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No stereotypes on show here. Nope. Facists/racist rally in London today
at 11:47 14 Oct 2018

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/white-supremacist-admits-being-behind-puni

This fella is gonna struggle in prison. Far higher rates of ethnic minorities incarcerated in this country.
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Lollers
at 09:47 14 Oct 2018

I'm not saying I do, I wouldn't speak for them either. But unless someone moves in some very wide and weird circles, for the information to overlap so much, is more than coincidence. Especially when it comes from people all over the place and some definitely work for Evans and the club. Therefore there have definitely been issues in the very least, and you can see it if you look at what's come out from the club itself.

People will always dismiss it, some will always run with the smallest of thing, but if you pare it down to the most likely and most minimum along with what's happened on the pitch, it's been a disasterous start.

If you look at Evans' previous, it's not hard to fear that the win finally coming might be blessed relief for him is all I was saying.

For me, Hurst has been a huge disappointment and simply not done what he said he would. When there is mounting suggestions his reign has been blighted by this kind of stuff, I don't think it's unreasonable to massively concerned.

Relegation cannot be tolerated. The fact a few were happy to, because Mick had gone, only to then see them flip flop several times in the past weeks and try and distance themselves from Hurst or become his great defender to remain onside of public opinion, is probably what muddies the waters.
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Lovely piece
at 21:07 13 Oct 2018

Interestingly, the two places that came to me from were independent of each other. It's my guess without pressing that person, that the local papers et al. had been briefed or had a tip off. Certainly there were two back pages lined up for Sunday I'd guess.

It was my opinion Swansea would beat us and he would go, only to have that said to me in person before the game after all the other stuff doesn't as Steve less delicately put it, contradict this piece.

Regardless, I think those so keen to dismiss that there have evidently been problems, or we're out of the woods yet are being foolish. The way that photo of Chambo and Hurst was interpreted proved even the most one-eyed have severe nagging doubts because he's not been good enough thus far.

Even if you filter out half the rumour mill, it's very worrying on the field, let alone adding that stuff in I think.

Moreover, the idea Evans hasn't yet, hasn't had to make a decision based on a very lucky and enjoyable win is more concerning. Hurst if he has been given a stay of execution better bloody use it.
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Some very sad news
at 21:02 13 Oct 2018

I felt compelled to log in when I saw this on my phone.

If it's any crumb of comfort at all, your Dad not only had excellent taste in music and the way in which he handled his cancer with dignity and wit was genuinely inspiring. A couple of times or more, I'd have had a bad day and his posts on here reminded me to snap out of it.

Sincere condolences, I will miss seeing his posts light this place up mate.
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Lovely piece
at 09:43 13 Oct 2018

Is it cynical to suggest KD isn't going to say anything but good things are happening at youth level given his job prospects and love of the academy?

It'd be great to think the problems are behind us. This next month or so is the litmus test though.
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What is it with football clubs in Norfolk?
at 09:41 13 Oct 2018

Norfolk and Germans eh? Winning a Christian fair play trophy multiple times is probably harder than the Milk Cup too.

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Evans puts in £6-8m a year? Err NO....
at 18:35 10 Oct 2018

Are the "Marcus Evans loans" the only source of income direct from Evans or are they the top ups after a flat down payment?

I can barely count, so you need to do numbers slowly and with pictures for dunces like me.

Was the £6m a year ever recognised as more than an average income? I'm not his biggest fan or critic, my issues are more football related because without him we'd have been done a decade ago. However, I'm not sure if not criticising that, is tantamount to approval or gratitude is it?

We're back in Mick In/Out territory depressingly enough with mindsets like that.
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Two more recollections of yesterday
at 17:09 8 Oct 2018

I think this is the issue. The ceiling he has is massive and hopefully he won't make any mistakes to exceed what his Dad managed to do.

But right now, and even after this week he is a long way off. I do have some sympathy for Hurst (and Nolan here) as fans will be naturally inclined to be overly supportive of Andre, and when he does dazzle like he did Saturday with a few of his passes, it's hard not to get carried away.

But that injury and the thought that teams might start working him over and kicking him out of games is one that worries me. You'd hope that anyone who does might get a Chalobah-shaped boot to the knob.
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Italian football seems complicated...
at 16:48 8 Oct 2018

Hmmm I'm sure Phil has a policy on soliciting income on here! Although I read it upon tweetage and enjoyed it.

There's a very good podcast on the BBC World football program about it and they interview their Aussie defender for it. They also did a really good bit on Parma climbing back from Serie D

The recent one has the bonus of featuring Chris Wood which made me wish even more that we had signed him permanently.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswtzy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswtzs
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Drove 8hrs for this......
at 20:01 7 Oct 2018

Thank you.

I think if the replacement mooted is lined up and ready to go, that's the likelier scenario than GB. It'd be a reboot of #ANewEra starting at QPR and that would be preferable in that scenario.

Had we lost yesterday we'd be on 6pts and Hull would only be ahead of us on merit of beating us with worse GD. That'd have made his position untenable. Given we were expected and lucky not to lose at certain points, he is literally on a razor's edge.

Evans doesn't like making decisions, so it really could be a sliding doors moment this weekend.
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I'm far from optimistic
at 19:58 7 Oct 2018

I think there are too many variables there, and that in itself is tied to the root of Hurst's failure thus far.

Yesterday only featured Pennington, Nsiala, Donacien (45 mins), Chalobah and Edwards plus Jackson in the 90th minute. The rest were all inherited players, some of whom he had initially written off, criticised publicly and collectively.

Had we been seeing maybe 3 or 4 new faces over time and bedded in we'd never have gotten to this point and that seems to come from his insistence he could do better, and usurp the nexus of what was a good squad by and large.
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Who was...
at 14:45 7 Oct 2018

Bilel Moshni ended up at Rangers wanted to be an MMA fighter. Tunisian I think.
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McGregor Khabib RESULT DISCUSSED HEREIN
at 14:42 7 Oct 2018

I think the fact he leaked a story about insulting and being wanted by "the Irish mafia" tells it's own story.

He's talented, but he's not a top fighter in the way Khabib is. if it wasn't for injuries Khabib would have been as big as Anderson, GSP et al a while ago.
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McGregor Khabib RESULT DISCUSSED HEREIN
at 14:18 7 Oct 2018

The first low leg single Khabib shot was marvellous and I think totally intentional to show McGregor a) he didn't care about his hands b) tie him up and make him panic about wrestling defence.

That right hand he cracked McGregor with after so much dominant leg lacing and top control was beautiful. It also showed how fallible that "touch of death" mystique was. Especially when as Diaz showed Connor's ground game is so basic.

The stuff after is inexcusable, but McGregor went after Khabib's family, religion, and identity. You can't fcuk with that and not reap the consequences. It's also clear Mcgregor started the brawl in the cage and threw first. He must have seen the footage back and knew he couldn't press charges.

Someone has edited together his last 3 years of press conferences and shown there's a very nasty racist undertone to McG's "game". He's like Chael Sonnen but timed it right when the sport blew up and nowhere near as charming.







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Bizarre starting line-up at the back
at 14:14 7 Oct 2018

I initially thought the former in his first few weeks, but seeing his team close up in action it has swing dramatically to the latter. I think it's indisputable we're treating a fairly fortunate win, as we are.

For me it can't be Pardew at all. The Poyet rumour is the likeliest, and one I'd be inclined to believe over others. He is incredibly hit and miss though.

What we don't want is 3 or 4 managers adding a few players here and there and having a squad that has no identity. That's the slow burn version of what Hurst has done here, so he needs to really keep producing until Christmas to justify keeping him on.

Whatever happens, anything less than 15th is a failure, relegation unspeakable. The fact we're now hoping for failure in the first season is telling.
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Drove 8hrs for this......
at 14:10 7 Oct 2018

I don't know. Like I said, I was told as much again but who knows the shelf life or validity of a lot of this stuff? For me, it seems like he is at a low ebb regardless. He looks like a man who is tired and aged already.

A lot of people are hanging their hats on this picture of him and Chambers. I think the strength of which shows how insecure their sense of "all is well" and these rumours being made up is. We'd all love it to be fine, but it evidently isn't and hasn't been. To take one moment out of context and dismiss the last 3 months is beyond silly.

I felt he looked a little shocked to win, obviously relieved and didn't know how to react. It was Chambers going to him after all, the players came to us. There was no sense of running to him and Doig but fairly rigid acknowledgements each way. I'd say if things aren't as bad as made out, they're closer to it than further.

The big decision is do we now give him this month anyway? It makes or breaks our season, especially as we didn't move far up the table thanks to results elsewhere and who we play.
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Good review Mullers
at 10:07 7 Oct 2018

Cheers mate.

I felt for Pennington and if I couldn't understand Donacien at LB (the goal really wasn't his fault at all) then removing him and keeping Pennington or Nsiala in situ at half time was baffling.

It's almost like Hurst doesn't want to make a decision on dropping one or the other, especially as he's finally dropped Nolan this weekend. But it seems really weird that the treatment of Donacien continues when his performances haven't merited much more than praise.

As good as it was, it was depressing to think that yesterday must be what it's like to be Burton or someone and mug a win desperately. We're too big, too free spending and should have too much quality to be in this sort of position.

The celebrations at the end were really telling. If that was Hurst's first step back, it's a long road with him and the players and the fans it seems. As I said those were men tired of being hammered, tired of having the p1ss taken out of them, you could see it all over their faces and body language.

I'd love to think this is where he gets it right. It was the first game were Doig was prowling the technical area, where you sensed some encouragement. But we got badly out thought at times and struggled to do more than just ride our luck. It was just so nice to see shots go in and hurt a team, crosses not get snuffed out etc.

If Swansea had a bit more grit in the middle they'd have hammered us. McBurnie seems to be mid pace, mid intelligence, average in the air and average at finishing. Nothing wrong with that, but they seemed not to know which strength to play to.

As I said after Boro, Andre in a 3 might be enough to save him some face but worryingly, I was told again this weekend the decision is already made. We'll know for sure Monday morning I guess.
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Drove 8hrs for this......
at 08:53 7 Oct 2018

http://www.espn.com/soccer/blog/name/93/post/1850407/headline I told you he was stupid.
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Drove 8hrs for this......
at 08:24 7 Oct 2018

Thanks mate, high praise that!
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Drove 8hrs for this......
at 07:49 7 Oct 2018

Cheers mate, hopefully see you again this season at some point.

We were far from brilliant yesterday but it meant so much getting that win finally. Swansea will wonder how the hell they managed to lose the game, but neither side were consistent for 90 minutes and for once that was t our benefit.

It's a shame the highlights don't show Skuse's through ball or his blocked shot in the latter stages as he looked certain to score a great goal.
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