Date:Wednesday November 21 2007
It is now known that Cardiff City manager Dave Jones is well and truly drinking at the last chance saloon, with 2 games to save his job afer a horrendous start to the season for his Bluebirds.
Jones has shown remarkable loyalty and faith to his usual starting XI, excepting the keeper.
Capaldi, McNaughton, Purse and Johnson have formed the back 4 after Loovens has struggled with form and foot fitness!
The midfield sees the ever-present Joe Ledley (performing well), the undroppable Stephen McPhail, Gavin Rae and either Sinclair or Parry on the right.
Up-front Hasselbaink and Fowler has been preferred until the last game when Thompson replaces the former Liverpool FC legend.
However, there are strong cases to be made for changes, and with his job so firmly on the line, will Jones go for them - or stick with his tried and tested under-performers?
The strongest case is for Joe Ledley to switch inside, replacing McPhail with Whittingham / Parry playing on the left flank.
Chris Gunter has also moved into the reckoning, most likely to replace the distinctly average Tony Capaldi.
Darcy Blake / Aaron Ramsey are extremely long shots to start Saturday's game against Ipswich Town, but both have impressed for Wales U21s and would surely display some of the hunger / spark missing in recent weeks for Cardiff City.
In truth I can't see Dave Jones changing anything. He will stick to his 'best XI' and put his fate in with theirs. He's not a gambler, and rarely uses substitutes to their full extent. A proud man, Jones would not like to admit to the pressure and would not like to be seen making a 'knee-jerk' reaction.
At some point, this team can be a force. Additionally, Dave Jones is a good manager so it could click this weekend and see the Bluebirds improve dramatically. However, if he starts with the same underperforming bunch, and we start slowly - the fans will not be happy and a tough job will be made tougher.
It wouldn't be sensible to alter things dramatically and throw youngsters into the deep end. However, small changes can make a huge difference and I'd love to see one positive, non-enforced change.
What do you think ? Any chance? It's now or possibly never Jonesy!
Date:Wednesday November 21 2007
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