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Statement of intent from Newcastle?
at 12:52 26 Oct 2021

New owner: I would like us to make a marvelous signing in the January transfer window!
Newcastle: OK
Flying solo
at 12:44 8 Oct 2021

Just bought my ticket for the Portsmouth away game. It will be my first game of the season and first ever going on my own! I'm a little nervous to be honest but mainly excited.

Anyone else go to games on their own or is it just me that's a Billy-no-mates? Any tips for solo Town fans?
Don't worry no one is being relegated this year
at 13:28 6 Aug 2021

Interesting looking through the predictions of some journalists following league one clubs in EADT

No one has predicted their team to win the league or get relegated. 18 teams have a top half predicted finish and 7 in the playoffs with Sunderland and Wycombe the only teams to predict themselves in the automatic places.

What can we learn from this? Not much probably, apart from some general preseason optimism and a lot of teams that think they have a chance this season.
Gareth Southgate - club manager?
at 11:20 2 Jul 2021

I've been really impressed by Southgate over the past few months and that got me thinking where do people see him managing in the future and how successful could he be as a club manager?

I don't think he's a tactical genius but has clearly identified a system that he thinks will be successful in tournament football and has had the courage in his convictions to select players that fit well into that system, perhaps surprisingly leaving out some of the attacking talent that he has at his disposal. He's a pragmatic manager and I don't think is necessarily fixed on one style of play so could adapt to different tactics if required for league football.

He's built a really positive culture within the England camp, where in the past there has been cliques and rivalries between players from different clubs. He seems to be a good man manager and role model, disciplining players where required but not freezing anyone out. International managers probably get more time to develop this culture as they often have at least a couple of years in the job between tournaments, would he get the same time at a club to develop a squad?

The reputation of a manager at international level is ultimately dependent on results at tournaments, his stock will be a lot higher if he wins something with England. I have a feeling though that the top teams in the Premier League might still overlook him, leaving him potentially looking at the next tier of clubs looking to break into the top (the likes of West Ham, Leicester, Everton). Perhaps he is more suited to being an international manager, would he be interested in managing another country? Something I don't think many English managers have done - Roy Hodgson is the only one I can think of.

Anyway, interested to get others thoughts on this. Hopefully he is successful with England and stays there a long time.
Last time England beat a top team at a major tournament?
at 12:17 29 Jun 2021

Debatable what counts as a top team but any advances on Argentina 2002?

About time that changed
The transformative power of the manager
at 12:58 27 Nov 2020

Was just reading an article on the influence that managers have on team performance. I found it interesting because it's something I've been thinking a fair bit about recently. If we had a new manager how much difference could it actually make?

There are two main points that stood out to me in the article that I think can be related to our current situation. The first is a quote attributed to Giovanni Trapattoni that "a good manager can make a team 10 per cent better, a manager can make that same team 30 per cent worse". The other was that a clubs budget will dictate what the base platform is (which is why despite Man Utd's questionable managerial performances they are still one of the top teams).

I'd argue that Towns performance last season was our base level. With the players in our squad we'd struggle to be much lower in league 1 honestly (without too much disrespect to the rest of the league). That means that there is significant room for improvement, obviously. I can't think of a player who Lambert has improved, Downes maybe but I'd put this down to natural development rather than anything Lambert has coached. I'm no tactical expert but I don't think playing 4-3-3 and trying to keep the ball is anything groundbreaking so a manager with new ideas could get the best out of this squad. My concern is that there isn't a quick fix to turn the teams fortunes around this season.

Link to full article here:
I was bored
at 12:37 18 Jan 2017

Douglas has been getting a lot of criticism for a while, some justified and I thought some heading into scapegoat territory where he was being blamed for the teams poor performances. I was bored today and decided to look at results when Douglas has started the game and when he hasn't.

With Douglas:
P-18 W-3 D-6 L-9
Points - 15
Points per game - 0.83

Without Douglas
P-11 W-6 D-2 L-3
Points - 20
Points per game - 1.82

This includes cup games so using 'points' might not quite make sense but there's a clear difference there. I don't want to be totally one-sided so it could be argued that Douglas has played more in games that we've lined up defensively in... make of it what you will.
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