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That fee for Garner ...
at 10:11 10 Aug 2018

... made me do a triple-take in disbelief last night. I'd expected roughly a third of that and it's probably one of the the best deals Evans has ever done. Leaves us comfortably placed for further additions although I do look at our attacking options and worry a little that, for all the excitement about speed and agility, we are going to lack some presence up there and will need it at times. Think we can definitely upgrade on Garner but hope Hurst is able to move quickly over the next couple of weeks – it won't be easy – because otherwise we are going to need one of Jackson and Harrison to start very quickly.
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Let's just enjoy today
at 11:19 4 Aug 2018

Really hard to see how it'll go. Our team isn't ready yet; Blackburn's isn't either, really, but they know each other's games and strengths perfectly. Suspect we'll see fits and starts of exciting stuff from us and periods where they manage us well. Some significant concerns about our defence but their lack of options in attack might assist us on that score. Expecting a low-scoring, high-energy game with shoots of optimism for the future – but it'll be difficult to make many conclusions til we know who actually plays for us and who doesn't. For now, it's a lovely day so let's make a big, positive noise and make it fun for everyone.
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Not to jump the gun but ....
at 11:54 3 Aug 2018

... if anyone wants a nice read, this is an excellent interview with Nsiala from earlier in the year: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/01/06/shrewsbury-town-defender-aristot
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Stoke have bid £1m for Knudsen ...
at 18:26 1 Aug 2018

... says the impeccably-connected John Percy. We're in for quite a week ...
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Can we get 20k in there on Saturday?
at 14:13 1 Aug 2018

I'm guessing not, although I just bought a ticket for my brother-in-law and NS lower doesn't have a great deal left, which is moderately encouraging. Assume holiday season and a middling-to-low away attendance won't help either. Be brilliant if the fans could help give this new era the start it deserves; if we get off to a flyer then who knows?
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Earl Jean
at 11:53 30 Jul 2018

Was anyone else there when our first St Lucian turned out for Town?
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Harrison
at 10:11 23 Jul 2018

This one looks interesting. I knew the name but not really the player, so had a look at a few bits last night. He's a bit of a firecracker, very urgent and dynamic, not completely polished but really drives at teams and I can see what Hurst (or anyone) would like about him. Seems to get a lot of shots off in most games; should have scored more than 14 last season, there are some fairly glaring misses, but on the flip side he created a lot of those opportunities himself and also hit the woodwork a few times from outside the box.

There's evidence of some fairly sharp link-up play, although hit and miss at times, and he's happy to come deep before receiving the ball and setting off. Also got a good jump on him and, as Rovers fans have pointed out I think, does a lot of good defensive work at set pieces.

Could be one that steps up straightaway, thrives on the higher level and sets the league alight; might be one that frustrates a bit with decision making at times and needs time. But should be entertaining, I think, and it's certainly a signing with very interesting potential if we can do it.
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So what do we still need, signings-wise?
at 10:39 19 Jul 2018

Been away for a while and still catching up slowly. My sense is that we are two centre-backs, a forward who can play across the line (perhaps like the lad from Accrington), and a central striker light. That's the minimum we need in the next few weeks, depending also on the ongoing injury situation in central midfield. Sound about right?

Either way it is hard to expect a settled start to the season. I make Blackburn favourites on the opening day as we stand and it is going to be very important indeed that people are patient.
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Poland squad named in a couple of hours ....
at 10:40 4 Jun 2018

The very strong suggestion is that Bart will be *in*, largely due to Skorupski struggling with a hip injury. Would be a stroke of fortune he deserves, so fingers crossed ...
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Think Huckerby's legend status might have gone to his head
at 08:26 27 May 2018



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Shane Supple is in the Ireland squad for upcoming friendlies
at 15:46 21 May 2018

That's one of the more eyecatching career turnarounds. Great if he gets a cap.
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Birmingham getting nobbled for FFP by the sounds of it ....
at 09:12 6 May 2018

... which would be good. Could be the first of quite a few at our level.
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Dylan Crowe - anyone seen much of him?
at 09:46 4 May 2018

Very impressive to be in that squad and presumably he fits a certain mould of modern right-back too – never seen him play, should we be excited?
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Mick could well get the Sunderland job ...
at 13:11 30 Apr 2018

... by the sounds of it.
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There's a take on Mick's departure here
at 17:02 29 Mar 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/29/mick-mccarthy-leave-ipswich-man
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Now Evans has the biggest task of his time at Town
at 10:38 29 Mar 2018

The identity of Mick's replacement may make or break us; I hope there is some clarity, forward thinking and ambition in the recruitment process.

On another note I hope we can all find it in ourselves to treat Mick with some grace and respect now. It's a cycle that has come to an end, rightly so, but he deserves a warm send-off and to be wished well.
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Knudsen and Bart
at 08:11 28 Mar 2018

Jonas definitely took his chance last night – saw bits of the game and he looked perfectly at home (they used his long throw quite a lot too), and the response in Denmark has been been very good. From the Politiken newspaper: "If the benchmark was this one match, the national team's challenge to find the right left-back for the World Cup would be over." Might just have played his way into serious World Cup contention from an outsider's position, would be brilliant for him.

Where Bart's concerned it looks 50/50 – Skorupski made a few good saves as far as I could tell but was then beaten twice late on, although it would be harsh to blame him overly for either. Will come down to factors beyond the games themselves I expect.
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Great Bart profile / interview here
at 12:40 23 Mar 2018

Google translate will be your friend: https://www.przegladsportowy.pl/pilka-nozna/reprezentacja-polski/bartosz-bialkow
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Knudsen
at 10:48 23 Mar 2018

Was at the Denmark game last night, although all I saw of Knudsen was a diligently performed warm-up as he didn't get on. Chatting to people there, it seems there is little expectation that he will make the World Cup – left-back is a bit of an odd position for them, though, as Jonas was among *three* specialists to be called up for the squad but the lad who actually started there is usually a right-back. As the other two got some minutes, one would conclude he is fourth out of four and will eventually miss out. Don't think they're particularly abreast of how much he has improved at Town and there was some surprise when I opined that he could probably play a notch higher – a better Championship side certainly – at this point. Anyway there we go, for whatever it's worth.
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Thought that was good stuff from Mick
at 13:49 15 Mar 2018

It will have upset the snowflakes no end, but a decent and fairly no-nonsense explanation of how things look from his perspective and I'm sure most can understand it even if they don't agree 100%. Certainly added to the sense that this can't be turned around and that he'll be off – but the questions were good and he answered them well too.
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