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  • Jlock Jlock Nov 5, 2012 12:59 Flag

    Time to panic??

    I'm not sure what people expected.
    We had one of the most successful periods in recent years and now have a new manager. I think we would have been exceedingly lucky to have just continued as before but with improvement.
    Also, it has to be borne in mind, that during the close season, we offloaded a few squad players to, what appeared to be, cut wage costs. That did not appear to be entirely AVB's doing.
    Ade was also then late signing, and suffered injuries when he did eventually sign.
    So now, we seem to be suffering from a combination effect:
    New manager
    New style
    Reduced depth of squad

    Three of those are hopefully just 'time' related - maybe even all 4 (if I misread the wage bill issue and we go back into the market to increase the squad) - so all you can do is hope that the problems aren't more deep set (ie that AVB isn't actually that good and that 1 good season in Portugal doesn't make him a good manager) and that the players will come back from injury and suite the style that AVB wants us to play.
    Surely you have to give a player a season to settle - why not the manager?
    Boo'ing the team, IMHO, is so counter productive as be worth boo'ing itself. How does demoralising a player/manager/team ever make them play better - http://tottenhamlive.com/blog/581-shout-above-the-noise.html ?

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    • It's not how the team were playing that I'm questioning though.

      It's the tactics he deploys.

      "We cant get the ball to our striker" - "I know!!!!" - "I'll change the striker"

      If AVB makes changes and we as fans can see why he made them but the player doesn't do what we'd expect them to, then that's a player not performing, not AVB making a bad decision.

      He is making bad decisions, ones no one else can understand is the problem. Not about a New style, Injuries or a Reduced depth of squad........

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      • Nick,
        But without knowing the 'reason' for the decision how can you judge?
        I'll be devils advocate - AVB has adjusted play since using Daffy up front. We play narrower - Lemmon and Bale come inside to 'get close' to Daffy. Well, that's what I've seen anyway.

        On the day, the centre was congested - so, AVB thought that by removing Daffy and putting on Ade, the service would no longer be through the likes of Sigurdsson/Dempsey only, but through more conventional wingplay - stretching the play. It also game T'Hudd a chance to hit the striker. All of that would also then allow Ade to bring Dempsey into play.

        I'm not sure that it didn't quite work, as I thought I saw Ade pick up the ball a lot more than Daffy did in the time he was on. I wasn't actually counting though.