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  1. It seems to me that if the only way someone can respond to a poster they disagree with is abuse, including by using an emoji, they have lost the argument anyway.
  2. Leaving aside the agent's and signing on fees they would have paid, the issue ( one that other League 2 clubs referred to) was the wages they were paying - Nicky Maynard being an example. We know now that they were unsustainable. All of which passed the EFL by until it was too late of course.
  3. Bury were promoted because they spent a lot of money they didn't have on players. We all know the consequences of that. I suspect they would have got nowhere near promotion if the club had lived within its means. I'm not sure how much credit Lowe can take for that promotion therefore.
  4. If I recall correctly West Brom approached him but he turned them down because they didn't offer him a big enough salary. If so he is probably out of reach.
  5. SL has specifically said he wants the club to become self funding. Personally, unless there is radical financial reform in the Championship, I don't think that is possible. Nevertheless, developing or recruiting players and selling them for big money is the main objective. Whoever replaces LJ will need to live with that but deliver a top 6 finish.
  6. The Bears are a big fish in a small pond, particularly financially - a source of resentment for some other clubs and their fans. There really is no comparison to be made with the football club. The level of football coach equivalent to Pat Lam in rugby would be a million miles above our status.
  7. I would have thought that was coaching 101. Watching Forest again now - a team that has been endlessly drilled to fit a system. Not pretty but it works.
  8. It's not unusual for players to get a reputation for being great because they are not in the team. I call it Frankie Artus Syndrome. But you're right, how come he didn't persuade the management at the other clubs you mention of his value to their teams?
  9. I was very impressed with their tactical discipline against Leeds. Harris had a plan and his players executed it well. Whatever side LJ puts out today, tactically disciplined is not likely to be a description that fits. Not surprising when the personnel, formation and tactics change every game.
  10. I can understand your point of view, though at least there is some actual football for them to talk about now! Today's Totally Football Show, covering European football, was on form I thought. As for the Totally Football League Show, Caroline Barker is very knowledgeable about the EFL and has a sense of humour, though she has moved to Sky now. It could do with some new pundits though. Tifo can be a bit too posh for its own good admittedly. I listen to the Football Ramble but it is inconsistent and the Geordie guy, Pete, is just irritating. Guardian Football Weekly is s
  11. Judging by this thread we have a lot of members with intelligence, taste and a sense of humour! I am an avid podcast listener but most of the ones I would recommend have already been mentioned from the hilarious Athletico Mince to the deeply serious but superbly presented Hardcore History to the likes of More Or Less and The Infinite Monkey Cage that present serious subjects but with a sense of humour. I would add on the football front: The Totally Football Show (with James Richardson, the best in the business) The Totally Football League Show (from the same stable); and
  12. Which means we are likely to recruit somebody in the same mould if LJ were to leave.
  13. You certainly have more insight than I have but even uninformed fans ought to be able to see the situation. Whatever his job title, Ashton is the de facto Director of Football, though he lacks the expertise for the role. Most fans seem to have missed him talking about "my database of players" . .. not "our database ....". As long as he generates big profits on transfers he can do as he pleases though as the strategy is more a financial one than a playing one imo. LJ's job title is Head Coach for a reason - i.e.he does not have the authority or control of a Manager. Fans can have
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/09/efl-clubs-fear-for-future-if-coronavirus-forces-behind-closed-doors-games
  15. Any number of EFL clubs could be in big financial trouble soon. Just as well they have a billionaire owner. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/09/efl-clubs-fear-for-future-if-coronavirus-forces-behind-closed-doors-games
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