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If we lose tonight...............
at 14:41 14 Aug 2018

As I'm feeling somewhat left by the recent invasion of commenters that haven't quite got into the swing of reciprocal debate I've realised that, in order to keep up, I must desert my fool's paradise of optimism and see things as they really are - lose tonight and two defeats and a draw is relegation form. Meanwhile, Middlesborough are as good as up.

Mick's had long enough keeping his cool behind the analyst's desk. Come back and save us! And get Lukey in on loan so we get the Skyam axis going again; Contact Aberdeen for a season-long loan for Gleeson. Give the keeper's gloves back to Gerks - Bart's lost it.

And get that Emerald Isle production line going again.

It was all good. I wasn't careful what I wished for!

Exeter are no mugs and just the team at the top of their league to be brought down with a bump by our Under-23s. Get 'em in Mick, and give us our club back!
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Rotherham ratings
at 07:59 13 Aug 2018

A table of points awarded for Saturday would have all the old guard at the top and every one of the new boys below them. I know that ratings are often a bit like a "who's in at the moment?" poll, but for those who saw it, was that a completely fair reflection?
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Surprised that the comments aren't a bit more tilted to the positive
at 17:36 28 Jul 2018

We made things happen - that's more than enough for starters.

The rain game
at 17:34 27 Jul 2018

Rain? - We'll see. It can't expect to be welcomed back straight away onto the pitch when it's been away for such a long time.

It may have been well-received in other parts of the country, and even been a life-saver somewhere recently on the world stage, but it's got to prove itself all other again as far as I'm concerned.

We've adopted a dry regime here, and it may or may not be the missing piece in the jigsaw.

Sure, the surface is tough right now, but tough's what we like - may even make men of boys. We're down to the driest of bare-bones, but it is what is. Any new shoots down there need to stand up and be counted.

What's that you're telling me, "a new bucket"? - news to me! I hear some are paying through the nose just to use a sprinkler, but we'll not be held to ransom. Some have paid plenty just to find that the water's no more than dampish. Desert storm-troopers - there the ones we take into battle - who's with me?
at 11:20 16 Jul 2018

Interesting that Town refused to let England U19s take Downes away as they wanted him to be part of their own pre-season preparations (Star).

Perhaps suggests that Hurst likes his energy and thinks it might be his time.
Additionally, maybe he felt that Downes might not be over-used with England.
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World cup: SUFFOLK 9 NORFOLK 3
at 10:41 11 Jul 2018

Yesterday's Telegraph published a county of BIRTH break down of those appearing in an England World Cup squad since its inception.

Suffolk had 9 players, Norfolk 3. London was, of course, out in front with 62.

But, considering its population, Suffolk was the stand-out county.

I've assumed they meant players in a squad of 23. But just who are and were these 9?
John Askey appointed Shrewsbury boss after Macclesfield triumph
at 10:50 1 Jun 2018

Having convincingly led Macclesfield back into the league, John Askey has been appointed manager of Shrewsbury 48 hrs after Hurst departed (B.B.C. sport).

What a relief it will be to learn that Shrewsbury, having had no idea that Hurst might depart, had contacted no agents and put out no feelers before plundering an up-and-coming lower-league talent, leaving Macclesfield bereft in their hour of triumph.
Owner announces lengthy formal process scheduled to end late-May.
at 14:00 29 May 2018

Hundreds of apprehensions, conspiracies and criticisms poured into the space between announcement and resolution in said late-May. Many managers' records analysed and shredded without certainty of their ever having been in the frame.

Club appears to be acting with restraint while suspicions mount that Hurst has always been their man. Club accused of sitting on hands while Jack Ross is spirited away.

St Mirren accuse Sunderland of illegal approach, but their fans don't appear to mind.

Some on here praise Town for their "legal" conduct while no-one who is in-the-know on any hand really supposes that agents are similarly slumbering at peace, simply awaiting developments.

Town announce permission to speak to Hurst; Shrewsbury announce him spoken to before permission sought.

Those clubs losing out air a grievance or three.

Media duly records the changes - top of the page for Sunderland; bottom for Shrewsbury, St Mirren and Town.

World moves on.
Cost of managerial change
at 09:28 22 May 2018

I know that some of you guys have a finger on the financial pulse. I have read that West Ham turned away from the idea of Benitez because he would have cost £6m to prise away from Newcastle.

I understand that managers do not carry the possibility of being a saleable asset in the same way that players do, but it still seems irrational when clubs, including the likes of W Ham, readily spend 8-figure sums on players who they hardly utilise, and then sell on, often at far greater losses than the £6m that would give them someone like Benitez.
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TS Eliot and the Football Waste Land
at 13:17 10 May 2018

April is the cruellest month – or so TS Eliot once said back in 1922, the year of the publication of his poem, The Waste Land, when the FA Cup final was done-and-dusted by the end of April.
level of managerial debate
at 09:31 27 Apr 2018

Some posters, including those who winced at the mere suggestion of criticising Mick and who air brushed his recurring, less than professional outbursts, including his departing flourish, seem quite happy to lambast all these candidates who are just mere names to us yet.

Names, who may yet turn out to be nothing more than journalistic fillers, have been called out for their religion, politics, brushes with the law, age, and, most strange of all, for the obvious flaw of being unfamiliar to a particular poster who may not follow football as closely as some on here do.

Under the guise of discussion more than a few have abandoned the reasonable approach that, at its best, makes this board more than the verbal toilet-roll hurling often found on other fansites. I would hope that, if one of us were applying for a job somewhere, our application might receive a more considered response than smirking dismissal on account of some slip-up in presentation of our personal achievements and views.
Paul Cook's published regret
at 17:18 24 Apr 2018

"Cook knows what it takes to escape from League Two having won the title with Chesterfield two years ago. His only regret was the way they parted company after reaching the League One play-offs.

“I left Chesterfield under a bit of a cloud, which was hurtful for me,” he added. “We were going into the play-offs and I already knew I would be leaving the club – even if we had won promotion."

“Looking back, I should have come out and told the supporters. After everything we had achieved I left without saying goodbye, but I didn’t want to sit back and watch a team I had assembled being taken apart.”


Has he mentioned Town to Wigan fans yet?

I also found a more recent article in which he has a go at negative Wigan fans

Sorry if been posted before
Town's movers and shakers
at 18:04 23 Apr 2018

If TWTD understands that Town are “keeping tabs” on Notts Forest striker, Jason Cummings, currently banging them in on loan at Rangers, then it’s more than I do.

Have our mighty backroom team of agents and Moneyball football men perhaps emerged from Mick’s daunting shadow to set out their vision of future playing styles and player profiles? Are we changing from Charlton to Chelsea in our worldwide player recruitment?

Or is it a plan to attract Warburton on a similar basis to the idea that if Messi were lured to Arsenal, Zidane might follow?
Managerial Musings
at 18:19 19 Apr 2018

With new manager speculation at fever pitch and so many alluring names who may have thrown their hats into some alleged ring, or perhaps been bumped up in the odds due to a flurry of misplaced fivers, it’s time to step back and assess the relevant claims of the hopefuls.
The search is well underway................
at 12:18 3 Apr 2018

That pleasant, but un-football-like Mr Milne makes it sound like an Easter Egg Hunt with club officials busily looking under the hedges of Playford Rd to discover where he might just be hiding.

Then, apparently, Marcus will be talking to unknown football people who may, or may not, be such as George Burley or Terry Butcher, but Marcus will know who they are (though perhaps less about what they do/did).

Then, when there is an announcement to be made, the club will do no less than make an announcement.

When Marcus announces the strategy "going forward" (welcome change there) then there will be a strategy to tell us about.

Oh, and the state of the pitch is due to playing football on it, especially in the winter-time.

Yes, I know that fans of any club are the last to be admitted into the mysterious footie world of the grown-ups, but it does not aid the club with such a poor recent record of communication to make pronouncements that simply place the fans at a further arm's length.

I don't know what I would have said if I had been thrust into his position, but I would certainly be aware that a position I had most definitely been thrust into.
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If MM were to get a move to WBA would he, realistically return for any players?
at 10:05 3 Apr 2018

People regularly bang on about his "favourites", but would he seriously think that an ageing Skuse or Chambers could shore up a porous defence for a promotion challenge?

And although Bart has already been mentioned, the one thing they have is a decent keeper in Foster (though granted he might want to go in the event of relegation). If Bart himself craved the Premiership he would have another season, and maybe more, to wait.
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