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  1. I wouldn't even try this shite with a virtual Martin. Jesus Wept.
  2. Bit in bold is exactly it. Some fans can't seem to contend that a 'Big' club such as ourselves drew against 'little' Blackpool. Our fanbase as a whole needs our neck winding in, and a smack of to the face of realism pie. How we can give billy big spuds to anyone in this division beggars belief, we're mediocre at best with a massive rework on our hands this season. We need to treat other clubs with a bit more respect. Making ourselves a pantomime villain in the vein a Villa fans insofar this season.
  3. It's the issue when players are out for a while, can cause a domino effect I.e. another muscle in the same leg to be weakened by inactivity. It'll likely take a few more sub appearances and increased cardio to get him up to speed. Wouldn't surprise me if he goes back onto preseason workout for a week or two as precautionary. Sure Rennie will have it in hand. Unlike Hammy Wrecker Rolls.
  4. Good individuals with a toxic atmosphere. By and large fans were on both Holden and NPs side. The issue was more MA.
  5. Just to point out, recruitment was Ashton's remit and he had his own 'team'. I think we may have been completely shafted in the scouting department because of this. Hence Pearson signing old companions. He iterated before he's a delegator; his specialisation is working with data and performance analysts, i.e. working from the posh seats vs Blackpool, he left recruitment to Walsh. He left performance and player fitness to Rennie. Among others.
  6. From what I recall from the Maguire posts on Twitter - we at least did it two season runnings (18-19, 19-20). The latter we spent upwards of £25m.
  7. But only we have outspent all other clubs outside of parachute payment recipients under LJs tenure, and increased our wage spending in the last 3-4 years by near 50%. In hindsight the MA/LJ era has set us back to 2011, outside of infrastructure. Culture is toxic, wages are a mess, scouting nonexistent. Relying on our academy now.
  8. In theory; whats so different between LJ and Martin at the times of which they were appointed to oursleves and Swansea respectively? I'd argue it was LJ's inexperience and lack of playing identity - along with Ashton's poor wage control and contract lengths that utterly fudged us - but overall we needed an old head to sort things out. We'd become and still are a bloated misshapen husk at the moment. The real devastating about the former two's stewardship - is that it stripped all leaders, cohesion, and identity (i.e. Cotts era) from the club. No matter if thats us, Swansea, or another clubs entirely, its a horrific job to try and tackle - even if you're NP. My comparison would be Stoke when they came down - basically the sane scenario, but 3 times the wages blown; or Forest, if you're talking similar standard.
  9. Bugger - if I recall he covered with regards to posting the match threads on occasion and had a sharp wit? (Apologies if I'm mis-remembering). Condolances to his friends, family, and colleagues - and sayonara fellow red, rest easy.
  10. Think what people need to realise is that there were elements of this going tits up years ago - myself and others pointed at rising wages, lack of identity, and bizarre recruitment over the last three years since the season after the cup run - xG over the last three years (other posted on this forum mentioned it 'means nothing', etc). Fact of the matter is, NP (and Gould) will need to reverse three years of mistakes and what appears to be a toxic culture. It may be he can't - he's not a miracle worker, same as with S'OD - however, as long as he at least gets the infrastructure and ethos in place for himself, or a successor, and keeps us up this season, that'll do me. Its a huge ask to cut wages and still improve the team; we still have players on the books that are basically deadwood on huge wages. We don't have the funds to replace large swathes of a squad. If he cant turn things around, however, I don't blame him. He has no room to maneuver in the market until we sell players - and nobody is paying large fees outside the PL at the moment. The state of the playing staff in terms of cliques, personalities, divisions - doesn't vanish over one window and pre-season. We need to pull together and back them - otherwise we may as well wave goodbye to this division now. Outside of the last minute goal yesterday that was way more organised than any performance in terms of press and positioning than near all games I've seen the last 24 months. So there is cause for optimism - and remember - the window still has three more weeks, there could yet be more movement.
  11. Ultimately this is a betting firm (i.e. 18+) aiming at an adult audience on a social media platform where the minimum age is the same. While I agree the tweet is poor taste, and they likely could have used a differing bootlegger clip, can't say I really see the issue. Not exactly as if Lego has gone and posted it.
  12. The issue is that, when MA bolted - I assume his scouting team went with him? Outside of himself as a manager, NP has a track record of being a great delegator (appointed said individuals also). The only other roles hes had where he had no say in his coaching staff were Watford and Derby. The big strength of his time at Leicester was the backroom he helped set up, i.e. Rennie, Walsh, Shakespeare, convincing Stowell to stay on, etc.
  13. Should it be renamed after the man who held us on his shoulders at our lowest - rebuilt it from the dregs, and gave us one our best days out back in 1986? - That's the question. Arguably the one person who truly connected with fans, and club, on such a universal level in the last 40 years.
  14. 1. We also loaned out Eisa and Szmodics having played if even a handful of games. Not dissimilar to Watters. 2. Spent over £1.2m+ on TM, don't see us earning back anywhere that figure insofar. 3. Wasn't Walsh around £800k, rising to £1m with installments if I recall rumours at the time correctly?
  15. *Cough* Engvall *Cough* Eisa *Cough* Szmodics *Cough* Walsh *Cough* Moore *Cough*.
  16. I like it. Light hearted release, and like video says, just for a bit of a smile, simple clean kit. No issues from me. I also don't understand why people keep slating O'Dowda. Played out of poisiton near every game last season and still gave 100%. Shock - that without his ball carrying whatever goals we did score utterly dried up when he was replaced by the likes Lansbury, as he was all the pace we effectively had across the entire squad left after Andi's injury.
  17. I'd say COD improved after Pearson came in, before injury. Plus no doubting his effort. Can't be King, James, nor Atkinson or Simpson, as new and/or used to Nige's work ethic and expectations, Baker's done something right to earn a new deal, same for Andi. Younger Players, assume means the likes of Edwards, Scott, Towler, Pearson, Bell, Conway, among others. Bentley's well liked ergo same with Massengo; Kalas, Wells, Nagy have been on international duty. Leaves the likes of Vyner, Moore, Bakinson, DaSilva, Pring, Martin, Williams, Palmer.
  18. Think it's less him not being suited - more the wider issue being as a squad, we lack height and aggression, and the squad balance is poor. We need a hard working rough as nails box to box next to him. Kleinheiser, as an example. Whether Williams can fill that role? We'll see.
  19. Fuber


    - If there was a band wagon I've been on it a lot longer than others. I was always against the clubs in bag approach and wasted signings, especially the rising wages, of which it should noted continued even post LJ with regards to the poor success rate. - His player success rate should only apply against signings he made during his tenure, I.e. 2017 onwards; Bownhill (LJ signing, having managed him at Barnsley), Kodjia, Reid, Bryan, Flint - none are his signings. So we can write those out of the equation. Great negotiations to sell them, but he never had a thing to do identifying them. Butchered negotiations and contracts with the likes of Freeman, Ayling. Barely Broke even and or made losses (as stands) on the likes of Lucic, Baker, Moore, Magnússon, Hunt, DaSilva, Kalas, Palmer, Nagy, Diedhiou, England, Walsh, Djuric, Watkins, Eisa, Adelakun, Wells, Szmodics, and Taylor. Then this season the remit failed completely as we changed tack and signed nothing but experience, with the likes of Brunt, Martin, Lansbury, basically all being a waste. I'll also point out. I've been pointing finger at the fitness and conditioning since Rhys Carr left - who it should be noted has left Sheffield United - and if we're judging staff appointment since Ashton was appointed? - Rolls. Enough said. Those excusing it due to covid need a reminder. It was the ruddy same shit last season. Whose idea was that US preseason tour **** up? - the same person now employed an American consortium at Portman Road. Negotiates a good fee. All he was good at. Bailed out by our academy and SCs signings. LJ complicit in the final 18 months.
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    I got called out for pointing the finger at the fitness and physio staff by a section of posters here as early as the US pre season tour under LJ, even as things got worse and worse iirc.
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    What more evidence do you need HR? - All Ashton's appointments following him out the door - almost as if they had stayed they likely would've been found out by NP, or aren't prepared to put work in. - Our horrific injury record since Rhys Carr among others were replaced. - Rolls horrific career record across 4 clubs in regards to fitness, conditioning, and physiotherapy? RH has likely shared a snippet that he thought of interest. What do you want, a leaked recording directly from a mic RH has setup in the brand spanking new offices at our new state of the art training facility and a dossier of photos proving veracity with time stamps? - questioning his integrity as a poster on this forum immediately is a bit of dickish move. I'm glad it's highlighted - as if true, we at least know we've got rid of the complete amateurs and wasted that we're apart of Ashton's brigade. How that gets people 'feeling worse' about the club, god only knows. More a turning a new leaf perspective if you ask me.
  22. Depends. A full pre-season and a couple experienced heads in and around the squad that are outright professionals with a bit of experience could help a huge amount. I.e. (hypothetical) - Bentley, Vyner, Lees, Kalas, Barry Douglas, Matty James *Rumoured*, Massengo, Williams, Semenyo, O'Dowda, Dion Charles (for the sake of it), get fitness levels up with backups for each position, i.e. O'Leary, Towler (Another CB Likely), Simpson, DaSilva, Bakinson, Nagy, Scott, Pearson, Edwards, Wells, Martin. Its not too shabby in theory; as we know from the season before last and this season that Bentley, Kalas, Massengo, Nagy can be solid - and there who I'd build around for next season, granted the latter - if Empoli links are true - looks likely to leave to help cut wages. I wouldn't be too surprised to see Nakhi get moved on (with a significant loss) just to trim the wage budget, loaning in a more mobile out and out striker in replacement on lower wages short term. Barnsley are our case study in how quickly things can turn around at this level with the right backroom changes, and tweaks to training and tactical setups.
  23. Shows how much I cared about where we finished. Same can be said of the squad we finished with.
  24. I'm a bit confused. We just came 20th. How are we arrogant? - I'd snatch someone's hand off for 14th next season and some actual shots on target.
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