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League One Clubs Vote to End Season Early
at 21:50:58

The season was always going to end weirdly, and this is the least painful weird way to end it. Now we can say - "We ended as low as 11th in League 1 once, but that wasn't a proper season because of a pandemic."
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Pompey Chief Executive: League One Decision May Not Come Until June
at 12:58:32

It seems that these 6 clubs in particular have lost the sense of the ticking clock. Surely most clubs understand that June and July would be best spent preparing for a potentially traumatic season coming up. Several mass gathering events in late August and September have already been cancelled, so it is very hard to see how next season will work out - and will certainly not be remotely 'normal'. Instead, we are still faffing about trying to resuscitate a dead season.
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Evans: Focus Should Be on How We Finish the Season
at 21:35:47

Football is a game and health is life [Stephen Humphreys, Southend United]. Marcus Evans' difficulty is that he is committed to two areas of activity - hospitality and sport - which ultimately don't matter. I think he is struggling (and he isn't alone) to grasp his own unimportance at this time.
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FIFA Medical Chief Sceptical About Summer Return
at 17:40:29

Yes, 62WasBest - I'm surprised at how little the idea of a shorter new season has been aired. It would make for a very exciting shorter (but planned) campaign while giving chance to finish this season sometime. Unfortunately I suspect that contracts of various kinds make this kind of flexibility hard.
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Lambert: I Don't See Football Returning as Soon as June
at 15:04:43

I don't wish this guy any personal ill for him or his family - but just as a favour to us all could he be put in isolation for a few weeks at least so we don't have these banal comments for a while. He doesn't know anything, his opinion doesn't matter, we are not asking to hear from him and when we do, we are no wiser.
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Lambert Expects Premier League Wage Cuts
at 16:54:12

Why - from now on - should any footballer or manager be paid more than a nurse?
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Joint Statement: No Decisions Taken Today, Discussions to Continue
at 19:23:25

Their problem is that the only sensible, indeed feasible, decision seems to be to ditch the season but they cannot bear to take it - rather like the IOC and the Olympics.
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Premier League, EFL and PFA Issue Joint Statement
at 13:03:18

Translation:
'We don't know what to do.
We'll have to have more meetings about it'
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O'Neill: Resume the Season When It's Safe to Do So
at 22:13:52

I think that, with great foresight, ITFC declared the season null and void a while back. Or at least the fans did.
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Lambert: Marcus Will Do What He Wants to Do, I Don’t Sit and Worry
at 16:06:32

If whatever happens, happens the idea of a manager is meaningless. I think the idea is that the manager makes things happen that are otherwise not happening.
Or not, as in this case.
He is doing some good however, as keeping a 6 foot social distance gap to slow down the virus is going to get very easy at PR.
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Keane: Getting Run of Games Has Been Great For Me
at 10:44:05

I suppose that even in a mortuary there's someone whose feeling great.
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Earl: There's No Reason Why We Can't Go and Win This League
at 16:31:27

There is, indeed, no reason why we can't win this League.

SO WHY THE ******* ARE WE NOT LOOKING LIKE DOING SO?
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Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Ipswich Town- Match Report
at 18:48:56

What Wycombe have - and we largely lack - is teamwork and pace. I thought that, again, we look ponderous (or is it a misplaced arrogance?). You can see why PL couldn't cut it at Wycombe with his obsessions with hugeness and more rotation than a helicopter pilot. Ainsworth just gets his team playing enthusiastically to win for each other. I think we'll remain huge, dizzy and in League 1. I'd be more optimistic for Wycombe.
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Ipswich Town 1-2 Coventry City - Match Report
at 09:18:38

This was the game when, with about 6000 others, I felt we properly arrived in League 1. Yes, it was a Cup match, but it epitomised the level we have reached. The crowd, the quality of the football, the helplessness of the manager all symbolise a provincial town club that had its glory but has found its place again. A very, very sad moment but strangely predictable - like a death really.
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Wycombe Game Rescheduled
at 10:48:41

Perhaps the thinking is that, with a much bigger squad than Wycombe, two games near each other are much harder for them. Also, Wycombe are doing well currently, but are not predicted to keep up this same pace so that may be a better time to meet them. (Of course the same might turn out to be true of Town!)
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Bolton Boss Departs Ahead of Town Visit
at 23:47:33

If money from the Premier was thrown at these clubs would it really help? Isn't their problem bad ownership? If these dodgy owners saw Premier money coming that would encourage, not discourage them. Bolton had plenty of access to parachute payments as they sank into this mess. The real answer is a much stricter fit and proper person test.
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Lambert to Make Changes as AFC Wimbledon Visit Portman Road
at 22:23:55

Re Saturday: 'no suggestion the Town match is in similar danger'????
When a club is postponing its own matches and with no likelihood of their off-the-field situation improving by Saturday it seems obvious that situationally that match is in very great danger. Bolton certainly won't want to play it if they can avoid it without extra sanctions. They's expect to be in far better shape for a rearranged fixture later in the season.
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Where Next?
at 23:04:42

I'm sorry, but this piece is just drivel. 'by my calculations we were one of the worst Second Division teams ever'. Well they were not very detailed calculations because a great many teams at the bottom of that division and its predecessors have had worse records. And arguably Bolton's record was essentially the same this season. The column is just negative hype. 'Some people think we should be aiming for the top two'. Er - what else should we be aiming for? I imagine that everyone at the club, among the fans and looking on from other clubs is certain we are aiming for the top two, whether or not we achieve it. The political analogy is especially stupid as Farage is a model of success, like him or loath him, and constantly used here as an analogy of failure. My suggestion is that the writer of this piece takes a break for the summer. And possibly the winter too.
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McCarthy: I Hope Fans That Hounded Me Out Enjoy the Sexy Football in League One
at 17:03:24

Those who agree with MM on here are missing the point about his remarks - a true professional with class simply wouldn't make them at all, let alone a year on after a disappointing relegation. Will Hurst do the same? He could, but I doubt it. It tells you everything that, while MM may possibly have kept us up this season, most of us are still glad he went - that is something he should feel personally ashamed about. Better to fail and be rid of him.
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Lambert: Until It's Mathematically Impossible You Never Give In
at 22:43:45

Mathematically we can still reach the play offs if we can improve our GD in relation to Bristol City (though every other club will have to arrange its results to stay below 54 points . . .). I'm surprised PL didn't spot that one. Better still, if (!) we're in the bottom three before the final game and three clubs go into liquidation there's every likelihood we'll get a reprieve. Then there's the possibility of World War 3 and the season being abandoned. There is still so much hope if you are delusional enough.
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