Dave Sutton's barnet wrote:
Didn't Okocha himself almost leave, homesick, in that first few months?
But yeah, everyone at the club now is a dullard and they're doing it on purpose.
It's a weird thread when A1's the plain voice of common sense.
Yeah, that's exactly what happened with Okocha. And we let it continue with all our other key signings didn't we...
Oh, you mean we didn't?
As you well know, we were famed for our holistic approach to managing our key assets in a more sophisticated way than our rivals. Our players' fitness, motivation and concentration in the Big Sam era were incredible, when you look back on it. But performances and anecdotal evidence suggests that this is no longer the case.
Eating Nando's is in itself inhumane. Letting an expensive elite athlete feel lousy and eat fast food on Middlebrook for a month is absolutely laughable. But in any case, no-one is suggesting everyone at the club is a dullard and being so on purpose. What a strange thing to say.
What might be missing, though, is someone with foresight and an appreciation for sports science/psychology, willing to instruct his Director of Operations (or whatever) that he should get some funds from Gartside and prioritise player conditioning and welfare. Something a bit less rudimentary than "putting a shift in" followed by a game of table tennis perhaps?
Now you could say none of this matters, but you're probably wrong. It's not just our tactical acumen that's dropped off in recent seasons. We know Allardyce studied this stuff for years
before properly implementing it at Bolton. We know he went to America to learn about modern sports management. I'd be interested to hear Coyle's perspective on the subject.