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Mark Noble appears to criticise Pellegrini tactics

West Ham captain Mark Noble appears to be subtly criticising Manuel Pellegrini tactics.

Writing in his London Standard column the Skipper wrote:

“In three of our past five games, we’ve gone ahead but the bottom line is that, if you are unable to keep a clean sheet, you’re in trouble. Against Newcastle last Saturday we had the vast majority of possession yet found ourselves 2-0 down at half-time — and it could have been even worse. There are some managers who would maybe set the team up to sit back, invite the pressure and then counter-attack. Managers live and die by their decisions and Manuel Pellegrini does what he believes is best for the team. 

That has worked well up until these past few games. It wasn’t too long ago that we were on the cusp of going third in the table but I did warn in my column that there would be tough times ahead.”

Claret and Hugh say:

Well done Nobes for being brave enough to say what he thinks in his column! Many captains would have avoided the subject for fears of reprisal from the manager or the club.

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On Thursday at his pre-match press conference, the manager himself invited criticism by saying no-one was above scrutiny telling reporters “If you don’t know how to self-criticise when things are not going well it’s because you don’t know what is wrong.”

When the club repeated portions of his column for the official website this section was left out. You can read Noble’s full column at https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/mark-noble-west-ham-flair-players-must-still-try-their-magic-during-difficult-spell-a4282311.html


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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

6 comments on “Mark Noble appears to criticise Pellegrini tactics

  1. True, we can’t defend but then again, we can’t attack either !
    We have a plodding midfield who don’t offer support defensively or going forward.
    Fear for this season, we are a total shambles.

  2. Well said Nobes, the players as well as the manager have to pull together, we should be up with Leicester but imho lack the belief in our ability. Certainly all of us fans believe we have the quality but we see players lacking belief in their own ability. Anderson is the easy target for this, he has more pace than 99% of the PL player but seems to believe there is a brick wall in front of every defender stopping him from roasting them. I agree with Nobes about sitting in and countering except we can’t defend when playing 442 imho we should sit in but with 352 system to close the space available in behind. The January window could be interesting because it does look like we need another striker and probably at the least a box to box midfielder.

  3. Depends how you read it not sure that’s a criticism !

  4. Can you blame him.He needs shaking to his foundations.No change in tactics or players.Shambolic again at Burnley so far.,30 mins with no shots on or off target .Roberto to blame for their goal.How on earth does he expect this to end when its the same every single week.As a Catholic i think he expects a miracle on the pitch through divine intervention.Remember it was against Burnley that Bilic was fatally wounded.Fans will not take much more of this .

  5. The person who is the biggest problem calling out the Manager … Priceless!!

  6. Well we improved vastly when he came off early yesterday didn’t we? Does Noble pick the team? decide the tactics? put on the subs? There’s only one person to blame for this and it’s definitely not Mark Noble.

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