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Ipswich Town v Swindon Town prediction logged
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The EFL wouldn’t dare give a points deduction in these circumstances surely?
at 20:33 29 Dec 2020

‘It had initially been expected that the game would be put back to later in the season but the EFL is keen to get matches played and there are concerns that action such as fines or even points deductions could be handed out retrospectively if games are postponed and it’s later deemed that they could have been played.’


If they did, we should pull out of the league in protest. They surely wouldn’t do that in a situation like this.
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Oh the joys of social media
at 20:17 29 Dec 2020


[Post edited 29 Dec 2020 20:17]
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Some huge games between now and the end of January
at 15:43 16 Dec 2020

Friday - Hull v Pompey
Saturday - Peterborough v Ipswich
Boxing Day - Doncaster v Accrington
Boxing Day - Sunderland v Hull
29th - Peterborough v Charlton
29th - Hull v Lincoln
29th - Accrington v Sunderland
29th - Fleetwood v Doncaster
January 2nd - Accrington v Pompey
January 2nd - Fleetwood v Ipswich
January 2nd - Hull v Charlton
January 2nd - Peterborough v Doncaster
January 9th - Charlton v Accrington
January 9th - Lincoln v Peterborough
January 16th - Fleetwood v Portsmouth
January 23rd - Peterborough v Ipswich
January 23rd - Portsmouth v Hull
January 26th - Accrington v Hull
January 26th - Ipswich v Sunderland
January 26th - Portsmouth v Lincoln
January 30th - Charlton v Portsmouth
January 30th - Lincoln v Doncaster


Two things of note:
1) Hull have a quite awful run of fixtures. They could genuinely lose their next 4.
2) If we could put any sort of a run together between now and the end of January, we’d be top of the league with all those fixtures of teams around us playing each other.
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How sh1t is this league?
at 21:46 15 Dec 2020

We’re 2 points off top and we’re absolutely terrible.

In fact, we were the only top 6 team to win today.
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Millwall no longer taking the knee tomorrow now
at 21:26 7 Dec 2020

And the Millwall fans on their forum are celebrating like they’ve won a trophy.

‘Millwall supporters have ended the knee. Probably one of the proudest moments of my Millwall career.’

Hope they get relegated. And then fold. Awful group of people support them.

https://millwall-forum.vitalfootball.co.uk/threads/club-statement-re-tomorrow-ni
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Horse fancy today 🐎
at 11:26 5 Dec 2020

Aintree 1:30 - Smooth Stepper @ 25/1 E/W with Paddy Power/Betfair (5 places)

Think he’s a cracking price for an each way punt today. For a horse that has only started single figures once in his last 11 starts, you may wonder why. However, I think the desperate conditions today from the rain will certainly suit. He’s simply a much better horse when running on heavy. In fact, all of his best runs have come on heavy or soft. Last time out he ran alright on his seasonal reappearance which I think will put him spot on for this. He’s one of a few who will surely stay the trip and now the ground has come in his favour, I make 25s clear value. Also worth noting the trainer has aimed Smooth Stepper at this for a while.

Good luck if you get involved. Bet responsibly if you do.


Edit - On a similar note, I also think Federici is a huge price each way at 33/1 in the 3:15.
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The state of the replies from Millwall fans to this tweet
at 14:25 4 Dec 2020



The fact the players even felt they had to make a statement because of the recent threats (apparently) from millwall fans to boo and chant when the players take the knee says it all. But then the replies to this.. deary me.
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Worst owner in the football league
at 21:38 3 Dec 2020

Evans Out.
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What’s happened to Lambert over the last 2 years?
at 23:26 2 Dec 2020

When he came in, he spoke with the fans, met Blue Action, brought some of the Town legends in like Burley and Wark and generally did everything he could to emphasise the fans being great and the importance of togetherness.

Look at these quotes from a couple of years ago:
https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/34904/lambert-important-to-listen-to-fa

Fast forward 2 years nearly to the day and he’s slagging off the fans, the local media and creating war with TWTD.

How can he flip from that Paul Lambert to this Paul Lambert? My only explanation is that was all an act to get the fans onside. I never saw it at the time. None of us did. He genuinely seemed to care. But now the mask has slipped and fallen to floor, it makes me angry to think all of that was just an act. Lambert Out.
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I fully expect Lambert to attack the fans tonight
at 06:49 1 Dec 2020

Think his meltdown and madness will come to a head tonight after the game, particularly if we lose. Any mention whatsoever of it being ‘a tough week’ or anything like that and I expect Lambert to go full circle from his initial love of the fanbase to blaming all of us for the current shambles.

The Phil stuff, the paranoia, the Hendry stuff, the petition, the podcast snippets, the emails to O’Neil.. I just totally expect the straw of Lambert to snap and his mask to totally slip about the fans. He knows he’s done here and has no reason to carry on with his ‘the fans are nae normal’ act.

Prediction - We draw 1-1, he goes on a crazy paranoid rant about the fans, and the old ‘mutual consent’ statement comes out before Saturdays game.
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Anyone know a Northern club that have dismissed their manager? (n/t)
at 16:52 29 Nov 2020

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Evans we know you don’t give a s**t but if you do..
at 16:43 28 Nov 2020

SACK HIM
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‘What is it with the injuries at the club?’
at 15:36 28 Nov 2020

‘They have no luck whatsoever’

It’s not luck Brenner. It’s the shambles of a physio staff
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Next manager - The likeliest options and some analysis
at 07:19 26 Nov 2020

If we take it that Evans won’t be as patient as last year with Lambert of current results continue to disappoint as Phil has suggested. So we bring in someone new by late December/January. We’re around the playoffs let’s say for this scenario, maybe just outside them. But crucially top 2 is getting away from us. Who do we go for?

In no particular options, here are 5 of the names mentioned most for the job and a bit about them from yours truly.




1) Paul Cook - Seems to have improved the more experience hes gained. Didn’t do much early in his managerial career other than an Irish league title. More recently.. took Chesterfield up to league 1 and then got them in the playoffs the following year. Followed that up by winning League 2 with Portsmouth. Followed that up by winning league 1 with Wigan. Had them comfortably mid table last season but their off field problems resulted in them being relegated.

Pros - Knows how to win and get results and can deal with the expectations of big clubs who need promotion. Also said to play a good brand of football. Is currently available.

Cons - Could he now be deemed better than us? He may be waiting for a championship club to come along. Also, by the time we act with Lambert, he could’ve already been snapped up.



2) Danny Cowley - Smashed it as a non league manager at Concord and Braintree. Seemed to be well worth a punt for a league team and Lincoln gave him the chance. Did really well at Lincoln to take them from the conference up to League 1. Also, did well in the cups. Eventually went to Huddersfield but things never worked out there.

Pros - Has plenty of promotions on his CV. Will take the cups seriously (not relevant for this season though). Seemed to create a real togetherness at Lincoln. Is currently available.

Cons - Football is very direct. Hasn’t actually won a promotion from this division or better at any point in his career. Comes on the back of a failed time at Huddersfield in the championship.



3) Lee Johnson - Still relatively inexperienced in number of clubs having only managed Oldham, Barnsley and Bristol City. Seems to be a marmite manager for most people with some thinking he’s top quality and others seeing him as useless. It’s probably somewhere in the middle. Seems to be able to build clubs but hasn’t shown the ability to bring any real success to any of the three he’s managed.

Pros - Has steadily built something at all three clubs he’s been at. None have looked like going down under him (though that is irrelevant for us you’d like to think). The football is generally well received and, even if results aren’t going his way, he sticks to his eye catching brand of football which is admirable. Is currently available.

Cons - Has NEVER won a promotion as a manager. Is coming off the back of a sacking after spending huge money at Bristol City and never getting the end result. His teams often go on long winning runs but then followed up with huge runs of poor results.



4) Kieron Dyer - Unknown quantity as a manager despite a high class career on the pitch. Has been doing a lot of coaching in recent years without breaking through to the first team role anywhere as he’d hoped.

Pros - Knows the club inside out. Would be likely guided by a wise head like a Terry Butcher or someone of that ilk. Could be a hidden gem as a manager, despite having no experience. Knows the youth well already. Would be cheap. Is currently available.

Cons - Has never managed a club. Huge negative. He would be a big punt right now with no experience behind him.



5) Nigel Pearson - He’s managed for many years and that experience as a manager at a much higher level could be useful. Has also got promoted from this league and has actually done well at his recent teams in this country.

Pros - Performed a bit of a miracle at Watford in his last job (Premier League) but was harshly sacked. Has won promotions from this league. Teams have been known to play good football. Hasn’t been one to turn down a challenge and we’re the sort of club he’d go for (perhaps more so if in the championship though). Notoriously good for getting a short term impact. Would definitely ruffle some feathers of senior pros who absolutely need it. Is currently available.

Cons - A fiery character who perhaps has a bit of Hurst in him with his anger. Probably out of the budget that Evans would pay. League 1 might be beneath him at the moment.




My preference - Paul Cook
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Embarrassing. Lambert out. Evans out.
at 20:26 24 Nov 2020

Should’ve been 3-0. Thoroughly outclassed by a team that look sh*t themselves.. in LEAGUE 1.

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Brenner just described Josh Emmanuel as..
at 20:19 24 Nov 2020

‘A really exciting full back player’

Couldn’t help but laugh at that.
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Is anyone surprised?
at 20:01 24 Nov 2020

It’s looked obvious for a while that as soon as we took on any of the better teams this season, we’d be beaten. Piss poor from far too many. The defending for the second goal.. dear oh dear.

Need to come out firing second half.
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Predictions for Hull then
at 12:08 23 Nov 2020

Was always going to be a really tough game even if we weren’t missing half our team.

2-0 Hull. I see no reason to suggest anything but a comfortable defeat is in the offing.
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