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ChippenhamRed

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  1. Always appreciate OTIB a bit more when you see the absolute mess that many other clubs’ forums seem to be, not least of all that one. Almost unusable on phone.
  2. Does anyone actually say that though? I think it’s pretty much a unanimous view that Webster is the superior player. Flint out for £7m, Webster in for £3.5m, Webster out for £20m is great business.
  3. Is it now time to acknowledge that our recruitment is actually now pretty successful on the whole? During the transfer window I still saw regular accusations that LJ had bought poorly, signed loads of players and still hadn’t got his team right. I’ve never really bought that argument, as to my mind a team is constantly evolving and being improved - especially when the club is on an upward spiral with increasing ambition. Having been at a wedding yesterday I saw nothing of yesterday’s game. But having logged on this morning, I’m seeing rave reviews for Nagy, Massengo, Afobe, Baker and (to a lesser extent), Palmer. And the money for them came at least in part from a player - Webster - we sold for huge profit after just one season. That sounds to me like a recruitment policy working very well, and a club both buying and selling at the right time. After five seasons of consecutive improvement, it appears to me that we are getting our recruitment a lot more right than wrong.
  4. Around 10, but that’s irrelevant because what I do (pre-booked JustPark space) would be equally applicable if I went to every game. But I’m not denying that there’s a problem (see my other posts).
  5. Yes we split the JustPark cost between three of us. Not sure what you mean about the fan on his own, JustPark is generally £5-6 so not that expensive. And the beauty of it is your space is reserved, so it’s a very good option for people with different time patterns and restrictions, as you put it. That said, I’m not defending the council whatsoever. The pitiful lack of joined-up thinking when it comes to a transport strategy for a large stadium in an urban area is frankly pathetic. It’s a cliche to say it, but it just wouldn’t happen in Germany or Holland.
  6. It’s not quite that simple as I pick up others on the way, but using JustPark I could show up at 2:45 for a 3pm kick off and my space would still be there. Chippenham to Ashton Gate on a clear run would take around 45-50 minutes, but on a Saturday afternoon I’d always give myself 75 mins or so.
  7. Not defending the restrictions but it’s simply not true to say you need hours either side of the game to travel. With a little bit of planning and a willingness to walk a short distance it’s very possible. I manage it from a Chippenham every time I come.
  8. He couldn’t buy another “top centre back” until he knew for certain Webster was leaving and he was getting the money for him. You don’t know what on in the short amount of time after Webster left, before the window closed. It’s entirely possible we had targets that we couldn’t get. The timing was unfortunate but that’s not entirely within the club’s control. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. And we do still have reasonable options in that position.
  9. We are now an established Championship, play off chasing team. When LJ arrived mere survival was the aim having just arrived from L1. A team constantly evolves as the team climbs the league ladder and the ambition increases, and we are able to recruit a better quality of player. Ridiculous after five seasons of consecutive improvement to suggest recruitment at this stage indicates prior failure.
  10. Strange feeling to barely recognise your own team. Hope people are willing to give this new squad a chance before rushing to judgement. It could take a long time for a settled side to emerge.
  11. I agree with much of what you say but have to point out that the squad he inherited wasn’t large by any stretch - it was threadbare with lots of loans following the disasterous recruitment of summer 2015. So part of the reason we’ve bought so many was simply a need to get the squad up to size. I would also argue that our steady progress up the league ladder in recent years is a reason for the turnover of players; the squad LJ inherited was primarily L1 standard (albeit good L1). So we needed to spend to get to Championship standard, and that has evolved to spending to get to play off standard. We’ve also had the problem of some players exceeding our own achievements and moving to higher levels, forcing us to buy replacements. So while there is no doubt LJ has been well backed, I see it as much about continuous evolution and improving our quality, rather than the suggestion that he is constantly failing to get his squad right. Of course some transfers haven’t worked out, but that’s the same for all managers and clubs.
  12. Striking that none of you appear to have the class or humility to acknowledge that you massively jumped the gun. All mouth.
  13. That’s embarrassing. Everyone know’s he’s from the Czech Republic of Ireland.
  14. Feels like Holly Willoughby turned me down and I’ve ended up with Anne Widdicombe, clinging to the faint hope that she might at least be a good cook.
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