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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by Seasider at 13:30:29

Just as it is possible to pay out a million and get a mediocre player,you could also get a good one,if you have a decent scouting system;especially from Europe.

Mick seems to be set on keeping the present first team regulars playing every week,and during recent interviews it didn't appear that he was interested in improving the squad during the transfer window,as the players he tried for and failed were just back up.

However we don't really know (a) how much he has to spend,and(b)who he tried for.

Mr Milne has always given the impression that Marcus is flexible,whereas Mick infers the opposite ie I have a fixed budget which I cannot and will not exceed.

I don't suppose we will ever know the true position;but it is clear to me that if you can pick up a gem like Freddie Sears for £100k in the last Jan window,then the club should be able to pick up a player who is just as good or even better paying ten times that amount.
After all Mick has picked up several mediocre players for nothing!!!

Lets hope he will relent and get a marquee signing in the transfer window next week,regardless of the result today;as even though he may get Didsy and the Bish back before the end of the season;we could also lose one or two.

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Dozzell Skippers and Morris Wins First Cap as England U17s Draw
by WhoisJimmyJuan at 13:11:32

But one glimmer is that very few of this squad are from clubs outside of the Premiership if you look. And we have three. Can only hope this is a sign of better days ahead and a return to a thriving academy.
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Dozzell Skippers and Morris Wins First Cap as England U17s Draw
by WhoisJimmyJuan at 13:11:31

But one glimmer is that very few of this squad are from clubs outside of the Premiership if you look. And we have three. Can only hope this is a sign of better days ahead and a return to a thriving academy.
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McCarthy: Subs Have Given Me Selection Headache
by Kirbmeister at 12:58:46

Keaneish - sorry, just stating a fact. If you don't like what's going on then don't go to games.


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McCarthy: Subs Have Given Me Selection Headache
by dirtydingusmagee at 12:50:37

like everyone else on here Keaneish you are entitled to your opinion ,But would you still be thinking same if Mc Carthy got the team playing pretty football and we got relegated,.Whilst he is keeping ITFC in with a chance of promotion i dont see anything to justify him being slagged off.At the end of the day he will be judged on his success or failure,its easy to be an armchair success no matter what the sport,
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by Surco72 at 12:37:20

Think you could easily get a better player than some in our match day squad for £ 1 million or a quality loan on high wages to do a job for half the season . If a player of Austins ability is worth £4 million ?
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by TimmyH at 12:35:36

Mick says and I quote " I'm not in the market for getting mediocrity just for the sake of it, they're going to have to come in and be better than what I've got" - well that's further proof Mick is being more and more reliant on basically around 11/12/13 players. As mentioned by other posters there has been better players at least for loan until the end of the season available and we need further additions close to our starting 11 in ability so there is competition for starting. Anyway the word mediocrity is certainly what you would describe Coke, Toure, Malarczyk, Douglas etc. all signed in the summer by yourself Mick.
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by RRanger at 12:28:15

All this chat about how poor the squad reserves are (the 2 Portsmouth games) is surely missing the point about what a squad is. Its to replace the occasional first choice who has a serious loss of form or an injury, NOT to pick virtually a whole team of reserves (as we did in the Cup matches) and expect them to play as well as MM's 1st team. Fraser's injury proved to me that the squad is reasonably strong. He was out for a length of time but it didn't significantly affect our league position...yes,we dropped down a few places but kept very much in touch so that now we are back in a playoff position.
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by Crawfordsboot at 12:16:14

Come on guys get real! There is far too much ill informed and ill considered criticism of the club here. Very few teams can splash the cash. Take a look at the January transfers see http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/transfers for a full list. Yes one or two, notably Middlesborough, paid fees but the vast majority are frees for journeymen pros. Having kept Didzy, Murphy etc I can only think we must be paying decent wages. In the vast majority of clubs outside the premiership the budget is best spent on decent wages to secure a good team rather than just one or two expensive buys. MM is working to a budget but also to a philosophy more likely to build a team rather than a group of players and one expensive fop. I remember Finidi George!
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by cromwellblue at 11:59:08

Supporters like the media have it easy. You can say what you like and never get held to account.

MM is right, the value in the transfer market is poor right now and it would be easy to squander a few million on nothing.

It's not long ago this forum was begging for the club to sign a certain Michael Chopra, that didn't work out too well did it. I don't recall any posters on here apologising for getting it wrong.

We are in a far better position with MM than before. True, it may not always be pretty but would you prefer to be MK Dons, or Bolton?

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McCarthy: Subs Have Given Me Selection Headache
by Keaneish at 11:48:55

How many of those games have been worth paying the money to watch Kirbmeister?
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by TrueBlue1983 at 11:41:27

I do agree with some of the things he has said and i do understand we are still in a financial predicament and can't afford to compete with the likes of Middlesbrough but i suppose it makes us all look with envy as teams above and around us are purchasing players to attempt to gain promotion and lets be honest, i think all of these players would probably get in our team. MM has done a fantastic job with having little money available to spend and with the club in debt, i dont see that changing anytime soon. I just think with a reasonably small squad, a few average players could perhaps help us cement a top 6 place!! We are never going to attract the big names but there has been a few bargains that would surely improve the bench, which would in turn push the current first team. It seems to me certain players are untouchable and play week in week out because we have no competition which we need badly. I hope we make the play offs but if we don't, I can't see where we go from here!!

Keep up the good work MM and maybe have a look at the people above for answers.
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by RaymondovicBlue at 11:35:17

Is it just me?
I think we have a better squad than last year.... Last year or typical sub was tabby for Ando!!! No depth to change systems like we can now.

I thought our second eleven looked much better than last year.... When in truth we couldn't even fieled a second eleven, nor the full list of subs???

The problem was that they didn't feel as a team at all.

Mick now often mentions his "first eleven" as if the squad players are irrelevant... Do they get coached (as a team) ??


Couple of points.... If Didz could have been on Leicester's sick bay them Mings could have been on ours!! We can all have opinions on here and I like to read all sides of debate..... But we have to be balanced!

I agree with those who say that Mick has funds..... But not enough to make the story of signings that we are screaming for.... He uses the "reinvestment in the squad" on wages so cannot also use it for fees


Maybe it is just me

Maybe I'm wrong??
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Is the Game Now Too Rich for Marcus Evans?
by roytheboy at 11:32:11

I knew nothing of these rule changes, or that ITFC voted against them, our Management has kept this pretty quiet, I am fast losing faith in our club and it's future, there is a limit to how much genuine supporters will stand before they start drifting away, it is simply unfair and misleading to us supporters who each season cling on to the hope of promotion, knowing that we will be very lucky to achieve it without financial speculation, please take note Marcus and Mick.
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by ITFCGloryDays at 11:31:26

Of reiterating my initial point, I completely agree with bluey123. And of that, of the club in a 'signing standing-still' sense, MM and TC are sitting pretty having signed an extension to their current deals.
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Is the Game Now Too Rich for Marcus Evans?
by Geoff at 11:12:30

All the present squad needs is two really decent players like Ryan Fraser who will be leaving us at the end of the season. With out the investment i fear a very sharp fall in season tickets as the majority of fans are fed up with our style of play and apparent lack of ambition.
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Luke Chambers Will Be a Town Legend
by Penguinblue at 10:58:58

Could not disagree more. From where I sit Chambers is a poor footballer, a hopeless right back and a poor captain. He may be enthusiastic but a team needs more qualities than that in its captain.
Chambers is rarely in a position to ball any one else out because he is most frequently at fault for goals conceded. Watch how many teams target our right (their left) usually successfully. What other players think privately I can only imagine.
Yes he embodies MM because he is his pet and plays kick and run hoofball in his style.
Sorry - probably would not even get into my team let alone captain or Town legend.
Fist pump is probably to hide his footballing inadequacies under a cloak of passion.
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by karls_dad at 10:34:58

My point as always...if the second string players are not good enough? ie the Portsmouth game, they were totally outclassed by a team from two divisions below us!
The question has to be asked, what the hell are we paying them for?
if they cannot drop into the first team ie an injury/suspension and do a proper job, which they obviously can,t, get rid soon as!!
Bewildered does not cover it?
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by Mullet at 10:33:41

I do enjoy it when people speak for "the fans" on here as if we are all one and they are at the forefront. What's to be confused about? What's this darkness we are being kept in?

We were nearly bankrupt, we nearly went down, ME nearly spent his way into oblivion and got us nowhere.

Now we have our cash sorted, our club on the up and the best manager in the league. The price of being in the race, is what we pay right now. Would you rather be 15th going nowhere lurching from one Paul Taylor to the next?

Pull your pants up lads FFS.
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McCarthy: No Point in Making Signings Just for the Sake of It
by BanksterDebtSlave at 10:32:46

Brittaniaman......without the powers of hindsight I can guarantee that would have resulted in a record, even by TWTD's standards, moans and groans comments level!
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