There is still a debate going on on mancityblues about this issue.
Here canadablue speaks out for Joe:
Looks like you've all got your way with the incessant criticising - Hart was dropped for the Norwich game.
I think it's ridiculous and how is he supposed to "fight for his place"? I hope his confidence isn't totally ruined by this and he feels he has to move. So easy to blame the goalie. Why not the same level of scapegoating against Zabaleta, Garcia, Clichy, Nasri, Nastasic and the others who have been well below par recently?
Don't you think Joe isn't totally gutted by some of what's happened? Believe me, every goalie goes over and over in his mind the goals he lets in and Joe has faced a bad and constantly changing defence in front of him and changes from zonal to man-to-man marking and a new goalie coach. I see nothing positive coming out of his sitting on the bench. The 3 goalies will go thrpough their usual training with the keeper coach and play in practice games, but Joe has faced a barrage of criticism, far beyond what he deserves, from press, commentators and, recently, fans, who seem to think that further humiliating him will improve his game. Exactly how? He has every physical attribute, is getting great experience, knows the defenders backwards (and some of them have been very backwards,) is a popular figure in the dressing room, and his sitting on the bench will not, I think personally, do anything but harm to a man who must be totally sick of criticism. What will he learn from it? The fickleness of people who watch football. But it's all about opinions I guess, though a lot of criticism seems to come from people who have never played or coached keepers and who don't fully understand the stresses of the position. Enough. We'd better not lose him.
I'll shut up. Everyone's got what they want and Pantilimon had an easy game against Norwich.
But a nonsense decision for me.
What do you think? Have your say now on the forum: