- 30 Sep 2005
- Fav Player
- Iain Hume
You’ve not addressed my point that Jackson hasn’t tackled some defensive failings. I agree Monthe has improved with us though not yet the finished article. I haven’t said he’s a poor defensive coach, rather that someone of with his level of qualification ought to be capable of doing much better than someone without those accreditation's. Agree that we don't know what goes on behind the scenes, but if I was in a position where as a defensive coach the advice I was giving was being disregarded, think would be inclined to move on. So either Jacko hasn’t raised those concerns or has been overruled on them and hasn’t felt strongly enough about his advice being ignored....If we’d packed the midfield say started with McCullough and Potter, maybe could have protected the defence. I understand why Micky went with a more attacking option though.
Turn your question on its head. Shouldn’t a UEFA A level coach have spotted the weaknesses in Ray’s game and counselled against signing him or picking him ahead of Nelson? Shouldn’t a coach with those qualifications have developed a promising youngster like Nelson, rather than regressing him? Higgy probably isn't be the answer but it’s legitimate to raise Jacko’s failings as a defensive coach
I am not sure we have enough knowledge of what goes on in training to deem Jackson a 'failure'. His success in partnership with Mellon suggests he is anything but. To turn your questions around, what if Ray was simply the best we could afford and Nelson simply is not quite up to League One standard (at least, not yet) ?
If he is such a poor defensive coach, how has Monthe developed so rapidly under his supervision ?