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  1. Getting rid of a present club employee convicted of an offence carried out whilst in the employment of the club would not be the same as hiring one who was convicted 5-6 years ago and with no apparent repeat of those offences since is it? If you don’t believe in second chances that’s fine but to put a narrative out there that they will do the right thing and we haven’t is bizarre quite honestly.
    24 points
  2. Interesting reading fans reactions to this, how many are siding with the club whereas if it had been Ashton and Holden/Johnson most probably would have been with Gregor rather than the club. Imo it is a bit shit from the club, Nigel may not like it but it doesn't take long even if Gregor's questions may irritate him. A manager declining to speak to local press but speaking to in house media after the game isn't a good sign in pre-season where nothing has gone wrong yet, come the start of the season if we get off to a poor start is Nigel just going to decline speaking to local press more regularly? Or if he has to speak to them just shrug off questions.
    24 points
  3. So, take a club on PPs, loan in top PL players (youngsters in the main), have access to players on £80k p.w……jump ship when the going gets tough! Nice.
    24 points
  4. My stance is that you're a bit of a knob to quote a post about domestic violence in order that that you can ask such an infantile question.
    23 points
  5. I appreciate your contributions on this board and I don't want to be harsh, but here's a well-intentioned tip. When talking about things you don't know about - like vaccines and medicine generally - do plenty of informed background reading from sources that have put in the hard yards of research in those subjects, and can be considered "expert". I am neither a vaccinologist, nor do I possess any sort of medical degree: However, I know from intensive reading on the subject that there is no way being injected with a few microns of matter to trigger an immune system response can possibly affect your fertility. That just isn't how it works. If it was, your fertility would decline every time you caught a cold, or had hay fever, or scratched your skin. Every medicine has side effects. Open up a packet of paracetamol these days and you'll get a fold-out leaflet listing common, less-common, rare and incredibly rare, side effects. In paracetamol this can, in very rare cases, include death. This is to be expected - there are people who will die if they eat a strawberry, whereas most of us love them. The very fact that about 3 billion doses of Covid vaccine has been given around the world, should reassure you that "lots" of people aren't going to die or be seriously harmed from it. 3 billion is a f- of a lot and if even one in 100,000 doses caused death, folk would be dropping like flies. They haven't. We injected tens of thousands last spring/summer and ramped that up to millions starting 8 months ago. If there was something the massed ranks of scientists and statistical researchers had missed in trials, it would have become obvious by now. We've had inoculations for a millennia, injectable vaccines for centuries and have used similar technologies to these jabs for decades. The active agent that promotes the immune response is excreted by the body in hours. The immune response builds over three weeks, then fades. In months, all you have is a memory stored in your bloodstream of the pathogen; just like your body stores the memory of umpteen other things it doesn't require. This is why if a vaccine is going to make you ill, it will do so straight away. Any malign affects will have happened in that three weeks where the immune "charge" builds. A vaccine can no more make you ill 6 months after you've had it, than an off pint you drank in 2019 can make you have the squits today. I know this from reading what medics, scientists, virologists, haematologists etc have found. Proper peer-reviewed science. So my second tip, is distinguish between sources. It's likely that tens of thousands of medical researchers know more than the former Coventry City goalie. If there are "voices from the wilderness who disagree with the consensus" there is a reason they are in the "wilderness". Usually, because they have no in-depth knowledge of what they're talking about. Often because their income derives from grifting
    23 points
  6. 21 points
  7. Vyner goes close from a corner.
    21 points
  8. In a way, I actually think is this is the crux of the matter. By saying that a) this is a training game so the manager does not have to speak to the media and b) this is a proper match so we're going to charge £10 for people to watch the club is trying to have it both ways, and that is what has created the issue. If it was genuinely a training game - which is clearly how Pearson sees it- it had no place being charged for on Robins TV. As soon as the club took that decision, it made the game a matter of public interest and created a situation where Pearson should have been accountable to the media afterwards. The frustrating thing is that, if the club had called it a training game and streamed it for free, they could have got a lot of good will from the supporters, maybe attracted new people who might subscribe in the future and avoided any questions around media access.
    20 points
  9. Ironic that Liam Walshs main reason for signing for Swansea was to play under Cooper
    20 points
  10. You've made an absolute prat out of yourself here mate.
    18 points
  11. Bentley starting, does this mean O’Leary is off ?
    17 points
  12. Gregor? is that you?
    16 points
  13. Not sure why anyone thinks that the club should introduce measures that are no longer required for entry to any event indoors or out. It is now up to people to make their own choices rather than being told what to do. If your'e not comfortable don't go. Or take a free LFt 24 hrs before and wear a mask...all your own choice. I am double vaxed and will enter the ground and go straight to my seat outside ..no need to hang around in the concourse.
    16 points
  14. Pearson's interviews have almost without exception been excellent imo. Very informative and none of the BS we have become accustomed to. There will always be a few fans who don't take to a new manager's personality - they said it on here early on and continue to swarm to comment on any thread where they can continue to stick the knife in a bit. These individuals very predictably look for any little thing to criticise him, but it's clear to me most fans seem to not only like Pearson, but are delighted he's here. As for this particular little contre temps with Gregor, all a bit silly and childish on the part of a journalist who needs NP far more than NP needs him, and who had been promised an interview after the MKDons match anyway.
    16 points
  15. Today we celebrated the life of Scooter at the Willem II stadium, because legends never die!
    16 points
  16. @Riaz I was born in 1943 so could have had a bomb land on my bed until 1945. Just after the war, children were dying of several horrible diseases. I spent two weeks in hospital with measles and a further three weeks in convalecence at Clevedon. Just after a vaccine was introduced. Do we hear much about measles now? Also polio, Mumps, Whooping cough, TB, smallpox and maybe a couple more that I cannot remember. All vaccines have a risk of one death in a very large number. But all of these medical advances turned the average anticipated life span for most "Western" children in the rich and developed countries from around 35 years in the mid 1800's to over 70 by mid 1970's. There is not any guarantee that you reach that age but we all have a much better chance of a life not ridden with illness and early deaths. Hence the big increase in human population numbers in the last forty/fifty years. There is a downside though. I first watched City in April 1950 and got instantly hooked. So if I had died earlier in my life, I would not have had to suffer seven relegations and a helluva lot of crap seasons like the one just passed!
    15 points
  17. Less of his face on TV works for me. I'm no model, but good God that is the ugliest mug in football. I wouldn't usually judge a person on appearance but he was Swansea so fair game.
    15 points
  18. Completely different situations. simpson was not a city player when the incident happened, went to court, sentenced, served his ‘sentence’, appears to have turned his life around and several years later signs for city Barton is the incumbent rovers manager, has a court case hanging over him, has a long history of violence, has allegedly attacked his wife and if found guilty should rightly be sacked
    14 points
  19. Steve Cotterill was watching from the sidelines today. As a guest of the club. Really nice touch could be scouting a few as well
    14 points
  20. Personally, having regularly seen NP at his absolute best (or worst?) with journalists whilst at Leicester City (my local league club), I can assure you that: 1. You have seen nothing yet 2. He really does not give a (insert your favourite expletive) about journalistic egos. GM needs to learn that: 1. Ask him a direct question you are likely to get a "yes" or "no" answer 2. Ask him a longwinded or silly question you will get an "eye-roll" and no answer 3. Ask him an open, meaningful question that shows some insight you might get 5 minutes of pure gold.
    14 points
  21. Gregor has an issue, Nigel doesn't!! I'm not sure posting an out and out whinge that brings up conjecture about Pearson's previous media relationships is the way to go about building bridges.
    14 points
  22. When they say 'casual' mini bus drivers, does this mean that the lucky applicant will be required to sit behind the wheel in a Stone Island jumper and sporting a fake Burberry cap?
    14 points
  23. Looks like Bristol Live are sending out a call for Dopey Darrell to return.
    13 points
  24. Alex Scott looks a player doesn’t he
    13 points
  25. 13 points
  26. I agree with the sentiment but Gregor's journalistic standards are bottom of the barrel, let's be honest about it, absolute shite and full of stupid, ill thought out questions that would annoy most Managers who have to deal with that guff on anything like a regular basis tbh. And he's gone and compounded it by having a rant in print. Clever boy. What's all this "warning" stuff about? What will they do if City don't give them what they want?
    13 points
  27. You must be the worst socialist ever. Thought you were all about helping all of society out, especially the most vulnerable? That's why I got the jab. I wasn't "scared" into it like you suggested. In fact I'd already had covid by the time I'd had the jab! I just wanted to protect the most vulnerable in society. You're clearly petrified of getting a bit of water, salt and sugar, and a few chemicals no worse than you'd find in processed food and a few beers, injected into your body. That's fine, but I will remember this next time you start preaching about social inequality and looking after the vulnerable... it's amazing how often people of your political persuasion don't practice what they preach, seen it time and time again.
    12 points
  28. Page 2 of the forum.. surely they've done something since Monday. Oh yeah on cue
    12 points
  29. Some of the comments on here really are embarrassing . How many pre seasons have you gone through as fans but still don’t see it as irrelevant . We’ve preseasons that have gone well & we been relegated & visa versa . Get a grip. statements like I’m concerned at the shape . Even NP has said he’d rather not have them .
    12 points
  30. Possibly the least use phrase on any social media/forum!
    12 points
  31. In my opinion (former criminal lawyer) 1) & 2) won't happen, largely becuase it would send an awful message to those who may wish to raise a domestic violence complaint in future. As for 1), I guess there could be a witness summons for her attendance (not even sure the judge/mags would go for that, nor whether the CPS would even ask for one), but if she then appears at court, and takes the stand, the prosecution would have to treat her as a hostile witness and cross examine her on any original statement (is there even one?); as you can imagine, cross-examining your own witness is not a good look, and in the absence of independent evidence, is a tough ask for the prosecutor. Regards 2), there is a potential for it to happen, but would have to be an extreme case (think serious sexual offence allegations). So we are left with the 999 call, and bodycam (likely only showing any aftermath)...potential for a bad character application perhaps (although hard for me to say without reviewing the file). Unless I am missing something, this case will be incredibly difficult to secure a conviction on, if it even gets that far and the CPS do offer evidence. The prosecutor on the day will have their work cut out, and will not have been the one who made the decision to charge/progress with the matter. I know there are good policy reasons why domestic abuse convictions should be pursued in the absence of the complainant's support, but that doesn't make it any easier for the lawyer on the day.
    11 points
  32. I must admit, I thought I knew all of Cliff Richard`s songs.......................................
    11 points
  33. Vaccination is clearly part of the solution as it has been in medicine for decades already. Nothing is being "enforced" regarding anyone not taking the vaccine, it's the individual's choice. From speaking with a GP friend, the issue isn't "anti-vaxxers" or people unwilling to take the jab anyway. They make up such a tiny minority of the population that we will reach herd immunity without them. All I will say is, good job the majority have stepped up, otherwise we'd be in a permanent state of lockdowns and restrictions - and properly enforced ones too.
    11 points
  34. A lesson I learned a long time ago is if you are going to write something emotive then do it, put it down/on the task bar for an hour or two, come back to it when you are a bit calmer and then think "do I really want to send/publish that?". Saves a lot of hassle in the long run imo.........
    11 points
  35. :laugh:!....Are you married?
    11 points
  36. Those are the two I’m most excited about too, but generally like all of them, just those two impress me the most. Janneh has jumped out of the pack a bit too playing left side. Raw in a different way to Semenyo, but he’s very confident. Won’ summarise per se, but today I saw the birth of a press against the type of back 4 buildup style we might see throughout this campaign. We lined up 442, Conway partnering Wells with Pearson and Janneh right and left of Nagy and Williams. First 5/6 minutes MK played it around nicely, but then we saw that when they tried to play out through the back 4 into midfield (no8 and Twine) we dropped Conway in front of the DM to cut his passing lane. Normally that would leave the other striker Isolated against two CBs, doing ‘doggies’ (in Fam’s case hands on hips), but Wells saw Pearson and Janneh join him inside of their starting wing positions, half engaging their opposition full-backs, half ready to pounce on the keeper or CB bad touch. Wells triggering it. It meant Nagy and Williams could pick off balls played beyond the MK midfield, and not get picked off individually. Worth listening to Williams post match interview. As a front 6 we did force lots of turnovers against the best passing team in Lg1 last season. That’s what I enjoyed today. Work to do on our own phases, but today I got the sense Nige has had them working on defensive shape as a priority. Wells and / or Weimann could play key roles. You can see why Nige wants energy.
    10 points
  37. absolutely spot on. i was lucky enough to bump into him in our local supermarket a few weeks ago, it was at the time there was speculation that Nathan Baker was returning, i asked him directly if the rumours were true and he told me sharply and matter of fact he was already back, i was gobsmacked. he went on to tell me how highly he rated him,and that 2 others were incoming that week (king and the oxford lad. he was absolutely 100% genuine,honest and very likeable,all said with a huge smile. he left his checkout to talk with me for a short while and seemed to be exactly as you have described him. dismissed any doubts i may have had about his personality,smashing fella
    10 points
  38. What, is Notre Dame short of a bell ringer?
    10 points
  39. Smart casual, no trainers allowed though. No in all seriousness I don’t think there’s any requirements other than not showing symptoms, now that all restrictions are lifted. As far as I’m aware anyway…
    10 points
  40. Quite. The usual gas head tactic is to try and deflect anything they do with something we’ve done but looking at their thread, quite rightly, 95% are keeping on point. Disappointing to then come on our forum to see 1/2 trying to compare what is going on over there with the Simpson situation…..any excuse to have a got at our club it seems
    9 points
  41. Why is this even an issue? The club and NP have been quite good in getting info to us on the main sites/accounts. Gregor is now redundant so hardly going to get the main man to divulge things. My impression is that we are much more professional now. COD was even careful with what he said on commentary in regards to shape and tactics. Same with injuries. Let us leave that to the imagination of the opposition. As for Gregor, he is getting bare minimum which is up to the discretion of the boss. Didn’t this happen to Andy Stockhausen with Cotterill? Seems to me NP has enough on his plate to worry about Gregor and his employer. Maybe just me but I care about the football. All the other stuff is much less important to me.
    9 points
  42. I phoned Heart FM today, to enter their mystery prize competition. The presenter answered and said “Congratulations on being our first caller, all you need to do is answer the following question correctly, to win our Mystery Grand Star Prize!” "That Fantastic!" I called out in delight. "Feel Confident?" The presenter asked, "It's a Maths Question." "Well, I've got a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University," I proudly replied, "and I've taught maths to A level students for the last 20 years.” "Ok then, to win our grand prize of 2 VIP tickets to a Bristol Rovers game and to meet the players after the game, what is 2+2 ?" "7", I replied.
    9 points
  43. I sympathise. My cat's not house-trained either.
    9 points
  44. I think Gregor is far better than you’re giving him credit for in terms of exclusives. His reporting during the Dean Holden appointment was absolutely spot on, for example, to the point where he was actually going out on a bit of a limb at times in going against what many of the nationals were saying. He was bang on throughout though - and wasn’t particularly popular on here at the time for being the bearer of bad news! Personally, I think we’re fairly lucky with Gregor in comparison to others elsewhere and some of those who’ve come before him. There are times he doesn’t really seem to read the room in terms of his questioning, which can end up making interviews/interviewees awkward, but he’s never afraid to hold the club to account and that is much, much easier said than done with relationships to keep.
    9 points
  45. Actually, I have always prided myself that I never write anything online that I wouldn't say to somebody's face. On this occasion I have transgressed. I wouldn't say that to his face (and not just because it would mean looking at it).
    9 points
  46. Starting to think Nige is consistently picking Max O’Leary just to wind Gregor up.
    9 points
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