Ave_IT wrote: That was really not a great interview. He was clearly upset and frustrated (as he should be) but some things should be kept in the dressing room. You can’t say “we’re all in it together” in one breath then blame the players for not doing what they were told to do in the next and say “the lads who performed out there and made the errors that cost us the game - they have to take full responsibility”. That smacks of throwing players under the bus. You’re the manager Ryan - you set the team up and after a disastrous first half things barely improved. Tell them home truths in private but don’t go venting frustrations at them in public – rather something along the lines “there were individual errors and the lads are very disappointed but that happens sometimes and I know they’ll be desperate to put things right with hard work…blah …blah”
We all loved the enthusiasm and positivity RL brought to the club which at the lower levels get you a long way. We all (mostly) appreciate the ‘style’ he’s trying to bring – the default setting is clearly to attack, and not just with high energy up-and-at-‘em manner but with some intelligence and technique. After DA’s rather downbeat and cautious playing style (admittedly interspersed with some really good performances) that’s a breath of fresh air. For those reasons I and probably most of us still back him to succeed. This patch (hopefully) is something of a blip in a higher league and we would have been happy with this position at this stage at the start of the season. The worry is though that if the positivity and morale drops, to date he hasn’t shown much in the way of tactical nous. We rarely make changes in the game to improve things – if they start bad they tend to stay bad (the Wimbledon game excepted) and sometimes when we start well it tails off as the opposition reacts. The stats show 60% of our goals come in the first half whereas nearly 60% of opposition goals come in the second half – and that includes the Fleetwood & Rochdale drubbings where they were out of sight by half time.
But Hey – as IPA pointed out in his post, RL is still something of a rookie learning the ropes. He’ll make mistakes and as long as he learns from them he could still be a great success – at least he’s trying to play decent attacking football but he does need to think about tactics – match tactics - not just try to apply some philosophical ‘style’ of play with little regard to the players we have and how the opposition set-up to counter it. He also needs to think about what he says in public.
I don't agree. Why pussyfoot around when your players have let us all down.There is no excuse for the debacle last night and if the players can't accept criticism they shouldn't be in the team.
RL must also share the blame and admit he got it wrong.