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at 15:21 5 Dec 2023
He was screaming 'barely league one' for most of the times I've seen him, and it'll take more than some good cameos to change my initial assessment. That being said, I think it's fair not to judge anyone in this squad based on their time with Ainsworth...
Larkeche's academy background suggests he will respond better to high level coaching and he's shown - once again - that even the basics done well are effective in this league, and he's clearly got a part to play so we can utilise Paal's versatility. That'll do for now
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at 19:05 4 Dec 2023
That sounds like someone not knowing their audience - slang terms aren't really the place for presentations...
The rest seems to be just a natural thing, one generation to the next shortens or simplifies words and phrases to suit themselves. I think a big difference here is online gaming / chat - where you commentate/communicate at speed to match the gameplay, so there's a whole vernacular created around efficiency - it's like a form of armed forces shorthand but created by kids!
at 16:26 4 Dec 2023
People get a bit snooty about the evolution of words and slang, but I really enjoy it. 'Rizz' being derived from Charisma for example, as mentioned above, seems like natural progression of the language to me.
There are some more grammatical changes that are adopted I don't appreciate - 'on accident' seems to have replaced 'by accident' - as an example, but as far as slang is concerened, I'm all for it. The tricky bit is knowing when you're too old to use it!
at 16:21 4 Dec 2023
It's hard for teams to create and score when they don't have the ball as much, even harder when we have a clear plan that involves specfic jobs in advanced areas of the pitch, and not just 'put as many bodies in our area as possible'.
It's also shown that improved defending and surrdendering less chances is more about tactics and organisation than it is about individual players. That xG consistency has been achieved with Kakay, Cannon, Dunne, Cook, JCS, Paal and Larkeche getting minutes.
|You can't win with Chair in the side
at 16:13 4 Dec 2023
As the online social media kids would put it - 'if you don't rate Chair, you don't know ball'
Talent and graft that's been part of a multitude of teams, styles, systems and positions, nearly all of them absolute dog shít, and just gets on with trying to win games for us, often on his own.
Those 2 halves were a perfect example of us with and without Chair, and aside from the occasional flash from Willock or purple patch from Bright, that's been the case for years.
at 15:00 1 Nov 2023
- Very enjoyable way to say 'quality' - like the Spanish version of the Germans use of 'topics'. Hoping to hear it more
- His comment that he's the one that will watch the team more than anybody else, so he wants to enjoy what he's watching. Made me wish I could have heard his thoughts when reviewing our last few games - Ainsworth is probably his mortal enemy
- I liked the little dig at Russell Martin style possession football, commenting that it's not an achievement to keep the ball amongst your centre backs. This interpretation of controlling the game is bollocks, IMO, I'm pleased he highlighted the difference
- He clearly has some personality and charisma, which has obviously burned us in the past but generally speaking we're not a fanbase that likes boring people
- 'We need to be angry when we lose' - way ahead of you mate! I do also think it's refreshing (if not a little dangerous) to actively invite pressure from a fanbase, good on him for having the nuts to call for that level of accountability right from the off
- There's no way 80% of this fanbase is pronouncing his name correctly, no matter how easy it is once he's told them how
|Right man. Right time? – Column
at 15:55 31 Oct 2023
Lovely stuff, a great article as expected and speaks for most of us I'd imagine.
In my opinion this is the board deciding to go with who they wanted originally, and swallowing the short term pain for long term benefit. They have clearly learned that style is important enough to be a consideration - as Clive alluded to - and they want to get back to a point where young players are coached and would want to come and learn here, either permanently or on loan, so we can sell them.
I think MC's recent experience of taking over a struggling club, going down with them, then implementing his style to get them back and consolidate is the realistic scenario here. The best case is we adapt quicker than expected and stay up, but I can't see it considering how aggresively we've been heading in the complete opposite direction.
The issue we have short term is that when the likes of Begovic and Fox struggle to adapt, when the playing out from the back mistakes go viral, and when the attempts to lipstick a pig show no signs of progress, will we have enough patience left to see the bigger picture? Particualrly if Warnock goes somewhere else and shows results.... I would hope so - but lots of us might not have much more to give...
Either way, I'm glad we made a change.
|The Mr Whitebread Leeds Match Thread.
at 20:14 4 Oct 2023
Not sure what anyone is expecting fromo Armstrong, we're playing him like he's Gyokeres and we can just punt up lazy channel balls and hope he does something miraculous. I don't think we've out one piece of play together in their half.
I'd take a chance at goal at this point, but can you even see what it is we're trying to do with the ball, other than the above?
|So, Chris Willock...
at 15:31 26 Aug 2023
Same as before, needs to leave for the good of everybody, but we won't get a buyer while his wage demands are so unreasonable. Fair play to Gaz for being strong - facing the ire of leaving one of his best players out to focus on rewarding the right attitudes
|Tillies v Lionesses match thread
at 12:15 16 Aug 2023
Everytime I've watched England, Lauren Hemp has been the best player on the pitch. The left hand side with her and Greenwood has been a cut above.
|An entirely different kind of flying, altogether – Report
at 18:34 15 Aug 2023
I agree to a point, but I remember lots of people saying another manager of ours only plan B was to do plan A better, and that didn't really end up ringing true...
I also really rate Dobson, and Ainsworths ability to accept his deficiencies and defer to others in certain matters - tactical changes being one of them - so I have a little more confidence they'll analyse and figure things out given the time. It seems to me that we'll have to make mistakes to learn from them though, rather than pre-empt things, which will take patience...
|Chair to Leicester?
at 18:25 15 Aug 2023
Hoos has to say that for the fans, because most refuse to accept the reality so need it repeatedly explained. Clubs don't need to listen to Hoos, they just need to look at the company results - it tells you the same thing.
|Chair to Leicester?
at 18:22 15 Aug 2023
Also as a side note, and I'll whisper it because I hope it doesn't happen, but if he did go I would be quietly delighted for him personally that it's to a team like Leicester. I think he'd thrive in a better squad alongside PL quality players, and he deserves a step up after grafting his nuts off for us, year in year out.
|Chair to Leicester?
at 18:18 15 Aug 2023
Financial reality accepted, I'd be beyond gutted to see him leave. Absolutely everything good we do with the ball goes through him, and that's been the case for a long time. He's the only player that constantly moves to create angles and space, shows for passes, wants the ball, and takes direct responsbility to try and win us games. Sometimes that manifests in doing too much, but I think we massively take for granted his contributions through 90mins and it will leave an absolute chasm in our team if he leaves.
The fee is the sticky point, because we have to accept almost anything for players atm, but you'd argue his value to us outweighs anybody else in the squad currently, bar maybe Dykes (who isn't as good but is our only senior striker), so to us he's a £10m+ player, but I don't see how our board can turn down anything above £3-5m, for anyone...
One good thing, if we decide to stand firm and don't agree a deal, you can be sure Chair will still give his all on the pitch, and that's the measure of the man - especially relevant compared to some of his peers...
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at 18:01 14 Aug 2023
Well I think Smyth could be a good option as the advanced striker, he has the pace and work rate, I'm not sure we'll see him play RWB if we get an actual full back to play there - likely on loan.
Other than that Kelman is an emergency 3rd, but we're looking at Jay Stansfield on loan apparently, which would be great. Other PL striker loans will def be looked at nearer the end of the month.
I think if we make a sale, we'll sign a CB, and then loan a RB and ST. Without moving anyone on for a fee, it'll probably just be a striker loan and we'll try and survive with Kakay/Gubbins until Dunne is back