Switch the formation to a 3-4-3 diamond. Our current formation requires too many junk players (Buck, Rza, Davis, etc.) to take the field. Stop giving them minutes. Nothing to lose with switching it up at this point.
CF: White (if healthy, or BWP)
Do you have any 'inside locker room information' on this, or is this just complete speculation on your part because supporters don't like Armas and you just assume the players who deal with Armas every single day must feel the same? Have there been any concrete signs that a Royer or a Robles is considering leaving because they don't like the direction of management? Forget Kaku and Long who may be bitter because they want out to move to Latin America or Europe. I'll speculate. I'm betting veteran players on this squad are saying 'we've made so many boneheaded mistakes this season, missed sitters, and spent time ball watching that, despite what I think about Armas and some of his poor tactical decisions, we should easily have an additional 8 or 9 points and be sitting first in the East.' Sometimes players need to man-up too. Maybe the players love Chris.
Do you think Thierry Henry was inspired by Mike Petke? I don't.
Complete speculation, that's why I wrote "could".
Their body language all season though has looked off. If they are thrilled to play for Armas, it can be hard to tell at times.
Maybe they love him. Maybe they don't. But the club is definitely trending backward.
Long has absolutely nothing to complain about. His career was in tatters, this team took him in and now he is a starter on the national team.
If he signed a contract the expectation is that he stays committed the entire time.
The club should not bend over for one player. If he wants to burn bridges and pout because he's not a seventh-string CB on a garbage PL team like West Ham, that's his choice, but the club should not sell Long if they are still trying to make the playoffs.