Stoke City Message Board
Well, it's been an eventful few months!
Thoughts on the new gaffer anyone? I really don't know what to think; not convinced by him but almost get the feeling they're 'playing him dumb' - quite a naive gung ho attitude to appease the fans, and stuff like making sure spectators are thanked after matches etc seems childishly pointed. On the flip side, it's been bloody entertaining!
I don't expect him to be in post long term, and don't think there was a 'plan' to put him in charge, but I hope to enjoy it while lasts!
Happy new year, Christmas, hannukah, and everything else to you all.
- not_blonde_really not_blonde_really Nov 2, 2013 12:46 Flag
I just don't have much to say of late... earlier in the season I would have gotten irritated by sweeping statements about the new players before we'd had a chance to see what they're really capable of. I'm making up for it with a superlong post today apparently...
Back to AVB, I see what you're saying about the style of play, but I think AVB's first role was to cut costs, hence the big clear out on arrival, and the second was to add some consistency and almost security. I loved 'Arry (and I didn't expect to!) and thought it was unfair for him to leave how and when he did, but I didn't have the same confidence as I do now; no opposition stands out as a worry anymore, whereas several used to.
The style isn't ideal, but I do feel like there's a 'yet' attached to that - it's still a manager with new players seeking his best team, and there have been flashes of the flair we'd all like. I haven't seen the exact comments after Hull last week, but I quite like that it wasn't the usual "best fans in the world" line that's trotted out without thinking; it was ballsy to challenge the stands and paid off, and sort of invited the fans in to the 'inner circle' by making out there's a genuine role for us to play.
I miss the 4-4 days from 6 or 7 years ago (for a recent example), but I don't miss the assumption that we'll lose to the likes of Man U and Chelsea. I accept this is down to changes for them as much as us, but why not be a bit optimistic that we can have both the flair and finish by the end of the season?? I can dream...
- not_blonde_really not_blonde_really Oct 21, 2013 21:48 Flag
He's done it backwards for a footballer but certainly the sensible way; started with the dodgy gambling behaviour, moved on to a bit of light simulation, then had a few good games and became nationally acclaimed!
Good on him, let's hope he's got a bright future at the Lane.