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This is more of a test of Walsh, surely. Walsh championed Allardyce's appointment despite these questions. Allardyce has outlined the recruitment process: Allardyce identifies areas he feels we're short. Walsh draws up a shortlist of players. They make a decision collectively. There's no hiding behind the Walsh vs Koeman player dichotomy now. Let's judge the man who's employed to bring players in now, rather than blame everyone else for our recruitment failings, yeah?
Since Allardyce is Walsh's choice, sure, they go hand in hand. Any failure to bring in the right players is a failure of both.
I'm more trusting of fellas when they have my cock in their mouth
I sat right next to the dig out last night One major thing I observed Big Sam doesnít say a lot during a game, he allows the staff team he has built to do a lot of the detail managing of players during the game.Over 5 different people plus Sam gave instructions to the players during the game.Sam only shouted instructions when deemed necessary and also shouted at the 4th official! This is a sign of a strong leader, allows his team to manage and gets involved when he needs to.Very impressive.In contract Paul clement didnít stop shouting instructions but this becomes ineffectual as the players familiarise the sound of his voice and start to autopilot ignore it.In contrast to Sam, when he shouts and itís not often, you bloody well know and listen.
Attention to detailSam Allardyce has always been big on analysis.He was one of the first Premier League managers to use Prozone stats in his approach - and during his early days at Bolton he became almost slavishly devoted to data.He developed a system of play based around a "fantastic four" - pillars of play which would serve Bolton well. And they did.Some of the detail was verging on the absurd.Allardyce once calculated that if Bolton scored first they had a 70% chance of winning.And he worked out that his side had an 80% chance of avoiding defeat if they outran their opposition at speeds above 5.5m per second.Last night he saw his team go behind, and look one-paced during a stodgy first-half.But he has analysis to change that, too."Our analysis team has been on overtime since I've been here, delivering a fantastic amount of information for the players to look at and take onto the pitch," he wrote in his programme notes."We haven't been able to spend too much time on the training ground because we've had so many games, so the analysts have been delivering visuals on a constant basis and that's been working."Sammy Lee spent an age giving detailed pre-match information to Ashley Williams.Williams performed solidly.Everton's midfield was told to use the ball positively and pacily. When they didn't, a midfielder who would was intrioduced in young Tom Davies.Whatever information is being imparted is working. And Allardyce has only just begun.
Even before that, his first test will be the January transfer window. Will he bring in the usual lot of overpriced, good-in-a-relegation-dogfight mercenaries, or players who can take us forward, and be sold at a profit when we sell them?
I think I love him.The big pie smashing oaf.
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