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11 Feb 2018 18:36:13
Are the board completely mad? Every player out there today looked totally fed up and more or less convinced they couldn't compete in that game. They are much better than that perfomance, never ever looked like scoring . The board will leave it too late if they don't sack MP tonight, should have happened 2 months ago. That game was painful to watch. No passion, no will to win and led by an inept manager who is with the greatest respect useless.


1.) 11 Feb 2018 18:45:00
The players looked like they have accepted their fate today. Yes the manager does have to go tonight and we can only hope the bounce of a new manager will save us but it looks really grim. Worst performance I have seen for a long time.


2.) 11 Feb 2018 18:55:20
Problem is we've known this for months. It's not worth the energy wishing this fool out the door. Why would you substitute your best player who completely out shone any other player on our team.

Please tell me because I'm bemused frustrated annoyed and totally pissed of with this manager. I will probably get abuse from a few on here but why oh why is he here it's unbelievable they've stuck with his methods for so long. There's enough points for us to scrape out of this but other teams are pulling off surprise wins against tougher opposition:

Newcastle today
Bournemouth, Chelsea
Watford, Chelsea
Swansea, Liverpool and arsenal.

We're like rabbits in the head lights no belief at all. It's all about belief and making players feel 10 feet tall and have the desire to dig in and nick the points.
None of that shown today last month at all this season. March will be our defining month all in or around us and all away from home we've shown no pressure away so God help us.


3.) 11 Feb 2018 18:58:23
Just watched the interview with MP saying we dominated the first half and missed some great chances 😳.


4.) 11 Feb 2018 19:24:53
How can so many quality players produce such a poor display? Answer. they have no faith in the manager and they don’t seem to understand what he wants from them on the pitch. Carillo looks poor, MP must be a hypnotist persuading the board and recruitment team to pay 19 million for Carillo. Monaco must be laughing all the way to the bank!


5.) 11 Feb 2018 20:09:38
Pellegrino has walked the tight rope for to long now
He's managed performances away to Liverpool
Not a single shot on goal
Tottenham away embarrassing performance
Leicester at home battered
Palace in a winning position second half we sit back and lose
In between these we have seen us get draws against Man U away
Arsenal Tottenham at home
After every bad performance they've produced a make up for it performance
If we had been battered by Tottenham at home I think he would have been sacked
One of his interview he spoke of board meetings till the early hours
Wonder what time tomorrow evening they finish this board meeting.


6.) 12 Feb 2018 02:33:01
Who do we get it though?


7.) 12 Feb 2018 22:02:51
Tim Sherwood.


8.) 14 Feb 2018 22:49:59
At this point anyone other than mp.


 

 

11 Jan 2018 16:33:32
Been looking at other sites discussing our beloved club's options during the transfer window and discussing which players to bring in. Most seem to think we need a bit of quality up front and in central defence which I agree with. The problem the posts bring up is whether anybody would really want to come here given our lowly position in the league. I have a different take on this, do you think the club have put themselves in a very tricky situation over this. If we do bring quality in it will cost an arm and a leg in transfer fees and wages and I think the latter is the stumbling block. If we sign a couple of players on big money but still get relegated the financial burden will be crippling next season. It has happened before at QPR and other clubs so I can see the board making a couple of hope for the best signings rather than go all in with the chips. Just a theory guys.


 

 

29 Dec 2017 10:13:05
All this talk of Walcott coming back here doesn't make sense, spends most of his time injured and isn't actually any better than what we have already. Other players being mentioned are interesting but what we really need is a new manager and a PL goalkeeper. I reckon a quality manager that knows the PL inside out could get the players we have operating to a much higher level. Our defence was one of the best in the league with literally most of the existing players. They are being coached poorly, in recent games none of them were staying with their man and creating huge gaps in the box which made scoring simple. Any money we spend in January needs to be spent with the knowledge of a new manager. We will not get out of our situation with MP it is just pretty obvious he is not the right man for the job.


1.) 29 Dec 2017 11:52:21
Agree with the above I would have van gaal here he knows the league
Has contacts scouts all over Europe and would get the respect from the players
We have the money now use it on a top manager for a change and stop getting these cheap options who aren't up to it
Only stumbling block Les.


2.) 29 Dec 2017 12:23:07
Agree with original poster re. walcott and seemingly poor coaching.

diggy, I really couldn't disagree more.

a - why would Van Gaal come to us?
b - why would we want him? He'd be a short term solution since he's close to retirement and he doesn't really know the league, he's had one short spell here and it was a complete failure. His biggest criticism at Utd was how dull and uninspiring his team was, exactly the problem we have at the moment. He didn;t have the respect of players there from the sound of it, and is exactly the type of manager we should be avoiding.

We need someone to come in and change the culture in that dressing room, and Van Goal is just not that type of manager. In fact, I'd say the only criteria he fills is that you've heard of him Diggy, so let's hope the board has a more sensible approach than hiring the biggest possible name regardless of record or style.


3.) 29 Dec 2017 12:54:40
Said it a few times 123 why not get Gordon Strachan back here, there wouldn't be any chance of going through the motions with him. Straight talking manager that tells it how it is, he knows the PL and football in general back to front. Why not try him he is available and would definitely get support from the fans.


4.) 29 Dec 2017 17:35:18
The board have a more sensible approach? Really
Like the last 2 appointments have worked haven't they
Short term appointment who's stayed longer than 2 seasons in the last 10 seasons I don't think we've had anyone who has
So it's difficult to image saints having this type of luxury with the board we have
They either get sacked or move on to bigger clubs
Van gaal is a proven manager and if he could get our players motivated who knows
It just needs a big name for a change to get our players back on track.


5.) 29 Dec 2017 19:23:18
"let's hope the board has a more sensible approach" - read.

Why are you so convinced that Van Gaal is some master motivator? That's not his style at all, he's a tactician and one who seemed out of his depth/ over the hill during his little poem experience.


6.) 29 Dec 2017 19:36:57
Strachan? Van Gaal? Really? . strachan is wayyyy over the hill. I agree with 123's comments regarding van gaal out of his depth
there's not a great deal of options out there that I think would come to us. i'd take Sean dyche but I don't think he would fancy us.

We need someone who can motivate the team and, importantly, knows the premier league. A bit out there, but what about Roy Keane?


7.) 29 Dec 2017 20:50:07
To easy 123
I'd rather have tuchel but he's never going to come here
As for Roy Keane he wouldn't fit reeds requirements which are yes men tactics
Can't see us changing anything reeds running the show I'm hoping we don't get relegated but it's going to be a year where we're constantly nervous about who's winning around us leagues so tight.


8.) 29 Dec 2017 23:51:53
Strachan way over the hill? 60 years old, great experience and about 10 years younger than Hodgson, Wenger, Ferguson when he was at his best. Sometimes over the apparent hill works pretty well.


9.) 30 Dec 2017 08:51:54
I'm not just talking about age, Chris. Strachan has done nothing of note or achievement since leaving us over a decade ago. He was poor at Middlesbrough, even worse with Scotland. He's dated. Ferguson has retired, remember, Wenger should have retired by now, And if we'd appointed Roy hodgson in the summer there would have been riots lol.

At least someone like Keane is a bit younger, fresher. Still withna point to prove after both success and arguable failure too in previous jobs.

I'm just brainstorming tbh, but we can all see that we need a gaffer actually knows this league, knows how to fire up and motivate the players, has clear ideas on how to play and won't take any shit. Our last 2 managers have come in and spent half a season trying to figure out their best players/ formations etc with varying degrees of success. the difference between puel and Pellegrino is that at least the players appeared to follow puels instructions. Unless Pellegrino has told his players to "walk on the pitch like they don't care amd wander about aimlessly" it looks and feels like the players have downed tools a bit.


10.) 30 Dec 2017 11:33:58
I take your point Milky but Strachan actually did well with Scotland with a poor player base to pick from. Roy Keane has a pretty poor record as well and I would worry about punch ups in the dressing room and even maybe the boardroom as well. 😄.


11.) 30 Dec 2017 15:49:14
As a diehard scotland fan Strachan was rubbish, yes we did go on a 7 game unbeaten run but Strachan had his favourites and was very slow to bring players in.
We have players that are coming through, such as mcburnie, Oliver burke, ross mccrori, Jason cummings, jamie walker Barry mckay, scot mckenna. Under Strachan they would not get a look in.


12.) 31 Dec 2017 12:10:15
Saint Chris maybe a punch up in the dressing room would do us good. I want see some heart and passion in the players. This manager is not instilling that. And a manager not taking any rubbish from the board wouldn't be a bad thing either, considering some fans accuse MP of being a yes man to les reed.


 

 

 

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04 Feb 2018 16:47:32
We have a win at last, thoroughly deserved as well. Now I am going to be as usual contentious, after that result it proves to me we have to get rid of MP now. He has messed around with the line up until most of the squad are dizzy. West Brom went one up very early and forced us to play like we did against Watford in the first half. It s pretty obvious to me that we have some very talented players that are far superior to the squads of the teams around us in the table. Limena just looked different class and he has been sat on the bench. Still not sure about JWP got good bits about him obviously his ability with the dead ball but still a bit powder puff tackling wise as a midfielder rather have Hojbjerg who is strong and improving every game. Carillo looked very similar to Gabbi with his quick thinking and touches but our style of play destroyed Gabbi's confidence because he was played as a target man which he is not. We do need a central defender with pace on the ball as Jack and Hoedt are a bit one paced. Anyway I could go on forever about what I think but one thing is for sure in my mind the squad of players we have should never ever be playing where they are in the table, nearly all of the pundits keep saying what a great squad we have. Conclusion, top players playing a system that doesn't bring the best out of them which in turns affects their confidence. A new manager, mind you the right one, would turn this team of ours around in a couple of games why can't the board see this most of us can. Unfortunately winning yesterday will probably keep MP in a job, one he doesn't deserve. Frustrating.


1.) 04 Feb 2018 20:58:04
I couldn't agree more .
reality is, there is no guarantee that Lemina will actually start in the next game. The same thing happened with hoejberg, came into the team, was outstanding and man of the match . and on the bench next game. Personally I think the midfield three of Romeo, Lemina and Hoejberg should be cast in stone. Although I would like to add, it wasn't until I watched Lemina play alongside Romeo that I realised how good L is . every time he passes the ball he moves for a return, when not on the ball he is always making himself available; Romeo looks very static .


2.) 05 Feb 2018 07:30:46
Saint Chris I agree with you for the majority but disagree about JWP. To me he isn’t the biggest build out there and you may be confusing that with hard tackling and hard work. He has come on in both areas hugely over the last couple of seasons. His role isn’t that of the enforcer like Romeu or Pierre, his is more of creativity.
It’s funny writing this that we are all for the majority saying MP should stick with a regular midfield but to me at present there are too many players at roughly the same standard.
Ask a saints fan for his/ her midfield options and it will be different. One thing I would say is that Lemina needs to be playing week in and week out. Maybe slightly more forward?


3.) 05 Feb 2018 08:35:12
Is it me or has Romeu's form dropped a bit. After he played bad in the first game against spurs he seems to have not been making as many vital blocks and challenges, and he doesn't seem to shoot as much now either. As someone said in one of the previous posts he is 'static'.


4.) 05 Feb 2018 10:44:56
I take your point Cyprus about JWP but still don’t think he is quite the creative midfielder you say he is. I know he has improved a bit but it’s taken a long time for him to show the promise he had 3 seasons ago. Just don’t think he is ever going to be quite good enough needs more to his all round game in my opinion. Wish somebody could do something with Redmond, there’s a top player in there somewhere. I would just repeat I don’t think this manager will ever be able to coach this team to their true potential, he’s had long enough and still keeps changing it around hoping to get it right . More by luck than judgement when we do get a decent result.


5.) 05 Feb 2018 11:00:43
I think Cyprus is right south_hants_rich. The main problem with playing Hojberg, Lemina and Romeu together at the moment is that all three are more comfortable playing in a deep-lying midfield role. There is a risk in playing all three that Lemina and Hojberg’s games are not attack minded enough to give the right balance to a midfield three and provide support for the forwards. That’s why MP prefers to drop one and have a more attack minded player in there.

That said, I think its worth playing Lemina in a more advanced role, not as an out and out attacking midfielder but in a position where he can drive forward like Patrick Viera used to do at Arsenal, but with greater freedom as Lemina would have the protection of Hojberg and Romeu. When he is up the pitch, he has demonstrated the ability to pick out a through ball and try different things creatively so I think its worth a few games experimenting with this to have our three strongest midfielders on the pitch at the same time.

Just while I’m on the Lemina point, I’ve seen several posts around the forum of late questioning Lemina’s absence from the first team for recent games. I’m not entirely sure why fans have been confused by this. After reports surfaced he was struggling with an ankle injury, he did make several sub appearances and a start but in each of those games, he was a huge liability. Gone was the strength and confidence on the ball we saw in the first part of the season. He was easily shrugged off the ball, too slow to react to pressure and was caught out of position, unable to recover. He simply wasn’t playing well, be that a result of injury or not. The West Brom game was the first game he’s played since his injury where he looked back to his old self. If we can keep him fit and playing that way for the remainder of the season, it could really be the difference between us and the others fearful of the drop.

JWP has scored a few this season and his delivery of the ball from set pieces is so strong, its very hard to drop him. In open play, he does seem to offer a little less than a natural wide player when he’s on the wing but he’s not really a wide player. He’s not a combative central midfielder, nor is he an Eriksen-like creative attacker blessed with the same vision and finesse. But his work rate is very good, his range of passing is excellent and with this, he can quickly turn defence into attack. I think he just needs to add an extra dimension to his game, be it breaking up play, intercepting passes, or playing with freedom in an advanced role and finding through balls, spreading the play and getting into the box to score more often – something he’s appeared to be working on this season. If he can do either to a useful level, he’d be quite a player.

I’ve been thinking the same saint bod; Romeu has really gone off the boil this season. Its perhaps easier to pick holes in performances when the team’s playing badly, but all too often he’s been caught napping, out of position, lost his runner or simply dwelt on the ball too long and coughed up possession in very dangerous areas. It may be that teams are more readily employing the tactic of pressing our players higher up the pitch, but it seems to me that Romeu is often playing without the spark he once had. It may be a confidence thing so if the team improves, so may he, but with Lemina and Hojberg both able to play in defensive midfield positions, albeit not quite the same, it may be that he should be the one being dropped more often than Lemina or Hojberg.


6.) 05 Feb 2018 11:42:30
I agree Figo about Lemina maybe he hasn’t been totally match fit but I also think they were playing him too deep and we ended up strangled in midfield due to perpetual defensive play. When we press higher up it opens up the midfield for the more creative players like Lemina . We play too defensively and with not having a solid centre half who is quick on the ball and can bring the ball out of defence we struggle to turn defence into attack. That is what we did when we had Toby and VVD. We should have got a quality centre half in the January window. Overpriced, yes, but so was VVD so the cost difference would have been cancelled out.


7.) 05 Feb 2018 22:55:27
NO Analysis Like you Guys . I just enjoyed the Game, the win and the 3 points.


 

 

23 Jan 2018 12:29:39
Been reading a lot of the posts on here concerning the performance of Gabbiadini on Sunday and I can see both sides of the argument. My simple opinion is that the manager got it wrong playing him up front as a lone striker. He is not a target man or an old style centre forward he is more a No 10 and needs balls fed in to him in the box or nodded down / laid off by a natural centre forward. I don't think Gabbiadini stood a chance from the moment the team sheet was pinned up on the wall. I felt sorry for him and as expected he was more or less anonymous throughout the game due to our style of play. The pitch was heavy which doesn't suit his skills . When Charlie Austin was fit why didn't they play them both together. The reason we are where we are is due to total negative football especially when we get to winning positions or having good control of the game. I don't understand why persevere with MP, nice chap but not good enough. I know we played ok on Sunday but only a year ago we would have gone into that game expecting to win it. Funny how we now think that not getting beat at home is a good result no matter who you are playing. Swansea beat Liverpool last night who would have expected that. We seem to have accepted that we are a poor side but I don't think we are, we have some fine talented players that could do so much better if they were coached properly. One last thing if MP does get the sack do you think any other PL club will want him as their manager? I think not.


1.) 23 Jan 2018 13:07:15
we have no other strikers! to play to let gabbi be a number 10 hence we had a 17 year old on the bench. Early on a great cross from the left he tried to hit it with his left and missed the ball completely. Obafemi did something similar with his chance from the opposite side he is 17 gabbi is 15m and an international and 26. Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini. this was the cup final line up who was striker in this team when he should of had a hat trick? .


2.) 23 Jan 2018 17:04:26
I agree entirely with your post 0001 question is why don’t we have any other strikers, I know Charlie is injured but if he was fit they would have played him instead of Gabbiadini who would have been brought on about 4 minutes from the end. Makes no sense to me. You mention the Cup Final we played high up the pitch with pressing after they went 2 - 0 up like Pochettino used to do. The full backs were overlapping and the midfield were pressing pushing United back, none of this has happened since in my opinion, apart from against Watford where we were in total control but decided to sit on the lead but should have guessed they would change their style in the 2nd half. Bad management in my book almost to the point of being naive.


 

 

13 Jan 2018 08:20:26
All this talk of what players we need to turn our season around is all very speculative with no guarantees it will change things that much. I think we have some excellent players already but the style and sluggishness of the master plan adopted by our current manager bewilders me and probably most of the squad. Hypothetical I know but I reckon if Pochettino was still here we would have this same team about half way in the league. I may be wrong but the manager seems to be the main problem for where we are in the table more than the players, why the board can't see this amazes me and a great deal of you lot out there.


1.) 13 Jan 2018 11:08:41
Your best cb sulking from start of season would mess up most teams
It should have been sorted
Poch came into a well settled team
That needed confiedece and his team building exercises along with the vision and backing of cortese to keep teams together helped no end
Puel had help from vvd his goals and defending put a few points on the board pushed us up table
This season was clear kath wanted to sell to help pay her tax bill
That is why we are where we are
Lambert
Lovren
Adewiled
Chambers
Clyne
Shaw
Lallana
Mane
Wanyama
Van dijk
Pelle
Poch
Koeman
Puel
These have all left since cortese got forced out buy good old les and krugers propaganda
Under directions of good old kath

So now the board are sat there thinking buy players get relegated anyway then the players are instantly devalued
Or loan players get relegated cancel loans or save our selfs then mabey try make the players pernament or buy different again.


2.) 13 Jan 2018 12:59:16
Cortèse was removed because he was trying to spend too much money and putting the clubs finances into a bit of a mess.


3.) 13 Jan 2018 13:15:26
Cortez’s brought in reed and he left because he couldn’t get anymore money to spend and was borrowing way above the clubs want to push on apparently rubbish or bust has been tried many times and generally ends as rubbish hence he left. Don’t remember him getting another post in football either so clealry wasn’t considered that highly in the game?


4.) 13 Jan 2018 20:49:48
87 your post is misleading. Half the players and the 2 managers you mentioned weren't even here when cortese was in charge. They were signed after he left.


 

 

05 Jan 2018 15:05:45
Just read that it looks like we're going to let Sam McQueen go out on loan. Why?


1.) 05 Jan 2018 15:27:59
I suppose it makes sense as long as Bertrand is staying put for the season. We have 3 left backs, although from what i've seen i'm not sure I wouldn't let Targett go out on loan and keep McQueen here.


2.) 05 Jan 2018 16:36:53
I know what you’re saying 123 but he is not just a full back his original position was as a winger . He could play in midfield as well, we need talented versatile players and he is one of them.


3.) 05 Jan 2018 16:55:51
Yeah I don't see him getting a look in as a winger though personally. We can argue as to whether he should get a look in (I'd rather see Sims get a game personally), but I still don't think he will, so may as well go out on loan.


4.) 05 Jan 2018 20:35:34
Heard berts was off to city this wouldn't surprise me his tracking back after losing the ball against palace was woeful.


 

 

04 Jan 2018 17:15:41
Don't you think it's amazing that VVD is the main reason we have been playing so poorly this year due to disruption according to Krueger and his fellow cronies. I find this statement extraordinary considering all this began last season when CP was here and we still got to a major cup final and finished in 8th even though I must admit the last games of the season were pretty grim. They then sacked Claude Puel ( who seems to be doing a pretty fine job at Leicester) and are now making excuses for our current tragic situation as VVD being the cause. I find that pretty insulting to the supporters who turn up no matter what to every game. We are more intelligent than they think we are we know the main real reason the manager. Look what Allardyce and Hodgson have done from hopeless positions, I think that says it all.


1.) 04 Jan 2018 20:12:48
The contents of this forum show that we are not more intelligent than they think. We panic, over react and scapegoat people and the board/ club in general, as well as refusing to accept when we, as fans, have got it wrong as well (ie Puel) .


2.) 04 Jan 2018 20:59:51
123 what's your definition of 'intelligence' please?


3.) 05 Jan 2018 15:51:16
Hi guys, It's good to see so many people posting though it's a shame that it's because the team is performing so poorly and we are all so concerned. I agree that RK's comments regarding VVD are ridiculous, I believe that a lot of the discontent stems back to CP's sacking, I must admit when I heard I was astonished, we reached a cup final, finished eighth what more was a guy to do?, perhaps that triggered VVD and others what on earth was going on? I also believe that we have lost quality players and failed to replace them but I also believe that we have failed in our style of play. Under MP we introduced the fast tempo high pressing game which was totally revolutionary in the UK and we closed down from the front when we lost the ball and then went on the attack for whole 90 minutes and other teams could not match, hence why Spurs snapped up MP after only 18 months. Now other teams have adopted it, Saints unfortunately now have gone completely backwards, we are poor at ball retention, we invite teams to come forward, and we fail to mark correctly either finally or man to man. Look at Spurs boxing day Harry Kane gets his first 2 goals unmarked 3 yards out, it's quite simply pathetic. When we do go forward it is so slow with so many backward or sideways passes which just demonstrates lack of movement by the players without the ball and also possibly too many players fearful of losing the ball. How many times have we quoted Redmond failing to track back, Spurs 3rd goal Redmond loses the ball just outside their box watches Son go and score with his hands on his hips, no attempt to get the ball back. Compare this to e. g. Harry Kane wonderful footballer, look how many defensive headers he makes for the team or good tackles just outside Spurs box, every game and look how many superb passes he lays on for Alle and Son, this is the modern game. David Moyes commented recently the minimum he expects from a player is to give everything for 90 minutes, how many Saints players this season can we say that? I was really proud of our performances against Man City and Utd but these should not be isolated incidents, this should be a given, but look at LFC away, totally pathetic, not one shot on goal. I'm not being negative here but brutally realistic, no we are not the best team in the league but we are not the worst, look at LFC very skilful players but give everything for 90 minutes, skill without effort is nothing. Man City when they lose the ball they hunt in packs and get it back, how far does De Bruyne run every game and who thought Raheem Sterling would be the player he is now? Let's look at Burnley, small club, small budget, 8th place and they deserve to be there, beat Chelsea at home first game of the season defending Champions that wasn't a blip, they don't park the bus, every player gives absolutely everything, I watched them beat Everton away and in the build up to their goal they strung 34 passes together, look at Jack Cork now a player we felt wasn't good enough. I coached youth and adult teams previously and guys football is not complicated, what you lack in talent but make up in team spirit and effort can take you a long way. Premiership players are at the top of the tree 're pay etc and they know what their jobs are, too many of ours are simply not putting in enough effort combined with a manager who constantly rotates, baffling substitutions etc, maybe that will stop. What frustrates me about this team is we should not be in this situation! and everyone has to accept responsibility. Do I believe we can escape relegation? ABSOLUTELY there are 16 games and 48 points to play for and I believe the only team gone is Swansea but the 2 other places could be any one of 8 but we need to start playing as we did against City and Utd, create better chances, work 100% and we can get out of this. One final thought we should have sold VVD in the summer, most fans would have accepted £ 78 million was a huge sum of money and we snatch their hands off. By the way LFC you bought the wrong player Toby Aldreweireld as we all know is a much better player and he has been stalling on his contract at Spurs. Anyway I am still not convinced by our manager so let's get a result at Fulham and move on from there. Coyr.


 

 

 

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15 Feb 2018 11:32:15
Figo I don't think you quite understand my take on all this. When I say we are nosediving to the Championship I am taking in to perspective certain reasonable performances and the reasons why they were. The style of play adopted by MP seems to consist of keeping the ball at all costs with very little imagination going forward . Twice we have adopted a different style against Watford and West Brom and looked a good side which I believe we are. Once in control of a game he changes the plan to try to strangle the game but mistakes are made and we end up hanging on. He then makes inexplicable substitutions that end up increasing the pressure. I have said many times before that we have an excellent squad but a poor coach with no formula to change the game. I still think we can survive but being realistic we only have 10 games left given we are playing Man City in the final game. I know they will be champions and maybe take their foot off the gas but I doubt it. They will probably be up for a record points total and let's face it Pep is not the type to accept second best from any team he has ever managed.


 

 

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15 Feb 2018 09:13:54
I have read if Figo and a fine piece it is too. The only thing is our run in compared to others can't be compared as they are all improving and we are in an uncontrollable nosedive. Facts and figures are great but rarely ring true in real life. Just look at the governments predictions. I do appreciate the time and effort you put in but ultimately it is based on what ifs rather than actual fact. Keep up the good work though.


 

 

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14 Feb 2018 17:57:03
Just seen interview with him on SSN saying how exciting he is finding the challenge of keeping us in the PL, he isn’t going anywhere. Sounded like he was doing a great job in a very hard league. Something very odd about all this he just didn’t seemed that concerned about our desperate position at all and that things can change very quickly . Anybody else just seen it did I see it wrong.?


 

 

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11 Feb 2018 18:58:23
Just watched the interview with MP saying we dominated the first half and missed some great chances 😳.


 

 

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31 Jan 2018 09:08:55
I agree 123 the whole purpose of this site is to post what your personal beliefs are which is just fine. I honestly don't think it is about a month since people have been getting on MP's back your watch must have stopped. Our club turned itself around in amazing fashion from 2009 till 18 months ago. I just don't get that all that grit and determination can be thrown down the toilet on a principle of loyalty. Over the last 12 months we seem to have had a long term illness which if not treated quickly can become terminal. If we get relegated I don't see any chance of us returning to the PL in a hurry, we have a squad of players that should never be in this situation and although they are responsible for their personal performances they should also be coached to play in a particular way that suits their skills. We have a squad full of internationals who together as a team should never be in the league position we are in. The buck stops at the people in charge of them who are not getting the best out of them. People would have gone crazy if we had got rid of MP and brought the likes of Roy Hodgson in as a rescue plan but unfortunately sometimes in desperate times you have to consider desperate measures. I admire your loyalty and belief in MP and his employers 123 but sometimes even you may have to admit defeat and accept that you and all the rose tinted glasses people on this forum maybe wrong to stick with the current regime. We could still get out of this but if we do it will be by the skin of our teeth which was totally unnecessary, I am certain a show of hands would maybe agree with me but then again maybe not, one thing is for certain though I honestly hope I'm wrong and you're right I honestly do. All of this is as we agree down to personal opinion which makes this site so refreshing and should never be used as tool for personal criticism.


 

 

 

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05 Feb 2018 11:42:30
I agree Figo about Lemina maybe he hasn’t been totally match fit but I also think they were playing him too deep and we ended up strangled in midfield due to perpetual defensive play. When we press higher up it opens up the midfield for the more creative players like Lemina . We play too defensively and with not having a solid centre half who is quick on the ball and can bring the ball out of defence we struggle to turn defence into attack. That is what we did when we had Toby and VVD. We should have got a quality centre half in the January window. Overpriced, yes, but so was VVD so the cost difference would have been cancelled out.


 

 

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05 Feb 2018 10:44:56
I take your point Cyprus about JWP but still don’t think he is quite the creative midfielder you say he is. I know he has improved a bit but it’s taken a long time for him to show the promise he had 3 seasons ago. Just don’t think he is ever going to be quite good enough needs more to his all round game in my opinion. Wish somebody could do something with Redmond, there’s a top player in there somewhere. I would just repeat I don’t think this manager will ever be able to coach this team to their true potential, he’s had long enough and still keeps changing it around hoping to get it right . More by luck than judgement when we do get a decent result.


 

 

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29 Jan 2018 23:11:18
My theory is when we didn’t have any alternatives and we had been looking everywhere for a fast goal scoring forward is that we already had one in JRod he just needed more time. Our style of play is the problem no front line and just rely on counter attacks. We already knew JRod was a quality player but we just needed to give him a bit more time. Gabbiadini looked quality as well when he came here but we have been playing a formation that doesn’t suit either of them. Something is wrong with our set up hence we score very few goals especially from forward players.


 

 

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28 Jan 2018 14:47:43
I knew when I said what I said I would get hammered. The bit about most of the fans thought it best for JRod to move on amuses me. The board haven't taken any notice at all of us when the majority of us wanted MP to move on. The point about JWP is different we have been looking for a quick decisive forward not another midfield player. J Rod could make us regret letting him go.


 

 

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27 Jan 2018 23:44:05
Well he scored two but was outstanding. What confuses me is that we nursed him back to health after a terrible injury and before he was back to his best we sell him and are now struggling for a decent forward. Are we mad we knew he was a class player . Once again today we were all over them but in the last 20 minutes we did our best to let them get back at us. Very confusing. This manager is likely to take us down if we don't do something about it. We could have won by about 3 today without a doubt. I am happy for Claude Puel he is doing well at Leicester which must tell us something. I think he was treated badly by SFC.