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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p076sjt6

Gaffer sounds like he's getting a bit cheesed off with things at the moment.  

Summary:
  • No new injuries.  Ahkeem Rose has started training again.  Jordan Cook might return to the matchday squad before the end of the season.  Öhman unlikely.
  • Wes Thomas situation is unchanged.  Wants to prioritise players who will be here next season.
  • No contracts offered yet.
  • Max Wright likely to be involved with the first team next season.  Says he has impressed at Boston.
  • Avoided question on whether he would look to replace Adam Forrest (fitness coach) in the summer.  
  • Emphasises slight progress this season - avoided a relegation battle and threatened play-offs for six weeks.  Wouldn't be drawn on whether he has outperformed the budget.
  • Praised young players for dealing with 'heavy criticism'.
  • When asked "What's your biggest frustration at the moment?", he replied "The length of this interview is probably the biggest frustration... you've asked me three questions already that you asked me two weeks ago."  Capped off a slightly edgy interview.
  • Colchester were one of the better footballing sides to play at BP.  Praised their academy setup.

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If you listen to the interview on the iFollow it is in a completely different tone. I get the feeling MJ isn't a big fan of RH and why would he? After all it was they who broke the Wes Thomas story which was and still is an internal matter.
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When asked "What's your biggest frustration at the moment?", he replied "The length of this interview is probably the biggest frustration... you've asked me three questions already that you asked me two weeks ago."

No excuses for this. Get a grip Michael, it's part and parcel of being a manager.

I propose that this Q&A session be hosted by a Town fan each week. Try telling someone who's been to the other end of the country, spent a packet to watch a non-event as Town splutter and fail to do their stuff once more that YOU'RE a bit fed up.


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If you listen to the interview on the iFollow it is in a completely different tone. I get the feeling MJ isn't a big fan of RH and why would he? After all it was they who broke the Wes Thomas story which was and still is an internal matter.


Radio Humberside are a media/entertainment/ media company so it is their job to report on news, if when a Jolley worked in the city earning his millions and he Financial Times new about a takeover but didn't report it would he have been happy with them?
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Radio Humberside are a media/entertainment/ media company so it is their job to report on news, if when a Jolley worked in the city earning his millions and he Financial Times new about a takeover but didn't report it would he have been happy with them?


Exactly. Being media-savvy seems to be a real challenge for the people at BP.


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Some of these interviews are like PM questions they never answer a question just skirt round and get on the offence,

So if you do not answer the question they will ask  it time and time again,

It's their job.


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These interviews are a two edged sword. Jolley used them relentlessly when he was first appointed as part of his PR initiatives. But if you go back to those days he actually said very little of substance about players, playing style or budgets. Nobody challenged him though because his stock was so high with the fans and everyone was happy to give him some latitude.

Now things are a bit more fraught with performances being criticised and knowing that he cannot say out loud the real reasons for that, he is bound to be fractious when questioned about it.


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Tough poop on him not liking questions. its part of the job to handle it. Got a strange feeling he wont be here much longer if things dont improve
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I find it bizarre how any criticism of MJ on social media is met by an instant shutting down by a small but noisy percentage of fans. It's almost cult like. I'm not for a second suggesting we get rid of him or that he's been poor but when some fans just will not accept any criticism of him at all, it's rather odd.

He did an excellent job last season in keeping us up. There is also no doubt that he is working with a poor budget. However, our budget is probably in line with where we are in the table so he's pretty much par for the course, nothing more. He has made mistakes, not least in his recruitment in the summer when he didn't buy a single player capable of playing wing back when he was clearly planning on using a 3-5-2 and spent all pre-season practicing that formation. He also gave himself virtually no room for tactical changes by not having a single recognised wide midfielder or winger in the squad. He's made us reasonably solid at the back but only scoring more than once in 8 league games is pathetic, even if you have a poor budget. It's not even just a lack of a "20 goal striker", we're not creating chances and we're not even utilising set pieces which is usually crucial if you're hampered by a low budget. We've also not really had a notable development of a playing style even in the last few weeks when we've had virtually nothing to play for, if anything we've regressed recently  from the level we were playing at in November and January. What's particularly weird is the playing of players like Collins still who I really hope isn't given another contract given that he'll turn 39 before the start of next season. He's been a good player but his age is definitely showing, anything with pace and he's done for.

MJ has done alright this season in his first full season as a manager but he's got plenty to prove next season and he's made a lot of mistakes which he'll have to learn from or he'll be back coaching kids again.


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These interviews are a two edged sword. Jolley used them relentlessly when he was first appointed as part of his PR initiatives. But if you go back to those days he actually said very little of substance about players, playing style or budgets. Nobody challenged him though because his stock was so high with the fans and everyone was happy to give him some latitude.

Now things are a bit more fraught with performances being criticised and knowing that he cannot say out loud the real reasons for that, he is bound to be fractious when questioned about it.


I think your final sentence is key. Like any manager, Jolley is having to play the game and avoid speaking candidly about the budget/resources available to him, which, I think, exists as frustration and anger, hidden in the subtext of what he says and doesn't say. Only underlines the point that everyone knows - we will have to actually invest some money if we want to avoid ploughing the dismal, go-nowhere survivalism furrow year on year, which is all too evident in every aspect of what we're doing as a club.


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