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Sweeting

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Take this with a pinch of salt, but, what do you think? I am not sure.
And do you have any ideas who should replace Dr Massey?
I don't think many people will be able to give particularly useful feedback on this kind of thing but I vaguely remember him getting praise for his work at Arsenal and the Lions Rugby team.
 

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Uniformed criticism eh? Police uniform? Nurses uniform? We demand to know where it’s coming from!

Calling the Liverpool Echo. Is there a sub-editor on staff these days?
 

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PS - just saw the background to this, and Steve Nicol was downplaying the value of the throw-in coach.

I loved Nicol as a full back. Left, right, no bother. Great defender and got up there and weighed in with goals too, before we even fully knew what an attacking fullback was. Moved to the States after finishing playing, coached a while, then settled into the TV studio. He generally offers good value but as the years passed he also comes out with some bollocks, that either seems uncharitable or, more likely, just the sayings of a man who looks a bit out of his time.
 

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he also comes out with some bollocks, that either seems uncharitable or, more likely, just the sayings of a man who looks a bit out of his time.
Seems it's much more this lately, but that could be said of the entire ESPNFC crew (is it an American sports coverage thing?). Generally an unhelpful bunch.
 

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It's not just Nicol, Andy Gray has also shared his contempt for a throw in coach.

Personally I think it has a lot of merit and throw-ins can be used to great advantage, especially from a quick throw in.

Sometimes I wonder if we're waiting until the opposition are fully composed before we throw the ball in. I'm not so interested in a long throw-in where it's 50/50 that we win it, but more a quick one before the opposition can compose themselves.
 

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It's not just Nicol, Andy Gray has also shared his contempt for a throw in coach.

Personally I think it has a lot of merit and throw-ins can be used to great advantage, especially from a quick throw in.

Sometimes I wonder if we're waiting until the opposition are fully composed before we throw the ball in. I'm not so interested in a long throw-in where it's 50/50 that we win it, but more a quick one before the opposition can compose themselves.
Agree entirely - there is an average of 40 - 50 throw ins per game - anything that can give you an edge in a game is worthwhile.
 

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Good luck to Critch. Blackpool have been a mess for a while, but that seems to be behind them now. New manager, new start. Couple of months to bed in then the hard work starts in August.

I'll be interested to see how he gets on.
For his sake, I hope the Oystens have sold it.
 

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I have no objection to a throw in coach but over the years have seen teams gain great advantage with quick throws, long throws and throw ins involving clever movement of players. All of them were obviously practiced on the training ground and as far as I know there were no specialist throw in coaches involved. Maybe the modern coaches are so taken up with working on skills and different tactics that they have not bothered with throw ins. Maybe there are one or two things that used to be considered basics that have been forgotten as well, like improving a players weaker foot.
 

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Ornstein: Liverpool miss out on Arsenal doctor

The difficulty faced by teams competing for multiple trophies was underlined recently when Liverpool encountered their first setbacks of an otherwise dominant campaign.

Across 11 days, Jurgen Klopp’s men lost an unbeaten Premier League record, were knocked out of the FA Cup and saw their Champions League defence come to an end, while the coronavirus pandemic makes it unclear how their charge to a first top-flight title in 30 years will conclude.

And it is not only on the pitch that the Anfield club are going through a challenging spell but behind the scenes, too, where a separate predicament has arisen at an untimely moment.

It has been known since December that their head of medical services Andrew Massey would move to become medical director at world football’s governing body FIFA on March 1, and an agreement was struck for the Northern Irishman to be replaced by his Arsenal counterpart Gary O’Driscoll.

However, The Athletic understands a late change of heart from O’Driscoll means he will now be staying in London and Liverpool have had to resume a process that was almost complete.

With a doctor from another Premier League side known to have turned down an approach for talks, the European champions will continue meeting candidates for the position.

In the interim, academy doctor Jim Moxon has stepped up to the first team and immediately finds himself responsible for coordinating Liverpool’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak. He is supported by other medical staff including Philipp Jacobsen and Sarah Lindsay, who is Massey’s wife.

Previously, Moxon reported to Massey and Massey to sporting director Michael Edwards, who is leading this recruitment operation alongside Jacobsen rather than using headhunters.

Massey joined Liverpool in 2013 as academy doctor and was promoted to the senior set-up permanently two years later, ahead of Klopp’s appointment as manager in October 2015.

O’Driscoll’s decision to remain with Arsenal comes as a surprise after the Englishman submitted his resignation in January and the club advertised for a successor and conducted interviews.

Impassioned pleas by technical director Edu and head coach Mikel Arteta, in particular, helped convince the former Ireland rugby union medic not to leave. The development is seen across the industry as something of a coup, given the regard in which O’Driscoll is held.

His role in charge of Arsenal’s preparations for — and handling of — coronavirus have been lauded internally and, although Arteta’s positive test last week contributed to the suspension of English football, there have been no further cases reported among club employees to date.
 

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His role in charge of Arsenal’s preparations for — and handling of — coronavirus have been lauded internally and, although Arteta’s positive test last week contributed to the suspension of English football, there have been no further cases reported among club employees to date.
They make it sounds like its Arteta's fault for stopping football.

Harsh and funny at the same time
 

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The Arsenal medical department has gone through a lot of significant upheaval in the last 18 months. It's not a massive surprise that the club would be capable of persuading O'Driscoll to change his mind in the circumstances.

I agree with @Sweeting that he's probably off at some point but in the circumstances pleas of "Gary...not now, please" would have dissuaded him for a number of reasons.
 

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I just love Mona, she is amazing and she has so much knowledge about food nutrition and how they help the body, immune system and the brain. I hope she writes a nutrition book one day.
 

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Ornstein:

Liverpool re-sign Gerrard’s favourite medic

Liverpool might not be planning to recruit heavily during the summer transfer window but they have already secured one acquisition in preparation for the 2020-21 season, with Chris Morgan departing his role as head of physiotherapy at Arsenal to rejoin the Anfield medical department.

Morgan spent a decade at Liverpool and when he exited in 2016, the former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wrote on social media: “My opinion is he is the BEST there is, the BEST there was, and the BEST there will ever be. Thanks to Chris Morgan for keeping my body together for 10 years.”

Following spells with the Football Association, LA Galaxy and Crystal Palace, Morgan moved to Arsenal in 2018 and has worked as the “run-on” physio under Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta.

Morgan will switch clubs once the campaign has finished and inherit the duties of first-team physiotherapist Christopher Rohrbeck in a department led by Lee Nobes. Rohrbeck is heading back to his native Germany for family reasons and Liverpool are delighted to be replacing him with Morgan, viewing this as rectifying a mistake they made by letting him go in the first place.

With his family still based locally, Morgan’s return to the recently-crowned Premier League champions has been anticipated for some time and will be welcomed by the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, who previously enjoyed a strong relationship with the Englishman.
 

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Glad a valued member of staff is returning in Morgan.

I read the other day though we're still lacking a club doctor, and have been for some time. Anyone with any idea why we're not refilling that role?
 

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Glad a valued member of staff is returning in Morgan.

I read the other day though we're still lacking a club doctor, and have been for some time. Anyone with any idea why we're not refilling that role?
Our primary target the one from Arsenal (best in field) had agreed to come and did a u-turn at the 11th hour. So probably going through the process again.
 

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Our primary target the one from Arsenal (best in field) had agreed to come and did a u-turn at the 11th hour. So probably going through the process again.
His name was Dr Gary O'driscoll,lets be honest here,if right now you're asked if you'd rather be at LFC or Arsenal and you chose Arsenal,you need to give your head a fucking good wobble,after the choice he made,if he was our club Doctor,i'd be asking for a second opinion.
 

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His name was Dr Gary O'driscoll,lets be honest here,if right now you're asked if you'd rather be at LFC or Arsenal and you chose Arsenal,you need to give your head a fucking good wobble,after the choice he made,if he was our club Doctor,i'd be asking for a second opinion.
Maybe his wife prefers shopping in London.
 

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His name was Dr Gary O'driscoll,lets be honest here,if right now you're asked if you'd rather be at LFC or Arsenal and you chose Arsenal,you need to give your head a fucking good wobble,after the choice he made,if he was our club Doctor,i'd be asking for a second opinion.
Or maybe there are other circumstances that prompted the u-turn. You know, stuff beyond which football club is higher in the league.