Recenlty, Owen Coyle has received a lot of stick for our poor start to the nPower Championship. We’ve played four, lost two, won one and drew one, and in the Carling Cup we were knocked out by Crawley. You don’t have to be a genius to see that something is clearly wrong. Is it the players? Is it the manager? Is it the coaching staff? Personally I think it’s a mixture, a combination of all of the above, and that’s what we’ll be looking at today.
Adam Bogdan hasn’t had a great start and hasn’t look like the Player Of The Season that he was last year. I think Lonergan might get short cameo as the number 1 between the sticks.
During the season so far this has looked like our weakest position. The Hull match really summed it all up, the likes of Ream and Ricketts just haven’t been sharp enoough and it’s really showed out there on the pitch.
Our midfield has been very impressive so far this year. Chris Eagles has been outstanding with three goals in three starts and he’s also created many a chance. Sparky and Petrov have been slightly disappointing but I’m sure they’ll be back in top form soon. Also, Chungy’s had glimpses of his usual self, I think it’s just a matter of time before he’s fit and returns to full form.
We’ve looked alright up front with Sordell, Kevin Davies, Afobe and Ngog all fighting for a first team place and we haven’t so far done too badly for goals.
You’ve got to feel bad for Owen Coyle. He’s worked hard for the club, some may not see it this way and has received a lot of criticism from the fans. To be fair though, if we’re not winning and doing well we aren’t gonna be happy and we are going to look further than the team for reasons on why this is.
He’s got us playing nice passing football which is a nice change from the days of Big Sam where we’d hoof the ball up to Kevin Davies, who’d head it down to Anelka to score. Overall, if we keep playing poorly he’s eventually going to lose his job. Althought I’d wish to avoid that from happening but that’s football, if you’re not winning, you’re going to be up against everything, including the fans and the media.
There should be a slight shuffle in the pack which is our coaching team. There are some unproven coaches who hold reliatively high positions such as Sandy Stewart and Steve Davis. I’m not saying that they’re bad but there are some more experienced coaches like Sammy Lee – although Sammy is restricted to working with the youngsters.
Overall, there are many problems, too many kinks. Maybe it’s the players, maybe it’s the manager, maybe it’s the rest of the coaching staff, maybe it’s the board, but maybe it’s also ourselves – expecting too much too soon. It doesn’t do any good if we just sit there shouting abuse at Coyle, if we really back the team I think we’ll go much further and will be able to challenge for the title.
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