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Author Topic: What does success look like for Gerrard  (Read 18026 times)

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #240 on: January 25, 2022, 02:04:28 PM »
Im going 9th, progress, not as much as wed like but certainly progress.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #241 on: January 25, 2022, 06:30:41 PM »
That would definitely be acceptable but that is just steady away. With a fit Coutinho and Buendia finding his feet I'm really hoping for a surge.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #242 on: January 25, 2022, 06:33:32 PM »

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #243 on: January 26, 2022, 12:16:38 PM »
Looking at last season's points tally compared to this seasons, we had 10 points after 11 games when Deano got the boot (9 points down on the 20/21 season).

We've picked up 16 points in the 10 matches since under Gerrard and as it stands, are still 9 points down on the points tally after 21 matches last season.

As the second half of last season was average at best after Grealish got injured, I think we've got a decent chance of getting a similar points tally.

10th - 11th I reckon.   

I'd be confident of finishing about 9th if we get 55 points this season, perhaps 8th.

Last season with no crowds was just abnormal number of away wins for many teams (including us) so  that inflated points totals for so many.

If you look at 9th and 10th then Brighton on 29 I think yet they've only won about two games since Gerrard took over us. If they keep getting regular draws they'll struggle to get over 50 points.

Leicester on 26 points after half a season and they've got to play most of the top half away yet. Also europe starting again next month.

Really good chance for us now over next two months to get close to 40 points and that then gives the manager licence to give some of the younger players a go e.g. Kesler starting a game at RB perhaps if we're well established in top half but 7th-8th is too far away.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #244 on: January 26, 2022, 12:22:59 PM »
I thought Lesta had been knocked out of the Wafer Cup.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #245 on: January 26, 2022, 12:39:40 PM »
I thought Lesta had been knocked out of the Wafer Cup.
They were, but by finishing 3rd in their group, they got parachuted into the Conference League.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #246 on: January 26, 2022, 12:45:36 PM »
Jesus...the ignominy of that competition.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #247 on: January 26, 2022, 02:16:28 PM »
As long as we're challenging the European places next season I'm not too concerned where we finish this one. Just show he's getting his ideas across and we'll naturally improve.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #248 on: January 26, 2022, 06:16:24 PM »
Jesus...the ignominy of that competition.

Well yes, and no, they are in it. Which is an awful lot more than we've done for a very long time. The Intertoto was the one to win.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #249 on: January 27, 2022, 07:15:07 AM »
I'd just like a strong second half of this season to give us momentum going into the next. This, allied to us exceeding recruitment expectations this month rather than waiting until the summer should see a settled squad hit the ground running in August.

A top half finish this season and an exciting one to look forward to next when the European spots will be the target .

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #250 on: January 27, 2022, 07:24:49 AM »
Is there the potential of a good run in the second half of the season which would see us finish 7th-8th and into that Conference League which could stunt our development next season?

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #251 on: January 27, 2022, 07:41:26 AM »
Is there the potential of a good run in the second half of the season which would see us finish 7th-8th and into that Conference League which could stunt our development next season?

Id still definitely take that. Weve been away so long Id be in the camp of looking forward to even the conference league games. And if we get there we could treat it as an opportunity to play quite a few of the U23s

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #252 on: January 27, 2022, 08:04:41 AM »
Is there the potential of a good run in the second half of the season which would see us finish 7th-8th and into that Conference League which could stunt our development next season?

Id still definitely take that. Weve been away so long Id be in the camp of looking forward to even the conference league games. And if we get there we could treat it as an opportunity to play quite a few of the U23s

Exactly. European Qualification means game time for the whole squad including the U23s. Qualifying for Europe would add to the development of the squad as a whole. For any club serious about challenging at the top end of the league, European qualification is a must to attract both homegrown and overseas talent.

Ive never understood the Europe is a distraction mindset, its vital to our development as a club.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #253 on: January 27, 2022, 09:13:02 AM »
Is there the potential of a good run in the second half of the season which would see us finish 7th-8th and into that Conference League which could stunt our development next season?

Id still definitely take that. Weve been away so long Id be in the camp of looking forward to even the conference league games. And if we get there we could treat it as an opportunity to play quite a few of the U23s

Exactly. European Qualification means game time for the whole squad including the U23s. Qualifying for Europe would add to the development of the squad as a whole. For any club serious about challenging at the top end of the league, European qualification is a must to attract both homegrown and overseas talent.

Ive never understood the Europe is a distraction mindset, its vital to our development as a club.

There was definitely a time when European qualification impacted domestic form, especially for clubs who weren't in Europe year after year.  But now, with squad sizes as big as they are, 9 subs, etc there's absolutely no reason for a European campaign to stress the squad.

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Re: What does success look like for Gerrard
« Reply #254 on: January 27, 2022, 10:41:01 AM »
Is there the potential of a good run in the second half of the season which would see us finish 7th-8th and into that Conference League which could stunt our development next season?
To be honest, I'd rather play in the Conference than the UEFA Cup proper.  Apparently there's next to no difference in the prize money, but the teams are (obviously) not as good. , I'd be less bothered about us playing our squad players in it in the early stages in the easier one.  Which, if we're honest, is what we'd want from playing in Europe at the moment -- extra games so we can build up the depth of the squad.

Personally, I'd say that 9th looks realistic; 8th would require one of West Ham or Wolves to drop off massively, and 7th would need both of them to become a bit rubbish.  6th place would need us to be on a run of league-winning form for the rest of the season.

 


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