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November 24, 2017, 04:07:45 AM
Reply #30


It doesn't matter now why he couldn't stamp his authority on the team, this isn't going to work out.

We need someone else in and soon. Preferably two weeks ago.

Yep, we've screwed his opportunity, but it's gone.

November 24, 2017, 04:35:07 AM
Reply #31


November 24, 2017, 04:37:51 AM
Reply #32


No manager has made a success of a job, without any clarity on their position, while board chase every option around.

Doesn't matter how good a manager he is, players downed tools because they don;t expect him to be there for long.

November 24, 2017, 04:45:26 AM
Reply #33


There have been some promising signs but then he’s undermined them with “macho” substations or tweaks.

Then the constant changing of formation, both at the start of matches and then within them isn’t providing any continuity.

We should have been looking to be solid in every game right until the end.

If that meant some boring 0-0s so be it; at least we’d have confidence that we’d sorted the defence.

The naive belief that you can just have more of a go at this level, especially when you’re at rock bottom confidence wise as it is, has stopped us building anything remotely positive.

But he's trying to win the job as he's going from game to game.

He couldn't afford to be too negative, because it's clear that board didn't fancy him, as they've avoided giving him the job at every opportunity.

November 24, 2017, 04:51:26 AM
Reply #34


We're hiring Allardyce, aren't we?

He ruled himself out and I think the board are aware he was hugely unpopular after they talked to him.

November 24, 2017, 04:56:26 AM
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November 24, 2017, 05:03:56 AM
Reply #36


Doesn't matter what he says if no one is listening.

As a player, why would you bother or put in a shift, he's not likely to be long term and players have known that since international break.

November 24, 2017, 05:54:02 AM
Reply #37


I didn't think tonight was really about players being particularly gutless. The team set up was not right. There was no cohesion in pressing and the personnel didn't suit the shape.

It was a dead rubber, he gave a chance to all the misfits and youngsters to give them a chance.

We were dead in Europa when Koeman left, I've no idea why people expected us to beat Lyon or put out the best team tonight.

November 24, 2017, 06:14:10 AM
Reply #38


Gave Feeney a chance to get a bit of game time, he was the only defender on the bench and we were already falling apart defensively.

Williams looked like he was going to hang up his boots and Keane was gifting chances.

It obviously didn't help the lad or others, but at least the younger players were trying.

November 24, 2017, 08:38:37 AM
Reply #39


Well it would have been more endearing than 1-2; 0-2; 0-3 ;)

It just seems like, it is as feared, that inexperienced mistakes are being highlighted at this level.

Harsh on him yes, but he stated he wanted the job so that’s what it’s like at this level, intense scrutiny all the time.

We must have changed formation 3/4 times in the second half alone tonight, that’s very hard to keep up with even if you’re full of confidence. And we’ve yet to see the best set up / mix of styles in the starting xi (Chelsea away) repeated, which is a bit odd.

And I don’t buy that the players aren’t trying; even tonight we could have equalised, before we collapsed, with Keane’s header but it was the Feeney sub that really let the wheels come off.

Looking at the pictures from training it appears that the players like his sessions but that could simply mean that he’s a coach rather than a manager.

He's been pretty brave and maybe a bit too much. But the fans were always going to be concerned about inexperience, like with a young player. But it's the players who play the game and manager is influential not all powerful, other influences effect performance heavily. By and large been the younger players who have shown him respect and effort.

Players know that if others are playing shit, there is less pressure on them. When fans are focused on a new potential manager between each game, it provides no continuity, no ability to build or get any momentum.

I don't know where Unsworth goes from here, it's a difficult retreat to U23s, he's unlikely to get a big job off the back of it. He might yet get the job, if the board decide they don't like options until January, but seems highly unlikely now, especially given he's been in far better place earlier on.

November 24, 2017, 08:40:33 AM
Reply #40


Missed the second half of this, and most of the first half actually. What happened with e Feeney sub? Why was he put on at RB? Or was that the cause of the goals..?

Team largely fell apart after, wasn't directly to blame for anything major, but wasn't a successful sub and it changed shape of team.

November 24, 2017, 10:43:00 AM
Reply #41


I've not been as disillusioned as I've become this last few weeks with treatment of Unsworth. It always felt that a player or manager could only do their best, but endeavour for the club was paramount. In last month, I just see mercenaries for players, consumers for fans, and an owner with cash, but no direction, just feels increasing soulless.

Don't mean to offend anyone, or be dramatic. 2017 has been a pretty shit year for football and politics and I've got a bit too serious and vocal on both fronts on here. Getting bored of my own opinions, appreciate it's a shit time and a new manager will bring hope, but don't really care who it is. So best I tone it down and channel more energy in more productive and constructive manner  :cheers:

November 30, 2017, 11:21:05 PM
Reply #42


December 01, 2017, 06:06:24 AM
Reply #43


Just thought I'd point out that, with everyone discussing points per game, Unsworth across his two spells as caretaker averaged 1.67 in the PL.

100% home record in league, 3 wins, 10 scored, 2 conceded.

This season he got 7 pts from 5 games, Koeman got 8 pts from 9 games.