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Clutton Caveman

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  1. I work from home and so when I need a break I take a coffee and check out several websites. OTIB has always been great for this Today the sites I normally look at either full of Virus doom and gloom or they are trying to drag up any small item of sports news no matter how trivial Has anyone found some alternative sites that provide some coffee break distraction (other than x rated of course)
  2. I went onto the BT Sport Facebook page and complained (there were about 100 similar posts) today they contacted me via Facebook, asked for my account details and cancelled everything straight away
  3. Tried twice both times line went dead after 8 mins Now just cancelled the direct debit
  4. Having suspended my Sky Sport package in 2 mins on line (they will turn it on automatically when sport returns) I tried to cancel my BT sport subscription I went on line and found that every other function was available online, but to cancel you needed to call an 0800 number. First you get a message saying that you will be able to watch the sports when they return (wow thanks we pay a 12 month subscription anyway) then they say if competitions are cancelled they will conatct the organiser to discuss some sort of rebate) I then got the message that the wait was 30 mins becuase they were short staffed due to the virus ( all the more reason to allow cancellation online) after 8 mins the line dropped out. Called again went through the whole excercise and the line dropped out again. I think that when companies act in this way during such a crisis they need to be named and shamed I will now cancel the direct debit
  5. With the lack of sport and whilst watching some re-run games I started to think about things that have crept into the game that detract from the entertainment value. My list included Players kicking or throwing the ball 3 or 4 metres away each time a decision is given gainst them. This was supposed to be a yellow card offence but unless they kick it into another post code nothing happens Bring the obstruction law and prevent defenders just blocking as the ball nears the dead ball line instead of being forced to play it Players surrounding referees delaying the re-start and generally being abusive. At one point refs were given the ability to advance a free kick by 10 yards if there was decent but none had the balls to use this rule Substitutions after 90 minutes are up. Could we just add a standard 1 minute for substitutions or 2 if the player leaving the field walks Diving all over the field. Could this be referred to a ex players panel with initially a warning being given but bans for repeat offenders Feigning injury. Again could a panel review the worst cases and where no contact occurs issue a ban Generally we pay dearly for our season ticket and again to watch games on Sky etc. I think that each season we actually see the ball in play for less and less of the 90 minutes. So called "professionalism" is now applauded rather than being called out as cheating and we sit with our kids seeing cynical coaches killing entertainment. I think we could learn a lot from Rubgy by a) having a time keeper in the stand stopping the clock each time the trainer comes on, a substitution is made or a goal celebration is made. The takes this difficult task out of the main officals hands and takes away the ability to waste time b) Mic the refs and allow only the captain to speak with him c) advance the free kick by 10 yards when decent occurs I know this could probably only be discussed in such a quiet time but I hate to see year by year the cheats destroy the product whilst FIFA say diving is part of the theatre of the game. Thoughts?
  6. Don't do it, the atmosphere is far better in the Dolman. I am heading in the opposite direction (if I decide to renew)
  7. As we know big difference between League 1 and Championship. Hope he can make the step. Would probably miss the positive tactics he enjoys at Coventry
  8. Having read Deano's interview with the Evening Post I think has has drunk too much ofd LJ's coolaid to provide any sort of fresh approach
  9. Managing a footbal club is like managing any group of people in any industry. In modern speak nobody talks about managers anymore, the new term is leaders. When you gather a team of people with a leader, certain dynamics occur. Within the base team, influencers and followers develop and the influencers gather followers to their way of thinking. This is human nature and is a completely established group behaviour. If the group is left to its own devices, the result will drift to reflect the agenda of the most powerful influencer within the team. So what does a good general manager/ group leader or head coach do?. Firstly he understands his groups learning who are the influencers and followers and then learns who is positive and who is negative. He then creates a method of leadership that inspires and rewards the positive influencers and followers.He creates a clear message and ethos that he himself follows 100% His team becomes the popular one and the one you want to be in. The power of the negative influencers falls back and they become the moaners and occupy the lowest status in the group. This is all great when things are going well. When things are not going well this leader needs to have the strength to gather and consult with the influencers within the team. Establish what is going wrong and seek their support to get the new approach out to the team and make it work. If the leader takes the other approach sticking rigidly to his original ideas and blaming others he will lose the team. The negative influencers will rise to the top and their group will grow. It takes an incredible leader to come back from that. If you take a player like John Terrey If he is with the coach, great, you could not get a better wing man. If he falls out with the coach it is 100% different. Yes our players are well paid and they should give their all every week. But human nature is very powerful and if they don't understand or believe in the plan they wil react in a way relative to their nature. Some will get frustrated and shout to the team Jay DeSilva when ever there is no pass on, some will go into their shell and just try to do nothing wrong O'Dowda Others will just play their way so that in their head they can say I did my best like Baker. Why do teams need leaders? Because without a leader they are not a team
  10. I am sorry to say that if I thought losing every game until the end of the season would guarantee a new manager next year I would take it I just cannot stand the thought of more of the same next year
  11. Might be noisy against Fulham with 3 sides singing that old favorite JOHNSON OUT
  12. A bad workman always blames his tools and this workman (coach) is really bad It's clear they don't believe in him. Why would they?
  13. Don't worry LJ has a 1975 copy of Roy of the Rovers to consult when he need inspiration.
  14. It doesn't matter when in the season it comes, we all know we can look forward to a long losing streak each season where LJ loses the plot and the players. Perhaps we should give him a 12 week winter break each year
  15. Expecting a huge police presence at Millwall to look out for a reported case of serious bullying in midfield
  16. Comes to something when we have 10 outfield players and not a leader amongst them
  17. Time to apologise to the fans and explain your blind faith in LJ
  18. How can the LJ lovers defend that 45 mins No direction, no organisation, no motivation But you like he will always find excuses
  19. Easy answer Neither would prefer Pack
  20. Surely LJ must have done all of this analysis and more He knows the players better than us and sees them in training all the time. If he cannot by this point in the season work our his best formation and team it is a sad state of affairs His obsession of picking a team to stop the opposition shows his lack of confidence in his players Perhaps its time for him to have a chat with his more experienced players and get their perspective.
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