Would you sack or keep Ole? (Poll reopened)

Sack or Keep OLE?


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Honestly, it's an issue of patience and long term planning - something that hasn't happened since SAF left in 2013. Sacking Ole will just continue the cycle of changing managers every couple of seasons. I think Ole doing the right thing in his approach, but it is taking time in front of the world's press and fans, and that's painful for everyone!

Most fans called for the removal of dead wood from the team - Ole did that and we rejoiced. Now, it's rebuilding time and Ole put some trust in some players who simply are not performing at the moment - all that can change in the blink of an eye in football! Now, the real rebuilding is starting that should have started 6 years ago. Ole is asking players to play for the badge NOT their salaries and bonuses and that is quite a change in mindset at this current Man Utd setup! For 6 years it's all been about money-might and now he's trying to change that, and man is that the challenge of the century!

Let's get behind the manager, challenge the players to play for the badge and allow Ole to make the changes needed to rebuild a great club again!
There are levels of delusion and this is quite on the high side.
 

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Neville is just being nice as Ole is a friend and a colleague. If Neville doesn't know him personally, would he be so patient?
Yes. He's always like this, hence why he has no credibility on the issue. Not because he thinks he should be given time (that's his opinion), but the fact that he will never say a manager has to go, or blame them for what's happening, is what brings his credibility into question. it's an absurd stance to take.
 

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Intelligently written and I can't disagree with any of your points at all. Well said. Unfortunately some of our fans are so thick to understand some of the stuffs in your post.
Why do you have to be so insulting to the fans that aren’t ready for Ole to be sacked not based on his performance which anyone can see isn’t good enough but because some of us believe the problems are bigger than him.

If we do as all the Ole out side want and I don’t call you thick for that I see your point of view it’s just as likely fans will be calling for the next manager out before long under this regime.
 

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Why do you have to be so insulting to the fans that aren’t ready for Ole to be sacked not based on his performance which anyone can see isn’t good enough but because some of us believe the problems are bigger than him.

If we do as all the Ole out side want and I don’t call you thick for that I see your point of view it’s just as likely fans will be calling for the next manager out before long under this regime.
I understand your point and I didn't mean to be insulting to any of our fans. I actually agree that the problems are bigger than him but so far he doesn't strike me as the solution either. He has failed in the basics of implementing a recognisable pattern of play in his time here, something Lamaprd, Rogers and the others have done.
 

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I understand your point and I didn't mean to be insulting to any of our fans. I actually agree that the problems are bigger than him but so far he doesn't strike me as the solution either. He has failed in the basics of implementing a recognisable pattern of play in his time here, something Lamaprd, Rogers and the others have done.
Luck hasn’t gone his way, he is down to playing players who aren’t good enough or aren’t ready yet. All the injured players seem to be the ones we need and if you look at the lineup that did well against Chelsea we haven’t come close to getting that team out again.

If there was an obvious solution I’d be more interested and forget that Allegri. Juve fans weren’t overly impressed and he can’t speak English yet which is most of our teams first language so can’t see what can possibly go wrong there.

I’d rather suffer and watch that scruffy useless gimp Woodward suffer.
 

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So what do you guys think is Ole's contract actually worth? If Mou's went for round 20 mil. quid he can' be more then few hundred thousand. Mil tops.
 
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Yeah your right it was impossible to get a striker in only possible to sell/loan the ones you do have and also impossible to sell pogba and use the money to bring in 1 or 2 players with the money, no manager could of done that what was I thinking it has to take time. Sorry don’t agree at all and as for putting confidence in Rashford and Martial plus Greenwood to score you the goals they would normally score plus the goals of Lukaku is plain hope just as giving time and money to an unproven manger with no CV of doing what we need and are asking him to do.

‘Ole is a gamble and the time you talk of would be far better given to a proven manager who has managed at the top level, this club needs to get its act together and not be wasting any more time on gambles with high odds of success and throwing money at an unproven manager while we all would love to live in an ideal world and Ole be a success and long term manager, we have to deal with the reality he is far from certain to achieve anything, he was only supposed to be a temporary appointment why did this become permanent based on the results of players who we’re going to leave and wanted to leave, obviously poor foresight on the boards part in not at least waiting till the end of the season.

in this mercenary culture of today brought about by clubs like Chelsea, City and PSG do you believe Ole is capable of bringing in top talent from around the world or do you not think that top players are necessary and more British and unproven players are what’s needed? We need to be very careful in the situation this club is in we are still the biggest club in Prem but that stature is under threat and while some will say I don’t care support the club even if it’s relegated but fail to see it’s not a question of support more of wanting this club to be at the top and achieving that becoming much harder the further we fall and the more time we take/waste.

And our problem of Pogba wanting to leave still exists and the longer that takes to resolve the less power you will have in that situation which I believe would of already of been sorted under a better class of manager and their is no way we would of started this season so weak just strengthening the defence but weakening the midfield and no proven attack just a hopeful one.

Would Ole walk into any other top club? If the answer is no why are we persisting with a manager who wouldn’t manage any other top club? Let Ole go learn his trade/experience elsewhere and not hide away in the Norwegian league let him go manage and improve a team and prove his worth he can always come back if he does.
  • Where did I say it was impossible to get a striker in? Next
  • Why is it a gamble to bring a club Legend in when we were looking for a period of stability? And how did throwing money at proven Managers go?
  • We don't necessarily need top talent, just players with above average ability who are prepared to commit to the cause, and not just looking at the club as a stepping-stone, and hopefully can hack playing for the club.
  • Oh right so a better class of Manager would have made Madrid/Juventus cough up how much United wanted for Pogba? Interesting.
  • Nope, not in a million years, but then I don't think any of the dwindling band supporting Ole getting more time have said he would.
 

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Yeah, above average players who hopefully can hack playing for the club is all we need. Paired with the manager with no experience at this level, what could possibly go wrong?
 

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Most see this seasons form as a continuation from last season, after Ole went on about getting them fitter, having a pre season etc, the performances and results aren’t improving. Our results aren’t just down to ‘school boy errors’.

The worry for fans is his managerial record, namely for Cardiff. He took them down, whilst they were in a state when he took the job, he didn’t improve them and even in Championship the football didn’t improve. Most would argue he wouldn’t have got the United job had he not played for us.

If he was still managing Molde at present , would he be on the shortlist for the Sunderland job or the Reading job? Probably not.

Whilst some of the football against Chelsea was good, it could’ve easily been 3-3 or 0-3. Wolves away, we had one shot on target in the first half and we dominated the first 45, we didn't create much. Wolves made an enforced sub at half time and it changed the game, we didn’t react, tactically or mentally. You say if Pogba hadn’t taken the penalty off Rashford, but Rashford missed one the following the game, so no guarantees he’d have scored either. Ole made his first sub in the 81st minute, when it should’ve been at 60 minutes. This Wolves side got turned over 2-5 a few weeks later at home. At home to Palace, it took us 60 minutes to have a shot on target!

Our performances have been pretty much the same after those initial 3 games when he came is as a caretaker manager.
  • They probably are fitter but it won't necessary be obvious till the later stages of the season, or even the season after.
  • Personally don't care what he did at Cardiff, some of the best Managers of all time have had spells at club they wish they could erase from the record books.
  • He wouldn't have got the Gig at Old Trafford if he'd not played for the club, that's not even open to debate.
  • Yes. 100% and bigger club than the two you mentioned as well.
  • Not sure how it could've been 0-3 when we won 4-0, you might have to explain that to me. Anyhow it was our bogey team at OT, so who cares.
  • We did react though, we regained the initiative and should have won, and if Rashford had taken the penalty we probably would.
  • Yes Rashford missed the next one, but let's be honest all the fuss made about the previous one he was always likely to.
 

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What I want to understand from the 'keep Ole' section is: what are you basing your judgment on that given time Ole can create a successful side? There simply is no valid reference point that indicates given time he can implement a playing style befitting Utd to ultimately a successful team. I would say that of all the managers hired since SAF left, his is the most underwhelming CV. Utd is not some sort of experiment to suck it and see how a novice may perform and when you countenance the task there simply can be only one conclusion that Ole needs to be replaced.
 

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I have stated previously that we should at least give Ole this full season and then make a decision in May on whether it is working or if change is needed. I don't think sentiment plays a part in that, it needs to be a fact based decision based on all aspects of his performance in the role and a consideration of what alternatives are available and if we think they can improve us. Ole has by no means been given a fair shot and is being prematurely judged in some part due to a press that loves to kick us when we are down and due to the selective memory of those who seem to think we were promised a contending team this year.

In the summer the club and Ole made clear that short term fixes had failed and a longer term plan was needed, stripping the squad of overpaid and underperforming veterans, giving opportunities to youth players to see what they had and reshaping the team over several transfer windows. The message was clear that we would probably go backwards before things improved and considering we were a 6th place team what exactly were people expecting? If nothing else I would say this in defence of Ole. If you are told you have a couple of years to build a winning team and you make your decisions on that basis it is ridiculous to then move the goalposts less than a quarter of the way into the season and say we need to be competing right now. I imagine the decisions he made would have been different if he knew that the mob would start baying for blood as soon as things got tough and he would have made the same short term decisions that have hamstrung us for 6 years.

I don't think last season has much bearing on anything as most of it was spent in a caretaker role and even when that tag was removed we were a couple of months away from the end of the season and with no opportunity to change the squad so for me the real assessment began with this summer. To that end I don't really credit Ole all that much for the initial success nor do I blame him for the team running out of gas.

I was happy with the job done is the summer although like 99% of posters and Ole himself I felt we needed a couple more players to replace what we lost. The style of play was evident, the new signings all look like money well spent and the first XI at least looked capable of doing a job and that was backed up by the performances in the opening couple of games when we looked more solid at the back and dangerous going forward. Losing Martial and Shaw impacted us significantly and it has been a pretty dire few weeks since then as the lack of depth has been ruthlessly exposed. Ole has tried to maintain the style of play introduced in pre season but without the right players for the system it just is not working and with not a lot going right for us panic has started to set in.

The fact remains we are 8 league games into Ole's first full season on the job and as mentioned elsewhere we could easily be top 6 without missed penalties etc. and though we might still be complaining about the tactics etc. we wouldn't be talking about firing anyone. Over a full season luck ceases to be a factor, we will get a couple of wins we probably didn't earn etc. and it will balance out but that has not been the case so far. We will get a run of games with our first choice attack and we will have the opportunity to add a player or two in January. Come seasons end we should be minus a couple more of the deadbeats and hopefully will have added a couple more good players. If Ole still looks a bad fit then his replacement will be inheriting a far better situation than Ole himself did and that is really the worst case scenario. I will cheerfully take money from anyone who wants to bet on us going down because that is not happening and therefore we have nothing to lose by sticking to the plan we only made 2 months ago and potentially a whole lot to gain by showing some backbone and taking our lumps this year to finally fix this squad.
Great post.
 

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OGS has had a good half year headstart on both Rodgers and Lampard to impose a style on us, yet those latter two have already got their sides looking better than what they were. Lampard has put the youngsters in after losing the standout player and being banned from buying and Rodgers has turned the dull Puel side into a more exciting side. Whilst OGS’ Utd looks just as bad (if not worse than) as Jose’s last few Utd games.

When LVG gutted the squad he filled with the squad with mediocrity and players that just didn’t fit. When OGS gutted the squad he didn’t replace any of them. He seemingly just thought in blind hope that Martial and his beloved Rashy would suddenly turn into 30 goal strikers? And a 17 year old would be adequate cover? And added another fecking left sided attacker? Was he expecting absolutely zero injuries to happen or something?

And to those who think “But we need Pogba, Martial and Shaw back to look good!”... if we’re reliant on 2-3 players being in the team all the time throughout a 50 game season, then that’s a big fecking problem... and if we had an actual system then we shouldn’t be too reliant on them right? You know... a little bit of coaching and improvisation?
 

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I have stated previously that we should at least give Ole this full season and then make a decision in May on whether it is working or if change is needed. I don't think sentiment plays a part in that, it needs to be a fact based decision based on all aspects of his performance in the role and a consideration of what alternatives are available and if we think they can improve us. Ole has by no means been given a fair shot and is being prematurely judged in some part due to a press that loves to kick us when we are down and due to the selective memory of those who seem to think we were promised a contending team this year.

In the summer the club and Ole made clear that short term fixes had failed and a longer term plan was needed, stripping the squad of overpaid and underperforming veterans, giving opportunities to youth players to see what they had and reshaping the team over several transfer windows. The message was clear that we would probably go backwards before things improved and considering we were a 6th place team what exactly were people expecting? If nothing else I would say this in defence of Ole. If you are told you have a couple of years to build a winning team and you make your decisions on that basis it is ridiculous to then move the goalposts less than a quarter of the way into the season and say we need to be competing right now. I imagine the decisions he made would have been different if he knew that the mob would start baying for blood as soon as things got tough and he would have made the same short term decisions that have hamstrung us for 6 years.

I don't think last season has much bearing on anything as most of it was spent in a caretaker role and even when that tag was removed we were a couple of months away from the end of the season and with no opportunity to change the squad so for me the real assessment began with this summer. To that end I don't really credit Ole all that much for the initial success nor do I blame him for the team running out of gas.

I was happy with the job done is the summer although like 99% of posters and Ole himself I felt we needed a couple more players to replace what we lost. The style of play was evident, the new signings all look like money well spent and the first XI at least looked capable of doing a job and that was backed up by the performances in the opening couple of games when we looked more solid at the back and dangerous going forward. Losing Martial and Shaw impacted us significantly and it has been a pretty dire few weeks since then as the lack of depth has been ruthlessly exposed. Ole has tried to maintain the style of play introduced in pre season but without the right players for the system it just is not working and with not a lot going right for us panic has started to set in.

The fact remains we are 8 league games into Ole's first full season on the job and as mentioned elsewhere we could easily be top 6 without missed penalties etc. and though we might still be complaining about the tactics etc. we wouldn't be talking about firing anyone. Over a full season luck ceases to be a factor, we will get a couple of wins we probably didn't earn etc. and it will balance out but that has not been the case so far. We will get a run of games with our first choice attack and we will have the opportunity to add a player or two in January. Come seasons end we should be minus a couple more of the deadbeats and hopefully will have added a couple more good players. If Ole still looks a bad fit then his replacement will be inheriting a far better situation than Ole himself did and that is really the worst case scenario. I will cheerfully take money from anyone who wants to bet on us going down because that is not happening and therefore we have nothing to lose by sticking to the plan we only made 2 months ago and potentially a whole lot to gain by showing some backbone and taking our lumps this year to finally fix this squad.
100% spot on.
 

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  • They probably are fitter but it won't necessary be obvious till the later stages of the season, or even the season after.
  • Personally don't care what he did at Cardiff, some of the best Managers of all time have had spells at club they wish they could erase from the record books.
  • He wouldn't have got the Gig at Old Trafford if he'd not played for the club, that's not even open to debate.
  • Yes. 100% and bigger club than the two you mentioned as well.
  • Not sure how it could've been 0-3 when we won 4-0, you might have to explain that to me. Anyhow it was our bogey team at OT, so who cares.
  • We did react though, we regained the initiative and should have won, and if Rashford had taken the penalty we probably would.
  • Yes Rashford missed the next one, but let's be honest all the fuss made about the previous one he was always likely to.
I didn’t say you cared about what he did at Cardiff. Absolute rubbish he’d be on the shortlist of bigger clubs then Sunderland and Reading, he was sacked by Cardiff in 2014, didn’t return to Molde 2015. He’s never been courted by a big club.

Seeing as you don’t care, I won’t bother wasting my time.
 

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Ole should be sacked. For me there is one critical reason why. The last transfer window is where he needed to make crucial decisions about players he was releasing and who he was bringing in. And to be brutally honest he flunked it. After several seasons of poor buys and gradual decline, our situation at the beginning of the 2019/20 season was so precarious that this pre-season was probably the most important of all. We were no-longer a guaranteed top 4 but in real danger of falling ever further down the league. Ole should have grasp the gravity of this and reacted accordingly, but it seems he underestimated the task. To release players, especially attacking players, without replacing them was a serious error of judgement. So that now we no longer face the prospect of standing still, but the very real prospect of relegation. It is inescapable that Ole did not show the right judgement or use his new found authority wisely when preparing the team, and we are now paying the price.
 
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I didn’t say you cared about what he did at Cardiff. Absolute rubbish he’d be on the shortlist of bigger clubs then Sunderland and Reading, he was sacked by Cardiff in 2014, didn’t return to Molde 2015. He’s never been courted by a big club.

Seeing as you don’t care, I won’t bother wasting my time.
Your loss pal, you might actually learn something.
 

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Ole should be sacked. For me there is one critical reason why. The last transfer window is where he needed to make crucial decisions about players he was releasing and who he was bringing in. And to be brutally honest he flunked it. After several seasons of poor buys and gradual decline, our situation at the beginning of the 2019/20 season was so precarious that this pre-season was probably the most important of all. We were no-longer a guaranteed top 4 but in real danger of falling ever further down the league. Ole should have grasp the gravity of this and reacted accordingly, but it seems he underestimated the task. To release players, especially attacking players, without replacing them was a serious error of judgement. So that now we no longer face the prospect of standing still, but the very real prospect of relegation. It is inescapable that Ole did not show the right judgement or use his new found authority wisely when preparing the team, and we are now paying the price.
Yeah it wasn’t Ole who makes the final decisions on transfers
 

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Many would have thought the same if they'd seen SAF's first 14/16 months at Old Trafford as most of the football was worse than anything we've seen since he retired. True story.

They might play better football(at times), but there is next to no pressure on the players, playing for United with the expectations is a whole new ball game.
SAF took over when we were plummeting into the relegation zone. Like we are now.

18 months later we finished second in the league. Like we were less than 18 months ago.

So not a true story. Not remotely.
 

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So AC Milan has sacked their manager 7 games into the season with a record of 3 wins 4 losses.

So far, having 8 games played, Ole has won 2 games, drawn 3, lost 3.

And our next game is Liverpool... :rolleyes:
What has Milan got to do with United?
 

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SAF took over when we were plummeting into the relegation zone. Like we are now.

18 months later we finished second in the league. Like we were less than 18 months ago.

So not a true story. Not remotely.
That 2nd finish under Fergie was a false flag similar to Jose’s - fergie knew it and tore that team apart. All Jose wanted to do was buy.
 

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I have stated previously that we should at least give Ole this full season and then make a decision in May on whether it is working or if change is needed. I don't think sentiment plays a part in that, it needs to be a fact based decision based on all aspects of his performance in the role and a consideration of what alternatives are available and if we think they can improve us. Ole has by no means been given a fair shot and is being prematurely judged in some part due to a press that loves to kick us when we are down and due to the selective memory of those who seem to think we were promised a contending team this year.

In the summer the club and Ole made clear that short term fixes had failed and a longer term plan was needed, stripping the squad of overpaid and underperforming veterans, giving opportunities to youth players to see what they had and reshaping the team over several transfer windows. The message was clear that we would probably go backwards before things improved and considering we were a 6th place team what exactly were people expecting? If nothing else I would say this in defence of Ole. If you are told you have a couple of years to build a winning team and you make your decisions on that basis it is ridiculous to then move the goalposts less than a quarter of the way into the season and say we need to be competing right now. I imagine the decisions he made would have been different if he knew that the mob would start baying for blood as soon as things got tough and he would have made the same short term decisions that have hamstrung us for 6 years.

I don't think last season has much bearing on anything as most of it was spent in a caretaker role and even when that tag was removed we were a couple of months away from the end of the season and with no opportunity to change the squad so for me the real assessment began with this summer. To that end I don't really credit Ole all that much for the initial success nor do I blame him for the team running out of gas.

I was happy with the job done is the summer although like 99% of posters and Ole himself I felt we needed a couple more players to replace what we lost. The style of play was evident, the new signings all look like money well spent and the first XI at least looked capable of doing a job and that was backed up by the performances in the opening couple of games when we looked more solid at the back and dangerous going forward. Losing Martial and Shaw impacted us significantly and it has been a pretty dire few weeks since then as the lack of depth has been ruthlessly exposed. Ole has tried to maintain the style of play introduced in pre season but without the right players for the system it just is not working and with not a lot going right for us panic has started to set in.

The fact remains we are 8 league games into Ole's first full season on the job and as mentioned elsewhere we could easily be top 6 without missed penalties etc. and though we might still be complaining about the tactics etc. we wouldn't be talking about firing anyone. Over a full season luck ceases to be a factor, we will get a couple of wins we probably didn't earn etc. and it will balance out but that has not been the case so far. We will get a run of games with our first choice attack and we will have the opportunity to add a player or two in January. Come seasons end we should be minus a couple more of the deadbeats and hopefully will have added a couple more good players. If Ole still looks a bad fit then his replacement will be inheriting a far better situation than Ole himself did and that is really the worst case scenario. I will cheerfully take money from anyone who wants to bet on us going down because that is not happening and therefore we have nothing to lose by sticking to the plan we only made 2 months ago and potentially a whole lot to gain by showing some backbone and taking our lumps this year to finally fix this squad.
Oh, my... Excuses, missed penalties, injuries. Some people are hellbent to make it easy for him and have a free ride at one of the biggest clubs in the world (yet).

Really stopped reading there. We're 17th in the ranking in terms of big chances created. Have played inferior teams and as you would love excuses - a very very limited Chelsea team under a new and unproven manager as well who battered us in the first half and should've been 2 up.

The squad is bare bones and the tactics and style of play is worse than Moyes.

The fact remains that he's 4 wins in 17, needed penalties to win against mighty Rochdale and looked clueless yet again against AZ.

It's truly remarkable how some of the top reds are trying to explain failure.

Also the amount of muscle injuries we picked down the road since he took over is also probably down to the training methods considering we didn't pick so many under Jose last year.

Over the course of the season we will pick even more injuries and the squad will be even more restricted. Fatigue will also come into play as those players will be run into the ground. Rashford who is 21 was visibly tired as early as end of September.

The whole post reeks of delusion, especially if you think that Ole will miraculously turn things around. We saw him at Cardiff.

If you are willing to bet I can gladly oblige and bet you £1000 he will be gone at some point this season or at the end of it.

Worst PL appointment in some time.
 

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Oh, my... Excuses, missed penalties, injuries. Some people are hellbent to make it easy for him and have a free ride at one of the biggest clubs in the world (yet).

Really stopped reading there. We're 17th in the ranking in terms of big chances created. Have played inferior teams and as you would love excuses - a very very limited Chelsea team under a new and unproven manager as well who battered us in the first half and should've been 2 up.

The squad is bare bones and the tactics and style of play is worse than Moyes.

The fact remains that he's 4 wins in 17, needed penalties to win against mighty Rochdale and looked clueless yet again against AZ.

It's truly remarkable how some of the top reds are trying to explain failure.

Also the amount of muscle injuries we picked down the road since he took over is also probably down to the training methods considering we didn't pick so many under Jose last year.

Over the course of the season we will pick even more injuries and the squad will be even more restricted. Fatigue will also come into play as those players will be run into the ground. Rashford who is 21 was visibly tired as early as end of September.

The whole post reeks of delusion, especially if you think that Ole will miraculously turn things around. We saw him at Cardiff.

If you are willing to bet I can gladly oblige and bet you £1000 he will be gone at some point this season or at the end of it.

Worst PL appointment in some time.
I’ll take £50 of that

I don’t think Woodward can sack him without sacking himself........
 

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Deal, that’s my argument how can the ceo keep blaming his own appointments without falling on his sword?
It happens to all clubs mate, why everyone keeps assuming we're special?

Also Woodward is only partly in the convo when it comes to appointing new managers - this is also on the board.

Besides Ole already overstayed here and has been for 9 months.

People expect that we are going to get better after the international break because of players coming back, but really fail to realize that the season is just beginning and when the realy fatigue and damp conditions start to kick in we will be glad with such options we have now.

It's just a question on when he will get the boot. A heavy defeat against Pool and I'd imagine he's off before the end of the month.
 

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crazy how 1 result with 6 first team players out changes the vote from 60% keep to majority sack :wenger:
 

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It happens to all clubs mate, why everyone keeps assuming we're special?

Also Woodward is only partly in the convo when it comes to appointing new managers - this is also on the board.

Besides Ole already overstayed here and has been for 9 months.

People expect that we are going to get better after the international break because of players coming back, but really fail to realize that the season is just beginning and when the realy fatigue and damp conditions start to kick in we will be glad with such options we have now.

It's just a question on when he will get the boot. A heavy defeat against Pool and I'd imagine he's off before the end of the month.
The value of the club has also fallen $900m since February, Ed maybe the golden balls to the glazers but no one likes losing a billion it starts to add up to real money, I’m gonna double down and say Ed is gone before Ole :D
 

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The value of the club has also fallen $900m since February, Ed maybe the golden balls to the glazers but no one likes losing a billion it starts to add up to real money, I’m gonna double down and say Ed is gone before Ole :D
That's wildly optimistic to say at least :D
 

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Oh, my... Excuses, missed penalties, injuries. Some people are hellbent to make it easy for him and have a free ride at one of the biggest clubs in the world (yet).

Really stopped reading there. We're 17th in the ranking in terms of big chances created. Have played inferior teams and as you would love excuses - a very very limited Chelsea team under a new and unproven manager as well who battered us in the first half and should've been 2 up.

The squad is bare bones and the tactics and style of play is worse than Moyes.

The fact remains that he's 4 wins in 17, needed penalties to win against mighty Rochdale and looked clueless yet again against AZ.

It's truly remarkable how some of the top reds are trying to explain failure.

Also the amount of muscle injuries we picked down the road since he took over is also probably down to the training methods considering we didn't pick so many under Jose last year.

Over the course of the season we will pick even more injuries and the squad will be even more restricted. Fatigue will also come into play as those players will be run into the ground. Rashford who is 21 was visibly tired as early as end of September.

The whole post reeks of delusion, especially if you think that Ole will miraculously turn things around. We saw him at Cardiff.

If you are willing to bet I can gladly oblige and bet you £1000 he will be gone at some point this season or at the end of it.

Worst PL appointment in some time.
You start by accusing poster of excuses and then you yourself finding excuses for Chelsea that they should be two up but in reality they weren't. It's the the same excuse as if we've scored 2 penalty we'd have more points.
 

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You start by accusing poster of excuses and then you yourself finding excuses for Chelsea that they should be two up but in reality they weren't. It's the the same excuse as if we've scored 2 penalty we'd have more points.
I was highlighting the claim that you can use luck/penalties/injuries both ways and it doesn't really matter if we're game 8 or 38.

We picked up points against Chelsea and Leicester (they could've equalized in the end as well) and lost to missed penos, so even in his equation already it has evened out.

9 points in 8 games is shit as it is, not really something you can pin on external factors.
 

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I have stated previously that we should at least give Ole this full season and then make a decision in May on whether it is working or if change is needed. I don't think sentiment plays a part in that, it needs to be a fact based decision based on all aspects of his performance in the role and a consideration of what alternatives are available and if we think they can improve us. Ole has by no means been given a fair shot and is being prematurely judged in some part due to a press that loves to kick us when we are down and due to the selective memory of those who seem to think we were promised a contending team this year.

In the summer the club and Ole made clear that short term fixes had failed and a longer term plan was needed, stripping the squad of overpaid and underperforming veterans, giving opportunities to youth players to see what they had and reshaping the team over several transfer windows. The message was clear that we would probably go backwards before things improved and considering we were a 6th place team what exactly were people expecting? If nothing else I would say this in defence of Ole. If you are told you have a couple of years to build a winning team and you make your decisions on that basis it is ridiculous to then move the goalposts less than a quarter of the way into the season and say we need to be competing right now. I imagine the decisions he made would have been different if he knew that the mob would start baying for blood as soon as things got tough and he would have made the same short term decisions that have hamstrung us for 6 years.

I don't think last season has much bearing on anything as most of it was spent in a caretaker role and even when that tag was removed we were a couple of months away from the end of the season and with no opportunity to change the squad so for me the real assessment began with this summer. To that end I don't really credit Ole all that much for the initial success nor do I blame him for the team running out of gas.

I was happy with the job done is the summer although like 99% of posters and Ole himself I felt we needed a couple more players to replace what we lost. The style of play was evident, the new signings all look like money well spent and the first XI at least looked capable of doing a job and that was backed up by the performances in the opening couple of games when we looked more solid at the back and dangerous going forward. Losing Martial and Shaw impacted us significantly and it has been a pretty dire few weeks since then as the lack of depth has been ruthlessly exposed. Ole has tried to maintain the style of play introduced in pre season but without the right players for the system it just is not working and with not a lot going right for us panic has started to set in.

The fact remains we are 8 league games into Ole's first full season on the job and as mentioned elsewhere we could easily be top 6 without missed penalties etc. and though we might still be complaining about the tactics etc. we wouldn't be talking about firing anyone. Over a full season luck ceases to be a factor, we will get a couple of wins we probably didn't earn etc. and it will balance out but that has not been the case so far. We will get a run of games with our first choice attack and we will have the opportunity to add a player or two in January. Come seasons end we should be minus a couple more of the deadbeats and hopefully will have added a couple more good players. If Ole still looks a bad fit then his replacement will be inheriting a far better situation than Ole himself did and that is really the worst case scenario. I will cheerfully take money from anyone who wants to bet on us going down because that is not happening and therefore we have nothing to lose by sticking to the plan we only made 2 months ago and potentially a whole lot to gain by showing some backbone and taking our lumps this year to finally fix this squad.
Good post - but to be nitpicky I would argue that there's no excusing not reinforcing at least our offensive setup prior to this season - that was a huge blunder and even though you're planning far ahead you still have to secure your footing at present to even hope getting there. It's undeniable that they failed miserably in that regard - something we're currently paying the price for. Also - I doubt very much Ole didn't see this shitstorm coming if the results didn't improve from last season's finale - he's been a professional footballer all his life he knows how the mob operates. I'm also curious if you'll feel the same if we're still within striking range of relegation come Christmas - and if this horrible forms continues despite our starting eleven being back in business again?

But anyways - I'm glad to see someone making sense in here - be prepared for a lot of people attempting to arrest you on everything except your actual arguments though and then if that fails simply pretend you never happened. It's usually how this fares :lol:
 

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I was highlighting the claim that you can use luck/penalties/injuries both ways and it doesn't really matter if we're game 8 or 38.

We picked up points against Chelsea and Leicester (they could've equalized in the end as well) and lost to missed penos, so even in his equation already it has evened out.

9 points in 8 games is shit as it is, not really something you can pin on external factors.
Alright. I do think we've been very unlucky to miss our only striker for 2 months this early into the season. If Arsenal lose Auba or Chelsea lose their inform striker maybe they'd drop prints too. I'm glad we'd soon be getting most back againt pool and hope we start producing some good performances.
 

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SAF took over when we were plummeting into the relegation zone. Like we are now.

18 months later we finished second in the league. Like we were less than 18 months ago.

So not a true story. Not remotely.
I was talking about the style of football, which considering SAF had the likes of Bryan Robson, Paul McGrath, Remi Moses, Norman Whiteside, Kevin Moran, Jesper Olsen, Peter Davenport and Gordon Strachan(most if not all would walk into our current team)in his squad wasn't great even taking into consideration the position we were in when he took over.

And yes we did finish 2nd in his first-full season but it was hard to watch at times, and SAF knew he needed to phase that group out and bring his own players, and that's exactly what he did.

So yeah very much a true story.