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  1. All this talk about the championship being a super competitive and exciting league but with 3 games to go promotion is done, playoffs are done, 2 of the relegation spots are likely to have been taken and the only thing left if who goes down out of Derby and Rotherham!
  2. It’s utterly bizarre how this has worked out. You would assume they were very much aware of how unpopular it would be which is why it was all so clandestine. However as soon as this became apparent they all back track. Surely they did a full assessment of likely outcomes before they went ahead with this and I can’t really understand how they didn’t have a plan for this sort of reaction. It’s all very strange and feels like it’s been rushed through. All this talk of football clubs being businesses but a business (a successful one anyway) wouldn’t even consider making and implementing
  3. How the rest of the premier league react is going to be very important in terms of how football will rebuild without those clubs. Do they spend the next 10 years desperately trying to get in to the new league or do they work with the rest of the football league to make long lasting change for the betterment of the game. The latter may involve ending the premier league and returning to a single football league structure as the TV money would surely go from the premier league and the clubs would be back to relying on fan support for income. It’s hard to imagine the latter I’m afraid bu
  4. This last point is very important. This is a crossing the Rubicon type moment. The damage has been done and cannot be undone by a back track. These clubs no longer have a place in the English football league structure as they are currently owned and run. They do not believe in fair and open competition. This was clear before but has now been writ large.
  5. If this does go ahead you would imagine that over time there would be a correction and things might end up in a preferable situation for the many with the levels of money and consideration of fans and the local community back to something more like the levels there used to be. Unfortunately it’s going to be a good few years with domestic leagues and international competition missing that top end edge that knowing it has all the best players brings. This will have an effect in our league and below as everyone will just know that something is missing. The majority of players will not b
  6. A big endorsement of Appleton on Radio 5 from a chap who presents a football league podcast and is an Oxford fan. Probably knows a lot more about him than most on here (myself absolutely included). Described him as progressive with an excellent recruitment ethos. As many have said after Johnson and Holden it would be great to appoint someone with some experience of doing well as a football manager for an extended period of time.
  7. It is also I believe a term used positively by South Africans. Certainly someone I used to work with told me that he would want to be referred to as coloured and if someone called him mixed race he would find that much more offensive even though a few years ago I think that was a more widely accepted term at the time in this country at least.
  8. It clearly isn’t the sensible choice. He would cost a fortune and has never worked in England but just imagine the Fabio Cannavaro at City! I’m not sure I would even care if he was rubbish!
  9. Took the little one out for a walk this morning to Ashton Hill Plantation and had a nose over the wall at the lads training on the way back. It feels a bit different to a few weeks ago when there were only a few of them doing fitness drills on their own. Definitely created some sense of anticipation. The same cannot be said for the young un (2 and a bit years old) who said ‘What are all those people doing daddy? They look silly’. LJ was giving some instructions at the time and doing a lot of pointing so it did make me wonder if he is now the youngest person to ever give LJ some stick!
  10. Whilst clearly this would be what everyone would prefer a vaccination could be years away or not arrive at all. We can’t wait for it. It has to be treated as a good to have if/when it arrives and not something that starts a return to normality. I also don’t really see how trying to restart football will have a negative impact on vaccination research but I’m happy to be corrected on this. They claim to have more testing capacity than is currently being used and will continue to expand it before football restarts so that shouldn’t be a major issue (although the government’s record on this i
  11. Before I right this I will state that I am as conflicted about the place of sport during this situation as anyone is and don't know what the right answer is or really what my opinion is! My view seems to change every day. I miss football, professional cycling and as an amateur triathlete all my races have or probably will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. All these things upset me. However I will say that it is interesting how it has taken a crisis in the developed world to make people take the view that there are more important things than sport. There are international crises ev
  12. It is amazing really how people write off a player who hardly anyone had heard of until a day or so ago before he's even been on the pitch. I would say give him half a dozen games before writing him off at least but maybe give the lad 15 minutes if nothing else!
  13. So a young black kid follows Mendy on twitter because he's a big fan of his and wants to emulate him one day. He sees Silva make a post like this and it upsets him but he should just clear off his twitter because it's banter and if doesn't get it then too bad. A young white kid sees this and thinks its ok to say that to a kid at school who might not like the joke. It's ok though it's banter. It's not even about whether this post is racist or being offended on someone's behalf. It is about considering that there are people out there who might not see it the same way as you do and it
  14. There was a good piece in The Times today which discussed the racist origins of that particular logo from the 1960s. I appreciate that is a long time ago but people have long memories and certainly there could be many people out there offended by comparing someone to that logo. There is a very recent and very dark colonial past which is heavily associated with that logo. White people might not think about historical global abuse of black people whenever something like this comes up but that's not to say it won't cause great offence to people to whom it is still a very difficult subject.
  15. It's not like the atmosphere was great before the redevelopment. Sitting in the middle ish of the Dolman I think it is better now than it used to be. You couldn't really hear the Eastend before and you can hear the lot in the corner now.
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