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Stuart - sit down and be quiet !

Stuart - sit down and be quiet !

After Saturday's total capitulation to a very average Wigan side, Stuart Pearce will no doubt getting all sorts of advise about what he should and shouldn't be doing, so I don't see why I should be any different. He'll also be reading calls for him to go, but not from this writer.... for a while yet anyway.

Few people could argue that Saturday was a pretty low point for City, and we have quite a few of them in recent and not so recent years. Something is clearly very wrong at the club at the moment and needs to be put right quick !

Now when Psycho took over the hot-seat from KK his arrival was heralded as a breath of fresh air, and it was. At last we had a manager who wore his heart on his sleeve and showed to sort of passion most ordinary City fans show at every game. That's just what we wanted, wasn't it?

I have to say that at matches, I've have watched him prowl and stalk the technical area during the more tedious periods of play, and there are too many of those, as Psycho's animated antics on the touchline have simply been more entertaining than watching the on-field 'action', something which says it all about City really.

However, in trying to analyse and solve City's relegation form, I've come to the conclusion that part of the problem may be Pearce trying to kick every ball and make every tackle from within the technical area.

Pearce is in danger of invading the players' space on the pitch, and the whirlwind of animation for the whole 90 minutes every game must be distracting and off-putting to the players who must be wondering whether the manager has faith in them to do a job on their own; that's a problem we're all probably struggling to get our heads around at the moment after the last few performances, but nevertheless Pearce's well intentioned pitch side coaching, is now I think proving counter-productive and it's time for him to back off.

I think it's clear that the players have underperformed badly so far this season, and it's now time for Pearce to cut the apron strings and let the players individually and collectively take responsibility from the moment the whistle goes and until the referee blows for time.

We know and love the passion and pride Pearce has and if only more would rub off on the players, but it's now time for him to take a step back and let go. Professional players should be capable of reading the game, making decisions and adapting to changing situations when it's necessary to do so. The trouble is that Psycho's trying to do it all for them and the net result is total confusion and players looking like fish out of water, having seemingly lost the ability to think for themselves.

I don't blame the manager for wanting to show leadership and passion - that's why he;s the boss, but I do blame some of the players for not appearing to have the strength of character to sort things out for themselves on the pitch and take responsibility for putting things right - for God's sake, that's what they are paid a fortune for !

So Stuart, in the nicest possible way, just sit down and be quiet... if that's possible !

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Date:Sunday October 22 2006
Time: 10:38PM

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you do have a good point there to be honest ... and also why has he let Danny Mills out on loan ?? not that I am complaining as here at Hull he is already acheiving cult status !!
dazednconfuzed
23/10/2006 07:42:00
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Is Psycho to blame for all the injuries sustained in training ? Is he working them too hard on the training pitch ? Consequently leaving their form on the training ground ???
alphieblues
23/10/2006 09:37:00
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Is this the key to the problem? http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/aston_villa/6078144.stm No - not that we should've hired Martin O'Neill (oh how I wish we had) but that the players have lost their belief, not their passion, and maybe are disorganised. Their passion for the game will be undiminished - they wouldn't train properly if they had no passion, without passion they couldn't go out on the pitch in the first place. But they don't believe they can score goals and they don't believe they can win and they don't believe in themselves or each other. Why else would Dunne be going for that ball that he scored the own goal with? Why else would we be so reluctant to get balls into the box at times instead just passing the ball around aimlessly til we lose possession? Why else would heads drop so early? Saturday didn't lack passion, it lacked belief. Similarly Pearce has started trying to use players out of position. It never works. Show me a manager who consistently succeeds with players out of position? Why would Pearce think he can succeed where the likes of Benitez, Ranieri, Souness, Hoddle, Ericsson and others have failed. You give the players jobs they can easily do - yes they know how to do other jobs but they believe they can do the jobs they do best. Work with that, not against it. And do the sensible thing during the game. The simple things, the elegant things. Keep football simple and you will be acclaimed as a tactical genius. Make it complicated and you will look like a fool
uptoeleven
24/10/2006 09:04:00
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