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O'Neill: We're Reviewing Where We Need to Make Amends for Last Season
at 12:24:48

With regarsds to injuries, the question we have to ask is why sick note playes like McGoldrick and Webster leave the club and have injury free seasons (McGoldrick has now had 2). Those are the questions we need to be asking.

As for the league table, I'm disappointed that O'Neill would claim being top at January was a sign things were still good when all statistics and common sense show that the only reason we managed that was because up until November we were so far ahead. From November onwards we were in bottom 3 form. 4 wins in half a season of fixtures was truly shocking.

But it's largely because our early form hid some bigger problems. There weren't many games that we went out and scored plenty and looked well on top. We had a lot of narrow wins. When it is such fine margins it doesn't take much for it to go wrong.
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Skuse Signs New Deal
at 12:42:27

Dissboyitfc: I must have been watching a different player then. The one I watch rarely loses it, is excellent in the tackle and has good positional sense.

Most who fans hate him hate him because if his boring passing not that he loses it.
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Skuse Signs New Deal
at 12:26:09

Michael101: I suspect you re one of many out there who doesn't see the point in defensive midfielders. Loads of fans always give them stick. Their job is to break up play and not lose the ball. Hence lots of simple, sideways passes. It's his job!

Yes, some are capable of more than that, but those tend to play in the Premier league, not League 1.
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Delaney: Keane Would Destroy Me After Games But Still Picked Me
at 17:04:31

patrickswell: Considering he played under Brian Clough, Alex Ferguson and Martin O'Neill it's amazing that he was so bad at man-management as those are said to be three of the best ever at it.

His problem is he has no humility, so doesn't learn from anyone, just assumes he knows best. Or so it seems to me at least.
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Delaney: Keane Would Destroy Me After Games But Still Picked Me
at 17:00:06

MickMillsTash: can't believe you have Keane at the bottom of those three. He's by far the worst. He had all the money, reputation and opinion of himself, but instead he got rid of any promising players we had, often for little cash, he signed some stinkers, dismantled the youth setup, got rid of Bryanb Klug and then took us down, down and down the table and had no humility either.

Jewell was a likeable guy who sadly failed, but he did sign some OK players, Cresswell amoung them.

Hurst was tasked with a difficult mission to revamp the squad for a pittance and was forced to sell players he couldn't afford to leave. He then did very badly even with what he had.
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My Best Town XI: Gavin Johnson
at 09:28:40

bobble - no one is making you read these articles. If you don't like them don't click on them.

I'm finding them interesting. I'll admit that we are possibly running out of players to pick in a team now but they've largely been fun.

Phil needs clicks ultimately. I'm sure you'd rather he posted a few articles you don't have to read than close the entire site.

Why not write a blog for him to give people something else to read?
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My Best Town XI: Tony Mowbray
at 08:58:00

Very amusing gag by Dyer suggesting Petta will know a lot about German football! :-D

Also, wasn't it Claus Thomsen? Anyway, glad he's been mentioned, he's a bit of a forgotten character here, but he was a decent player for us.
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Evans Writes to Fans as 2020/21 Season Tickets Go on Sale to Existing Holders
at 09:08:44

I'd be very wary here. I don't expect next season to go ahead as normal either. Large sporting events will be one of the last things they allow to happen as normal. In fact, it's even possible they won't be allowed until a vaccine or treatment is found.

So, while I understand that the club needs money, we will essentialy be funding them but without being sure we will actually be able to watch anything for an unknown period.

I'm also 100% certain we will not be watching those last 5 games from this season. It's good that they are offering something back at least (I didn't expect them to).

So, we are in this strange position of essentially being benefactors to the club. Paying to keep them going, but without any direct return on investment. Isn't that the owner's job?
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Town Targeting Bury Winger Mayor
at 11:35:21

The fact that he specifically mentions Bury being close to home (Preston) would seem to suggest he won't want to up sticks and move to the opposite side of the country. Though we may be able to offer him a better deal than the League 2 clubs he's been linked with, which may swing him.

We obviously need a proper left sided player to free Judge up to play behind the front man/men.
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All Seven Out-of-Contract Senior Players Released
at 11:48:30

meekreech: you can't release players who are under contract. We could put them on the transfer list, but no-one seems to care too much about that kind of stuff these days anyway.

As for who you think should be OK, I disagree with several.

Edwards oftern offered attacking threat, obviously has skill and put good balls into the box on occasion (just a shame with one up front, there wasn't anyone there).
Nolan improved as the season progressed and has a good ability to ghost into the box and score - vital from our midfield.
Harrison didn't do much, but didn't get much chance either. He has played at this level before so could be worth keeping.
Jackson has a lot to prove this level might be better for him.
Donacien actually looked alright to me. He is certainly better than Spence and I think we harshly treated by Lambert. Worth keeping as don't have any other backup for Emmanuel and we don't have the money to buy loads of players so best to only get the essentials.
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O'Neill: Academy to Remain Category Two
at 13:22:04

mrmorisato: what are you suggesting is wrong here? That we aren't category one? No league 1 club is category one and very few championship clubs are (mostly ones who have copme down from the premier league).

Even with category one status how do you expect us to keep players who get offers from premier league clubs? Even if we were in the championship it would be very hard. It's a sad fact of modern football that it's all setup to protect the big boys.
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Season Ticket Total Just Misses 12,000 Mark
at 17:02:11

If they aren't going to offer us something as a good will gesture (say 8% reduction) how about at least giving us all a voucher for the club shop for £35. They'd probably actually make money on that deal when people buy extra stuff while they are there. And it would gather goodwill.
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Chambers: We'll Be Seen as a Scalp in League One
at 14:11:16

Chalo-bah, interesting that you seem to think all of those records are Chambers' fault (and by 'interesting' I mean 'ridiculous').

You may not rate him as a centre back, that's up to you, but to call him "a fraud of a man" is completely out of order and based on zero evidence as far as I can tell.

It's so easy to abuse people anonymously on the internet, and the world is a much worse place because of it.
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Chambers: We'll Be Seen as a Scalp in League One
at 14:08:42

Have to agree FrimleyBlue.

Bert, why do you think we'll be the Leeds of League One? We have a team of youngsters, an owner who jhas just said he won't be investing in the squad and we're bottom of the table by some distance.

We might be one of the favourites, simply because relegated teams usually are, but that's the only reason I can think of.

I'm not ruling anything out, and I'm happy with how we've been playing but so many fans seem to think League One will be easy, I suspect they'll be in for a shock.
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Ex-Academy Youngster Knight Nets Twice as City Reach FA Youth Cup Final
at 11:50:55

Sadly, being in League 1 will make it even harder to keep our youth products as even Championship sides will be a bigger draw for them, let alone the lower premier league teams.

Let's hope it lasts no more than a season.
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Lambert: Judge Was Brilliant, Keane Had Best Game for Town
at 11:28:03

bluemike1969: a bit harsh. We certainly did make a game of it. The commentators on TV said so, the stats said so. Sadly, we are weak in two areas and those are up front and at the back! Which is why we are where we are.
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Lambert: Judge Was Brilliant, Keane Had Best Game for Town
at 11:25:34

For me the only person in the squad who really looks like they know where the goal is is Jackson.

Sadly, he's let down by his general team play but if he was played as part of a 2-man strike force that would help him a lot.
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No More Heroes Any More
at 16:18:23

I do have to point out here that talk of the lack of use of our youth system (if which there has been a lot) is mostly very misguided.

Last season only one team had more minutes from youth players than us, yet Mccarthy is generally accepted as not using our youth system.

This season has seen has seen kenlock, lankester, Bishop, Dozzell, Downes all given runs of varying lengths. Not forgetting that throwing kids into a struggling team is rarely a good idea.

At times we've had 4 or so youth players on the pitch. That is a lot.

I'm not saying that it's perfect and that I wouldn't have liked to have seen more of Dozzell for example. But the idea that we don't use youth isn't correct or fair.
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Dear Martin Samuel...
at 12:32:25

Excellent blog, very balanced and your position is one I shared completely (I liked Mick, and I appreciated all he'd done for us).

Lathers: perfect analogy with the girlfriend/wife too.
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Morris Back From Forest Green Loan
at 10:20:44

People calling for him to be put into the squad are living in a land of make believe.

We already have 6 youth players in the squad (5 of them started on Tuesday). That's already too many. You can't just shove the youth team onto the pitch and expect great things. Chances are you could ruin their careers (especially as we are now struggling).

If Morris couldn't get a game at Forest Green why do people think he's good enough for us? It's madness.

If we really want our youth to flourish we need them to get first team experience and come into the team when they are ready.
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