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Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

Styopa

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That Fulham cup game he had to use the squad to see what it was made of before the end of the summer window and give minutes to players after only months in the job and one month into the actual season. We also only lost on penalties. It really wasn't as bad as people are making out.

Now if it happens next season then yes have a discussion around it.

I think overall he probably made too many changes for that match. I understand why he did it but we are desperate to win something and we didn’t have any European football to juggle this season. Some amount of changes would have been understandable but 9 was a lot.

Having said that, many of the players who played- like Lo Celso, Perisic, Solomon and Richarlison - are players that many fans have said we’ve missed this season or Ange should be giving more game time to.

Ange explained very well why he did it and we did end up having to rely on players like Emerson and Davies for large parts of this season. So he was proved right about that.

But it’s always a risk when you make wholesale changes to a team, even though it was a calculated risk.
 

NEVILLEB

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Get over yourself mate, we're not in a playground and nobody cares.
I was discussing Ange which is the point of the thread. You decided to discuss me.

That’s all you contribute. Nothing intelligent about the topic, just personal comments. Forums are for people of different opinions to debate. You’ve never seemed to grasp this.

Which is why i blocked you years ago.
 

mil1lion

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This is why I was so disappointed by our cup runs this season. Great chance to show the hunger of the team and squad and manager. And it was over as quick as most seasons.
The Fulham game as hard to judge. It was still early days and although he changed the squad a lot he was still learning about his team. I think it's just unfortunate we weren't in Europe and entered the cup earlier. We still got a draw at a tough ground and then penalties it's about who steps up. Then we lost to City in the FA Cup where they outclassed us but we hung on and were unfortunate with the goal being allowed.

I would expect better next season for sure but I can at least understand how we went out of those 2 cups.
 

Cuore da Leone

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Really excited about this part here - Ange clearly realizes the task he has and is looking to bring in more staff to the club and it sounds like he has a much clearer idea of the missing gaps.

My personal hopes is that we bring in:
Set Piece Coach
Team of Sports Psychologists


+ make Romero captain
 

fishhhandaricecake

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I liked that press conference, he got the tone right for sure. He’s been miserable over the last few weeks, understandably, so it was nice to see him joking around a bit.

But that bit at the end still goes to show he doesn’t understand what’s happened. He said even if it was against his brother he’d still fight to the death etc - that’s fine but that’s not what any of this is about. The manager and players will always fight to win and that’s what we fans want. I suspect even those of us who didn’t mind losing still wanted the team to fight to win…. but just lose the game fairly and squarely. He’s still talking about it as if it’s the club’s mentality but it’s not, it’s just some of the fans’ mentality. If there was ‘banter’ inside the club about playing the kids, then that’s just joking around at the expense of Arsenal.

He’s managed for 30 odd years and he’s never come across this situation before? That’s surprising in itself. For him not to understand is still weird for me. Personally, I’d have loved it if he said ‘I understand the fans, I just don’t agree with that’. What’s not to understand, we’re not asking them to throw the match (seriously) or be any less professional than usual, we’re just saying losing won’t be the worst thing in this case because it’s buggers our biggest rival’s season up. It’s really not that hard to understand whether you agree with it or not. In fact I’d go as far as to say I wouldn’t want him to agree with it. I love the fact he doesn’t and wants to win at all costs, but as I say, that’s not what this was about.

Still, enjoyable conference and some great answers in there. I really like Ange.
Very very well put!
 

fishhhandaricecake

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I wonder what ‘changes’ he is referring to.

Of course he’ll want to improve the squad that’s a given but what else?

Additional coaching staff?
Sports psychologists?
Tactical changes?

He also mentioned about getting the foundations solid first which he seemed to allude are the team consistently game in game out dominating the ball, pressing hard and high and taking games away from the opposition.

I wonder if he also wants to bring in some other coaches, maybe a change of captain (doubt that for now).

Very interesting summer ahead.
 

thebenjamin

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Well it doesn't seem to be Arsenal's or Liverpool's main focus. I think a decent argument can be made of the board not really putting much emphasis or effort into winning cups.

Probably less overt than that and more likely we've had squads that aren't capable of competing on several fronts and the managers have had to choose which to prioritise.
 

Joe Bjorn Hotspur

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Haven’t commented in a while but was relieved with Ange’s press conference today. He’s had time to reflect on that weird week and he clearly still wants to take on the challenge as well as believes that his vision will come to fruition.

We’ve all known for years that the mentality needs to change root and branch in the club. We need to move on from Tuesday, we all hated being in that situation.

The amount of fractures we’ve had as a fanbase over the years has been ridiculous from post Poch to now: stems from no trophies and too many near misses through the years.

Neutrals know it and by heck I know Woolwich fans who acknowledge it too: we’ve got a decent manager who will get our house in order if you give him the chance.

I hope the board back him in terms of transfers and restructuring within which solidifies a collective mentality. Instead of playing a part in which team has an advantage in the title race we need to be involved in being in them like we were under Poch. Back Ange and we can get back to that. COYS!
 
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Albertbarich

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I thought he got the tone and the words in that press conference absolutely spot on.

He is such a leader. Love it.

I was thinking were all wondering what is wrong with the culture and who these bad staff members are. I bet it's something as silly as the goundsman or the canteen staff mucking about to much and being more fans than staff. Something silly like that.

Anyway let's move onwards and upwards.
 

Trix

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I wonder what ‘changes’ he is referring to.

Of course he’ll want to improve the squad that’s a given but what else?

Additional coaching staff?
Sports psychologists?
Tactical changes?

He also mentioned about getting the foundations solid first which he seemed to allude are the team consistently game in game out dominating the ball, pressing hard and high and taking games away from the opposition.

I wonder if he also wants to bring in some other coaches, maybe a change of captain (doubt that for now).

Very interesting summer ahead.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see someone come in and take over set pieces, whether we call him a set pieces coach or not.
 
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