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It's not hard Andy, we are so predictable.  We even know within 2/3 minutes when substitutions are likely to be made. By  the way I did say AL is "not intentionally a bad manager" in replying to Theo. I am sure he thinks that what he doing is always right. That is what I find hard to accept.  Also we must not forget he has an Assistant and several coaches. Do they have a say and if so are they listened to???

From my perspective no one seems to be thinking proactively. Change only comes after the event when it's to late. When do we see tactical changes made to counter other teams threats? No it all seems to be done by numbers.

Ambitious managers use scouting reports to prepare a plan for each match. Presumably we do the same but one has to assume little preparation is done since we play the same way week in and week out. It appears that AL believes in "one size fits all". 

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I feel really bad for Andy having to put up with you lot .  Perhaps the answer lies in the boardroom with the player budget Andy has to work with . If Andy's hands are tied what the hell is he supposed to do ??  WAVE A MAGIC WAND !!!! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD GET OFF THE MAN'S BACK.  !!!!

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I thought that SwKnicker had got onto the wrong forum and that he/she was commenting on "Brexit" and Theresa and seems to have got something Twisted!!!!

Unfortunately when continually asked to get behind the Manager it's inevitable that some will get to close and end up on his back.

More seriously though he knew what he was taking and to some extent has met the challenge.  But some of us had an idea what was in store. See quotes from 2017.

On 06/06/2017 at 19:57, Ex Meadowender said:

He has an amazing little black book of non-league contacts. I'm concerned that he gets too emotional and it tends to cloud his tactical thinking. Would be an excellent coach alongside a level-headed manager but watch out for run ins with opposition managers and officials that cost games.

On 06/06/2017 at 20:25, 4wembleyfinals said:

What you say sounds familiar and I agree with you but, even if we could afford it, I don't think he would appreciate working as a number "2". 

On 06/06/2017 at 20:30, Ex Meadowender said:

You are right, Andys ego wouldn't let him be a number 2 from what I have seen. As a supporter owned club he needs to know his budget and not overspend. From my understanding, he has a track record of promising players more than he can deliver in financial terms. It will be a roller coaster ride with some good days though. ETFC is a fantastic club with huge potential and I look forward to going again as a groundhopper.

Honest impartial observations from an outside source. Do these ring any bells SwKn??  Words such as Tactical thinking, ego and tying himself to players by promising them more than he can deliver. The latter may be why young players continually leave.

I SURE WE ALL WOULD WISH TO THANK MEADOWENDER FOR HIS COMPLIMENT TO THE CLUB IN HIS FINAL SENTENCE.

IT IS WHAT WE ALL FEEL AND IS WHY WE CARE SO MUCH FOR THE CLUBS FUTURE....

 

 

 

 

 

QED

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In order to incorporate quotes from the past.

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4WF, I think anything on this forum by that particular contributor needs to be read carefully as there was some very personal comments made by him about the manager on one topic that is now locked. 

As for the manager, he still has my backing and I believe he will get it right. I find it very frustrating that some of you can't wait to get on his back when things start to go wrong and very slow to post comments when things were going better earlier in the season. Some of you haven't liked him from the start and even if had won every game this season you'd still find something to criticise him about.

There are plenty of younger players still at the club, didn't the manager bring back an u23 side this season (anyone know how they're doing?) and other youngsters are out on loan at other clubs.

Last point, there is a meeting coming up where members can attend and make their point direct to the manager. Got to be better than posting on a form surely (not directed at you 4WF, but to all contributors)

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 Point taken TFJ but with one exception, what ever I write is not personal against AL as a person. It is a critique of his approach to management as I have perceived it in the past and in which I still see no change. 

It may seem absurd to you but for medical reasons I do not have the confidence to venture far at night hence I do not take full advantage of my membership by attending winter meetings or evening matches.  

It is for this reason I indulge myself in subscribing to this forum where I respect that everyone has a right to agree or disagree with me depending on their individual view.

It is debatable whether the " management" takes on board what is written as we get very little feedback but one hopes that sometimes our concerns filter through.

 

 

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Sorry 4WF I wasn't suggesting your comments were personal against the manager, only that using that particular contributor as an impartial outsider was not the best example as we have seen him making personal comments about the manager.

i appreciate your difficulties in attending games etc and I hope you are able to attend when you can because at the end of the day we all love football. Perhaps some of the other vocal critics of the manager are able to take the opinions forward.

i wish you well.

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Thank you TJF. Just trying to get myself back on track.

Strangely, especially in view of my comments, I have yet to see us lose a game this season.

I should try to get to more games!!!!!

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19 hours ago, TJFootie said:

As for the manager, he still has my backing and I believe he will get it right. I find it very frustrating that some of you can't wait to get on his back when things start to go wrong and very slow to post comments when things were going better earlier in the season. Some of you haven't liked him from the start and even if had won every game this season you'd still find something to criticise him about.

Completely agree. I've questioned for some time whether the views on this forum are representative of the supporter base and don't think they are. Like TJF says, too quick to criticise, too slow to praise.

I don't get to many games but saw 2 last time I was home. The first was the drab 0-0 against Brightlingsea which certainly didn't set the world alight (though we should have nicked a win right at the end).  The second was the away win at Tonbridge which was one of the best games I have seen for a long time. We played extremely well and looked every inch a play-off contender, if not better.  That was only a month ago and now the knives are out!!!! Give me a break. It's essentially the same team!! Us supporters are a fickle lot.

I agree with people saying we are not playing to Bricknell's strengths when he is up front on his own. I prefer to see 2 up front (home and away). But it looks to me like the manager has tried 2 up front the last 2 games and we still lost. And he still gets criticised!! 😅

I think it's simpler. We had the run of the ball in the first couple of months. First game of the season we could easily have lost. The 2-2 draw at Lewes which kept momentum going and confidence high - could easily have lost that one too. Haringey at home - Kirby hit the bar for them in the last minute so could have lost that one as well. The Hayes & Yeading defeat didn't disappoint me - we put out a young team. But since the Trophy loss at Basingstoke, we've not had the run of the ball. 9 times out of 10 Johnson's back pass would have gone to our right back. It didn't, their forward took his chance and we've been like a deflated balloon ever since. Confidence has evaporated. But the playing squad is pretty much unchanged.

Brandon Adams going to Ware is disappointing but don't blame the manager. The club received a 7 day approach and the player decided to go to get regular playing time. Why is that the manager's fault? The player chose to drop a league. The manager didn't show him the door. Quite the opposite, I suspect, but it was the player's choice.

I enjoy reading the posts. Quite often I completely disagree with people's opinions but's that's the whole point of a forum. Air your opinion.

We have a good squad, they just need a win to get some self-belief back. We've got a tough looking December but the players need to look at how they played at Tonbridge to remind themselves they are good. We'll get out of this slump.

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Or Perhaps Brandon could ve got more game time.

He clearly walked because he wasn't in favour.....or is that unfair?

If things turn round by December/january I ll be the first one on here admitting it

Yes we are a fickle bunch but I've seen alot since brightlingsea....

It's more frustration......!!!

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To be honest BJ it was the managers fault Adams left .... he is young and wants to play not get splinters in his backside.... I said before the season started I hope the signing of Liam didn't take away game time from Adams and unfortunately that is exactly what happened.....  but as far as the criticism goes it's quite simple for me...  I am a ETFC member... I pay for a season ticket... I do the golden goal and 50/50 even tho I never win... I have purchased numerous articles from the club shop and I spend money behind the bar.... all I ask in return is to be entertained and quite frankly for the last eighteen months I haven't been.....

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Who encourages players to join ETFC?

Who oversees training?

Who selects the team?

Who develops programmes and plans for each game?

Who watches the same games as the supporters?

Who needs to get the players to turn around this season?

Thank goodness it's not me.

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Andy I am not intending to sound Glib but my answer to your question would be some one with the ability to juggle all jobs on your list. He would have to be at Board level and would be a person who is readily prepared to work with others with in the club to bring together the skills needed to join up your list of occupations. In major clubs it is a Director of Football. Probably our club is not financially big enough to have this structure and at the moment this is perceived to be the manager's job.

Even if we were able to recruit someone to fill this role I would think that not many manager at our level, and I include AL, would be willing to accept the situation. But I know that there are manager/coaches out there at progressive Non league clubs already working this way.

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Andy I knew you were. But I was trying to point out whilst, at the same indulging my ego, what type of person can do all the jobs you listed, with helpers. It's a terrible trait of mine overstating the obvious.

A win to night, is a win, is a win so they say. From little acorns and all that etc..... we now await Saturday.

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