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  1. I’m not sure it should be “camps” or “ brigades” . But the reality is LJ has been found wanting in key areas where the top coaches excel . He is not an exceptional talent he is not out of class LJ is simply a good coach . He should be at a Prem club under 23 or in league 1. He has been over promoted and over indulged . He may come good in ten years time . He works so hard and is dedicated . He just is not the stand out talent people believe . We have a great base for a genuine talent to now take over . But we need change ASAP
  2. With the players we have, some young, some more inconsistent than others, surely you need to have consistency in tactics and playing approach, so that they have a greater chance of knowing what they are meant to be doing in any given scenario. With the top sides in the country you are pretty much sure what you are going to get, every game. With City it is a random mix . It is a decision made by LJ , it is his approach to football, and is desired. It just flies in the face of successful sides. Maybe it is too clever for normal players . Whatever , the inconsistencies of coaching are not helping create a solid football base. Made worse by a transfer policy that has too many random elements that fit none of the playing styles LJ offers (and their are many). That there are repeated discussions about identity, even the fiercest LJ advocates are unable to define it, then we really are at page 1 . We have a lot of the basics now in place, the ground, training complex coming, a more sophisticated analysis and scouting network and a solid financial base. It would be an ideal place for someone to make their name. LJ has had his chance. We are not in crisis which makes it ideal for someone of a higher calibre than LJ to now come in and take us on. It will be better for LJ too, time to reflect and go away and build a promotion winning side somewhere else, probably L1 or go to a Prem side as a coach for a few years. Even when we beat Luton 5-0 today !
  3. It is unlikely Sl will do anything mid season, the club are not in a relegation fight and the worst thing that can happen is we miss the play offs. Having said the, Steve is far from stupid, and whilst he has invested and supported the LJ experiment, he does like to watch football, and he will not be oblivious to how we have been playing and the lack of enjoyment it is bringing. I fully expect him to accept the view that the team is missing a striker (it is). and back a signing in January and review our performances to seasons end. If we do not make the play offs, with a heavy heart ,as he really/clearly though LJ was the next best thing , they will make a change. But never for a Warnock ... whoever comes in will have to have a clear footballing identity mapped out , and one that will take the club forward in a modern progressive way.Even a young coach again, Pepijn Linders for example . I fully expect our losing run to end today, and a striker to come in early Jan. We are delaying the inevitable, but SL will see it out, only mass turning of the crowd will sway him.
  4. I am not really sure where Palmer fits in with our generally very defensive set up. He is often stranded alone too. His work rate and decision making are suspect but he does possess ability no one else has in our rather efficient and tidy but ultimately lacklustre midfield. It is almost like Tomlin all over again. We do not seem to know how to use him. Why did we sign him ? Above all else, he is the only player together with Elliason worth watching with our turgid games
  5. Many have been asking for years to have an explanation of the LJ identity. It does not exist, is not an in depth club philosophy and is not matched by our transfer policy. The club has certainly improved scouting systems and analysis, but if you are buying players without a plan it is essentially random. We have changed tactics in game, game to game and season to season. Players in the squad are not assembled to make a team to a pre determined strategy and as such are square pegs and round holes all ove I do not read on here any real dissent or frustration at maybe a lack of a promotion push, it is the total absence of identity and progress season on season to perfecting that identity that is the issue. When you hear from the coaches about refinding our identity I really cannot comprehend what they are talking about. Defensive, turgid boring football ?. The level of bullshit, smoke and mirrors is extraordinary . The use of buzz words and techno speak to make it seem like we know what we are doing is extraordinary. Box insertions indeed. We have a decent, unbalanced squad, without any semblance of strategy. We are simply wasting time, when we should be building something concrete. LJ is wanting in far too many areas, inexperience certainly, lack of ability in key aspects of his job evident. The amount of money spent for a non parachute club , to then have zero identity has to be open to scrutiny. I do not understand why SL can appoint Pat Lam as the approach for the rugby team and have LJ on the other side. It is nonsense. The club has in place a lot of basics for the next step of development , new training ground is close too. It now needs someone who knows what top level football involves and the current set up is far from what is needed. We have no one at the club off the field that has a clue about the Prem or what is needed. Another season of the bluffers , how SL cannot see what it is for what it is still baffles. We can, with all the resources we have available be a far better club and a far better team to watch on Saturday afternoons. Brentford is a wonderful example, as is Sheffield United.
  6. It is hard to imagine losing to Luton. Very very unlikely, if anything a Huddersfield type performance is due. Will lower the heat, but not cover the cracks.You would then expect a forward coming in early Jan as the last roll of the LJ dice. Unless we lose 3 or 4 of the January games, LJ will see the season out. He just signed a new contract so not a hope of an in season change unless it really is rock bottom and will depend on the person MA has identified as a replacement and their availability. But it is not a decision we have any say in or can change, it is down to one person.
  7. I think that is partially true. He is very heavily involved in the recruitment process, indeed in an interview in the summer said he was spending 75% of his time on player transfers. Having said that, I can see that there are some players he is convinced to take on as a prospect. But he is certainly involved in the main players. He asked to sign Palmer, JD and Kalas. He got all three. He wanted Fam reading interviews back when he signed. I rather feel this is a deflating tactic away from his limitations. LJ is always blaming his players, quality etc. It is going to be obviously true better players would improve a side, unless you are Liverpool or Man City, there is huge scope for improvement. It is inherent with a mid table Championship side. I am sure he would say he was planning a season with Kalas and Webster at the back with Bentley in goal. Indeed that would be something , but it is the nature of where we are at that certain players will be sold. It is the preparation of that sale that is key. We were not prepared. We had already broke a club record for Kalas (who replaced Baker/Flint in style of play) , but who did we sign to replace Webster ? We got 20 M plus but did not sign or have a ball playing centre back. That is ludicrous when there was a plan to play 3 at the back. So stress between LJ and MA, I think yes and no, on one side I can see MA has delivered many players LJ has wanted, on the other sometimes the recruitment team suggest a player for the squad. I am pretty sure MA and his team did not recommend Marley Watkins for example, LJ wanted him. Also , as things are rough right now, with no semblance of football identity on display, LJ will be blaming his tools, MA will be saying we signed, bar a forward (who got injured early doors) everyone you wanted. Even if MA has a hittable tendency to talk in terms of "I signed " MA will have a very clear idea though of LJ replacement candidates. That is his job. Whilst LJ could easily take us through this season, and a striker in Jan will help, there are limited guarantees of play offs, that was given as the target this year. With our squad galvanised in the right direction by a new coach, it is very much possible to make the play offs. There is no chance of relegation. But like you Dave, I have been hearing more and more over the last month about issues at the club, but more on the playing side of things. I normally ignore as I hear it every year (at other clubs too) as it is normal football stresses and strains, but this time there is clearly a situation that not everyone is on the same page which might explain some of the terrible disjointed performances. A good win against Luton is possible of course, and that will lighten the load. Lose and it will be a very interesting NYE discussion beterrn MA and SL. MA is Billy BS but he is also far from stupid. He has made some stupendous deals , and right now the club are set and prepared for someone of the level of Biesla, I can see MA wanting to do a deal for a surprising name . Biesla, interestingly, has not signed loads of players, reduced squad size and keeps a lot of selection stability and consistency of approach. A big name does not always mean wholesale change. My gut feeling though is that SL will be reluctant to change, but he does want Prem football, really wants it, and even he must by now (stability, money, support etc.) be realising LJ is not going to deliver that.
  8. No it was not that . It is not player specific . As I say I ignored it a month ago , every year I hear similar , it’s football life . But now I’m getting the same from multiple non related sources . Not singing off the same hymn sheet is the summary . Just a blip , I have no idea . Normal stuff in a club ? Maybe ? Next month will be interesting. But , and it is a but , everyone feels they can do better . Much better .
  9. I did not say that . Lost the dressing room is newspaper talk . But there are issues . Heard first time a month ago . Now from multiple people . I don’t want to say what they say as I’ve not heard directly. But issues there are . We are not getting the best from our squad that I think is obvious
  10. Rumours abound of issues behind the scenes . Something has to change we are wasting our squad and opportunity.
  11. He has had his chance and found wanting in so many basics compared to a top coach . He needs to go away and learn from a lower level . He is dedicated , works hard , is not a bad person, far from it , but his lack of ability is holding the club back . He can become a decent coach but needs to learn some of the basics first . He is not a stand out talent . Yet . Too much too early .
  12. Wilder is IMHO the case study SL and MA need to be looking at to understand the weaknesses in their current choice of football direction. On a budget inferior to ours , a clarity of vision and a determined non wavering approach to delivering it , matched with a lovely tactical twist has delivered exceptional results . It highlights the current ongoing deficiencies with the approach at AG that shown zero signs of improvement this season . The coach can make the difference and find small margins . Reading your posts you will be far more adapt at understand what Wilder has done , but from my readings and investigations , it is very interesting and worthy of the directors benchmarking .
  13. Tantrum, interesting concept, and totally incorrect and puerile, as ever with you. Maybe you sound like that child that lacks ambition and will be an also ran and full of excuses rather than taking on responsibilities. You are making excuses, dress it as you like, but like your petulant child it is always someone else's fault. . So not wanting to emulate Sheffield United is not being realistic ? Or any number of non parachute payment clubs that get promoted also unrealistic. Despite having one of the best benefactors in football. No wonder we are a constant also ran with such unambitious people like you around. Oh and those that buck the trend do it for good reason, as a professional coach, I recall you claiming , I still find it astonishing you cannot see the significant issues there are with the coaching and approach at BCFC. It is also there in the basics, and is why Wilder is in the Prem with Sheffield United and we are not. On your search for consistency and finding the right formula, you might like to look more closely at the coaching approach, and you might find a few more of your fine margins you advocate. As a starter, what is is our footballing identity ? Could you please articulate clearly what that is ?
  14. Wilder is a good reference though of course is much older and experienced . He has great clarity of purpose , signed players to meet that purpose and came up with an innovative tactical approach of play that goes from defensive to offensive approach without completely changing on field formation . Exactly where we struggle . It is quite smart but requires players signed to carry it out , believe in it and of course a high level of intensity . All on a budget , until last season , a lot less than ours . It can be done if the coach is a genuine stand out talent and creates a team greater than the sum of its parts .
  15. Possibly Major but he has notable flaws in his approach that make him differ from successful coaches . He probably needs time out to reflect and review what he has been missing .
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