Neither me nor Mr Peace would have sent that group of players out yesterday to play 442 , would you?
Why would the blame need to be with peace ?, many people nonchalantly throw this out but no one has explained why , the only sort of answer you get is the "spend some money " advocates who do not appear to understand football finances?
if you do not believe that Peace is listening to Clarke just look at the players we have had/ been in for .
Anelka / ex Chelsea
Vydra / played a season for zola/ ex Chelsea and clarkes mate
kalou/ Ex Chelsea
Sinclair / ex Chelsea
it could all be coincidence but do you think so?
and just to make it absolutely clear , I am not judging Clarke on a small timeframe (a bit like how he appears to be judging Rosenberg) but I am including the whole of last season + yesterday.
His choice of formation at times is shocking , his selections at time are shocking and his decision making (or lack of)during the games is a massive concern .
lost us the match when in control v 10 men against man city
screwed up big time away at reading
embarrassed Rosenberg by starting him as a loan striker v stoke
waited until we were 2-0 down in a local derby before putting on the obvious choices to start the match.
played fantastic with 352 v man city away only to not use it again
played fantastic v Southampton/ man u with 433 and then sends the team out yesterday like that .
I genuinely believe that we could of achieved 8th (or better ) without him.
Why would peace need to back him (like he has already ) if he is going to persist with playing players out of position (dorrans) when the natural player for that position (brunt) was fit and ready ?
I'll explain why some blame can apportioned to Peace. As I previously said, the club acknowledged they should have backed Clarke more in the January transfer window as we needed some additions, which did effect us, whether some people want to accept that or not is up to them. I've nowhere suggested that he "needs to spend some money" in fact I've been supportive of how he runs the club. However, we haven't strengthened in the areas that we needed to most before the start of the season and in my opinion, we've gone into the season with a worse squad than last time-partly down to injury/idiocy(Gera/Odemwingie) and partly down to lack of adequate replacements.
You won't find me saying he wasn't poor tactically yesterday. You also won't find me disagreeing on his poor treatment of the Berg, who I quite rate.On the occassions you list, he did get it wrong. I don't think you can include Man utd and Southampton as failures on his part though, surely he should be applauded for using them, criticise him for not then using them again but you've got to praise his decision to use them in the first place, purely to add balance to the argument.
He also got things right on quite a few occassions last year, most notable would be both Southampton games and the Everton home performance. I've mentioned Odemwingie, he was key in two of those. I don't think he should play for the club again(you disagree, I respec that) but I don't think you can argue he hasn't been replaced adequately? It's clear that our best formation is the 4-2-3-1, but Clarke has not had the personnel to play that. Like you say, sometimes he has chosen the wrong players, but could you say that is down to lack of options?