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Fantastic interview. Atkinson likes a tackle said Nige, If we can keep Baker fit then easy path between our center backs this season witch has to be a bonus.

What came across to me was Pearson is no way a teacher but for sure he's the Head Master.

Looking forward to it now bring it on.

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Good interview, but then exactly the same was said about Dean Holden’s first interviews.  The proof of the pudding, etc. etc.

interesting that he is prepared to talk about promotion (several times) as a realistic ambition.  He certainly gives the feel that he’s not here to tread water.  If I had one slight concern it was that he focused on the influence of the older players and the promise of the young ‘uns, but had little to say about the people in between.  I’d have liked to hear his assessment of the likes of Dasilva, O’Dowda, Vyner, Williams etc.

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2 minutes ago, The Dolman Pragmatist said:

Good interview, but then exactly the same was said about Dean Holden’s first interviews.  The proof of the pudding, etc. etc.

interesting that he is prepared to talk about promotion (several times) as a realistic ambition.  He certainly gives the feel that he’s not here to tread water.  If I had one slight concern it was that he focused on the influence of the older players and the promise of the young ‘uns, but had little to say about the people in between.  I’d have liked to hear his assessment of the likes of Dasilva, O’Dowda, Vyner, Williams etc.

That was down to the focus of the questions from GT.

Gregor could pick up the mantle and question along the lines of “we’ve heard a lot about the likes of Weimann, James, Martin, etc, and the youngsters, what about the mid-age range players like….x, y and z?”.  That’s an easy question to get Nige talking???

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Listening now and was interested to hear what he had to say about Kalas. The questions asked by GT were very much geared towards an assessment of players NP has brought in (or in the case of Baker, re-signed) and therefore nothing to read into about his thoughts on Kalas. I’d be happy seeing Kalas and Atkinson/Baker (happy with either there) as our primary pairing. 
 

Gregor needs to take note of what NP said tonight and hone his interview skills accordingly. I quite like Gregor but at times his questions lack intelligence and invite the obtuse replies that NP offers. Perhaps he’s been too easily indulged by more media friendly managers in recent seasons. 
 

I don’t especially like Pearson but I think he’s the right man for the job and if he gets the best out of this talented (on paper at least) group then I’ll be delighted. 
What I do like is that he wants players who are committed and play with commitment. Should be much easier on the eye this season I reckon - not necessarily attractive but we won’t be watching from behind our hands in absolute horror. COYR…just don’t expect Nige to bounce around the ground!

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21 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

That was down to the focus of the questions from GT.

Gregor could pick up the mantle and question along the lines of “we’ve heard a lot about the likes of Weimann, James, Martin, etc, and the youngsters, what about the mid-age range players like….x, y and z?”.  That’s an easy question to get Nige talking???

Big advantage for Geoff over GmG is that GT is a former professional footballer. That gives him credibility in the eyes of most managers.

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1 hour ago, Marco the red said:

Kalas doesn't have a long term future here based on that interview. 

 

Get the impression that Kalas is possibly the one NP is willing to sell in order to bring in a striker. 

The problem is that any offer that does come in, won't come near to what we paid, and the club is unlikely to sanction a deal in which we suffer a huge financial loss. 

The rest of the team is structured as NP likes, depth in each position but not a bloated squad. 

One issue however, may be that if Kalas does leave, we are potentially a CB short as well as needing a striker. 

Loan market or Free agent CB? 

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51 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

That was down to the focus of the questions from GT.

Gregor could pick up the mantle and question along the lines of “we’ve heard a lot about the likes of Weimann, James, Martin, etc, and the youngsters, what about the mid-age range players like….x, y and z?”.  That’s an easy question to get Nige talking???

And now he can even pick it up from here. Perfect for him. 

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8 hours ago, Kid in the Riot said:

It was very clear that Nige was talking about Baker and Atkinson playing together. He then said "and we've got Kalas as well". 

Quite clear that as of right now Kalas has gone from being club captain to the periphery of the squad. 

You might be right but if Kalas stays then it will be strange to have our record signing and best centre back as back up.

Either we will sell Kalas or I expect he will be back in the team soon enough.

I thought he was just talking about Atkinson and Baker as a pair in these friendlies and how impressed he is, after being asked about Atkinson and other signings he's made, and Baker is another one of those signings.

Pearson was also asked about Baker's injury problems. I don't think he was asked about Kalas once.

I do think Baker and Atkinson will likely start next week. They have been training together this whole time and available to play together before Kalas returned in friendlies and training games.

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11 hours ago, Hampshire reds said:

Alan Walsh. what a football player he was. 18k what a bargain. 

I cried for about a week when I saw he was being sold to besiktas for £99k I believe. Was my first hero, will always be my favourite player ever.

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12 hours ago, lenred said:

If we get it right here it could really take off and that excites  

Observes a lot rather than coaching and when he is coaching he wants to give clear messages. Working with people here so it’s about how you deal with people as well as the technical stuff.

Clarity is important, having belief in your people and giving guidance.
 

Players also need to own the leadership of the team and will look to provide opportunities.  

He is very much in the "Ferguson role" does very little of the actual day to day coaching. Observes from a distance, dips in when he feels the need and has a lot of 1 to 1 chats with players to the side.

Certainly couldn't accuse him of over coaching.

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7 hours ago, AshtonRobin21 said:

Get the impression that Kalas is possibly the one NP is willing to sell in order to bring in a striker. 

The problem is that any offer that does come in, won't come near to what we paid, and the club is unlikely to sanction a deal in which we suffer a huge financial loss. 

The rest of the team is structured as NP likes, depth in each position but not a bloated squad. 

One issue however, may be that if Kalas does leave, we are potentially a CB short as well as needing a striker. 

Loan market or Free agent CB? 

Different times now, a financial hit on the fee coupled with removing our top earner from the wage bill is possible IMO.

Kalas may also have asked for a transfer himself ?

It does look likely he is off, one way or another though.

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50 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

You might be right but if Kalas stays then it will be strange to have our record signing and best centre back as back up.

Either we will sell Kalas or I expect he will be back in the team soon enough.

I thought he was just talking about Atkinson and Baker as a pair in these friendlies and how impressed he is, after being asked about Atkinson and other signings he's made, and Baker is another one of those signings.

Pearson was also asked about Baker's injury problems. I don't think he was asked about Kalas once.

I do think Baker and Atkinson will likely start next week. They have been training together this whole time and available to play together before Kalas returned in friendlies and training games.

I think it is refreshing. Does not matter how much you went for or how much you are on. You get picked on merit in NP opinion. I really like Kalas but we bought him after a fantastic season next to Webster. He hasn’t been close to that since Webster left. Kalas needs to up his game. 

8 hours ago, AshtonRobin21 said:

Get the impression that Kalas is possibly the one NP is willing to sell in order to bring in a striker. 

The problem is that any offer that does come in, won't come near to what we paid, and the club is unlikely to sanction a deal in which we suffer a huge financial loss. 

The rest of the team is structured as NP likes, depth in each position but not a bloated squad. 

One issue however, may be that if Kalas does leave, we are potentially a CB short as well as needing a striker. 

Loan market or Free agent CB? 

With amortisation, it is a lot easier to break even or show a small profit. If we bought for 8m on a 4 year deal that is a 2m a season plus wages. He is halfway through that so if we sold for 4m that would cover the 2m a season plus we get the big wages off the books. That is the simplistic version of it not 100% accurate but an example. Yes it looks like a 4m loss but we also got 2 years of play and that costs. 
 

Would leave us lightish. Still have Vyner, Moore and Cundy. Probably wouldn’t like to rely on them for a large portion of the season but capable in short spells with Cundy perhaps being a wildcard. Plus only need to get to January in a bad situation where we can look at a loan there. Just don’t think we would desperately need one in if Kalas went. 

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8 hours ago, Bar BS3 said:

And now he can even pick it up from here. Perfect for him. 

Unfortunately Gregor is a shit interviewer when it comes to building a rapport. He gets the Billy basics wrong and always has done, which is really really disappointing since he is no longer a newbie.

 

When I say basics I mean at the very least listen to the answer to the question you asked rather than just saying yeah yeah yeah. How many times has Gregor asked a question, ignored or failed to listen to the answer, then ask a question that has just been answered in his previous question. He is like a particularly crap call centre operative that flounders when off script.

 

Sorry He should stick to writing stories because as a interviewer he is utter garbage and seems to be going backwards.

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1 hour ago, JoeAman08 said:

I think it is refreshing. Does not matter how much you went for or how much you are on. You get picked on merit in NP opinion. I really like Kalas but we bought him after a fantastic season next to Webster. He hasn’t been close to that since Webster left. Kalas needs to up his game. 

With amortisation, it is a lot easier to break even or show a small profit. If we bought for 8m on a 4 year deal that is a 2m a season plus wages. He is halfway through that so if we sold for 4m that would cover the 2m a season plus we get the big wages off the books. That is the simplistic version of it not 100% accurate but an example. Yes it looks like a 4m loss but we also got 2 years of play and that costs. 
 

Would leave us lightish. Still have Vyner, Moore and Cundy. Probably wouldn’t like to rely on them for a large portion of the season but capable in short spells with Cundy perhaps being a wildcard. Plus only need to get to January in a bad situation where we can look at a loan there. Just don’t think we would desperately need one in if Kalas went. 

I get it if they are looking to sell Kalas. But if he's staying then ability wise it would be surprising if he doesn't force his way back in. He's a top championship defender imo.

I thought he was like a one man defence at times last season. People rightly say about Bentley winning us a lot of points but same for Kalas imo.

Some dodgy displays nearer the end of the season. It's pretty hard to look at your best when you have full backs that are not good enough either side, whichever centre back next to him that wasn't really up to it, and a midfield that were not protecting the defence well enough. An entire team not fit enough. I think Baker or most other centre backs in those circumstances would have struggled.

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1 hour ago, TRL said:

Unfortunately Gregor is a shit interviewer when it comes to building a rapport. He gets the Billy basics wrong and always has done, which is really really disappointing since he is no longer a newbie.

 

When I say basics I mean at the very least listen to the answer to the question you asked rather than just saying yeah yeah yeah. How many times has Gregor asked a question, ignored or failed to listen to the answer, then ask a question that has just been answered in his previous question. He is like a particularly crap call centre operative that flounders when off script.

 

Sorry He should stick to writing stories because as a interviewer he is utter garbage and seems to be going backwards.

He's like Corbyn was at PMQs. He'd just stand up and ask 3 questions and pay zero notice of the answers. Contrast with Starmer who asks then listens to the answer because he's ready to go in for the kill.

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1 minute ago, The Bard said:

He's like Corbyn was at PMQs. He'd just stand up and ask 3 questions and pay zero notice of the answers. Contrast with Starmer who asks then listens to the answer because he's ready to go in for the kill.

Yeah cos Starmer has really killed Johnson in PMQs!

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It was a solid interview and perhaps the best one I have heard from NP since he come into the club. Sounds really excited by the prospect of Atkinson and has belief in the abilities of the squad to do well. 

There feels much more of a unity around the squad right now than this time last season. I get the feeling many of the players wanted out of the place during last season.

I get the impression there is real hunger and desire from NP to get the job done in the long run here. I think we'll have a hit and miss season this term, but as NP said he needs to stabilise us first after a poor 2nd half of last season. 

COYR

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Just now, And Its Smith said:

Yeah cos Starmer has really killed Johnson in PMQs!

Watch the early ones when they were socially distanced. It was carnage. Johnson could barely string a sentence together. 

 

Massively different to Corbyn 

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2 hours ago, JoeAman08 said:

I think it is refreshing. Does not matter how much you went for or how much you are on. You get picked on merit in NP opinion. I really like Kalas but we bought him after a fantastic season next to Webster. He hasn’t been close to that since Webster left. Kalas needs to up his game. 

I'm all for players starting based on merit rather than price tag, however this may be a bit harsh on Kalas.

TK was excellent last season, and IMHO joins Bentley the exclusive group of players who can be said to have "saved us" in 2020/21. I don't think Kalas could have upped his game much more realistically. He then continued that form through the Euros. 

I think it would be near impossible to make the argument that Baker should be picked ahead of Kalas based on performances/'merit' over the last 12 months.

Perhaps NP is inclined to start Baker since Kalas was late returning to pre-season, but I'd be fairly surprised if Kalas isn't first choice in the long-run.

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10 minutes ago, Supersonic Robin said:

I'm all for players starting based on merit rather than price tag, however this may be a bit harsh on Kalas.

TK was excellent last season, and IMHO joins Bentley the exclusive group of players who can be said to have "saved us" in 2020/21. I don't think Kalas could have upped his game much more realistically. He then continued that form through the Euros. 

I think it would be near impossible to make the argument that Baker should be picked ahead of Kalas based on performances/'merit' over the last 12 months.

Perhaps NP is inclined to start Baker since Kalas was late returning to pre-season, but I'd be fairly surprised if Kalas isn't first choice in the long-run.

I think the Kalas thing is simple. We need to generate some money. At the end of last season we’d have struggled to get our money back. Now we should get back what we paid… maybe more.  He’s also the biggest earner I believe. I think NP is just planning around our most sellable asset rather than planning with him. 
Of course that’s all guess work and I could be completely wrong! 

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May have been covered off already in this thread so apologies if it has;

If we had handled the situation better with more focus, professionalism and care with regards to players nearing end of contract, then we would not be where we are financially.

Crude maths and maybe over-simplifying it, but if we had sold Diedhiou for half of what we bought him for, and the same with Liam Walsh, in January, where we spoke nonsense and realistically had no clue who would and would not sign or stay, then Nige may have had an extra £3m knocking about for a striker.

Good job we got “value on the pitch” from the two players mentioned, alongside a host of others where there was no return on investment, in pounds and pence OR performance.

Unfortunately, this season, we are going to all - including Nigel Pearson - “reap what others have sown”, and hopefully it is enough to consolidate this year.

It still amazes me that under the cloak of Covid, our club almost completely imploded, starting in the boardroom. From a position of “Top 6” is the aim and the least, we are now looking to youth and “offering hope for the future”.

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Bizarre how some people read into things. I didn't get the impression he doesn't rate Kalas and that he is being sold at all... The questioning was around new signings of which Baker is one, Pearson didn't say he prefers Baker to Kalas.

I'm confident for a decent season, I think if Pearson gets his wish of aggressive play then we will be entertaining to watch.

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4 minutes ago, DaveF said:

Bizarre how some people read into things. I didn't get the impression he doesn't rate Kalas and that he is being sold at all... The questioning was around new signings of which Baker is one, Pearson didn't say he prefers Baker to Kalas.

I'm confident for a decent season, I think if Pearson gets his wish of aggressive play then we will be entertaining to watch.

I agree, most bizarre the interpretation being given here. If Kalas left he would need replacing anyway. I am sure NP would be happy to have Baker, Kalas, Atkinson, and I am also certain very few sides would like to come up against any combination of those 3 in our league. Would NP prefer to sell Kalas and get a forward ? I would not think that is certain, as we need to build a solid defence first, and maybe the forward can be something for next summer. 

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