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italian dave

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  1. Congratulations Stanley, and all concerned. Always a really good listen; I don't quite go back to no 1, but at least half that. And you've been making journeys in the car, and walks during lockdown, much more enjoyable since. Here's to the next 100!
  2. No according to that most reliable of sources, wikipedia! (And, to be fair, can't find anything else to suggest otherwise) Even if he did, I'd never admit to him being "good" - turned out to be such a vile individual since he left us! Maybe you're thinking of Ryan McGivern - tho him and 'good' don't go naturally together either!
  3. And desperately needed. I mean, no Lee Johnson to moan about.......
  4. The only possible explanation, if we ended up with Pulis, would be the Lansdown's idea of a joke to get their own back for the social media pressure they've been under the past few weeks. OK, OK, you get your way, we'll get rid of Lee......lets just see how much you like who you get instead!
  5. If you read my post in full, and the one it responded to, instead of picking just one bit, you'd find that it was a question, not an 'excuse' and that I'm saying exactly what you are; that our model relies on selling to invest. Whether it's "all the funds" as you state, I don't know. But it's not been the case that SL has simply waved the cheque book whoever we've wanted to bring players in either. We've had to sell to invest. No, we are not Hull, but we are not Villa either.
  6. I agree, although for me it's less the league position, more about where we've got to in terms of our style,of play and our playing squad. I know a lots been made of the 'progression' thing, but I think we could have lived with a season where we finished a few league places lower than the one before, but not where we also seem to be losing our way in other respects. I don't really know where the big money sales come from this summer, and with likely departures as contracts end and/or for smallish fees (or less than we paid), we are going to need some significant strengthening. That
  7. And maybe rightly so. Given what seems to be an emerging concensus on here, about two years would have been right!
  8. What are "Lansdown levels of investment" though. Yes, we've spent to bring in players, but we've sold massively, and sold key players, to do that. I don't know the figures, and it's probably hugely complicated if you factor in wages etc, but I'm not sure that our net investment over the Johnson reign has been that great. One of the challenges in attracting any new manager will be finding someone who'll live with having to sell his three best players every year, and - as with Webster - sometimes at the very last minute.
  9. But we've become a big club in this division under .........Lee Johnson. That's what neutrals see, and to a point they are right. Yes, it's become stale, boring, and all the signs now that we're starting to go into reverse, but to any neutral LJs reign will have been characterised by a couple of great Cup runs and a yo yo Lge1/Champ club becoming an established Championship side.
  10. I wouldn't want him, for many reasons, but I think you're dead right about him being the opposite of what our set up aspires to.
  11. Not suggesting for a minute that no-one should have an opinion, or that this isn't the place to express them. But an opinion is different from a demand and a demand, when it just gets repeated lower and louder just get tedious. Throw in a bit of personal abuse and it just becomes petulant.
  12. A goal? Seriously, I know, but there was no power in it, and that's the problem from a looped throw like that. OK, I accept that it can cause a problem, because it gets the ball into the box, - but what I meant was it's hardly like the throws Rory Delap used to take for Stoke? And I completely agree with you that I'd like to see Zak given every game the rest of the season - maybe a try in midfield too?
  13. He certainly gets some distance, doesn't he?! Not sure how effective they are though; very 'loopy' which is easier to defend and hard to attack. Thought he had a decent game though.
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