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Why don't more 'next big things' progress to the first team?
at 18:47 21 Aug 2014

Have been away on holiday for the week and too tight to connect to the 'interweb' whilst away in Ibiza. So I was sad to see Byron Lawrence seemingly set to move on. I'm sure he was tipped to be a great. Why don't more of our young starlets progress to the first team? What do teams like Southampton do differently? It can't just be raw materials surely?
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Connor Wickham
at 16:26 12 Aug 2014

Should Connor Wickham be sold by Sunderland are Ipswich entitled to any sell on money? Or has that ship sailed?
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Tried not to bite re: teaching
at 20:13 10 Jul 2014

But here goes. As a teacher of 20 years here is my take on the situation. I have never been on strike. Neither did anyone else in my school because the kids come first. That is the case I would suggest for the vast majority of teachers including those that did strike. For me the current unrest in the profession is not about money if I had wanted to be rich I would not have become a teacher. It is about wanting the best for the next generation. A politician dictating the future of education with no background in educationin this country is wrong. How many of us would be satisfied with a man with no understanding of football taking the reins at our beloved ITFC. His decisions are all self serving to win votes with the public and sadly it seems to be working.
Of the 13 weeks holiday I have I imagine I truthfully spend 6 in school catching up on the endless work from the previous term or preparing for the next.
We used to allow parents to have 2 weeks holiday in term time under the title 'special circumstances'. Those circumstances? A chance to spend some time with family which seems to be slowly diminishing these days. However government . . .yes government then made it illegal to allow this. So on that score do not blame the teachers. We have NEVER issued a fine.
I do this job for the satisfaction of supporting young people achieve great things inspired by their teachers. The summer music concert, the district sports, cricket, football, rugby, netball tournaments. Competitive . . Yes competitive sports days. Assemblies. End of year shows. Residential trips. It is a great profession but it is being destroyed by politics. What we need is public support to get this message to the politicians and if you can tell me how to make this happen I am open to suggestions.

NB: I await the 'you finish at 3.15' comments!
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Raid Wolves?
at 20:02 9 Mar 2013

With Wolves looking in an ever more precarious position and obvious links between mm and his former club, what is the likelihood of us raiding them for some of their players in the close season? And is there anyone that we'd actually want or need?
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