It's still a little premature yet, given that there is still some time to go, but who would be prepared to take a punt on where these managers' three teams will finish at the end of the 2009-10 season? What are their relative strenghths and weaknesses?
Moyes: dogged, determined, defensive minded, and perhaps lacking in offensive and creative intuition. Solid, dependable, hard and focussed, but perhaps not with the flair and decisive attacking ability that would be required to win games (particularly away from home) and thus secure all 3 points where only 1 was taken.
Hodgson: a manager from the Bobby Robson school, but perhaps without Bobby's gung ho at times. Much respected, a thinker, and a planner. You get the impression he always does his homework, good at determining where the other team's weakness is, and exploiting it to the full. Also very good in pre- and post-match interviews. Quite happy to talk at length, doesnt hesitate to laud the other team, but very clever at keeping quiet about his own team's strengths (and weaknesses, obviously)!!!
Then there is Mr O'Neill. Ah, yes, have you noticed him on BBC when a guest on MotD when the World Cup comes around? The intellectual, the carefully phrased comment (which I have no doubt was prepared beforehand) and the "Listen, I am going to let you all into a secret here — I've been looking at this lad for some time and believe me he's dynamite."
Don't misunderstand me, I watched O'neill when he played for Forest when they came to Germany in the late 70s, and we all know how well they did. I just have this nagging feeling that he is on the right lines with his buy British policy (and Moyes too), but that he (O'Neill) has the offensive approach, Moyes the defensive resilience, and perhaps Hodgson the overall planning skills, a la Bernard Montgomery, to conquer Europe.
Placings for 2009-10? Everton 6th, Villa 7th, Fulham 8th. We all know who the top 5 will be — don't we????
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1 Posted 06/08/2009 at 01:09:31
2 Posted 06/08/2009 at 01:32:07
3 Posted 06/08/2009 at 03:02:23
As for Fulham coming 8th, I'm afraid I have just banged 20 bones on them getting relegated... nice price for a side with Europa to deal with. :)
4 Posted 06/08/2009 at 08:29:52
I don’t think we’ll get as high as 6th this year....we’ll struggle on the pitch, playing horrible football until Arteta returns..then possibly get some fluidity back and finish in the top ten.
Don’t think we’ll progress very far in any of our cup competitions..
5 Posted 06/08/2009 at 09:20:55
I can see Villa pipping us this year to tell the truth. But we’ll be sandwiched between Villa and Fulham. I’ve got a feeling Spurs will finally produce some goods this season.
6 Posted 06/08/2009 at 10:16:39
7 Posted 06/08/2009 at 10:46:24
we were lucky in a lot of games at the end of the season...playing terrible football, being outplayed and still winning games...while Villa were not so lucky..their luck ran out at Goodison!
I hope I’m wrong though...Can’t see it though...more Neville/Cahill centre midfield combinations...a dreaded thought for me.
8 Posted 06/08/2009 at 11:06:19
Playing terrible and getting points is what we do, we scrape 1-0 wins or occassionally, about a handful of games a season we play good football.
Villa have lost their rock at the back and their captain and replaced them with an injured winger and a kid fom a lower division.
To be honest though I will be suprised if we make top 6 again, our players are another year older and offer nothing new so the teams we played last year will be wise to our tactics and counteract them......until we get our spine back. Jags/Mikel.Yak
9 Posted 06/08/2009 at 11:26:01
10 Posted 06/08/2009 at 11:53:59
So are you saying that Delph is not a kid from a lower division then?
11 Posted 06/08/2009 at 12:38:54
12 Posted 06/08/2009 at 13:21:34
13 Posted 06/08/2009 at 14:42:45
Taking into account our injuries, the lack of new recruits, losing Lescott (so it seems) and competing again in the Eufa cup (with all its demands) I expect no better tha 8th. The bookies have us as eight favourites and they work on hard evidence.
Still, if we use the Lescott money plus the £6-8million we appear to have had available for Naughton for new players then we may do better? If we only spend the majority of the Lescott money (say £15million) and that includes £5mill on Senderos then its as low as 10-12th.
Here’s to some luck in the market and on the injury front.
14 Posted 06/08/2009 at 14:58:45
15 Posted 06/08/2009 at 19:56:48
Personally I prefer David Moyes to the other 2. Hodgson is a very knowledgable and wise campaigner and I would opt for him over O’Neill any time. Just don’t like the guy - same as Phil Brown - its all about them - and they are not my kind of man thanks very much.
I just don’t buy the Man City are going to mount a serious challenge on the Sky 4 let alone the title (get the pun)
They will challenege eventually but not yet and certainly not with Mark Hughes. They will be in the shake up with us, villa, spurs(maybe) for the spots from 5 to 7.
Fulham I think will struggle to cope with 2 games per week and won’t be as good as last year.
I agree with Tony Williams about villa they could not compensate for losing Laursen - they were a mess defensively when he went.
We are still the best placed side to push the Sky 4 - pity we are skint.
16 Posted 06/08/2009 at 20:36:04
17 Posted 06/08/2009 at 20:57:05
I wish I could have a few bob in my arse pocket!
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