Albion keeper Stockdale sees positives in defeat

David Stockdale was disappointed with the opening goal against Saints

David Stockdale was disappointed with the opening goal against Saints

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

David Stockdale insists there were plenty of positives in defeat for Albion against Southampton.

The £1 million goalkeeper from Fulham conceded three goals on his debut against the classy Saints but refused to be downhearted.

Stockdale said: “It was against quality opposition. It wasn’t so much a gulf in class but you could tell the quality tactically they had and I don’t think there are many teams that could match that in the Championship.

“I don’t think we were disgraced at all. Obviously it was a pre-season friendly, they were changing things around and so were we.

“There are plenty of positives to come out of it if you look at the opposition we will come up against and how we know we can play. At times we played out really well from the back. We’d like to get a few more shots on goal but it’s not easy against Southampton. The difference in class is pretty big.”

Stockdale, rusty after a lack of pre-season action with Fulham, accepted blame for Southampton’s first goal struck from 20 yards by Serb midfielder Dusan Tadic.

“I’m disappointed,” he said. “My position was a little bit wrong. I’m the first to tell anyone. I went in and told the lads it was down to me and it certainly won’t happen again. It was just about getting my positioning. When you haven’t played for a long time you don’t lose it but it’s just sharpness at times.”

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5:40am Fri 1 Aug 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Honest and decent assessments from both Stockdale and Hyypia.

UTA!!
Honest and decent assessments from both Stockdale and Hyypia. UTA!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 6

6:57am Fri 1 Aug 14

bbb1969 says...

Positives for Stockdale; honest guy and he will have time to get sharp cos he's going to be the player that is kepy very busy for the first half of the season.
Positives for Stockdale; honest guy and he will have time to get sharp cos he's going to be the player that is kepy very busy for the first half of the season. bbb1969
  • Score: 16

7:01am Fri 1 Aug 14

AlfieT says...

Honest guy, think he will be excellent for us, he did look a bit flat footed for all the goals, but he wasn't a premiership keeper for nothing.
Honest guy, think he will be excellent for us, he did look a bit flat footed for all the goals, but he wasn't a premiership keeper for nothing. AlfieT
  • Score: 12

7:15am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Bad mistakes from Stockdale we should've gone for Butland who is international quality. Terrible purple kit he's been given, makes him look a right plum. That mixed with the glaring orange and saints gaudy outfits as well, who comes up with these ridiculous colour schemes? And gets paid for it!
Bad mistakes from Stockdale we should've gone for Butland who is international quality. Terrible purple kit he's been given, makes him look a right plum. That mixed with the glaring orange and saints gaudy outfits as well, who comes up with these ridiculous colour schemes? And gets paid for it! Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -35

7:25am Fri 1 Aug 14

hyram77 says...

I must be honest I thought it was terrible all round. I'm sure things will improve shortly but the consensus of the fans where I was sitting wasn't exactly a positive vibe.
I must be honest I thought it was terrible all round. I'm sure things will improve shortly but the consensus of the fans where I was sitting wasn't exactly a positive vibe. hyram77
  • Score: 12

7:57am Fri 1 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

Hopefully the biggest 'positive' from last night is that the performance/result will give added impetus to the signing of some new players. I'm sure the club are working on it but the replacement for Ulloa will make or break our season. I hope it's someone who will really capture the fans imagination. It's worth spending at least half of Ulloa's fee to get the right man.
Hopefully the biggest 'positive' from last night is that the performance/result will give added impetus to the signing of some new players. I'm sure the club are working on it but the replacement for Ulloa will make or break our season. I hope it's someone who will really capture the fans imagination. It's worth spending at least half of Ulloa's fee to get the right man. Quiterie
  • Score: 23

8:39am Fri 1 Aug 14

AlanDuffy says...

At the time I thought he should've saved the first goal, so good to hear him admit the mistake and learn from it. I agree, the opposition was as good as we're likely to meet all season but with the first game little more than a week away we should have some idea of our best 11 and how we set up and play, but it looked to me as if the manager is still trying to find the right combinations and with more players to come into the squad this process will continue into the season. Far from ideal and I expect us to struggle to start with but feel that given time and support, Sami will get it right. A little more communication from the "suits" wouldn't go amiss - hopefully the forum in a few days will rectify that and we can all get behind the team for the new season, regardless of results.
At the time I thought he should've saved the first goal, so good to hear him admit the mistake and learn from it. I agree, the opposition was as good as we're likely to meet all season but with the first game little more than a week away we should have some idea of our best 11 and how we set up and play, but it looked to me as if the manager is still trying to find the right combinations and with more players to come into the squad this process will continue into the season. Far from ideal and I expect us to struggle to start with but feel that given time and support, Sami will get it right. A little more communication from the "suits" wouldn't go amiss - hopefully the forum in a few days will rectify that and we can all get behind the team for the new season, regardless of results. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 8

8:43am Fri 1 Aug 14

fratsomrover says...

I'm afraid I didn't see too many positives from Stockdale's performance. Didn't look Prem class to me. He might be honest enough to own up to bad positioning for the first goal, but the second and third flew past his shoulders without him even raising a hand. That's poor !!!!
A keeper has to be alert and on his toes and sense danger and have his hands raised in readiness. When shots fly over your shoulder and your hands are still down alongside your knees, then you are not concentrating and not alert to the danger. I would have expected better.
As for the game, they were stronger all round. Greater skill, pace, awareness and movement. It highlighted the gulf in quality, but as has been said, they are a Prem outfit and we aren't. We were weak and very exposed down our left flank first half. Chicksen and Fenelon struggled, but they are only development players, so no great surprise. We posed no threat at all first half, but looked more balanced with the introduction of Buckley, Lua Lua & CMS. Not sure what Chris O'G offers us, as he was largely isolated first half and barely got a touch. Midfield were industrious without having anyone capable of sliding through that defence splitting pass, hence very few attempts on goal.
Still it's only a pre-season run out so dont read too much into it. If anything positive is to come out of it, it is to highlight our areas of weakness so they can be strengthened before transfer deadline day.

Southampton looked very good and it was nice to see good football at the Amex. Here's hoping we can emulate them this season.
I'm afraid I didn't see too many positives from Stockdale's performance. Didn't look Prem class to me. He might be honest enough to own up to bad positioning for the first goal, but the second and third flew past his shoulders without him even raising a hand. That's poor !!!! A keeper has to be alert and on his toes and sense danger and have his hands raised in readiness. When shots fly over your shoulder and your hands are still down alongside your knees, then you are not concentrating and not alert to the danger. I would have expected better. As for the game, they were stronger all round. Greater skill, pace, awareness and movement. It highlighted the gulf in quality, but as has been said, they are a Prem outfit and we aren't. We were weak and very exposed down our left flank first half. Chicksen and Fenelon struggled, but they are only development players, so no great surprise. We posed no threat at all first half, but looked more balanced with the introduction of Buckley, Lua Lua & CMS. Not sure what Chris O'G offers us, as he was largely isolated first half and barely got a touch. Midfield were industrious without having anyone capable of sliding through that defence splitting pass, hence very few attempts on goal. Still it's only a pre-season run out so dont read too much into it. If anything positive is to come out of it, it is to highlight our areas of weakness so they can be strengthened before transfer deadline day. Southampton looked very good and it was nice to see good football at the Amex. Here's hoping we can emulate them this season. fratsomrover
  • Score: 6

8:45am Fri 1 Aug 14

Captain Haddock says...

Honest words from Stockdale, but he did say there wasn't a big gap in class and then went on to say the gap in class was very big. Make your mind up Dave! ;0)

Productive workout for the lads but we have an awful long way still to go. Chicksen looked stretched against Saints pacey wide-play, O'Grady looks like he might be good for us but needs to sharpen up and lose a few more pounds too by the looks of it, others will need to sharpen up too but Saints were a VERY well-oiled unit (in a non-sunsoaked kind of way!).
Honest words from Stockdale, but he did say there wasn't a big gap in class and then went on to say the gap in class was very big. Make your mind up Dave! ;0) Productive workout for the lads but we have an awful long way still to go. Chicksen looked stretched against Saints pacey wide-play, O'Grady looks like he might be good for us but needs to sharpen up and lose a few more pounds too by the looks of it, others will need to sharpen up too but Saints were a VERY well-oiled unit (in a non-sunsoaked kind of way!). Captain Haddock
  • Score: 6

9:02am Fri 1 Aug 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Let's just hope we sign a few quality players NOW, unlike last year when it never happened! Give Sami H a chance.

UTA
Let's just hope we sign a few quality players NOW, unlike last year when it never happened! Give Sami H a chance. UTA Tonyuk175
  • Score: 6

9:38am Fri 1 Aug 14

DuncanThickett says...

Sometimes you need a bad performance in pre season to highlight the failings in the squad. If we'd have won, the club might have thought that the squad was good enough and closed the cheque book.

I'm not too worried, come Aug 9th, we'll have a packed Amex and up against opposition that is very much more beatable.

I'll be putting my annual 'Brighton to win promotion' bet on tomorrow.

UTA!!
Sometimes you need a bad performance in pre season to highlight the failings in the squad. If we'd have won, the club might have thought that the squad was good enough and closed the cheque book. I'm not too worried, come Aug 9th, we'll have a packed Amex and up against opposition that is very much more beatable. I'll be putting my annual 'Brighton to win promotion' bet on tomorrow. UTA!! DuncanThickett
  • Score: 10

10:00am Fri 1 Aug 14

ballantrrae says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
At the time I thought he should've saved the first goal, so good to hear him admit the mistake and learn from it. I agree, the opposition was as good as we're likely to meet all season but with the first game little more than a week away we should have some idea of our best 11 and how we set up and play, but it looked to me as if the manager is still trying to find the right combinations and with more players to come into the squad this process will continue into the season. Far from ideal and I expect us to struggle to start with but feel that given time and support, Sami will get it right. A little more communication from the "suits" wouldn't go amiss - hopefully the forum in a few days will rectify that and we can all get behind the team for the new season, regardless of results.
Good assessment of where we are Alan and I too applaud Stockdale for holding up his hand regarding the first Southampton goal.
I posted after the Peterborough game that I thought we needed 2 more friendly games rather that just last night's and I still hold to that view. If anything I would go further by saying we could still do with another couple of friendlies but there is no time left to do so unless SH arranges a 'behind closed doors game' which is highly unlikely. I suppose he might at least be able to give some more game time to the fringe players against Worthing on Saturday.
Not many positives but it will act as a wake up call and no doubt will also have confirmed to SH where we need to strengthen the squad. On a disappointing night the pluses for me were LuaLua's goal and Ince's 'high energy' performance. Also I thought we looked better going forward once Buckley was on.
Hopefully lessons will have been learnt and the players should be 'sharper' as a result of having played Southampton.
UTA.
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: At the time I thought he should've saved the first goal, so good to hear him admit the mistake and learn from it. I agree, the opposition was as good as we're likely to meet all season but with the first game little more than a week away we should have some idea of our best 11 and how we set up and play, but it looked to me as if the manager is still trying to find the right combinations and with more players to come into the squad this process will continue into the season. Far from ideal and I expect us to struggle to start with but feel that given time and support, Sami will get it right. A little more communication from the "suits" wouldn't go amiss - hopefully the forum in a few days will rectify that and we can all get behind the team for the new season, regardless of results.[/p][/quote]Good assessment of where we are Alan and I too applaud Stockdale for holding up his hand regarding the first Southampton goal. I posted after the Peterborough game that I thought we needed 2 more friendly games rather that just last night's and I still hold to that view. If anything I would go further by saying we could still do with another couple of friendlies but there is no time left to do so unless SH arranges a 'behind closed doors game' which is highly unlikely. I suppose he might at least be able to give some more game time to the fringe players against Worthing on Saturday. Not many positives but it will act as a wake up call and no doubt will also have confirmed to SH where we need to strengthen the squad. On a disappointing night the pluses for me were LuaLua's goal and Ince's 'high energy' performance. Also I thought we looked better going forward once Buckley was on. Hopefully lessons will have been learnt and the players should be 'sharper' as a result of having played Southampton. UTA. ballantrrae
  • Score: 5

10:59am Fri 1 Aug 14

SMF20 says...

A poor performance last night, yes. We were poor all over the pitch apparently and looked very much 2nd best.

A few things as I see them though.... 1st half was a horror show. The young lads were on and although they have potential, they are far from being championship standard yet. I exclude Solly and Rohan from this.

Chickson for me will not make the grade. He is quick, yes, but every other part of his game is lacking. You can say he has time but at 23 I don't think so. Worth remembering that we got him from a club where he didn't make the team every week.

2nd half saw us improve. Not a lot but at least we showed a little more. This was no surprise to me given that the quicker, stronger, more established players were on the park. Better or not, Southampton only drew with us 2nd half.

We also have to get used to Sami's ways. We look incredibly disjointed at the moment and my hope is that, with time, this will improve.

A new left back and top notch striker will improve us in a massive way. If we are able to pick up a couple of very good loan signings too then all is not lost yet.

I do wish that we would have kept only 1 of the aging right backs at the end of last season. A little pace and enthusiasm is lacking. I'm surprised that both Calde and Bruno were kept. Great pro's though even though past their bests.

If I'd have posted last night, I'd have been as downbeat and dejected as many others. I woke this morning and thought about some of the terrific players we have.
Let's settle in to a routine and let's get those quality players in sharpish.
Things are not ideal but by showing some urgeny now we will at least possibly only have to write off the 1st few games.

Uta
A poor performance last night, yes. We were poor all over the pitch apparently and looked very much 2nd best. A few things as I see them though.... 1st half was a horror show. The young lads were on and although they have potential, they are far from being championship standard yet. I exclude Solly and Rohan from this. Chickson for me will not make the grade. He is quick, yes, but every other part of his game is lacking. You can say he has time but at 23 I don't think so. Worth remembering that we got him from a club where he didn't make the team every week. 2nd half saw us improve. Not a lot but at least we showed a little more. This was no surprise to me given that the quicker, stronger, more established players were on the park. Better or not, Southampton only drew with us 2nd half. We also have to get used to Sami's ways. We look incredibly disjointed at the moment and my hope is that, with time, this will improve. A new left back and top notch striker will improve us in a massive way. If we are able to pick up a couple of very good loan signings too then all is not lost yet. I do wish that we would have kept only 1 of the aging right backs at the end of last season. A little pace and enthusiasm is lacking. I'm surprised that both Calde and Bruno were kept. Great pro's though even though past their bests. If I'd have posted last night, I'd have been as downbeat and dejected as many others. I woke this morning and thought about some of the terrific players we have. Let's settle in to a routine and let's get those quality players in sharpish. Things are not ideal but by showing some urgeny now we will at least possibly only have to write off the 1st few games. Uta SMF20
  • Score: 12

11:37am Fri 1 Aug 14

AlanDuffy says...

ballantrrae wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
At the time I thought he should've saved the first goal, so good to hear him admit the mistake and learn from it. I agree, the opposition was as good as we're likely to meet all season but with the first game little more than a week away we should have some idea of our best 11 and how we set up and play, but it looked to me as if the manager is still trying to find the right combinations and with more players to come into the squad this process will continue into the season. Far from ideal and I expect us to struggle to start with but feel that given time and support, Sami will get it right. A little more communication from the "suits" wouldn't go amiss - hopefully the forum in a few days will rectify that and we can all get behind the team for the new season, regardless of results.
Good assessment of where we are Alan and I too applaud Stockdale for holding up his hand regarding the first Southampton goal.
I posted after the Peterborough game that I thought we needed 2 more friendly games rather that just last night's and I still hold to that view. If anything I would go further by saying we could still do with another couple of friendlies but there is no time left to do so unless SH arranges a 'behind closed doors game' which is highly unlikely. I suppose he might at least be able to give some more game time to the fringe players against Worthing on Saturday.
Not many positives but it will act as a wake up call and no doubt will also have confirmed to SH where we need to strengthen the squad. On a disappointing night the pluses for me were LuaLua's goal and Ince's 'high energy' performance. Also I thought we looked better going forward once Buckley was on.
Hopefully lessons will have been learnt and the players should be 'sharper' as a result of having played Southampton.
UTA.
Yes, new manager, new players being integrated, more arrivals on the way, I think we'll effectively be in pre-season mode for a few weeks yet, before we can even start to judge how the season will pan out. It would have been better to have all the new guys in place pre-season but as I'm sure we're waiting for the best deals and probably a couple of quality loans, I fancy we may have to be patient a little longer. It's long season and whilst it's always good to hit the ground running, there's also time to get it right. For me, it's better to finish strong, than to get off to a flyer and fade.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: At the time I thought he should've saved the first goal, so good to hear him admit the mistake and learn from it. I agree, the opposition was as good as we're likely to meet all season but with the first game little more than a week away we should have some idea of our best 11 and how we set up and play, but it looked to me as if the manager is still trying to find the right combinations and with more players to come into the squad this process will continue into the season. Far from ideal and I expect us to struggle to start with but feel that given time and support, Sami will get it right. A little more communication from the "suits" wouldn't go amiss - hopefully the forum in a few days will rectify that and we can all get behind the team for the new season, regardless of results.[/p][/quote]Good assessment of where we are Alan and I too applaud Stockdale for holding up his hand regarding the first Southampton goal. I posted after the Peterborough game that I thought we needed 2 more friendly games rather that just last night's and I still hold to that view. If anything I would go further by saying we could still do with another couple of friendlies but there is no time left to do so unless SH arranges a 'behind closed doors game' which is highly unlikely. I suppose he might at least be able to give some more game time to the fringe players against Worthing on Saturday. Not many positives but it will act as a wake up call and no doubt will also have confirmed to SH where we need to strengthen the squad. On a disappointing night the pluses for me were LuaLua's goal and Ince's 'high energy' performance. Also I thought we looked better going forward once Buckley was on. Hopefully lessons will have been learnt and the players should be 'sharper' as a result of having played Southampton. UTA.[/p][/quote]Yes, new manager, new players being integrated, more arrivals on the way, I think we'll effectively be in pre-season mode for a few weeks yet, before we can even start to judge how the season will pan out. It would have been better to have all the new guys in place pre-season but as I'm sure we're waiting for the best deals and probably a couple of quality loans, I fancy we may have to be patient a little longer. It's long season and whilst it's always good to hit the ground running, there's also time to get it right. For me, it's better to finish strong, than to get off to a flyer and fade. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 3

11:41am Fri 1 Aug 14

AlanDuffy says...

fratsomrover wrote:
I'm afraid I didn't see too many positives from Stockdale's performance. Didn't look Prem class to me. He might be honest enough to own up to bad positioning for the first goal, but the second and third flew past his shoulders without him even raising a hand. That's poor !!!!
A keeper has to be alert and on his toes and sense danger and have his hands raised in readiness. When shots fly over your shoulder and your hands are still down alongside your knees, then you are not concentrating and not alert to the danger. I would have expected better.
As for the game, they were stronger all round. Greater skill, pace, awareness and movement. It highlighted the gulf in quality, but as has been said, they are a Prem outfit and we aren't. We were weak and very exposed down our left flank first half. Chicksen and Fenelon struggled, but they are only development players, so no great surprise. We posed no threat at all first half, but looked more balanced with the introduction of Buckley, Lua Lua & CMS. Not sure what Chris O'G offers us, as he was largely isolated first half and barely got a touch. Midfield were industrious without having anyone capable of sliding through that defence splitting pass, hence very few attempts on goal.
Still it's only a pre-season run out so dont read too much into it. If anything positive is to come out of it, it is to highlight our areas of weakness so they can be strengthened before transfer deadline day.

Southampton looked very good and it was nice to see good football at the Amex. Here's hoping we can emulate them this season.
Could've done better on the first, as he admits and I would have liked to have seen some movement on the third, which although superbly struck, was from 25 yards out, but you can't judge the guy on one game. For me, he did enough to suggest he'll be a good purchase.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid I didn't see too many positives from Stockdale's performance. Didn't look Prem class to me. He might be honest enough to own up to bad positioning for the first goal, but the second and third flew past his shoulders without him even raising a hand. That's poor !!!! A keeper has to be alert and on his toes and sense danger and have his hands raised in readiness. When shots fly over your shoulder and your hands are still down alongside your knees, then you are not concentrating and not alert to the danger. I would have expected better. As for the game, they were stronger all round. Greater skill, pace, awareness and movement. It highlighted the gulf in quality, but as has been said, they are a Prem outfit and we aren't. We were weak and very exposed down our left flank first half. Chicksen and Fenelon struggled, but they are only development players, so no great surprise. We posed no threat at all first half, but looked more balanced with the introduction of Buckley, Lua Lua & CMS. Not sure what Chris O'G offers us, as he was largely isolated first half and barely got a touch. Midfield were industrious without having anyone capable of sliding through that defence splitting pass, hence very few attempts on goal. Still it's only a pre-season run out so dont read too much into it. If anything positive is to come out of it, it is to highlight our areas of weakness so they can be strengthened before transfer deadline day. Southampton looked very good and it was nice to see good football at the Amex. Here's hoping we can emulate them this season.[/p][/quote]Could've done better on the first, as he admits and I would have liked to have seen some movement on the third, which although superbly struck, was from 25 yards out, but you can't judge the guy on one game. For me, he did enough to suggest he'll be a good purchase. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Fri 1 Aug 14

SMF20 says...

May I also,point out that I think that Sami desperately needs a mature, seasoned 2nd in command.
I'm sure Nathan is a good coach but Sami has suggested that he would like a seasoned management guy in alongside him to offer advice and challenge his decisions.

When you break it down.... We have released or sold 14 players since January and replaced them with only 4. Considering some of those were star players, it was bound to take effect.
We also lost a management team and replaced it with another but with less of them.
The stats above alone are enough to put any club on the back foot. People need replacing and they need replacing now.
Our club has lost its momentum and the pinch has taken hold of our progression.
The decline was inevitable given so many cutbacks... I'm not happy about it but if it means we carry on as a club then so be it.

I'm not going to deny that I am worried by our decline since Gus left. Yes we made the playoffs last year but if we are honest, it was a very different way of getting there.
I fear for us if crowds drop significantly and would ask the board to consider how things will get any better financially should crowds dwindle.
The balancing act is a tough one. Keeping the fans optimistic is key to filling the station.
May I also,point out that I think that Sami desperately needs a mature, seasoned 2nd in command. I'm sure Nathan is a good coach but Sami has suggested that he would like a seasoned management guy in alongside him to offer advice and challenge his decisions. When you break it down.... We have released or sold 14 players since January and replaced them with only 4. Considering some of those were star players, it was bound to take effect. We also lost a management team and replaced it with another but with less of them. The stats above alone are enough to put any club on the back foot. People need replacing and they need replacing now. Our club has lost its momentum and the pinch has taken hold of our progression. The decline was inevitable given so many cutbacks... I'm not happy about it but if it means we carry on as a club then so be it. I'm not going to deny that I am worried by our decline since Gus left. Yes we made the playoffs last year but if we are honest, it was a very different way of getting there. I fear for us if crowds drop significantly and would ask the board to consider how things will get any better financially should crowds dwindle. The balancing act is a tough one. Keeping the fans optimistic is key to filling the station. SMF20
  • Score: 8

3:44pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

SMF20 wrote:
May I also,point out that I think that Sami desperately needs a mature, seasoned 2nd in command.
I'm sure Nathan is a good coach but Sami has suggested that he would like a seasoned management guy in alongside him to offer advice and challenge his decisions.

When you break it down.... We have released or sold 14 players since January and replaced them with only 4. Considering some of those were star players, it was bound to take effect.
We also lost a management team and replaced it with another but with less of them.
The stats above alone are enough to put any club on the back foot. People need replacing and they need replacing now.
Our club has lost its momentum and the pinch has taken hold of our progression.
The decline was inevitable given so many cutbacks... I'm not happy about it but if it means we carry on as a club then so be it.

I'm not going to deny that I am worried by our decline since Gus left. Yes we made the playoffs last year but if we are honest, it was a very different way of getting there.
I fear for us if crowds drop significantly and would ask the board to consider how things will get any better financially should crowds dwindle.
The balancing act is a tough one. Keeping the fans optimistic is key to filling the station.
Well put,SMF20.
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: May I also,point out that I think that Sami desperately needs a mature, seasoned 2nd in command. I'm sure Nathan is a good coach but Sami has suggested that he would like a seasoned management guy in alongside him to offer advice and challenge his decisions. When you break it down.... We have released or sold 14 players since January and replaced them with only 4. Considering some of those were star players, it was bound to take effect. We also lost a management team and replaced it with another but with less of them. The stats above alone are enough to put any club on the back foot. People need replacing and they need replacing now. Our club has lost its momentum and the pinch has taken hold of our progression. The decline was inevitable given so many cutbacks... I'm not happy about it but if it means we carry on as a club then so be it. I'm not going to deny that I am worried by our decline since Gus left. Yes we made the playoffs last year but if we are honest, it was a very different way of getting there. I fear for us if crowds drop significantly and would ask the board to consider how things will get any better financially should crowds dwindle. The balancing act is a tough one. Keeping the fans optimistic is key to filling the station.[/p][/quote]Well put,SMF20. Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 2

3:43am Sat 2 Aug 14

Captain Haddock says...

SMF20 wrote:
May I also,point out that I think that Sami desperately needs a mature, seasoned 2nd in command.
I'm sure Nathan is a good coach but Sami has suggested that he would like a seasoned management guy in alongside him to offer advice and challenge his decisions.

When you break it down.... We have released or sold 14 players since January and replaced them with only 4. Considering some of those were star players, it was bound to take effect.
We also lost a management team and replaced it with another but with less of them.
The stats above alone are enough to put any club on the back foot. People need replacing and they need replacing now.
Our club has lost its momentum and the pinch has taken hold of our progression.
The decline was inevitable given so many cutbacks... I'm not happy about it but if it means we carry on as a club then so be it.

I'm not going to deny that I am worried by our decline since Gus left. Yes we made the playoffs last year but if we are honest, it was a very different way of getting there.
I fear for us if crowds drop significantly and would ask the board to consider how things will get any better financially should crowds dwindle.
The balancing act is a tough one. Keeping the fans optimistic is key to filling the station.
Yes well put SMF, but I must say the station gets full enough as it is!!! ;0)
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: May I also,point out that I think that Sami desperately needs a mature, seasoned 2nd in command. I'm sure Nathan is a good coach but Sami has suggested that he would like a seasoned management guy in alongside him to offer advice and challenge his decisions. When you break it down.... We have released or sold 14 players since January and replaced them with only 4. Considering some of those were star players, it was bound to take effect. We also lost a management team and replaced it with another but with less of them. The stats above alone are enough to put any club on the back foot. People need replacing and they need replacing now. Our club has lost its momentum and the pinch has taken hold of our progression. The decline was inevitable given so many cutbacks... I'm not happy about it but if it means we carry on as a club then so be it. I'm not going to deny that I am worried by our decline since Gus left. Yes we made the playoffs last year but if we are honest, it was a very different way of getting there. I fear for us if crowds drop significantly and would ask the board to consider how things will get any better financially should crowds dwindle. The balancing act is a tough one. Keeping the fans optimistic is key to filling the station.[/p][/quote]Yes well put SMF, but I must say the station gets full enough as it is!!! ;0) Captain Haddock
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