Lucas Neill suffers Australia set-back after being left out of Socceroos squad

Watford Observer: Australia manager Ange Postecoglou with his captain Lucas Neill. Picture: Action Images Australia manager Ange Postecoglou with his captain Lucas Neill. Picture: Action Images

New Watford signing Lucas Neill has been left out of the latest Australia squad due to his lack of game time but the Socceroos manager has left the door open to his captain.

Reaching this summer's World Cup and next year's Asian Cup is a huge motivation for Neill but despite being his country's captain, the fact he hasn't played a competitive game since the Aussies' last match in November meant his omission for next Thursday's game with Ecuador, which will take place at The Den, appeared inevitable.

Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou said: "The one thing I won't waver on is that the players need to be playing regular football. He [Neill], and there are some others in the same boat who haven't been playing regular football, weren't considered for this one [squad].

"But between now and when the 30-man squad needs to be named there is plenty of time for all players to show the form that is needed and play regular football.

"I think the lessons of the past show that you can't take players into a World Cup, regardless of age and experience, who are under done and we certainly won't be doing that for this World Cup."

Postecoglou did add: "There are also a few players who are very much part of my thinking and plans for the World Cup who are not playing and I was pretty mindful of not calling up anyone who was not going to play some significant game time.

"Their club form going forward will be a big indicator of that and players still have an opportunity to get back into the squad."

However, Postecoglou is also keen to develop a new so-called 'golden generation' with several of his key players approaching the final stages of their career.

He said: "The squad to face Ecuador represents the first steps in what I believe is the building of the next golden generation for Australian football, acknowledging there is a need to balance experimentation and experience to achieve this.

"The Ecuador match gives this group of players an opportunity to stake a claim for the World Cup. They have been rewarded for playing consistent and strong football and shows that age and limited international experience are not barriers to opportunity."

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11:50am Wed 26 Feb 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Sitting on the bench here for the next 3 months will help then. If he's going to play, who will he play ahead of ?
Sitting on the bench here for the next 3 months will help then. If he's going to play, who will he play ahead of ? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 0

11:55am Wed 26 Feb 14

pstannard4 says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Sitting on the bench here for the next 3 months will help then. If he's going to play, who will he play ahead of ?
I think he'll play his part to keep us up in mid table finish. He'll play due to Elkstand being suspended and Hall Injured..

I like him. He was a really good footballer in the Premeir League with Blackburn west ham and everton

give the guy a chance. He hasn't played for Watford yet
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Sitting on the bench here for the next 3 months will help then. If he's going to play, who will he play ahead of ?[/p][/quote]I think he'll play his part to keep us up in mid table finish. He'll play due to Elkstand being suspended and Hall Injured.. I like him. He was a really good footballer in the Premeir League with Blackburn west ham and everton give the guy a chance. He hasn't played for Watford yet pstannard4
  • Score: 19

11:59am Wed 26 Feb 14

stevyweavy says...

Well I hope his contract doesn't guarantee him playing time and that if he plays it is only on merit. We still have not fully got to grips with our defensive formation so I guess he does have the opportunity to see if he can improve this.
Well I hope his contract doesn't guarantee him playing time and that if he plays it is only on merit. We still have not fully got to grips with our defensive formation so I guess he does have the opportunity to see if he can improve this. stevyweavy
  • Score: 8

12:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Travelling Hornet says...

He could be the leader we need. Only reservation is that he has been training at his old club, Blackburn. Why didn't they sign him ?
He could be the leader we need. Only reservation is that he has been training at his old club, Blackburn. Why didn't they sign him ? Travelling Hornet
  • Score: 11

12:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Boxhorn says...

pstannard4 wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote: Sitting on the bench here for the next 3 months will help then. If he's going to play, who will he play ahead of ?
I think he'll play his part to keep us up in mid table finish. He'll play due to Elkstand being suspended and Hall Injured.. I like him. He was a really good footballer in the Premeir League with Blackburn west ham and everton give the guy a chance. He hasn't played for Watford yet
Quite right.
The twaddle that has been written about him in the Wobby's previous article by the usual keyboard warriors was laughable!
What we do know is he has pleny of experience in our leagues and is a natural leader on the pitch. As for current fitness and pace, who knows... however I think he may well be in the squad for Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]pstannard4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Sitting on the bench here for the next 3 months will help then. If he's going to play, who will he play ahead of ?[/p][/quote]I think he'll play his part to keep us up in mid table finish. He'll play due to Elkstand being suspended and Hall Injured.. I like him. He was a really good footballer in the Premeir League with Blackburn west ham and everton give the guy a chance. He hasn't played for Watford yet[/p][/quote]Quite right. The twaddle that has been written about him in the Wobby's previous article by the usual keyboard warriors was laughable! What we do know is he has pleny of experience in our leagues and is a natural leader on the pitch. As for current fitness and pace, who knows... however I think he may well be in the squad for Saturday. Boxhorn
  • Score: 5

12:46pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SuperHorns says...

The thing is he hasn't got much time to impress for selection to the WC.
He's also got to be fit enough to last the whole 90, otherwise is it really worth playing him? I dont think Bep will choose him to start if not as it restricts his tactical game plan.
But if this allows Cassetti to play WB again when Faraoni has been rather poor then I'm all for it. The delivery from Cassetti is the best in the team bar Tozer perhaps. Also think Cassetti still puts a shift in and has so much experience, something that's evidently lacking from our build up play.
The thing is he hasn't got much time to impress for selection to the WC. He's also got to be fit enough to last the whole 90, otherwise is it really worth playing him? I dont think Bep will choose him to start if not as it restricts his tactical game plan. But if this allows Cassetti to play WB again when Faraoni has been rather poor then I'm all for it. The delivery from Cassetti is the best in the team bar Tozer perhaps. Also think Cassetti still puts a shift in and has so much experience, something that's evidently lacking from our build up play. SuperHorns
  • Score: 10

1:40pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Paul Gadd says...

I see Durham has been sticking the boot into WFC in the Daily Heil yesterday over this signing- perhaps Spameuls was having a rest.....
Hope he'll teach our defence how to defend a 2-0 lead
COYH!
Proud 188er
Proud L*ton hater
I see Durham has been sticking the boot into WFC in the Daily Heil yesterday over this signing- perhaps Spameuls was having a rest..... Hope he'll teach our defence how to defend a 2-0 lead COYH! Proud 188er Proud L*ton hater Paul Gadd
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
He could be the leader we need. Only reservation is that he has been training at his old club, Blackburn. Why didn't they sign him ?
because he's 36 next week !
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: He could be the leader we need. Only reservation is that he has been training at his old club, Blackburn. Why didn't they sign him ?[/p][/quote]because he's 36 next week ! Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mooneysmagic says...

Don't really understand what Doyley has done wrong to be replaced by a 36 year old has been.
Don't really understand what Doyley has done wrong to be replaced by a 36 year old has been. mooneysmagic
  • Score: 12

2:16pm Wed 26 Feb 14

WessexLad says...

I can see him alongside Tozser in a 3-2-3-2 formation. I'd keep Cassetti at Centre Back (or Hall if he's fit) with Hoban and Doyley Left and Right. Then a playmaker between the two wing backs, with FF and Troy up front.
I can see him alongside Tozser in a 3-2-3-2 formation. I'd keep Cassetti at Centre Back (or Hall if he's fit) with Hoban and Doyley Left and Right. Then a playmaker between the two wing backs, with FF and Troy up front. WessexLad
  • Score: -6

2:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Wembley84 says...

Usually, I totally disagree with comments from Durham, but on this occasion, I think he's got a point.......
Usually, I totally disagree with comments from Durham, but on this occasion, I think he's got a point....... Wembley84
  • Score: 6

2:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

goldanboy says...

He's Nani's mate and we're a back door so he has playing time to go to Brazil. However, I'm not bothered about his ambitions and lucrative World Cup wages, if he leads the side up the table (I'm stunned with the size of our squad we've not got a so called 'leader'), it's alright by me. Still sounds a bit dodgy...
He's Nani's mate and we're a back door so he has playing time to go to Brazil. However, I'm not bothered about his ambitions and lucrative World Cup wages, if he leads the side up the table (I'm stunned with the size of our squad we've not got a so called 'leader'), it's alright by me. Still sounds a bit dodgy... goldanboy
  • Score: 5

2:37pm Wed 26 Feb 14

buckler says...

Hope he's on a plane home at the end of he season with Sannino !
Hope he's on a plane home at the end of he season with Sannino ! buckler
  • Score: 8

3:14pm Wed 26 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
He could be the leader we need. Only reservation is that he has been training at his old club, Blackburn. Why didn't they sign him ?
Because they are gunning for the play-offs while we settle for mid table mediocrity!
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: He could be the leader we need. Only reservation is that he has been training at his old club, Blackburn. Why didn't they sign him ?[/p][/quote]Because they are gunning for the play-offs while we settle for mid table mediocrity! bristol hornet
  • Score: 7

3:17pm Wed 26 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

buckler wrote:
Hope he's on a plane home at the end of he season with Sannino !
Get back to the salon you saddo!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Hope he's on a plane home at the end of he season with Sannino ![/p][/quote]Get back to the salon you saddo! bristol hornet
  • Score: -2

3:36pm Wed 26 Feb 14

CaptainPC says...

He's a desperate plodding Carlos.....All aboard the Udibees.
He's a desperate plodding Carlos.....All aboard the Udibees. CaptainPC
  • Score: -2

3:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Kismet110 says...

Unless he knew about being omitted for their next game due to lack of matches before he signed for Watford this is good for both him and us.

If he's useless he won't get the game time he needs and if he does get on he'll be keen to impress - who wouldn't want one last chance to captain your country on the biggest stage, especially in Brazil of all places?

Or maybe he just tapped Nani up and begged for a short term contract to give him a fighting chance to get on that plane?

Who knows and I'm nearly past caring. Frustrating, almost surreal season full of far more lows than highs but if his presence benefits our defence then I'm happy but if it doesn't I'm already unhappy so it can't make me feel worse.

A win- win really.
Unless he knew about being omitted for their next game due to lack of matches before he signed for Watford this is good for both him and us. If he's useless he won't get the game time he needs and if he does get on he'll be keen to impress - who wouldn't want one last chance to captain your country on the biggest stage, especially in Brazil of all places? Or maybe he just tapped Nani up and begged for a short term contract to give him a fighting chance to get on that plane? Who knows and I'm nearly past caring. Frustrating, almost surreal season full of far more lows than highs but if his presence benefits our defence then I'm happy but if it doesn't I'm already unhappy so it can't make me feel worse. A win- win really. Kismet110
  • Score: 18

4:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

demerit says...

If he's eager to get back into the Aussie team then he will have something to play for.
If he's eager to get back into the Aussie team then he will have something to play for. demerit
  • Score: 2

4:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

I am despair! We just seem like a ship without a rudder. Park wants to play for Korea and Neil wants to play for the Aussies. Neither of them can find a club other than WFC and then what are they adding to the squad! It is better strikers that we need not more of the same unless we just want 0-0 results or winning or losing 1-0 or 0-1. I am not a Sannino fan, even though he has bought some stability. We must change gear if we are going to get promotted next season and that requires better buys and not getting rid of potential talent like Britt.
I am despair! We just seem like a ship without a rudder. Park wants to play for Korea and Neil wants to play for the Aussies. Neither of them can find a club other than WFC and then what are they adding to the squad! It is better strikers that we need not more of the same unless we just want 0-0 results or winning or losing 1-0 or 0-1. I am not a Sannino fan, even though he has bought some stability. We must change gear if we are going to get promotted next season and that requires better buys and not getting rid of potential talent like Britt. andyhooked
  • Score: 12

4:39pm Wed 26 Feb 14

jasonwatford says...

Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is. jasonwatford
  • Score: 10

4:57pm Wed 26 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

Jason, Sannino says in public that he has the last say. If you are right about Nani doing stuff then indeed he is to blame but I still suspect that Sanniono tells Nani want he wants and to turn us into a team that is scared of losing and not going for the jugular by killing the game off by scoring enough to stop us waiting for the final whistle. If that makes then makes me an uneducated saddo then I am lost for words as I am uneducated.
Jason, Sannino says in public that he has the last say. If you are right about Nani doing stuff then indeed he is to blame but I still suspect that Sanniono tells Nani want he wants and to turn us into a team that is scared of losing and not going for the jugular by killing the game off by scoring enough to stop us waiting for the final whistle. If that makes then makes me an uneducated saddo then I am lost for words as I am uneducated. andyhooked
  • Score: 5

5:08pm Wed 26 Feb 14

endean2 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
I agree with those comments
this team will NOT move forward until Nanni has been removed,

I have totally lost the plot regards the direction we are supposed to be heading
and the sooner the season ends the better.
surely the Pozzos must realise what is happening to their investment!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]I agree with those comments this team will NOT move forward until Nanni has been removed, I have totally lost the plot regards the direction we are supposed to be heading and the sooner the season ends the better. surely the Pozzos must realise what is happening to their investment!!!!! endean2
  • Score: 10

5:20pm Wed 26 Feb 14

watford1881 says...

So will Neills fitness be a problem then? He's not likely to go straight into the first team then, is he??
So will Neills fitness be a problem then? He's not likely to go straight into the first team then, is he?? watford1881
  • Score: 4

5:22pm Wed 26 Feb 14

tiger bay says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. .. tiger bay
  • Score: 8

5:23pm Wed 26 Feb 14

buckler says...

bristol hornet wrote:
buckler wrote:
Hope he's on a plane home at the end of he season with Sannino !
Get back to the salon you saddo!
Let's hope your on the plane too ! Yokel
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Hope he's on a plane home at the end of he season with Sannino ![/p][/quote]Get back to the salon you saddo![/p][/quote]Let's hope your on the plane too ! Yokel buckler
  • Score: 6

6:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Totally. That's all there is to say, and it will be bye bye nani.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]Totally. That's all there is to say, and it will be bye bye nani. mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

6:21pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

tiger bay wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..
How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season!
[quote][p][bold]tiger bay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..[/p][/quote]How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season! mellow yellow
  • Score: 6

7:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

jasonwatford says...

andyhooked wrote:
Jason, Sannino says in public that he has the last say. If you are right about Nani doing stuff then indeed he is to blame but I still suspect that Sanniono tells Nani want he wants and to turn us into a team that is scared of losing and not going for the jugular by killing the game off by scoring enough to stop us waiting for the final whistle. If that makes then makes me an uneducated saddo then I am lost for words as I am uneducated.
Well if you believe he has last say then you are even more of a fool , A lot gets lost in foreign translation plus he is the focal piece like any manager of any club. How many times has a manager said they will not sell or buy a player then next day the deal is done. Sannino has been here since 17th December and in total has kept more clean sheets and made us harder to beat ( except at Bolton ) than Zola last 20 games in charge. He has had very little time to work on all his ideas. So after two half months you think you have seen it all ?? Uneducated in professional sport yes I believe you are
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Jason, Sannino says in public that he has the last say. If you are right about Nani doing stuff then indeed he is to blame but I still suspect that Sanniono tells Nani want he wants and to turn us into a team that is scared of losing and not going for the jugular by killing the game off by scoring enough to stop us waiting for the final whistle. If that makes then makes me an uneducated saddo then I am lost for words as I am uneducated.[/p][/quote]Well if you believe he has last say then you are even more of a fool , A lot gets lost in foreign translation plus he is the focal piece like any manager of any club. How many times has a manager said they will not sell or buy a player then next day the deal is done. Sannino has been here since 17th December and in total has kept more clean sheets and made us harder to beat ( except at Bolton ) than Zola last 20 games in charge. He has had very little time to work on all his ideas. So after two half months you think you have seen it all ?? Uneducated in professional sport yes I believe you are jasonwatford
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Wed 26 Feb 14

29April1975WasBottom says...

jasonwatford wrote:
andyhooked wrote:
Jason, Sannino says in public that he has the last say. If you are right about Nani doing stuff then indeed he is to blame but I still suspect that Sanniono tells Nani want he wants and to turn us into a team that is scared of losing and not going for the jugular by killing the game off by scoring enough to stop us waiting for the final whistle. If that makes then makes me an uneducated saddo then I am lost for words as I am uneducated.
Well if you believe he has last say then you are even more of a fool , A lot gets lost in foreign translation plus he is the focal piece like any manager of any club. How many times has a manager said they will not sell or buy a player then next day the deal is done. Sannino has been here since 17th December and in total has kept more clean sheets and made us harder to beat ( except at Bolton ) than Zola last 20 games in charge. He has had very little time to work on all his ideas. So after two half months you think you have seen it all ?? Uneducated in professional sport yes I believe you are
whoa steady on buddy you're a bit adversarial aren't you? opinions is only opinions...
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Jason, Sannino says in public that he has the last say. If you are right about Nani doing stuff then indeed he is to blame but I still suspect that Sanniono tells Nani want he wants and to turn us into a team that is scared of losing and not going for the jugular by killing the game off by scoring enough to stop us waiting for the final whistle. If that makes then makes me an uneducated saddo then I am lost for words as I am uneducated.[/p][/quote]Well if you believe he has last say then you are even more of a fool , A lot gets lost in foreign translation plus he is the focal piece like any manager of any club. How many times has a manager said they will not sell or buy a player then next day the deal is done. Sannino has been here since 17th December and in total has kept more clean sheets and made us harder to beat ( except at Bolton ) than Zola last 20 games in charge. He has had very little time to work on all his ideas. So after two half months you think you have seen it all ?? Uneducated in professional sport yes I believe you are[/p][/quote]whoa steady on buddy you're a bit adversarial aren't you? opinions is only opinions... 29April1975WasBottom
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

mellow yellow wrote:
tiger bay wrote:
jasonwatford wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..
How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season!
BRING BACK BRENDAN ROGERS. He should never have left, he is turning into a footballing guru - no-one can argue against this most salient of points.

Get Brenda back, see if Stevie G and Suarez fancy a couple of years at Watford, and maybe get Grobelaar in goal.

Too easy

HC
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tiger bay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..[/p][/quote]How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season![/p][/quote]BRING BACK BRENDAN ROGERS. He should never have left, he is turning into a footballing guru - no-one can argue against this most salient of points. Get Brenda back, see if Stevie G and Suarez fancy a couple of years at Watford, and maybe get Grobelaar in goal. Too easy HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 4

10:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

tonyevans22 says...

We were doing a football quiz at work on Aussies and his name popped up,and we said he was the most overated player ever,on £90k a week at one point.Awful footballer we said,then 2 days later we sign him.God help us,where are we going with this team? We will be signing Ramon Vega next!
We were doing a football quiz at work on Aussies and his name popped up,and we said he was the most overated player ever,on £90k a week at one point.Awful footballer we said,then 2 days later we sign him.God help us,where are we going with this team? We will be signing Ramon Vega next! tonyevans22
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
We were doing a football quiz at work on Aussies and his name popped up,and we said he was the most overated player ever,on £90k a week at one point.Awful footballer we said,then 2 days later we sign him.God help us,where are we going with this team? We will be signing Ramon Vega next!
Susanne Vega more like.
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: We were doing a football quiz at work on Aussies and his name popped up,and we said he was the most overated player ever,on £90k a week at one point.Awful footballer we said,then 2 days later we sign him.God help us,where are we going with this team? We will be signing Ramon Vega next![/p][/quote]Susanne Vega more like. mellow yellow
  • Score: 3

10:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

WessexLad wrote:
I can see him alongside Tozser in a 3-2-3-2 formation. I'd keep Cassetti at Centre Back (or Hall if he's fit) with Hoban and Doyley Left and Right. Then a playmaker between the two wing backs, with FF and Troy up front.
What no Angella?
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: I can see him alongside Tozser in a 3-2-3-2 formation. I'd keep Cassetti at Centre Back (or Hall if he's fit) with Hoban and Doyley Left and Right. Then a playmaker between the two wing backs, with FF and Troy up front.[/p][/quote]What no Angella? Man from Pinner
  • Score: 2

9:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

mellow yellow wrote:
tiger bay wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..
How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season!
You can't just "make sure he's fit" or "get him fit" wth Abdi's injury. I know there are question marks about the medical team at the Club but other than a steroid injection you've got to let nature take it's course on this one.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tiger bay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..[/p][/quote]How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season![/p][/quote]You can't just "make sure he's fit" or "get him fit" wth Abdi's injury. I know there are question marks about the medical team at the Club but other than a steroid injection you've got to let nature take it's course on this one. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

9:27am Thu 27 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
tiger bay wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..
How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season!
You can't just "make sure he's fit" or "get him fit" wth Abdi's injury. I know there are question marks about the medical team at the Club but other than a steroid injection you've got to let nature take it's course on this one.
I am aware of that. The last sentence was more of a prayer, than a demand!
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tiger bay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..[/p][/quote]How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season![/p][/quote]You can't just "make sure he's fit" or "get him fit" wth Abdi's injury. I know there are question marks about the medical team at the Club but other than a steroid injection you've got to let nature take it's course on this one.[/p][/quote]I am aware of that. The last sentence was more of a prayer, than a demand! mellow yellow
  • Score: 0

11:17am Thu 27 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
tiger bay wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.
Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..
How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season!
You can't just "make sure he's fit" or "get him fit" wth Abdi's injury. I know there are question marks about the medical team at the Club but other than a steroid injection you've got to let nature take it's course on this one.
I am aware of that. The last sentence was more of a prayer, than a demand!
Let's have a group prayer that Abdi gets better, Tozser signs permanently, Vydra comes back, and Nani goes away.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tiger bay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Will you lot of uneducated saddo's know that it is not sannino's fault its the guy bringing these players in. When the pozzo's look back on the season there will be only 1 person to blame for recruitment and we all know who that is.[/p][/quote]Us saddo's are aware there is enough talent in this squad to have made a serious push at a play off position but we can't win enough games playing every game with a 10 man defence. Sannino picks the team and the tactics. Personally, I'll support him till his last day in the job but hope that last day is not far away. ..[/p][/quote]How much speed do we have in the squad? How many truly predatory strikers do we have? How long has that been evident? What has been done to rectify it? Last season our defence was often erratic, but it didn't matter to much. This year it does. Sannino's brief was to keep us up. We were in free fall. You can have all the talent, but it means zilch if it isn't applied. I would be surprised if either head coach or 'technical' director are here next season... But if they want to be then bring the kids back from their loans and see what they can do. And make sure AA is fit for next season![/p][/quote]You can't just "make sure he's fit" or "get him fit" wth Abdi's injury. I know there are question marks about the medical team at the Club but other than a steroid injection you've got to let nature take it's course on this one.[/p][/quote]I am aware of that. The last sentence was more of a prayer, than a demand![/p][/quote]Let's have a group prayer that Abdi gets better, Tozser signs permanently, Vydra comes back, and Nani goes away. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 3

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