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It will be interesting if he can stake a claim at Chesterfield. 22 November 2013 11:56 Started on 'Blades Board' forum
Work has been very busy but I can't say United's recent form has had me rushing to the keyboard for a while as results are all smacking of the players simply not being good enough to do the simple things well. The analagy about polishing as turd does spring to mind a little.
Anyhow, I would like to pick up on Nigel Clough's (jury still out) comments about keeping it tight in the middle of the park or comments to that effect.
I see that this just shows how far our standing has dropped.
If we were in the Premier League, then I can understand a focus partially being on not giving much away against a superior opposition.
In the Championship of League One, I think a club of United's standing should be taking to the field with a couple of decent wide players and at least one attacking force in the centre of the park, assuming we are back to 4-4-2.
Surely by almost dismissing the potency through the centre of midfield we are making ourselves predictable and one dimensional. Couple this with one of the wingers likely being Flynn, then it is not clear to me where the creativity comes from.
At the very least, I would expect a paring of McGinn and Doyle. Perhaps McGinn and Coady would be a step up in athleticism and throwing Cuvelier in there alongside McGinn might seem too bravado. But a specialised full-back and Doyle, in League One? It seems far too negative to me.
I hope to see more flair in the coming weeks but already I see a little too much pragmatism and not enough fantasy in Clough's team selections. A league higher perhaps, but it is quite saddening to see us accepting our place so readily at this level and writing off a surge up the table before even the turn of the year. The fact few raise any ire about this shows what a sad state the club is in.
Is it just me or has the enthusiasm for the Blades hit an all time low for some time? I can't fine myself feeling as upset in recent times by our failigs. It's become all too commonplace... 22 November 2013 11:37 Started on 'Blades Board' forum
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Our current predicament – lying in the drop zone from League One to League Two and currently failing to muster near a point per game.
The new manager – Two clubs in 15 years, 10 years at one, not far off 5 years at the other; the epitome of stability, something this club has cried out for since Neil Warnock was in charge.
Last job was in the league above; when was the last time we made such an appointment?
In his first role, he took a non-entity of a club and moved them from the 7th rung of the football ladder to the top of the 5th, to be confirmed as promoted to the 4th tier only months after he left, such was the fine fettle he left them in.
His next club, he took from high wage bill and totally demoralized in the drop zone of the Championship to year on year improvements (10/11 aside) to wage bill, youth and style. His finishing sequences, whilst having little to no money in terms of wages and fees were:
08/09 – takes over from Jewel, moves them to 18th and safety
09/10 – 14th
10/11 – 19th
11/12 – 12th
12/13 – 10th
13/14 – were in 14th at time of sacking, a week or so later up to 9th
In an increasingly difficult division, with no additional resources good progress was made and now they have some excellent ‘hungry young players’ coveted by the top table of football.
Talks of no plan B and of late changes are labeled at a few managers; certainly this applies to Wilson too, I was one of those making this observation. Time to see this season just how good plan A is.
Regardless, when I hear folk calling in saying they are sad we didn’t get McCall, someone who failed to make any progression in England, then I really don’t get their point. Wilson’s departure was also sighted as an error yet if it was, it was because it should have been made in January not with few games to go, when our form saw us slipping down the play off rankings. For all the talk of Robinson, Barker, Davis, Smith, Rosler, none of them have been anywhere near the top table as Clough has.
Make no mistake, Clough must be to the top end of what we could possibly attract. Anyone in denial about this really need to look at the facts. 25 October 2013 08:22 Started on 'Blades Board' forum
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Richard Wilford (Radio WM Sport)
I almost dread the figures United will post year on year, but given Walsall posted a 23k profit, and finished 9th on gates which are about 25% of what we have coming through the turnstiles, United at this level should be able to turn a tidy sum if managed properly.
Yes the stadium and training ground takes a bit more upkeep, but they also have a lot greater earning potential for conferencing and private usage than anything Walsall have.
Would love to think we could run a tight ship and actually prosper under FFP. 17 October 2013 14:36 Started on 'Blades Board' forum
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