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ChippenhamRed

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  1. Whether you like his commentary or not, I have to say he seems like an absolute lovely bloke.
  2. If that is the reason I don’t really buy that either. If the game finished at 9:30pm they’d be back in Stoke around 12:30...wouldn’t kill them would it.
  3. Just to come back to you on this, I agree we don’t know who makes the decision and I’m not necessarily blaming the club. But someone, somewhere has decided to play this fixture at a time that will inconvenient for many supporters who pay to watch in favour of players who are paid to entertain. I don’t agree with it.
  4. Last time there was some excuse about player welfare i.e. they’d get home very late. Doesn’t cut it for me - they’re highly paid to entertain us so they should damn well be doing it when most of us who pay to watch it are actually available.
  5. I see our upcoming game against Stoke has been moved to 5pm. You know, when people are often still at work or making their way home. Putting fans first as ever.
  6. Agree with all of that. I think my concern is that he gets poached before he’s achieved anything tangible - Lampard didn’t have to get Derby promoted before he went to Chelsea for example. And I do like to appoint a manager in the belief that they’re committed to the project in the long term. I am drawn to Gerrard in the same way I’d be drawn to Holly Willoughby if I was looking for a wife. She’s out of my league, she’d probably leave me for someone famous within a year...but it sounds like fun and I’m not going to say no am I?!
  7. It doesn’t feel like the sensible choice but it would certainly be an exciting one. My biggest concern is that we’d be constantly looking over our shoulder waiting for someone to poach him if he did well. Although I don’t think the Liverpool job specifically is as likely, as soon, for Gerrard as Chelsea was for Lampard.
  8. Genuine question for someone because I’m not sure what the answer is. When Cotterill played 3-5-2 in the Championship, after ripping up League One using it with largely the same team, I recall he was criticised - and the common consensus at the time was that you couldn’t play 3-5-2 in the Championship. What’s changed? Has the division evolved? Is it simply that we have a better squad now? Why couldn’t we get it to work then - when clearly the players at the time were well equipped for it, having used it so successfully in L1 - when it seems we can now?
  9. Anyone who casts aside a long career of consistent achievement and elects to judge a manager on one match wants their head examined. It amuses me when City fans sit on their high horse about entertaining football as if we’re Brazil 1970 or something. We’ve achieved virtually nothing in the last 40 years and we haven’t exactly set the world alight doing it either - not least of all this season, and particularly at home. Maybe it’s time we got over ourselves.
  10. Of course, I know that really, but it does at least show that this squad is capable of being genuinely competitive in this division - and the new man will have a very good starting point for a play off campaign or better.
  11. All ifs and buts, but if we’d beaten Cardiff we’d be 6th right now and Johnson would still be here.
  12. If we finished 6th I would struggle to define that as failure. I realise this remains unlikely but nonetheless it is still possible despite being largely average or worse for most of the season. It’s a very odd season in many ways.
  13. Definitely something in this. The modern coach approaches the game with a scientific eye on all the fine details, looking for the marginal gains. It has its advantages but it risks over-analysis to the point of paralysing the player through fear. Imagine if your every move in the office at work was analysed to the nth degree...for many of us that would be counterproductive. Holden said something midweek about “just going out there and expressing yourselves” - which seems to support your theory.
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