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You’re the new manager, first big decision you make is...
at 11:12 26 Jan 2021

I’d drop Chambers as captain and move him back into the centre of defence to prolong his career. He’s not dropped as captain as he’s a bad one, he’s very good but it’s time to freshen it up and pass on the responsibility to Downes. We need to give Downes every reason to stay here. He’s a natural leader and can learn from Chambers as vice.
The case for Paul Cook
at 08:50 24 Jan 2021

The Cowleys seem to be a popular choice but the case for Paul Cook is a good one. Still available after rejecting Cardiff in the week he’d be a shoe-in for me.

Prior to resigning at Wigan after their 12-pt deduction, only Guardiola, Klopp and Wilder had won more games in that calendar year. Promotions with all but every English club he’s managed, twice taking clubs from League One to the Championship and securing their status, there’s not a better candidate out there in my opinion.

Given his exploits at Wigan in difficult circumstances he was touted for manager of the year prior to his resignation. In a Times article last year, his care, compassion and due diligence for those involved at the club losing their jobs showed a care of duty beyond expectation which put his name in the running for the award.

While people will point to the Cowleys back to back promotions, Cook took Chesterfield to League One and narrowly missed out on promotion in the play-offs before joining Portsmouth and taking them up. Silverware and UEFA qualification in Ireland too.

From reading a bunch of blogs, he seems to have been loved wherever he’s been. It’s another Paul who likes a 4231 but this is the man for us.
Transfer revenue since 2007
at 15:56 13 Jan 2021

If Transfermarket.com is accurate and from a quick look through, it looks pretty concise, this is the amount of revenue we’ve made from transfers compared to what we’ve spent...

Expenditure 07-21 : €37.913m
Income 07 - 21 : €50.52m

While we all knew there was under investment, did anyone know we’d profited from transfer fees since ME came in?
Do we need ME?
at 11:02 4 Dec 2020

Other than Evans funds to the tune of £6 million a year, what value does he add? Does anyone know how many Town fans there are globally? If 30,000 set-up Direct Debits of £15 a month to cover the operating cost, that would largely cover what ME contributes.

While the co-ordination of this is challenging and the socio-economic realities of that monthly figure difficult for some, would you do it if it genuinely meant ‘we had our club back’? I’d happily forgo 3 pints a month (London prices) to remove this benefactor that omnipotently lurks in the shadows.

Simplistic but thought provoking.
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Jim Henry...
at 22:49 3 Dec 2020

The smartest man on the coaching staff. Got out at just the right time and when the injury list is at its peak.
Starting Gibbs today...
at 20:19 28 Nov 2020

Rather than change the system to play two up front and not expose a 17 year old to that profile of game so soon in his career, PL maintains one up top when we’ve clearly needed two for a while.

Surely Jackson or Hawkins are far more established pros who would give Charlton far more problems than adding a young Gibbs to a ridiculously lightweight and inexperienced midfield?

The incompetence to win a football match make decisions like these seem like negligence.
Norwood last night
at 13:22 25 Nov 2020

He’s probably the only player to come out that game with any real credit. McGavin did OK as did a few but he was our stand out player and in truth, probably the best on the pitch.

It was questioned whether he could play up top on his own despite doing it for Tranmere but last night showed he had the ability to with clever movement from start to a very premature finish. If he does remain as a lone striker, and we do Insist on a 433, who supports him in the wider roles? On last night’s showing, Bennett’s, Sears and Judge haven’t got it in them. Edwards presumably is a shoe in. Should Jackson be the other? Lankester is a bit too raw still and we’re really scratching around after that...
Offside? (n/t)
at 19:47 24 Nov 2020

at 18:38 24 Nov 2020

Opening up a thread to discuss his performance tonight...
Is Jimmy Walker any good?
at 17:06 9 Nov 2020

I haven’t seen much return from him yet.

- Bart has his worst ever season although it could be argued the damage was already done.
- Gerken hardly took up the challenge during Bart’s wobble.
- Holy has gone backward in my opinion, doesn’t look as assures as he once was.
- Cornell has shown nothing to be enthused about so far.
- Norris made woeful decisions and turned in some shockers and the rotation was comical.
- Wright and Pryzbek have barely had a look in.
McGavin or Dozzell?
at 16:54 7 Nov 2020

McGavin has been superb today and looked decent in the few cup games I saw him in last season. He’s not at Downes’ level but is he a better natural fit in there instead of Dozzell?
No change?
at 15:43 7 Nov 2020

Presumably after 36 mins with no changes PL must think this is working? It’s a shower. The selection, the approach, the philosophy beggars belief. The longer we knock it about 25 years from goal the greater the threat Pompey pose - absolute basics.

Everything Matt Holland is saying is bang on so why no change?
The good news is...
at 20:31 24 Oct 2020

...we’ve beaten Accrington and tonight, they’re top ten - hoodoo over.
Can PL change the game?
at 16:26 19 Sep 2020

It’s games like this where you need a bit of inspiration from the management staff to take additional points. We wait...
Judge out for the season
at 18:15 11 Mar 2020

Just creating another one to see if we can get a whole page with the same thread title...
at 21:40 7 Mar 2020

Does anyone know how many shareholders make up the 12.5% or whatever it is that isn’t owned by ME? I take it they are ordinary shares with no voting rights with no dividend payouts given it’s a loss making enterprise? Although, we did turn a profit one year after the sale of Wickham I think - was there a payout then?

Just curious.
Oxford’s performance
at 18:06 22 Feb 2020

What did everyone make of them today? I thought they were a better and tidier version of Bristol Rovers but take Matty Taylor out of the side and they carry little to no threat. Marcus Browne looked decent in the middle, powerful and strong looking to carry the ball whenever he could which is what we lack.

As per the Kassam we played to Dickie and Moore’s strengths and made them look far better than they are.

Turned over by another average side due to our lack of composure and character in my opinion.
Will Keane’s touches
at 16:01 22 Feb 2020

If he learnt to shoot first time he could have two or three already this game. Easy to see why he struggles for goals - always has one touch too many. Excellent at bringing others into play but limited in confidence in front of goal. Has to start contributing goals.
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