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Iceland are 36th in the rankings with a population smaller than Tayside and we're 48th. If they can punch above their weight year after year surely we can be competitive.

Seems to me that no manager has been able to inspire the players since Walter Smith and Alex McLeish (first time around).

Steve Clarke had an astonishing record at Killie but his results in high profile jobs have been pretty poor. Maybe he belongs at a certain level where the scrutiny is minimal.

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9 hours ago, TheDarkBlues said:

Dundee!

All huff and puff without getting anywhere!

Pass-back, pass-back and the goal keeper is looking for to do a pass-back..... and when Scotland do get in the final third they have a nose bleed!

😁 Said similar in the Scotland v Russia post on Friday. 

Do you think it’s something to do with the dark blue and white? Maybe a change of colour may improve us🤔

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There is a lack of desire to get players forward when on attack as there is a fear of being caught on break.....due to a complete lack of skill on the ball and thus the ability to hold on to it. Plus a work ethic and fitness levels missing that compare to the worlds best.

It makes one wonder what these games are for when we can still qualify thru the playoffs in what has become a crazy thought out tourney. Surprised it is not sponsored by Tunnocks!

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Think the problem is something to do with the coaching of the coaches. Same thing throughout the Scottish game. Lack of basic ball playing skills, lack of tactical awareness and complete lack of fitness. Can't play high tempo because they are not fit enough, can't press high up the pitch because they are not fast enough. Need to get coaches who understand what talents a good /great footballer must have, instead of teaching them how to train kids who will whilst willing and keen just don't have what it takes to go to higher levels.

British Olympics took a decision to look for Sporting Giants female athletes to see if they would be good at rowing. Heather Stanning and Helen glover who won Gold in London came from this programme. Think Gordon Strachan needs all the support he can get to try to bring new thought processes into Scottish Football coaching and hopefully DFC will be a big beneficiary.

strange that a wee footballer might actually make a big difference to DFC.

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7 minutes ago, BCram said:

Think the problem is something to do with the coaching of the coaches. Same thing throughout the Scottish game. Lack of basic ball playing skills, lack of tactical awareness and complete lack of fitness. Can't play high tempo because they are not fit enough, can't press high up the pitch because they are not fast enough. Need to get coaches who understand what talents a good /great footballer must have, instead of teaching them how to train kids who will whilst willing and keen just don't have what it takes to go to higher levels.

British Olympics took a decision to look for Sporting Giants female athletes to see if they would be good at rowing. Heather Stanning and Helen glover who won Gold in London came from this programme. Think Gordon Strachan needs all the support he can get to try to bring new thought processes into Scottish Football coaching and hopefully DFC will be a big beneficiary.

strange that a wee footballer might actually make a big difference to DFC.

Exactly this. I remember when hearts played Tottenham in the europa league about 10years ago and the tottenham team were giants compared to the hearts side. And even when we played Blackpool in pre season, they were monsters and if it wasnt their 1st pre season game they would ha e destroyed us

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16 hours ago, Cobra said:

Iceland are 36th in the rankings with a population smaller than Tayside and we're 48th. If they can punch above their weight year after year surely we can be competitive.

Seems to me that no manager has been able to inspire the players since Walter Smith and Alex McLeish (first time around).

Steve Clarke had an astonishing record at Killie but his results in high profile jobs have been pretty poor. Maybe he belongs at a certain level where the scrutiny is minimal.

I suppose Clarke has just had two games against the world no 1s and then the world cup quarter finalists, think it's very early days. Pretty sure Wales and NI took beatings for a while before they improved under their new management.

I think the key issue right now is that we are just very weak defensively. Craig Brown had Hendry and Calderwood then Smith/McLeish had Davie Weir (who was an excellent player) then guys like Caldwell and McManus who were playing for Celtic in the Champions League group stage and a lot of the time considered quite competent. Weir's departure and then decline of other defenders has been an ongoing issue for the last nine years and despite Strachan having a combination of Hanley and Martin who wee playing quite well, both of them then struggled club wise and it's been a struggle to get something competent.

We're not talking about needing world class players but when we talk about other smaller countries who seem to be doing well, they've generally got at least one centre back who is a regular in a reputable league and/or has European experience who seems to have the ability to bring the others up around them (Iceland specifically had Ragnar Sigurðsson who was one of the best centre backs in Russia at the time of Euro 2016). If we're struggling in other areas, we can maybe do a few awkward fixes (like Smith and McLeish who had no left back for most of their tenure with Gary Naysmith injured) but centre back is the hardest position to fix in that way.

We badly need McKenna or Souttar (or whoever else) to get a good move ASAP with a manager who rates them and trusts them to play at a higher level. It'd also help if Hanley plays regularly for Norwich and puts his injury hell (and transfer to Newcastle that stalled his career) behind him this season.

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