“Jerome hadn’t trained all week because he had a tight hamstring and I just didn’t think that the system we chose would have suited Gary Hooper – and Lewis Grabban has trained very well since we came in.”
Archive for January, 2015
Much to ponder for Master Neil as he looks to solve the ongoing riddle of the error ridden City back-fourJanuary 30th, 2015 by Gary Gowers | 5 Comments »
It will be interesting to see if the manager perceives Sebastien Bassong’s reintegration into the fold, and impressive hour for the Under-21s, as sufficient for him to be thrown into the heat of battle at St Andrews. As ever, with him, it will boil down to attitude.
The January transfer window may be Jim White’s raison d’être but apart from him who actually benefits?January 27th, 2015 by Russell Saunders | 5 Comments »
The JTW gives a chance for the out-of-favour, perennial bench warmer to resurrect their flagging career in a new and stimulating environment; Daniel Ayala to Middlesbrough, Elliott Ward to Forest and Jacob Butterfield to Palace being recent examples.
The more the Neil regime stutters a la Brentford, the more the Adams reign starts to shine. Not perhaps as the brightest star in the managerial firmament, but it will beg ever more pressing questions as to why, exactly, the former Youth coach was pointed in the direction of the gang-plank.
Despite his valiant and laudable attempt to deflect the attention away from Steven Whittaker’s difficult afternoon, Master Neil must privately question his decision to plonk his second-choice right-back into the centre of midfield. It backfired horribly.
City faithful left with more questions than answers as Neil’s brief honeymoon period ends abruptly with Bees defeatJanuary 24th, 2015 by Rick Waghorn | 20 Comments »
“He was asked to play a role that he’s not usually accustomed to playing and I thought he worked his socks off for the group. I didnt think he did particularly poor – to be honest, he was the least of my concerns today.”
Brentford are a good side, make no mistake, and a record of seven wins from their last ten league games confirms as much. They will arrive full of confidence and off the back of an impressive win at the Amex.
Neil hasn’t said anything which has jarred or rung alarm bells – and while the absence of a foot in the mouth may not sound like a big plus point, it’s actually hugely important. You may not be able to win everyone over straight away, but you can certainly lose them if you’re not careful.
It’s hard not to have that thumping baseline from Another one bites the dust in your head at this time. Joe Royle, Mark Robson and now Phelan all hardly had time to unpack their suitcases before heading back out of Norfolk
The perception in 2015 is that football management is becoming increasingly youthful in outlook – Eddie Howe, Garry Monk, Brendan Rodgers just three examples. Counter to that is 65 year-old Arsene Wenger or Harry Redknapp at 66.