I love the move for that reason. Martin was allowed so much room to basically idle in second gear in the middle of the table and waste a couple of seasons. Nice to see some assertiveness, admit the mistake, nip it in the bud, move on.
OH MY GOD. Huge news. Amazed this happened. Definitely the right call. It was always a bad fit. @ivoralljack you must be crying with happiness.
Bit soon I know, but who's next?
Though I would blame Duff for the injury list. Swansea didn't have these kind of injury problems before he arrived. I looked to see what happened during his time with Barnsley and Cheltenham to see if he crocked those teams too.
Here's what the Barnsley Chronicle said about it in their season...
It looked like Duff was going to get canned early on, and then Swansea went on a four game winning streak which saved his job. Since then he has one win in seven, and four losses. He had almost the same record in league play before that winning streak (no wins, 4 losses), which now looks like a...
Leeds are playing with a lot of confidence, and Swansea really aren't. How many passes went awry on Wednesday night? And I'm not talking about general sloppy passing, I'm talking about those absolute misses, where it's clear the players aren't on the same page and the ball ends up 15 yards from...
Yates scored 15 for Blackpool. He's a capable goalscorer but he's being misused by Duff (not the only one). About the only thing he does now is press the goalkeeper and central defenders when they have possession, and even then it's not balls-to-the-wall gegenpressing, just normal pressure. I...
Interception and tidy back-pass to stop attack ✅
Hoofed clearance from own 18yrd box (Key and Humphries, hope you were watching) ✅
Successful backheel to start decent attack ✅
Dribbled and beat a man ✅
Two good crosses ✅
If he stays healthy this move could work out well...
Nice to be able to watch a game for once. Couple observations:
Yates must have
a) been told to play centrally by Duff and
b) be the type of player who will do what he's told regardless of the game situation
We know he can score, but he never seems to move to create space for others or to...
Cooper deserves his place, Duff should never have relegated him to the bench to begin with. Just a shame it's at Cullen's expense. I'd have put Cullen up top in place of Yates and still played Cooper on the flank.