Michael Tucker

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  1. 2 hours ago, Blue_In_Every_Way said:

    If we are going based on the blatantly obvious, then I would say it seems fair to say SFL fell out with Marina, wasn't allowed to clear out certain members of the dressing room and looked to be in a difficult job.

    It's fan fantasy though, isn't it? Nobody here knows if Frank fell out with Marina. Nobody.

    He was sacked, and that's that. 

    2 hours ago, Blue_In_Every_Way said:

    And, by the way, Tuchel's doing great, isn't he?

    Which has nothing to do with Frank. And yes, since you asked, Tuchel isn't doing too bad.

    2 hours ago, Blue_In_Every_Way said:

    and rumours out there that the club actually didn't want him! They went after Ragnick instead. Explains the nice and short contract they gave Tuchel.

    Of course, it doesn't 'explain' anything. Guess what (if you haven't worked this out already), the media don't know anymore than you or I do. 

  2. 1 hour ago, Blue_In_Every_Way said:

    Not sure what is the sense behind tearing CHO apart like that publicly is all about....

    OFFS, he didn't 'tear him apart', he answered an effing question. If he's going to be offended by that, then he needs to grow up. Surely anyone who actually watched the game would understand why CHO was taken off? No? Must be me then....

  3. 1 hour ago, Rob B said:

    TT said post-match that neither were injured and both were tactical.  

    Just back to this for  sec - I don't think that he did say that (about both players). He certainly said it about CHO, but I can't find where he said it about TA. If you have a link, that would be helpful. Cheers.

  4. 2 minutes ago, Rob B said:

    And I think by nowadays standards of Manager/Player relationship, subbing someone 25/30 minutes after you brought them on, when they have been your best player for the last 6 games, when you need a goal is baffling. 

    Except that he looked way off the pace, and pretty disinterested tbh. What he did for 'the last 6 games' is irrelevant if he's not showing it in this one - which is the one we were trying to win (I think). And he wasn't. Yes, we needed a goal, but based on what CHO was giving, it surely didn't look like it was going to come from him.

    2 minutes ago, Rob B said:

    Furthermore, when the replacement is Ziyech, who does as little running as I’ve seen on a football pitch since Ozil, and then to criticise his attitude afterwards is harsh. 

    Ziyech's performance (not for the first time) was awful, but it has zero to do with CHO. And even less to do with what the coach said about CHO post game. 


  5. 11 minutes ago, Rob B said:

    And I wouldn’t have a problem with him hooking CHO in isolation normally, but even a half-arsed Hudson-Odoi is more effective & threatening than Werner or Alonso??

    Not based on what he gave the team in this game. Which was very little. Imo, he looked disinterested.

    11 minutes ago, Rob B said:

     Subbing Tammy and CHO when we needed goals was madness,

    According to what I've read, Tammy was injured and wanted to come off. As for CHO: see above.

    And he certainly didn't 'slate' CHO in the media. He simply answered a direct question, honestly. Shame on him!

  6. 4 minutes ago, chara said:

    I only know what I have read about TT but nothing written about him gives any indication that he would accept a "directive" from the board or anyone regarding his picking of a team.

    This, again! :).

    The  'the board told him to do it' excuse is as old as the hills on here. It's dragged out by people whenever a decision doesn't meet their particular position. 

  7. 1 minute ago, GURJ SS said:

    Since Tuchel has come in some players who weren't seeing many minutes have seen more, some players who were written off by fans are playing better and deserving to start. Kepa could very well be another example of Tuchel giving him a boost and Kepa having a fresh start here at the club under a new manager, I'd rather be hopeful of our £70M+ being put to use than writing him off under a new manager.


  8. 16 minutes ago, Mark Kelly said:

    Rumours that Ziyech wants to leave as he doesn't feel wanted by TT .

    Good .

    Biggest waste of money since Shevchenko.

    Has a lovely touch , lazy .

    Shake his hand and wish him well. Won't be missed.

    A tad harsh on Sheva though :).

  9. 48 minutes ago, RobertoftheGiz said:


    I'd suggest that it's because if we put in that level of 'performance' (if you can call it that!) against anyone decent, we'll get our arses handed to us quick-smart.

    It's fair to say that Tuchel mostly put out our second stringers, but they surely didn't have to put in so much effort to show everyone that that is what they are!


  10. 59 minutes ago, Original 21 said:

    Well we made hard work of that. Some looked like they didn’t fancy it. Ziyech, Pulisic played like they wanted to be somewhere else. Disappointing from the two players picked for their creativity. Don’t really have much to say about the performance. Pitch looked lumpy. At least Abraham and Hudson-Odoi took some pride in their display. Kante was pretty steady. Tuchel will have wanted to see a lot more from some who started that game. He won’t have been too impressed. 

    Pretty much, this. Those players looking to break into the starting first team, blew their chances tonight. i know that you have to give credit to Barnsley and their tactics, but even so I thought our guys were dreadful. 

  11. Obviously (and like most my age, I guess) over the decades I've had the pleasure of collecting and reading the great western, espionage and crime novelists like Deighton, Chandler, Wouk, McMurtry, Rankin, and so on (the list of names and titles is endless, so I won't bore you with one!). However, if there was only a single book that I could take with me to that mythical desert island, it's be Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I first read it when I was 20/21, and it's always made me laugh out loud, with tears rolling down my cheeks. I've returned to it many times since. I've lost count of how many copies of it that I've bought (if you have it, then my advice is to never lend it to anyone, because you'll never see it again!). A magnificent novel, and a one-off: although Heller wrote a number of other books, he was never again able to to repeat the brilliance of this his first novel. Stunning!

  12. 9 hours ago, Blue_In_Every_Way said:

    Look, things were bad towards the end under Frank, but they're not looking so great right now under Arteta, OGS, Spurs or Klopp and nobody fired anybody at those clubs yet.

    'Yet' is the key word here. You should know that it you give them a little time,  they'll get around to it. 

  13. 28 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

    or because the club has decided to treat him badly

    And why would they want to 'treat him badly'?

    28 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

    His contract goes through to 2023, so more likely the latter. 

    Is it? Please explain.