It seems that Cocu is the kind of manager who likes to regularly rotate his starting XI. Sometimes this has been forced by injury or form, other times it seems to have been a tactical decision. Does any one have the stats on how many games in a row he's played the same XI? Has the rotating affected our consistency this season? Or is it just a case of the players not performing to the required standards on the pitch?
I know a lot of fans want to see a settled side. I also think there has been too much tinkering at times, but I read something recently that surprised me. In Ferguson's title winning season with United in 1998/99 (also treble-winning season), he was the only manager in the league not to name an unchanged side all season! The difference being that he could rely on a squad of players who would professionally carry out certain tasks for certain games (squad players like David May, Nicky Butt, Ronny Johnson). Maybe regular rotation, whether it's tactical or to freshen up tired legs, could work in order to prosper during an often arduous Championship campaign? If Cocu is going to rotate on the regular, then we need to back him and allow him to put together a squad that he trusts.