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What Is Available For The Next Manager?

What Is Available For The Next Manager?

What is available for our new Manager?

Two experienced keepers - Given and Marshall and a product of the youth set up Siegrist (may need looking at)

Two right backs - Hutton and Lichaj (both capable players)

Two left backs - Warnock who is solid and unknown Enda Stevens (not the greatest area of concern)

Four centre halves - Dunne and Collins and also Clarke and Baker (not the greatest area of concern)

Five central midfielders - Bannan, Herd, Delph, Ireland and Gardner (last season will have matured them enormously but that is lightweight) + Makoun. What is happening there?

Wide right - N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Carruthers (More than enough)

Wide left - errrmmm

Forwards - Delfouneso, Weimann, Gabby and Bent (we need another option I believe)

In terms of numbers that 23 should be OK for the first half of a season that doesn't involve Europe. There are players that can adapt to a range of positions to help give the team balance.

We are not in a position to sell anyone and anyone of the mind to sell Bent to improve other areas needs seeing to by men in white coats. When you have a goalscorer you hang onto them for dear life and get in the players to provide the chances. No point in getting rid to find players to create chances only to find you have no one to convert them.

It is obvious to all that there are areas that would need to be addressed immediately. It seems that the new man isn't going to be allowed to spend in the way that MON was and it is important that he identifies and spends any money on the areas with the most urgent need.

We probably need extra cover for Given.

We definitely need some attention in Midfield and maybe McMuppet identifying Karl Henry was not a bad thought. Right idea possibly but not enough quality imho.

We need a left sided specialist. How mad is that in that in recent years we have let go Barry, Downing and Young!!!

I believe we need an alternative strike option. A Carew, Dublin type of player.

And that as I see it should be suffice for a reasonable, if unspectacular season. Maybe the new man could even work with that squad and produce over and above what was expected.

It is not all doom and gloom. There is plenty there to work with. International Captains and leaders, a goal scorer of the highest quality, youth and endeavor. If you had compared that squad with Swansea or Norwich last season, you would have thought it more than capable of finishing above them.

Put the right man in place. Show him a little confidence with the money and in a season or two we could be Champions again. It is all to do with belief.

And before anyone comes on to criticise any of the players please read the article on positivity ( Time to be Positive!! )
. We are trying to attract a new manager, not put them off before they have even looked at the club.



The 19th Minute

Date:Wednesday May 30 2012
Time: 9:27AM


Voice not often i disagree with you, but imho we need 2 better quality centre halves, a better left back, 2 more wingers left sided, a top class centre midfielder, goalkeeper and a centre forward
30/05/2012 09:47:00
No mention of Holmgren? A new CF definitely, at least one new CH and a left back for cover - OK Lichaz can do it BUT he needs a set position and is a RB. Yes another keeper as back up. Most urgent need though is a replacement for Stan. Those centre midfielders looked weak at times, Gardner was not ready, Bannan needs to improve the physical side of his game (can he do that?) We need a really strong midfield specialist. Henry? No, a Robbie Keane 10 years younger maybe. Manager thought: If RM is off the Liverpuddle radar, why has Motor Mouth not shouted from the roof tops? Is something going on there?
30/05/2012 09:55:00
That midfield looks worryingly weak.
30/05/2012 09:59:00
yes midfield needs work. But perhaps with the right manager our lads can really come into some great form. dare i say it but at the end there of last season we saw so many glimpses of a solid working team. bodies being thrown left right and centre to keep the ball out of goal which was great to see (and also quite terrifying at the same time). but if the new manager can get that sort of effort in an attacking motion also we could be well on our way back up the table.
30/05/2012 10:05:00
Nice to see voice back on the positive vibe, however, Hutton I would not keep, sorry, just not good enough. Happy if he can shock this season and prove me us doubters totally wrong though, no issue with that. But some of his tackles last season were leg breakers.

I'd have both Dunne and Collins out straight away, sorry, but I believe they have become too influential in the dressing room and off field antics. I don't think they are right for us and haven't been since their great season under MON. Either that or it will take a very good manager needs to get them back fully engaged. Personally I think Dunne is too sloppy and too slow, look at the pen he gave away v Spurs for just one example.

As you say, Makoun, he might well be brought back in and be able to be the asset we paid for, we do need fresh blood in midfield, we need a playmaker, can Ireland do it? he should be able to but....

Striker wise, at all costs we need to keep Bent. Fonz I'm not so sure, I'd send him on a season long loan to prove himself. Weimann looks a nice solid developing player. Gabby? I would be tempted to sell if the right offer came in, mix things up a bit. 9 goals (?) in two seasons whether played on the wing or not is nowhere near good enough. Or they get sorted (it seems obvious to me that he isn't keen on Bent) but if they can play together and a manager can make Gabby feel important again and he starts to shoot, let alone score, then he might once again be on the right path.
The Fear
30/05/2012 10:20:00
looking for a new team !!there mr astonsteve,.......think you mean Brett holman ,mr Gordon,,,,,,anyway we live in hope ,,,,anyone want to manage us ?,,,,,,,anyone ???
paul muldrew
30/05/2012 10:21:00
astonsteve - I can't disagree with that. If truth be told we need improvments everywhere. I was only trying to see what a new manager might see when he has to make the most of a limited budget. You are asking for 8 players. That almost certainly isnt going to happen overnight. I am looking at the immediate requirements for the next few months to give the new man time to make long term plans.
30/05/2012 10:23:00
Have to say from what we saw last season several of those players are not good enough for a top half finish. Hutton was woeful at times, Warnock inconsistent, Dunne a liability when he wasn't concentrating, Collins a bit rash, central midfield looked weak, N'Zog was only at the races for 2 halves of two different games, Gabby scored 6 goals, Fonz has not looked capable since breaking into the first team, Gab was terrible last season. I'd say we need a new spine.
30/05/2012 10:30:00
thats 9 ,,,,but who`s counting
paul muldrew
30/05/2012 10:39:00
sorry i`m not,,,
paul muldrew
30/05/2012 10:42:00
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