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Warnock
at 16:06 7 Apr 2020

Warnock's record in the 2nd tier & below is excellent. 8 promotions & generally an above average winning record, despite having spent most of his career at clubs that haven't exactly been flush with cash.
There have always been 2 sides to his character - the avuncular, amusing, reasonable guy you see when he's calmed down after a game & the whirling dervish during games. I guess he still loves the adrenaline rush that a game brings or why else would he keep managing into his 70s.
Far too late for him to manage Town, but I'd have taken him ahead of Jewell or Lambert at the time they were appointed.
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Sunderland furlough first team players
at 13:47 7 Apr 2020

A furlough with no wage reduction? What is the purpose of that? Are they expecting the government to pay part of the players' wages & the club will make up the balance?
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Warnock v Joe Royle's Ipswich
at 11:40 7 Apr 2020

When Warnock's Notts County were in a Wembley play off final (which they won) David Elleray was 4th official. After Warnock spent the first 10 minutes constantly ranting at him over every trivial decision, Elleray called over the ref, who threatened to send Warnock to the stands if he didn't shut up.
Warnock shut up.
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The Trial of Christine Keeler - BBC Drama
at 11:29 7 Apr 2020

The establishment love awarding medals & titles to each other. It's also a very effective way of sucking others into the establishment.
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Garvan interview - interesting stuff.
at 11:08 7 Apr 2020

Keane clearly intimidated some players. It seems he expected every player to be as 100% committed as he always was as a player & he also was unable to forget a slight or a grudge.
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The Trial of Christine Keeler - BBC Drama
at 10:47 7 Apr 2020

Shortly after his resignation, Profumo was invited to work at Toynbee Hall as a volunteer by Walter Birmingham, who was a warden there.
Toynbee Hall is a charity based in the East End of London, and Profumo continued to work there for the rest of his life, becoming Toynbee Hall's chief fundraiser, and using his political skills and contacts to raise large sums of money.
Most people aren't 100% bad.
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Gordon Taylor won't be taking a cut to his £2m salary then
at 10:18 7 Apr 2020

I think that senior executives in companies which are furloughing employees should take voluntary 20% pay cuts themselves and waive all bonuses until the crisis is over.
Football's problem is its high profile, but yet again, the PFA shoots itself in the foot, unwilling to support any sort of pay cut & Taylor coming out with the absurd nonsense that cutting players' salaries will actually hurt the NHS.
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Gordon Taylor won't be taking a cut to his £2m salary then
at 09:25 7 Apr 2020

The fattest of all fat cats and one who also seems to have more than 9 lives. The 75 year old remains an immovable object & continues to pick up his £2m a year for doing exactly what? Largely, defending his "members", whatever they do. A well led PFA would have been devoting much more of its huge income (thanks to getting a fixed % of the TV income) to setting up schemes to help ex-players adjust to life after football, for example.
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Adnams
at 13:41 6 Apr 2020

If you cannot obtain any Sauvignon Blanc, then even Mr John Cobbold would agree that this is a crisis.
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A tiger in New York has C-19
at 10:42 6 Apr 2020

Received wisdom is that while animals such as cats can catch Covid-19, it is unlikely to affect them much but, more importantly, they do not pass it on to humans.
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Keir Starmer shadow cabinet
at 22:27 5 Apr 2020

Corbyn offered a complete alternative, but the the electorate didn't vote for it. That's democracy in action.
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Lord Bath, The Loin of Longleat, RIP
at 15:04 5 Apr 2020

I think that by now, there may be a fairly large number of people who are related to him.
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Starmer and Rayner elected
at 10:11 5 Apr 2020

Depends if Labour wants to be a protest party or a party of government.
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Starmer and Rayner elected
at 09:45 5 Apr 2020

"a time for national unity" - as long as everyone agrees with your views!
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The reform of English football and money, could it be on the way?
at 09:43 5 Apr 2020

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wartime_League
Unlike during World War I, when pro football stopped in England (but not Scotland) after unwisely playing the 1914-15 season, football continued during World War II, but was heavily regionalised. Regular war time international matches were played (only between the home nations) presumably to benefit morale. Players weren't paid much in those days; I presume the clubs kept paying the players who didn't join up, but I don't know.
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Starmer and Rayner elected
at 13:50 4 Apr 2020

Starmer is a credible alternative Prime Minister and there's a good chance of him turning Labour into a credible alternative government. That's a good thing for the country as a whole. I doubt that his high minded intentions to engage constructively with the government & not oppose purely for opposition's sake will be maintained long term, but you never know & there's certainly a chance that our politics becomes less divisive & we may be able to have more grown up debates about taxation & public services.
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PFA..do it now!
at 16:51 3 Apr 2020

The PFA cannot do that, but they could at least show some leadership, rather than their usual obstructionist approach when anyone suggests that their "members" are doing anything a little wrong.
And yes, there is a big difference between a Premier League player earning £3.5m a year than a League 2 player earning £40k a year, but that doesn't mean the PFA should abdicate its responsibility to encourage PL players to do the right thing.
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Brilliant Magilton interview – thanks Phil
at 08:40 3 Apr 2020

I would have liked to have heard more from Jim as to how & why it all went wrong in 2001-02, but he certainly doesn't seem to be blaming the new signings or GB. I'd forgotten Jim himself was never really fit that season & maybe that was a bigger factor than we thought.
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What percentage of pubs/restaurants/shops will never re-open
at 08:36 3 Apr 2020

The longer the lockdown continues, the more people are likely to understand that eating at home and drinking your own drinks is a much more attractive option than visiting most of the over-priced chain restaurants, many of which have been struggling anyway.
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Brilliant Magilton interview – thanks Phil
at 19:31 2 Apr 2020

Jim's a passionate guy but I would guess a straight guy & the way Evans played games over paying him off the final year of his contract looks very poor. Keep obfuscating & at the last minute capitulate - very poor form.
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