Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia says Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino must learn fluent English over the summer

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It will be “very important” for Beppe Sannino to learn fluent English over the summer, according to Hornets club captain Manuel Almunia.

Sannino, who had previously only worked in his native Italy, was appointed Watford head coach in December and was unable to speak English.

He has undergone lessons since his arrival and has attempted to answer questions in English during press conferences.

Head of medical Marco Cesarini has been used as a translator for Sannino but Almunia says it’s vital for the Hornets’ head coach to speak fluent English as soon as possible.

Speaking as part of an extended interview, when Almunia praised Sannino, the goalkeeper explained: “It will be very important for him to learn good English in the summer because for us it is important to have a manager who can speak fluent English.

“It makes everything easier and things get done quicker. The work will get better every day but I think the language is the main problem [when it comes to Sannino] with us.”

Despite not speaking fluent English, Sannino’s passion and enthusiasm for his job is evident when he is on the touchline.

Almunia says the players like the Italian but admits it’s been difficult on the training pitch at times.

He said: “There were some barriers, mainly because of the language. It’s not easy to manage a team using a translator.

“It’s hard for him because of that problem but for us it’s also hard. Everything takes longer – the explanations and instructions – but the team doesn’t have anything against the manager.

“We like him as a person and manager but football can be very difficult.”

Sannino has apologised for being unable to speak English fluently throughout his time at Watford and continues to have lessons.

When asked about his plans for the summer, the head coach replied: “My holidays will not be so long because I need to improve my English and I am planning to have [more] English lessons.

“Next season I will answer in English, Marco will only translate the questions because the difficult part is understanding the question.”

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8:19am Sat 10 May 14

robo bovingdon says...

is this why we did not make the play offs?
is this why we did not make the play offs? robo bovingdon
  • Score: -11

8:49am Sat 10 May 14

Sealegs says...

robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
[quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason. Sealegs
  • Score: 9

8:58am Sat 10 May 14

DJ11WFC says...

Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns DJ11WFC
  • Score: 18

9:09am Sat 10 May 14

SAHornet says...

Obviously not having english is a major barrier for BP and will slow the learning process for the players too but this can't be be the reason that players are under performing on the pitch. That's down to the players themselves - fitness, mental agility, arrogance and the willingness to play for the shirt. Come on players, your income is several times more than any of us so man-up a bit and earn it next season, eh?
Obviously not having english is a major barrier for BP and will slow the learning process for the players too but this can't be be the reason that players are under performing on the pitch. That's down to the players themselves - fitness, mental agility, arrogance and the willingness to play for the shirt. Come on players, your income is several times more than any of us so man-up a bit and earn it next season, eh? SAHornet
  • Score: 17

9:20am Sat 10 May 14

D.unstable says...

It's all about ability and attitude. The majority of our squad in comparison to others in the Championship have bundles of excess ability, therefore our failure this season is all about attitude.

Dyche and Burnley got promoted on having the right attitude.
It's all about ability and attitude. The majority of our squad in comparison to others in the Championship have bundles of excess ability, therefore our failure this season is all about attitude. Dyche and Burnley got promoted on having the right attitude. D.unstable
  • Score: 12

9:30am Sat 10 May 14

Mark-H says...

DJ11WFC wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek..

Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier.
[quote][p][bold]DJ11WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns[/p][/quote]I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek.. Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier. Mark-H
  • Score: 10

9:43am Sat 10 May 14

Cuthbert007 says...

Its a no brainer. If he cant communicate with the squad how will ghey know what he want and more importantly if there is a change to plan b during a match, how will he get the mesage across. The owners like to keep it Italian but could have gone for Roberto DiMatteo who is multi lingual. Dont onow why it always has to be Italian or have qorked in Italy. I would like to see malky back at the club.
Its a no brainer. If he cant communicate with the squad how will ghey know what he want and more importantly if there is a change to plan b during a match, how will he get the mesage across. The owners like to keep it Italian but could have gone for Roberto DiMatteo who is multi lingual. Dont onow why it always has to be Italian or have qorked in Italy. I would like to see malky back at the club. Cuthbert007
  • Score: -3

9:46am Sat 10 May 14

Sealegs says...

Mark-H wrote:
DJ11WFC wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek..

Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier.
Yes Mark-H, you cotton on at quicker than DJ11 that's for sure!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mark-H[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DJ11WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns[/p][/quote]I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek.. Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier.[/p][/quote]Yes Mark-H, you cotton on at quicker than DJ11 that's for sure!!! Sealegs
  • Score: 1

10:02am Sat 10 May 14

endean2 says...

oh, if language was the only problem we had to sort out.
I think we simply do not have the right Manager period.
oh, if language was the only problem we had to sort out. I think we simply do not have the right Manager period. endean2
  • Score: 1

10:38am Sat 10 May 14

Hornankey says...

Another good reason to appoint a British manager, experienced in the blood & guts English Championship soccer.
Another good reason to appoint a British manager, experienced in the blood & guts English Championship soccer. Hornankey
  • Score: 5

10:57am Sat 10 May 14

WessexLad says...

"Sannino’s passion and enthusiasm for his job is evident when he is on the touchline."

That's not enthusiasm, it's frustration at not being able to get his message across. In particular, we haven't been able to adapt our game to our opponents as we find them on the day.

Players need both encouragement and nous to be at their best. Sometimes that's a quiet word in the ear; sometimes it's the hairbrush. If the manager is incapable of delivering both in a timely manner, it's not surprising that the players are failing to perform.
"Sannino’s passion and enthusiasm for his job is evident when he is on the touchline." That's not enthusiasm, it's frustration at not being able to get his message across. In particular, we haven't been able to adapt our game to our opponents as we find them on the day. Players need both encouragement and nous to be at their best. Sometimes that's a quiet word in the ear; sometimes it's the hairbrush. If the manager is incapable of delivering both in a timely manner, it's not surprising that the players are failing to perform. WessexLad
  • Score: -2

11:07am Sat 10 May 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

I think what this probably shows more than anything is that he will be here next year.
I don't understand all the unnecessary speculation about a new manager on every article. We really don't want to be one of those also ran clubs who change their manager every 6 months because we aren't top of the league.
I think what this probably shows more than anything is that he will be here next year. I don't understand all the unnecessary speculation about a new manager on every article. We really don't want to be one of those also ran clubs who change their manager every 6 months because we aren't top of the league. Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
  • Score: 9

11:08am Sat 10 May 14

Abbots hornet says...

Commitment and attitude is where we fall down.Compared to other championship clubs we have no togetherness .I'm sure off the field Almunia is a great guy,however on it he comes across as sulky and petulant.This sums up several of our players which is why we have had over 100 yellow cards.If he stays Deeney should not be captain he has enough on his plate.We need a proper leader with passion for the club who will kick idling players up the backside when required.Maybe Toczer could do it but somebody with loads of championship experience would be great.Language barrier whilst not ideal is not the reason we under performed .
Commitment and attitude is where we fall down.Compared to other championship clubs we have no togetherness .I'm sure off the field Almunia is a great guy,however on it he comes across as sulky and petulant.This sums up several of our players which is why we have had over 100 yellow cards.If he stays Deeney should not be captain he has enough on his plate.We need a proper leader with passion for the club who will kick idling players up the backside when required.Maybe Toczer could do it but somebody with loads of championship experience would be great.Language barrier whilst not ideal is not the reason we under performed . Abbots hornet
  • Score: 3

11:42am Sat 10 May 14

Boosey says...

The language of football is international, how can anyone blame the manager.
Please remember they are the same players who made Zola leave before he was sacked.
Could blame Almunia, apparently no one understands what he says in the pre match huddle!
The language of football is international, how can anyone blame the manager. Please remember they are the same players who made Zola leave before he was sacked. Could blame Almunia, apparently no one understands what he says in the pre match huddle! Boosey
  • Score: 7

11:44am Sat 10 May 14

VOReason says...

Just watched dyche on soccer am ...

He knows a bit about football doesn't he!
Just watched dyche on soccer am ... He knows a bit about football doesn't he! VOReason
  • Score: 0

11:44am Sat 10 May 14

VOReason says...

VOReason wrote:
Just watched dyche on soccer am ...

He knows a bit about football doesn't he!
And he speaks fluent English albeit with a bit of a growly voice!
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Just watched dyche on soccer am ... He knows a bit about football doesn't he![/p][/quote]And he speaks fluent English albeit with a bit of a growly voice! VOReason
  • Score: -6

1:18pm Sat 10 May 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Malky speaks good English..,

And he is also a good manager...

Beppe find both of these hard to achieve.
Malky speaks good English.., And he is also a good manager... Beppe find both of these hard to achieve. SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -17

1:46pm Sat 10 May 14

aupaathletic says...

WessexLad wrote:
"Sannino’s passion and enthusiasm for his job is evident when he is on the touchline."

That's not enthusiasm, it's frustration at not being able to get his message across. In particular, we haven't been able to adapt our game to our opponents as we find them on the day.

Players need both encouragement and nous to be at their best. Sometimes that's a quiet word in the ear; sometimes it's the hairbrush. If the manager is incapable of delivering both in a timely manner, it's not surprising that the players are failing to perform.
'the hairbrush'? We know footballers are incredibly vain nowadays but brushing their hair for them,surely not,lol!!
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: "Sannino’s passion and enthusiasm for his job is evident when he is on the touchline." That's not enthusiasm, it's frustration at not being able to get his message across. In particular, we haven't been able to adapt our game to our opponents as we find them on the day. Players need both encouragement and nous to be at their best. Sometimes that's a quiet word in the ear; sometimes it's the hairbrush. If the manager is incapable of delivering both in a timely manner, it's not surprising that the players are failing to perform.[/p][/quote]'the hairbrush'? We know footballers are incredibly vain nowadays but brushing their hair for them,surely not,lol!! aupaathletic
  • Score: 7

2:15pm Sat 10 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Boosey wrote:
The language of football is international, how can anyone blame the manager.
Please remember they are the same players who made Zola leave before he was sacked.
Could blame Almunia, apparently no one understands what he says in the pre match huddle!
Manuel speaks English which for about 6 weeks was more than Bepe could do.

Not a fan of employing people in a senior management results driven role who cannot talk the home language.

History has shown they do last in their roles, after the novelty wears off.

Leaves gimmicks to Dynamo.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: The language of football is international, how can anyone blame the manager. Please remember they are the same players who made Zola leave before he was sacked. Could blame Almunia, apparently no one understands what he says in the pre match huddle![/p][/quote]Manuel speaks English which for about 6 weeks was more than Bepe could do. Not a fan of employing people in a senior management results driven role who cannot talk the home language. History has shown they do last in their roles, after the novelty wears off. Leaves gimmicks to Dynamo. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Sat 10 May 14

mkhornet says...

Cuthbert007 wrote:
Its a no brainer. If he cant communicate with the squad how will ghey know what he want and more importantly if there is a change to plan b during a match, how will he get the mesage across. The owners like to keep it Italian but could have gone for Roberto DiMatteo who is multi lingual. Dont onow why it always has to be Italian or have qorked in Italy. I would like to see malky back at the club.
Malky won't come back, think it's pretty obvious he's off to Norwich.
[quote][p][bold]Cuthbert007[/bold] wrote: Its a no brainer. If he cant communicate with the squad how will ghey know what he want and more importantly if there is a change to plan b during a match, how will he get the mesage across. The owners like to keep it Italian but could have gone for Roberto DiMatteo who is multi lingual. Dont onow why it always has to be Italian or have qorked in Italy. I would like to see malky back at the club.[/p][/quote]Malky won't come back, think it's pretty obvious he's off to Norwich. mkhornet
  • Score: 3

4:16pm Sat 10 May 14

SAHornet says...

I think it's pretty clear that we will not be able to recruit a self-respecting manager of any great stature who would be willing to work with our crazy system of, "you work with any rubbish Mr. Nani sends you". Malky has already had to work with one tosser at Watford. He's hardly likely to want to work with another one like Nani. Just my honest opinion. Wonder if you can say "tosser" ???
I think it's pretty clear that we will not be able to recruit a self-respecting manager of any great stature who would be willing to work with our crazy system of, "you work with any rubbish Mr. Nani sends you". Malky has already had to work with one tosser at Watford. He's hardly likely to want to work with another one like Nani. Just my honest opinion. Wonder if you can say "tosser" ??? SAHornet
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Sat 10 May 14

andyhooked says...

Lots of amusing jibes here! Beppe needs to up his langauge skills and it is not that easy if later in life you need to learn and and more importantly think in another language rather than try and translate in your head. I was poor in french at school as I did not have the ability to think in another language. Should Beppe stay then he may have the same difficulties of thinking in english when he speaks rather than having Italian in his head and not thinking in english. The effect gets lost if you do not speak like a fluent english person but then our squad is made up of so many that do not have english as their mother tongue. As for Marco going, he is not the future and his bookings record was pretty poor and so has been some of his tackles.
Lots of amusing jibes here! Beppe needs to up his langauge skills and it is not that easy if later in life you need to learn and and more importantly think in another language rather than try and translate in your head. I was poor in french at school as I did not have the ability to think in another language. Should Beppe stay then he may have the same difficulties of thinking in english when he speaks rather than having Italian in his head and not thinking in english. The effect gets lost if you do not speak like a fluent english person but then our squad is made up of so many that do not have english as their mother tongue. As for Marco going, he is not the future and his bookings record was pretty poor and so has been some of his tackles. andyhooked
  • Score: 0

4:59pm Sat 10 May 14

mellow yellow says...

If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well?
If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well? mellow yellow
  • Score: 16

5:22pm Sat 10 May 14

SAHornet says...

mellow yellow wrote:
If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well?
Good point.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well?[/p][/quote]Good point. SAHornet
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Sat 10 May 14

colwithsoul says...

SAHornet wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well?
Good point.
he can speak english very well but chooses not to in interviews.re the argentinian falklands thing
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well?[/p][/quote]Good point.[/p][/quote]he can speak english very well but chooses not to in interviews.re the argentinian falklands thing colwithsoul
  • Score: 0

5:50pm Sat 10 May 14

A Capello says...

Would it be too radical to expect the players to take an interest in learning a second language? Would surely enhance their career prospects - not least within the Pozzo sister clubs?

Would be a good team building opportunity too.
Would it be too radical to expect the players to take an interest in learning a second language? Would surely enhance their career prospects - not least within the Pozzo sister clubs? Would be a good team building opportunity too. A Capello
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Sat 10 May 14

Andrew1963 says...

Have you seen his watch? He presumably can tell the time. I wonder if his wristwatch is counting down his time in the UK?
Have you seen his watch? He presumably can tell the time. I wonder if his wristwatch is counting down his time in the UK? Andrew1963
  • Score: -7

5:59pm Sat 10 May 14

Meadey39 says...

Best just to learn the basics needed for football. He won't be fluent by start of the season, even Mourinho makes language mistakes, more important to be accurate not fluent.
Best just to learn the basics needed for football. He won't be fluent by start of the season, even Mourinho makes language mistakes, more important to be accurate not fluent. Meadey39
  • Score: 4

9:08pm Sat 10 May 14

Cuthbert007 says...

mkhornet wrote:
Cuthbert007 wrote:
Its a no brainer. If he cant communicate with the squad how will ghey know what he want and more importantly if there is a change to plan b during a match, how will he get the mesage across. The owners like to keep it Italian but could have gone for Roberto DiMatteo who is multi lingual. Dont onow why it always has to be Italian or have qorked in Italy. I would like to see malky back at the club.
Malky won't come back, think it's pretty obvious he's off to Norwich.
Why would he want to goto Norwich? They will finish ower that us next season. Hooper and all the big names will be off. Malky will be better off coming to Watford. But as I am sure he will goto West Ham.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cuthbert007[/bold] wrote: Its a no brainer. If he cant communicate with the squad how will ghey know what he want and more importantly if there is a change to plan b during a match, how will he get the mesage across. The owners like to keep it Italian but could have gone for Roberto DiMatteo who is multi lingual. Dont onow why it always has to be Italian or have qorked in Italy. I would like to see malky back at the club.[/p][/quote]Malky won't come back, think it's pretty obvious he's off to Norwich.[/p][/quote]Why would he want to goto Norwich? They will finish ower that us next season. Hooper and all the big names will be off. Malky will be better off coming to Watford. But as I am sure he will goto West Ham. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 2

10:10pm Sat 10 May 14

ralear49 says...

DJ11WFC wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
I am thinking of Norwich, Fulham, Cardiff, and Wolves in the division. Probably QPR and Wigan too. Yikes.
[quote][p][bold]DJ11WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns[/p][/quote]I am thinking of Norwich, Fulham, Cardiff, and Wolves in the division. Probably QPR and Wigan too. Yikes. ralear49
  • Score: -1

7:17am Sun 11 May 14

mellow yellow says...

ralear49 wrote:
DJ11WFC wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
I am thinking of Norwich, Fulham, Cardiff, and Wolves in the division. Probably QPR and Wigan too. Yikes.
The more competitive the better. We don't want two all powerful teams to dominate, with the rest scrapping miles behind. We want teams who will all take points off each other. I fear no one next season. Do the Fulham or Cardiff managers have any experience of the championship? No. Has jackett ever got a team promoted from the second tier? No. Bring it on!
[quote][p][bold]ralear49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DJ11WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns[/p][/quote]I am thinking of Norwich, Fulham, Cardiff, and Wolves in the division. Probably QPR and Wigan too. Yikes.[/p][/quote]The more competitive the better. We don't want two all powerful teams to dominate, with the rest scrapping miles behind. We want teams who will all take points off each other. I fear no one next season. Do the Fulham or Cardiff managers have any experience of the championship? No. Has jackett ever got a team promoted from the second tier? No. Bring it on! mellow yellow
  • Score: 2

8:02am Sun 11 May 14

endean2 says...

mellow yellow wrote:
ralear49 wrote:
DJ11WFC wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
I am thinking of Norwich, Fulham, Cardiff, and Wolves in the division. Probably QPR and Wigan too. Yikes.
The more competitive the better. We don't want two all powerful teams to dominate, with the rest scrapping miles behind. We want teams who will all take points off each other. I fear no one next season. Do the Fulham or Cardiff managers have any experience of the championship? No. Has jackett ever got a team promoted from the second tier? No. Bring it on!
We could field two teams in the Championship next season and they would
come 1st and 2nd without a shadow of doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!

Endean, the men in the nice white coats are here to collect you.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ralear49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DJ11WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns[/p][/quote]I am thinking of Norwich, Fulham, Cardiff, and Wolves in the division. Probably QPR and Wigan too. Yikes.[/p][/quote]The more competitive the better. We don't want two all powerful teams to dominate, with the rest scrapping miles behind. We want teams who will all take points off each other. I fear no one next season. Do the Fulham or Cardiff managers have any experience of the championship? No. Has jackett ever got a team promoted from the second tier? No. Bring it on![/p][/quote]We could field two teams in the Championship next season and they would come 1st and 2nd without a shadow of doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! Endean, the men in the nice white coats are here to collect you. endean2
  • Score: 2

9:02am Sun 11 May 14

corbindallas says...

SAHornet wrote:
I think it's pretty clear that we will not be able to recruit a self-respecting manager of any great stature who would be willing to work with our crazy system of, "you work with any rubbish Mr. Nani sends you". Malky has already had to work with one tosser at Watford. He's hardly likely to want to work with another one like Nani. Just my honest opinion. Wonder if you can say "tosser" ???
I agree there seems to me the easy option of blaming the managers Zola and Beppe in all this is a smoke screen for the hash hazard recruitment of some positions, looking back over the history of posts we had a issue with defenders so Nani brought more midfielders in then we had a issue with strikers so Nani brought more midfielders in and now we need to address all positions starting at goalkeeper and Nani first appointment will be a midfielder albeit this time a easy option in Toszer, but you get my drift. I think the English side is not going to be a big issue with the manager especially as we will have players that can't speak English so a bit cat and mouse in the scheme of things anyway Beppe is already communicating in English just needs to use it more to gain the confidence.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: I think it's pretty clear that we will not be able to recruit a self-respecting manager of any great stature who would be willing to work with our crazy system of, "you work with any rubbish Mr. Nani sends you". Malky has already had to work with one tosser at Watford. He's hardly likely to want to work with another one like Nani. Just my honest opinion. Wonder if you can say "tosser" ???[/p][/quote]I agree there seems to me the easy option of blaming the managers Zola and Beppe in all this is a smoke screen for the hash hazard recruitment of some positions, looking back over the history of posts we had a issue with defenders so Nani brought more midfielders in then we had a issue with strikers so Nani brought more midfielders in and now we need to address all positions starting at goalkeeper and Nani first appointment will be a midfielder albeit this time a easy option in Toszer, but you get my drift. I think the English side is not going to be a big issue with the manager especially as we will have players that can't speak English so a bit cat and mouse in the scheme of things anyway Beppe is already communicating in English just needs to use it more to gain the confidence. corbindallas
  • Score: 0

11:44am Sun 11 May 14

1234566789 says...

Mark-H wrote:
DJ11WFC wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek..

Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier.
And that obviously worked out well for him didn't it.... Sacked in September after picking up 1 point in 5 matches
[quote][p][bold]Mark-H[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DJ11WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns[/p][/quote]I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek.. Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier.[/p][/quote]And that obviously worked out well for him didn't it.... Sacked in September after picking up 1 point in 5 matches 1234566789
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Sun 11 May 14

Tizer001 says...

Agree with Almunia, it's crucial he can speak good English!....surely this is important for most jobs here in the UK, especially one at a managerial level!
Agree with Almunia, it's crucial he can speak good English!....surely this is important for most jobs here in the UK, especially one at a managerial level! Tizer001
  • Score: 1

11:40pm Sun 11 May 14

Mark-H says...

1234566789 wrote:
Mark-H wrote:
DJ11WFC wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
robo bovingdon wrote:
is this why we did not make the play offs?
Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.
Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough.
This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns
I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek..

Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier.
And that obviously worked out well for him didn't it.... Sacked in September after picking up 1 point in 5 matches
Yes, nail on the head, Sunderland's player revolt was caused by Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley's reluctance to teach the newcomers how to speak English!

Alternatively, Sunderland/di Canio this season was an extreme example of our dealings recently. Plenty of new players thrown together, see what sticks. If it doesn't work after one game then the fans are in uproar and everyone should be fired because they're all rubbish. Unless they win, in which case they're footballing gurus.
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark-H[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DJ11WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robo bovingdon[/bold] wrote: is this why we did not make the play offs?[/p][/quote]Yer, must be...I can't think of any other reason.[/p][/quote]Seriously guys??? Let's stop blaming this on language barriers...Zola spoke fluent English and lived in England for many years, yet had a poor start to the season. There comes a point when the players have to hold their hands up and accept they were purely not good enough. This to me is a captain of a underachieving team trying to make excuses. I do agree language can be an issue but still doesn't excuse conceding as many last minute goals and giving up leads. 'Push up' and 'put it out' aren't difficult English terms to learn. ***rant over*** I'm very bullish for next season though. This season could be the kick up everyone's backside and we will come back stronger as we have to. Last season camouflaged the underlying issues, but these will all be addressed for next season. Uorns[/p][/quote]I think Sealegs' tongue may have been firmly lodged in cheek.. Otherwise I agree, during di Canio's time at Sunderland he tried to introduce a number of changes, one of which was the imposition of English as the club language. If I recall correctly he teamed up fluent speakers with non-speakers as roommates on away trips. Relating to Watford, a theory that came up earlier this season about the defensive woes was that some of them communicated in English, some in Italian, and this may have caused confusion. Making everyone communicate in the same language would at least break down that barrier.[/p][/quote]And that obviously worked out well for him didn't it.... Sacked in September after picking up 1 point in 5 matches[/p][/quote]Yes, nail on the head, Sunderland's player revolt was caused by Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley's reluctance to teach the newcomers how to speak English! Alternatively, Sunderland/di Canio this season was an extreme example of our dealings recently. Plenty of new players thrown together, see what sticks. If it doesn't work after one game then the fans are in uproar and everyone should be fired because they're all rubbish. Unless they win, in which case they're footballing gurus. Mark-H
  • Score: 0

8:27am Mon 12 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

mellow yellow wrote:
If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well?
Yeah and Alex Ferguson spoke Scottish and he got by ok. :-)
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: If speaking English was SUCH a prerequisite, how come Southampton are doing so well?[/p][/quote]Yeah and Alex Ferguson spoke Scottish and he got by ok. :-) Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 2

10:05am Mon 12 May 14

rogeruk says...

VOReason wrote:
VOReason wrote:
Just watched dyche on soccer am ...

He knows a bit about football doesn't he!
And he speaks fluent English albeit with a bit of a growly voice!
This is a good post and you get and the cretins on here give you a -6. I despair with the quality on this sight.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Just watched dyche on soccer am ... He knows a bit about football doesn't he![/p][/quote]And he speaks fluent English albeit with a bit of a growly voice![/p][/quote]This is a good post and you get and the cretins on here give you a -6. I despair with the quality on this sight. rogeruk
  • Score: -1

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