Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to David in Rooney or Cocu
When a manager is a “dead man walking” you usually hear rumblings in the media, has anyone heard anything to suggest Cocu is?
Some fans are more trigger happy than owners, the ink is barely dry on a 4 year deal, to start this nonsense already is ridiculous.
Sky were saying on Friday that Rooney talks with Cocu after every game, does that sound like a player forced upon the manager? Why are we always on the look out for some kind of drama, attempting to manufacture some when boredom kicks in.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to Bob The Badger in Lawrence up to 30 minutes in a game
I think there are a lot more overrated players to pull on a Rams shirt.
Lest we forget Mick Pickering who had an England appearance
A good job he had had a side hustle in M People.
If you look at our highest transfer fees paid it's a veritable who's who of overrated players.
He's better than Butterfield and cost the same and if you'd take Earnshaw over him I'd be idly pondering the cruelty of early onset dementia.
Now, if you'd said the most frustrating player, then yeh, I can see that.
He's clearly got a lot of skill - just look at the goals at Huddersfield and plenty other really good goals he scored - but he doesn't seem to be able to put consistent performances together.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in EFL order independent valuation of Pride Park
Mel's just messing with them. Probably been calling their anonymous tip-off line for weeks dobbing himself in. Hey presto, a few weeks later and not only are Derby fully exhonerated from any wrongdoing, but the loophole has been closed with immediate effect meaning that no other EFL clubs can now follow suit.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to MackworthRamIsGod in EFL order independent valuation of Pride Park
Unless the EFA wish to make an example of us.
I remember Luton were docked 30 points for something to do with finances, the same season (or next), West Ham were found guilty of cheating, playing an ineligible player which cost Sheff United a place in the prem, did West Ham get docked 30 points? No, fined 10 million pound, 10 million!!
So not only did West Ham get away with it, the people at the top got a nice fat 10 million to share between them to share out, a back hander you could call it.
And seeing as poor old West Ham had to give up 10 million pound, we compensated them by giving them the Olympic stadium.
Corrupt, the lot of them.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to MackworthRamIsGod in Ian Holloway Article
I feel sorry for Cocu.
I said when the window closed and I still maintain it, if you asked him how he feels I bet he would be very disappointed. I think he expected a couple of quality signings after Rooney and the club didn't deliver.
If you hire Jame Martin as your personal chef and all you have in the house is a tin of beans, dont expect him to whip up a gourmet meal, likewise, we cant expect Cocu to earn a top 6 spot with the dross we have currently in midfield.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to Tamworthram in EFL order independent valuation of Pride Park
An extract from the above article:
"The Midlands club have also told Sky Sports News they believe the cost of that independent review into their stadium and others will be a six-figure sum and something all 24 Championship clubs will be expected to share, which has also been met with concern from at least one other Championship club"
Firstly, I know professional valuations aren't cheap but, "a six figure sum" seems crazy to me.
Secondly, If it's an independent valuation commissioned by the EFL then surely the EFL should be footing the bill.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to CocuCrazyCocuMad in One Step Back, Two Steps Forward.
My thoughts re. Cocu and how his brain is working right now are;
1. He has no intention of promotion this season. Because if we did, the money and squad isn’t there to stay, equalling another miserable season. Most fans are way too impatient to look beyond the next result.
2. He wants the majority of the squad out. He’s trying to upset them by calling them out and replacing them with youth.
3. He’s using youth for the above but also trying to develop them to either generate money or first team players.
4. He’s intentionally playing players out of position to stress them and make them better. I suspect it’s a common tactic at Dutch clubs who have a ridiculous history of developing young players and making foreign players better. It’s almost a school of football.
5. He trusts Keogh and Huddlestone because they’re literally the only senior players we have with experience and a will to help others. Regardless of their ability they vocally help and encourage. Best of a bad bunch.
6. The players aren’t intelligent enough for him and until he replaces with better models we will look confused, because the players are actually confused. They’re also too comfortable on their wage and achieving nothing every season.
7. There’s an element of him exposing how bad the squad is to say to Mel ‘I need some funds in January’.
8. He’s making us look a bit less glam so we don’t get screwed in the transfer windows. He wants something better than Butterfield for £4m.
9. He plays some players out of position to improve them. Lowe has to use his right foot occasionally. Holmes may now be a little more defensively aware down his right hand side.
10. We may flirt with relegation but only till January. Rooney won’t accept a lack of effort. And new signings will arrive.
That’s just my take on it. I do believe Cocu is quality and probably more old school than people are now used to or will to be patient with.
Don’t be fooled by the Lampard Season. It wasn’t that great - it just had a twist in Leeds. The bounce papers over the fact that he too, played Bennett up front alone and kept Marriott on the bench at Wembley. And we also relied too heavily on players who were never in a million years going to be a long term addition to Derby County.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to falconram in Hold Your Nerve
The guy came in late on, players gone, loans not of his choice, this season always difficult.
This season will be a slog , end of this season more players gone with contracts up.
He was given 4 years this season was to get us through blood the accadamy lads see were we are.
I've been going since 1977 and seen some dross , this isn't that bad
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to Nuwtfly in Hold Your Nerve
Been a bit disappointing to see so many fans (not too many on here, mostly on Twitter) hitting the panic button after two defeats. I appreciate that this week has been something of a disaster (two defeats in a row and conceding six goals is going to annoy anyone), but we really need to hold our nerve here.
When Cocu was appointed, many on here (and on Twitter) said they fully expected a transitional season. With so many players leaving as their contracts ran out, and the departure of our three most talented players (Tomori, Mount and Wilson), we should all have expected something of a decline in playing performances going into this season.
And now, as we begin to show the signs of a team going through a transition (inconsistent performances, the blooding of young players, trying different formations) many of us are suddenly losing our heads.
What did you expect? You've seen other teams go through this and come out the other side. So why the pandemonium?
Transitions take time. TIME. Some of you are calling it quits on this manager when he's had less games than Nigel flipping Pearson!
We know what the modus operandi for this season is. We know what the aims are. They were communicated to us very clearly at the start of the season by Mel, Cocu and most of the players. We are trying to build something at this club now. We are trying to stop the constant chopping and changing of managers that has caused us to fall into the mess to start with. We are trying to finally utilise the incredible academy Mel has worked so hard to build, whilst building a footballing identity and philosophy and simultaneously stay competitive.
You expect this to happen after 6 games? Come on. Let's get a hold of ourselves here. We have to back this team.
Now, before you call me a happy clapper, I do think Cocu has made some errors. The first being some of the choices in the Forest game. I think he underestimated just how much that game means to us as a fanbase, and threw some youngsters in at the deepest of deep ends. He will learn from that. You could tell he had in the interview after the game.
The second is the current use of formation. The 4-3-3, and the 4-2-3-1 to a lesser extent, aren't working because we are lacking any real quality in the wide areas, and a creative outlet in the 10 position. He needs to figure this one out, and I think he will. Richard Keogh suggested that he thought we looked good in a 3-5-2, and I agree with him. We've got the attacking full-backs to play this formation. Plus it means we can play Bielik in his preferred position of centre-half, with Keogh to the right of him and Clarke to the left. We could also play Waghorn and Marriott up top with each-other (which many of you wanted to see this season), and Lawrence in that 10 role behind the two of them. TL flourished in that system at Ipswich, so this might suit him in the long run.
Regardless of this though, any system, formation, style will all take time. We all knew this at the start of the season, and we owe it, not just to the management, but to Mel and his vision, to not only give this time, but to back it. Back him. Back the club. Loads of you already are, so this post isn't really for you.
Sorry this turned into something of a blogpost, but I've been stewing on what I wanted to say about all this since yesterday, and I couldn't really make it any shorter.
Up the Rams! 🐏
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to RadioactiveWaste in The Disappointment Gap
But, this means there will be times that really suck like this week has. No one likes it when the team gets beaten, but being soundly beaten by forest the brentford is a bitter pill. I don't blame any one for being rather peed off.
I'm pretty sure the reason we have a 4 year contract with Cocu was precisely because it was going to take time and a slow start trashed him in Turkey.
Either way, as Mel has said many times, trying to sustain a competitive side vs parachute sides is very tough to do and some point not being promoted when things looked good was going lead to a bit of a fall back.
This week sucked, they'll probably be more weeks that suck.
We'll survive. We'll prosper.
Ted McMinn Football Genius reacted to JABBA in The Disappointment Gap
I have been expecting this season for a while and really thought it would be last year.
Two exceptional loans made the difference last season and it really was a false position with us catching the playoffs more due to other teams ineptitude and some ridiculous goals.
The ageing squad had reached the end of the line and what we are seeing now is that it’s paper thin and lacking in quality (or at least consistent quality), especially in the wide positions.
its important that we get the likes of Knight, Sibley and Buchanan 10+ starts this season to put them in the mix next year and to shape future recruitment. Getting promoted this season would deny them first team opportunities as the step up would be far too soon.
some fans need to realise that we have been spoilt with how often we have flirted with promotion in recent years, but we need to focus and building something sustainable which may take a season or two.