Beppe Sannino: 'If Diego Fabbrini plays with his team-mates then he could become very dangerous'

Picture: Holly Cant

Picture: Holly Cant

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

If Diego Fabbrini passes to his team-mates more after beating an opposition player then he could become very dangerous in the future. That was the observation made by Watford's head coach Beppe Sannino after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bristol City.

Fabbrini has had a mixed time since joining the Golden Boys. Flashes of brilliance and game-changing displays have been interspersed with ineffective showings from the one-time Italy international.

Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at Ashton Gate was one of Fabbrini's best performances in recent months.

Sannino was impressed with the 23-year-old's display but also recognised an aspect of the forward's game where he needs to improve.

On Saturday evening, the head coach said: "For me Fabbrini was extraordinary today. If he can understand that when he cuts off a man, he has to play with his team-mates then he could become very dangerous in the future."

Centre midfielder Lewis McGugan was the stand-out player in the first half at the weekend but his performance level decreased considerably after the restart.

Head of medical Marco Cesarini, who was acting as Sannino's translator, revealed after the match that the midfielder had been ill during half-time.

"He had a little problem at half time, so I was very happy with him," Sannino replied when asked about McGugan's display.

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7:11am Tue 7 Jan 14

mellow yellow says...

That has to be my favourite Wobby headline yet! Quality.
That has to be my favourite Wobby headline yet! Quality. mellow yellow
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7:22am Tue 7 Jan 14

demerit says...

Refreshingly frank. Precisely what I have always thought. He beats a couple of players but then always keeps hold of it for a second too long....
Refreshingly frank. Precisely what I have always thought. He beats a couple of players but then always keeps hold of it for a second too long.... demerit
  • Score: 24

8:23am Tue 7 Jan 14

a1derek says...

Fessi was exactly the same at the start and he had developed superbly well this season. It takes time I guess.
Fessi was exactly the same at the start and he had developed superbly well this season. It takes time I guess. a1derek
  • Score: 23

8:37am Tue 7 Jan 14

Essex Hornet says...

Fabbrini definitely has ability on all the ball everyone can see that. He reminds me of an old winger we had called Stewart Scullion who would dribble round people for fun but then would often overdo it and end up losing the ball. If Fabbrinni is given proper guidance with developing his game by Beppe and the coaching team I think he has a lot of potential. Three areas I'd really like to see him work on are:
* Releasing the ball much earlier to team mates who are in good positions.
* Looking up when he sees the goal and taking more responsibility when it comes to shooting.
* Trying to win some balls in the air and improving his heading.

If he gets that little lot sorted watch him fly.
Fabbrini definitely has ability on all the ball everyone can see that. He reminds me of an old winger we had called Stewart Scullion who would dribble round people for fun but then would often overdo it and end up losing the ball. If Fabbrinni is given proper guidance with developing his game by Beppe and the coaching team I think he has a lot of potential. Three areas I'd really like to see him work on are: * Releasing the ball much earlier to team mates who are in good positions. * Looking up when he sees the goal and taking more responsibility when it comes to shooting. * Trying to win some balls in the air and improving his heading. If he gets that little lot sorted watch him fly. Essex Hornet
  • Score: 23

9:06am Tue 7 Jan 14

Travelling Hornet says...

I like Fabbrini and think he's the most skillful player we have, I'd pay money just to watch him warm up with his ball juggling skills.
But he's defiantly underperformed for us , it's good to see that Bebe has identified his potential and will work on it.
I was in a good position on Saturday to watch him closely how he goes past players so easily , he puts his body at an acute angle (45deg) to ease by opponents, so being on the edge of toppling over it only takes a slight touch for him to fall.
Players do improve with coaching look at Walcott who was a headless chicken earlier in his career, now he's going to be a big loss for England.
I like Fabbrini and think he's the most skillful player we have, I'd pay money just to watch him warm up with his ball juggling skills. But he's defiantly underperformed for us , it's good to see that Bebe has identified his potential and will work on it. I was in a good position on Saturday to watch him closely how he goes past players so easily , he puts his body at an acute angle (45deg) to ease by opponents, so being on the edge of toppling over it only takes a slight touch for him to fall. Players do improve with coaching look at Walcott who was a headless chicken earlier in his career, now he's going to be a big loss for England. Travelling Hornet
  • Score: 9

9:35am Tue 7 Jan 14

matey_from_brighton says...

Sannino is also shrewd enough to realise(seemingly) that the crowd are just starting to get on his back a bit when he overdoes it. This public statement should help with that. I really believe he can start to win matches for us once he gets that part of his game right and he is definitely a joy to watch at times.
Sannino is also shrewd enough to realise(seemingly) that the crowd are just starting to get on his back a bit when he overdoes it. This public statement should help with that. I really believe he can start to win matches for us once he gets that part of his game right and he is definitely a joy to watch at times. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 20

9:44am Tue 7 Jan 14

Nick El Greco says...

i hope this isn't intended as an amnesty because right now he deserves to be dropped. We can't carry passengers who consistently give the ball away - even ones who beat people first.. I like Fabbs but thus far he seems to have learned nothing
i hope this isn't intended as an amnesty because right now he deserves to be dropped. We can't carry passengers who consistently give the ball away - even ones who beat people first.. I like Fabbs but thus far he seems to have learned nothing Nick El Greco
  • Score: -7

10:08am Tue 7 Jan 14

mooneysmagic says...

If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?
If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted? mooneysmagic
  • Score: 8

10:13am Tue 7 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

Fabbrini has more class than any other player we have on our books. If you remember Fernando was just the same and now looks better although don't show that magic as much as he could.
Fabbrini has more class than any other player we have on our books. If you remember Fernando was just the same and now looks better although don't show that magic as much as he could. jasonwatford
  • Score: 10

10:43am Tue 7 Jan 14

stevyweavy says...

Thumbs up from me for Sannino's timely comment.
Thumbs up from me for Sannino's timely comment. stevyweavy
  • Score: 16

10:50am Tue 7 Jan 14

Goldentrue1 says...

Essex Hornet wrote:
Fabbrini definitely has ability on all the ball everyone can see that. He reminds me of an old winger we had called Stewart Scullion who would dribble round people for fun but then would often overdo it and end up losing the ball. If Fabbrinni is given proper guidance with developing his game by Beppe and the coaching team I think he has a lot of potential. Three areas I'd really like to see him work on are:
* Releasing the ball much earlier to team mates who are in good positions.
* Looking up when he sees the goal and taking more responsibility when it comes to shooting.
* Trying to win some balls in the air and improving his heading.

If he gets that little lot sorted watch him fly.
Totally agree, and for Scullion also read Nordin Wooter..

The 4th area Fabbrini needs to work on is staying on his feet! Seems to get knocked off the ball easily, and falls over a lot even when no opposition contact.
[quote][p][bold]Essex Hornet[/bold] wrote: Fabbrini definitely has ability on all the ball everyone can see that. He reminds me of an old winger we had called Stewart Scullion who would dribble round people for fun but then would often overdo it and end up losing the ball. If Fabbrinni is given proper guidance with developing his game by Beppe and the coaching team I think he has a lot of potential. Three areas I'd really like to see him work on are: * Releasing the ball much earlier to team mates who are in good positions. * Looking up when he sees the goal and taking more responsibility when it comes to shooting. * Trying to win some balls in the air and improving his heading. If he gets that little lot sorted watch him fly.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, and for Scullion also read Nordin Wooter.. The 4th area Fabbrini needs to work on is staying on his feet! Seems to get knocked off the ball easily, and falls over a lot even when no opposition contact. Goldentrue1
  • Score: 17

11:11am Tue 7 Jan 14

Boosey says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?
Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing!
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?[/p][/quote]Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing! Boosey
  • Score: -3

11:20am Tue 7 Jan 14

longcliffe says...

It's a bit like saying, if he had a brain he would be dangerous!!!!
It's a bit like saying, if he had a brain he would be dangerous!!!! longcliffe
  • Score: -11

11:28am Tue 7 Jan 14

MUSTOITALIA says...

I think we have a very astute manager here and every statement fills me with more confidence. He is tactically aware and I for one think the Bristol result was a fair and good result for two reasons. 1,when playing in a cup game despite opposition there always seems to be a more level playing field and the underdogs as we know from our own league run last year have less pressure on them. We did not lose !. 2, Beppe said he would use this game to evaluate squad depth and to identify needs if we smashed Bristol city it may give a false impression that we do not need to add. On a final note I am usually left frustrated by Fabbrini but I also remember Christiano Ronaldo for man utd and he was exactly the same so please lets have patients 2 years ago we would have snapped some ones arm off for Acuna Nueton Fabbrini and probably even Beleck such was our class off players at the time. Rome wasn't built in a day.
I think we have a very astute manager here and every statement fills me with more confidence. He is tactically aware and I for one think the Bristol result was a fair and good result for two reasons. 1,when playing in a cup game despite opposition there always seems to be a more level playing field and the underdogs as we know from our own league run last year have less pressure on them. We did not lose !. 2, Beppe said he would use this game to evaluate squad depth and to identify needs if we smashed Bristol city it may give a false impression that we do not need to add. On a final note I am usually left frustrated by Fabbrini but I also remember Christiano Ronaldo for man utd and he was exactly the same so please lets have patients 2 years ago we would have snapped some ones arm off for Acuna Nueton Fabbrini and probably even Beleck such was our class off players at the time. Rome wasn't built in a day. MUSTOITALIA
  • Score: 28

11:30am Tue 7 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

longcliffe wrote:
It's a bit like saying, if he had a brain he would be dangerous!!!!
a bit like you, you mean?

Remind me, who did Luton draw in the FA cup 3rd round? Oh that's right, they enter in the preliminary qualifying rounds these days don't they, silly me
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: It's a bit like saying, if he had a brain he would be dangerous!!!![/p][/quote]a bit like you, you mean? Remind me, who did Luton draw in the FA cup 3rd round? Oh that's right, they enter in the preliminary qualifying rounds these days don't they, silly me Stoney77
  • Score: 6

12:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

longcliffe says...

Luton? What's it to do with them?

So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola?
Luton? What's it to do with them? So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola? longcliffe
  • Score: -21

12:50pm Tue 7 Jan 14

rufusn77 says...

Boosey wrote:
mooneysmagic wrote:
If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?
Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing!
Not surprisingly after missing the target 4 times - I think I would feel sick too!!

Brassneck
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?[/p][/quote]Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing![/p][/quote]Not surprisingly after missing the target 4 times - I think I would feel sick too!! Brassneck rufusn77
  • Score: 5

1:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Bringe says...

longcliffe wrote:
Luton? What's it to do with them?

So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola?
What's your infatuation with the English language? these are footballers not radio stars, a smattering is more than enough as many of our players can translate for others. Employing English coaches to teach the finer points of the game to Italian and South American players would be like teaching granny to suck eggs and on the other hand, much as I love the guy, I'm afraid that bringing back Zola would only bring back the defensive frailties that Sannino seems to have got to grips with.
Time will tell but if we were to reach another play off final I would be more confident with our current set up than I was with Zola's.
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: Luton? What's it to do with them? So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola?[/p][/quote]What's your infatuation with the English language? these are footballers not radio stars, a smattering is more than enough as many of our players can translate for others. Employing English coaches to teach the finer points of the game to Italian and South American players would be like teaching granny to suck eggs and on the other hand, much as I love the guy, I'm afraid that bringing back Zola would only bring back the defensive frailties that Sannino seems to have got to grips with. Time will tell but if we were to reach another play off final I would be more confident with our current set up than I was with Zola's. Bringe
  • Score: 6

2:10pm Tue 7 Jan 14

CaptainPC says...

Bringe wrote:
longcliffe wrote:
Luton? What's it to do with them?

So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola?
What's your infatuation with the English language? these are footballers not radio stars, a smattering is more than enough as many of our players can translate for others. Employing English coaches to teach the finer points of the game to Italian and South American players would be like teaching granny to suck eggs and on the other hand, much as I love the guy, I'm afraid that bringing back Zola would only bring back the defensive frailties that Sannino seems to have got to grips with.
Time will tell but if we were to reach another play off final I would be more confident with our current set up than I was with Zola's.
You are very silly.
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: Luton? What's it to do with them? So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola?[/p][/quote]What's your infatuation with the English language? these are footballers not radio stars, a smattering is more than enough as many of our players can translate for others. Employing English coaches to teach the finer points of the game to Italian and South American players would be like teaching granny to suck eggs and on the other hand, much as I love the guy, I'm afraid that bringing back Zola would only bring back the defensive frailties that Sannino seems to have got to grips with. Time will tell but if we were to reach another play off final I would be more confident with our current set up than I was with Zola's.[/p][/quote]You are very silly. CaptainPC
  • Score: -9

3:20pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

Boosey wrote:
mooneysmagic wrote:
If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?
Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing!
Ok so given the fact that he was physically sick at half time, and given the fact that we had a 'very light' bench, and he wanted to do his bit for the team it shows he is very strong mentally and a team player. I bet you would go home if you were physically sick at work. Leave him alone, he has unbelievable ability and match winning skills. He is also still young and learning. He will be a top player, so get off his back. Take his goals away this season we would be much worse off.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?[/p][/quote]Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing![/p][/quote]Ok so given the fact that he was physically sick at half time, and given the fact that we had a 'very light' bench, and he wanted to do his bit for the team it shows he is very strong mentally and a team player. I bet you would go home if you were physically sick at work. Leave him alone, he has unbelievable ability and match winning skills. He is also still young and learning. He will be a top player, so get off his back. Take his goals away this season we would be much worse off. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

The reason McGugan wasn't substitued at half time might have more to do with Cassetti coming off injured at half time. If McGugan goes too, that would have left just one sub available for injuries and exhaustion (in those tiring conditions) later in the game. I am sure he was asked whether he felt able to continue and McGugan must have said yes. Credit to him for carrying on.

I know he has been inconsistent, but he does have talent - ok he is no Abdi - but as Goldenboy states, he has scored regularly from midfield. Second only to Deeney in total number. With the increased and healthy competition for places due to Merkel's arrival expect McGugan to improve further.
The reason McGugan wasn't substitued at half time might have more to do with Cassetti coming off injured at half time. If McGugan goes too, that would have left just one sub available for injuries and exhaustion (in those tiring conditions) later in the game. I am sure he was asked whether he felt able to continue and McGugan must have said yes. Credit to him for carrying on. I know he has been inconsistent, but he does have talent - ok he is no Abdi - but as Goldenboy states, he has scored regularly from midfield. Second only to Deeney in total number. With the increased and healthy competition for places due to Merkel's arrival expect McGugan to improve further. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 8

3:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

Bringe wrote:
longcliffe wrote: Luton? What's it to do with them? So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola?
What's your infatuation with the English language? these are footballers not radio stars, a smattering is more than enough as many of our players can translate for others. Employing English coaches to teach the finer points of the game to Italian and South American players would be like teaching granny to suck eggs and on the other hand, much as I love the guy, I'm afraid that bringing back Zola would only bring back the defensive frailties that Sannino seems to have got to grips with. Time will tell but if we were to reach another play off final I would be more confident with our current set up than I was with Zola's.
I would have preferred an English speaking coach, but hey, Sanniono is taking lessons and seems an intelligent and thoughtful coach (through the translator). This is a short term minor problem.

Speaking the language is not essential - I don't remember Bobby Robson being able to speak Dutch, Portuguese or Spanish when he managed, Eindhoven, Porto, and Barcelona respectively. He didn't do too bad did he? In Europe not speaking the local language fluently must be quite normal - all those foreign coaches in Germany, Russia Turkey etc....they are not all multi lingual, or are they ?
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: Luton? What's it to do with them? So out of your six coaching team only one has a smattering of English. No wonder your team are in such disarray. Bring back Zola?[/p][/quote]What's your infatuation with the English language? these are footballers not radio stars, a smattering is more than enough as many of our players can translate for others. Employing English coaches to teach the finer points of the game to Italian and South American players would be like teaching granny to suck eggs and on the other hand, much as I love the guy, I'm afraid that bringing back Zola would only bring back the defensive frailties that Sannino seems to have got to grips with. Time will tell but if we were to reach another play off final I would be more confident with our current set up than I was with Zola's.[/p][/quote]I would have preferred an English speaking coach, but hey, Sanniono is taking lessons and seems an intelligent and thoughtful coach (through the translator). This is a short term minor problem. Speaking the language is not essential - I don't remember Bobby Robson being able to speak Dutch, Portuguese or Spanish when he managed, Eindhoven, Porto, and Barcelona respectively. He didn't do too bad did he? In Europe not speaking the local language fluently must be quite normal - all those foreign coaches in Germany, Russia Turkey etc....they are not all multi lingual, or are they ? soulfulhornet
  • Score: -2

4:24pm Tue 7 Jan 14

watfordrick says...

This sounds like a headline for a sex offender.
This sounds like a headline for a sex offender. watfordrick
  • Score: -2

4:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

longcliffe says...

I cannot see how he and his cohorts can communicate with the players, and get their instructions across to the them.
Capello couldn't speak the language and I think it becomes a problem for the players. Bring back Dyche?
I cannot see how he and his cohorts can communicate with the players, and get their instructions across to the them. Capello couldn't speak the language and I think it becomes a problem for the players. Bring back Dyche? longcliffe
  • Score: -10

6:16pm Tue 7 Jan 14

mickallen57 says...

Goldentrue1 wrote:
Essex Hornet wrote:
Fabbrini definitely has ability on all the ball everyone can see that. He reminds me of an old winger we had called Stewart Scullion who would dribble round people for fun but then would often overdo it and end up losing the ball. If Fabbrinni is given proper guidance with developing his game by Beppe and the coaching team I think he has a lot of potential. Three areas I'd really like to see him work on are:
* Releasing the ball much earlier to team mates who are in good positions.
* Looking up when he sees the goal and taking more responsibility when it comes to shooting.
* Trying to win some balls in the air and improving his heading.

If he gets that little lot sorted watch him fly.
Totally agree, and for Scullion also read Nordin Wooter..

The 4th area Fabbrini needs to work on is staying on his feet! Seems to get knocked off the ball easily, and falls over a lot even when no opposition contact.
Blimey there a few of us crumbly supporters here I know Mickey Quinn remembers Allan Mayes that dates him to. Many the time I saw Scully beat the whole defence weaving his magic only to squander the ball in the end .
I totally agree with the comparison and believe Beppe will sort out Fabbrinni and when he does we will have a real talent on our hands. I am impressed with this manager, the more I hear the more I like. The future is bright the futures yellow COYH
[quote][p][bold]Goldentrue1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Essex Hornet[/bold] wrote: Fabbrini definitely has ability on all the ball everyone can see that. He reminds me of an old winger we had called Stewart Scullion who would dribble round people for fun but then would often overdo it and end up losing the ball. If Fabbrinni is given proper guidance with developing his game by Beppe and the coaching team I think he has a lot of potential. Three areas I'd really like to see him work on are: * Releasing the ball much earlier to team mates who are in good positions. * Looking up when he sees the goal and taking more responsibility when it comes to shooting. * Trying to win some balls in the air and improving his heading. If he gets that little lot sorted watch him fly.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, and for Scullion also read Nordin Wooter.. The 4th area Fabbrini needs to work on is staying on his feet! Seems to get knocked off the ball easily, and falls over a lot even when no opposition contact.[/p][/quote]Blimey there a few of us crumbly supporters here I know Mickey Quinn remembers Allan Mayes that dates him to. Many the time I saw Scully beat the whole defence weaving his magic only to squander the ball in the end . I totally agree with the comparison and believe Beppe will sort out Fabbrinni and when he does we will have a real talent on our hands. I am impressed with this manager, the more I hear the more I like. The future is bright the futures yellow COYH mickallen57
  • Score: 6

7:22pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Bringe says...

longcliffe wrote:
I cannot see how he and his cohorts can communicate with the players, and get their instructions across to the them.
Capello couldn't speak the language and I think it becomes a problem for the players. Bring back Dyche?
Capello struggled because our good ol English players can't pass the ball more than five yards and are generally clueless out of possession ... try watching a re-run of the debacle against Germany in the last WC.
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: I cannot see how he and his cohorts can communicate with the players, and get their instructions across to the them. Capello couldn't speak the language and I think it becomes a problem for the players. Bring back Dyche?[/p][/quote]Capello struggled because our good ol English players can't pass the ball more than five yards and are generally clueless out of possession ... try watching a re-run of the debacle against Germany in the last WC. Bringe
  • Score: 5

8:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Scullion says...

Bepe is beginning to say some sensible things. He clearly thinks about the game a lot and seems be a wise head. Just what we need right now. I loved Zola and can't help but thnk with a better coaching team we would have never have been in the situation we got ourselves into. This appt shows that the Pozzos have their heads screwed on the right way. He will learn the language I'm sure. He seems to 'get it' and knows what's needed. It's such a tight league this year anything can happen. With luck we will be up there at then nd of the season. The business end of the season starts now. Let's see how this pans out. We may be surprised. Keep the faith everyone.
Bepe is beginning to say some sensible things. He clearly thinks about the game a lot and seems be a wise head. Just what we need right now. I loved Zola and can't help but thnk with a better coaching team we would have never have been in the situation we got ourselves into. This appt shows that the Pozzos have their heads screwed on the right way. He will learn the language I'm sure. He seems to 'get it' and knows what's needed. It's such a tight league this year anything can happen. With luck we will be up there at then nd of the season. The business end of the season starts now. Let's see how this pans out. We may be surprised. Keep the faith everyone. Scullion
  • Score: 5

10:25pm Tue 7 Jan 14

PozzoHornet says...

longcliffe wrote:
I cannot see how he and his cohorts can communicate with the players, and get their instructions across to the them.
Capello couldn't speak the language and I think it becomes a problem for the players. Bring back Dyche?
Cohorts? You make them sound so villainous!

It's simple how the message gets across. Translation. Most of the players from Udinese can speak Italian, whether it be their first language or not, and they relay the message to the players. No problem there. Oh, and Capello could speak the language relatively well, it's just he was a bit slow. The England team are sh**e anyway, so it doesn't matter whether they can understand the coach. A lot of them probably can't even understand English.
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: I cannot see how he and his cohorts can communicate with the players, and get their instructions across to the them. Capello couldn't speak the language and I think it becomes a problem for the players. Bring back Dyche?[/p][/quote]Cohorts? You make them sound so villainous! It's simple how the message gets across. Translation. Most of the players from Udinese can speak Italian, whether it be their first language or not, and they relay the message to the players. No problem there. Oh, and Capello could speak the language relatively well, it's just he was a bit slow. The England team are sh**e anyway, so it doesn't matter whether they can understand the coach. A lot of them probably can't even understand English. PozzoHornet
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11:04am Wed 8 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

The more I think about the supposed language barrier, the less convincing the argument becomes. Managers have managed in different countries without speaking the native language. The example I gave above of Bobby Robson is a good one, Arsene Wenger too in Japan, even good old Steve McLaren at FC Twenty. I am sure none of these individuals spoke the respective languages at first.

Sannino and his coaches have managed to tighten our defence considerably in just 4 games - 2 goals only, one a dubious penalty is testament that the defence at least has got the message. He also states, as Deeney confirms, that he will build from solidity at the back. So obviously no communication problem there.

Hull , Cardiff, and Palace (only in the play-offs) did this last season. Leicester (best overall 'team' ?) and QPR are both defensively very strong this time. My bets for automatic.

We will have to see how/if Sannino transforms the rest of the team, but I believe with the attacking talent we have coupled with the (now) solid defence, we have as good as chance as any through the play-offs. But then again, there are about 12 clubs who could.

Merkel could be the key, on you tube, his passing is incisive. I am sure he can help get the best out of those around him much like Abdi did last season. Look forward to seeing him in gold.
The more I think about the supposed language barrier, the less convincing the argument becomes. Managers have managed in different countries without speaking the native language. The example I gave above of Bobby Robson is a good one, Arsene Wenger too in Japan, even good old Steve McLaren at FC Twenty. I am sure none of these individuals spoke the respective languages at first. Sannino and his coaches have managed to tighten our defence considerably in just 4 games - 2 goals only, one a dubious penalty is testament that the defence at least has got the message. He also states, as Deeney confirms, that he will build from solidity at the back. So obviously no communication problem there. Hull , Cardiff, and Palace (only in the play-offs) did this last season. Leicester (best overall 'team' ?) and QPR are both defensively very strong this time. My bets for automatic. We will have to see how/if Sannino transforms the rest of the team, but I believe with the attacking talent we have coupled with the (now) solid defence, we have as good as chance as any through the play-offs. But then again, there are about 12 clubs who could. Merkel could be the key, on you tube, his passing is incisive. I am sure he can help get the best out of those around him much like Abdi did last season. Look forward to seeing him in gold. soulfulhornet
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11:46am Wed 8 Jan 14

Boosey says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
Boosey wrote:
mooneysmagic wrote: If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?
Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing!
Ok so given the fact that he was physically sick at half time, and given the fact that we had a 'very light' bench, and he wanted to do his bit for the team it shows he is very strong mentally and a team player. I bet you would go home if you were physically sick at work. Leave him alone, he has unbelievable ability and match winning skills. He is also still young and learning. He will be a top player, so get off his back. Take his goals away this season we would be much worse off.
You would lose your bet, I definately would not go home from work if I was sick and when I played football I would never have dreamt of wearing gloves or tights or both.
Also if I think he is crap then I am entitled to my own opinion so shut the **** up old boy!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?[/p][/quote]Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing![/p][/quote]Ok so given the fact that he was physically sick at half time, and given the fact that we had a 'very light' bench, and he wanted to do his bit for the team it shows he is very strong mentally and a team player. I bet you would go home if you were physically sick at work. Leave him alone, he has unbelievable ability and match winning skills. He is also still young and learning. He will be a top player, so get off his back. Take his goals away this season we would be much worse off.[/p][/quote]You would lose your bet, I definately would not go home from work if I was sick and when I played football I would never have dreamt of wearing gloves or tights or both. Also if I think he is crap then I am entitled to my own opinion so shut the **** up old boy! Boosey
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11:52am Wed 8 Jan 14

Boosey says...

Boosey wrote:
Goldenboy1960 wrote:
Boosey wrote:
mooneysmagic wrote: If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?
Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing!
Ok so given the fact that he was physically sick at half time, and given the fact that we had a 'very light' bench, and he wanted to do his bit for the team it shows he is very strong mentally and a team player. I bet you would go home if you were physically sick at work. Leave him alone, he has unbelievable ability and match winning skills. He is also still young and learning. He will be a top player, so get off his back. Take his goals away this season we would be much worse off.
You would lose your bet, I definately would not go home from work if I was sick and when I played football I would never have dreamt of wearing gloves or tights or both. Also if I think he is crap then I am entitled to my own opinion so shut the **** up old boy!
One good half in half a season is not good enough and I do agree, he has the talent but of what I have seen, not the effort.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: If McGugan was ill at half time why wasn't he substituted?[/p][/quote]Most probably Beppe forgot he was playing![/p][/quote]Ok so given the fact that he was physically sick at half time, and given the fact that we had a 'very light' bench, and he wanted to do his bit for the team it shows he is very strong mentally and a team player. I bet you would go home if you were physically sick at work. Leave him alone, he has unbelievable ability and match winning skills. He is also still young and learning. He will be a top player, so get off his back. Take his goals away this season we would be much worse off.[/p][/quote]You would lose your bet, I definately would not go home from work if I was sick and when I played football I would never have dreamt of wearing gloves or tights or both. Also if I think he is crap then I am entitled to my own opinion so shut the **** up old boy![/p][/quote]One good half in half a season is not good enough and I do agree, he has the talent but of what I have seen, not the effort. Boosey
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