Date:Tuesday November 9 2010
Tip of the cap to you Mr Cotterill I say
It often takes a bigger person to accept 'they were wrong', although this is something that Steve Cotterill has done following the Derby defeat.
Yep, we are fairly short on numbers, although for me that just makes it all the more important that we get it right when we are left in such a position that we need to make personnel or tactical changes.
Lets be fair Cotterill has done a good job, although - and I have made no secret of my thoughts on this - I am not convinced that he is the 'football genius' that some think he is. As said, do not get me wrong I think he is doing a very good job, but like some of his predecessors I am not entirely convinced by his tactically ability, something they were often pelted with for - so fair is fair. I am not also convinced by his man management skills and handling of some players...
Not actually using the right players, perhaps even formation, or making changes to the set-up and personnel against Derby played a part in our downfall for me, although HE and WE, as a club, fans and a collective unit of players 'should' learn from this.
And, credit where it is due, he has come out and admitted that perhaps the tinkering and moving of players, and not picking others to have made this a more seamless transition, due to the absence of one player 'probably' was wrong and did not really help and he WILL NOT make the same mistake again.
Well played sir, and I tip my cap to you for doing this.
Cotterill is someone that I liken, to be fair in the good and bad ways, to Harry Redknapp - I just hope that the bad ways do not win through too much!
The way the guy acts (or tries to), the way he can work with certain players and not others among other things are similar, although a clear difference from his comments today in The News is the fact that he would appear willing, and able, to admit 'he was wrong', something that Redknapp would NEVER do...
Date:Tuesday November 9 2010
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