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  1. The fancy dress store in Barry does a roaring trade......
  2. I was just thinking it is lucky that Gomez is not white!
  3. Not only absolutely zero knowledge of what's actually happened, but also little or no experience of management and having to make such decisions. The pundits who only gave up playing recently will undoubtedly comment based on how they would have wanted the incident handled had they been the culprit in their playing days. In any other job an assault on a work colleague would almost certainly result in summary dismissal for gross misconduct, but as we all know footballers are treated as a special case. As demonstrated by Derby, it is solely because they have either a financial value to the club or , in this case, an on field value to the team. Southgate may have gone against the grain in the eyes of many, but perhaps if more managers did not shield their players from publicity when they act stupidly then more players might act more responsibly and the balance of power in the game would swing back a little from players and agents.
  4. Out there - there's on few on here, as I was telling my cousin, Napoleon Bonaparte, earlier today!
  5. It sounds to me like Sterling chose to put his own behaviour under scrutiny. As I mentioned in my previous post, does anyone honestly believe that had Southgate attempted to keep the incident private the press would not have eventually got hold of the real story, and that would have made things far worse, not better, as Southgate would undoubtedly be accused of attempting to "sweep it under the carpet"?
  6. Is this your bit of paper Dave?
  7. So, Sterling is diplomatically left out of the team , the reason given being that "he has a knock". Other players who feel that Sterling has been let off lightly then leak the real reason to the press ( the press would be looking for the "real" story anyway) and the press then have a field day pulling Southgate apart, questioning his integrity, and ramp up Sterling's feud with Gomez, making it a far bigger story than it ever was. As it was, Sterling has received a rightful reprimand and been dropped for his misdemeanour - a punishment Sterling will feel more than any other. Other players now know that Southgate will deal with issues promptly and fairly, notwithstanding the status of the player involved. I would have thought the players would trust Southgate more, not less, by the action he has taken. It will draw a line under the incident far quicker and better than a fudged solution to keep it under wraps could ever do.
  8. How does he drop Sterling and keep it confidential, or are you saying that notwithstanding what Sterling did, he should have kept him in the team? It might be unusual, but it perhaps makes a refreshing change for top players to understand that it doesn't matter who they are or how important they are to the team, they cannot carry on as they want without repercussions. Also, depending on what happened, had Southgate not taken decisive action, other players might have felt that Sterling was getting preferential treatment and this could well have caused more disruption among the squad.
  9. In a work environment someone is not paid to be liked, but to be successful. Warnock was successful, as evidenced by the number promotions he achieved during his career. In his working persona he played football's pantomime dame, often as a means of deflecting attention away from his players, as do many top managers. He is one of the last "old school" managers, with methods and footballing style that would probably not find favour at many top clubs these days, but that still cannot detract from what he has achieved, much as though , as City fans, it pains to say so, as we love to hate him. The fact the is probably a really nice guy away from football would not surprise me. He is playing a role as a football manager, but away from work is probably the real Neil Warnock and given the challenges he has in his personal life he deserves a happy retirement.
  10. Difficult to drop Sterling and for it not to be public! Think Southgate set out his stall when he started the job. Having said he would pick players on form he was then prepared to drop Rooney and also the fact that he's been prepared to pick players from so called lesser clubs. This decision also looks like hime being prepared to do the right thing , even though it might be detrimental to the team - a rarity in the modern game. Crucially it sends a message to all the players that it doesn't matter who they are or what team they play for, if they step out of line the they know what to expect.
  11. Perhaps those that had already seen Silva's handball didn't stop and played on. As for stopping the game when a manager makes a review call, is there not a danger that managers would make spurious calls in order to stop a breakaway by the opposition? I know that TAA's handball incident was not spurious, but imagine it had been completely innocuous , Liverpool broke away ( as they did) and then Pep called for a review as they were bearing down on the Man City penalty area. The game is stopped immediately and then the review shows no offence committed, it would be the equivalent of Fernandinho "accidentally" pulling an opposition player back to prevent a quick break! In your opinion Man City had a blatant penalty denied, and therein lies the fundemental problem at the moment. They have interfered with the laws so much that no one really knows how handball decisions are being judged. Just look at how the question of Silva's handball was explained to MOTD by the VAR people. Any handball by an attacker in the penalty area is immediately penalised if a goal results, no matter how it arises, but in this case as no goal resulted it was ignored when considering TAA's handball incident. So was it handball or not? As Ive mentioned in another post, how often do we hear pundits say , when referring to a challenge in the penalty area not being given as a foul and a penalty, anywhere else on the pitch that is given as a foul? It seems that they are changing the rules so that the same offence carries greater penalty ( ir less) depending where on the field it is committed, and in the case of penalty area challenges, in my view almost certainly because of the impact ( a penalty and likely goal) and the controversy that will likely ensue. Then we come to the question of hands/arms being in an unnatural position and how this is judged, not forgetting that they now appear to have done away with the question as to whether the offender had any intent to handle the ball. Accordingly, a defender can be pushed over by an attacker, raise his arms to balance himself against the fall and a shot from behind him ( that he cannot see) hits his outstretched arm, yet it is likely to be judged a penalty because of the unnatural position! There has been too much interference in the laws, which although not perfect, had served the game perfectly well for decades. Add in VAR and we have a perfect storm, whereby it seems that pretty well everyone ( players, managers and fans) would now want VAR discontinued, but the authorities having committed to it will not give it up.
  12. Without knowing who did/said wha in this case, the danger is that you would be like Derby - punishing a player based on his value to the club/team, not on what they have , or have not, done.
  13. What were you doing playing for Cardiff U23s and did you come off because of injuries sustained in the challenge with Korey?
  14. Are we going for promotion to the Premier Home League? It does seem that historically LJ is more adept at setting his teams up for away games, and our away form reflects that. This season, with our full squad available, I do think we would have seen improved home form and results. As it is, the changes LJ has been forced into as a result of our injury issues has meant us being more suited to away games than being on the front foot at Ashton Gate. Seeing key players returning should hopefully see us getting stronger, although I think that the prolonged loss of Afobe is the biggest problem to us improving at Ashton Gate.
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