    Interesting article by Adam Baker

    It will be prudent to reserve judgement until the loan window closes but if you offered me 10th now I would bite your hand off as I don't think expecting to finish that high with the current squad and coach is realistic at all. Not saying we're going down either, just to be clear.
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    Interesting article by Adam Baker

    I cannot imagine this would apply to players already here - to apply any changes in the law retrospectively would be illogical, probably illegal. But I agree that going forward, once we have actually left, it will have an impact on the ability of clubs to recruit so easily from the EU. Imagine that - no more bog standard players filling out squads and clubs having to play and develop more homegrown players for the benefit of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - no more Engvalls and more McCoulskys or Hinds or Eisas getting a chance to shine. What a disaster.
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    Video highlights v Bolton.

    Get warmed up Bailey, you're on.
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    Frank Lampard`s Derby v Leeds

    Yes it is. Best manager in the league by a mile. If they get on a roll will be hard to stop esp at home.
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    Djuric - Signed for Salernitana CONFIRMED

    I tend to agree and think the Coach is being idealistic, borderline naive, in wanting to pass his way to promotion as if we're Arsenal or Barcelona. He will counter by pointing to Fulham or Huddersfield. One thing's for sure, players and fans alike are going to have to twiddle their thumbs while the Coach is given time by the owner to buy even more players (it being highly unlikely this year's crop are capable of top 6) or learn from bitter experience that he needs to have a proper Plan B for the scenarios you highlight.
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    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    Thanks and good luck Joe. Hope you smash it. When's Cardiff v Fulham?