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The Dolman Pragmatist

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  1. I would hope not. Still some freshening up needed.
  2. Sorry, but that's rubbish. Both Trundle and Tomlin were given every chance to succeed, and both failed. Neither delivered at the end of the day. Not the fault of the manager in either case.
  3. Oh for god's sake, get a grip. This was a football match, not a memorial service. They held a minute's silence which was meticulously observed. The fact they weren't wearing black armbands is neither here nor there. Were you wearing a black armband at work this week? If you weren't, does it mean you don't care?
  4. Voting for Theresa May? What a lot she and her party have to offer to the average football fan...
  5. Good post Bob. Sorry to hear about your parents. My best friend died of lung cancer the summer before last and the thing I learned in the three years between diagnosis and his death is that some people in that situation don't want it swept under the carpet. Tony wanted to confront it, talk about it and even laugh about it at times, and it helped him and everyone around him.
  6. He can't win, can he? When he doesn't celebrate goals people knock him, when he celebrates a win he's called a cock. I like to see managers celebrate.
  7. I assume this thread is tongue in cheek, but I do wonder if I am alone in feeling that I would rather have Lee Johnson as our manager than Sam Allardyce? I would rather fail with a manager who is part of the club and who believes in it, even if he makes mistakes along the way, than succeed with a journeyman manager who is largely in it for the money.
  8. I you are watching a game you see only a fraction of what is going on on the field at any one time. If you focus on one player, there are 21 other players on the pitch that you are not focusing on. If you are watching what is happening on the ball, you are missing everything that is happening off the ball. You cannot hope to get a true sense of what players are doing just by using the evidence of your own eyes, because there is so much that you won't see. I've been to live matches and subsequently watched the film of them and seen things in quite a different light. I've watched things on tv, and seen things differently when I watch the replay, sometimes only after rewatching it several times. The fact is that you get one impression live, and that is often after the event, because you may not be watching the key action at all. No wonder statistics tell us something that otherwise we might not know. Good managers know this and use it to their advantage.
  9. I think that is right. The stats might not tell the whole story, but they are very useful. There is a huge mismatch in the perception of some fans that Joe Bryan isn't good enough at this level, and a detailed statistical report that suggests he is the best left back in the division, but then one is based at least partly on emotion while the other isn't. Frankly, I'll go with the stats.
  10. The trouble is that some leaders react by declaring war on states, not on terrorists. What is needed is for all nations to unite, and to put other divisions aside, but can anyone see that happening when people like Trump value the prosperity of their own little nation over the peace of the planet?
  11. It is impossible to fathom why anyone would target this event, which was known to be attended largely by young people and children. What on earth do they think they are going to achieve? The frightening thing is that when people value human life as little as these people seem to, what hope is there for any of us? The only thing that saves humanity is a fundamental regard for the human race, and if that goes then what future is there for this planet? The day may come when these people are detonating weapons that are a million times more powerful than the one which killed in Manchester last night, and when that happens there is no future. My son is eight, and I fear for him.
  12. I don't base my view on what he did while he was with us. I base it more on what he thought of the situation at Ashton Gate, and what he has done since. No doubt he would have changed the style of football we were used to at Ashton Gate, but I wonder what would have been better: the attractive but ultimately futile football of Danny Wilson, or the pragmatic, dull but possibly successful football that Pulis might have brought? As to the signings above, Mercer was a top goalkeeper, and Holland a very decent midfield player, and who could have predicted their injuries? Beadle was brought in as much for the dressing room as the pitch, and was successful in that respect. When we signed Steve Jones I was working in London and many of my friends up there thought we had got a hell of a signing. However, he just didn't gel, for whatever reason. Less said about Burns, Mortimer and Lavin the better, but the fact is that what he was doing was very similar to what Gary Johnson did in his first few months, when he brought in a succession of journeyman players (including Bas Savage) to start turning the club round, before going for the players he really needed to succeed. I think Pulis might have got us promotion in his second season, but I agree that the football wouldn't have been attractive to watch.
  13. Sorry, what has it he said there that makes him a ****? I stand by view that if he had stayed at City we would have been back in the second tier within two or three years, rather than wasting six years with the lamentable Danny Wilson and the (regrettably) inept Brian Tinnion. What Gary Johnson did in 2006, Pulis started to do in 1999, but he was never forgiven for his Gas connections. His record since has been astonishing.
  14. How do you know that?
  15. The world would be a depressing place if everyone gave up if they thought they had no chance. Whatever happened to 'dare to dream' etc.? Come on, if Teresa May can get to be Prime Minister then ANYTHING is possible.