Ok. I met someone associated with the club at a function. I don't get any info as normal but I was told, earlier in the season, there was a particular point during a dire run where a target was set for a 5 game run to meet a set tally of points.
The decision wasn't that HE had to go but more that the Board felt there was a particular stage in the season where THEY could make a change that had the chance of having an impact. This was that we had to stay in the Prem.
Once past this point they would not interject as if the desired points had been amassed in those games then we would be safe as long as the forecast tally for other team's met with the expectations. Other teams dropped like a stone to coincide with a haul of points.
This was purely a business type calculation. I believe the opinion is that he prevented the need for drastic action as we bagged the points. The decision made was solely due to the belief that we are safe.
In my opinion, as with TP, the decision has already been made and I think he will be going at he end of the season. In Coates we trust.
IMO there has been a general and consistent regression and deterioration in performances for the last 12 months or so and our more recent form and performances doesn't convince me that he knows how to stop the slide. He seems to have no plan or tactics, his signings have largely been very poor and most are either not in the team/squad or out on loan, there has consequently been a large amount of money wasted in transfer fees, and we are left with a slow, ageing, unbalanced squad which now requires major transformation to address the many deficiencies.
I was delighted when he replaced Pulis and for the first couple of years I saw some of the best football at our club since I watched Alan Hudson and Co in the 70's. Sadly this now seems a distant memory and we are being served performances which are no better than in Pulis's final season.
Hughes has presided over the creation of this absolute mess and for me his time is up at the end of the season.
Out me thinks. 20 mins a game of decent football is not good enough. There is no system except that keeping possession in our own half for as long as possible to improve the stats.
Players bought with no idea how they will play in the team. If you bought so called superstars in Imbula and Shaq then surely you build a team around those but no. I have a growing feeling he is out of his depth in the prem.
Someone who's idea of chasing the game after going 1-0 down is to plonk an immobile 6ft7 36-year old and hoof a barrage of innocous long balls towards him hoping for a miracle does not deserve any further allowance
We've been on a downward spiral for the past 2 seasons
We've lost practically all games in which we conceded first, suffering countless 4 and 3 goal beatings
What are the main challenges facing the new government? You mean apart from a total lack of political nous and knowledge of the real world? The central problem is the lack of true radicalism. When this country was great, we didn't have the welfare state, a National Health Service or free education. What we did have was an empire, no income tax and a fucking big navy. You don't need a PhD to work it out, do you?
Post by PerCyfilth ....Captains Log on Apr 6, 2017 7:59:06 GMT
He has til the end of the season to sort out a few results...its like the Pulis last season where we died off the last part of the season after being in a good position. We need some serious surgery needing some pace,youth and energy as well as creation. I couldn't see the point of buying Berahinho if we can't create anything for him to feed off. We are fast becoming Stoke Nil.
I think he will be given one more season to move us on. He needs a clear out in the summer and an excellent start to the season or Coates will get rid, he has done some good things but we need to become a challenge for clubs and actually become consistant.
A massive out from me. I can see it would have been difficult to have sacked him last summer off the back of another 9th place. But, the cracks were already there and he was already struggling to deal with them.
The way this season has gone and the now bigger gaps, not to mention a multitude of problems that will need addressing around the corner, it would be futile to let him continue given his inabilities.
I am for Hughes out. He has lost his way and is not getting the best out of the squad we have. We should be at least level with the Baggies. Muniesa has good game last week and is dropped. Sobhi was playing well but he too has been dropped. He pays £18 million for Imbula who doesn't play reguarly (and deserves not to do so) and then is thinking of loaning him out. Hughes has goner clueless. Sorry to say!!