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  1. The stat that haves us in 4th place in the league does though
  2. Having had experience with my youngster going through the academy structure I can say without doubt the coaching and organisation at City is excellent and you will struggle to find better. However, it is very cut throat. When my youngster was going through the system at the end of each season you were retained or released which at that age can be devastating. There are a lot of kids in each squad as they hoover up any talent that might become good enough just so they have them. I also found at the younger ages they trained a lot but game time was limited. The comments about not playing for other teams is true so they do miss out with their mates but they do make a new group of mates. There is no right or wrong answer there are pros and cons but I can say it was one of the proudest moments in my life seeing my child walking out in the City kit away at Swansea wearing my boyhood heros number 4 shirt. We wouldn't change a thing but I do know people who pulled out because it wasn't for them. Give it a go you can always decide to pull out if its not right for your child.
  3. Wow I must be a bit naive but I never thought abusive tweets were so bad. How can he get away with it can see his name and picture surely he can be tracked down by the relevant authorities.
  4. In the public domain is the key phrase. Many say 50% pay cut I heard it was to £20k per week its now £3k. looks like Keoghs agent is getting his side of the story out first.
  5. Quite often companies will come to a "without prejudice" agreement with an employee, effectively pay them off rather than go down the disciplinary route. Its quicker, easier and without the risk of appeal. The employee is free to accept or reject the offer. If the offer is rejected then normal disciplinary procedure is followed. As it is very rare that a footballer is sacked Keogh may have thought Derby would not pursue the Gross Misconduct case and thought why should I take a 50% pay cut - who knows. I am in agreement that if Keogh had a "value" there is no way Derby would have sacked him and that's probably why the other 2 haven't been dealt with in the same way. There is probably more to this than is in the public domain. In cases I have dealt with that is usually the case and the employer cannot disclose the facts so only 1 side of the story is public.
  6. A guy who works for me is a big Derby fan and he told me today the Keogh was offered a reduction in wages to £20,000 per week whilst unable to play due to the injuries he sustained. Now nobody knows the details of his gross misconduct hearing or why the others did not get hit with the same charge, but think of it this way if correct he was offered well over £1m to recover from an injury caused by his own action of 1) getting drunk 2) getting into a car which was being driven by someone who was drunk. I'm sure Derby's lawyers would have been all over this and they only have to show their actions were reasonable and that their procedure was followed.
  7. Just a couple: 6th in league only 3 points off the top only 1 point behind "nailed on for promotion" Leeds
  8. I never wanted VAR to come into the game. All the pundits and premier league managers wanted it and now moan about what they wanted.
  9. Whatever happened to the silk scarf only £1.20. Lettering guaranteed to disappear before the end of the season.
  10. I think at our level you have to expect that with players like Palmer. He's in the side to provide the moments that change games like the through balls her picked out at Birmingham. The price is he's not the hardest working. In the Pre this sort of player do both but that's why Palmer is playing in the championship. If he can create clear cut chances every game, for me, he's worth it.
  11. To be fair I don't think I've been to any away ground recently that enforces sitting for away supporters (i think WBA about 10 years ago might be the last) so BCFC are doing the same as everyone else.
  12. The same was being said a couple of years ago when we sold our star striker and replace him a loanee of a similar age. That didn't turn out too bad so lets wait and see. Regardless of age any of the signings could turn out to be wonder signings or duds, it a gamble all clubs take.
  13. I think DaSilva is young and still developing so should improve from last season Palmer wasn't with us for very long and didn't get a decent run. I would have liked him to have had a full pre season with us but expect him to get more game time and so not desperate to impress every time he gets the ball. I hope he is the creative mid fielder we need. If Kallas is as good as he was last year I will be happy.
  14. Nearly 2 years out with injury, if we offer a new contract I hope its either pay as you play or on reduced wages. I know he scored "that goal" but how many players come back from the lengthy injuries Corey has had in the last 18 months. No room for sentiment, he's taking a wage that could be used elsewhere if he can't play. As for we stuck by him so he'll do the right thing - Nicky Maynard
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