Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html en-gb 30 Wed 28 Jan 2015 06:38:45 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=97#comment41 reply to no 37Nice to hear from you again.Yes it was a great start under alan and lets hope it continues. Mon 18 Jan 2010 15:40:14 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=95#comment40 reply to no 36The average on a bleep test is around the 14.5 mark and for the yoyo test its around 21/22. both very hard if you do them right and the lads here did really well in them. Mon 18 Jan 2010 15:38:05 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=92#comment39 reply to no 35Thankyou. I thought that was the best performance of the season so far and what a time to happen. Effort, commitment and full of spirit and desire. The fans were amazing. You never stopped singing all the way through and it seemed to spurr us on. keep it up on the terraces and we will keep it up on the pitch. Mon 18 Jan 2010 15:36:01 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=90#comment38 reply to no 33Thats not a bad score after the christmas period. Everybodys heart rates are diffrent so you have to work to the maximum your body can take you to. Otherwise the test is useless and you will get a false reading of how fit you are. Minimum heartrate before you start will be around 70-80 then will rise the harder the test gets. my maximum is around 195 so i have to keep going until i reach that. Mon 18 Jan 2010 15:32:55 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=88#comment37 reply to no 31Thanx for letting me know about the hotel. I dont really stay around sheffield much as i live in manchester so couldnt tell you where to go sorry. Mon 18 Jan 2010 15:28:27 GMT+1 german_owl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=85#comment36 Hi Mickey,this is the german lad from the steam room - do you remember??Wish you and the whole team a great year 2010.I followed everything that went on at Hillsborough the last weeks.It was a typical development in football. You're not winning over a couple of weeks and it is only a matter of time that the manager is being sacked. Not because Brian made big mistakes, but just to have a different and new momentum.Good to see that it worked out in the first match for Alan and the team.Very very important win this 2-1 at Barnsley.Congratulations.Of course my friends and me are also happy to see you playing again after this long period. That paid out too by crossing the ball for the first goal. Well done!!!Seeing you playing against Cardiff end september made us dreaming of more than being down in the relegation area, but now you have really a hard piece of work in front of you. We here in Bochum cross our fingers and which you all what is needed to end the season in a more comfortable zone.We stay tuned - til the next timeTaraErnst Sun 17 Jan 2010 19:12:46 GMT+1 Tom http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=83#comment35 I'm just wondering what the average bleep test and yoyo test results were for the majority of players.And do you have these tests often? It seems like alot of the championship clubs are focusing alot more on fitness now(Which is a good thing). Sun 17 Jan 2010 14:57:34 GMT+1 Louisa http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=80#comment34 Good to see you back on the pitch today and wow !!! what an afternoon , absolutely brilliant !!! Fantastic stuff you lot, bring on Tuesday :-) Sat 16 Jan 2010 23:36:59 GMT+1 adie1985 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=78#comment33 That is meant to say *Didnt do my street cred any good*.... not using spell checker I'm sure will do the same.... Fri 15 Jan 2010 15:35:31 GMT+1 adie1985 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=76#comment32 Excellent blog again. I have just completed the bleep test at the school I work at, and thought after the Christmas break it would be worth a bash, with no football games being on at the level I play at! Unfortunatley, mustering up a measley 11.2, and being beaten by a 13yr old boy, did do my street cred any good! So for the sake of my students and understanding their heart rate and so on: what details could you give me on your resting heart rate, your optimal heart rate that you run at, and your completion heart rate - before you felt slightly queasy!Good luck for the weekends game and the rest of the season. Fri 15 Jan 2010 15:14:44 GMT+1 vivamexico http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=73#comment31 Michael,You need to help get the players behind the new manager. Without a serious committment from every man, it will look the same come May as it does now. Fri 15 Jan 2010 00:13:12 GMT+1 Harmy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=71#comment30 Micky - Reply to No 17 ^The one I was thinking of is actually in Glossop, just as you drop down from the hills. Definately recommend it.Just out of interest, where abouts do you go when your in Sheffield?Any good places I could try? Thu 14 Jan 2010 20:23:42 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=69#comment29 reply to no 17 Thankyou for the comments and lets hope its a good year for us. Might have to try that hotel if i ever get stuck over in sheffield. Take care and keep cheering us on. Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:25:45 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=66#comment28 reply to no 16Ive been lucky in that respect. Peter reid was very hands on but also listened to what his coaches had to say also. Martin o neil wouldnt get involved to much but we all know what a great manager he is. He gets his point across in a diffrent way and it works just fine. top top manager. Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:22:00 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=64#comment27 reply to no 15I wrote a blog saying thankyou to brian and i also spoke and txt him saying exactly the same thing. He read my blog and thanked me for it. I have a great relationship with him and hope he does well in his new job. What else would you like me to do??? Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:18:27 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=61#comment26 reply to no 14Never been out of the top two in my whole career in the bleep test and thats the truth. I think it was being videoed for the website when we did it so take a look and you will see who won. Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:15:10 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=59#comment25 reply to no 10The top three were Myself james o connor and lewis buxton. There were no forefits as the lads all did great and the fittness coach was very happy with the results. Really pleased for brian and russ and i hope he keeps burnley in the premiership. Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:11:12 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=57#comment24 reply to no 8Well when a new manager walks through the door the slate is clean. everybody is out to impress him. So you can imagine how intense the training has been this week. We all want to be in the starting eleven and it will be a tough decision for the gaffa but that can only be a good thing. Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:07:29 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=54#comment23 reply to no 7Hello thereIt was a yoyo test wich is a little diffrent to a bleep test but very hard just the same.Everyone did great and the average was around level 22 so the fitness coach was very happy. Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:03:58 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=52#comment22 reply to no 6The top 5 was Me,james o connor, tommy spurr, lewis buxton and sean mcalister.Not sure who went out first but jj will have been close or maybe one of our keepers although granty is very fit for a keeper. I got to level 24 wich is very tough. Thu 14 Jan 2010 18:01:37 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=50#comment21 reply to no 5Hi Kirstie,Lets hope our new gaffa doesnt hold it against me for scoring against his old club, haha. Im not sure who went out of the bleep test first but i do know was last man standing. ME!!! Theres still life in the old dog yet. Although i was sick at the end of it. Thu 14 Jan 2010 17:56:59 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=47#comment20 reply to no 4Hello there, Thanx for the best wishes.I think only time will tell whether brian does a good job or not but i wish him all the very best. He was great to me from the moment i walked through the door at wednsday and i really do hope he can keep burnley in the premiership. Thu 14 Jan 2010 17:53:32 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=45#comment19 reply to no 3Yes i think you can see the confidence flowing back through the players so now we have to make sure we take it to the games with us. From what i have seen so far i am very impressed. Thu 14 Jan 2010 17:50:32 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=42#comment18 reply to no 2I cant speak about what goes on at burnley but im sure brian will do a great job there and lets hope our new gaffa does the same for wednsday. Hes enthusiastic and wants to be a winner wich is exactly what we need in charge at this great club. Thu 14 Jan 2010 17:47:44 GMT+1 Michael Gray http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=40#comment17 reply to no 1Happy new tear to you.Yes we have to hit the ground running straight away and we have a great game against barnsley to get the ball rolling so to speak. Training has been great so far so lets hope we take it into the games coming up. Thu 14 Jan 2010 17:43:37 GMT+1 Harmy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=38#comment16 Hi MickyGreat to see back on here, your blogs are brilliant and I very much enjoy reading them every week!I am a big fan of yours and admire the way you put yourself about on the pitch. You always give 100% and it’s nice to see someone with so much passion and commitment, not only for football but for Wednesday too.I know things have been tough recently but I’m sticking with you all the way and I’m sure things will change for the better soon. January is a big month though, hope to see you back playing. I am delighted with Alan’s appointment and wish all those involved all the best.I noticed that you travel over the Snake Pass or Woodhead to get over to Sheffield but imagine it’s been a bit tricky lately with all the snow. As you mentioned you sometimes go to a hotel for something to eat, I thought I’d let you know of a good little place I have stayed at that you might like to try. It’s tucked away at the foot of the Snake Pass opposite the golf course and I’m sure they could sort you out with a meal as well! It’s nice and quiet and out of the way, perfect for a bit of R&R.Let’s hope things will turn round soon and there’s no better place to start than Barnsley. Good luck with the rest of the season, I’ll be supporting you all the way and keep up the great blogs.Cheers Micky Thu 14 Jan 2010 17:06:56 GMT+1 mackem_in_exile http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=35#comment15 You describe Alan Irvine as a training ground manager. Which managers that you have worked with over the (many) years have also been realn training ground men? And are there any managers you have worked with who have not spent a lot of time around training, but still been successful?Good luck for the rest of the season, hope there a few more of these interesting blogs to come. Thu 14 Jan 2010 16:13:16 GMT+1 RubberNutz http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=33#comment14 Nothing to say about Brian Laws? Congratulations perhaps? Interesting. Thu 14 Jan 2010 13:08:02 GMT+1 blue_haze http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=30#comment13 Yeah come on Michael- tell the truth: did you lose the bleep test cos you're an old git? Thu 14 Jan 2010 12:52:08 GMT+1 deano http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=28#comment12 Alan Irvine's blue and white army...That'll have to be the first song chanted @ Barnsssssssley on sat'day.Point now is: Irvine's here, so lets get behind him and get our beloved Wednesday going in the right direction, he will be judged after X amount of games and whether we are better off than we are now.Also and vital is that the players must rise to the appointment and occasion straight away and play for their shirts or basically 'get gone' elsewhere.ps. Good luck Brian...(the life of) Thu 14 Jan 2010 12:36:22 GMT+1 bobren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=26#comment11 ...............or has the Chairman removed that one ? Thu 14 Jan 2010 11:50:29 GMT+1 bobren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=23#comment10 " Another half-baked round of managerial musical chairs:• Owen Coyle moves from Burnley to Bolton Wanderers• Brian Laws, previously of Sheffield Wednesday, takes over at Burnley• Alan Irvine, sacked by Preston North End, takes over at Sheffield Wednesday.• Darren Ferguson, previously with Peterborough United, appointed manager by Preston North End. ".....................So, by extrapolation, the good Burghers of Peter have a certain Mr Gary Megson to look forward to ! ?? Good Luck them ! Thu 14 Jan 2010 11:46:22 GMT+1 Chris http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=21#comment9 hey mickey, good to hear from you again, gota say the FA cup 3rd round was one of the worst performances ive seen.Hoping Alan can help get the team going the right way, who came top 3 in the shuttle and bleep test? and is there a forfit for coming last? and lastly what are your thoughts on Brian ending up at Burnley? Thu 14 Jan 2010 11:18:42 GMT+1 R Nair http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=19#comment8 Another half-baked round of managerial musical chairs:• Owen Coyle moves from Burnley to Bolton Wanderers• Brian Laws, previously of Sheffield Wednesday, takes over at Burnley• Alan Irvine, sacked by Preston North End, takes over at Sheffield Wednesday.• Darren Ferguson, previously with Peterborough United, appointed manager by Preston North End.In a different chronological order of course.http://footballinsights.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/manager-go-round-a-complete-circle/#comment-591 Thu 14 Jan 2010 10:40:54 GMT+1 Cyril http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=16#comment7 It's nice to see another blog up again, it seems an age since you've had one up. It seems Brian Laws was sacked at a decent time really, and Wednesday have got lucky that someone like Irvine became available. Preston we're silly to sack him, and i'm sure that Wednesday will reap the rewards now they've appointed him.I wish him, you and Sheffield Wednesday all the best for the rest of the season. Last thing I want to see is a Yorkshire club relegated. Hopefully Reading will take your place in the relegation zone.Although Reading played really well last night against Liverpool I think their cup run can only be seen as a good thing from your point of view. Cup runs do tend to have an effect on League form it seems, I know theirs hasn't been great but hopefully it'll stay that way.With a new manager in, what sort of pressure if any, is there on the players to get that first result?Keep up the blogs, they're always good reading. Thu 14 Jan 2010 09:54:05 GMT+1 horgan88 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=14#comment6 What did you get in the bleep test? What was the average? What was the best? Thu 14 Jan 2010 09:49:04 GMT+1 danielchown http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=11#comment5 What level did you achieve in the bleep test Michael?Who were the top 5 / bottom 5 performers?I'm not very good at it as I'm a bit of a beer monster myself. Thu 14 Jan 2010 09:00:29 GMT+1 kirstie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=9#comment4 Your goal against Preston this season will do you no harm in Alans team selection, i would like to see you on the left side at some stage this season, Brian Laws is interesting appointment what do you think? By the way the bleep tests are really good who was the first to go out? and who was the last man standing please? UP THE OWLS Thu 14 Jan 2010 08:21:15 GMT+1 blackcatG http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=7#comment3 Another good read, I have been following your blog for a couple of months now and am a Sunderland fan currently staying in South Africa. I would like to wish you all well for the rest of the season. how do you think Brian Laws will do at Burnley? it seems like a strange appiontment to me and one that seems as though they are preparing themselves for life in the Championship next season. Thu 14 Jan 2010 06:42:54 GMT+1 Owl_n_Hunter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=4#comment2 Good to hear from you again, with another good blog. The recent weather must be just as frustrating as being injured if not more so, all geared up to go to training and then finding yourself unable to go, I know personally ( and ok i only play 5-a-side for a bit of fun) when it get cancelled due to unplayable conditions i feel worse then when I'm injured and cant play.Also iv heard that Alan is a man who resorts self belief in his players have you found yourself regaining that confidence, or is that something that comes when you get a new manager as your way to drive yourself into his plans?Anyway hopefully this can be a good year for the blue and white wizards and Alan can produce the magic he created at Preston.Good luck Michael, hope to see you reeling in those 3 points for us Thu 14 Jan 2010 00:41:53 GMT+1 Feel MaDullTie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=2#comment1 Alan Irvine was very unlucky to be sacked from Preston. He was just on a bad run of results, but unfortunately managers are not given time any more to turn things round.I think Irvine is the right man for the job at Hillsborough and did brilliantly helping Moyes at Everton. However not all assistants make good managers (Kidd, Quieroz, McLaren). I think he needs to have a bit of a clearout and get rid of players like Jeffers who seems to have lost interest in football several years ago. How many goals has he got since he joined Arsenal. Has he got into double figures?Laws has landed firmly on his feet at Burnley but may have only got the job as no compensation had to be paid. Burnley's chairman seems reluctant to spend any money. Thu 14 Jan 2010 00:22:30 GMT+1 wednesdaymorgs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/michaelgray/2010/01/irvine.html?page=0#comment0 Good to have you back, was beginning to wonder today that it had been a while since your last blog! Although you're unwilling to say what Alan's made our targets for the season I'm guessing it's a tight home record, a solid January and 53 points for survival. It will be interesting to see what team Alan puts out on Saturday and how the players respond to him. As you said what's Preston's loss is certainly our gain, although it seems Brian's sacking could be the best thing to have happened to him too!! Quite a bizarre appointment but most Wednesday fans wish him all the best. Here's hoping for a solid start to the 2010 championship fixtures against Barnsley in what is a huge huge month for us. Wed 13 Jan 2010 23:54:03 GMT+1