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  1. I don’t think many of us supporters believe that the structure of having a CEO managing ‘football’ matters is one that works. Sure we have sold some players for a good fee but have failed to replace them with players of good quality. However I don’t think the signing of Nigel Pearson indicates that Lansdown is ready to change that structure. I truly believe that he feels that the structure is right, it’s just that he hasn’t yet appointed the right manager to work successfully in that structure. He has appointed Nigel Pearson as there is a more pressing priority – avoiding relegatio
  2. A lot less than the gas then!!
  3. I guess we have to be realistic so probably it will be someone who has an affinity to the club (i.e. prepared to look past the dogs breakfast we have/are making) and is affordable. Who does that leave? Keith Curle (Experienced at lower levels) Mark Robins (Has done a good job at Coventry in difficult circumstances) Terry Connor (Probably not as only just joined McCarthy at Cardiff) Paul Tisdale (Did a good job at Exeter but not at the Gas (well many of us would argue that he was doing just 'dandy' at the Gas. The reality is that even Paul Daniels would struggle at the Mem.)
  4. What puzzles me is that Lansdown made millions out of paying attention to similar graphs from the financial world yet he cannot see it when it comes to 'his club'., even though the writing has been on the wall over the last few years. Would he have bought shares in a company with a poor 'Profit to Earnings ratio'!
  5. At the risk of inviting a shed load of criticisms. I think that our squad is massively overrated (either that or it is massively underperforming). We don’t agree to much on this forum but one of the most common views expressed is ‘our squad is extremely talented and better than other squads in our league but....’ I think it is very common for other club forums to have an inflated view of their own club capabilities. A similar common quote on this forum is ‘One for the future’ where a prospect isn’t ready/hasn’t made it into the first team. Yet that future never comes as the prospect disap
  6. City will not sack Holden, because of the pandemic i.e. there are more than enough uncertainties for the club without adding to that by sacking your manager. The only fact that will change this is if we are relegated (a possibility but remote). They will eventually sack Holden as they already know he is not up to the job, but at a time that suits the club (owner). However any new appointment will be a ‘chief coach’ and not a manager. Therefore we can rule out any of the managers who want to sign their own players. The new man would have to be happy to coach the players he is provided with
  7. ...or perhaps it was Hugh McIlmoyle?!! Perhaps someone with a better memory than me can clarify?
  8. If my memory serves me well (and often it doesn't!), it was at a time when we were having trouble scoring goals (things never change!) and a series of players were tried at centre forward, most unsuccessfully. Terry Bush was another who was tried at centre forward with a little more success, but hardly a galloping success. My memory is less sure on this but didn't we 'give up on trying to find a centre forward internally but bought John Galley instead? Now Terry Bush had a terrific shot on him and was more successful as a wing half. For some reason he reminded me of Rob Newman, probably b
  9. I know we have had plenty of 'Dicks' playing for City over the years (including a manager who was one by name only and not by nature!), but seeing the thread on Dickie Down reminded me of another Dickie - Dickie Rooks. He was signed by Alan Dicks in 1969 for the princely sum of £17000 from Middlesborough. He was a centre half of relatively small stature but, if I remember right, was as solid as a brick outhouse. He would be 80, if still alive, and I would guess is living in the Sunderland area. Perhaps someone might know? 'You may enjoy the article here about the man. http://www.shau
  10. To ignore the fact that we won last night 2-1, when all the statistics said that we should have lost, is ignoring the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with our approach. If we were to play like we did last night, reproducing the same set of ‘poor statistics’ in the next 10 games (say) then we would lose the vast majority of those games. Put differently, we would be’ lucky ‘to win more than 1 game with such a skewed set of statistics! I agree that ultimately the only statistic that matters, at the end of one game, is the final score. However if your objective is to improve
  11. No qualification for the 'free version', although if you subscribe to the course you get 'a bit of paper'. Personally, I'm going to do the course for the 'fun of it'. Mind you, Chelsea are looking for a manager so who knows where the qualification will get you!
  12. If, like me, you are bored rigid then there is a free online course about the many aspects of the game of football that can be accessed at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/football It involves many topics over a course of 6 weeks, estimated as 3 hours a week, covering such areas as: Football: History, Myths and power The Global spectacle of football Great Football clubs, nations and matches that have changed the world The FIFA World cup and who are the champions of the world? Football for International Development, Drogba Diplomacy and peace Footba
  13. I'm sure we would all have him permanently, at 'the drop of a hat'. The problem is his fitness will always be a risk. If he proves his (long term) fitness then Fulham will want him back. If his fitness remains questionable then we would not want to shell out £10m or more for such a risk. If his fitness breaks down again then no one will want him. There again, another season long loan might suit us!!
  14. Couldn't find a picture of Garlands celebrations (nor that famous Gary Sprake punch on Garland), but there is some good nostalgia on this youtube clip (albeit a little 'weathered').
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