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  1. Sounds a bit like Cole Skuce but hopefully with a little more to his game. As a result i predict he will not be a fans favourite which is a shame if he can do the job we badly need someone to do.
  2. If we beat Preston then I will believe anything is possible. We never beat Preston.
  3. Nah played them twice last year give me something genuinely interesting and I’ll get down there.
  4. There was a TV program a while ago about Britain getting a black prime minister. From what I remember the main point throughout was that PMs in particular but politicians more generally come from the more elite education establishments. The majority of their intake come from certain schools and the majority of those pupils are children of parents in careers requiring a higher standard of education. It is a cycle that, without making an effort to change, will not improve on its own, certainly not in the near future and therefore something needs to be done either to improve certain schools or ensure adequate representation of ethnic minorities in those more elite establishments. The former would take significant time and a complete revamp of the education system which could be possible and desirable but in the short term the latter is more likely to achieve results. I would have thought that it would be easier for people from ethnic minorities to get a coaching or manger job in football as you take that education bias out of the equation and have a much larger pool of ethnic minorities within the profession who could in theory go on to become coaches and managers. A quick google for some figures seems to indicate however that 8% of MPs are from ethnic minorities and only 4% of UK football managers and coaches. No doubt there are a variety of factors and not just discrimination at play for these low figures. Regardless of this however something positive needs to be done, the situation is unlikely the fix itself and it is certainly not trending that way. I don't know much about Sol Campbell but if he has shown little interest in getting tuck in to learn his trade then perhaps he isn't the best choice for this high profile role but I don't think you can just say the best person will get the job and leave it at that, it just doesn't seem to work.
  5. How do you try and change the going rate other than making some kind of point?
  6. This may have been said already but I don't really understand the players needing our support comments. Surely it is their ludicrous wage demands that are necessitating the price increases in the first place. Perhaps a mass walk out would make them think about the impact their money grabbing has on fans. It isn't all the club just like it isn't all the manager when results go badly. I've never understood how lightly players seem to get off. I would support a walk out. If we have to sacrifice three points and potential promotion to make a point on how the club is being run and football in general I think it is worth it.
  7. I believe there is no scientific evidence but plenty of anecdotal. This leans toward the pyschogical but doesn't disprove the scientific. There aren't lots of studies showing positive scientific evidence but it may be that it is hard to detect. Either way physchology is so important it isn't necessarily less valuable than scientific!
  8. It not necessarily the clubs of the premier league with which I have a problem and certainly not the vast majority of the fans who attend premier league games. My main issue is with the media frenzy and over exposure of a league which, whilst higher in quality is no higher in entertainment value, by media outlets who are (understandably) serving their best interests through hyperbole. Their control over the nature of the premier league with regards to match timings is in the interests of TV fans rather than fans who wish to attend games. My main issue with the clubs would be those who insist on charging extortionate prices when ticket revenue makes up a relatively small proportion of their income. I don’t think it is an all pervading evil but it is not a desirable situation for those who just want to follow their club and watch them compete at the top level whilst maintaining a sense of connection with the club and with reality.
  9. It is somewhat of a dilemma isn’t it. You want to watch City at the top level playing against the best but it is such a shame that it would have to be in the premier league.
  10. If we don’t go up then we have to hope that the players are really committed to the club and the ‘project’ otherwise they leave, we start again and potentially have another season like last season whilst the new players with potential take time to gain experience. I’m not convinced we have 3 or 4 out of the first team at the moment ready to step up if our better players leave. If it is possible for us to pick up one or two additions that improve the quality of the squad whilst maintaining dressing room harmony to have a good go at promotion in my opinion that would be the way to go. Who these players are, from where they may come and whether or not we can afford them is the obvious issue with this!
  11. Channel 5 certainly aren’t ignoring us anyway. This weekend was the first time I’ve watched the programme and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone talk as enthusiastically about City as Colin Murray did and I include City fans in that!
  12. If we don't beat Bolton on Tuesday I reckon. I'm all for optimism, enjoying the moment and hoping for the best for the future but it is amazing how much opinion has changed since the Brentford and Millwall games which were just 4 league games ago. I think I must be in the minority who thought things weren't quite as bad as all that last season/start of this and will wait a little longer before dreaming of promotion!
  13. They recommend you drink Coke after a triathlon to kill all the nasty stuff you probably swallowed during the open water swim. It may not be good for you but boy does it taste good. Regarding the importance of tonight's game I'm slightly confused as to the number of people who don't care and want a reserve side tonight. Didn't LJ commit one of the crimes of the century when he fielded an under strength team in this very competition against Hull last year? I'm sure people were a bit miffed about that. For what it's worth I care a small amount about the result tonight. I would like to see us win with excellent performances from fringe players however a narrow to moderate defeat seems likely. 3-1 to the Hornets.
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