George Parris: Our build-up play has been too slow with our sideways passes

There have been calls from a growing number of fans for David Moyes to be sacked

There have been calls from a growing number of fans for David Moyes to be sacked now that the Premier League season has paused for the World Cup. The advantage of such a move – as Southampton hope after replacing Ralph Hasenhuttl with Nathan Jones – is the new boss would get time to work with those not in Qatar before domestic duties return towards the end of December.

It’d also give a new manager a chance to assess what players he might need to sign in January. But David Moyes was the man we turned to on two occasions to drag us out of the mire and I think he’s got what it takes to get us back on track.

I think a good number of those calling for his sacking have perhaps had their judgement clouded by Palace’s last-minute winner. I don’t think they would have been heading to that game wanting Moyes to get the sack.

I honestly think he has done well for us but he will know that everything in football is judged by results. It’s not just at our club where supporters are calling for their manager to be sacked.  

Leicester City – our final opponents before the season paused for the World Cup – could have sacked Rodgers but they didn’t and now they are in a higher position than us. All managers know that it’s the nature of the beast and that everything can change quickly in football.

And while I have been surprised with some of the manager sackings, that’s the way football has become now. Clubs press the panic button even when it’s not always the best option. Every weekend, when you look at all the top four leagues, you can see that there are probably four or five managers thinking if they don’t get a good result and performance this weekend, their job could be in trouble.

And it does seem to be at least one manager getting the chop every weekend.   Just look at what happened at Championship side Wigan, they sacked manager Leam Richardson just three weeks after handing him a new three-year contract.

I’ve said it before in my column and I’ll say it again, football really is about those fine lines. You fall on the wrong side of those lines for a few games and suddenly you are three or four games without a win, and the pressure is on.

There was a good feeling around the place after our final European group game where the youngsters got a run out and everything looked rosy on Thursday night. But then we concede a late goal at home against Palace and you’re brought right back down to Earth again.

Against Palace, I felt like we started too slow. It’s been the same for a number of games this season. If someone came into the stadium and didn’t know anything about football, and watched our first half, they would have thought Palace were at home because of how we were both playing.

And then against Liverpool and Manchester United, we have had games where we have been giving the other side too much respect. With the Palace game – no disrespect to them – but the onus was on us to take the game to them.

You have got to hit the ground running, get a few tackles in early doors. The build up is so slow from us that the opposition is able to get players behind the ball. Our players should be looking to play forward but watching some of our most recent games and that’s not always the case, they are playing sideways or backwards.

I feel like if you’re in the final third, you have licence to take someone on or get a cross in.   If you cross it in and there’s no one there, that’s not on you, that’s on your teammates for not making sure they were in the box.

Leicester was such an important game because it was the final one before the World Cup.   If we’d won then there would have been a feel good factor and we’d be looking up the table again. But getting beat and now we’re looking over our shoulder and downwards.

Speaking of the World Cup, and I hope England will do OK but I must admit that I’m not fully across it all yet. You’d think we should have enough to get out of the group and then it’s knockout football from there and anything can happen.

And just like David Moyes, there has been a clamber from some for Gareth Southgate to get the sack, and if they don’t get out of the group then he is in a lot of trouble.

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