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General Discussion / Re: New Manager announced.
« on: October 05, 2023, 07:12:23 PM »
Thanks for the input, folks. They did beat Aldershot (I went from school), but I believe they lost to Reading…. 

General Discussion / Re: New Manager announced.
« on: October 02, 2023, 01:06:06 PM »
It’s all about personal preference.  Mall wants a team that is “hard to beat, and creates a few chances”.  I prefer a team that creates loads of chances, and defends in depth/numbers.  But this is the beginning of a new era.  That had the Dillometer going back over different eras.  In that respect, who remembers the team with the forward line of Baxter, Luke, Dixon, Sewell, Lockey?… and whether or not it was successful?….. Bear in mind, any answer will inevitably give away the age of the responder!!!

General Discussion / Re: Repaying the faith
« on: September 30, 2023, 10:46:53 AM »
Well he sounds determined and confident, and ambitious.  I hope he is also lucky!  I’m sure we all wish him success for the club and himself.  Good Luck to all three of them, which of course includes Stephen Cleeve in his decision making!

General Discussion / Re: Hughes gone.
« on: September 26, 2023, 07:22:34 PM »
Any manager is only worth the money at his disposal, and the contacts that he or she has.  Knowledge of “the game” doesn’t matter, because there is very little to know - the pre and after-match assessments are largely cliche-driven waffle.  The appointee has to be able to see what’s happening on the pitch & therefore spot what has to change.  They all fail as often as they succeed.  The key clue is that you won’t see Pep playing with Carragher and Neville’s computer!  Appoint the applicant who in the interview doesn’t mention the following cliches…. “Character, workrate, winning fouls, physicality”, but does say he wants his team to score more than the opponents!….  And I hope SC retains his interest and ambition….

General Discussion / Re: Another loss
« on: September 24, 2023, 06:04:22 PM »
SC took the club higher than it has ever been, and frequently out of his own pocket.  The attendances haven’t been anywhere near as good as he probably expected, and not enough to finance a team enough to hold their own in the very top of non-league football.  The managers have all been too defensive in selection, imho.  I fear that we’re not set up financially even for the current level, and I hope the Chairman maintains his interest and some of his ambition, or the Southern League may be our future…

General Discussion / Re: Adrian Whitbread
« on: September 19, 2023, 01:12:07 PM »
So much belief in coaches and managers.  If there is “learning” in football, they would all reach the point at which they are deemed to “know” the game.  However, they all get sacked, so does that mean they had forgotten what they “learned”?!  Players motivate themselves and other players, not managers.  All any club needs is a manager with contacts and the money to lure them, then tell the team to outnumber the opposition in as many situations as they can.  Screaming and hollering are irrelevant…

General Discussion / Re: TW
« on: September 19, 2023, 12:03:17 AM »
Why are creative players in this country the ones who get accused of only being fleeting performers.  At least they will regularly be the reason for a win, whereas the ordinary workhorses are more appreciated, but  aren’t likely to provide success.  Barrett is obviously the most talented player in the club.  But all in all, we have a poor season ahead of us, unfortunately…

General Discussion / Re: TW
« on: September 18, 2023, 08:57:25 PM »
Yes, leaving Barrett on the bench is always a mistake, imho, but there may be a niggle or something we don’t know.  I’m often narked by him replacing a forward or attacking midfielder with another.  That changes nothing.  If you’re not winning when you need to, surely the manager should ADD a player not swap like for like….

General Discussion / Re: Hughes in LN’s
« on: September 18, 2023, 07:15:25 PM »
I totally agree with KennyR on this occasion.  Interviews with managers and players are all identical, and unlike most sports, have no technical information at all.  It is indeed exactly like they’ve been on a course.  Then you get an hour before a match on tv, and another hour afterwards, again saying nothing we haven’t seen already ourselves.   Our manager needs to stop being pleased with backs to the wall stuff, and defend by picking an attacking team that forces the opponents back.

General Discussion / The state of things
« on: September 10, 2023, 01:23:09 PM »
Still no attendance figure?  Was it starting to be embarrassing?  Couldn’t make it yesterday, but what I’ve seen, the players aren’t good enough, apart from the forwards from last season, but even they aren’t firing.   No slipperiness in midfield probably contributes to the forwards’ dip in form.  Giving Fatadjo only half a game deprives us of the most mobile player in the squad.  Very worrying, as the crowd could drop alarmingly if better players can’t be obtained.  Again - what was the attendance, please?…..

General Discussion / Re: So far this season.
« on: August 29, 2023, 10:00:33 AM »
The stats against Chorley were no less than could be expected from picking such a defensive line-up.  Six defenders (including the GK) is certain to keep a team pinned back and facing chances for the Opposition.  As the object for ant team is to try to outnumber the opponents in as many situations as possible, that line-up has little chance of going forward successfully - imho!  I shall insert the Chorley stats into the Dillathon computer, and report back with the solution….

General Discussion / Re: Incoming.
« on: August 26, 2023, 02:49:21 PM »
Thank you, B & G!  And no umbrage towards others!  I didn’t suggest closing Academies.  Obviously young players can improve, but I believe there is too much talk from pundits, etc, about tactics and developments.  I was only quoting Jimmy Greave, who I happen to believe!  And, while I’m at it, whatever is Joe Cole on about now about today’s finished lunchtime game?!!

General Discussion / Re: Incoming.
« on: August 24, 2023, 11:13:14 AM »
Not sure “developing” players really works.  Jimmy Greaves would listen to BillNicholson’s dressing room diatribe then say “Boss, you can either do it or you can’t”!

General Discussion / Re: gloucester game
« on: August 20, 2023, 04:07:58 PM »
No, not scoring for fun, but if it’s the best you have it’s the best chance you have!  Equal with their No. 11, Josh was the best player on the pitch.  But we do need a regular scorer, and more creative ability in every position, particularly midfield.  I don’t think Gold O will set the NL alight, so keep tabs on him.  He did score goals in the end…

General Discussion / Re: gloucester game
« on: August 20, 2023, 12:40:43 PM »
The selection made the performance easily predictable.  None of the players capable of causing problems for the opposition were picked.  The difference when Barrett and Stevens came on was visible.  So many managers think they can “stodge” their way to victory with effort and some master plan that none of the spectators can work out from the stands.  It’s a simple game.  Pick your best players and you have more chance of winning than making them watch the game from the bench,  Only having Barrett for half a game was daft, and Fatadjo needs to start. Let’s start from now!

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