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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47603536 "We see that you've had nine jobs in the past five years. Can you tell us why you left your last position?" "Well, the fans were chanting for me to go, we were staring at relegation, we hadn't won in nine games and the players had stopped listening to me..." Ever wondered what actually goes on in a football manager's interview? How different, or not, they are to those carried out in the 'real' world? Do managers like Sam Allardyce, Mark Hughes and David Moyes have to provide references and a CV? Do they even have to apply? One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of job adverts going up. In the 79 days of 2019 so far, 13 managers have left their positions in the top four flights of English football - one every six days on average. Forget Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, the longest-serving manager in English football is now Jim Bentley at Morecambe, while 49 of the 92 clubs have had their boss in place for less than a year. All clubs and owners are different, and all interviews are different. But we tried to lift the lid on a little of the recruitment process... Reading through this, you have to wonder what was going through Mel's mind when he appointed Pearson...
  2. Well that explains it... Cheeky Red Dog 🤬
  3. https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/derby-county-frank-lampard-cant-afford-miss-out-promotion-premier-league-again Frank Lampard probably knew the score. At his unveiling as Derby County’s new manager, he was asked about the expectations put upon him in his first senior role. As one of 20 applicants assessed by Derby, the new manager was left under no illusions. "It sold itself to me as a club and the players were very close to promotion last year,” Lampard said. “There are expectations and I understand that. I played under expectations as a player. I know what's required and the vision of the club and I will try my best to bring it to the table." Before Lampard, Gary Rowett had been sacked after Derby finished sixth and lost in the play-offs. Steve McClaren was sacked for finishing 10th and missing out on promotion. Paul Clement was sacked with Derby fifth in the table and wobbling. Before him, McClaren again was sacked for finishing eighth. The message is pretty clear: this club wants promotion. Lazy piece TBH, wrong in their view that Rowett was sacked, and still referring to the stadium as the IPRO. Despite a couple of valid points it winds me up when so called journalists get stuff wrong about us...
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47570578 Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has left his role as Oldham Athletic manager after just 31 days. The 44-year-old took over on 11 February and was in charge for just seven games, winning only one. Scholes said in a statement that he had taken the decision with "great regret". "It unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role," he continued. Scholes took over with the Latics 14th in the table and leaves with them in the same position.
  5. TBF to Johnson, he was our best midfielder during a run of games earlier in the season, and Frank seems to able to get the best out of him. If he would be willing to take a pay cut, I'd gladly give him a years extension, with the option of another. On the flip side if he wanted to chase one last big payday, I'd wish him all the best. One thing is for sure is that when he's fully on it, he's a valuable assist and gives us something the rest of our midfield doesn't.
  6. I might stick a tenner on it. Mayfield, OBJ, Landry, Hunt. That's scary offence. With the right play calling they could score for fun next season...
  7. Rynny is pointing out that you've got too many players on the pitch -------------------Huddz --------------Mount------Wilson Holmes-----------------------------Waghorn ------------------Lawrence? I can see where you're coming from though. Didn't he play more central against Southampton in pre-season when he scored a brace?? I'd like to see him in a ------Huddz/Johnson-------Mount Wilson------------Lawrence----------Holmes -----------------Waghorn/Marriott But unless we're chasing a game, Frank sticks with his 4-3-3. There is a player in there somewhere for sure. Don't know if it's a confidence thing with him, or his on the pitch IQ is a little low. Either way it's up to the coaching staff to figure it out.
  8. I've never been to Blackpool, and if 999 What's Your Emergency & several Channel 5 doc-u-soaps are true, I never will do. Never smoked, which I'm very happy about, as I'd be even skinter than I already am. Haven't bungee jumped. Knowing my luck I'd go on the day the guy who straps you in is still steaming from a session the night before. Never got round to dating a natural redhead
  9. Nobody ever bought them, you just happened upon a stack of them in bushes down the park. providing you got to them before rain damage, you were set for months...
  10. FFS I'm not on about taking them off him, and not giving them back. I'm saying that if he's not scoring goals from his position he's near enough redundant. He's not creative enough to be a No 10, and he's not disciplined enough to play in the defensive/holding role. All he's good for is running about a lot and passing to a colleague who's within 10 feet of him. For a modern box to box midfielder, especially in a three man midfield you need something more... He's been a good, and loyal (very well paid) member of the squad but you go handing out new contracts based on 18 months of good form...
  11. Distribution - 10 yards to the side or back aren't too taxing so I'll give you that. Recovery - His engines gone from a 3.2 ltr bi turbo to a 1.4 ltr DCI, nowhere near as zippy. Take on - Mmmm never been his game has it. Rigour - Partially. Even in his best days for us, he wasn't exactly a strong tackler. Effective in his day, but not anymore, and hasn't been for a long time. Thanks for the memories, he's your gold watch, try not to let the door hit you on the arse on the way out...
  12. Because a stray bullet wouldn't do any damage at all 🤦‍♂️ Some footballers are just plain thick...
  13. I wasn't suggesting we expunge his goals from the record books. But once he got the new contract when Burnley sniffing around, and he stopped scoring with any regularity he's been pretty much useless. He regressed into being like Paul Green...
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