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|I can't get over what I saw from Douglas last night...|
at 06:34 18 Jan 2017
It's etched in my memory. I posted this last night but I'm still in disbelief this morning and I can't stop thinking about it. On 80 minutes last night, Douglas did this..
...had a touch on a loose ball that dropped from defence, turns in 10 yards of space and instead of knocking a simple ball forward 15 yards to a blue shirt with pace, he launches it 50 yards back to the Lincoln back four.
For anyone who's ever had the ability or the pleasure to play the game at any level, you'll know, as a midfielder this goes against every natural instinct you have as a footballer in that position. It just feels wrong. It's not football. Why Douglas? I can't forgive you for this. You should never play in our shirt again. It beggars belief that this was the decision making of a professional footballer on National television in the greatest domestic cup competition on the planet...
|In the wake of humiliation...|
at 22:58 17 Jan 2017
...Roy had the dignity to leave his position straight away knowing the fans would never forgive him. There's no way back for Mick now, it's the final nail in the coffin so we should be reading his resignation headline to deflect some of the humiliation away from the club tomorrow morning.
Will we? Will we f**k!
The worst thing about tonight for me was that MM resorted to what he knows best now that he had a big man up front again despite a new formation and in spite of some recent good performances. What a complete farce. Terry Butcher summed it all up for me, "that performance was an utter disgrace". Someone still cares...
|80th minute, Douglas...|
at 21:52 17 Jan 2017
...has a touch on a loose ball that drops from defence, turns in 10 yards of space and instead of knocking a simple ball forward 15 yards to a blue shirt with pace, he launches it 50 yards back to the Lincoln back four.
This is why he shouldn't be anywhere near the starting line up. Far from an isolated incident in this game either. Sunday league.
|18 more points...|
at 08:34 15 Jan 2017
For me, the target for the rest of this season is to pick up enough points to remain safe in this division. Anything else is a bonus. Any hopes of the play-offs are a pipe dream so this season needs to now be treated as a rebuilding one.
Looking at yesterday's line-up, i was genuinely excited for the first time in a long time and on the back of the performance at Loftus Road, i was actually optimistic. If you look at all the criticisms that have been levelled at MM, he's finally begun to address them, belatedly, but never the less, they're being addressed: football on the deck; blooding youngsters; playing players in their natural positions; changing up the system and the approach to substitutions. For all his belligerence, there's a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. If he can maintain this and get the backing from ME we badly need in this window, then what more can we ask?
The next two-weeks dealings in the transfer market are pivotal. MM needs the cash to rebuild for next season. Get the 52 points and then look to experiment and blood more youth. No doubt Lawrence will leave a chasm in that side when he leaves but with only one loan player in the squad, its not a disaster. Lets just hope we have a better plan in place than we did when Murphy left.
Sign a right back / wing back (if we're going to adopt this system), a creative link between the midfield and attack, a new striker and offer Chambers a new contract. Achieve all this in the next two-weeks and there's genuine cause for optimism next season, at last...
|Failing the "Fit and Proper Test"...|
at 07:10 27 Dec 2016
Hickey and Mallon are in deep water ever since the OCI ticket scandal broke in May and Evans is directly implicated as email records published by the Irish Times show. The question is, if this does completely unravel and Evans is guilty of ticket touting and fraud, what happens to the ownership of our club under the "Fit and Proper" test, which specifies that owners can't own a club if they have criminal records?
For those who haven't followed the story, Kevin Mallon, a director of THG, owned and subsequently employed by Evans was found with hundreds of tickets for sale/distribution at the Rio Olympic's even though THG were not an official distributor. Arrested and charged with touting along with the President of the OCI Pat Hickey, they've since been allowed to leave the country after their bond was paid although due in court in Brazil in the New Year. Interestingly Hickey was due to retire after the games. Since the scandal broke, an inquiry was setup by the OCI named the Grant Thornton inquiry. However, upon John Delaney's (vice-president's) resignation and agreement to fully comply with the inquiry, Hickey has threatened an injunction and the inquiry has been suspended post criminal proceedings.
That brings it all up-to-speed but the question remains, THG and Mallon would have to have been authorised by Evans to distribute tickets illegally unless Mallon went rogue but as Hickey and Evans were in contact, it does raise some serious questions.
So, if worst comes to the worst, what happens to ownership of the club should our owner be indicted and charged? Is it time to set-up a supporters trust to garner as much information as possible on what will become a very murky affair?
|Kevin Mallon's on his way home....|
at 21:23 22 Dec 2016
Just read that Mallon had his bond paid, passport returned and is allowed to return home. Interestingly his lawyer wouldn't confirm who had paid the bond but said, “Kevin used all resources available to him and his family”, adding that the money had come from “Europe”." Mmm...i wonder from who?
I'll be watching this story with interest over the coming months. His trial for ambush marketing, ticket touting, tax evasion, criminal association, and larceny could start as early as next month.
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