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  1. I think you'll find this is OTIB getting Ashton's excuses in for him. Aren't we kind. This will mean Ashton doesn't have to waste precious time spouting guff on Twentyman's wireless show, leaving him the maximum opportunity to sign the players Lee Johnson doesn't want, just before the transfer window "slams" shut. COYR!
  2. If the total number of season ticket sales at the start of this season was higher than the season before your absence won't be noted. He's looking at numbers, not individuals - in fact, his attitude all along has been a disdain for individuals, certainly lifelong supporters, because his attitude is there will always be someone else to come if you don't, probably someone new to football, a modern supporter, who's far more likely to be happy clappy and uncritical. If at the start of next season, total season ticket sales are down by a significant number, that's when he'll start to worry.
  3. Yep, he'll pay attention to money and none to internet forums or radio phone-ins. So the way to get his attention is, like you say, acres of empty red seats between now and the end of the season and then, just as importantly, non-renewal of season tickets. It's the only thing that will give him pause for thought.
  4. The defeat would have been a sore one, indeed. He's no fan of Corbyn though.
  5. Find the right forwards and you can then play Palmer as a genuine 10 in midfield. We have plenty of players to fill the remaining midfield places, all they need to do is get the ball to Palmer as quickly and as often as possible.
  6. I didn't say they should lose their job tho did I! You're failing to get my point - which is about the relative seriousness of the incidents. As for "they got caught up in a fight pretty much everyone in uk has done" - let me tell you this: at the time of the incident I was told by someone entirely trustworthy who'd seen CCTV of the incident and who works in Law that the players deserved everything they had coming to them. Midweek, club on Corn Street virtually empty, players acting like drunken dikheds to the point they get asked to leave; once outside they start an unprovoked, violent, drunken assault on door personnel. They deserved all they got but you want to pass it off as "just one of those things". Good for you. No.
  7. Indeed it didn't. Perhaps the main thing I'm struggling with is this: On SL's watch, Bradley Orr and Steve Brooker were sent to jail for violent disorder. Sent to jail! Yet wre allowed to continue with their City careers. Luke Ayling - in your words - encouraged someone to tip some piss over a balcony. And was effectively sacked. Go figure.
  8. Don't doubt your knowledge of the particulars Spud. But why not "sack" Flint or Pack then? Freeman was there too wasn't he?? Why make an example of one player for something they were all guilty of? Ayling wasn't even the one chucking the piss overboard.
  9. Yeah, bit presumptious of me that! Wouldn't surprise me one iota to lose the replay.
  10. Unless you have that from SL himself I refuse to believe it. Why? Because both Flint and Pack were there too - in that infamous picture - so why weren't they dispatched? Luke Ayling was guilty of pissed up high jinx (pun intended), nothing more. We've had players guilty of far, far worse on SL's watch - they've gone to jail ffs - who've not been sacked. So in the absence of concrete evidence to the contrary, I'll continue to believe Ayling was sold for 2 reasons - we had an offer considered big enough for a player the manager thought he could improve upon. Neither has proved correct.
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