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  1. The two goalkeepers were the best players on the park. Why the QoS backline decided to cut out the midfield with long balls although our midfield consisted of slow shirkers is a mystery. Unlike some other commentators, I see the biggest problem for the Jags as a midfield without any heart. How anyone dressed in red and yellow on a green field of play can disappear like them is also a mystery. 🤷‍♂️
  2. At one time, Hungary was one of the world's leading football nations - perhaps much as so many aspired to be like Brazil (until the German 7-1 demolition), Hungary was an example to follow. https://www.hungarianfootball.com/category/history/
  3. Results are what count, whatever you think of the manager. Our club doesn't have the resources to experiment and take many defeats while the manager finds his feet: that was tried with Campbell and Archibald, and the inevitable conclusions of their careers as manager were far too late, which was down to the board(s) being indecisive. Unless Caldwell puts together a run of wins pronto, he should be on his way.
  4. The Jags' defence consists of a trio of slow centre backs, the reluctance of individual players to use both feet is re-establishing itself and for most of play the midfield goes down one player because, although he can score, he does little else. (No, those up front don't pose much of a goal threat.) Sneddon, if played, keeps us in the game. If pushed, I'd hazard a guess at 1-4.
  5. If Thistle don't do something to get a couple of half-decent, pacey fullbacks, the defensive record is going to be torrid this season: the whole defence is slow, and as for the midfield - Bannigan gave away almost as much as he recovered, Penrice was well behind play and Gordon took advantage of the absence of our normal unmissable red-and-yellow colours to hide somewhere. Alloa Athletic's manager had done his homework: the Thistle defence was repeatedly at sixes and sevens on the wings, with little cover from a stretched midfield and central defenders drawn out of position. The home side had acres of space in midfield: nobody was closed down, and there was no pressing from Thistle. At one point, the panic among the Thistle players was palpable, with every single player in the Thistle half. Mansell wants to while away his time out on the wing, presumably because, despite his height, he can't head the ball: his big opportunity in the box came and the ball flew well past him. Pass marks for Sneddon, Cardle and Millar, although Cardle and Bannigan seem to have started a competition to see who is the most one-footed player in the team. (Cardle was repeatedly shepherded away from goals, but didn't have the wit to pass or the confidence to use his left foot.) Unless the team is changed to some variant of a 4-man defence for the next outing, the pace of the next game will be dictated by the opposition, and Shankland will be gifted plenty of opportunities. 😰
  6. No, not sardonic - just cynical. Caldwell has obviously watched the film Moneyballs (about baseball and the introduction of algorithm-generated buying and selling decisions) but ignored how Germany was chased out of the newly expanded World Cup in 2018. (The computers had to be transported back to Germany, which revealed the extensive use of statistical analysis.) Gaming leagues (as opposed to knockout cups) by calculating spending against winning combinations of players isn't really feasible in Scotland, unless it's one of a range of techniques for the big two to gain over each other. For most clubs, the parameters are too wide to allow predictions (weather, injuries, forced sales, etc.) and forming a team from disparate individuals, as McNamara did, takes a human understanding of what works. (That flair had/has its downside, of course, as we've seen.) If AI could win football, China would have been a world champion long ago, but instead its football is a morass of corruption and failed/renamed clubs.
  7. If the kind of algorithm-chosen team that turned out against Clyde is to be the future, then we're in for some grimly unentertaining games. Just enough to win, but so many weaknesses that show why AI is never going to be more than another tool for coaches. This isn't baseball, whatever Caldwell may think.
  8. If we're generous, the motivation of the old-new board may be bringing about or protecting from a takeover, dependent on the predicted benefit or disadvantage. There seems to be little incentive for a takeover, but the tie-up with Kingsford Capital - a kenspeckle outfit if there ever were one - was also a mystery. Could there be a connection, or is it just simply that loss-makers such as football clubs are very valuable, er, "assets" in the opaque world of investment?
  9. So the plans for a hospital wing at the new training ground can be put on hold, then? The approach to strength and fitness overall has increased the resilience of players, and perhaps the change in the personnel dealing with it (or not) was the cause. The loudest alarm for any manager (regardless of the business) should be staff absence statistics, but before Caldwell's arrival it seemed to be regarded as a trivial matter.
  10. That's a swede, you tumshie! (Unless you're English, of course.)
  11. Wasn't there a rule about 6 weeks per injury per player? Apart from misdiagnoses, injuries after returning, etc. obviously.
  12. Archie presumably left his copy of Football Management for Idiots in the manager's office. Either that or the PropCo gang made sure another copy was left for the new manager.
  13. The Jags have barely changed since the previous manager's "tactics" - get the ball into the danger area, see there are defenders around and put it out to the wing - for a cross to the non-existent 7-foot tall centre forward. To bring in some Christmas spirit, there was a variant: get to the byeline and cut back to the non-existent runner from midfield. The Jags' best player seemed to be Sneddon, who almost reached the well taken penalty and seemed aware of and prepared to use the options for distribution. Maybe it's the hard pitch, but the high punt from the Highland League does not seem to have been phased out at the Park-once-known-as-Victoria yet -a contrast with the occasional neat (completely unproductive) passing among Jags players. It looks like Caldwell is just Archie 2.0 - more options to make the same mistakes. Relegation is more than a possibility.
  14. Look on the bright side: we desperately need to lose, because if we don't Uncle Roy will buy up all the players available in the January window (to make a new team, after losing to the division's bottom feeder), leaving us with even bigger problems.
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