Oheddieeddie wrote:Im really surprised by the stats youve posted on Muamba. Fair Play, Im very surprised.
You often hold me up to account for opinions I express, which is fair enough. Its a discussion board. I hadnt looked into the stats in the forensic way you have to prove your point though.
I occasionally look things up and find that the stats don't support my argument. In that case, I just don't mention them and quietly drop it
soccerbase.com and the like make it pretty painless to look these things up tbf.
I could throw in the fact that the saga of their best player Gary Cahill's inevitable departure caused unrest for most of that season, but as you say I am finding excuses for my prejudices, how can I possibly defend my opinions by advancing my reasons when you have already invoked that arguement?
Cahill's departure sounds like a more plausible factor in their relegation, especially if his head had been turned in the summer (I think he was expected to go in the August window, wasn't he?) Then again, a good manager should be able to deal with this and if Coyle can't deal with his best players being unsettled and then sold, he really isn't a good choice for LUFC!
If the reasons stand up, of course you can use them. I can hardly complain about that! It seems unlikely that you'll be able to defend every criticism of each of your sacred cows mind. My own version is Simon Grayson, who I've generally defended to the hilt. I have to concede some things though, like his repeated failure to sort out our defence. Like I said, it's just an observation.