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A simple game....innit?!!

Out go the calculators, i-pads and the scribble pads, in come the knowledge, experience, tactics, formation and the game becomes what it was intended to be. A simple, enjoyable, encompassing skill and pace that may require tweaks as the two sides try to outwit each other.

I have rarely (if never) seen, the likes of SAF, Wenger, Maurinho, et al use reams of paper during the game to calculate a strategy. Having tried Harry's 'run about a bit' to a scientific AVB approach and now back to Tim's old fashion approach and we suddenly look a spurred on team who appears to be enjoying the game.

It always amazes me seeing when substitutions are being prepared, how the manager or the coach gives a long lecture to the incoming player. In my opinion, a lot of the lecture can be ignored as long as the KEY requirements are understood. Clearly, the instructi! on to Adams (Stoke) were that we are being over-run in the midfield. Go and stop it!. He did it the only way he knows!

If the manager and the coaches have done their home work in advance, the tactics should already have been decided and all it requires is small adjustments and substitutions to ensure the plan is executed like a clock work. If neither of these have worked then clearly something fundamental is/was wrong with pre-match analysis of the opposition and the quality of the manager gets undermined.

I noted with interest that Freund still has a pile of paper and a Bic biro to scribble notes. Though I suspect, as a coach, he is noting the areas he wants to work on in training rather than offer his input to the manager during the game.

The experienced managers have proven time and time again, the style and tactics are not some black art. Despite doing all due diligence on one's opposition, it is how the plan is executed on the day and being alert a! nd knowledgeable to utilise the correct tools for the job.


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Date:Wednesday January 1 2014

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I think that the team will develop into a more cohesive and organised unit, once there is time to work things out on the training pitch, as well as having the injured players such as Vertonghen back, fully fit
For armchair fans like us Yes.Too much listening to Harry championship Redknapp & playing FIFA 14
It`s so simple only a select few become great at it.
Fanny adams
It's so simple that the average manager loses his job every 18 months!!
Paul - THFC Forever
Get Townsend back and Vertonghen and Paulinho and we start to look like a class team
The 'pen and paper' argument is just the format some people work in. The opposition could surprise you and then you wanna put someone on who speaks no English... it might be the easiest way. Not excusing AVB, who speaks many languages, or the occasional muppet [no doubt] who really thinks doing it is management, just that it's not a very reliable method to judge someone. I agree that footie is more 'the simple Redknapp' game than the 'need technology and math' game, but it could also be just a generation shift. Is 36yo AVB of the 'would be on his laptop/phone/etc be he a mechanic, Royal Guard or Jobseeker?' Guess I should've kept it metaphoric,,,lololol
Stating the obvious but players need clear simple instructions and confidence. The methodical technical approach to each game and training has to give way to clear simple instructions. Nothing wrong with bringing out IPads and reams of paper as long as the manager is not baffling brains in whilst executing his talks. It's obvious that the key to team management is working to people's strengths. I liked AVB, but you just did not get that with him. Largely if you give good/excellent players the license to play their natural game, play to their strengths will in turn breed confidence within each player and confidence in the management. In short the game is probably simpler than than the likes of AVB would have you believe and far more complicated than the likes of Redknapp would lead you to believe.
We can win this
Money complicates it. You get to this time of year and the big clubs just keep winning. And that's largely the difference. Come On, Spurs!
Can`t believe you write such madness on the day we go away to Manchester United.
Fanny adams
If you mean me ^^^ I rest my case :P
Meerkats have the answer. Simples ttsscchhhhhkk. We need a happy medium somewhere between HR and AVB. Todays game shows the players want to play for TS, mind you neither Capoue or Soldado looked happy being substituted. COYS
Nor should they. But they acknowledged Sherwood. They're focused and doing well and getting on a high. Course they don't want to come off. So anyway, we've already got Ade back, Naughton, Bentaleb, Kane, Coultold and Fredericks all featuring. I can see why the club say we should sell first and why TS feels there's enough to work with. You probably can't turn your nose up if some real quality becomes available though. Pacy defenders or top, top attackers only.
And wet spam lost. Life is peach.
No ipads, powerpoints ect.......just 12 More wins in the league bare minimum to be in with a chance of top 4!! COYS
Nice to read that Paul Parker seems to think that Tim Sherwood is "inexperienced and naive". Must be lucky then eh?
if i was paid so much for failure I think i would need a calculator.
What a difference with the demise of "lap top man". As I have said elsewhere, to assist his education, perhaps we should send a DVD of the United game to Villas Boaz, it would be chirlish not to let him into the secret, how to play to win the game, rather than concentrate in trying not to lose it. To try to follow the philosophy of the game i.e. to try to score more goals than the opposition, and all without an 85M "get of jail" player.

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