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Midlands Robin last won the day on August 16 2020

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  1. If.....you can keep your head while all around you are losing theirs. Mike Bassett
  2. This is absolutely spot on. And when you chuck in names like Williams, Brunt and Simpson whose highest stats are their age it absolutely shows how far we've strayed from our original thought process. I genuinely don't think we'll go down and, looking at the arrival of Tanner and Atkinson, can see the rebuilding has started but the painful fact of life is, we aren't going to see a truly competitive squad this season. The January transfer window will be enough to keep us mid table while the summer of next year will see the bigger turn around in my opinion.
  3. Face it, we could put Pep or Jurgen in charge of this side and the results would be the same. We simply aren't good enough. We are in this for the long haul until we can develop a better squad of players.
  4. If he was any further ahead of the last man he would have been sat in the Atyeo. Even so, it's been all Forest since the break.
  5. It does seem, by virtue of FFP and the effects of the last 18 months, we are back to the master plan of buy low, develop and sell high because we have no other option. Apart from the academy where we have day to day oversight of player development, we will have to rely on traditional scouting and talent spotting methods. The Mark Ashton approach of buy 3 or 4 players at a time, most costing a 7 figure sum, can't cut it anymore as we don't have the flexibility to chuck money on "ones for the future". The encouraging signs are, of George Tanner is anything to go by, that we may be able to successfully overhaul the squad for a reasonably low cost and free up cash again for further development in the future.
  6. Even taking Covid into consideration, the way we've got ourselves to where we are now from the start of the 2019/20 season has been an absolute shit show. We can point the finger of blame at several obvious candidates but that won't do us any good now. The real problem we face is that the sale of probably our most bankable players (arguably HNM and Bentley) will only harm the squad and would likely cost as much as we make on the sale to replace. Apart from the two I've mentioned, the sale of anyone else won't change our circumstances. For example, If Wells goes we aren't going to get anything like what we paid for him. We have to face the fact that we are in for a long rebuild over several seasons and hoping that the academy grads and younger members of the squad develop into the team we hope they can be. I'd be quite surprised if we didn't dip into the loan market in January. I can only think we haven't done so yet as the quality of player may not have been available. It would certainly help strengthen the squad without the worry of transfer fees and FFP concerns.
  7. This is why Premiership under 21 sides were introduced into this cup. It's not about playing "men's level" football. It's all about showing the young players that if they don't work hard and train like their lives depended on it they could see their playing days expire in shit holes like the Mem. If that isn't enough to inspire the next generation of talent I don't know what is.
  8. I heard Russell Slade talking to Colin Murray on Radio 5 about this issue tonight. I was left with the overwhelming feeling that the amount the players care about the use of their data is inversely proportional to the amount of money they'll receive for its use.
  9. Good question. I have no idea. It would be cool to see it. Edit: I seem to remember there is a rule at junior levels that bans mixed teams from a certain age but I don't know if that applies all the way up. I think it does though.
  10. Slightly off topic but I was quite surprised to read today that in American Football there is no rule in the game that says that NFL teams can't be mixed. It hasn't happened yet but there are apparently a few mixed teams at lower levels.
  11. Yeah, sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant consistently back at that number week in week out. Agree with you that the Bournemouth game will see a decent number.
  12. As I've always said, a players talent has a ceiling but a players transfer fee doesn't.
  13. Since coming out of lockdown it seems crowds are down all over the country. I think it's going to be a while before we get back to the mid to low 20's. The slowly improving performances are helping.
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