Date: 30th October 2013 at 5:43pm
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Only a storm should have you shutting up shop

Still chuckling at the ‘Posh Womble` name assigned to our former frivolous manager, I read something which slowly dissolved my smile.

If watching the current Bolton side wasn`t painful enough, Dougie Freedman has vowed to ‘shut-up-shop` as soon as the Whites take a lead. To start with, who`s to say we will take the lead? If we don`t, then what`s the plan?
Plus, isn`t it folly for a manager to disclose tactical ambition before the game, especially to the media? I mean, a lot of managers don`t even like announcing who will be in the starting-11 before Saturday rolls around. I`m sure some managers would even prefer to keep their whole identity secret until an hour before kick-off? Surprise, today, Bolton Wanderers, you will be playing?

Secondly, what I`ve experienced, especially this season, Bolton have conceded the lead, not because of tactical deficiencies, but because they deserve to concede the lead. On more than one occasion, they`ve been lucky to take the lead, nevermind being unlucky to lose it.

Dougie was accused of being too negative in his approach even before he took over at the Reebok, but now he appears willing to risk further criticism as he searches for a winning formula.

Try this tactic, Dougie: Formulate a plan to score more than one goal. Who knows, we may then win games and be entertaining doing it. Football is a spectator sport, after all.


3 Replies to “BWFC: A Spectator Sport”

  • my opinion about Freedman is entrenched and I will not repeat it this time round. Reference to his press statement is simply another example of the ridiculous comments he often comes out with, it does not really merit any response at all other than truly pathetic. I would much rather prefer to squeeze a response from by fellow comrades on the topic of quality players & managers.
    We all know OC had the fortune to temporarily bring in 2 loan players during his reign – Sturridge & the lad at Arsenal, whose name leaves me. Both had a huge impact on team performance and results. In turn DF had Dawson last season and previous, while at Palace, he had Zaha and a few other good players. The moral to all this – regardless of the manager if you are blessed with having one, two, or even three really good players out on the pitch, they will dominate- take over, influence the play, dictate the outcome, produce the goods. With good players tactics are almost meaningless, you never have to teach a quality player how to play, they run on instinct, were to run, when to pass, how to defend, how to attack. it is all very natural to them. So my proposal is simple, with the right players the team will be good regardless, therefore can it be said a managers most important task is spotting the right players and that goes for the chairman as well, ultimately a clubs potential sits within the quality of its players. Compare this against our recent track record in talent spotting – £10 million invested in the attacking talent offered by N’Gog and Sordell, a complete disaster . Many use this example to defend the current focus given to the academy- sadly, the reality is we don’t have the talent in our academy, we no longer have the money to bring the talent in and we are unlikely to find such talent handed out on loan deals from other clubs. Faced with a shortage of talent the role of the manager to get a group of average players playing well takes on greater importance and the spotlight shifts to the managers abilities, enter Mr Freedman which takes me back to the start were I said I would not repeat myself, goodnight.

  • To say that good players are simply good because they are and don’t need any training is nonsense, Ronaldo when he came to United was too greedy, ran himself down blind alleys and simply tried every trick he had everytime without too much end product. Fergie got hold of him and taught him when and where to do it – how best to use his skills to the maximium benefit to him or the team and that’s why he became the (2nd) best player in the world (with a bigger hairdressing bill than Messi – thanks Blatter). DF’s special player Zaha didn’t just tip up with is boot bag and some wintergreen – he was nutured through the academy, taught how to harness his talents and then sold for £15m! That’s what we need to do. Keegan got rid of the youth team at Newcastle because he thought you could just buy in players in the long term, once he left they then started again and produced Andy Carroll, 35m cha-ching. Although I do agree with the tone of the article – sitting back seems daft. We should be trying to improse ourselves on the game and not worrying about the opposition – getting our dangerous players on the ball in dangerous areas. Not sitting back and inviting them on to us as soon as we score. When we score, we should be playing higher up the pitch, pressing the opposition their half, denying them time and space on the ball and keeping them as far away from our side of the pitch as possible. Look at Southampton this season – they have only conceded 3 in 10, and it’s not down to having a great defense but from defending from the front and keeping their opponents on the back foot at all times.

  • I’d love to see us pressing high up the pitch, indeed all over the pitch. We haven’t done that in a long, long time. I think the last time we did it regularly we won the First Division. The last time we sat back and tried to hold on to a lead was… was… don’t say it… aaargh… MEGSON… ouch my brain. And that didn’t work. I’m not sure we have the players to do it at the moment, though – we can’t pass well enough to escape our own half in the same way Southampton do.

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