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Garmin smartwatch
at 10:01 4 Jun 2024

What kind of running do you coach? I'm just getting into running seriously this year and doing lots of races, absolutely love it, can't believe I didn't do it when I was younger.
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Garmin smartwatch
at 10:00 4 Jun 2024

I've got one of these too, and just use it for pacing when doing runs/races, and it totally does the job. I'm never really sure what extra stuff people get with the more expensive Garmins.
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I have to say
at 11:29 23 May 2024

My guess is that he'll be Chelsea manager by the end of tomorrow.
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If he really has to go....
at 11:24 23 May 2024

Salty.
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Disappointed by McKenna
at 11:21 23 May 2024

To an extent yes, but I guess the risk is that there's too high a turnover of players due to Chelsea needing to meet the rules and transfers are basically out of his hands.
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Disappointed by McKenna
at 10:56 23 May 2024

He could be a big success there, he's exactly the kind of manager that Chelsea need, there's enough talent at Chelsea that a really good coach and tactician could work wonders.

For me the profit and sustainability rules are a big risk though - how would McKenna actually get an independent assessment of what's about to go down over the next year or two at Chelsea re player sales, points deductions etc.
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Disappointed by McKenna
at 10:27 23 May 2024

I think he's pretty much nailed on for Chelsea now and he could do a good job there, no way he'll choose Brighton.
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McKenna keen on Chelsea job
at 09:53 23 May 2024

Yep this is what I think - it's actually a pretty good opportunity for him and he's well-suited to being a head coach who does training and tactics. He sorted out Paul Cook's mess without batting an eyelid - if anyone in football could sort Chelsea into a coherent team it's McKenna, the fact that the players are a higher standard is neither here nor there.
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This summer
at 11:11 16 May 2024

This thread is totally nuts - but we should be thinking about i) ensuring we get lots of compensation if he leaves; ii) making sure we have sensible alternatives lined up; iii) making sure we know which backroom staff would go with him if he left; iv) making sure our approach to recruitment isn't totally dependent on McKenna etc etc.

I'm sure these are the sorts of things Ashton is really good at, though.

And for what it's worth I don't think he'll leave this summer - really can't see Man United taking such a big punt - recreating the team spirit and togetherness at ITFC at a club like Man United is going to be pretty much impossible given all the big names in the dressing room.

I think he needs at least a year or two (here or somewhere else) of managing players with bigger reputations in the Premier League before he will be considered for a top six job. And I think he doesn't gain that much from going to e.g. Brentford/Brighton now as oppose to staying with ITFC - my guess is that he keeps us up and goes to a big club at some point in our second season in the Prem.
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Championship players we could be looking to sign this summer
at 08:50 8 May 2024

Ben Davies is a cultured left-sided centre back, a good few years left in him at 31, likely to leave Spurs this summer. Also Armando Broja might be of interest, definitely going to leave Chelsea.
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No disrespect to a thoroughly decent man
at 08:44 8 May 2024

Bru did have lots of qualities, just don't think he'd be a McKenna type midfielder.
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Championship players we could be looking to sign this summer
at 08:41 8 May 2024

Think we'll be an attractive option given McKenna's reputation - no idea how much cash we'll have to spend but if we managed to get Jack Clarke and keep Omari we'd be really dangerous going forward - to me Clarke has the look of a player who could perform at a much higher level.
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No disrespect to a thoroughly decent man
at 08:34 8 May 2024

That's true, yes, have edited.
[Post edited 8 May 8:35]
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No disrespect to a thoroughly decent man
at 08:31 8 May 2024

This is quite a misinformed, ignorant post in various ways - Kenlock always did his best for the club, and he would have been a McKenna sort of player in the sense that McKenna would have appreciated his attitude, and Kenlock would have benefitted a lot from the right coaching at a younger age, he would have given absolutely everything to ITFC, and if things had been a bit different could easily have performed a specific role off the bench like Jackson does. It's the ones like Bullard, Chopra, Norwood etc in terms of attitude that we'd never see again under McKenna.

And in terms of playing style it's the really one-paced midfielders like Judge, Douglas, Bru etc who couldn't press a daisy who McKenna wouldn't fancy.
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Kieran McKenna - Demolition Man?
at 08:22 1 May 2024

Yeah - I think from the 25 man squad if you take out Jackson, Donacien, Aluko, Harness, Ball, Williams, Moore, Travis (hopefully we try to sign Sarmiento and Hutchinson) that's eight spaces - and you'd expect that a decent chunk of the replacements would be first 11 players.

Maybe Luongo and Edmundson would be two who might leave and might not depending on how much they like it here, and how much they want first team football. Maybe Al-Hamadi, Humphreys and Baggott would get lower Championship team loans.

But wholesale change for the sake of change is pointless, and our great strength over the last two years has been team spirit, identity, togetherness.
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On the positive side
at 12:48 30 Apr 2024

Don't really like the idea that they've got zero to play for - some players will be putting themselves in the shop window for a decent move in a high-profile game against good opponents, others will be playing for contracts / to win the shirt for next season etc. etc.
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Hoopoe Watch
at 15:10 18 Apr 2024

I've just been in Extremadura for a week, lots of Hoopoes and lots of other cool birds - stayed in Trujillo, a couple of hours to the west of Madrid. Definitely recommended at this time of year (mid-April) before it's too hot.

Hoopoe relative density map here:
https://ebba2.info/maps/species/Upupa-epops/ebba2/abundance/
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Ahadme has got three in his last two games for Cambridge
at 11:53 3 Apr 2024

Two excellent finishes against Wigan.
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Is Paul Cooks Chesterfield promoted tonight?
at 20:44 20 Mar 2024

Bailey Clements down as right-wing as well!
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I think ive torn my calf muscle today
at 20:35 20 Mar 2024

Sounds bad, must be really frustrating - ice it as much as you can, it can really make a difference in the long run to recovery times, if you haven't got one make sure you've got one of those packs with the strap that you put in the freezer.
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