Mantis

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  1. Mantis

    Dean Smith

    It was very bizarre yeah. The only thing I can think of is that around summer 2013 he decided that 12/13 was too close a call and we got hammered too often, so he opted to go for a "safer" style which just got worse and worse. Seem to remember us trying to keep the ball more in his last season, but it was a very negative kind of possession game. Anyway, this is of course a different man under different circumstances, but my optimism is tempered somewhat by what happened with Lambert. He was known for playing attacking football when he came to us, and within 2 and a half years we had become extremely negative. I'm really glad the board appear to be progressing with the game and putting a structure in place around the manager.
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    Dean Smith

    Interesting appointment. Wasn't my first choice (Lambert was a similarly attack-minded up and coming manager and look what happened there) but it's good that we appear to be putting a structure in place. Really pleased about Terry being involved as well.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Henry is certainly a gamble, but with the way the game is going now I think traditionally "steady" managers (Bruce, Pardew, Moyes, Allardyce etc) are becoming less and less effective. We may as well give Henry a go.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Still fondly remember the time we crashed the betting markets when thetrees posted Lerner's flight plan on here and we worked out he was going for OGS.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Wait, what?
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    New Manager Speculation

    Seriously doubt it's Moyes. One of the main reasons why Bruce became so unpopular was because of the dour football, so appointing Moyes would make no sense.
  7. Mantis

    New Manager Speculation

    This. Don't fret about the odds guys.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Are we talking about the same people here? Obviously Garde did a poor job but the writing was already on the wall when he came in.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Please not one of the usual plodders (e.g. Allardyce).
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    New Manager Speculation

    The night of the long cabbages
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    Steve Bruce

    Even if Pulis was available, I wouldn't want him. Yes he's better at getting results but I'm just so tired of the turgid football we've had to put up with for all these years. I don't expect us to go after some dogmatic tiki-taka manager, but someone who isn't stuck in the 70s/80s and who isn't afraid to try and win games sometimes is a must.
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    Steve Bruce

    Has there been a poll on VT on this? It's very rare to see us all so united on a manager.
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    Steve Bruce

    His obsession with games not lost, as opposed to games won, is very telling. He's not got the right mentality for a team looking to win promotion.
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    Steve Bruce

    If that's the case then (and I have every sympathy with his personal situation), why has he not simply resigned?