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That’s what I said…
‘Our aim is for all England team to demonstrate a consistent playing style based on the England DNA playing philosophy.’ is one of the lines used in Daniel Storeys’ article about Aidy Boothroyd and the abysmal performances by our U21’s (and other junior teams in 2018/19 it would seem!)
As I pointed out in my e-mail last week, the style and personnel of the U21’s was almost a carbon copy of the senior team with many of the faults and mistakes that they make being repeated. This has to be a coaching problem and probably not just at representative level, clubs are desperate not to lose their little darlings to rivals, and as such appear to be failing to install even the most basic of disciplines and skills in them as they don’t want to upset them by telling them what they’re not very good at.
Take Tammy Abraham, there was a clamour to include him instead of Solanke or Calvert-Lewin on the basis that he was at least playing regularly and had scored 20+ goals in the Championship, however, in reality, there was no difference. He was ok once the ball was under control, but it rarely was and balls played into him “at pace” were regularly pinged back 20/30 yards or lost completely.
Our two (supposedly) best players, Maddison (£25/35 mil anyone) and Foden, were unable to dominate a Croatian team of under 21’s, despite the former having played 36 Premier League games and the latter being the second coming. And it wasn’t their fault, no movement ahead of them, the safe option of Tomore or the other one being the preferred pass, who then take the safer option of Henderson, see Croatia’s third goal! The usual brain fart by a defender and as Andy Hinchcliffe pointed out, an almost c’est la vie attitude to goals conceded or possession lost, no hunger, no one bawling (or encouraging) at teammates, just another whimsical look by Demari Gray as another chance goes begging or a cross fails to find it’s target.
But then we have the most damning part of the story, Boothroyds’ post match comments, “There is obviously a concentration issue but it’s been different players who have been doing it, not just one guy over and over again”, “you score a goal and instead of relaxing you need to treble your efforts.”, isn’t this exactly what you should be coaching not talking about afterwards! It’s not like it didn’t happen in the first two games is it. To add insult to injury and possibly what sums up his position, the players obviously have no respect for him when Abraham allows Nelson to take the penalty, despite him being told he was the designated taker and it being “on the board”. Aidy Boothroyd – the water boy.
What wasn’t surprising was that Croatia (France and Romania), despite less possession, looked more comfortable, more dangerous and more confident, they had their own Lovren, Rakitic, Modric and Perisic lookalikes/wannabees and played with the same belief in their ability, possibly, as a guess, instilled in them by their coaching staff.
Howard (only Foden and Maddison to ever appear for the senior side) Jones
Just to get my bias out there: I didn’t want VAR to come in for a multitude of reasons. But it’s here now, and the powers that be would never want to admit they made a mistake, so here’s a suggestion:
To ensure that it only gets used to correct clear and obvious errors, give the VAR ref a time limit of (say) 30 seconds. The timer gets started as they watch the first replay, and if they can’t come to a firm decision to overrule the ref by the time it ends then the on field decision stands.
This has two benefits – the aforementioned clear and obvious errors situation, but also it lessens the boredom and potential for the crowd to become completely mystified by what is going on.
If it wasn’t for VAR, the score would’ve been 1-1 between England and Cameroon shortly after the half instead of 2-0. From there, who knows how the game would’ve ended up? England could’ve lost. Yes, I know the England scored a third. At 1-1 though, and no VAR controversy to trigger all the emotion in the Cameroon players, the whole complexity of the game changes.
For all the criticism VAR is getting, I don’t think this is really being appreciated. It ensured that the correct team moved onto the next round.
Nathan , Newark
More questions than answers
Tim SCFC’s mail this morning left me with a lot of questions. These included:
*When did Tony Cottee play for Manchester United?
*Has he got him confused with Tony Coton?
*Didn’t Tony Coton move to Manchester United from Manchester City?
*Who is Tim actually thinking of?
And most annoyingly of all, who are “Notts Forest”?
The last paragraph is the one I would like to focus on. For starters, footballers and managers are not normal employees like I am or Tim presumably is. They are employed on fixed-term contracts, in an incredibly competitive industry. While players have far more bargaining power than they probably should, this is the way things have evolved since the Bosman ruling came in. Contracts are loaded with all manner of clauses so that transfers become possible, albeit some with more complicated hoops to jump through than others. Taking away the possibility of transfers altogether won’t rebalance the power equally between players and clubs, it will weight it wholly in favour of the club.
Football is a deeply competitive employment market. If players are going to be employed on an indefinite, give one month’s notice basis, contracts will be written with all manner of no-compete clauses. That makes sense, if you can get away with it. Got a player you’ve just recruited having thrown a sulk at another club until he was allowed to leave? How better to prevent him doing that again than writing into his contract that if he terminates early, he has to wait 12 months to join a rival Premier League club? He could go to the Championship, or abroad, but he would likely have to accept lower wages because he needed them, not the other way round, thus giving clubs even more dominance of the situation than they do currently.
Removing transfers won’t reduce the amount of money sloshing around in top level football, it just means less of it will be spent. Do we really want the motley crew of c##ts that largely pass for Premier League club owners (not all of them obviously) to be given even more reasons to fill their offshore bank accounts?
Recent story round-up
As I do, I’d like to give my tuppance worth on a few of the recent stories. Mike Ashley what a c##t! When the Newcastle fans seen light at the end of the tunnel with a potential takeover Mike Ashley has just reminded you that the light you see is actually mike Ashley waving a torch laughing. I really feel for the toon as I studied for my degree there and I know how much the club means to the city. On match day the cit is a ghost town with everyone at the match or infront of a tv, so to see the owner still there is sad. As a Liverpool fan we know a bit about passion for our club and this will be killing the toon army. Even though I hate sheik style takeovers, Newcastle fans fingers and toes crossed for you.
Anyone else bored listening to what Utd need? If there’s a person on the planet who doesn’t know Utds frailties and lack of ‘leaders’, where have you been? It feels like this whole post season has been solely about that pathetic squad, whether it’s lingaard and rashford making tools of themselves, pogba declaration of needing a fresh challenge to try half the time to complete or Gary Neville’s excuses and public damage control for the embarrassing goings ons at the club, I for one am sick reading about it.