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I Don't Like Mondays

I Don't Like Mondays

It hasn't got any better for me. Has it for you?

A Bolton Wanderers thrashing, in my experience, is normally like a hangover after a night on the town. You hit the tiles full of hope and expectation, blow an obscene amount of money 'enjoying yourself', throw-up, fall asleep and regret- what you can remember- everything you did, only for time to heal you by the Monday, to repeat your actions the following weekend. All is forgiven and forgotten if the following night-out is a 'winner'.

This mauling at the feet of Reading is different. I feel no better today. In fact, I feel worse.

Something broke in Berkshire on Saturday. This wasn't just a hammering in a league game of football. This was Toto the dog opening the curtain to reveal how bad things are at Bolton Wanderers football club. All the guff and blah that Freedman has been delivering in his Coyle-esque, post-match reports, were all words to skirt around the facts: the Bolton team is a complete car-crash and things aren't going to improve any time soon.

I'm going to put the transfer story regarding Danny Graham later this afternoon- even though I don't know why we're going after him. I just wanted to reflect on the weekend and how you guys were feeling.

Please keep the comments coming. You're keeping me sane...

Writer:Mr Ecky
Date:Monday January 20 2014
Time: 2:46PM

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You dont know why we are going after ? Because we dont have a chance? Because we shouldnt be backing the manager? Because we dont need a proven Championship striker?.........I feel embarrassed. Looking at the goals conceded the defending was pathetic. Clinical finishing but failing to attempt a block/tackle, giving the ball away, keeper stuck in 6 yard box despite attacker running in from 50 yards, falling over the ball in the box, 7 players around 1 player who put the ball away - unacceptable. You can criticise the manager for formation and tactics but you cannot criticise the manager when players fail to do even the basic aspects of football poorly. DF is not there to teach them how to kick a football. Players need to take responsibility and if they take no notice of DF saying that too many are not good enough then i dont want them playing for my team. They should be doing everything they can to prove him wrong given that if they DO perform then they will stay here/win a new contract, if they dont then they will be out on their ear with no chance of playing at Championship level nevermind PL level ever again! DF has been very loyal to the players who have failed to produce consistently. Things need to change and the FA cup gives a perfect opportunity for fringe players to prove their worth because the '1st team' arent at the races.
20/01/2014 15:17:00
Loss of Respect! Yesterday that team & DF lost our respect.The Wanderers travelling army showed how brilliant they can be in the face of adversity. So we want to see how the team, DF & coaching staff can be in adversity. We don't want to hear hollow sorry stories... WE WANT PASSION, DESIRE, COMMITMENT TO THE CAUSE, TO EARN THE BOLTON SHIRT & OF COURSE RESULTS!….SOMETHING THEY HAVE TO WORK FOR & SHOW US!
20/01/2014 16:11:00
Hear hear, moonpig1.
20/01/2014 17:07:00
Loss of Respect! Yesterday that team & DF lost our respect.The Wanderers travelling army showed how brilliant they can be in the face of adversity. So we want to see how the team, DF & coaching staff can be in adversity. We don't want to hear hollow sorry stories... WE WANT PASSION, DESIRE, COMMITMENT TO THE CAUSE, TO EARN THE BOLTON SHIRT & OF COURSE RESULTS!….SOMETHING THEY HAVE TO WORK FOR & SHOW US!
20/01/2014 17:11:00
According to some, all our problems sit with the players, DF is not responsible, If that's true why did we get rid of OC . Coyle had basically the same squad we have today, he was given 10 games in the championship when PG decided performances were not good enough and he had to go. DF has had over 60 games in charge and performances are worse, far worse. So why is he still here and why are those in control at the club moving the goalposts. Those players who took us to the cusp of the play offs and almost kept us in the premiership are still at the club, being led by a manager taking them backwards who cannot organise the team, let alone decide who should play and how. I am sorry but the buck stops with the manager. PG was correct sacking OC, sadly 12 months to late. I still feel a half decent experienced manager would have got us back in the premiership last season. Poor players decide their own fate and the same with managers, having a good manager or a poor manager in charge affects the entire team with lasting effect, compare BSA with DF, above anything else we need a good manager in charge. Our finances might be dire but it does not alter the fact all the while we have a poor manager in place our position is unlikely to improve.
aussie mike
20/01/2014 19:25:00
The reason is Aussie Mike they're all Coyles players that are performing poorly and we aint got the cash to move em out. Good managers are a matter of opinion and if we went to the supporters there'd be 20 thousand answers.
Nigel Greenwood
20/01/2014 21:41:00
The manager has to take some of the blame, he picks the team, sets them up tactically and is supposed to motivate them. But i also think that most of the blame for this season should lay at the players door, not all of them admittedly, but most of them have been shocking. I never thought i'd have to, but i'll name names again, CYL, Ream, Mills, N'Gog, Mido, Eagles, Mears, Pratley and of course Knight. Add to that shower Sordell, Eaves, Wheater and Craig Davies and you can see what a mess there is. I'd estimate around 300 grand a week in wages there, and for me the lot could go and good riddance.
20/01/2014 22:08:00
is suicide acceptable over the loss?
21/01/2014 01:21:00
Muur - only if you're Zat Knight. Mike - you fire a manager mostly to improve the playing squad and the backroom staff. OC was sacked because he'd assembled an expensive, overpaid hopeless squad who would have caused a major travesty if they had stayed up. Last season the big difference wasn't a change in tactics, organisation or whatever - it was Dawson's signing that changed everything. I'm hopeful that before the transfer window closes DF manages to make some serious changes to the playing staff - but surely the fact that NOBODY wants to even offer any of our highly paid players a loan, never mind a permanent deal, speaks volumes about their lack of quality? If they actually were any good, we wouldn't be trying to sell them and we wouldn't be losing 7-1 - we would be winning every week and we would be unable to hold onto them.
21/01/2014 12:35:00
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