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Any predictions on where Valour finish in the table ?   One win in their last ten league matches (or is it eleven).

I'm going with a traditional 6th place for Valour.  Although that may be too optimistic, as they will actually have to win a couple to finish in 6th.  

 

 

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The fact that they kept him on board after the disaster of year 1 is the only thing that makes his firing now surprising. Valour have been the worst team in the league since they left the bubble.

It might be awkward to do, but I would have kept him on as coach and found someone new to do the signing and recruiting. (Just as example, they haven't signed a decent striker in three years). It's been clear from the beginning that Valour has had less talent on the roster than most, if not all, of the other CPL teams. I think his tactics and game-planning (and demeanor) have improved since year 1.

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Just now, Bison44 said:

Hmmmm, he had improved a bit....but the season has been going south, so......

Hate to say it but its jungle rules eh??  Same with the players...some guys you thought would be good (Haber) just didnt pan out.  Hart, Wheeldon, Bobby S have done well, Gale hasnt and its prob time to move on.  

Has Hart done that well? He had a good run last year in a short tournament not much longer than this year's bubble. Otherwise they've been as abject as Valour.

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Least surprising news of 2021.

Gale and Miller have been banging heads for a while now, and I expect not in the healthy way that they should be, that's an open secret.  The NFP structure of both organizations can be difficult to navigate with.  Doesn't matter who sits in the gaffer's office that reality is always going to be there.

HQ will say they still think there is a chance to save the season and that's why this move was made now.  Just need a different hand on the wheel.  Guess we'll see.

We used to sing for a coach with yellow hair.   A coach with yellow hair.  A coach with yellow hair.

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34 minutes ago, Cheeta said:

Gale and Miller have been banging heads for a while now, and I expect not in the healthy way that they should be, that's an open secret. 

This is the first I've heard of it. Can you elaborate?

That all being said, I feel there is some good talent here but the structure and deployment has been poor. It will be interesting to see how PdS changes the structure and his signing of talent in the off-season.

 

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52 minutes ago, johnyb said:

 

Correct, Phillip is the brother of the coach (Marc) who's MLS team just lost to a CPL team.

But Phillip was an assistant for Marc with the Whitecaps, so technically his team did lose to a CPL team as well.

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3 hours ago, T_Bison said:

This is the first I've heard of it. Can you elaborate?

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Easily the biggest issue, since Day 1, has been unused cap space.  Valour just haven't been keeping up.  By a ways.

I suspect part of that goes back to the NFP structure, but Miller gets to wear some of it as well whether he deserves it or no.

Still when the heat is on to perform its hard to not feel a-grieved when you're handicapped by your boss deciding you won't be competing on the "level playing field" a salary capped league is supposed to encourage.

Honestly think WFC has woken up to the potential of this venture and don't want to see it underachieve.  I find myself wondering what opened their eyes.

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