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The Fear Factor

Managers are sacked on a routine basis by clubs who are afraid they might be relegated. Against Liverpool AVB picked a team that suggested he was more afraid of losing than trying to win, responses to Sherwood's interim appointment revolve around the idea we shouldn't be taking the risk. The trouble is there are no risk free options in football, everything is a gamble.

Malcolm Macdonald once said if you're afraid to miss you'll never score, similarly if you're afraid to lose and set up your team to only defend you won't win anything. As far as managers go if you are afraid to take risks then, unless you can afford the Mourinho's of this world, you will end up appointing mediocrities who have experience but little else. AVB was a gamble, Sherwood is a gamble, whoever gets the job next full time will be a gamble, we may not like it but we can't do anything about it.

All you can do, if the gamble comes off, is try and hold on to that manager for as long as possible.

Written by jod

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Date:Wednesday December 18 2013

Time: 5:00AM

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In all fairness, we could play Ballycastle at The Lane and we'd still look set up to contain under AVB. Has a good away record, mind. But it's only a game. People want entertainment. If you can't make a game of it, take yer ball and sod off home.
I agree with the philosophy of the article and have often posted that all of the top teams have played without the fear of losing. Any team that does play with the fear of losing ... will lose! The reality is ... set your team up with a sound defence, but play with the attacking intent of winning!
Audere est Facere COYS
Fear is a key factor in football. Just look at Manure under Fergie and now under Moyes. I think that Sherwood will at least settle on his best line up and set up to play the kind of attacking football we like to see at WHL, but we do have defensive frailties due to injuries. Whether he has the tactical Knowledge to take things forward is another matter. I'm not entirely sure what everyone felt was wrong with Harry, but his, just go out and enjoy yourself tactic, wasn't far off what we wanted. Maybe we just need to throw off the shackles and see what happens. Our problem now is perhaps the team are too scared to play that open style and will do the headless chicken act when we're out of possession.
well brad has broken the silence:
"I think all the players in the changing room really wanted things to work out for Andre," the veteran goalkeeper said.
"From day one that he came to the club, (he had an) open door policy, very good communication with the players. None of us were happy to see him go.
"We still have to continue to have a very good team spirit, which I know we will.
"We have a lot of quality in the changing room.
"I'm sure the board are going to be hiring a very good manager to take us forward, who the players will all be behind again, because, at the end of the day, we are employed by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, not by the manager they're bringing in.
"We just have to try to adhere to all of his ideas and try to get results for the football club."
I still think it's harsh to suggest that AVB set up to contain Liverpool. The problem was always down to the makeshift defence. However the reason we had a makeshift defence was down to AVB. No point on going over d ground now and I'm looking forward to seeing how Sherwood sets us up tonight and at the weekend. Onwards and upwards. COYS
SPUDMAN - It wasn't so much what happened on the pitch as off it with Harry. Remember he was the one who, having got rid of the DOF and taking full control of transfers, decided Suarez wasn't good enough.
Confidence walks hand in hand with fear ... get the confidence back and we're off and running!
Fear is the root of every ones life problems. It is the same in football. To a certain extent you have to get the balance between taking a risk or two and being cautious. I think both these components need to exist in a match, the yin and yang the key imo is the 'timing' of when to be cautious and when to take a risk, one shouldn't exist without the other.

I think too often we have not had the balance between the two and the timing has not been there. To get the timing right you need players that have a footballing brain, the ones that can read the game well.

I think all too often we started negatively from the kick of, not moving the ball forward quick enough to put the other team on the back foot. From the kick of from the centre circle especiallt at home we should move the ball quick and forward and press, we often didn't do that, look at City game.
I am not sure that AVB was scared. I just thought that he had a rigid system that never played players to their strengths. Walker's strength is speed and stamina. There is little point in playing him if you do not exploit it. Dawson will give you a solid performance if you ensure that he does not get exposed high up the pitch. Soldado scores from crosses, yet we never had that going with inverted wingers and our top assister (Lennon) not being played on right or not at all. Siggy scores goals, but always seems to be pushed on left.... Dembele has pace, skill and a shot, but we never see it.. We scored too few goals, yet we did not take measures to address the problem. Our 2 record signings still haven't got going yet, and AVB hasn't helped them settle - Lamela's first league start was away to Man C when he could have been started a week earlier at home to Hull. I could go on...
Why on earth any player shows fear at all is something I don't get. On sunday the entire team showed a complete lack of care and spirit. Highly paid prima donnas without any grit or steel. Is that all down to AVB and his tactics? Of course not. To play for THFC at home against Liverpool in the PL is a privilege not a bleeding' chore. Get your act together guys or find yourself another club, or another job altogether! It's football, not frontline combat in a war zone! Up the Spurs!
Jod - The only thing that bothered me about Harry was they way his head was turned towards the England job, but I suppose it was understandable. I didn't know about Suarez though. Having said that I'm not entirely convinced by Baldini. I'm not sure how much control Harry had over transfers, at the time I thought Levy was buying cheaper options all the time. Makes you wonder who Harry might have bought with 107m. I guess we'll never really know.
Im sure Harry said Suarez was similiar to VDV, and he wasn't looking for that type of player, he didnt say Suarez wasn't good enough!!!
Brad damn's AVB with Faint praise, the only positives were his open door and that he could talk!
Slurms McKenzie
I dont think we were defensive against pool, exactly the opposite, wide open as we have been the last few games. As for gambles on appointing managers you can reduce these. eg having a chairman that knows something about football would help say a Dave Whelan type.Also anybody who had closely followed the way Brendan Rodgers set up his Swansea side would regard him as a somewhat lesser gamble and of course he looks even better with better class players. Probably wouldn't have been given time at this club
matt hoten

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