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  1. Doubling down on your comments there. Very brave - that might come back to bite you in the ass I reckon!!
  2. I saw the stream with the Reading commentary. Hillarious. At half time I thought the two commentators were about to start scrapping when one started really laying into the Reading team saying how bad they were and how they had absolutely no chance of staying up. They spent the whole half time having a full on row!! They were absolutely slating the Reading team and the management right up until they got a goal back and we then seemed to collapse. They were not too complementary about BCFC either - (even before the meltdown) describing us repeatedly as a ‘bang average’ team.
  3. All this stuff about legal process etc etc is just a load of old b******ks. Anyone who has heard the audio will know exactly what happened that night. Sometimes things ARE exactly as they appear - simple as that! Why do some people feel the need to question even the most obvious and straightforward! Just making themselves look like complete numptys! Oh and for what it’s worth I do consider myself a leftie!!
  4. I’m firmly in the camp who believe that it is almost totally irrelevant who the manger is. Basically this squad is far from championship standard and it will inevitably find its true level - regardless of who is picking the team. Until this squad is completely overhauled we are in a ‘no win’ situation (literally). Things have been so dire for so long now that I genuinely cannot see how league one would be any worse. Just need a full reset. We’ll be back, but who knows how long that will take? If there’s one thing that City fans should have by now it’s patience!! COYR
  5. You do make some fair points but I think that the most important thing about tournament ‘knock out’ football is to progress to the next round. Nothing else matters - who remembers those teams that played well but lost? England have done well to win - however they can, ugly, or pretty - it makes no difference and still takes you to the same place. We now have a shot at winning the final. If this is boring for others to watch then I have no problem with this. In Sport you need to be ruthless - all winners know this, and as an Englishman I’m glad to see that we have finally recognised that we need to do whatever it takes to progress. Roll on Sunday!!
  6. Also, the fact that he is well known will go against him. Courts have a tendency to be less lenient when sentencing high profile cases. You never know though - he might be acquitted - although few on this forum seem to be considering the possibility that he didn’t do it!
  7. Barton won’t get a fine. Not a chance. Best case scenario is a suspended prison sentence and he loses all ‘credit’ for taking this to trial. Offence is made more serious by previous violent offences. Also, the fact the the assault has happened in the workplace won’t play well!!
  8. Man Utd fans wouldn’t give a s**t about their owners if they were still winning trophies. **** ‘em I say!!
  9. If we can get.5 or 6 million plus add ons I would take this. That amount of money will go a long way in this summer’s transfer market. Given the extent of the rebuilding job we require we’ll need every penny we can get. Bentley is a great keeper no doubt about it, but I think that the 3 or 4 players we could sign with his fee would make a bigger impact next season and gain us more points than Bents alone would win for us if he stayed. Bents is perfect premier league material because his main weakness (not dominating his area) is less of an issue there where most teams don’t play direct to a ‘big man’ or lump speculative balls into the area! His shot stopping and ability in ‘one on ones’ is a real asset at that level.
  10. If we’re looking for positives here remember that Barnsley only just escaped relegation on the last game of last season and they’ve not done too badly this time around!
  11. It’s hard to see how (whoever is our manager) is gonna sign enough decent players to even compete next season. Almost every position is in need of a major overhaul! There’s been much talk about injuries but let’s be honest, those who have been out are hardly worldies either. Hard to see a way out of this situation other than by spending millions -but with our record even this is no guarantee!!
  12. It’s worth remembering that Ashton’s finest hour was signing Webster from Ipswich and making millions just 12 months or so later. Whoever instigated this deal totally pulled down Ipswich’s pants! To be fair to him though, nobody did this to us while he was here - we sold some players for decent money and the general consensus has been that we did get a fair, or even slightly over the odds, price in almost all cases.
  13. Some people seem to have a belief that a manager possesses some sort of ‘miraculous’ power to turn a crap team into a good one simply by virtue of their sheer presence. They would have us believe that those players who have demonstrated consistently that they are below the average championship standard should somehow be ‘magically’ transformed (overnight) into winners or contenders. This is a complete fantasy. The real problem we have had in recent years is essentially that our recent managers have been totally unable to find decent players (with a FEW exceptions), who might also fit into some kind of coherent system. NP’s value is not his ability to produce miracles and transform Bas Savage into Pele, it is his proven ability to identify decent players and incorporate them into something resembling a football team. Hopefully we will see this become more evident in the summer when the mass expiry of contracts will give him some freedom to build us that football team (finally) which we have been deprived of now for the last few years.
  14. What comments are these exactly? The debate on this is all quite well balanced I would say.
  15. Perhaps NP has identified RB as a key to our defensive weaknesses. Might he be looking to see how a ‘solid’ RB affects the overall dynamic of the team? This is a good time to try a few things as we’re not in danger of playoffs or relegation (barring a total disaster). There’s no-one already here that would allow him to see how this works and the only other option at this point in the season is a free agent. Free agents all come with some sort of ‘downside’ otherwise they would have clubs!!
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