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|Elliott and Norris at Town to Conclude Loan Moves|
Bart was not last season's player of the season … far from it.
We have his replacement for this season already and are now completing the loan of another keeper. We need more up front.
This arrangement suits all parties well.
|The Long and Winding Decline|
Some interesting points. Cambridge might be a second centre in the great scheme of things in the region but when you consider football they do not register at all. Are they doing anything nowadays? I doubt they are about to overtake us are they? If you consider heritage it is still us as the number one. Even after Sheepshanks had started the decline we enjoyed European tours. Norwich have a lot further to go to catch us up even if they are currently better on the pitch. If they don't reach the promised land this season they will have to tighten their belts.
The same legacy of Sheepshanks that left us in administration also gave us the stadium we have now. It could do with a clean but it is a better stadium than most clubs at our level or below. It would grace the Premier League as well as most of those not established there.
|Avoiding Sunderland's Fate - Lessons From Sunderland Till I Die|
Some interesting thoughts and comparisons here but there are some major differences too. We cannot expect to be in Sunderland's position next season if we go down. We are more akin to Coventry (or Norwich when they went down).
The idea that "Bart needs to be rehabilitated and given a decent run. We all know what he’s capable of. Let’s get him right and get him back to being what he’s been over the last three seasons for us." flies in the face of the earlier statement of where 2 keepers had been chopped and changed and had both had their confidence shot. Gerken has done nothing wrong. Bart has now been dropped twice for his poor form. He is definitely our better keeper long term but right now Gerken rightly has the gloves and should remain the man with them until there is a very good reason to change. He made a cracking save to ensure we got the 3 points on Saturday. Of course, everything should be done to put right whatever is wrong with Bart at the moment and he will be back I am sure. However, dropping Gerken would be plain wrong.
|Where We Might Be Without Asset Stripping|
Asset stripping would be selling long term value (e.g. land, infrastructure etc) in order to take money out of the club. This clearly has not happened. The difficulty with transfer value is that what you are actually getting is compensation for the remaining contract. Fail to sell and, if a player does not sign a new contract, the club gets nothing (i.e. the player is no longer an asset at all). In several of the cases above there was little choice. Where the club did choose not to cash in it would probably have been better to have done so. One exception, of course, is Rhodes.
Of course, this is also not a new thing. Sheepshanks tried desperately to cash in on the value of Hreidarsson and Holland but the players realised they would make more money if they didn't accept the transfers and the inability to cash in on their contract value meant the club went into administration (which really we never properly recovered from despite Evans' input). Before that we sold teams to pay off building the new stands too.
|Lambert: When It Turns It’ll Be a Great Ride|
Lambert's public backing of Bart is important. He needs to recover form because he gained us a lot of points last season and has, instead cost us points so far this. His praise of the players is important too. I still maintain it looked like we didn't train enough with a football previously and we don't catch up on those control, pass and move skills without spending time on it. We need someone like Bishop or Dozzell in the centre because there isn't enough creativity. Edwards disappoints too often.
|Mogga: No Contact From Town|
Indeed, the contest was "no disrespect to Ipswich". He knows what he is into where he is and expectations are probably a little more reasonable having only just returned from League 1. He should publicly show confidence in his present employers. He does also suggest a lack of confidence in Evans' desire too.
|Hurst: Sears Should Show More Self-Belief|
Indeed. MM was clearly happy with the role Sears did. When he first came here he played through the middle and scored goals. I am certain Hurst can employ him as the striker he sees the potential in.
|Be Careful What You Wish For... Which Was?|
I think the "be careful what you wish for" was the idea that we could easily do worse than MM and the names you list as no thanks (and many others) could easily have been that. They are what we would typically have appointed in the past.
I thought MM had done a good job but his time had run its course (he didn't help himself in the end either). I am very pleased with the appointment of Hurst and we now need to give him the same time and patience the owner showed with MM.
|Knudsen and Harrison in Town Squad Facing MK Dons|
I think Denmark probably trained him into it. The odd thing is why our coaching staff didn't. It seemed obvious. Better coaching? Be interesting to see if it gets used here and how much/well.
|Wilder Reveals New Blades Bid for Waghorn|
If they bid below £5M for him that is derisory and shows they do not rate him at all. If the new bid is also so low we should simply ignore it until the window closes and then say "we told you the price was £10M".
|Posh Chairman Reveals Town Contact|
Can't trust what he says. His only interest is in promoting interest in his players in order to bump up transfer fees. Best to steer well clear unless one of their players comes out of contract or simply ignore his inferences that other clubs are interested and offer a take it or leave it at true value.
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