The Wisdom of Gaffers

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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


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:

"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 (one hour 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 (one hour ago) link

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