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Fans pick teams and prove how tough it is!

BilicupNow I know Slaven Bilic is paid masses to get it right – along of course with the players – but yesterday’s CandH exercise in team selection showed just how tough life can get for managers – notably ours right now.

We threw out an invitation which allowed fans to select the side for today’s game against Palace and among the hundreds  of responses we received there were probably only half a dozen the same.

Now, whilst many – probably most – have made their minds up about the manager’s ultimate fate – sometimes we need perhaps to be a little more open minded ( I know I do) and accept that bossing a PL football team is one of the toughest jobs in the world.

Team selection is just one part of it and us armchair “bosses” found that seriously difficult yesterday with several even excluding  Michail Antonio.

So whatever team Bilic picks today, should it get beaten those who believe he should have done it differently will be all over him; should he win his critics will button it and should he draw the divisive debates will go on and on.

Is it understandable? YES! …is it helpful NO, particularly when it is being repeated for perhaps the tenth, twentieth or fiftieth time.

The performances have been poor but that stats show that we have won two, drawn two and lost two of our last six PL games which is hardly disastrous at this stage of the season

Yes Brighton was thoroughly horrible and let’s all pray to God the lads  can put that right with a humdinger performance today.

Team selection is a seriously difficult affair as shown by our own efforts and whilst  people’s opinions of the manager are unlikely to change, a a bit more tolerance, balance and little less over reaction from all of us may be helpful.

Oh, and for those who want to call me out and claim I’m saying I’ve changed my mind on Slav may I explain: I haven’t.

I don’t think he’s the right man for the job but I would be utterly delighted for him to show me I’m wrong!


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16 comments on “Fans pick teams and prove how tough it is!

  1. It would be a lot easier if he picked players in their best position, picked the team on ability …not loyalty… and had a plan B .


    • Steady on, you’re talking about Slav here – his speciality is playing people out of position, making unfathomable substitutions, Plan B – what’s that?

  2. We should change our name to West Jam (just about managing)

  3. Its gonna be a 4-3-3 another formation change!!

    Zab Fonte Ogbonna Cressie
    Fernandes Cheik Noble
    Ayew Chicharito Lanzini

  4. Don’t like this team one bit. !!!
    Defensively inept IMO !
    Please prove me wrong. ! 😕

    • Definitely a curious selection not sure how we will line up whether with 3 or 4 at back, its an attacking line up thats for sure, lets hope Bilic has got it right COYI !!!

  5. 2-0 ? Sounds crap on the radio ! But hey !!! I’ll take it all day long if this continues lol
    Palace having no luck ? 😉

  6. Ayew & Chic have been great up front w Lanzini but our defense has still been poor 2-1

  7. That’s a fekin joke ?? 😈 plus the 7 the minute , you got it bang on 64 , over time play because there’s an attack going on instead of blowing up ??
    But that wasn’t good enough from west ham !! Again we sit back even though we can’t defend , lucky to get a draw , palace much the better side !!

  8. Hart said we can’t keep letting teams walk right through us !!
    What do you expect when bilic picks a team that cannot defend from midfield, and tinkers players out of position !! Its not hard to pick a team !its easy !! But you have to have vision not blind faith lol ,, will he ever learn ffs ! 😈

  9. No manager can allow for the stupidity of Antonio at the end Laz. Unbelievable – Ball nicely stuck in their corner and what does he do, cross it into an empty 18 yard box so they can have one last attack. Haven’t seen something as unprofessional for years!

    • Not wrong jimbo but if it were not for poor finishing and bad luck palace could have had 6 today !!
      Antonio hasn’t really been at the races lately its been huff and puff , bilic ain’t got the balls to drop players who do make mistakes and let them know its not up to standard ! But drops rice lol! Let’s see if Antonio gets the treatment !! Anyway you want to look at it, its down to bilic and to be honest I’ve had enough of the bloke ! All we seem to do is slate him continuously !
      And its warranted lmo!! When is it gonna stop ffs !😤

  10. I was listening on the radio seemed like all Antonio had to do was hold onto the ball in their half and decided to try setting up Hernandez which is an idiots play, kill the game off for God’s sake, this is the madness of watching Bilic teams, poor decision making by most players on his watch, when you are beating the most inept team in the league two nil don’t give them any encouragement but it sounds like we stood off and allowed them to attack at will…

    • That’s because of the team he picked 32 , blind faith in his players ? Don’t make me laugh ffs
      You cold see they were gonna walk through us with the midfield he put out , kouyate and obiang are our best d,/ m/ f at the club , but he chose noble , cresswell , Fernandez who cannot defend at all , forget the faith , he’s just blind!!! Must be them headlights lol 😉

  11. Pathetic… can’t close a game out with few seconds left even if they did go over the time..told my mates to back palace to come back And get summon cuz I knew we would find a way to **** it up likje we always do ..same **** different day …woiukd be nice to play a whole gamne decent rather than 20 min. Here and there…nothing has changed for me I still want him gone …but that’s just my opinion….. Rubbish

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