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Sometimes, mistakes are repeated because the alternative is worse.
Playing Coleman twice a week is a mistake. Sticking Kenny in to rest him is worse.
Playing multiple defensive central midfielders stifles our attacking play and costs us points. All our other combos leave the defence exposed (especially Keane) and our results deteriorate.
There are lots of examples. When a squad is as unbalanced and poor as ours, we will see the same failings week in week out, because it's still the best available option. Until someone is given a solid 3 years to make the squad theirs, it's hard to criticise managers who are forced to go with a poor choice for fear of a worse one. All our recent managers could have the accusation of repeated mistakes thrown at them, but Benitez was the one who was too stubborn to adapt his approach, and Silva seemed to run out of ideas and, more importantly, luck. Ancelotti understood where he needed to adapt his approach, Lampard seemed to these last few games too. Even then we see 'the same mistakes in team selection on the pitch' because those are our issues and can only be fixed by overhauling the squad, and to a lesser extent by gradual coaching and development. What we need is a manager who can keep picking up points and stay clear of too many relegation worries while the repair work to the squad takes shape. Hopefully that's Lampard, the early signs have been decent.
...;ets see how many can hold there nerve if we go out the cups, lose three on the bounce, and we some odd decisions like Gomes being played.
The patience disappears when people think the manager is making mistakes..it happened with Martinez and Silva.....oh yes I know we need to be patient, we will give the next guy time, but the current bloke clearly hasnt got a clue.
FL will make mistakes and has a lot to learn, but some managers seem too thick or stubborn to learn, that really doesnt seem to be the case with Frank, so lets really say and mean patience this time.
Obviously there are a lot of unknowns and FFP to contend with, but assuming we will lose a few this for cash: Richarlison, Mina and maybe Allan (pure guess work, of course), and then bring in a few new faces, I can't help but be at least a little optimistic about the potential of a first XI that then includes:
Godfrey (still lots of improvement to come from him, I think)
Iwobi (Yes, Iwobi. Who'd have thought it?)
A new commanding solid centre half and two dynamic, high energy, technically decent midfielders and there's a first XI for the future starting to develop.