10:41, Sat 1 Aug
Can we bin the fruitless long throws which often became assists for the opposition to break quickly upon us with a ponderous centre half struggling to get back to carry out his main job of defending immediately before conceding yet another soft goal ?

Surely Karankaman has a more sophisticated plan than a number of his predecessors ......

Here's a novel suggestion which hasn't been seen at St Andrews or on our travels for years and years.
When it's a throw in to us we actually throw it to the feet of one of our team mates in an effort to retain possession.
The receiving player(s) makes a reasonable effort to gain a bit of space for himself and then shields the ball before attempting a pass to another team mate's feet.

Sorry for spelling out the finer details of this master plan but for a lot of fans under the age of 20 they may not realise that this cunning idea is actually legally allowed within the rules of Association Football.
... how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
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Was blind, but now I see.
10:44, Sat 1 Aug
You mean do away with long throw or throw to a player who can’t control it and just hoofs it back to the player taking the throw in who lets it go out.
I think that might be a bit much to hope for a few seasons.
Jim
10:45, Sat 1 Aug
I think the modern way is to appoint a specialist throw-in coach, as well as a specialist coach for set pieces.
10:48, Sat 1 Aug
Liverpool have a specialist throw in coach
11:00, Sat 1 Aug
A good post, but I would extend the point to all of our throw-ins. It’s been a big weakness for Blues, for several seasons. The top teams almost always retain possession from a throw-in. Our success rate is more like 50%.
We’d definitely benefit from specific coaching and drills, so bring in a specialist coach. Even if just on a temporary/consultancy basis.
11:03, Sat 1 Aug
mr_crosby
You mean do away with long throw or throw to a player who can’t control it and just hoofs it back to the player taking the throw in who lets it go out.
I think that might be a bit much to hope for a few seasons.

Baby steps...👍😊

PS I forgot to add that normally team mates are wearing the same coloured kit as the poor fekker who is brave enough to volunteer to perform this revolutionary suggestion
... how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
11:12, Sat 1 Aug
I've nothing against long throws, when done correctly they're like having a corner. I think with a bit more refining Roberts' could be a weapon.

I'll scoop my eyes out with a rusty spoon if I have to watch another of Dean's barely reach the 18 yeard box though.
Tell you what that crack is really moreish.
11:23, Sat 1 Aug
Jim
Jim
I think the modern way is to appoint a specialist throw-in coach, as well as a specialist coach for set pieces.

I can coach that.....

1. Pick up the ball, after the ref or one of his 9 assistants has indicated it's a throw in to us.
2. Steal or attempt to steal the obligatory 7 metres which every other club in the land does except us ( this stealing of ground
should ideally be ground nearer to the opponents goal mouth as opposed to our own goal mouth )
3. Make sure both feet are behind the touch line throughout the whole process and in touch with the grass ( that's the green stuff that once or twice in a game we pass the ball across in a rolling motion )
4. Hold the ball in both hands behind your head ( your head is where your brain should be if you have one, no matter how small )
5. Now use your eyes to judge which team mate is best positioned to accept the ball to feet.
6. Once your target is identified throw the ball to his feet

NB ADVANCED TACTIC : We are allowed to take 'A Quick Throw-In ' ie before the standard 30 seconds of procrastination expires. There is no penalty for attempting as many quick throw-ins as we want in any single game.

Right Mr Dong that'll be £5000 please.
I'm available for daily refresher courses at £4500 per day or one on one coaching at £700 per hour ( except for Roberts who is banned from taking throw ins for us until the end of this millenium.
... how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
11:24, Sat 1 Aug
Super Hans
I've nothing against long throws, when done correctly they're like having a corner. I think with a bit more refining Roberts' could be a weapon.

I'll scoop my eyes out with a rusty spoon if I have to watch another of Dean's barely reach the 18 yeard box though.

He's a weapon alright !!!
... how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
12:05, Sat 1 Aug
generalBlue
Jim
I think the modern way is to appoint a specialist throw-in coach, as well as a specialist coach for set pieces.

I can coach that.....

1. Pick up the ball, after the ref or one of his 9 assistants has indicated it's a throw in to us.
2. Steal or attempt to steal the obligatory 7 metres which every other club in the land does except us ( this stealing of ground
should ideally be ground nearer to the opponents goal mouth as opposed to our own goal mouth )
3. Make sure both feet are behind the touch line throughout the whole process and in touch with the grass ( that's the green stuff that once or twice in a game we pass the ball across in a rolling motion )
4. Hold the ball in both hands behind your head ( your head is where your brain should be if you have one, no matter how small )
5. Now use your eyes to judge which team mate is best positioned to accept the ball to feet.
6. Once your target is identified throw the ball to his feet

NB ADVANCED TACTIC : We are allowed to take 'A Quick Throw-In ' ie before the standard 30 seconds of procrastination expires. There is no penalty for attempting as many quick throw-ins as we want in any single game.

Right Mr Dong that'll be £5000 please.
I'm available for daily refresher courses at £4500 per day or one on one coaching at £700 per hour ( except for Roberts who is banned from taking throw ins for us until the end of this millenium.
As long as part of each foot is on the touchline or behind it, you can now have your feet partly on the pitch. That'll be £500 please mate
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12:10, Sat 1 Aug
Does that mean that you are allowed to have a three footed throw in specialist player?
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DES
12:11, Sat 1 Aug
General, there is nothing wrong with the odd long throw BUT!! And this is a huge but ( imagine j lo’s Butt) it has to be fast, & flat and attacking team have to know what area it’s coming into so they can get enough bodies in the right area!
We never achieved any of those things.

Kro
12:16, Sat 1 Aug
DES
There's also nothing wrong with the odd short corner.
Or short goal kicks .
This is where as fans the gerrit forward brigade may annoy Karanka as much as Dong
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DES
12:24, Sat 1 Aug
Rab C Nesbitt
There's also nothing wrong with the odd short corner.
Or short goal kicks .
This is where as fans the gerrit forward brigade may annoy Karanka as much as Dong

You won’t be surprised Rab, but I’m not a fan of short goalkicks, a traditional goal kick is a great opportunity to put the ball directly into areas that might hopefully hurt the opponents, not giving the ball to defenders Who are at risk of losing it in areas of the pitch that would hurt us!

Kro
13:08, Sat 1 Aug
What squad number will "long throw" Fiasco wear? Who is his super agent and is he a mate of Aitor's? Why is he retiring so soon after joining us? Is his squad number being retired too?