Have a feeling Gerken might find himself under pressure quite soon like Loach last season. That was a poor error yesterday (credit to him for the recovery though) which if it were punished would have changed the game totally. Don't reckon Bart is here simply to warm the bench and Gerken knows it.
Mings will start the season and he deserves his chance. However, I think Mick's decision to offer Hunt the year deal might be to have him as cover all the way down the left side of the pitch. Otherwise, when he has brought Henshall and Stewart to the party and he already has Anderson (who can certainly play on the left) and Tabb too, the Hunt contract looks a bit like overkill with so many players potentially fighting for the same spot. Any thoughts?
Jesus - didn't we let him go for nowt! When was the last time we actually sold anyone for any cash. Wickham is the last one I can think of! All I can remember since are players running their contract down or even worse, Town effectively paying players to leave. Yet, a tiny club like Crawley can manage to get 100K for a player that we didn't want!
On another note, hopefully with Mick not signing both Green & Richardson this indicates he anticipates picking up better some time soon.
No doubting Koren has (had) quality but he is 34 in the Autumn. Bowyer was celebrated by some on here as just what we needed and what a complete waste he was. Ingimarsson, Higginbotham, Kennedy - all well past it and complete wastes of time. The thought of Etherington would fill me with terror. Players with problems like that are a no-no. It's better to go for the younger players with something to prove in my opinion. To sign oldies looking for a decent(ish) final contract smacks of Paul Jewell and I hope Mick doesn't go too far down that route if at all.
I know you dislike Redknapp (so do I) but Wigan is such a convenient game for us northern fans, Derby isn't too far either. Does your dislike of QPR run so deep you are willing to sacrifice one of those games next year? Being a selfish sort, I'll overlook QPR's FFP infractions and Harry's dubious dealings in favour of a game at Derby or Wigan for Town!
Following the Millwall fan's comments on Trotter, who divides opinions on here the most? There are a few candidates! In rank order I'd say: Taylor Nouble Hyam Skuse Loach Chambers (the right back thing) Anderson Wordsworth
Have always thought we had the players for this but there are those on here who are very anti this system seeing it as outdated, old fashioned and with the potential to be overrun in the centre of the park. Nice to see Mick could look to plough a different furrow in the future and make the best of the resources at his disposal.
Just scanning the pages of the forum and noticed another thread that degenerated into a Jewell / Keane who was the $hitte$t manager responsible for all our woes shootout. Made me glad to be at work for once or I could have so easily taken the bait and got involved too - phew!
Assuming Woody joins Anderson and Hyam on the sidelines, that takes three starters at some time or other over the past month out of the equation. We are left with - Hunt, Skuse, Green and Tabb as recognised midfield options Perhaps as a one off (we need to win), play Williams at the tip of a narrow diamond with two up top. Is SEB going to feature again this season? If so, I would go with the following:
Gerken Chambers Berra Smith Cresswell Skuse Green Hunt Williams SEB Murphy
They are battling or their lives so one thing we should be able to rely on is that they must give it their all. Take care of our own business and all hope is not lost. Fast start at Burnley, dampen the atmosphere and really get behind the boys. 6% chance or whatever it is, I'll take it and give it the best we've got. Roll on Saturday.
Stuffed by Brighton and looking decidedly shaky right now at Reading. Didn't think Pearson would tolerate all this relaxing stuff after gaining promotion. They are certainly not "at it" from what I've seen tonight. Pretty disappointing, they could have done us some serious favours! Having said that, just nearly scored!
They have only scored 24 goals in 33 games yet look likely to get a second season. Quite a remarkable stat that. Well done to Damien Delaney too as the Palace defence has only conceded 39 in total. Got to admit I thought he was a decent Championship player (with the right partner) at best but he has been solid and the Palace fans love him. If we did go up this season, that kind of solidity at the back would be a absolute necessity for us too.