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  1. I don’t care much for the song but lots of the shit football fans do and sing is moronic so I never understand why this song in particular gets people’s knickers in a twist. In fact not just songs, some of the stuff people write in here about BRFC and their fans is beyond bizarre when viewed through a rational, non-football lens. It’s just a group of, usually boozed up blokes, engaging in nonsense (yeah okay some herberts are dead serious and riled with it). Now it’s just a bit of a parody, in fact the whole England v Germany thing is and the Germans I know see it that way.
  2. He’s had rotten luck with injuries. Did his ACL at the end of 14/15 season, then his miniscus in his first reserve game back, then something happened with the ACL repair that needed sorting, then he ends up with a kidney stone that turns into an infection. He should have left on loan that summer (16/17) but Ranieri decided not to but didn’t play him. Went to Barnsley for half a season, came back and was in the plans, then does his Achilles at the start of 17/18 and basically had problems with it until the start of last season.
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    The ref looks at the monitor and makes the decision, as happens in the example you posted. Thus it’s still the ref’s decision but is given with a more complete view of the situation. I think it was a ridiculous decision but the referee was in no way undermined because he was the one who made the decision. People talk about the fact the ref is asked to look as putting pressure on the ref to change his decision but if you don’t have the backbone to stand your ground when looking at the screen if you genuinely believe you were right, you’re not up to refereeing PL football. This another part of the problem, people talk about VAR as some sort of alien puppeteer if referees rather than referees making decisions with more information available to them. If the VAR is shit, it’s either the rules or the folk interpreting the rules.
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    Pointless getting rid of VAR now, it can and will get better so why get rid of it when you’ve suffered the worst bit. Trialing the nearly automated offside tech next year is an obvious example of improvements that are coming. It’d help if they broadcast the conversations and the conversations were had with this in mind. Of course, a big part of the problem is football fans find it impossible to just accept a decision and really want it to confirm what they think a lot of the time but at least hearing the explanation might open people up to accepting subjective decisions a bit more. It might also help clear up clear and obvious. Also it would help if VAR decisions were praised anywhere near as much as they are derided. Such imbalance in the reaction to it means only negatives are ever really highlighted. There’s been some great use cases of it this year as well as some awful ones.
  5. Nothing I’ve seen in the playoffs or in the, albeit limited, Championship games I’ve watched this season tells me there will be many better midfielders in the league next season. Rolls-Royce of a player at that level and so disappointing that injuries prevented him getting to the level he could have
  6. It’s not harsh on Maddison, he’s way off Grealish, Mount and Foden. It’s only ‘harsh’ up against Lingard in that they both had about 6 games spells this season where they were superb but Maddison has only featured once for England, is unfit and ended the season really poorly. It might buck up his ideas though.
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    I've only seen them against Chelsea before tonight and when I saw them go on the run that they did to get in the play offs, I was willing them to go up. But if tonight is indicative of the way they play then maybe not, it was frantic but completely bereft of quality. I don't mind teams that mix it up, I actually quite like Burnley, but that was % stuff without even maximising the %s. As an aside, I have been a bit dismayed by the quality of the Championship from the bits I've seen this year. Idk why it is but it seems much worse than recent years, possibly backed up by the fact the top 6 wasn't close in the end and the 3 relegated teams could end up all going back up fairly easily. Really would feel like an opportunity missed if I was any of the rest of the league
  8. Tbh obviously it’s incredible to be able to experience it all as a Leicester fan but when you step back, one of the great things about what we’re doing is that we give everyone else hope (even Forest, Derby, Cov), especially given the mess we were in not so long ago.
  9. Can assure you it didn’t kill the moment for us. It very much made it, especially given who it was
  10. They have moved it back to being after the season (after a few years of it being before end of season) but this year and the congested schedule has caused it to be between fixtures this year. Not sure I get the clamour for 3pm, I quite like the early evening kickoff and the 3pm obsession is just conservatism, not the fact it makes any sense. It's annoying when people try to force binary choices in whatever form they dress it up. It's simple, we win today and we win on Tuesday
  11. What does the CEO at BC do? Do they cover everything, both football and commercial? I've felt a bit confused reading about Ashton in the last couple of months on here with him being CEO but seemingly in charge of all the football stuff, seems strange. We have CEO to lead the club operations and represent the club at PL etc but the football ops are down to the DoF, Manager, Head of Recruitment etc
  12. Nice to see Big Nige wishing us all the best, he has ofc been a big part of it all
  13. I think @Mr Popodopolous hates Derby more than most Forest fans
  14. Yep he was there when Sowah joined them, Kaputska also went on loan there whilst NP was there. But idk how much of that was NP wanting them and how much of that were just us sending some players to a sister club, in the case of Elliott Moore I can believe it may have been Pearson driven, in the case of Kaputska I doubt it.
  15. That he went to Leuven even after the circumstances around his sacking at Leicester suggests there's good relationship there and that won't have changed If we manage to keep Tavares (doesn't seem likely) then he's a player every Championship side should want on loan
  16. If you want him to set you on the way to becoming another Leicester, you might need to get used to being bottle jobs, we've got it almost down to a tee
  17. He fell out with some parts of the local media here although mainly cos they were dicks rather than useless. Idk who the chap is, other than people calling him Gregor, but comes across as completely clueless, honestly think it'd be better if Pearson interviewed himself. I mean that's what he's effectively done anyway
  18. Sowah can't get a work permit at the moment, has a had a Ghana call up but needs some caps I think. Idk the details of it all but from what I've read I'm not sure we'll be able to get one this summer. But even when he does, he'll be around the first team for a bit given our lack of real wide options and tbh if it was then decided he needs another loan, I'd expect we'd be targeting a better level
  19. Get ******* Derby down. Of course Notts will need to then be deducted points to go down with them because without the Brian Clough Trophy matches there is no point either of them existing
  20. I don't think you get 102 points (we really should have beaten Reading's 106 record that year) in a Championship season just by being functional. Tbh idk what functional really means here but if it's to talk down the style of football then it's wrong for what it was back, caveated with the fact football has changed in this period so it might seem a bit flat compared to what we see week in, week out these days cos yeah football has moved on. That Championship season we were just too quick for everyone, I remember a lot of opposition fans commenting on how we were just too quick, both physically and in thought for them. Idk if the passage of time means I remember it to be better than it was but we beat an in-form Derby 4-1 at home that season and it's still, despite all that's come since one of the best, most entertaining performances I've seen from a Leicester team. These days we play some wonderful stuff but with a technically much superior team and I'd not complain about NP's football. Your assessment of the great escape season is reasonable (tbh we started and ended it well, some of it in between was mega drab, Kevin Phillips has said since that we went downhill cos we started focusing on the opposition rather than ourselves too much) and the title season was largely a continuation of that, at least to begin with. A more recent NP example would be Watford beating Liverpool last season, that was very reminiscent of that Leicester team.
  21. Nice really hope he can really build something again and welcome the big boys like Man Utd, Liverpool and Leicester to Ashton Gate regularly.
  22. The emphasis he placed on having too many unavailable through injury was interesting. I think when he talks about issues as an organisation, that might be a focus. We were an absolute basket case when he first came in 2008 having just gone down to L1 and one of the first things he did was build up the Sports Science team, I think we were actually one of very few outside the top flight to have a dedicated sports science team at the time. A key person that came in at the time with Pearson,Shakespeare,and Walsh was Paul Balsom. There’s an episode of the Training Ground Guru podcast where he says that Nige was hugely supportive of the sports science aspect and performance analysis and that when Pearson returned for the second time, they did a presentation to the owners to say we should really invest in sports science and performance analysis. Presumably technical scouting was involved in that too. We also know about him embracing sports psychology and bringing in Ken Way. What Balsom also said was that Pearson was close to Dave Rennie who was our Head Physio. Rennie was let go last year, supposedly to ‘restructure’ the medical department, and depending on what he wants to do, maybe he could wind up at Bristol City.
  23. I'm unaware that Pearson has said that but that's Pearson saying that not Shakespeare, nor is the role of manger and assistant the same. He's a boyhood fan, working at a mid table PL side that looks steady enough for now and will be hoping to push on next season. The likelihood that BC can realistically offer an assistant manager more money than Villa is unlikely. What is his incentive to make the switch?
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