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« Reply #180 on: April 22, 2018, 22:16:50 pm »

You have to remember what a decision that was to drop Long and Van Veen from the starting line up and play Hoskins in attack .
Hoskins has not played in that role for a very long time and it was a brave decision .
MacWilliams was chosen above Crooks in central midfield and Powell was selected after an indifferent season to put it kindly .
Players are playing to their strengths and it’s being kept simple .
Those that are not up for the fight are not being selected .
It’s as simple as that
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« Reply #181 on: April 22, 2018, 22:34:59 pm »

I haven't felt like posting on here for weeks because of the complete and utter mess the club was getting deeper into week after week, but that all changed yesterday - what a breath of fresh air!!

I liked how Austin conducted himself and how he was so pumped up and passionate for the whole game - I don't think he sat down once, he was out of his technical area on many occasions cajoling and was clearly there to do a job.

He was very hands on, and I loved the way he had his arms around the subs explaining how he wanted them to make a difference - I felt it was a bit of a master class and by way of a contrast Derek Adams looked aloof, uncomfortable and ineffective.

Finally, I really like the way Austin looked (smart black trousers and a white shirt with sleeves rolled up tightly) there was something a little sinister in his look - he meant business for sure.
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« Reply #182 on: April 23, 2018, 08:15:16 am »


Easy when you have five matches to go and everyone believes that you are already down to 'go for it'. A free shot to nothing.


Totally disagree and shows in my opinion a complete misunderstanding the psychology of managing footballers - if they believe they are down why the hell would they work their socks off and perhaps more significantly (before the old playing for a contract with another club chestnut) comes out - getting stuck in where they might get hurt.
Sure only one game but the change of attitude was palpable and even managed to lift the crowd to a good vocal level of support.
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« Reply #183 on: April 23, 2018, 08:36:16 am »

Wasn’t sure about Austin but will judge him on what he does, Saturday was totally unexpected but simply exceptional and Wilderesque.  Total effort from all the players, (glad VV was not part of proceedings) chasing everything down even after mistakes were made, what a breath of fresh air, off to Walsall on Saturday with the possibility and hope of the next episode of a miracle unfolding perhaps, come on you Cobbs!
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« Reply #184 on: April 23, 2018, 08:51:08 am »

It's not just the performance that was Wilderesque. Dean Austin's whole approach, including the way he speaks (bar the accent!) and what he says, are very similar to Wilder. I got that feeling from day 1. Loved his Gary Player quote in the post match interview - also very Wilderesque. For him real work-rate and passion is a prerequisite to be in the side - something he and us fans expect, not something that we should applaud the team for occasionally providing (JFH). Hard to say yet whether DA has the required tactical nous to be a long term success, but he's given the whole club a real end of season boost.

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« Reply #185 on: April 23, 2018, 10:24:28 am »

If the performances  are good in the next 2 games, regardless of whether we stay up or not, I hope DA and JB are offered the job.
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« Reply #186 on: April 23, 2018, 10:31:29 am »

Totally disagree and shows in my opinion a complete misunderstanding the psychology of managing footballers - if they believe they are down why the hell would they work their socks off and perhaps more significantly (before the old playing for a contract with another club chestnut) comes out - getting stuck in where they might get hurt.
Sure only one game but the change of attitude was palpable and even managed to lift the crowd to a good vocal level of support.

I believe that you misunderstood my piece; we are almost in complete agreement.
Convince the players that although everyone else believes that they are already down, bring them together with a backs against the wall attitude for the last five/four matches to give it a go. If the players go along with it and it works great but the damage had already been done under the previous regime if not, therefore a free hit for the manager.
The management of the team/squad when faced with 46 games would be slightly different because the up and at them approach would be difficult to maintain for the whole season and his job would be on the line if it goes wrong therefore naturally more cautious.
I am experienced in the intricacies of management of personnel (individually and in groups) in a sporting/competitive environment, especially when the price of failure could be catastrophic. (not saying that this reaches that threshold though)
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« Reply #187 on: April 23, 2018, 10:35:22 am »

I think the difference with Austin is that you get the feeling that if he does go through a period of making mistakes and bad runs he'd face it up and be honest about it rather than trying to paper over the cracks. That would automatically give him extra time in a poor season for me.
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« Reply #188 on: April 23, 2018, 11:43:23 am »

I think we’re all abundantly aware after the last few appointments that it is a real shot in the dark - the fear would be that as with gillingham they gave their assistant/caretaker Steve Lovell a 2 year contract on the back of a good run - almost as soon as the ink was dry they have more or less reverted back to their poor form and their fans are getting disgruntled again.
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« Reply #189 on: April 23, 2018, 12:51:57 pm »

I believe that you misunderstood my piece; we are almost in complete agreement.
Convince the players that although everyone else believes that they are already down, bring them together with a backs against the wall attitude for the last five/four matches to give it a go. If the players go along with it and it works great but the damage had already been done under the previous regime if not, therefore a free hit for the manager.
The management of the team/squad when faced with 46 games would be slightly different because the up and at them approach would be difficult to maintain for the whole season and his job would be on the line if it goes wrong therefore naturally more cautious.
I am experienced in the intricacies of management of personnel (individually and in groups) in a sporting/competitive environment, especially when the price of failure could be catastrophic. (not saying that this reaches that threshold though)

Fair points - thank you for clarifying
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« Reply #190 on: April 23, 2018, 17:40:30 pm »

I think you will find that Austin has simplified things to the players and installed confidence .
Players that want to play get in the team and if you play well you stay in the team .
If you can’t be bothered , you are out .
Players are also playing in their preferred positions ( crooks possibly excepted ) .
Football is a very simple game over complicated by managers . One such manager was JFH who confused everyone .
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« Reply #191 on: April 24, 2018, 04:19:58 am »

I agree about DA simplifying things,
Some foreign managers come along and start trying to get their team to play tactics that are successful in teams abroad, but the players in them countries were most likely brought up playing that way. In England we have a more simplistic style of play in the lower leagues.

I believe Jimmy succeed at Burton because they were already successful and there was no need to change it to much.
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