If I may say so, I think you're also prone to (nostalgic) twaddle. In relation to aesthetics (style) & cheating, they have always existed in football, be it pragmatism on the pitch or off-field in terms of tapping up players (Clough & Terry Curran). Wycombe & Rotherham are sides who play direct & impose themselves on opponents, not letting them play. Sometimes it is about winning the physical battle first before you can play, as I remember Nigel Clough describing a Burton win at Millwall (Championship).
I did not experience the Clough years, but going on what Duncan Hamilton has written & Clough's own testimony about his time as a manager, he was prone to the pragmatic as well, i.e. the tackles made on Keegan early in the 1980 European Cup final leading to his subdued performance. His teams had steel as well as style, as did most sides during his prime as a manager.
If you read Duncan Hamilton's excellent biography of Clough, you'll discover that the end of his great managerial career was not only sadly blighted by alcoholism, but by the fact that he became out of date (once the fresh faced pioneer of the late 60s), refusing to analyze the opposition and simply sending his sides out without any tactical insight whatsoever into their rivals' strengths and weaknesses, the formations they used. In addition, Hamilton expresses the view that he felt Clough made a mistake not going out on the pitch before extra time in the '91 FA Cup final. Instead, he simply chose to ignore the players.
Clough espoused the right things, but he was also pragmatic. Look at the 2nd leg 0-0 draw at Anfield in the European Cup, shown recently on that ITV series 'When English Clubs ruled Europe'. The ex-Liverpool players used a phrase associated with the Portuguese Jack Dee, 'Forest parked the bus.' If that wasn't pragmatic, I don't know what isn't. Principles sometimes have to be sacrificed to get things done.
Do I want us to win and win with style? Of course I do. But if winning ugly means staying up, which is by no means assured yet, then I accept it out of expediency.
I agree that you can overload players, and people, with too much information, but you do need to adopt different strategies in the Championship because of the array of different styles/formations. Against Watford, we went with one up front. You could argue that Cocu tried sticking to a plan of sorts & look what happened. We were the most pedestrian, predictable side in the division as its most possession-based. It was folly to simply think you can impose your will on others & change something like he was some kind of EFL version of Guardiola.
@FlyBritishMidlandprobably summed it best. Pragmatism first and then the football will come if we can sort out the off-field issues (takeover) and allow the manager a budget & perhaps the opportunity to bring in more quality esp. in midfield where we have lacked a genuine play-maker. Bielik showed glimpses regarding vision whilst Hughes is perhaps the last genuine play-maker we've had.
This season has had so/too many variables, out of our control: the pandemic itself (Rosenior went down with it), leading to an abnormal situation such as a compressed schedule, two games a week which obviously affects players' fitness & the quality of overall football; an injury to a key midfielder disrupting a promising unit; a protracted takeover that looks ill-fated; the Pride Park pitch (not conducive to fluent football); the nature of the division itself; the situation in which we find ourselves, the nature/character of the squad; Jozwiak having to adapt to a new league (IMO he is deserving of patience as it was given to Bielik by others); a youthful squad who will benefit from this season's experience.
The hope is that we can progress, like we did after '03-'04, and then challenge the season after.
Sibley influences the game going forward. Has to start next game ahead of waghorn. Bird hides and offers nothing going forward or off the defenders. Everton lad in there. Edmondson solid in his role. Joz doesn't demand the attention of defenders like what it said on the tin.
I think he’s relaxed, feels more confident, maybe feels more comfortable as a manager?
I’ll say this though. Of all the manager’s I've worked with since covering Derby, he is undoubtedly the best to deal with.
Like many I was sceptical when he was first given the nod, but he’s blown me away with how he’s handled everything, media & football. He’s genuinely engaged with the academy in a way I haven’t seen from a previous manager, too.
Think he’s going to go a long, long way. Hopefully with Derby, of course!
When MM took over we were losing circa £9m a year from memory (how much of this was cash losses I can't recall without looking back through the accounts).
Included in his £200m will be the purchase price which I believe was £50m.
Is the £80m for the ground in the £200m? I doubt it as I think he will retain that asset.
Then there is the investment in the ground and the training ground.
Long story short, £200m doesnt go very far when trying to take a Championship club to the next level and preparing it ready for that step.
You may call him stupid for it but Im sure he still has enough money left in his bank to live the sort of life most people dream of. Me personally, I'm grateful that we had a local businessman that was willing to risk them sort of funds to try and make us a force in the Premier League and think it is a shame he didn't surround himself with the right sort of people to make it happen.
I sincerely hope Mel gets well, he has obviously been through a personal hell over the last year.
I also hope those posters who have been spouting their vitriol about him and demanding this and that over the same length of time take pause and try to learn to be kinder to people.