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About danthemanwhocan

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    Born and raised in England. Moved to the USA in 2009. Coached college soccer and did some independent coaching in the Portland Metro Area. Moved back to the UK two years ago.

About Me

  • About Me
    Rye, UK


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    Football, Rugby, Reading

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Aston Villa

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Sheffield United

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  1. With the overview of how I ended up here at Sheffield out the way, we can now press on with my ideas and thoughts for the new season. As a side note, i realise that this may come across as rather hodgepodge and to be fair, you wont be too wrong in that assessment, I apologise for the layout , I am trying to get these thoughts down whilst I still have them. First up is the introduction to my KAM's or Key Attribute Markers. Taken from the Rashidi's excellent information about Club DNA and the run through of TIPS and all the other acronyms that he goes into, I have decided that I need to establish an identity and club philosophy, which will influence how I develop and recruit within the club. In order to establish what the DNA of the club should be, we need to first look at the club vision. Our vision is as follows: 1) Make the most of set pieces 2) Develop players using the club’s youth system 3) Play possession football 4) Sign players under the age of 23 for the first team The above have a tangible impact on the DNA of the club. As I need to play possession football, I need to gear my training, recruitment, etc. on the premise that the players need to be able to help fulfill the vision of the club- the players are the medium through which the club vision is enacted. My club mission statement is therefore as follows: to provide fans with the most aesthetically pleasing match day experience whilst ensuring that the club are fiscally responsible to provide the club a strong, stable footing in the Premier League. I vaguely remember a video from BusttheNet on YouTube wherein Rashidi and two other people were discussing long shots and how to counter them. In the video, can’t remember where, I heard Rashidi say that he goes along the lines of, in terms of a hierarchy of needs, so to speak, with Mental being the top need, physical the second need, and finally technical skills being the final of the three. After thinking about this, I agree with Rashidi. For example, our player thinks/decides, spots an opening in which to run (decision, anticipation and off the ball)., have the physical capabilities, (acceleration, balance) and the technical attributes to continue play (first touch). This breakdown, along with how I want and need to play, have helped me identify my Key Attribute Markers. Sheffield’s KAM’s 1) Anticipation 2) Composure 3) Concentration 4) Decisions 5) Off the ball (Attack) Positioning (Defend) 6) Acceleration 7) Natural Fitness 8) First Touch My KAM’s will, and in my opinion permeate through all I wish to do. They should influence my training schedules, any PPM’s which my players have or develop, staff which are brought in (especially in regard to youth) and finally my tactical approach. As Dennis Bergkamp said, “behind every kick of a ball, there has to be a thought”. I think this has hit the nail on the head. My KAM is designed to give my players the best possible opportunity to play the ball. They first need to make the decision to play the ball, run into space, etc. by using the mental stats, anticipation, concentration, decisions; they then need to have the mental stats to play the pass, composure, anticipation; then they need to be able to set them selves up to technically make that pass, first touch. The physical aspects come into play when the players are looking to burst into space or take on an opposition player in a 1v1 situation, but again, that is all decided before they need to utilize the physical attributes mentioned. (I hope that has made some sense and I am not too off the mark). First touch is the key technical attribute as a solid first touch allows one time on the ball, and to set up the next step of the action. Again, I use a quote to emphasize my point, this time from Dave Jones, “he [Carlton Palmer] covers every blade of grass, but that's only because his first touch is crap.” If you cant trap a ball, then you don’t have a chance to execute the next phase of play as you will be chasing down that first touch, which takes the flow out of the phase of play, allows the opposition to close you down and to organize themselves against those running into space, to receive the ball, etc. As mentioned above, KAM will influence my next topic of training.
  2. Overview Hello and welcome to my first post in a while and its an ambitious one too! I have recently struggled with finding THE save that I can sink my teeth in, so I started a save as unemployed and before I knew it, Sheffield United lost their Manager (he moved to a different club, he wasnt fired) and found themselves bottom of the table. I used to hold out for Villa to become available or to see if a big team would take a chance on me and allow me to jump in right at the top. I took a look at Sheffield and thought, "this could be the save for me to sink my teeth in", and I was right. After a bumpy patch, I managed to take them out of the bottom three and after a 5 game unbeaten run (mostly draws to be honest) I found myself in 17th place. Following this, I checked my closing run of games and low and behold, I was faced with some mammoth games ahead, to save the club from relegation: I was not overly happy with this being how I would see my season out, but I grit my teeth and watched through every match and these were the results )spoiler: nothing special, this is not an oooo look at how phenomenal my tactics are). Nine points proved to be enough to ward off relegation from the Premier League. Of course, it was helpful that my co-relegation candidates were in similar situations with their fixtures, but none the less, we avoided relegation from the Premier League. I was very happy to keep The Blades in the Premier League, and I was exceedingly happy with the transfer budget circa £45mil, that was handed my way, with a massive increase in wage budget too. This brings us nicely to the start of my Sharpening The Blades save. Post Season Analysis: As you can see, we didn't score the most goals, indeed it was very low. This is where we need to sharpen up. We need to put the ball in the back of the net, A perfect example of this is our draw against Man Utd, we had a boat load of chances and had loads on target, but couldn't score for love nor money. So with the backing of the board and the readings of @Rashidi under my belt, I forged ahead with the re-build and tactical approach of Sheffield United. I wanted to keep a similar approach that, I think kept me in the league- Vertical Tiki Taka. However, I wanted to modify to try to create the opportunities for my players to score more goals. It was after reading and watching a bit of Rashidi and after reviewing my team and the key players within, I decided to take the following approach: The above is by no means a finished article, and I do welcome criticism of the above. I am undecided on the IW on the right flank, but for now and a few friendlies, I will monitor what he does and decide if i like what he has to bring to the table. The basic premise of the tactic is to defend narrow then expand when the ball has been won; I need to create space in which my RMD (toss up between this and the IF-A), MEZ and BBM could run in to and I need to hold that width with the on rushing full backs (part of my indecisiveness of the IW role is to do with the BBM role on his side, I am a little worried they will take up the same space)- this, I think, will be generated by the lower LOE and a slightly lower DL. I will be going into my KAM (Key Attribute Markers) and the skill set of my players at the club and those that I brought in later, but for now I wanted to get my thoughts on the tactic and what I want to do and how I wish to achieve it on paper, so to speak. As we didn't concede too many goals, relative to those in and around the bottom half, I therefore have decided to stick with the same roles and duties and in some ways, players which played in my back four, as last year- I am sure its more complicated than this but for now, indulge my naivety. I will be updating the following over the course of the day: Make up of my team, KAM (Key Attribute Markers), club philosophies and training Transfer targets and acquisitions Youth to develop Tactic analysis Training
  3. Thank you for all the comments and advice. I have somewhat changed the tactic based on advice so i will post an update tonight/tomorrow morning. Depending on how it goes i my do a thread devoted to building my club around this tactic.. need to come up with a snazzy name now!
  4. Essentially I have been ruminating on this 'tactical idea' for the past few iterations of FM; it now seems like this could be the best version to try to implement my idea given the tactical/training overhaul that has occurred in this years version.... so here goes. What goes on in my head This is essentially the shape I have quasi-decided on: What I would like is for the F9 to drop deep and essentially create opportunities for the RMD and the (L)CM- whose Individual instructions are to essentially get further forward, roam, dribble more, etc. (essentially a BBM or CM(A)). The RMD I want them to find space to run in to and exploit it. I want the Full backs to stretch the field of play and offer an option to keep the play as far up the field as possible, they have been asked to cross from the byline and cross to the near posts on their side, hopefully keeping the crosses low as per the team instruction to do so. The CM(R) is, for all intents and purposes a DLP- direct passes, hold position, take more risks. In my previous versions of this tactic the HB has been an Anchor man, however, I thought I would experiment with a HB here as I like the idea of creating a back 5 when we loose possession but also have him be there as an option further back to the CM(R) to recycle possesion (I think this is what will happen). My previous version looked something like this: I think if we compare the two, the latter version is slightly more balanced. I will utilise both versions during my Liverpool save and see which, if any, are better. Any feedback, criticism, help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. I would like to see more recogniation of thw consequences too. For example, instead of just terminating the contract as it currently is in game. I would like to see a dialouge about it instead. The options could be: Wage is too high Culling of the squad Contract runs out at the end of the year and we will not be renewing it/and no plans to be in the team during the laat year Gross misconduct (example above)
  6. Hey all! I was hoping that I could get some feedback about my tactic. I am looking for any ares you all see where I could be exposed. I have done very well with this tactic given the team I am and their expectations, Stoke City. This is the tactic as I have it now. And this is my squad: and my results: I suppose I also have the choice of, if it aint broke, dont fix it and see how I end up doing this coming season with some investment in the squad. Although, I am also tempted to just keep that the same.
  7. I think a DLF would pair quite well with a poacher. Either that of a F9?
  8. I think so. David Silva in one of my saves moaned about missing Spain and not being able to adjust.
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