16 Jul 2015 21:11:10
The championship is effectively a 9 my long competition. Every team starts equal to every other team. Who would have predicted the outcome of last season - maybe Norwich but not Bournemouth. We have a squad of players that most managers would long for. Yet we know only too well that a good manager makes the difference. He gives a belief to the team that they can win even against the odds - so many examples to quote. How many of us would say Derby made a good choice and Leicester a bad one ? We had Hobson's choice ! We made some debatable decisions such as SO'Ds dismissal But we have DF. We can support him and hope he can be that ' Eddie How' and transform a 'dysfunctional team' into a championship winning team. If he has those skills we have the squad and it can be done. DF does not need to rebuild a team just adjust and fill the weak areas ( LB , Forward, Goalie ) . I don't expect a miracle season but in the first 10 matches we might expect 4 wins 3 losses and 3 draws. We would all be happy. 10 losses and I am sorry but DF would go

1.) 16 Jul 2015
16 Jul 2015 21:28:12
Doc m

A really long time ago Bobby Robson was in charge at Newcastle and they started very badly, but they stood by him, they then did really well at the end of the season, and I think qualified for Europe.

2.) 16 Jul 2015
16 Jul 2015 21:43:46
Is there much difference between Robson and df!lol.

3.) 16 Jul 2015
16 Jul 2015 22:22:02
Robson managed Barcelona, and got England to semi-finals, not too bad a cv.

4.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 06:19:30
Lol.so there's not much difference between the two then dare?

5.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 08:06:52
Who is to say Df will not get that sort of success in the future, his managerial career is in its infancy.

Off course as you are aware Mr if it is not Pearce he must be rubbish.

The point to the original post was Robson turned things around dramatically given time.

However I will give it to you, when you get a something to chew on you would beat a bulldog, though I do have my moments.

6.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 08:52:48
I didn't understand your last post Dare. Who thinks Pearce was any good? At building infrastructure, he was very good. The link between the academy and the first team is much stronger for having him, but as a tactician, he was awful.

As for DF, he has a long way to go before any trust can be put in his managerial abilities. But he has a cocky arrogance and he is Scottish which bodes well. I have a few mates who are Palace fans and they all unequivocally would love him back.

Sadly Fawaz has zero patience though, so it won't be long before yet another manager comes in, has a pre-season, brings in his players, freezes out others then gets sacked and it all starts again ad nauseum. At this point in time, I don't give a damn who the manager is, I just hope he stays for a bit.

7.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 09:14:45

I agree with you about Pearce, and our owner.

With Df he indeed has a lot to do,to prove himself a good manager, and as I have said before he should only be judged about 20 games in.

I thought there is only one poster infamous about his love for Pearce, (downtheforest), or did I get that the wrong way round.

8.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 10:22:44
Pearce is a legend and always will be,if I wanted anyone to succeed it would of been him.yes it didn't work out and he was found out.
The fact is that df's stats as manager of a domestic team are no better than stuart pearces.

9.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 10:26:02
Df was found out in his last two clubs and was found out last season after 10ish games.how will he tactically get it right this time?
Like iv said before if he proves me wrong I will hold my hands up and say well done.

10.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 10:39:32

Nobody doubts that, but now the pre-season games have started, let's play nice.

11.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 10:45:26
Df did the job he came in to do, this season is where he should be judged.

12.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 13:25:02
Just one final time, then: DF did just fine at Palace (avoided relegation against the odds and left them 4th in the Championship), had a decent spell at Bolton (turned the threat of relegation into just missing out on the playoffs on the final day before then being forced to sell players) and inherited a team bound for League One at Forest and turned us into an outside bet for the playoffs. It's another poisoned chalice and I don't know what he'll make of it in such dire circumstances but there's enough there to offer a bit of hope.

13.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 13:48:11
Number 9

If true it just shows statistics mean nothing, Df has had to fight against the odds wherever he has gone.

14.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 14:30:31
There is enough there if we can keep lads fit. I still think we should be getting behind DF rather than giving out before he has had a chance. I hope he gives Walker and Osborn plenty of game time and start trying to plan for th future. We MUST ANTONIO TO HAVE ANY CHANCE OF PLAYOFFS

15.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 15:26:29
He finished 17th with palace in his first full season!how is that good?yes he just missed out on promotion then the season after got the sack because he had no wins till October.there not stats dear there facts and those facts can sometimes be read wrong.

16.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 16:10:30
I thought he left because he mistakenly thought Bolton were a club, I do not remember our wedding ducks.

17.) 17 Jul 2015
17 Jul 2015 16:13:35
Would you not take a top four finish in this his second season for us uptheforest ?