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Another gem last night was Ashton clearing up ChequeBook FC by confirming...
at 16:10 30 Jul 2021

Worth saying though that in each of the last few seasons we've surely blown a fair amount on loan fees and wages for loanees and from the Hurst season onwards the benefit of all those loanees to ITFC has pretty much been zero.
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Umm
at 12:45 30 Jul 2021

That last transfer window, when we loaned in Harrop, Mathieson, Parrott and that guy from Barnsley, while loaning out Ndaba, Donacien, El Mizouni and McGavin was extraordinarily wasteful, even by Lambert / Evans standards. Possibly even more daft than the Quaner / Dawkins window.
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Lower SBR now sold out for Morecambe
at 12:03 30 Jul 2021

18,788
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at 12:01 30 Jul 2021

I think that's the point though, that none of those players in that list took responsibility for being the driving force behind the club, for being the player that everyone looks to when you go a goal down, the player that never gives up and makes everyone else play 5% better.

Aside from Chambers and Skuse (maybe 1 or 2 others I've forgotten) over the last few years, the rest of that lot all played with the mentality of 18 year old kids, with really fragile confidence & poor communication on the pitch etc.

For someone like McGavin (as an example) he came in to the team to play alongside Huws in a few games when Huws was playing like he'd won a competition, couldn't make 5-yard passes, looked completely mentally shot - so for McGavin, in his handful of appearances, rather than have someone helping him out, talking him through the game, boosting his confidence, McGavin is (probably) in at the deep end with very little support, because Huws has to concentrate on find a way to not be completely useless himself. Think that sort of thing played out loads of times at ITFC since 2018.
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at 11:52 30 Jul 2021

You do wonder though whether with proper coaching, a team with identity and strategy, a positive environment, a good fitness team beefing him up a bit, Lee Evans alongside him on the pitch, and four really sharp forward players, he couldn't have done a decent job.

But then, I think they had to move away (including Bishop as well), if only to start afresh where they're not really carrying too much baggage or too many hopes and dreams, they're both just relatively low risk signings who will be viewed solely for their performances on the pitch, instead of permanently being measured up against the player that people hoped they could've been.
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at 11:43 30 Jul 2021

Yup, we had Nolan, Donacien, Spence, Harrison, Roberts, Adeyemi, Jackson, Edwards, Huws and Nsiala at the club in the 2018/19 season on permanent contracts in that mid-age bracket, and they were pretty much all either injured or woeful.
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Aden Flint (n/t)
at 08:27 30 Jul 2021

Makes you wonder why no-one on here had the foresight to torpedo the Finidi and Sereni deals.
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Cook on training
at 07:27 30 Jul 2021

Isn't this an indictment of the way the medical & fitness aspects of the club had been run? I don't really understand how/why so many fans seem to want to blame the playing squad for the way Evans ran ITFC.
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Aden Flint (n/t)
at 16:37 29 Jul 2021

To be fair she must have pretty strong ankle ligaments. No way Teddy Bishop could do that.
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Attn: cyclists
at 14:09 29 Jul 2021

A pedestrian is about 60 times more likely (in the UK, 2019 figures) to be killed by a car than a bicycle.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 09:43 29 Jul 2021

Only if the end of the vest sticks out from under the y-fronts, I'd say.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 09:42 29 Jul 2021

10 downs and 6 ups. I've stoked a culture war.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 09:41 29 Jul 2021

Never Ever have I seen such gaudy attire.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 06:15 29 Jul 2021

Oh great, he's going to be wearing gloves in October isn't he.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 21:50 28 Jul 2021

Fair point.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 21:49 28 Jul 2021

It's like he's come in fancy dress as a Paul Jewell signing.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 21:28 28 Jul 2021

If it's peaking out from beneath a sweatshirt I would say tuck it in.
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Disappointed with new signing
at 20:45 28 Jul 2021

Chaplin in that hooded sweatshirt with the big pocket at the front, shirt underneath not tucked in. Disappointing way to dress for his first day at a new job. Did he refuse to pull on some ITFC clobber? Did we not have anything that fit?

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Is there an official cut off point when we are allowed
at 20:42 28 Jul 2021

To be fair, the club must be significantly increasing it's overheads with all these new off-field signings, not to mention the wages committed to players across these 3 or 4 year contracts. Obviously it's very exciting, but we've got to be looking at (based on the Evans era) a loss of > £5m, which will increase a lot in the championship if we got promoted and have a proper go at getting into the top-half etc, so you do have to wonder a bit about how long the Arizona Fire Service pension fund will be willing to sink money into the basically bottomless pit of trying to get into the premiership.

Other than that, the signings and the off-field restructuring look very good.
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Anyone unsure about what Cook was doing last year should read that interview....
at 14:03 28 Jul 2021

The club was an absolute state, definitely, but that really wasn't the players fault, the tone of the club was set by the owner in everything that he didn't do.
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