Jon Waldron: My views on the U's

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Change in fortunes - Gavin Massey looks dejected after Colchester United lost 3-2 at Crewe Alexandra, to fall to a third successive defeat. Change in fortunes - Gavin Massey looks dejected after Colchester United lost 3-2 at Crewe Alexandra, to fall to a third successive defeat.

So what has happened to Joe Dunne’s Midas touch?

After all, it was only last month that Colchester United were a resurgent force in League One under their passionate and popular new manager and life was rosy at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

An impressive run of five wins in six league matches saw the U’s rise from a position hovering above the relegation zone in League One to the sanctuary of mid-table, playing exhilarating and exciting football.

But since they conceded two goals in three minutes to squander a two-goal lead and draw 2-2 at Shrewsbury Town a fortnight ago, they have not looked the same force.

An FA Cup exit at neighbours Chelmsford City and two straight league defeats have followed.

The defensive solidity witnessed in Dunne’s opening games as John Ward’s successor has vanished, replaced by an alarming fragility that has seen Colchester ship ten goals in four games.

Dunne himself admitted that there appears to be a worrying lack of belief and mental frailty among his players, perhaps a knock-on effect from their disappointing start to the campaign.

Over recent games, the U’s have looked extremely vulnerable at certain times and a lack of leadership has proved detrimental to their hopes of fighting back in matches, when the going gets tough.

In addition, Sanchez Watt’s hamstring injury has been a big blow and the Arsenal loanee has been missed, in recent games.

But Dunne has made no secret of the fact that there will be ups and downs this season, as he impresses his philosophy on his players.

Of course, there is disappointment over recent results but a sense of perspective is needed.

While Dunne’s honeymoon period may be over, the feel-good factor is still alive.

With no game tonight, the U’s now have a week to take stock of what has happened in recent games and try to rediscover the confidence that helped them successfully match attacking prowess with defensive strength, just a few weeks ago.

And with back-to-back home games against sides below them in the table to follow, now is the time for Colchester to rediscover their spirit and the kind of form that earned them so many plaudits in the early part of Dunne’s reign.

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12:38pm Tue 13 Nov 12

United we stand says...

The lack of leadership on the field is a very valid comment. We do need that and it's not evident at present. Wordsworth is not an ideal choice as captain, that's for sure.
I have my ticket for the Bury match and am hoping that the "good times will roll" again.
The margin between success and failure on the pitch seems extremely narrow at present.
The lack of leadership on the field is a very valid comment. We do need that and it's not evident at present. Wordsworth is not an ideal choice as captain, that's for sure. I have my ticket for the Bury match and am hoping that the "good times will roll" again. The margin between success and failure on the pitch seems extremely narrow at present. United we stand

1:22pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Surb says...

Nice article Jon, very interesting read.

I too agree on the lack of leadership. And how anyone saw Wordsworth as a leader beats me. He doesn't do enough work on the pitch to even tell someone to work harder. He should be demanding but you don't hear him shout. I think the best leader we have would have to either be Magnus or Bean. Wordsworth should warm the bench up for the couple of games coming up and give others a try.
Nice article Jon, very interesting read. I too agree on the lack of leadership. And how anyone saw Wordsworth as a leader beats me. He doesn't do enough work on the pitch to even tell someone to work harder. He should be demanding but you don't hear him shout. I think the best leader we have would have to either be Magnus or Bean. Wordsworth should warm the bench up for the couple of games coming up and give others a try. Surb

3:22pm Tue 13 Nov 12

crazy comments says...

I have to agree with the two posts above that Wordsworth is not a captain.
I have to agree with the two posts above that Wordsworth is not a captain. crazy comments

10:25pm Tue 13 Nov 12

super waluigi says...

Wordsworth as captain???? Surely that depends on how all of the players, staff and people behind the scenes feel.

I agree that he is not a Bryan robson or John terry, but neither was Beckham or Dave beasant.

We all see a captain as the player with the biggest mouth, biggest heart or most energetic. But in reality, influence, knowledge and popularity are just as important.

I think Wordsworth has made massive strides to becoming an all round player under joe dunne. I never understand the critism he has received from other people on other posts. I cannot recall the last time he made a vital defensive error from midfield.
Some times it's the things you don't see that are so important.
Wordsworth as captain???? Surely that depends on how all of the players, staff and people behind the scenes feel. I agree that he is not a Bryan robson or John terry, but neither was Beckham or Dave beasant. We all see a captain as the player with the biggest mouth, biggest heart or most energetic. But in reality, influence, knowledge and popularity are just as important. I think Wordsworth has made massive strides to becoming an all round player under joe dunne. I never understand the critism he has received from other people on other posts. I cannot recall the last time he made a vital defensive error from midfield. Some times it's the things you don't see that are so important. super waluigi

10:05am Wed 14 Nov 12

Surb says...

super waluigi wrote:
Wordsworth as captain???? Surely that depends on how all of the players, staff and people behind the scenes feel.

I agree that he is not a Bryan robson or John terry, but neither was Beckham or Dave beasant.

We all see a captain as the player with the biggest mouth, biggest heart or most energetic. But in reality, influence, knowledge and popularity are just as important.

I think Wordsworth has made massive strides to becoming an all round player under joe dunne. I never understand the critism he has received from other people on other posts. I cannot recall the last time he made a vital defensive error from midfield.
Some times it's the things you don't see that are so important.
I very much take it from your last comments in your post, that you have not been to a Colchester game recently to think that he hasn't made any defensive errors from midfield.
I feel hes the root of the errors that happen with hes rubbish passes and constant pass backs (not forward).
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Wordsworth as captain???? Surely that depends on how all of the players, staff and people behind the scenes feel. I agree that he is not a Bryan robson or John terry, but neither was Beckham or Dave beasant. We all see a captain as the player with the biggest mouth, biggest heart or most energetic. But in reality, influence, knowledge and popularity are just as important. I think Wordsworth has made massive strides to becoming an all round player under joe dunne. I never understand the critism he has received from other people on other posts. I cannot recall the last time he made a vital defensive error from midfield. Some times it's the things you don't see that are so important.[/p][/quote]I very much take it from your last comments in your post, that you have not been to a Colchester game recently to think that he hasn't made any defensive errors from midfield. I feel hes the root of the errors that happen with hes rubbish passes and constant pass backs (not forward). Surb

11:46am Wed 14 Nov 12

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Surb wrote:
super waluigi wrote: Wordsworth as captain???? Surely that depends on how all of the players, staff and people behind the scenes feel. I agree that he is not a Bryan robson or John terry, but neither was Beckham or Dave beasant. We all see a captain as the player with the biggest mouth, biggest heart or most energetic. But in reality, influence, knowledge and popularity are just as important. I think Wordsworth has made massive strides to becoming an all round player under joe dunne. I never understand the critism he has received from other people on other posts. I cannot recall the last time he made a vital defensive error from midfield. Some times it's the things you don't see that are so important.
I very much take it from your last comments in your post, that you have not been to a Colchester game recently to think that he hasn't made any defensive errors from midfield. I feel hes the root of the errors that happen with hes rubbish passes and constant pass backs (not forward).
Completely agree with you Surb.

(Super) Beckham might not have had the biggest mouth but his football did his talking for him on a more consistent basis, not one in ten games like Woody. He inspired on the field for all to see, practically winning the Greece game single handily.

Wordsworth as an influence!!!! When he plays bad (in more cases than not) we generally don't get much out of the game, that’s the only influence he has. I think Wordsworth has a magnificent amount of ability and if he showed it on a more regular basis then I would be first in line calling for him to be captain. He needs a rocket up his backside most games, such a disappointment for someone who could clearly make a name for himself.

Bean would be my choice for Captain and Magnus if can find his form that he had when he first joined the U’s.
[quote][p][bold]Surb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Wordsworth as captain???? Surely that depends on how all of the players, staff and people behind the scenes feel. I agree that he is not a Bryan robson or John terry, but neither was Beckham or Dave beasant. We all see a captain as the player with the biggest mouth, biggest heart or most energetic. But in reality, influence, knowledge and popularity are just as important. I think Wordsworth has made massive strides to becoming an all round player under joe dunne. I never understand the critism he has received from other people on other posts. I cannot recall the last time he made a vital defensive error from midfield. Some times it's the things you don't see that are so important.[/p][/quote]I very much take it from your last comments in your post, that you have not been to a Colchester game recently to think that he hasn't made any defensive errors from midfield. I feel hes the root of the errors that happen with hes rubbish passes and constant pass backs (not forward).[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you Surb. (Super) Beckham might not have had the biggest mouth but his football did his talking for him on a more consistent basis, not one in ten games like Woody. He inspired on the field for all to see, practically winning the Greece game single handily. Wordsworth as an influence!!!! When he plays bad (in more cases than not) we generally don't get much out of the game, that’s the only influence he has. I think Wordsworth has a magnificent amount of ability and if he showed it on a more regular basis then I would be first in line calling for him to be captain. He needs a rocket up his backside most games, such a disappointment for someone who could clearly make a name for himself. Bean would be my choice for Captain and Magnus if can find his form that he had when he first joined the U’s. We're not singing anymore!!!

12:50pm Wed 14 Nov 12

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I agree that you need a good leader on the field, preferably in midfield, and the U's don't really have anyone that fits the bill. Wordsworth, as a leader, is an unbelievable choice. He is lazy, dangles a tired leg when he tackles and gives away far too many needless free kicks. A good leader will lead by example and Wordsworth is just not the right example in my opinion.

In addition to not having a natural leader, I think the squad shows unfortunate signs of fatigue after about 15 minutes of the second half of games. For an awfully long time I have never thought the U's were among the fitest of teams in League 1, which shows by the countless times we are pushed back having to defend desperately near the end of games. Good teams always press in and around their opponents penalty area near the end of games and often get goals in the last 5 mins or so. With the pass and move strategy, employed by JD, you do need very fit players and at the moment I don't think they are fit and strong enough to last the pace. This is one of the reasons that explains why after an upturn in fortunes, suddenly we start to fall away by throwing away healthy leads!
I agree that you need a good leader on the field, preferably in midfield, and the U's don't really have anyone that fits the bill. Wordsworth, as a leader, is an unbelievable choice. He is lazy, dangles a tired leg when he tackles and gives away far too many needless free kicks. A good leader will lead by example and Wordsworth is just not the right example in my opinion. In addition to not having a natural leader, I think the squad shows unfortunate signs of fatigue after about 15 minutes of the second half of games. For an awfully long time I have never thought the U's were among the fitest of teams in League 1, which shows by the countless times we are pushed back having to defend desperately near the end of games. Good teams always press in and around their opponents penalty area near the end of games and often get goals in the last 5 mins or so. With the pass and move strategy, employed by JD, you do need very fit players and at the moment I don't think they are fit and strong enough to last the pace. This is one of the reasons that explains why after an upturn in fortunes, suddenly we start to fall away by throwing away healthy leads! BlueandWhiteBaz

2:11pm Wed 14 Nov 12

super waluigi says...

Hhhhmmmm,

Surb, you are entitled to your opinions about Wordsworth and I respect them, but saying "rubbish passes and back passing often" does not directly lead to the goals we have conceded recently. Unlike cousins, Magnus and eastmond, who have all had vital errors in recent weeks. No disrespect to them, I am just pointing out that Wordsworth often going un noticed can have a positive reaction.

We're not singing........
Just because it is your opinion that Beckham done all of his talking on the pitch and that Wordsworth has a good game 1-10 is only an opinion. One that really (and I don't mean to sound rude) is irrelevant. Especially if like me, joe dunne and the boys all feel that he is the most vocal, most liked, most talented and does play well most weeks. You must have blinkers if you think Beckham was perfect. Remember Argentina in the World Cup???? Great player, great captain!!!! But had far more critism than Wordsworth will get.

I would be happy to see izzet return. Great player and stacks of passion. Failing that, I will support any of the heroes who captain the side, and that includes Wordsworth, Magnus, bean and all the others mentioned.
Hhhhmmmm, Surb, you are entitled to your opinions about Wordsworth and I respect them, but saying "rubbish passes and back passing often" does not directly lead to the goals we have conceded recently. Unlike cousins, Magnus and eastmond, who have all had vital errors in recent weeks. No disrespect to them, I am just pointing out that Wordsworth often going un noticed can have a positive reaction. We're not singing........ Just because it is your opinion that Beckham done all of his talking on the pitch and that Wordsworth has a good game 1-10 is only an opinion. One that really (and I don't mean to sound rude) is irrelevant. Especially if like me, joe dunne and the boys all feel that he is the most vocal, most liked, most talented and does play well most weeks. You must have blinkers if you think Beckham was perfect. Remember Argentina in the World Cup???? Great player, great captain!!!! But had far more critism than Wordsworth will get. I would be happy to see izzet return. Great player and stacks of passion. Failing that, I will support any of the heroes who captain the side, and that includes Wordsworth, Magnus, bean and all the others mentioned. super waluigi

3:09pm Wed 14 Nov 12

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

super waluigi wrote:
Hhhhmmmm, Surb, you are entitled to your opinions about Wordsworth and I respect them, but saying "rubbish passes and back passing often" does not directly lead to the goals we have conceded recently. Unlike cousins, Magnus and eastmond, who have all had vital errors in recent weeks. No disrespect to them, I am just pointing out that Wordsworth often going un noticed can have a positive reaction. We're not singing........ Just because it is your opinion that Beckham done all of his talking on the pitch and that Wordsworth has a good game 1-10 is only an opinion. One that really (and I don't mean to sound rude) is irrelevant. Especially if like me, joe dunne and the boys all feel that he is the most vocal, most liked, most talented and does play well most weeks. You must have blinkers if you think Beckham was perfect. Remember Argentina in the World Cup???? Great player, great captain!!!! But had far more critism than Wordsworth will get. I would be happy to see izzet return. Great player and stacks of passion. Failing that, I will support any of the heroes who captain the side, and that includes Wordsworth, Magnus, bean and all the others mentioned.
Super........
Your opinion that Wordsworth plays well most weeks is one that really (and I don't mean to sound rude either) is irrelevant. It's amazing how many fans express the same opinions as myself and how Wordsworth comes under a lot of criticism.

I never said Beckham was perfect but generally when he came off the pitch you knew he'd given everything, good or bad.

I agree about Izzet having stacks of passion and that's really what we're missing. Someone with his commitment. But sadly I have to say you missed a word when describing him as he is now......you should have said WAS a great player. If you're being honest then you have to admit that he is well past his best. We need to be looking forward and that means looking to the likes of Wordsworth and Henderson to step and be counted, not stroll around and only decide to turn up now and again.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Hhhhmmmm, Surb, you are entitled to your opinions about Wordsworth and I respect them, but saying "rubbish passes and back passing often" does not directly lead to the goals we have conceded recently. Unlike cousins, Magnus and eastmond, who have all had vital errors in recent weeks. No disrespect to them, I am just pointing out that Wordsworth often going un noticed can have a positive reaction. We're not singing........ Just because it is your opinion that Beckham done all of his talking on the pitch and that Wordsworth has a good game 1-10 is only an opinion. One that really (and I don't mean to sound rude) is irrelevant. Especially if like me, joe dunne and the boys all feel that he is the most vocal, most liked, most talented and does play well most weeks. You must have blinkers if you think Beckham was perfect. Remember Argentina in the World Cup???? Great player, great captain!!!! But had far more critism than Wordsworth will get. I would be happy to see izzet return. Great player and stacks of passion. Failing that, I will support any of the heroes who captain the side, and that includes Wordsworth, Magnus, bean and all the others mentioned.[/p][/quote]Super........ Your opinion that Wordsworth plays well most weeks is one that really (and I don't mean to sound rude either) is irrelevant. It's amazing how many fans express the same opinions as myself and how Wordsworth comes under a lot of criticism. I never said Beckham was perfect but generally when he came off the pitch you knew he'd given everything, good or bad. I agree about Izzet having stacks of passion and that's really what we're missing. Someone with his commitment. But sadly I have to say you missed a word when describing him as he is now......you should have said WAS a great player. If you're being honest then you have to admit that he is well past his best. We need to be looking forward and that means looking to the likes of Wordsworth and Henderson to step and be counted, not stroll around and only decide to turn up now and again. We're not singing anymore!!!

5:40pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mr Honest says...

We all know that Super whatshisface watches different games on Saturdays to us all. He clearly doesnt know what he is talking about most of the time. 99% of CUFC fans will agree Wordsworth is lazy, inconsistent and definately not Captain material. The thing is he is capable of being a top player but does he want to be?
We all know that Super whatshisface watches different games on Saturdays to us all. He clearly doesnt know what he is talking about most of the time. 99% of CUFC fans will agree Wordsworth is lazy, inconsistent and definately not Captain material. The thing is he is capable of being a top player but does he want to be? Mr Honest

7:20pm Wed 14 Nov 12

super waluigi says...

So mr honest knows who would make a better col u captain than joe dunne does. I am glad we cleared that up. In fact according to mr honest 99% of fans know that Wordsworth is lazy, but don't worry, cos lambert, ward, dunne and co don't know what they are on about as they rate Wordsworth.

Where not singing......
Yes my opinion is irrelevant. But you are missing the point. See, I chose to state my opinion, minding my own business in the process. That was until 4 or 5 bloggers decided to correct me, stating that Wordsworth was infact useless. Well thanks.
Joe dunne. That's a man who does have a relevant opinion on who should captain col u and he rates him so accept my opinion. I can have my opinion so lump it.

Oh and one more thing to 'your not singing'.......
Beckham was possibly the best player on earth at one time, but that is irrelevant to the fact he was chosen to be England captain without any club captain experience. Please don't get confused about the point, and that is, The point was that he had critism about being captain at so many failed tournaments. Seems you forget that???? Perhaps you will also spout how good Wordsworth is in 20 years to your children/grandchildr
en or what ever. Just don't forget you wrote him off before he barley got started.
So mr honest knows who would make a better col u captain than joe dunne does. I am glad we cleared that up. In fact according to mr honest 99% of fans know that Wordsworth is lazy, but don't worry, cos lambert, ward, dunne and co don't know what they are on about as they rate Wordsworth. Where not singing...... Yes my opinion is irrelevant. But you are missing the point. See, I chose to state my opinion, minding my own business in the process. That was until 4 or 5 bloggers decided to correct me, stating that Wordsworth was infact useless. Well thanks. Joe dunne. That's a man who does have a relevant opinion on who should captain col u and he rates him so accept my opinion. I can have my opinion so lump it. Oh and one more thing to 'your not singing'....... Beckham was possibly the best player on earth at one time, but that is irrelevant to the fact he was chosen to be England captain without any club captain experience. Please don't get confused about the point, and that is, The point was that he had critism about being captain at so many failed tournaments. Seems you forget that???? Perhaps you will also spout how good Wordsworth is in 20 years to your children/grandchildr en or what ever. Just don't forget you wrote him off before he barley got started. super waluigi

10:33pm Wed 14 Nov 12

25414nora says...

Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us
Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us 25414nora

11:10pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Johnny T says...

Crap players will bring crap results
Crap players will bring crap results Johnny T

12:44am Thu 15 Nov 12

Boris says...

25414nora wrote:
Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us
Quite right, Nora and others. Kem is the best captain. Dugie was good but that was long ago, when we were in the Championship.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us[/p][/quote]Quite right, Nora and others. Kem is the best captain. Dugie was good but that was long ago, when we were in the Championship. Boris

12:46am Thu 15 Nov 12

Boris says...

And if we need a younger captain, then John White is the man. But it seems Joe Dunne doesn't like the cut of his jib.
And if we need a younger captain, then John White is the man. But it seems Joe Dunne doesn't like the cut of his jib. Boris

1:27pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Surb says...

25414nora wrote:
Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us
Nora, you make me laugh you do.
You have taken things seriously there, chill. I can't see any comments where people have shown that "they know more than the manager". There isn't so much "blame" going on here its more spotting weaknesses and sharing opinions with others to see if they spot them too.

I fell the Manager JD is doing a good job, I respect hes decisions etc, and support him. I'm just clearly stating that the leadership may need changing as Wordsworth isn't up to it. We need a guy on the pitch with a big mouth and the ability to order people. He has potential to be a good player but hes losing this potential with hes lazyness.

Kem "was" a good player but recently he has been dreadful.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us[/p][/quote]Nora, you make me laugh you do. You have taken things seriously there, chill. I can't see any comments where people have shown that "they know more than the manager". There isn't so much "blame" going on here its more spotting weaknesses and sharing opinions with others to see if they spot them too. I fell the Manager JD is doing a good job, I respect hes decisions etc, and support him. I'm just clearly stating that the leadership may need changing as Wordsworth isn't up to it. We need a guy on the pitch with a big mouth and the ability to order people. He has potential to be a good player but hes losing this potential with hes lazyness. Kem "was" a good player but recently he has been dreadful. Surb

3:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Surb wrote:
25414nora wrote: Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us
Nora, you make me laugh you do. You have taken things seriously there, chill. I can't see any comments where people have shown that "they know more than the manager". There isn't so much "blame" going on here its more spotting weaknesses and sharing opinions with others to see if they spot them too. I fell the Manager JD is doing a good job, I respect hes decisions etc, and support him. I'm just clearly stating that the leadership may need changing as Wordsworth isn't up to it. We need a guy on the pitch with a big mouth and the ability to order people. He has potential to be a good player but hes losing this potential with hes lazyness. Kem "was" a good player but recently he has been dreadful.
Thanks Surb, totally agree with everything you've said.

If Izzet could be cloned when he was at his best I would have eleven of him in my side. He is the sort of captain we need, but not as the player he is now. (Nora, if you think otherwise you really must have your head in the clouds)

Wordsworth is 23-24, so he really should be coming into his prime. He show's glimpses of being a great player but often disappoints most fans with lacklustre performances. Just because Lambert, Ward and Dunne had/have him in the their team doesn't strengthen the argument. Look what happened to Ward!!!! Plus Woody has been dropped by them too.

The main reason fans vent their frustration at Woody is because they know he can be a much better player, not just for the fans but for Woody himself.

Super.....
If you make reference to other people's comments you must expect some sort of reaction, especially when, at times, you can be rude. At the end of the day it does come down to opinions and each of us are entitled to ours. I quite like having a difference in opinion. That's what makes football so exciting.

If you're using the argument that Beckham was captain at so many failed tournaments I can only assume that England have only ever had one good captain......Bobby Moore, as England have only won the World Cup once. Deeming all other competitions to be a failure for not winning them.

For the record I'm fully behind Joe Dunne. I think he's taking us in the right direction. It might take longer to get there than some fans would hope but the style of football is definitely the right one.
[quote][p][bold]Surb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Super waluigi is right, When Col u win a few games, everything is tickety boo, We lose a few games, and the usual depressives need to find someone to blame..Such childish mentality.. How some people on here think they know more than the manager is frankly daft..Someone on here reckons Kem Isset is 'too old' 'past It' at age 32. Dont that beat all?... Bet you what you like Kemmy will be back skippering the side as soon as he's fit again. Up the Us[/p][/quote]Nora, you make me laugh you do. You have taken things seriously there, chill. I can't see any comments where people have shown that "they know more than the manager". There isn't so much "blame" going on here its more spotting weaknesses and sharing opinions with others to see if they spot them too. I fell the Manager JD is doing a good job, I respect hes decisions etc, and support him. I'm just clearly stating that the leadership may need changing as Wordsworth isn't up to it. We need a guy on the pitch with a big mouth and the ability to order people. He has potential to be a good player but hes losing this potential with hes lazyness. Kem "was" a good player but recently he has been dreadful.[/p][/quote]Thanks Surb, totally agree with everything you've said. If Izzet could be cloned when he was at his best I would have eleven of him in my side. He is the sort of captain we need, but not as the player he is now. (Nora, if you think otherwise you really must have your head in the clouds) Wordsworth is 23-24, so he really should be coming into his prime. He show's glimpses of being a great player but often disappoints most fans with lacklustre performances. Just because Lambert, Ward and Dunne had/have him in the their team doesn't strengthen the argument. Look what happened to Ward!!!! Plus Woody has been dropped by them too. The main reason fans vent their frustration at Woody is because they know he can be a much better player, not just for the fans but for Woody himself. Super..... If you make reference to other people's comments you must expect some sort of reaction, especially when, at times, you can be rude. At the end of the day it does come down to opinions and each of us are entitled to ours. I quite like having a difference in opinion. That's what makes football so exciting. If you're using the argument that Beckham was captain at so many failed tournaments I can only assume that England have only ever had one good captain......Bobby Moore, as England have only won the World Cup once. Deeming all other competitions to be a failure for not winning them. For the record I'm fully behind Joe Dunne. I think he's taking us in the right direction. It might take longer to get there than some fans would hope but the style of football is definitely the right one. We're not singing anymore!!!

4:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Clacc says...

Boris wrote:
And if we need a younger captain, then John White is the man. But it seems Joe Dunne doesn't like the cut of his jib.
Even in his prime John White was never leadership potential. Sadly, now he's getting well past that - in fact as good a ColU journeyman as he is , he'd be better off playing at a slightly lower league than we are.

Difficult to see who can most effectively replace Kem. Yes, Magnus when he regains an sort of good form. Bean, would lead by example.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: And if we need a younger captain, then John White is the man. But it seems Joe Dunne doesn't like the cut of his jib.[/p][/quote]Even in his prime John White was never leadership potential. Sadly, now he's getting well past that - in fact as good a ColU journeyman as he is , he'd be better off playing at a slightly lower league than we are. Difficult to see who can most effectively replace Kem. Yes, Magnus when he regains an sort of good form. Bean, would lead by example. Clacc

9:26pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Boris says...

Clacc wrote:
Boris wrote:
And if we need a younger captain, then John White is the man. But it seems Joe Dunne doesn't like the cut of his jib.
Even in his prime John White was never leadership potential. Sadly, now he's getting well past that - in fact as good a ColU journeyman as he is , he'd be better off playing at a slightly lower league than we are.

Difficult to see who can most effectively replace Kem. Yes, Magnus when he regains an sort of good form. Bean, would lead by example.
John White was all right when we were in the Championship. And he is still only 26, which means he should still be in his prime for physical fitness. He hasn't had the chance to show off his qualities this season but he did all right last season when he had quite a long run of starts. He doesn't shout and scream but he may have the qualities to captain a team - I wouldn't know. He should at least be considered. But for several recent CUFC captains, the captaincy was the kiss of death. Think of Pat Baldwin, or Chris Coyne, for example. On second thoughts, maybe it is better for Johnnie to be out of the limelight. He is certainly good enough to be a regular in the team though, as he doesn't make as many mistakes as some of our other defenders.
[quote][p][bold]Clacc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: And if we need a younger captain, then John White is the man. But it seems Joe Dunne doesn't like the cut of his jib.[/p][/quote]Even in his prime John White was never leadership potential. Sadly, now he's getting well past that - in fact as good a ColU journeyman as he is , he'd be better off playing at a slightly lower league than we are. Difficult to see who can most effectively replace Kem. Yes, Magnus when he regains an sort of good form. Bean, would lead by example.[/p][/quote]John White was all right when we were in the Championship. And he is still only 26, which means he should still be in his prime for physical fitness. He hasn't had the chance to show off his qualities this season but he did all right last season when he had quite a long run of starts. He doesn't shout and scream but he may have the qualities to captain a team - I wouldn't know. He should at least be considered. But for several recent CUFC captains, the captaincy was the kiss of death. Think of Pat Baldwin, or Chris Coyne, for example. On second thoughts, maybe it is better for Johnnie to be out of the limelight. He is certainly good enough to be a regular in the team though, as he doesn't make as many mistakes as some of our other defenders. Boris

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