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David Hopkin

Post by Lexi Collector on Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:53 pm

Can I just take this moment to say a big thank you and well done to our manager David Hopkin.

He took over a club in a complete mess. Turmoil in the boardroom, a manager who'd left an ill-disciplined squad with a lack of quality and inflated egos, and large amounts of (rightly so) abuse and anger from the supporters. Despite this, he's recruited well by the looks of things, and has formed a squad of players who believe and give their all. Not getting carried away, but so far he's turned it around very nicely. This team deserves to be watched by far more supporters.

Well done David Hopkin!
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Post by Liviforever on Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:13 pm

To say i had my doubts about him last season would be putting it mildly. The season we were relegated he made some mind boggling team selections, playing a clearly unfit Cole at Dumbarton (playing Cole at all in fact), Hippo as a FB, big White being put as a winger crossing high balls into a short arsed striker. I could go on....... I was even still a bit unconvinced he'd be able to have us competing in the Championship this season, but he's completely won me over now.

He made some mistakes last season but you could see he learnt from them, by the end of the season he'd got our defence sorted out and we've become a solid looking team that is hard to score against never mind beat.
He didn't have a lot of money to strengthen the team this season with the new guy in charge being all sensible about throwing money around (damn him for his good business sense) and we lost Buchanan, but Robinson and Alexander were fantastic signings. Hopkin also said he didn't want any players that didn't want to be here and fighting for the jersey, and you can see that on the pitch this season.

We'll be punching well above our weight this season compared to the other FT clubs, but our team spirit and work rate/fitness is certainly a leveller when playing teams with bigger finances, as Falkirk just found out.
Have to say this is the best looking Livi team we've had for many a season, no superstars just hard working individuals that are all playing as a team and that is down to the manager and his backroom staff. So aye, well done Hoppy, keep up the good work, cause you're only as good as your last result and fans are hell of a fickle. lol! .
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Liviforever on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:16 pm



Congrats Hoppy.

We've already won our first game in Oct, keep it going and win one for this month too.

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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Durnford on Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:12 pm

Oh bu@@er

And it always works out so well for us doesn't it.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Bertie Bassett on Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:20 pm

Aye, congrats Hoppy.... Pity we'll now lose to United under the terms of the award... Must be under the terms of the award cos I don't believe in curses
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by LiviLion on Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:32 pm

Where can I find odds on him being sacked before the new year?

Asking for a friend.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Bertie Bassett on Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:04 am

At a bookies or online betting site. They pretty much allow anyone to bet on anything these days, so you probably only have to ask.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Liviforever on Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:43 pm

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Re: David Hopkin

Post by LiviLion on Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:49 pm

Dundee Courier saying he's a favourite to take the United job. Hope not.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Bertie Bassett on Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:26 pm

In terms of stepping up a club it would be a good move for him, like it or not United are a bigger club than us, even if he beat them easily enough. Currently I think there is more potential here, so if he did go I'd expect a few attempts to sign some of our players in January. So all in all, I hope they look elsewhere.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Liviforever on Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:52 pm

It would be another manager who has done well in his first job at a smaller club but a gamble taking him at Utd, don't think they want to go down that route again. Plus I think they're looking at offering a short term deal to the end of this season for promotion or bust, Hoppy would be a more long term project, looking to bring in his own players to play how he wants them, don't think this would end well for either of them.
I think they'll go for someone with more experience like McIntyre (hope so anyway).
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Bertie Bassett on Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:34 pm

I hope the go for Hughes....

They got a decent result today. Good to see Falkirk still struggling though.

Dunfermline losing at Caley was a wee bit of a surprise given we won up there but lost in Fife.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Liviforever on Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:39 pm

Dunfermline did well against us last week because we were set up wrong and their winger had a field day, Aird wouldn't get that much joy against a normal back 4. Didn't surprise me that they lost to ICT, Caley jags look a tougher team to play against now too.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by LiviLion on Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:19 pm

Think we're safe, some saying they've offered the job to Alan Stubbs but he's denied any interest last week, and they've also interviewed Csaba Laszlo and John Hughes.

Would absolutely love it if it was John Hughes.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Afro on Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:30 pm

Looks like the Tayside Tangerine Tits are going for Laszlo. Disappointed at that, reckon he'll do a turn for them and they'll probably raise their game a bit. Yogi would've been absolute scenes.

Delighted it's not Hopkin, but if we continue our form, it's only a matter of time before he moves on to bigger and better things. Christ, the way Crystal Palace are going he might be a Championship manager next season still...
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Bertie Bassett on Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:21 pm

Aye Laszlo might just sort them out.

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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Durnford on Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:32 am

The biggest challenge here would be United's own expectations. They seem to believe they should already be running away with the league - and looking at their potential budget there might just be some justification for that.
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Re: David Hopkin

Post by Liviforever on Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:04 am

More to a winning team than a budget though, just look at ours. Utd have journeymen that have been in successful teams but it isn't happening for them, certainly not enough for them to be running away with it. Maybe a new manager can gel them into a well organised machine. Willo Flood is no Shaun Byrne/Scott Pittman/Keaghan Jacobs and he's played in that role, he just runs about a lot kicking opposition players, same with Briels.

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