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  1. laukat

    Gary Caldwell confirmation

    I think the frustration with Spittal is for a few reasons. Defending is not really his string point so he's mainly on the pitch to create or score and I think Archie saw him as Erskine's replacement in a number 10 role. He has some of the attributes required to be a game changing player in that he clearly has a decent delivery on him for free-kicks, corner kicks and crosses but he's became so unreliable that he no longer takes corner kicks and for a dead ball specialist doesn't get enough of his free-kicks on target. His crossing from open play is not great and for a young guy he doesn't seem to have the pace or skill to go past a defender. Last season he scored 6 of his 7 goals before the end of September and really started to struggle by the time the winter kicked in. Obviously he was playing in a poorer team last year so there are other reasons for the goals drying up but he also had some real defensive clangers such as giving the ball away on the edge of the box too often (Rangers at home, Livi at home spring to mind) The Dundee United fans weren't too fussed about him leaving largely because he would produce 1 good game for every 4 or 5 bad ones. He's now almost 23 and he's still has most of the same problems so how much longer do you give him? To me this season is make or break for him
  2. laukat

    Gary Caldwell confirmation

    When Dundee went into Administration Dodds an Gordon Chisholm were owed money. Both refused the CVA on offer as they wanted paid in full or a larger percentage of what was owed which they felt would have been better achieved by the club being liquidated.
  3. laukat

    Gary Caldwell confirmation

    Very strange move for McIntyre and for Dundee. Dundee look like they've panicked and went with the first available manager with recent SPL management experience without looking at what type of manager they have appointed. McIntyre looks like he's jumped for the first SPL club to offer him a position without looking at his chance of success or what failure would do to his future prospects. Add in that Billy Dodds almost liquidated the club and now could be their assistant manager and it has the potential for some grade 'A' banter!
  4. laukat

    Gary Caldwell confirmation

    The worrying bit isn't the Chesterfield's fans opinion of Caldwell's managerial skills as we've seen often same person different club can lead to different results. However what is worrying is we published a statement on our website and then had to retract a comment from our new manager because it was objected to be Chesterfield. I do a lot of hiring at my work and I wouldn't dream of offering someone a post without getting a reference that explained why the left/wanted to leave their previous employment. I've seen enough interviews to know that people can present very well with blinding powerpoint presentations at interviews but nothing tells more about an individual than what the people who actually worked with them tell you. Either we didn't know the statement to be false because we didn't check with Chesterfield prior to appointing or we didn't realise what Caldwell said and posted it verbatim on the website without checking. Both suggest a lack of rigour on how the club is being run.
  5. laukat

    Gary Caldwell confirmation

    Chesterfield fans are surprised by our appointment. http://www.thecfss.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=63958&st=0 They also suggest Thistle had to drop the following bit from the announcement after being advised of the facts from Chesterfield "Caldwell, 36, had a successful playing career and was capped 55 times for Scotland before moving in to management. His first role was at Wigan, where he guided them to the League One title and promotion to the Championship at the first time of asking. His time at Wigan was followed by a short spell at Chesterfield where, having been appointed half way through the season, he was not given the resources he had been promised to stop the club being relegated" If true does it not set off some alarm bells? Did we not ask for references from Chesterfield and Wigan?
  6. laukat

    Gary Caldwell confirmation

    I don't really see general squad fitness as being the reason we are struggling. You would question that if we were losing goals towards the end of games or the end of the first half however we are losing goals early which to my mind more talks to organisation and individual mistakes being the defensive problem. There are a couple of players who are returning from injury or a long layoff and need help with fitness such as Bannigan, Brice, Quitongo and Coullibally but I think Archie's fitness coaching would have got them to the right level so not something we're going to see a great improvement in I'm not a Spitall fan and think he shouldn't be a starter but he is someone who could benefit from a different approach to his fitness. To my mind he needs some sprint coaching to feel more confident going past a player as well as some upper body strength to help in the tackle. He doesn't appear to have sufficient fitness to contribute enough over a full 90 minutes. Caldwell's priority needs to be on working on the defensive system to make us harder to beat and restore confidence even if that means grinding out a few 0-0's
  7. laukat

    Who's next?

    That sounds like a question for a new topic. What was the thistle mange left the squad in the biggest shambles? Campbell's squad takes some beating but Rooney, Lamont, Collins, Whyte/Britton also must be in with a shout?
  8. laukat

    Who's next?

    Agree with this. If Caldwell is a success then the board and the chief exec deserve a round of applause. If not then they are culpable as they appear to be the part of small group that have faith in Caldwell's abilities when there are other options available. I would add that this is also a high risk appointment due to the style of play Caldwell appears to be prefer. I'm not sure the Firhill faithful can go another 2 seasons of tippy-tappy, sideways ineffective football. Personally I want to see winning football with less emphasis on the style in which its achieved. Also can't see how we get our current central defenders to be play it out from the back when their main strengths are as ball winning aerially commanding centre-halfs?
  9. laukat

    Who's next?

    Spot on. If Gerry and Jacqui Low get this wrong when there are more experienced options available it doesn't give them much wiggle room and as you say if Caldwell doesn't do well then his managerial career is pretty much at an end. However I suspect we will be in for a period of managed decline. It looks but like a Murdo Mcleod/Peter Cormack type appointment.. Caldwell will steady things to the point we are on the edge of the playoffs but never seriously in contention for promotion. This will largely be achieved by some of players coming back to fitness (Bannigan, Brice, McCarthy, Coulibally). So I suspect his real test will be at the start of season 19/20. Hope I'm wrong and I wish Gary all the luck in the world.
  10. laukat

    Thistle v Dundee Utd

    Archie player 4-2-3-1 and for the main it was effective as long as he had fit overlapping fullbacks who could also defend and 2 central defensive midfielders who could fill in and protect the back 4. We no longer have the fullbacks to play this nor the defensive midfield options until Brice is fit and on form 4-5-1 is different in that you don't require overlapping fullbacks you need a solid midfield 3 and 2 wide midfield/ wingers. You also need a forward that works a defence . The idea being that you are more compact from front to back making us defensively harder to break down but not leaving huge distances to the lone striker so able to counter quickly through the middle. Scotland played that system very to relative success under Craig Brown when qualifying for the 98 world cup. It can be quite defensive but you do tend to grind out results. So when you're in a position of freefall which we are close to it has its merits. As Craig Brown showed if you want to attack its relatively easy to change 4-5-1 to 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 if you need to chase a game.
  11. laukat

    Who's next?

    Interesting piece here from Caldwell https://www.coachesvoice.com/gary-caldwell-on-managing-wigan-athletic-chesterfield/ Would love to see something similar from Archie on last season.
  12. laukat

    Who's next?

    From what I heard yesterday there were certainly plenty of calls from the stands for God's son, although I never new he had a middle name starting with F
  13. laukat

    Thistle v Dundee Utd

    To play 4-3-3 requires very fit players capable of pressing the opposition high up the park and recover possession before the opposition midfield swamps your own. Whilst you are correct that we have players that match those positions we don't have the fitness or organisational levels From what I've seen I think we need to go 4-5-1 to protect the defense and start to restore some confidence through not losing. Hopefully that keeps us winning points and in the pack until we get players fit enough to play other formations. Yesterday Allison and Britton started 4-4-2 which was a step towards being more solid but had not realised United play a 3-5-2 so we were still outnumbered in the areas we are struggling the most with. Second half we started to get more into the game due in part to McCarthy, Bannigan and Slater forming a midfield 3 to match United's midfield 3, even then we struggled in wide areas until Quitongo started to not allow the outball from their back 3 and then when United subbed Fyvie for Barton we started to dominate as Barton couldn't cope with the pace and intensity of our midfield. We also managed to Penrice high enough up the park that he was intercepting their outball and we kept them hemmed into their own half.
  14. laukat

    Who's next?

    I disagree. If the choice was Caldwell or McIntyre I would rather have McIntyre. Whilst not wonderfully inspiring at lest he has experience of winning this league. I would still prefer Goodwin. As a player the guy would kick his granny to win a game and we as a club desperately need someone to instill a desire to win in our current playing staff. From the board to the players we just too 'nice'. I think this appointment might be pivotal to Gerry Britton's reign as chief exec. If he goes for someone like Caldwell then it would suggest to me that he doesn't want a manager that will challenge him as chief exec or test the boards ambitions. Lambert would be ambitious however I can't see him taking it as he's only been out of work for a few months and has no real affinity to us. Clarke had a lot longer out of the game and an affinity with Kilmarnock.
  15. laukat

    Who's next?

    read a few comments from Wigan and Chesterfield fans. They suggest his style of play is based on possession and endless passes across the back and side to side. Also complain he will sit on a lead. Sound familiar? We don't need a manager with a philosophy and who gives a good interview we need a manager who know how to win and get out of this division.
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