January 26, 2022 at 9:59 pm #2046435
This is the second time I’ve forked out £10 to watch football on WBATV and I’ve yet to see any from the home side. Not a single shot on target! The sooner VI goes the better because he hasn’t got a clue!January 27, 2022 at 8:59 am #2046489
I couldn’t agree more. He’s replaced Bobby Gould in the entrance to Albion’s hall of shame. STill the people to really blame are the people who appointed him. They should have listened to DW. His expectations of VI were zilch. Why did we get rid of Slav? Stabbed in the back by the sale of Hegazi, he organised the team to get a draw at the Etihad – how remote that seems now.
We should have ridden the relegation, done our best to keep Pereira and we’d be up there with Fulham now. As it is we’re back to the dark ages and it’ll only get worse as long as he’s around.January 27, 2022 at 9:23 am #2046492
Val is destroing our club,yes he is clueless.He has to go asap.One thing for sure is that a new manager will get big problems with this Albion team,which is one of the worst i have seen for years.We dont have a really good player in our team.What has happen to Johnstone,was not in the squad,i guess he is fed up with Val.If Val stay we will get down the table and saturday at the Den will be another loss.Norway baggieJanuary 27, 2022 at 1:31 pm #2046605
I’m not sure whether I am the DW to whom Sarky refers but either way it took me a matter of a few minutes to research this guys background and draw the inevitable conclusion. Was this beyond the capacity of the club management or were they simply content that we should develop into the new Barnsley? It was a dreadful appointment from the outset but the real question is what now?
His contract seems certain to ensure that we are stuck with him unless there is an early break clause covering failure and he claims to need at least another three or four transfer windows to mould the team he desires. Well we all know what that will look like don’t we?
This situation is of course just a symptom of the parlous nature of our club right now and all our problems start with the disastrous ownership and run through a management team which seem utterly devoid of any meaningful football nous. Which is why we ended up with Dowling who added his own brand of third division thinking to the mix and we now have a squad utterly devoid of EPL talent and playing relegation form football in possibly the worst Chump league ever.
I would love to think that there was a silver lining to all of this but I simply do not see it unless someone with a real interest in the game throws a bucket load of money at the Chinaman and invests in both the management and players. The chances must be close to zilch and it is depressing. I have struggled to find any enthusiasm for the team this season and yet over the years I have kept the faith with even poorer sides than this one always hoping/believing that matters would improve. Now I don’t.
If anyone has a cure please feel free to share it!January 27, 2022 at 2:45 pm #2046652
According to a poll 90% of fans want VI out of the club. I just wonder who the deluded 10% are? I too saw his ‘cv’ and didn’t think much of it. Gave him a chance like all the others we’ve had over the years but he’s got to go asap because he’s ruined this club. I’ve just played golf with two Everton supporters. Their club is trying to bring in VI MK2 as manager and their fans are up in arms about it. As to the cure DH, the only thing I can think of is a few pints of something decent before every match so you’re too pissed to care!January 27, 2022 at 5:43 pm #2046743
Didn’t see the match, but apparently it went pretty much how many of us were expecting. I think most of us were prepared to give VI a chance, but it’s hard to think of anything of use that he has added to this football club, and the other teams now know exactly what to expect. It’s probably a good thing that we haven’t had a proper striker all season, because that might’ve papered over the cracks. At least this way, he’ll be gone soon ….. (I hope)January 27, 2022 at 10:43 pm #2046828
You and everyone else Finger. And I apologise for getting your name wrong DH – but at least I got the thrust of your posting right. In fact I think if anything you understated the case against IV. And Geir I think you’re being a little unfair on the players. Under this management almost anyone would look abtsmal. Put him in charge of Fulham and watch them slide down the league.
But he has to go whatever it costs. Otherwise noe entertainment, lack of cuccess and ignominy in the sphere of football lies ahead.Three and a half years left on his conctract, heaven knows what damage he can do in that time, not least to the youngsters we’re desperate to keep at the club.
IV doesn’t have a Plan B but the club needs to think of one, and quick!January 29, 2022 at 1:25 pm #2047408
I’ve tried the booze Northwich but too much only makes me more melancholy? However by chance I stumbled on an ITV4 programme called Football Revisited (or something similar) which was showing highlights of some 1976 matches including the Albion v West Ham. What a tonic!
We had just been promoted back to the top tier under Johnny Giles and won 3-0 with Ally Brown bagging a couple but the contrast with today’s crap was remarkable. Two teams both striving to score more goals than the other with defence a secondary consideration; both playing 433 but utilising the whole of the park so width and space everywhere. Open and exciting. The first highlight was a sight of Ally Robertson almost on the left wing crossing for John Wile to blast a mishit volley wide and handsome and it was not clear who, if anyone, was left at the back covering a counter. Not a single foreigner on the pitch and not a single player, foreign or otherwise rolling around on the pitch in agony. Johnny at his best spraying passes everywhere and the late, great John Osbourne dealing with everything West Ham could muster (which in truth was not much!)
I felt so much better for the experience that I have dug out all my old match videos to watch again (just need to find the machine to play them on now) as a dose of nostalgic pleasure seems to be the most effective remedy for today’s woes. Highly recommended for those who can do the same!January 30, 2022 at 8:43 am #2047621
I watched a few of those during lockdown. As you say it was a tonic to see ‘real’ football being played although some of the tackles were a bit dodgy. Hadn’t realised they were still showing so will have to look them up.
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