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Give managers the types of players they know and things might just work a tad bit better. Revolutionary stuff.

 

If only the previous manager was treated as fairly. Oh well.

 

This. We wouldnt be 'oh we'll prolly not get relegated' as that bar this season if rafa had been backed like bruce has.

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I've got to hold my hands up. If Rafa was still in charge, I'd be [with hindsight]delighted with that team selection, performance and result.

 

I would except for the selection and performance.

 

I only saw the highlights and Rafa has put out some teams that were just as dodgy. Especially early on in the season. If we'd got a draw away to West Ham, on the opening day of the season we would have been happy.

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Let’s not get too giddy, West Ham were absolutely diabolical like.

 

Bruce also starts well and then has a dreadful end to the season when the players fitness is all over the place.

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Some real embarrassing stuff in here, Bruce had nowt to do with the Joelinton transfer, Ashley has spent money this preseason as it’s absolutely vital we stay up for any sale and he’s had a bit of a windfall with the deposit.

 

Bruce identified where we needed players; not rocket science but he managed to get them to come here. We were the far better side yesterday.

 

I’m no Bruce lover, said so many times, the wheels tend to fall off after a couple of seasons but knocking him at the moment is nonsense. My biggest gripe with Bruce has always been his feigned affinity to Newcastle and that accent. He’s never been at a bigger club than Newcastle (fair to say) so let nature take its course.

 

For a club that had Kinnear, licky lips, McLaren and the utterly detestable King, I’d take Bruce right now.

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Let’s not get too giddy, West Ham were absolutely diabolical like.

 

Bruce also starts well and then has a dreadful end to the season when the players fitness is all over the place.

 

Eh ? We only won 1 out of our first 7 games last season.

 

I meant the first half of the season v the second half, but point taken.

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Let’s not get too giddy, West Ham were absolutely diabolical like.

 

Bruce also starts well and then has a dreadful end to the season when the players fitness is all over the place.

 

Eh ? We only won 1 out of our first 7 games last season.

 

I meant the first half of the season v the second half, but point taken.

 

Ah right, carry on  O0

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Anyone else sick of hearing "if Rafa" blah blah.  I can't be the only one who didn't really enjoy his negative sideways style football.  Call me dinosaur old school (or considerably worse probably), but I like football played on the front foot, even if that does involve some high balls with support players feeding off them.

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Anyone else sick of hearing "if Rafa" blah blah.  I can't be the only one who didn't really enjoy his negative sideways style football.  Call me dinosaur old school (or considerably worse probably), but I like football played on the front foot, even if that does involve some high balls with support players feeding off them.

You must've loved last season's front foot football then.

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Anyone else sick of hearing "if Rafa" blah blah.  I can't be the only one who didn't really enjoy his negative sideways style football.  Call me dinosaur old school (or considerably worse probably), but I like football played on the front foot, even if that does involve some high balls with support players feeding off them.

 

He wasn't being allowed to bring in the players he wanted

 

He then still managed to put together a team to grind out results that wasn't a complete embarrassment to watch.

 

As soon as he was given a tiny bit of leeway with Rondon and then Almiron coming in you could see a vast improvement in play, and so one can only wonder what he could have produced if they'd let him get on with things.

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Anyone else sick of hearing "if Rafa" blah blah.  I can't be the only one who didn't really enjoy his negative sideways style football.  Call me dinosaur old school (or considerably worse probably), but I like football played on the front foot, even if that does involve some high balls with support players feeding off them.

 

Nah.

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Anyone else sick of hearing "if Rafa" blah blah.  I can't be the only one who didn't really enjoy his negative sideways style football.  Call me dinosaur old school (or considerably worse probably), but I like football played on the front foot, even if that does involve some high balls with support players feeding off them.

 

If you thought last season was front foot  football then go to Specsavers.

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Anyone else sick of hearing "if Rafa" blah blah.  I can't be the only one who didn't really enjoy his negative sideways style football.  Call me dinosaur old school (or considerably worse probably), but I like football played on the front foot, even if that does involve some high balls with support players feeding off them.

 

Rafa's style of football was fine, and was good when he got a player like Rondon in.

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