Happy Friday folks.
Here is Todays Trifecta of Tantalizing Talking Topics.
1,,,The following was said by the manager recently,,,
‘we reminded them of their responsibilities’
I dont know about you but heart shrank reading that. Anyone who has managed people on a large enough level will immediately understand such a tone is divisive and will sap morale as sure as James Bond gets the girl.
So putting aside the obvious ‘Boss you effed up in your responsibilities ala Dubai any more’ retort, we clearly see a two camp mentality, dugout or maybe just manager alone, and the footballers themselves.
That rules out ‘we are all in this together’ for a start, something every workplace should strive to achieve.
When Martin took over he lied ‘WE just want to close the gap’ not I have explained to the players it’s their responsibility to close that gap, and if they do I will take credit, If they dont its on them is the implication.
Brendan always said we, always. When Shved was signed he didn’t say I have a million wingers, but we have a million wingers.
This attitude also steers away from the normal ‘buck stops with me’ stance taken by the majority of those in professional dugouts. The fact a departing CEO who believed this was all ‘Murphys Law’ was Lenny’s sounding board hasn’t helped things one bit.
The division within our footballing department can be seen in those words.
I think Neil can sometimes choose his words poorly, this I believe is one of those times and as such he should be given a PR wingman, or much more preparation.
2,,,The latest team selection.
It tells me Neil is leaving for sure end of season and allow me to explain.
In bringing back ‘the old guard’ this told me Neil doesnt care or at least wont be overseeing the next campaign, for if he were it’s not to the old guard he would look today. By selecting those he knows well on the field of play, he may feel he gives the team the best chance of a win, for after all he doesn’t know how the newbies will perform long term as we haven’t seen them for a prolonged spell, but he knows exactly what he will get from ‘the lads’.
Tam did a Tam, and the Sky commentator announced he always does it and I just thought nah he disnae, hes often away, often injured, often puffing after 60, and our usual title rivals just get physical or crowd him to nullify the threat.
We should move on from Tam.
He can help pay for the rebuild, as can the savings on Broonys wages.
The best midfield I have seen this season, Henderson Soro Turnbull, have hardly featured together since, and with Calmac as back up there is just no place for Scott at all, he is just blocking games for an emergence at this stage.
But he and Lenny are pals and may go places in the dugout together, it does look like they will team up in my humble opinion, and pals help each other out as we all know.
The manager who knows he is taking those July/August qualifiers isn’t looking after his mates and future assistant but playing and accessing those who will be involved in those qualifiers.
Playing ‘the lads’ tells me ‘he’s hist’.
Cant say I’ll complain.
Finally Mo, Mo, SuperMo.
I know Garry’s a huge fan. I know he can score, will be our top scorer or thereabouts this season, and I know we may buy him.
What I don’t know is,,,
Where would he play?
Doesnt strike me as a winger or a wing-back, nor the new Bobby Petta skinny pacey tricky winger beating men and firing in pinpoint balls begging to be headed in. Hasnt shone in the games against our rivals, though didn’t seem fazed in Europe where his class oozed at times.
We have a player, of that there is no doubt, but he remains an enigma. If the club nab him cheap and bring in a new man who gets the best from him, we could have an absolute steal on our hands here.
Few foreseen Stuart Armstrong controlling EPL midfield’s but it took one good coach to recognize and unleash his potential. The right man may well do that for Mo, and we can count on him to not show up unfit or overweight for the qualifiers, not that type of guy and strikes me as a natural athlete.
I say we grab him if we can and enjoy ‘new guy’ turning him into a star.
Above by Mahe
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