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DaveAV1

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  1. I wouldn’t really disagree with you there TRO. Why these jobs are no longer being done as well as they were earlier in the season is the question we’d all like the answer too. Probably a number of factors all adding together in some strange complex way. Managers, coaches etc probably never 100% know exactly why they sometimes get everything right, sometimes everything just clicks. Conversely they are at times at a loss to explain why everything they touch turns to shit.
  2. I didn’t mention fatigue, I said that we look jaded. Fatigue can be a factor and of course fatigue is both mental and physical. There is no denying that players get jaded at this point in the season which is a big factor in why many of the clubs with better quality squads have strong finishes. Man U under Fergie were renowned for it. Even this season both them and Man City are finishing strongly. Either way I didn’t mention fatigue once in my post. The main point of my post was the depth of quality which, I believe is lacking in our squad. You seem to have got hold of the wrong end o
  3. “WELCOME TO HELL YOU BASTARDS!!!!”
  4. I’m fully aware that some players haven’t played all the games. I’m aware that we have played less games than some of the other teams, but in general those teams that are in Europe or who have progressed further in the domestic cups have much higher quality squads than we have. I’m not arguing that the players are out on their feet, but they are quite definitely jaded compared with the first half of the season. The defence picks itself every week, there is nobody pushing any of them for a place. Ollie Watkins has absolutely no adequate cover. It’s only in our weakest area of the pitch, m
  5. The simple remedy, which I’m sure Dean and the rest of the coaching and recruitment staff are fully aware of, is to increase the quality of the squad. We have become very jaded and high energy was the basis of out early season success. Many of our better players have played the majority of games and the options on the bench just aren’t there this season. Klopp and Pepe never shut up about players being tired and playing too many games. Just look at their squads compared to ours. I’m not suggesting for a minute that Dean Smith is a perfect manager that doesn’t make mistakes. I’m pretty su
  6. A wise man once said, “I’m responsible for what I say, I’m not responsible for what you understand.”
  7. The simple remedy, which I’m sure Dean and the rest of the coaching and recruitment staff are fully aware of, is to increase the quality of the squad. We have become very jaded and high energy was the basis of our early season success. Many of our better players have played the majority of games and the options on the bench just aren’t there this season. Klopp and Pepe never shut up about players being tired and playing too many games. Just look at their squads compared to ours. I’m not suggesting for a minute that Dean Smith is a perfect manager that doesn’t make mistakes. I’m pretty su
  8. If Purslow, or anyone else for that matter, wants to sign Barkley they need to be taken away somewhere quiet and given all the psychiatric help they need. Dean is certainly giving him enough rope to hang himself. He has been a terrible loan signing and would be an utterly disastrous permanent signing.
  9. The simple fact of the matter is, our squad is, on the whole, very average. We played above ourselves when they were all fit and fresh, now some are injured and many are jaded and so we’re playing below average and getting results to match. When the arguments are whether a player who has played well for 15 minutes and scored no goals in the PL would have saved us at Anfield, the simple fact that we’re even having the conversation should tell us what we want to know. The squad lacks quality in depth. As @QldVilla said above, it’s fine margins at this level. Our midfield is the most obviou
  10. Massive over reaction? What here in VT? Surely not.....
  11. He’s hardly being put through his paces. He could have been ready or this could all have been staged, the fact is we just don’t know. That may be frustrating but stuff like this generally is kept behind closed doors and so it should for all kinds of reasons.
  12. It all depends if they think Dean can take us further or not and of course who they could replace him with. Virtually nobody is irreplaceable but we haven’t got a great history in manager choices over the years. New regime now of course and I agree with you that our owners aren’t here to piss about. I also agree that it’s unlikely that Stevie G would be their choice, at the moment at least, to lead us to the promised land.
  13. I think you’ve pretty much nailed Martinez.
  14. I think we do need improvements in wide forward positions but you’re right we’re weak in midfield. We just don’t control the game from the middle of the pitch and Jack aside creativity is seriously lacking.
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