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14 minutes ago, BrennanFan said:

Is he really confident though?  In his latest interview linked above, he said his first 2 months on the job were the worst 2 months of his life and that he'd never been attacked or had his confidence battered in public like that before. All without a ball being kicked! One wonders how he will handle the pressure and backlash if he has a poor Gold Cup?

Has the man even had one press conference since becoming the CMNT coach?

I don't equate that statement to a lack of confidence.

On the contrary, the fact he addressed this, and in a positive way, demonstrates (to me) that he certainly believes in himself. An individual who lacked confidence wouldn't have enough guts to say the above publically. Instead, they'd be more likely to deflect the criticism, attack the critics, downplay the criticism, or hide from it entirely.

The criticism he received, which I fully admit I was amongst those dishing it out, was before a ball was kicked and that's the problem! 

I was extremely critical, before a ball was kicked, because I thought he absolutely did not have the credentials for this position. I thought his success with the women counted for little, I thought the players would not respect him, and I thought he'd be completely out of his depth. I won't even get into how pissed I was that Zambrano, a coach who had promising results, lost his job as a result over that shit show.

Fast forward 9 months (or however long it has been) and Herdman has seemingly brought the group together and the players have seemingly bought into his approach. He has gotten acceptable results, and yes the tests have been relatively easy, but there have been no failures yet, so what do I have to be upset about?

I am man enough to say that Herdman has proved me wrong so far.

I expected that multiple players would have retired from the national team out of protest. I never expected Cavallini, in particular, to come back. I definitely did not expect Tabla to choose us over the IC under Herdman. Didn't he say John Herdman's vision won him over or something like that? 

I see nothing but positivity coming from the group right now, and until that changes, I will also feel positive as a fan.

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On ‎12‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 1:14 PM, Obinna said:

I see nothing but positivity coming from the group right now, and until that changes, I will also feel positive as a fan.

We'll see how things go when adversity comes to the fore.  And I'm not picking on Herdman here:   that's my assessment of  any manager in any team sport.  How you sail the ship through stormy seas is the key to success.

As somewhat an aside (but not dissimilar) to this topic, I enjoyed re-reading the investigative article of the USNT failure to quality for the 2018 World Cup.  If you haven't read it, give it a look.  

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28 minutes ago, BearcatSA said:

We'll see how things go when adversity comes to the fore.  And I'm not picking on Herdman here:   that's my assessment of  any manager in any team sport.  How you sail the ship through stormy seas is the key to success.

As somewhat an aside (but not dissimilar) to this topic, I enjoyed re-reading the investigative article of the USNT failure to quality for the 2018 World Cup.  If you haven't read it, give it a look.  

Thanks. Just gave it a quick look, but it's a long article, so perhaps I will read along further once I have more time.

Initial thoughts: The USA was bound to fail sooner or later in WCQ. It is good, or I would even say, necessary, for them to rethink everything now. I agree with the point made that Klinsman destroyed the culture of the team. That said, when reading these kind of things, I always find myself reverting back to the first sentence in this paragraph.

The USA are not unbeatable, though you'd never guess it when you read about how Landon Donovan and others reacted to the loss. I mean, in a sense I don't blame them for expecting to qualify for every tournament, but I don't know, as an outsider it looks like they really overestimate themselves and underestimate their rivals, so I have a hard time sympathizing with them. Perhaps that's just the Canadian fan in me though :)

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10 hours ago, Obinna said:

Thanks. Just gave it a quick look, but it's a long article, so perhaps I will read along further once I have more time.

Initial thoughts: The USA was bound to fail sooner or later in WCQ. It is good, or I would even say, necessary, for them to rethink everything now. I agree with the point made that Klinsman destroyed the culture of the team. That said, when reading these kind of things, I always find myself reverting back to the first sentence in this paragraph.

The USA are not unbeatable, though you'd never guess it when you read about how Landon Donovan and others reacted to the loss. I mean, in a sense I don't blame them for expecting to qualify for every tournament, but I don't know, as an outsider it looks like they really overestimate themselves and underestimate their rivals, so I have a hard time sympathizing with them. Perhaps that's just the Canadian fan in me though :)

Maybe they would have a more accurate measuring stick and be better able to react to their shortcomings if the regional championship wasn’t always on home soil.

Just saying.

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11 hours ago, BearcatSA said:

As somewhat an aside (but not dissimilar) to this topic, I enjoyed re-reading the investigative article of the USNT failure to quality for the 2018 World Cup.  If you haven't read it, give it a look.  

For those tl;dr guys out there, it's all Klinsmann's fault. 

 

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21 minutes ago, jpg75 said:

For those tl;dr guys out there, it's all Klinsmann's fault. 

Sure, he takes a fair bit of the blame, but there was also some accountability/systemic issue stuff around Gulati's leadership and role.  And then the inevitable second guessing about Bruce Arena's personnel decisions in the final two games of the Hex adds to the pot.  Interestingly enough, the authors don't truly throw any of the players under the bus (maybe the German citizen ones, like Timmy Chandler).  But for me, it's a worthwhile read because it reminds me of how guys can deteriorate to becoming "me" guys when adversity arises:  the description of Geoff Cameron supposedly bitching about not playing while the team was comfortably winning one of their qualifiers and it looked like Arena was successfully salvaging the WCQ campaign resonated with me because of the ghosts of failed CMNT WCQ campaigns past. 

 

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10 hours ago, jpg75 said:

^ I was being simplistic on purpose. They did spread the blame around, but the bulk of the article shat on Klinsmann.

You gave the tl;dr version, whereas I've attempted the Reader's Digest edition.

 

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In drawing parallels to the Klinsmann story, I think Herdman's make or break with this team come the Gold Cup is his relationship with his most important players or, without beating around the bush, Davies.  How Bayern use Davies and his success there may change the dynamic of how the player himself views his own role with our NT, and Herdman will need to work effectively with this.  I mean, for example, could you imagine if Davies was used at Bayern in the Robben/Ribery attacking role with impactful results but he's still used here as a LWB/LB because it's the best fit Herdman sees as for he wants to do with our NT?

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14 minutes ago, BearcatSA said:

In drawing parallels to the Klinsmann story, I think Herdman's make or break with this team come the Gold Cup is his relationship with his most important players or, without beating around the bush, Davies.  How Bayern use Davies and his success there may change the dynamic of how the player himself views his own role with our NT, and Herdman will need to work effectively with this.  I mean, for example, could you imagine if Davies was used at Bayern in the Robben/Ribery attacking role with impactful results but he's still used here as a LWB/LB because it's the best fit Herdman sees as for he wants to do with our NT?

No I can't imagine that. If Davies is rocking at Bayern, Herdman will want to take advantage of that. He's not an idiot. He'll do whatever gives Canada the best chance to win!

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1 minute ago, dbailey62 said:

No I can't imagine that. If Davies is rocking at Bayern, Herdman will want to take advantage of that. He's not an idiot. He'll do whatever gives Canada the best chance to win!

That's the million dollar statement right there, a statement which has been uttered by all football managers since the beginning.  The key is in the definition of "whatever."

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