The Wisdom of Gaffers

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this is what I was talking about in the other thread - immolation as cleansing, fresh perspectives and whatnot. CAFC in much healthier, happier state with club legend in charge and committed, likeable players who know their own game than during first go in Championship (or indeed last season in Premiership)

so eat it nilmarrrrrrr

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Friday, 22 February 2013 15:43 (six years ago) link

How typical of Pompey to shell out on the deluxe ultradetox package

Ismael Klata, Friday, 22 February 2013 15:47 (six years ago) link

they will return pure, sainted, translucent, it will almost be like they are not there

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Friday, 22 February 2013 15:48 (six years ago) link

They deserved to win today, they played better than us and they executed their performance better.

Paul Tisdale, Exeter City, February 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:02 (six years ago) link

We huffed and we puffed and we kept the ball really well

Eddie Howe, Bournemouth, February 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:07 (six years ago) link

Sometimes a kick up the backside doesn't do anyone any harm now and again.

Steve Bruce, Hull City, February 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:15 (six years ago) link

Of course we are very disappointed and of course it has an effect on confidence. And of course it is very frustrating for the supporters here who have seen these results over the past few weeks. But do we still believe we can make the play-offs? Of course we do.

Tony Mowbray, Middlesbrough, February 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:23 (six years ago) link

"People say there’s a mountain to climb but people climb mountains every day."

John Brown, Dundee, February 2013

pacing like a lion, as weightless as an astronaut (onimo), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:58 (six years ago) link

forgot my quote tags, sorry

pacing like a lion, as weightless as an astronaut (onimo), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:58 (six years ago) link

I expect John Brown to be good value for this thread for the next couple of weeks or so.

ailsa, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:14 (six years ago) link

Not a gaffer, but this has got to go somewhere -

The goalkeeper underlined the side's unswerving belief. "Even if there is one game to go and we are 12 points behind, we'll still believe," he said. "We've got to. We've got to keep fighting, you never know. We have just got to keep going.

Windsor Davies, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 18:26 (six years ago) link

The manager is the manager. One month, three months, seven months - it doesn't matter

Rafael Benitez, Chelsea (Interim), February 2013

pacing like a lion, as weightless as an astronaut (onimo), Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:06 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21643152#asset

alan pardew, great with numbers

r|t|c, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:47 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Today will end and tomorrow will begin

David Flitcroft, Barnsley, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 13 April 2013 19:04 (six years ago) link

We were defragmented

David Flitcroft, Barnsley, April 2013

Winningest franchise club of the day (imago), Saturday, 13 April 2013 23:21 (six years ago) link

You could easily market a small book of Ian Holloway's pearls

“He’s six foot something, fit as a flea, good looking – he’s got to have something wrong with him. Hopefully he’s hung like a hamster – That would make us all feel better. Having said that, me missus has got a pet hamster at home, and his cock’s massive.” - On Ronaldo

tsrobodo, Saturday, 13 April 2013 23:55 (six years ago) link

btw out of 92 clubs in the football league, 56 have appointed at least one new manager since the start of the season

Winningest franchise club of the day (imago), Sunday, 14 April 2013 00:12 (six years ago) link

An equaliser from Aldershot with all their fans, I think other teams would have crumbled. Not this Wycombe, not my Wycombe.

People are probably looking at things saying 'Wycombe have nothing to play for'. How wrong they are going to be because we have everything to play for.

Gareth Ainsworth, Wycombe Wanderers, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:02 (six years ago) link

It's actually quite easy to try and run around when you're 1-0 down.

Kevin MacDonald, Swindon Town, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:09 (six years ago) link

<3 wild thing

r|t|c, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:12 (six years ago) link

Watching the FLS last night - parade of crop-haired managers in shirt and tie...and then, at the end, there's Deadbeat Gareth

Winningest franchise club of the day (imago), Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:13 (six years ago) link

(xp gareth ainsworth's pretty great too)

r|t|c, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:13 (six years ago) link

DEADBEAT GARETH HOW DARE YOU

r|t|c, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:15 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69WBKAAZR_I

a legend for all to see

r|t|c, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:15 (six years ago) link

Think of this as retribution for yesterday's brazen revisionism

Winningest franchise club of the day (imago), Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:17 (six years ago) link

i dunno what ur even so faux-narked about bruv, he was out of our league within months of the ungrasped possiblity

every qpr fan will tell you of the alternate universe where we remained a well-managed club punching above our weight with a plucky mixture of the charlton and leicester premiership sides

r|t|c, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:26 (six years ago) link

even now i still make little lists of lower league ruff diamonds i know we'll inevitably sign washed-up prem reserves in lieu of

r|t|c, Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:28 (six years ago) link

As long as you don't plunder Chris Solly over the summer, like

Winningest franchise club of the day (imago), Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:34 (six years ago) link

My attitude has always been to keep calm, carry on and take it one game at a time. That's been my attitude since 1 November.

Mick McCarthy, Ipswich, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 14 April 2013 15:36 (six years ago) link

I suppose across the board when you first introduce something new the fair/unfair scenario has to get sorted out somewhere along the line to find out how you have to tweak it to make it better

Sam Allardyce, West Ham United, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

"Your Highway Code will tell you that when you travel at 60mph it will take 300 yards to stop, so when Andy's travelling at 15mph…"

Tioc Norris (LocalGarda), Thursday, 18 April 2013 08:21 (six years ago) link

All of them are must-win games, but obviously I don't expect to win all of them.

mizzell, Friday, 19 April 2013 14:52 (six years ago) link

martin allen there. need to find a transcript.

tsarnaev paleface (imago), Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:10 (six years ago) link

We have two more games to go, and we need to have a scotch, go to sleep and forget about it.

Paul Ince, Blackpool, April 2013

pandemic, Sunday, 21 April 2013 11:47 (six years ago) link

It's more difficult than you think - you've got a crowd expecting, you've got an opposition who are the market leaders and I knew Malky (Mackay) would go hard and their team wouldn't just back off.

Sean Dyche, Burnley, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

market leaders

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:37 (six years ago) link

is dyche a mgmt theory dude

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:38 (six years ago) link

We need to tweak the nose of fear and stick an ice cube down the vest of terror.

Ian Holloway, Crystal Palace, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:40 (six years ago) link

Dyche later congratulates Mackay, his players, his staff and his 'troops'.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:41 (six years ago) link

It was probably honours even in terms of playing and result and we shouldn't have even bothered; I'd have taken a point before we started. Instead of kicking lumps out of each other, we could've just settled it.

Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:47 (six years ago) link

Great credit to the players because coming in to this game it was another must win but it was one that if we don't approach it in the right manner you could get heavily criticised and heavily defeated here.

Brian Laws, Scunthorpe United, April 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:48 (six years ago) link

There's all sorts of gaps between us and the winning level

Graham Westley, Stevenage, April 2013

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:51 (six years ago) link

To get booed off at the end was brilliant. It makes me feel so good because it's testament to how far we've come.

Kenny Shiels, Kilmarnock, April 2013

RIP Muppet Fat Chef (onimo), Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:11 (six years ago) link

Persistence is omnipotent and it's important that when we make mistakes - which we did for their equaliser - we play it out from the back

Kenny Shiels, Kilmarnock, June 2011

you say potatooles (onimo), Monday, 29 April 2013 11:30 (six years ago) link

I am sure there are people at every club who doubt everybody. There are people that are doubters and there are people who believe in you and have faith in you and support that faith. The most important person to believe in what you are doing is yourself and, without that, it doesn't matter if someone else believes in you.

Kenny Shiels, Kilmarnock, March 2012

you say potatooles (onimo), Monday, 29 April 2013 11:33 (six years ago) link

What do people like in other people? They like mirror images. They like to say, 'He's not a bad lad, he takes a drink. He's not a bad lad, he's a Jack The Lad'.

Kenny Shiels, Kilmarnock, March 2012

you say potatooles (onimo), Monday, 29 April 2013 11:34 (six years ago) link

We have two red squirrels on our badge. The grey squirrel carries a virus that kills the red squirrel. Celtic are playing in grey on Sunday.

Kenny Shiels, Kilmarnock, March 2012

you say potatooles (onimo), Monday, 29 April 2013 11:39 (six years ago) link

Mission Impossible can only be achieved by special people

Congratulations DAVID FLITCROFT, Barnsley, May 2013, indisputably ILF Manager Of The Season

have a nice Blog (imago), Saturday, 4 May 2013 22:47 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Unfortunately, it's about scoring goals

Nigel Adkins, Reading, May 2013.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 19 May 2013 22:34 (six years ago) link

human triumphs against all odds in the middle of a godless frozen wilderness hundreds of miles from civilization vs The Revenant

disco Polo (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:04 (three years ago) link

It’s a balance between the two. When we have opened out and picked several forward players we’ve ended up conceding at the back, so we do want to be solid at the back.

Finding that balance is a big one, between attack and defence. And attacking and defensive players.

Kenny Jackett, Wolverhampton Wanderers, March 2016.

trickle-down ergonomics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:10 (three years ago) link

our season in 4 sentences.

disco Polo (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:12 (three years ago) link

What do people like in other people? They like mirror images. They like to say, 'He's not a bad lad, he takes a drink. He's not a bad lad, he's a Jack The Lad'.

Kenny Shiels, Kilmarnock, March 2012

this melange of the avuncular and the sociopathic is still my favourite quote from this thread.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:20 (three years ago) link

He's not a bad lad,
he takes a drink.
He's not a bad lad,
he's a Jack The Lad.

trickle-down ergonomics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:25 (three years ago) link

No matter how many times you read it, it always feels just beyond understanding.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:37 (three years ago) link

It can be very unfair on my family. Funnily enough it was my kids’ birthday on Wednesday and it’s my wife’s birthday today so it’s been a busy week for me.

My twin boys Zach and Finn ran into my room yesterday shouting, ‘Daddy, we’re four!’ But I just pulled my covers over my head saying, ‘I don’t care if you’re four, leave me alone!’

It really affects your life and it hurts so much when you get a bad result because you put so much into it and the whole club hurts.

We hurt, the fans hurt, I’m sure the board hurts – everybody hurts.

It’s difficult when your kids come in the next morning happy to be four and you’re telling them to go away and give you peace. That’s the job you choose though. It hurts a lot when you’re not winning and we need to make sure we get back to winning ways against Hearts on Sunday.

Martin Canning, Hamilton Academicals, January 2016.

trickle-down ergonomics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 22:17 (three years ago) link

Needs to start hurting hearts on the pitch.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 22:27 (three years ago) link

I sincerely hope that was a touch of hyperbole or poetic license. and he didn't actually, you know, tell his 4 year old children to go away on the morning of their birthday

trickle-down ergonomics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 22:34 (three years ago) link

yeah that's p heartwrenching if true.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 22:39 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The players and the crowd were getting upset with the referee and the frustration was not helping us. When they came in at half time, I told them to chill out.

That frustration leads to a tightening of the muscles and you end up tense and unnatural.

Lee Johnson, Bristol City, April 2016

r|t|c, Thursday, 7 April 2016 11:42 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

We've got to respect the way we play

David Flitcroft, Mansfield Town, March 2017

imago, Sunday, 11 March 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link

I literally came here to post that I hoped David Flitcroft was still in a job.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Sunday, 11 March 2018 17:06 (one year ago) link

visited parents' for mothers' day, ended up watching C5 football highlights with my dad, Flitcroft was onscreen for about 15 seconds and he still managed to say that

imago, Sunday, 11 March 2018 17:08 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Best thread.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:55 (eight months ago) link

an old brendan rodgers quote which i used as my signature on a celtic forum:

"I always say a squad is like a good meal. I'm not a great cook, but a good meal takes a wee bit of time. But also, to offer a good meal you need good ingredients."

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:02 (eight months ago) link

six months pass...

Feature on Graham Potter in the Graun

Upstairs at Brighton & Hove Albion’s striking Y-shaped training pavilion, Graham Potter is talking through how he came to lend his copy of the Dalai Lama’s Ancient Wisdom, Modern World to one of his former players at Östersund a couple of years ago. Curtis Edwards was at home watching Netflix when, around 8pm, the manager called asking whether he was busy. Kyle Macaulay, the scout who has followed Potter from Sweden to Swansea and now Brighton, drove Edwards to the Jämtkraft Arena and for the next hour and a half Potter and he spoke openly about almost everything but football.

“We were just chatting and chatting and we got on to reading,” explains Potter. “In the end, I just said: ‘Have a read of that.’ Curtis was one of those guys that whenever he made a mistake, he beat himself up a lot and it was just trying to change how he thought. I showed him games where his head was up in the air when he had made a mistake and actually he should have been reacting to what’s happening rather than worrying and beating himself up about making a mistake. The Dalai Lama is quite a clever guy, isn’t he? He puts things into perspective a little bit, and I just thought: ‘Why not?’”

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 2 August 2019 17:16 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

We've got a live one in Motherwell's Stephen Robinson:

We lacked real men. They had more men in their team. I don't think they out-passed us or outplayed us. We played with no purpose. We passed for the sake of passing without trying to break them down.

When Declan Gallagher is playing with a high temperature and flu and he's the best player on the pitch for us, it tells you he's a proper man, proper footballer.

Players have a habit of making you look stupid, but that's the level of player we're able to recruit, and we have to educate them. That has to happen sooner rather than later or they won't play in the team.

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:26 (two months ago) link

nice

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Saturday, 17 August 2019 14:44 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

a treasure trove here from clyde's danny lennon:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49889805

"I would bring back national service," he says. "There you go.

"As a parent myself, we've only got ourselves to blame. I'm not saying we've brought our kids up badly, but most kids want for very, very little.

"There's no respect or discipline for people of authority now. You can even see kids, when the police stop them, actually videoing the police questioning them. It's incredible.

"With the way you handle younger players now, there are very, very little that can take constructive criticism well, it's just the soft generation we have. As long as you're honest and can back criticism up, the players have got to come round to your way of thinking and you find a solution together. It's not us and it's not them; it's we."

"Give me 20-25 kids, and I would take them away to an island for five years where nobody could get access to them and then bring them back," he says. "Discipline, total football, no outside influence, and work with them daily. I would love somebody to invest in that for three years to see where it could take you.

"In Spain, they do that to a certain degree. The infrastructure and housing clubs have for kids from all over Spain, they have them in there as footballers and give them that education. We've got technically gifted players, as good as there are in Spain. The difference is, I find foreign players are more aware before they receive the ball of what's in and around them.

"If you watch a wee sparrow on a fence, its head's on a swivel, it's always watching for predators coming. It always knows where the defender is, where team-mates are. It's that awareness we've got to improve."

less funny stuff at the bottom about him making the rapist david goodwillie captain of the side

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 20:58 (five days ago) link

Give me 20-25 kids, and I would take them away to an island for five years where nobody could get access to them and then bring them back,"


big jeffrey epstein energy

expedited frictionless convergences (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 21:03 (five days ago) link

"Give me 20-25 kids, and I would take them away to an island for five years where nobody could get access to them and then bring them back," he says. "Discipline, total football, no outside influence, and work with them daily. I would love somebody to invest in that for three years to see where it could take you.

Looking for 3 years investment in a 5 year programme.
Then it's Lord of the Flies.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:36 (four days ago) link

"If you watch a wee sparrow on a fence, its head's on a swivel, it's always watching for predators coming. It always knows where the defender is, where team-mates are. It's that awareness we've got to improve."

That is great though. He did win the League Cup for St. Mirren, I'll give him that.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 11:08 (four days ago) link


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