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  1. Just read through all the comments - Has the forum ever been so united? - we love Nige - hated Ashton! Two genuine questions from me. Firstly some of you seem convinced that DH was SL's appointment not MA's. Most of us on here can only guess, but some of you seem closer to the situation than others. What's the story here? I watched the notorious press conferences a couple of times and I was certain it was MA's process and decision but you've made me question that. Certainly Sonny Jon was part of the process so would have been influential if prompted I guess. S
  2. I hope even Mark Ashton had the common sense to use other criteria than just the interview. Like whether the candidate had any significant track record at the required level.
  3. I've been worrying that He Who In Charge Of All Things Football might have already decided to loan him out next season...
  4. I'm going to save myself a tenner so we'll probably play well and win for the first time in ages.
  5. At least there wasn't in the twentieth century when that article was written! Just kidding - there are plenty of swashbuckling accountant CEO's.
  6. Well done for actually giving the OP evidence of ways in which MA has so clearly failed in his role as CEO. I notice that, in his many responses since his opening one, the OP has not countered any of the points you make except with the losing argument of "yes but have you ever worked in a football recruitment? or, were you actually there?" or some such. People keep going on about the big transfer fees. Any good commercial director or lawyer could achieve the same especially when there is known competition for a player. The job of a CEO is to develop and deliver the strategy as a
  7. "not endear him to fans with the decision to appoint the experienced Dean Holden over more established figures such as Chris Hughton and Paul Cook, now Ipswich manager" I love that the Post calls Holden "experienced"?!? must be a typo??
  8. who was he in the Young Ones? - I pretty much know each episode by heart!
  9. I'm sure Nige will go for the youngsters - he's made it clear he would if he couldn't get serious performance from the senior players. He's bound to pick Simpson to prove his point. I'd stick Wells up front - at least he took his chance v Coventry. Palmer is the only creative option we have - if he can be bothered - but worth a try. Um .... that's it.
  10. Hang on a second .... so our CEO has been acting as an agent for another club these last several months? When did that start? before or after his extensive 10 week search to find that our assistant head coach was the best person available to replace LJ?
  11. brilliantly put - I'm out of likes but this would have been on fire! I don't think the fans have ever been so united in their rejection of Mark Ashton and what he has done to the footballing side of this club. However, on the bright side, if you were looking for someone who wants a challenge, who wants to prove something to the footballing world, you couldn't pick someone better than Nige. You can see he fancies it a bit, but that he's shocked by how big a job it's going to be. Give him three years and a lot of financial support he'll do an amazing job here. Go fo
  12. Ashton loves corporate speak and he's been here long enough for a full performance review. Key Performance Indicators 20/21 League Position Target - "challenge for promotion" - FAIL Recruitment Goals Recruit Head Coach and build coaching capability. FAIL Use sale of star players to build talented high potential young squad FAIL Ensure injury levels are below league average FAIL Maximise season ticket sales and other football revenue FAIL I could go on ... SO, if you are listening, Stevie! ....
  13. it was like watching a school game. Totally embarrassing all round. To think that some of those guys get paid more a week than some of us do in a year.
  14. Yeah I can't make my mind up about about Simpson - he's been error prone - but at least he's trying to make something happen.
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