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I hadn't pay attention to his style at Middlesbrough but I have seen our team trying to play football into a borg like hoofing machine.  I can't remember other than Wolves (which seems to have been knocked out of them) the team stringing any passes together.  Pants gets the ball ushers everyone up front and whoosh the ball is in the air and if we are lucky it's head tennis.  It's not knee jerk this is the remit of the style of play the team has been told to do.  It's terrible.  Why have we got progressively worse?  This coach has been with us 6 weeks.  It's totally a Megson style.  My own eyes are not deceiving me. 

I have been extremely positive about Forest even during the Fawaz days (Gawd help us) but this is something different.  You have your view I have mine but there are deep similarities between this and our last relegation season.  For the first time in a long time I am almost as miserable as Donny about this.  Bugger it when I visit i'm Buying the old git a drink.

If i'm Wrong then please feel free to call me a cnut.  It's not that we are losing but the way we are losing.  We look hopelessly never to score again this season and poor old murphy, Ben or Vellios don't even look like they are ever hopeful of getting the ball within 20 feet of the goal.  I watch every game (admittedly by I-follow) and it's painful viewing.

Chicago: jerking at my knee?
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The new manager has done a really sh!t job of getting his team to play football.  Last time I looked that was his job title:  Football manager.

Nothing convinces me that he is any good.  Spanish Megson and we are in deep doo doo.  I can't see a win anywhere with our new style of play.  Megson took us down this one will do the same,  we are easily in the worst form on any team in this division. 


Chicago: Ready with Profanity.

This is the kind of knee-jerk rubbish I mentioned above. We haven't even seen the new style of play yet, that will come in time. Right now we are scrambling to get some points on the board and to improve our rock-bottom confidence, especially at home. Once the new players are fully integrated and up to match fitness, we will see a more stable team selection and what his 'style of play' actually is.

We do know from his previous tenure that it isn't anything approaching a Megson style, nor is it the approach we took on Saturday. We are just in a needs must situation at the moment, and likely will be for a few weeks.
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We wouldn't have been under the previous manager either. So what you are saying is that we've butt f*cked our future for no apparent benefit, but if we all pull together we can pull some cold comfort from the fact that we have no choice in the matter?

I don't think staving off relegation was as clear cut as you think under Warburton. I think we likely would have stayed up under him too, but we were showing a worrying lack of backbone whenever we conceded first, looked weak and easily overpowered by physical teams and didn't seem to have the experience or nous to grind out a draw away from home, leading to the rather polarised win or lose but never draw thing, which in itself always leaves us vulnerable to a lack of creative form (which happens to most teams at least once per season).

Anyway, thats just a personal view. I know yours differs.

We haven't butt-f*cked our future either. There is no way on earth we would allow a slow-build over multiple seasons in this division, without losing our best players to circling premier league clubs, and become a nailed on promotion candidate. It was a romantic ideal, but at odds with our reality and had such a tiny chance of actually working long-term. I'd have still probably kept Warburton on in the hope he could play his way through the poor form but I'm not sure how long I would have given him if things had continued, and there was a case for changing during a transfer window to give a new guy an opportunity to recruit. We are now taking a more aggressive approach to things, and need to get to the summer where Karanka can hopefully sort the squad out properly.

If our future is butt-f*cked, it won't be due to the Warburton or Karanka appointments, it would be due to mis-management at board level, and I think we are more equipped to run the club now than we have been for decades.

I don't have a problem with bringing in more experience, as we badly needed it in some areas however I was surprised by the scale of recruitment, even by Karankas standards. I can only assume he saw something which truly frightened him in the dressing room or the training pitches (as well as match day) which led him to consider a more extreme temporary re-shuffle, despite that likely to lead to a number of weeks for the team to re-settle. I wouldn't have taken such a big gamble myself, but on paper at least, we have improved the squad (unless you think Traore, Ward, Henderson or Cummings were the real difference makers) which hopefully will be evident before too long when players get match-sharpness back.

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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: The Film Thread
Last post by Russ -
I haven't seen Dunkirk, but TBH war movies aren't really my thing.
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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: The Film Thread
Last post by Chicago -
Blade Runner 2049 was well worth it.  Dunkirk is unexpectly really good.  The reason I like it and others don't is because of it's lack of vocal narrative.  It really unfolds in front of you.  A remarkable effort by Christopher Nolan.  Should win best director.  Probably won't.


Chicago:  Appreciator of art.
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The new manager has done a really sh!t job of getting his team to play football.  Last time I looked that was his job title:  Football manager.

Nothing convinces me that he is any good.  Spanish Megson and we are in deep doo doo.  I can't see a win anywhere with our new style of play.  Megson took us down this one will do the same,  we are easily in the worst form on any team in this division. 


Chicago: Ready with Profanity.
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Then you absolutely weren't paying attention. It's entirely Kranky's modus operandi to buy, and loan, an awful lot of players.

We are just operating in constrained circumstances that prevent us getting that sort of number of the requisite quality.

To be clear: I was and am happy with his appointment based on his track record of getting results. I paid no attention to his Middlesbrough team and don't have the first memory of how they played or how they were built.

I want to get promoted. I don't give a f*ck how it happens.
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Then you absolutely weren't paying attention. It's entirely Kranky's modus operandi to buy, and loan, an awful lot of players.

We are just operating in constrained circumstances that prevent us getting that sort of number of the requisite quality.
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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: What's amusing me today
Last post by tricky -
Or buy a $20 plug in electric counter top thing you get for caravan.
Halogen oven and an induction hob. Not much you can't do with that combo... For around fifty quid.
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I remain entirely happy with the decision to remove Warburton, and I remain entirely happy with the decision to appoint Karanka. I remain utterly confused by the transfer window.