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Is a striker only as good as his manager?



I believe so.

Every other position, regardless of the style of football does not get affected as much as a striker.

All the play building up to the forwards is a reflection of how the manager wants his team to play.

Therefore, it is very easy to flourish under one manager and look very average with another.

Look at how Anelka is dominating now.

Finally he has found a manager that plays a style of football that suits him.

Basically, playing most of the football on the ground.

However on the other side Drogba is really struggling for form.

Yes, I know he scored yesterday. But I mean in the general scope of things.

Put it this way: Drogba is the type of forward who holds up the ball well and has fantastic aerial presence.

This is how Murinho liked his football played, and Drogba benefited from this.

His game suited his managers style of football, hence is success during the Murinho reign.

Murinho’s style on the other had made Shevchenko look like had never played football.

Furthermore, I do not believe that Anelka would be playing this well if he was coached by Murinho.

Another example is Cisse.

Cisse arrived at Liverpool with a very big reputation, and was on his way to Liverpool before the appointment of Rafa Benitez.

Cisse did not fit Rafa’s style and was subsequently made to look very average and placed down the pecking order.

Cisse though has done well under the Roy Keane management.

Instead Liverpool went the aerial root with Peter Crouch, who we know is no longer there.

In a nutshell, while some strikers are just rubbish.

It must be appointed out that one must not rush to judge the value of a striker until assessing the mangers style of football.

The style may not suit the striker.

This usually happens mostly when managers inherit strikers from past managers.










How did Roy Keane lose the plot?

It all started so well!

What went wrong?

The ex-Manchester skipper looked like he was born to be a manger.

At one stage there where even whispers he would one day take over as manager at Man United.

It was all so great.

Roy Keane was able to bring this team out of the Championship to the Premier League he had once dominated as skipper.

He was even able to attract players like Cisse, mainly due to his reputation he once had as a player.

After they were able to stay in the Premier league last season, Sunderland seemed like a club that was going places.

However, after a run of 6 defeats in 7 games it all went crazy.

A few games before this, Keane had been booed by supporters.

This is almost a given for Premier League managers to receive this sort of reception at some time in their managerial career.

But being Roy Keane, this was unacceptable to him, who said: “That’s something I’ve not come into the job to accept”.

Without being too harsh, this almost seems immature.

The best of managers have been booed, and one should come to expect this.

Even Roy Keane!

Furthermore this shows a lack of resilience.

Something one must demonstrate as a manager.

I guess this shows us that not all great players can be great managers.

It could almost be a case of a player who once dominated the premier league, returning with a weaker team he is expecting to play like Manchester United.

Maybe Keane returned to the premier league too quick, and should have been learning his craft in the lower leagues.

You  almost felt that he was just signing players because he could and not because he should, when you break it all down.

Well who knows what the future holds for Roy Keane.

Will he ever return to be a manger again?











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July 2020