7th October 2019 at 10:16 am #49660
I have a inkling this could be his last season at City. There is a bit of resemblance to his final season at Barcelona. They were dropping points against sides that they should have beaten. His style of management and his style of play requires a lot of intensity and I can only assume how much that takes a toll on himself in order to help his side stay focused, so I believe he will call it a day at the end of the season and then take another year out. Hate to admit it, he has been great in the PL and certainly left his mark in a short of space of time.7th October 2019 at 10:43 am #49661
I don’t think so but I certainly hope so. Regardless of when he goes, it will be interesting to see what he does next. Considering he usually goes for the strongest side in a league, my bet would be the Juve job. PSG probably wouldn’t interest him. Back to Barca post-Messi to create another legacy there? Huge risk with that one as they look to be a side in decline and need a big rebuild.7th October 2019 at 11:03 am #49662
Ed- Reckon he will end up at Juventus when Sarri’s contract comes to a end and there was also talk of him managing Brazil at international level. There were recent reports of the club bringing in Van Bronckhorst to the club in order to observe the set up, which indicates that they are looking for a replacement already. I would not be surprised if Poch ends up there.7th October 2019 at 11:11 am #49663
The OracleParticipant6 pts
Cm, what’s Poch done to earn that job?7th October 2019 at 11:17 am #49664
sean the sailorParticipant252 pts
I think he will see his contract out. Best manager in the world for me.
Cities problem at the minute is lack of good options at centre back. Laporte is a huge loss. I think city look vulnerable at the minute and that’s just because of their current centre backs
They still look excellent going forward. They will bounce back after the international break7th October 2019 at 11:18 am #49665
Yeah he tends to avoid the rebuilding jobs so Juventus are the one with least amount of tweaking needed.
Either way, I really can’t see him breaking his contract. He’s never done so before, I don’t think. Although, I don’t think he’ll sign a new one which means he has another season after this one7th October 2019 at 11:20 am #49667
Maybe Pep wants to manage United,you knever know.I believe he always wanted to manage a team in the Championship,so with United headed down that way this could be Peps chance.
7th October 2019 at 11:25 am #49669
- This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by maverick1973.
Pep is absolutely the best in the world at what he does. Which is taking the best squad in a league, tweaking it and making them an unstoppable force. I’m yet to be convinced he can take a side not used to winning things, build them and make them a force.
As for Poch, he just looks to be coming to the end of his shelf life at Spurs. Aside from the fact I think Poch is overrated, I think his season this season reminds me a lot of Klopp’s last at Dortmund where he almost took them down. He hadn’t become a bad manager. He had merely outstayed his welcome and a change was needed, much like in Spurs case7th October 2019 at 11:35 am #49670
Agree he has been great for English football, but I have to disagree in regards to the best manager part. That accolade goes to Klopp imo. I dont want to draw this thread in to a Pep vs Klopp debate though. I could be wrong and he may stay on another year, but that will be a mistake imo, especially with the players knowing he will be off.7th October 2019 at 11:39 am #49671
Steady Eddy from the country of ABBA and Ulrika-Poch should have gone last season,imho.He has indeed outstayed his welcome @ Spurs.The era of a Coach staying @ a team for a long time are in the past,4-5 years now being the max.Just hope that game yesterday was/is Oles last in charge of United.As for Poch,off to Real or Barca,methinks.7th October 2019 at 12:02 pm #49672
CM, it’s a good point about Pep’s intensity taking its toll. You also look at how he badgers players after a game even if they’ve thrashed the opposition, telling them where they still need to improve. It’s such seriousness and demands that I think begin to wear thin psychologically after a while. Brief story I heard that this could also be the case with Poch at Spurs what with the demands and routines he puts the players through. As for Klopp, I think it’s slightly different. I think because he has such charisma and humour, it helps keep the players fresher psychologically speaking and gives him greater longevity. I think at Dortmund, there were still obviously physical demands but less psychological problems and let’s not forget in his last season at Dortmund he still brought them back from 18th at one point to finish 7th at the end. So not convinced he lost the dressing room, just that it was time for him to move on to pastures new. But he was at Dortmund for 7 years. So is the case with managers like Pep that the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long?7th October 2019 at 12:20 pm #49674
sean the sailorParticipant252 pts
Dortmund finished 7th that year Ed. Started off badly and were down near the bottom for a while but I don’t think they were in much danger after that Christmas of going down
I think klopp knew his time was up then though7th October 2019 at 12:29 pm #49677
He definitely saved the season considering where they were but 7th was a really poor finish for that side regardless. They were getting to CL finals and finishing top 2 before then. Not a criticism of him as he’s a top manager. Just pointing out the similarities between him and Poch this season7th October 2019 at 12:31 pm #49678
nine nine nineModerator700 pts
Every Manager moves on in the end.
City’s biggst problem is the injury list and since last season they are playing without Kompany, Laporte and Stones in the Centre Back positions.
Massive task for City to finish above Liverpool now not impossible but a very big ask this season and I can see City getting beaten at Anfield as it stands in a few weeks time when probably they need to win both head to heads to retain the title.
Perhaps a change of tactics to 2 holding players in Fernandinho and Rodri in front of Stones and Otamendi might help in certain games but City were all over the place yesterday defensively based on the highlights I saw and could have easily been 2 or 3 down at ht.
I don’t think Pep will leave yet but I don’t think he will probably stay longer than his current contract either.7th October 2019 at 12:34 pm #49679
Pep comes across as a perfectionist and expects 10/10 performances from every single one of his players.
In regards to Klopp, the reason why I rate him so highly is because the way he has adapted to the PL. Some say Van Dijk and Alisson have made a difference and they have, but it not solely down to that. Klopp has made them efficient and has them playing various different styles of play, from gegenpressing to counter attacking to winning ugly and when it matters. With that approach, Liverpool are experiencing less injuries. They remind a lot like Fergusons United side, where they were efficient, intimidating and turned on the style when it mattered and needed.
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