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havanatopia

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havanatopia last won the day on October 19 2019

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    Returning as often as I can to Havana, where I lived for many years; not easy when I am now living in South East Asia. And all kinds of outdoor activities.

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  1. I do not recall that ever happening before in my lifetime. I suspect it will never happen again either.
  2. Sorry to hear about your Mum Tony and that you cannot visit. Is there absolutely no way even on humanitarian grounds? Heartbreaking.
  3. Nice thread Phantom and very well said. I hope everyone can enjoy some cheer at this time of year and for those who cannot I hope someone reaches out to them. Any gesture of kindness I think goes a long way. I concur with much that has been said here. Happy new year everyone.
  4. Not too many novices in this list though to be fair:- Bernard Lacombe France 2 December 1996 – 30 June 2000 Jacques Santini France 1 July 2000 – 30 June 2002 Paul Le Guen France 1 July 2002 – 30 June 2005 Gérard Houllier France 1 July 2005 – 25 May 2007 Alain Perrin France 1 July 2007 – 16 June 2008 Claude Puel France 1 July 2008 – 20 June 2
  5. He was, past tense. He was told he would NOT have final say on transfers. He walked away.
  6. A 1 nothing thrashing then.
  7. I remember the days Steve Gibson sticking to his plan of a long term strategy and trying to play creative passing football and bringing through academy players. One morning he must have finally woken up and called Neil Warnock. It's of course no coincidence that a dozen and more clubs have likely done the same and, more often than not, be rewarded with a promotion within a year of Warnock taking over. Steve Lansdown meanwhile remains doggedly glued to his plan. Watch Boro creep to promotion this season when last they were heading for relegation without him. And let
  8. Afraid you have no idea what part I was asked not to reveal. Believe what you will; no skin off my nose.
  9. Except that without a coach who knows how to get promoted which includes keeping the players on side we will likely fail again. I think what most of said Championship coaches realise is that keeping players on side and motivated will likely only work for a couple of seasons at most which also likely explains the churn. The long term view we have at the Gate, although we know this is not expressed by the hierarchy but is obvious and in plain sight, is fit only for a coach who will toe the policy of the club. That, almost by definition, means a young coach who has NOT been there and done it.
  10. Cellini anyone? Maybe he can give Hockaday another chance.
  11. No wonder a bigger name would not touch the club with a barge pole then. !! Imagine telling Eddie... Here's your list mate go pick a couple. Fanciful.
  12. Do I come across to you as someone who makes things up? When someone tells me something in confidence that is exactly how it shall remain.
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