The Wisdom of Gaffers

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This was just the first of thousands of steps that this club has to take.

Steven Pressley, Coventry City, October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:42 (four years ago) link

As the manager, I take full responsibility, but the players now owe me big time.

Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United, October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:42 (four years ago) link

looooool

pecker shrivellage (imago), Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:46 (four years ago) link

They have played badly because we let in eight goals.

Malcolm Crosby, Birmingham City (caretaker), October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:48 (four years ago) link

We're pleased in some aspects but obviously disappointed we lost the game and ultimately that's the key thing.

David Weir, Brentford (assistant), October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:49 (four years ago) link

When you have important players missing, you have to find the right solution. We didn't.

Jose Riga, Blackpool, October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:53 (four years ago) link

Not surprised that resolute Posh defence will run through brick walls for him ! Such magnanimity in the face of defeat.

xelab, Saturday, 25 October 2014 20:12 (four years ago) link

It's an easy game when things are going well and everybody is a hero.

Chris Wilder, Northampton Town, October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 20:17 (four years ago) link

Conceding five goals like this is not something that I represent, that is in my nature, to allow it to be so easy.

David Flitcroft, Bury, October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 20:19 (four years ago) link

When we went 2-1 down, it wasn't just Bristol City that were 2-1 down away from home, it was Bristol City the last club in the Football League to remain unbeaten that were 2-1 down away from home, and that pressure then intensifies on the players.

Steve Cotterill, Bristol City The Last Club In The Football League To Remain Unbeaten, October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 20:27 (four years ago) link

We should have got something, but 'should' doesn't cut it.

Neil Lennon, Bolton Wanderers, October 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 25 October 2014 20:31 (four years ago) link

We have pace and discipline - we've got a juvenile spirit about us.

Alan Pardew, Newcastle United, November 2014

There's a reality to this division, and that's not our market - that's a market beyond us

Sean Dyche, Burnley, November 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 1 November 2014 23:19 (four years ago) link

It's important as a new manager coming through the building to get off the mark

Russ Wilcox, York City, November 2014.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 2 November 2014 01:00 (four years ago) link

Unfortunately, football is a capricious sport that only rewards the team who scores goals.

Luis Enrique, Barcelona, November 2014

Sometimes you've got be in the bottom of the valley to see the top of the mountain. By no means are we at the bottom of the valley because it's a great journey for us.

Sean Dyche, Burnley, November 2014

r|t|c, Friday, 7 November 2014 10:08 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Unfortunately we're undone by our own doing, really

Chris Ramsey, QPR, March 2015

poc het ino (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 23:50 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

You need a mind tool, with no trepidation, to be able to express yourself.

John Hughes, Inverness CT, April 2015.

no way no way sna sna (onimo), Friday, 17 April 2015 08:15 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Football today is numbers. You have to get defensive numbers back.

Ian Holloway, Unemployed, May 2015

r|t|c, Saturday, 16 May 2015 12:34 (four years ago) link

All about numbers

Tony (Pulis) is mathematic. What the club wants, he gives.

Jose Mourinho, Chelsea, May 2015

mea nulta (onimo), Saturday, 16 May 2015 17:28 (four years ago) link

So much wisdom from one gaffer. I bet Ian Holloway never talks about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in the dressing room.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXCgwKAH1Uw

ailsa, Saturday, 16 May 2015 18:05 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

Washington, though, endured a difficult start to the campaign, failing to score in any of his first nine league appearances, with his only goal before October coming in Posh's League Cup win against Crawley Town.

And the 23-year-old credits the advice he received from Graham Westley, who took over at London Road towards the end of his barren spell, for turning his season around.

“He used the analogy that your mum is locked up with a gun to her head in a room and the only way you can get her out is to win,” he said. “How would that affect your performance? It struck a massive chord with me and a few other players. He said it was not the nicest thing in the world to think of but use it if that gives you that edge and aggression. I was a different animal. He brought me out of my shell.”

r|t|c, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:44 (three years ago) link

quality bump

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:49 (three years ago) link

this is a good thread

trickle-down ergonomics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:50 (three years ago) link

You need a mind tool, with no trepidation, to be able to express yourself.

had me ending myself

trickle-down ergonomics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:50 (three years ago) link

bene gesserit ekotto

r|t|c, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:00 (three years ago) link

Peterborough boss Graham Westley said his players need to take inspiration from the film The Revenant following their 1-0 home defeat by Burton.

"You can see in that film what a human being can do if his motivation and desire is sufficient," he said.

calzino, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:59 (three 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 (one month ago) link

nice

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Saturday, 17 August 2019 14:44 (one month 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 (yesterday) link


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