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Reality check.
at 20:54 26 Feb 2021

Personally I would be doubtful that the new owners will be expecting to plough £100M into the club over a number of years to cover operating losses and the net cash outflow in the same way that ME has. We will have been sold before then or gone into administration. In addition the pension fund will be expecting to get its cash back in the same way that Aviva (I think it was) wanted to get its cash back that it loaned to us for the stands. I too am not familiar with the funding model for the acquisition of league one clubs when they are not being purchased by a wealthy individual using his / her own money to purchase the club and fund the operations. However, it takes a brave pension fund manager to loan a large amount of money to a business that has made significant operating losses over many years and with no obvious security available to secure the loan (unless their security is future season ticket sales over many years). Interest rates will be higher but they will want the repayment of the loan. Even if we get into the Championship our profitability will not improve and in fact many clubs in that division make bigger loses than we do. We are definitely sacrificing our long term security here and given our luck in recent years it probably won't work out for us. I am definitely glass half empty tonight, but hope I am wrong.
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Phil
at 20:05 26 Feb 2021

I agree with the press release possibly being used as a negotiation tool, but also wondered if the intended audience might have been the fans too. Marcus has always said that he would be careful who he would sell the club to and also I believe in the past mentioned something along the lines of being a custodian. Therefore in making this statement he is confirming to the fans that he is not proactively looking to sell the club and does still care who the potential new owner might be. In addition, whilst the negotiations continue he intends to try to focus on getting the club promoted (although many of us feel that this might be hard to achieve this season) and if the deal breaks down or he feels is not right, then he will continue to financially support the club in future seasons too until someone else comes along that he feels is appropriate to do a deal with. Therefore I think it is to reassure us that he does not intend to walk away or seek an exit at all costs. Whilst I do not know Marcus Evans personally I do feel that this image does matter to him.

But then again I might be wrong.
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An unnamed state's fire and police pension fund...
at 15:22 26 Feb 2021

Initial thought is that this would not be a great source of funding if we are looking at long term stability. Evans made a lot of mistakes, but one thing you cannot criticise Evans for is that he set a budget every year for each manager to operate within and injected cash into the club annually to ensure it could meet its financial liabilities. A US state pension fund will not be intending to do the same and therefore if things go wrong they are more likely to walk away and leave us in real trouble financially as they will have a duty to the members of the pension fund to manage the fund sensibly. Whereas under Evans it was solely his decision to continue to fund us and to his credit he always did so - perhaps not spending the millions that other owners have done but injecting cash nonetheless.
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Kayden Jackson speaks
at 19:03 17 Feb 2021

You have to have some sympathy for Kayden this season and to some extent Norwood. Their goals and assists combined were very important last season and yet at the start of the season Kayden was told that we were changing formation and he was not in Lambert's plans as either a lone striker or the two wider attacking players. Not exactly going to fill you with much enthusiasm having contributed so much the season before and when you are at a key age in your career. Leaving aside that Norwood has been injured for big parts of the season, I suspect that rather being a lone striker he would rather know that they were going into the season playing another striker up front and to benefit from the assists that Kayden provided last season and could provide this season. I had fears that we would be relying very heavily on the midfield or wider two players to replace the goals and assists that a second striker could provide and whilst the midfield started well it has become its largely ineffective self again. On the rare occasions we have played two up front this season we have looked more likely to score and therefore as a striker it must be incredibly frustrating just going on to the pitch when you know that the set up is not going to get the best out of you but as the sole striker there is pressure on you to get the goals.
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I thought Dozzell looked back to near his best yesterday
at 17:14 31 Jan 2021

Agree that Kenlock was the best player yesterday and pleased for him. I think that the heavy, wet, slightly cut up pitches this time of year don't help Dozzell. He is the type of player that will play better at the start and end of each season when the pitch quality is at its best.
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Radio Stoke
at 19:10 30 Jan 2021

Agree with that. I turned on the commentary to see what it was like and listened to it throughout. Commentator had done his homework on us, thought he called the game well and the analysis was good too.
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Jackson
at 12:39 27 Jan 2021

When a player leaves us some do better and some do worse. With Jackson a different manager will get more out of him playing to his strengths and therefore when he does leave I would expect him to do well with another League 1 team and would also not be surprised if he was recruited by a Championship team. It is very easy to forget the goals and assists he got last season often when he was not always playing as part of a front two. The quality of strikers in League 1 are generally quite poor.
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Stephen Ward
at 21:18 26 Jan 2021

The problem with this signing was that he had to play well this season. It was signing that would only work if we were to get promoted this season. Otherwise at the end of this season we are back to square one at left back. I would have preferred a young left back, like Pickering of Crewe that would be a solution for that position for more than one season and could potentially develop and be good enough if we were to get promotion. The next recruitment for left back has to have a younger profile even if not signed for a fee but signed as a free agent.
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Love him or hate him MM is
at 13:59 23 Jan 2021

It is a good appointment for him so soon after his brief stint in Cyprus. I will be interested to see how he gets on. In the last season or so of his management spell with us, his style was setting us up not to lose rather than setting us up to win. I don't think that will meet the expectations of Cardiff's owners. Therefore, can he set up a team to be more attacking with the emphasis on winning rather than losing? I'm undecided but interested to see. He also has a team that is not in immediate relegation trouble but looking to get up in the top half of the table. Therefore he cannot use that as an excuse to set up defensively.

When Mick left I wanted to see what another manager would do with essentially the same squad. We never go that opportunity to find out as not only did we get a new manager but we also started the following season with a vastly different squad. Therefore that question remains unanswered and always will do.
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I note that Ward is as deluded as Lambert and Evans
at 19:20 14 Dec 2020

Some interesting comments in this thread. The right statistics in combination with others are very telling and some are having very good success as a result of diligent interpretation and application of them to outperform other teams relatively speaking. For example I think that it is no coincidence that Brighton under Tony Bloom and Brentford under Matthew Benham have both performed above expectations in recent seasons. They really know what they are doing with statistical analysis. Sure, not every decision they make is correct, but they get more right than wrong and hence the generally good upward trend of each club in recent seasons. In contrast focussing too heavily on one area - whether it is possession which seems to be the case under Lambert or distance run as was the case with Hurst is the wrong use of statistics.
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Bishop injuries and contract
at 23:03 4 Dec 2020

Does this triggering of an extension to the contract mean that the average salary no longer applies to the contract? I thought I read previously that it did but I might be wrong.
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Bishop injuries and contract
at 21:51 4 Dec 2020

Without the salary cap I agree, However, with the salary cap this becomes a very tricky decision. Of the £2.5M salary cap we have, how much would you offer a year to Bishop bearing in mind that you might be allocating an above average salary to a player that might only play a handful of games a year?
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Just thought, Dozzell suspended, Downes & Skuse out.
at 19:52 16 Nov 2020

I don't think it will be as straightforward as some assume when it comes to deciding which players we offer terms to whose contracts expire at the end of this season, particularly for those where their salary is above the average salary that applied this year. Every player whose contract expires this summer will be planning for next season from 1 January when they can enter in talks with new clubs. They will be concerned to get something sorted early rather than wait until the end of the season. I am sure some will get offers and then the club will have to make a decision on whether to match it and if so what implications that will have regarding the salary cap. For example some clubs in League 1 might target one of our players to be one of their higher earners. A championship club might make an offer for one of our better players. What do we do then? It will be very unlikely that all the players that we want to keep will still be available at the end of the season for the wage that we can pay under the salary cap.
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Bishop was superb tonight
at 23:15 3 Nov 2020

He has been one of the real positives from this season so far. Firstly, staying fit and healthy and therefore getting a run of games. Secondly adding goals to his game and thirdly I was pleased to see him get stronger as the game progressed today even at a difficult time after we went down to ten men and after the penalty. We do need a player in the centre of midfield that can dribble with the ball and beat a man opening up space and opportunities for others.
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I’m a referee and can someone explain that to me?
at 21:54 3 Nov 2020

Whether the penalty was given as a result of the very poor rule itself or the poor application of the poor rule, it just seems totally unacceptable that a game of football which was in the balance can be determined in such a way.
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Mick set to take over at Apoel Nicosia
at 13:46 30 Oct 2020

It will be interesting to see how well he does out there. In the past he has suggested that he has never had the opportunity to manage a team which has a chance of winning the league. Well, here is his chance, albeit in Cyprus. I feel in recent years he had become more concerned about not losing games rather than winning games (a point is a prisoner which you don't let go etc). At Apoel he won't be able to set up that way even if they have had a disappointing start to the season.
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Players out of contract with the salary cap in mind...
at 20:10 12 Oct 2020

I might be wrong here, but I think that the salary cap offers the potential for destabilizing around January time. Presumably those players which are in their final year are able to talk to other clubs at that point. Meanwhile we are faced with the difficult position of choosing which players we might exercise the additional year option or for those without an option a new contract. I believe that taking up an option would mean that we would not benefit from the average salary applying to that additional year. Therefore we cannot take up the option for all those players without breaching the salary cap. In addition, if a player is having a good year and their agent gets a contract agreed with a club in the Championship with a much higher salary that won't help the team spirit either. The Salary Cap essentially means that we cannot easily make a counter offer. It will be interesting and worrying to see how this plays out in January.
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Observations from today
at 17:39 3 Oct 2020

In the previous leagues games the midfield has been able to get enough of the ball in part as the opposition were not very good at keeping it and also we were given the space to retain it better. However, today we had to work much harder to win the ball off the opposition and retain it and came up short. I think that Bishop, Nolan and Dozzell as a three looked very lightweight in terms of tracking players, challenging players, tackling and retaining possession when put under pressure. Even Sears and Edwards mucking in still made us look lightweight. It suggested that we have not got the balance right when coming up against a physically strong and organised team. For the very brief period that Downes was on we looked better.

However, I thought the defence collectively did well, although we were weaker without Ward.
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Set pieces
at 12:54 27 Sep 2020

It is a shame that we do not have a skilled free-kick taker at the moment as we have had some good opportunities in the early part of the season. Sears has not looked like scoring, but when I look elsewhere in the team yesterday I struggle to identify who would be my next choice. It could just be that Sears is top of a list of not very good free-kick takers. Last year we were fortunate to have Garbutt who gave you a feeling that when we we had a free-kick it represented a realistic opportunity. Perhaps something to work on in training.
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Nolan - all the TWTD experts slating him before...
at 12:59 20 Sep 2020

I've been really critical of the midfield being ineffective in the last couple of seasons, but am very pleased with their performance so far this season and hoping that they can keep it going throughout the season. It not only offers us hope this season, but if we do get promoted then having a confident and capable midfield in the Championship will be important.
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