rover6 Posted August 17, 2009 Share Posted August 17, 2009 This debate is not a simple matter of style v results. Life is about compromises, not extremes. Imo, a compromise has to be made but I think that style IS important and efforts should be made to preserve an entertaining style - as far as possible. - We all mocked Bolton, under Allardyce, for their long ball, grappling, gamesmanship tactics. We still mock them, now, for their Megsonball game of dull negativity. It seems that we freely deride other teams for poor style but are not consistent or objective enough to do the same to our own team when we head in that direction. But why does style matter? 1) It matters because skilful play is what makes the game objectively exciting. Skilful play transcends tribalist attachments. Any football fan (even non-football fan) can appreciate any team that plays skilful football. 2) Therefore, to appreciate style is to recognise that the game is more important than the team. Surely, that's right? Surely, however much we love Rovers, the game of football is more important - because, it is what makes Rovers possible? 3) Why does skilful play make the game more exciting? Because it makes things more unpredictable. It defies predictable physical laws, eg that brute strength and size should dominate in a physical contest or that the fastest players will outdo the rest. This is achieved through ultimate mastery of the ball and pitch, by the players, which is the pinnacle of their profession. 4) Therefore, it is skill and genuine mastery of the ball and the pitch that differentiates the contest of football from a rudimentary contest of physicality, planning and luck. I.e it is what differentiates football from the crumby game of a typical rugby match (which, admittedly, is not entirely devoid of skill). Football is one of those unique games in which the weedy, short guy can use his/her skill to be as important a player in the team as the huge central defender. The slow tubby guy can still dictate with his skilful touch and vision. This beautiful true inclusiveness of the game is not possible unless the skilful game is preserved. 5) Skilful football demands the maximum in confidence, application, attitude and intelligence from footballers. Is this not what we should be demanding from these millionaires who are raking in our money so freely? Why should we let them get away with half-hearted effort and displays? Why should'nt we demand that footballers practice to master the ball? For these reasons, and probably more, I firmly believe that Rovers should seek to preserve a skilful style to their play. Obviously, it has to be approached pragmatically - we can't surrender our functional strengths for aestheticism. However, I think that clubs should go that extra mile to entertain. Anything less is short-changing the fans, imo. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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