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Players Return Tomorrow - Lambert In The Limelight

Players Return Tomorrow - Lambert In The Limelight

The majority of our players return for pre season training tomorrow and in some cases, it'll be the first time they have met the new gaffer.

And what awaits for a start!

Speaking to the Official Site Paul said he was relishing meeting the players properly for the first time, putting them through their paces, being able to assess them all and most importantly, putting plans in place to get the very best out of them each and every week:

'It's been a long month and I'm looking forward to getting to work. That's what we're here for. I will tell them what I expect and we will give it a good go. I will certainly need the players to perform, I will speak to them as a group because they are a group, that's the way it should be. We want to get the players going and the place going and if we can do that then it will be fine.'

close up press conference

I quite like the sound of that, no cosy chats, but public praise and dressing downs when needed without letting certain players bend his ear in private.

Oh what a welcome change, especially if the serial troublesome elements of the squad are to remain for a while.

Paul also continues to restate that it's infact not about him, it's about the team performing to their best, showing the best, and producing the results they are more than hansomely paid for - even if I've just said that a little bit more bluntly than he did.

Eck, Houllier, MON, any manager is only ever capable of being as good as the players allow them to look. Individual flaws certainly don't help, but for far too many years the same old faces in the starting XI have seemed to be blameless for their behaviour, lack of effort, lack of interest and lack of personal pride when wearing our shirt. That should shine through regardless of the flaws or strengths of a manager and it hasn't.

We move forward on a sensible footing, what can be blamed at Paul's feet will be, but let's remember it's not Paul who forces certain players to ignore teammates in the desire to give the opposition a goalkick, it's not Paul who stops players from being able to hit a barn door, and it's not Paul who makes some players have moments of senility where they switch off and wonder which car they'll buy next.

The players have had it too easy, step up or Eck off now...simple as that.

'There are some really good players at the club and it's up to us to get the best out of them. I can't wait, but it's not about the manager, it's about the players. If we can get them to perform and get them going and enjoying their football, then great. I am looking forward to it as an individual, but as I said, it's not about me, it's about the team. The main thing for me is to get them fit, into a way of playing and get their confidence going and not be frightened by making mistakes. It's new, there's a freshness about it for them.'

And then it's down to them. Nice final sentance though, I really do hope we see our younger more attacking players flourish, and of course if they do, that'll give our younger more defensive minded players time to breath without being permanently under the cosh.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday July 4 2012
Time: 6:19PM


Sounds good that does .Team game and all that . No more public dressing downs for our players. to use another cliche but one i like win as a team lose as a team. Hurrah !
04/07/2012 18:50:00
we shall see...I think the players were just as culpable as Eck for our woes last season and most of them shouldn't be able to get away with it!
04/07/2012 21:16:00
I read it more as if he thinks a player has let the team down he'll say it infront of the team, as opposed to calling them into the office for a private chat.
04/07/2012 21:33:00
Special players need special treatment, good job we aint got any special player.
04/07/2012 21:56:00
good initial punch in the face, thats what some of them need. Frankie B seems just the man to deliver this much wanted tonic too (Jimmy).
05/07/2012 00:07:00
And let the selective pruning begin.................
Pride of Lions
05/07/2012 00:52:00
Pruning! Let him loose with a chainsaw.
05/07/2012 02:24:00
Refreshing change from our previous eckscuse of a manager's press comments. Chelsea were pony when we played them last season and indeed for most of the first half of that year. They only got together as a team when AVB F***ed off. You can't moan about players forever when they have been told complete rubbish by their manager. Obviously players make mistakes but it's quite clear that 1 single player can't win a game on his own. So no matter how hard 1 or 2 try, they will always fail if they're told the incorrect/substandard things to do as proved last year. Eck was 95% to blame.
05/07/2012 11:03:00
Go along with alot of what you say Villan 444 hated Ecks brand of football as much as most but we stll have a few loafers in the team who put in a perfomance when it suits them not to mention the odd sunday league player who cost 4 million quid.
05/07/2012 11:08:00
Fair point Merlin. I hope that the average players in the squad will return to their form under MON and PL will get 110% out of them and get them taking some pride in their performances as he is a similar manager.
05/07/2012 12:48:00
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