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    Omer Riza - new Cardiff coach?

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/...tment-29406209

    Cardiff City look set to add ex-Watford first-team coach Omer Riza to their coaching staff, WalesOnline understands.

    Erol Bulut has been keen to bolster his backroom team this summer and indeed it was one of his stipulations when he was in talks to agree a new two-year deal with the Bluebirds.

    Cardiff had held talks with former City first-team coach James Rowberry over returning to the club, however last week we were told a deal could not get over the line.

    But the club do appear to be closing in on adding someone to their coaching staff and that comes in the form of Omer Riza, whose most recent role was as part of the first-team staff at Vicarage Road under Valerien Ismael.

    Riza had spent six years with the club, joining in August 2018 as part of their academy setup before he progressed through to take the reins as Watford under-23s head coach in 2019. He was added to Ismael's coaching staff last summer but left when the manager was sacked back in March.

    Riza juggled much of his time with Watford with his role at the English FA, where he held the position of England under-17s assistant coach from 2019 and 2023, until he was promoted to first-team duties by the Hornets.

    His previous role at Leyton Orient, predominantly in the youth-team setup before he stepped up to take on the role as assistant manager at the end of the 2016/17 season.

    Having come through the Arsenal academy, Riza's playing career saw him take in no fewer than 16 clubs. The 44-year-old was a striker in his playing days and it is understood Cardiff hope he will add to their attacking struggles, which have been evident in recent seasons, particularly from open play.

    Part of Riza's duties while in the England setup was being charge of "in-possession" play, which, it is hoped, will help Cardiff boost their scoring numbers outside of set pieces and help to nail down the attacking identity Bulut wants to implement.

    Riza also has a Turkish connection, too, which will doubtless help in him building a strong relationship with Bulut and the coaching staff. The London-born coach had great success playing for Denizlispor and Trabzonspor and even turned out for Turkey's under-23s during the early part of his career.

    Cardiff finished the table rock bottom for goals scored from open play last year. Their tally of 25 was beaten by relegated Rotherham United (26), Huddersfield Town (32) and Birmingham City (38). They also ranked in the bottom five for shots and xG from open play.

    It is hoped Riza's expertise can help to inflate those numbers next season, while also boosting the club's "control zones", helping them become more dominant further up the pitch, something they struggled to do for much of last season.

    There could well be other changes on the club's coaching staff, with one potentially leaving and another coming in to give City's bench a new look next term.

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    Thank you for wading through the utter shite that is the Wales Online website to report what it was they were trying to convey.

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    Watford were rubbish under Valerien Ismael, so let's hope this guy has a more positive impact here than he did there if he ends up coming to City.

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    Following his sacking by Watford, Riza said: “Obviously very disappointed with the decision to be relieved of my position at Watford. I felt I was the person for continuity at the club since being there for six years. Maybe it should have been my time to take the team and continue on the journey that I love.

    “For whatever reason, it wasn’t to be and it hurts, but I need to take it all onto my next objective. Looking for a Head Coach position where I can apply my processes, my experience, my knowledge and above all my humility.”

    He sounds very humble...


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Gunman View Post
    Following his sacking by Watford, Riza said: “Obviously very disappointed with the decision to be relieved of my position at Watford. I felt I was the person for continuity at the club since being there for six years. Maybe it should have been my time to take the team and continue on the journey that I love.

    “For whatever reason, it wasn’t to be and it hurts, but I need to take it all onto my next objective. Looking for a Head Coach position where I can apply my processes, my experience, my knowledge and above all my humility.”

    He sounds very humble...

    Shrewd.

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    Let's get behind him

    Bluebirds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Gunman View Post
    Following his sacking by Watford, Riza said: “Obviously very disappointed with the decision to be relieved of my position at Watford. I felt I was the person for continuity at the club since being there for six years. Maybe it should have been my time to take the team and continue on the journey that I love.

    “For whatever reason, it wasn’t to be and it hurts, but I need to take it all onto my next objective. Looking for a Head Coach position where I can apply my processes, my experience, my knowledge and above all my humility.”

    He sounds very humble...

    Not like you to be sarcastic about these things

    Have you fallen out of bed ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    Not like you to be sarcastic about these things

    Have you fallen out of bed ?
    Thing is sludge, I would have thought that everyone will want this bloke to do well. He won't change the players we have or give them more ability, but he might notice things about their game that could benefit them. That's what good coaches do. They ain't going to make mature footballers touch better, or cast the awareness wand. We just don't know anything about him. I'd love to see our forward players play with more intelligence, awareness, look like they're reading the game.

    The mistake people make ( in my opinion) is that a forward is only as good as the service provided, true to a point, but they can show us that they can play even if they aren't scoring goals. Etete a point in question with some on here.

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    Why do I feel suitably underwhelmed. Is it the new law that any new recruit for any position at the club must now have a Turkish connection…..

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    Really makes little difference who the coaches are unless the tactics change. Maybe he influence Bulut, but probably not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undercoverinwurzelland View Post
    Really makes little difference who the coaches are unless the tactics change. Maybe he influence Bulut, but probably not.
    This is how I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undercoverinwurzelland View Post
    Really makes little difference who the coaches are unless the tactics change. Maybe he influence Bulut, but probably not.
    I'm not sure I agree - it's not as though the tactic is to be useless in attack on purpose

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    I’m not sure he is really being brought in by City to “add to their attacking struggles”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    I'm not sure I agree - it's not as though the tactic is to be useless in attack on purpose
    I agree with that. We are all aware of the tactics employed by Bulut, but i'm a firm believer in players having the ability to at least show us that they're capable. That doesn't have to mean goals, which seems to be the barometer on here. A lack of goals can be put down to tactics, but poor decision making, poor touch, lack of awareness, the inability to hold the ball up or draw fouls and use what a player can under the restraints of Bulut's tactics aren't really discussed. It's as simple as a lack of service means that out forward players can't really be judged. That is complete nonsense and airs on the side of taking responsibility away from the players and completely putting it at the feet of the manager, because that line suits some people.

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    Interestingly while at Leyton Orient he stated he was a big fan of Conte's 3-4-3 system. Orient played it quite a bit.
    Basically
    3 centre backs - one playing deeper almost as a sweeper
    2 very attacking wing backs.
    2 ball winning / defensive midfielders.
    1 centre forward/ number 9/ target man
    2 creative fowards/ attacking midfielders.

    Something like:
    ............Hovarth
    ............Goutas
    .........Ng..........McG
    Tanner..Siopis..Ralls..o'dowda
    .....Colwill.....Ramsey
    ............Moore!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    I'm not sure I agree - it's not as though the tactic is to be useless in attack on purpose
    No, but there's been too much emphasis on attacking players, Colwill for example, coming deep to defend rather than concentrating on attacking, and on wingers playing on the wrong side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    Thing is sludge, I would have thought that everyone will want this bloke to do well. He won't change the players we have or give them more ability, but he might notice things about their game that could benefit them. That's what good coaches do. They ain't going to make mature footballers touch better, or cast the awareness wand. We just don't know anything about him. I'd love to see our forward players play with more intelligence, awareness, look like they're reading the game.

    The mistake people make ( in my opinion) is that a forward is only as good as the service provided, true to a point, but they can show us that they can play even if they aren't scoring goals. Etete a point in question with some on here.
    I think that colwill has the potential to be a good championship player

    I don't think Etete will ever make it as this level but I would be happy to be wrong

    That's it

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    I think that colwill has the potential to be a good championship player

    I don't think Etete will ever make it as this level but I would be happy to be wrong

    That's it
    Etete-No chance. Colwil-I still can't get my head around him, He perplexes me. Add some goals and assists, then yeah, we hae something on our hands, without that then he reminds me of someone who is really good at football but doesn't know how to 'Play' it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    Etete-No chance. Colwil-I still can't get my head around him, He perplexes me. Add some goals and assists, then yeah, we hae something on our hands, without that then he reminds me of someone who is really good at football but doesn't know how to 'Play' it.
    Sounds to me like you have done a pretty good job of getting your head around him. We all hope there is still time to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Buchanan View Post
    Sounds to me like you have done a pretty good job of getting your head around him. We all hope there is still time to learn.
    He's a good player in possession and he's improved of the ball as well, although I do feel a bit sorry for him in that respect as it's not natural to him. He's our only really creative outlet and I can't see that changing anytime soon . The club has a responsibility in getting the best out of him and Colwill has a responsibility in making things count more often than it does with him.

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    I’m much more sympathetic towards our strikers (actually, apart from when Lamouchi was playing any two out of Kaba, Etete and Wickham together, that should read striker) - they’re left to fend for themselves and I maintain that none of our recent strikers miss bucketloads of simple chances over the course of a season, so that proves the point that we’ve been useless at creating chances from open play for years.

    If you go back to the only striker who has scored goals at what we’d call an acceptable rate, Kieffer Moore had a very good Championship quality attacking midfielder in Harry Wilson helping him out in the season he scored twenty - I accept that none of our recent strikers are as good as Moore, but it can’t be a coincidence that the one season we had a proven Championship quality number ten in the last four, we had a striker who scored more than twice as many as any other striker we’ve had in that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Im much more sympathetic towards our strikers (actually, apart from when Lamouchi was playing any two out of Kaba, Etete and Wickham together, that should read striker) - theyre left to fend for themselves and I maintain that none of our recent strikers miss bucketloads of simple chances over the course of a season, so that proves the point that weve been useless at creating chances from open play for years.

    If you go back to the only striker who has scored goals at what wed call an acceptable rate, Kieffer Moore had a very good Championship quality attacking midfielder in Harry Wilson helping him out in the season he scored twenty - I accept that none of our recent strikers are as good as Moore, but it cant be a coincidence that the one season we had a proven Championship quality number ten in the last four, we had a striker who scored more than twice as many as any other striker weve had in that time.
    Agree with all of that, and pretty much all of us know that chances to score goals is scarce. But what about the things that they can influence Bob, there's more to playing in an advanced role than just scoring goals, especially in a team like ours. Do you have the sames thought on defenders, they're just there to defend? I'm not knocking it Bob, just curious

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undercoverinwurzelland View Post
    No, but there's been too much emphasis on attacking players, Colwill for example, coming deep to defend rather than concentrating on attacking, and on wingers playing on the wrong side.
    Im not sure how a coach, coming in to work for a manager is going to change the managers philosophy, like you point out he's already got his way of playing. Even if they end up being coached differently in training and take on mew ideas they've still got to play the way the manager tells them to on match day.

    I hope things change, I just don't see how one new man is going to change anything as theres still the same man calling the shots.

    Wales online did this last year, weren't we told we had an exciting attacking possession based football manager coming in? it came from Dalman or WOL one of the sources. They just like to hype up all the idiots that buy into the crap they say, it gets them clicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    I agree with that. We are all aware of the tactics employed by Bulut, but i'm a firm believer in players having the ability to at least show us that they're capable. That doesn't have to mean goals, which seems to be the barometer on here. A lack of goals can be put down to tactics, but poor decision making, poor touch, lack of awareness, the inability to hold the ball up or draw fouls and use what a player can under the restraints of Bulut's tactics aren't really discussed. It's as simple as a lack of service means that out forward players can't really be judged. That is complete nonsense and airs on the side of taking responsibility away from the players and completely putting it at the feet of the manager, because that line suits some people.
    Goals isn't the barometer for all of us, I want to see the potential to improve our play, if its a work in progress and going to take some time so be it. This win at all costs NOW mentality is spoiling football.

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    Excellent

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