Date:Saturday September 25 2010
'Steve Cotterill 'kind off' has my confidence when it comes to tactics, team selection and him in general', not my vote, yours - although these findings from veccccio's poll are thoughts that I also kind of basically agree with...
Before I carry on let me make it clear, not that it makes much difference - in many ways, these thoughts were written prior to Leicester game last night! And whatever the thoughts are I do not think that this win should, just yet, see a massive sway in what you were thinking.
I was pretty happy to see Cotterill appointed but I have to confess that my thoughts on him have changed in recent weeks, I am not saying I want him to go - far from it - but his standard comments post games are starting to wear thin really...
People were highly critical of Tony Adams and Paul Hart, even Avram Grant at times, yet he does remind me of them, in many ways, with his thoughts and actions at times. A inability to act tactically is something that Adams and Hart were often knocked for, and in many ways Cotterill reminds me of them. In others ways, and not in a positive way, he also reminds me of Harry Redknapp.
An ability to change and influence a game with tactical moves, both with the players on the field at the time or the substitutions that he makes, is something that he still has to convince many he can do I think.
I am also not keen on his treatment, or apparent treatment, of the younger members of our squad - ok, fair enough at times some show why they might not quite be ready but to leave them out of a squad and prefer to have 3 or 4 players on the bench as a result is quite baffling! You do not need to use them but at least make them feel a part of the squad and give them that match experience. It annoys me too that he is quick to constantly highlight their shortcomings and brush them aside yet the senior members of the squad that offer little more, or any more at all, than them and constantly make balls ups that are not questioned is frustrating.
Despite all of this I am not in the 'get him out' camp and will continue to hope that he can mend his ways and turn things around - an acceptance at times that we just have not played well enough was the case for defeat and not a lack of numbers, poor displays from officials, a lack of fitness or bad lack, when that is not the case, would be good too.
Honesty is the way to go really and earns a lot more respect; well it does from me anyway!
Date:Saturday September 25 2010
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