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  1. What were you armed with, Major - quips? one liners? Double entendrès? Mother-in-Law jokes? non-sequiturs? surreal jibberish? Monty Python catch phrases? Two Ronnies style word play? Or just a bit of no-nonsense Dick Emery??
  2. If fit & available I'd go for anyone who was at Brentford, as they seem to know what they are doing there (of late
  3. Sunderland to offer Adam Matthews in a swap deal?
  4. The picture you paint there (SL "taking half-time team talks"??) is frightening, depressing. I hope you're wrong!
  5. When Johnson singled out Magnusson after the Preston defeat, it was in the immediate aftermath of a crushing defeat, a defeat that rubbed out more than half of our GD advantage over Blackburn, who we were then just one point ahead of, with 6 games to play. Johnson was under massive pressure that evening, unprecedented in his career. When under pressure, when really really squeezed, we expose what we are really about, what we really have, when the heat is on, when we can least disguise our weakness. This, remember, was 4 weeks after SL and the board had spoken to LJ about his position, after the Burton game. The heat was on Johnson like never before, and he was talking about the players' "mentality" and singling out Magnusson. In other words, "it's them, not me." Johnson was not protecting his players by taking responsibility himself, that much is clear. People referencing Mourinho and Ferguson need to keep in mind that both had European success - on top of domestic league titles - to their name at the point they were singling out Joe Cole/Beckham. They were both older than Johnson is, too. They already commanded enormous respect from the players they were managing. World of difference.
  6. Every reason (or excuse) put forward by club loyalists (or SL loyalists), those who dislike criticising, too strongly, if at all, the club and our generous but unsuccessful majority owner, every reason - like "football backwater" - can be countered with an example of a club exposing said reason/excuse for the nonsense that it is. Football backwater (players won't come here) - Swansea, Bournemouth (Blackpool, Swindon) Old ground - Blackpool, Swindon, Barnsley, Bournemouth Up against parachute payments - Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Brighton, Hull (first time), Cardiff, Swansea (this list goes on) Up against great clubs like Forest, Wednesday, Leeds etc - not a hindrance to all those mentioned above, and other "lesser" clubs too. It's a tough league - blah blah blah. Yes, it is, let's go back to L1. Think of a reason, an obstacle, and there is a club that has overcome the very same. With the ground as it is now, and all the "mod cons" we now have in place, we really are running out of reasons/excuses. It does require a bit of luck, too, and had we had a big slice of it in 2008, SL might well have had at least one PL season to his name.
  7. @29AR no, you are not alone! The crocked Swede was an interesting one. Another "punt" that did not work out. But this was Johnson's judgement, surely, not the board's doing? Someone on the board might though have asked him: "so, Lee. What happens if Flint breaks a bone in September, and Leeds were right about (the Swede's injury)?"
  8. We averaged 7,200 ("officially") in 83/4, 22A. Not too shabby at that time (Everton averaged 19,300 in Div 1, Stoke 13k in Div 1, Chelsea 12k in Div 2, Middlesbro 8k in Div 2). Crowds were dwindling all over the country.
  9. Huddersfield - Wagner - cut their wage bill this season! Source? The Huddersfield owner.
  10. Yes, we may look to be the ideal club to a fan of Northampton or Orient, but not yet Southampton (or Sunderland. Also getting "laughed" at on here by another of our "belters"). That'll be the day
  11. Laugh at Sunderland? Bristol City? Don't go up there next season, mate. Stay at home, eh?
  12. Other than Flint, I think we would miss the rest about as much as we miss Luke Freeman.
  13. This is the thing with LJ at the moment: he holds the club record for consecutive league defeats (fact) with probably the biggest budget of any City coach/manager but he is not the worst head coach/manager we have ever had (he brought in our finest ever loan signing, kept us up last season, we went forward, just about, this season). We don't really know what he is or what we will get next season. Which is unsettling. Uncertainty is unsettling, uncomfortable. Some people (Thatch?) find uncertainty so uncomfortable that they make their mind up and won't be budged. At least they are certain of one thing.
  14. That's a polite, radio local, way of saying "sh1t sandwich." Last season was a bit of a "sh1t sandwich" with two good bits sandwiching the "sh1t" bit in the middle (ie that atrocious run over the winter).
  15. I think I heard Lee admit that he "over cooked" what he was trying to get across to the players, especially the younger players. He used the words "simplicity" and "clarity." This was in response to Geoff asking him what was the single big lesson learned this season. I was half listening at the time, but think that's about right. So, fair play to Lee for putting a bit more flesh on the bones of his "learned an awful lot" comment last week. Not every coach/manager we can think of would answer that, or like being asked it. Really think he went through the ringer last season.