.. we cannot have a lurch to the disgusting state of US politics:
Boris Johnson said that at the time of the 2018 Salisbury poisonings Keir Starmer: “sat on his hands, he said nothing, the leader of the opposition [Jeremy Corbyn] parroted the line of the Kremlin”. Here he is on @bbcquestiontime the day after Theresa May held Russia "culpable". https://t.co/BS0nHZtR4F
No trade deal with EU. No trade deal with US. Brexit far from “done.” Flip flop on Huawei. No curiosity about Russia undermining our democracy. Abysmal performance on coronavirus. No shame. World leading only in incompetence https://t.co/g6h0mkwVOH
Young squad as well.. albeit a lot of foreign imports.
They'd certainly go up with a massively improved ground, and importantly a brand/style of football with a chance in the Premier League, albeit a small one.
Been watching the Premier League a lot after the restart, the quality of play is really very high, every player is the 'T' word and the majority of cases playing in very well set-up sides. It feels we are light years away at present. And without a clear direction, structure and plan from Marcus can't see us bridging that gap for a very very long time.
Squad Numbers 2020/21 1 Tomas Holy 4 Luke Chambers 5 James Wilson 6 Luke Woolfenden 7 Gwion Edwards 8 Cole Skuse 9 Kayden Jackson 10 James Norwood 11 Jon Nolan 12 Janoi Donacien 13 Harry Wright 14 Jack Lankester 15 Teddy Bishop 16 Tristan Nydam 18 Alan Judge 20 Freddie Sears 21 Flynn Downes 22 Toto Nsiala 23 Andre Dozzell 24 Kane Vincent-Young 26 Idris El Mizouni 30 Myles Kenlock 36 Armando Dobra 44 Emyr Huws
They are just such a contrast to the hapless direction and leadership we have endured under Marcus.
There's a rather lazy refrain on here 'oh but they dissolved their academy'... there is much more to it, in that they pick up Premier League cast off youths and play them in a high standard development lead, but more importantly they had a clear strategy and they implemented. We have had no definitive strategy, which would have been more academy focussed, and we have not cascaded it through the club's operation.
We have had no decent CEO/Chief Exec, and critically we've had no technical leadership structure.
That technical structure if in place at Town would have hired not one single of the manager's Marcus has brought to the club - not one. As none of them had/has the attributes to play the progressive, technical, football the fans actually want and an enduring structure demands.
Marcus was badly advised from the start - if he'd got the Cheif Exec right, who'd then hired the technical leaders around an interchangeable manager, we'd be in the Premiership.
Total shambles. Good on Brentford, moving into a smart stadium, developed through a clever STRATEGY!
No strategy, no principles, no objectives Marcus - its 2020 man!
Leading like a fool, misdirection, belittling the threat of CV, total blithering.... he is so incompetent... some of the Bolton insights, well they are just adding to the myriad of other insights from others who have worked in this White House - this is what happens when you give into populism, and you make intelligence, competency and balance a negative thing
And yes there were a few on here who got sucked in, falling for him
Shame on the Republicans... Trump has enabled and fuelled some very negative factions in US society..
All Trump cares about is him,how the feck did he become the leader of the free world, how did this happen. Nothing better than this to describe him:
On a family Whatsapp - so that's a mix of blokes, ladies, kids, teenagers - there is a 70+ year old relation who's been sending occasional inappropriate messages through the lock down (so form), mostly harmless though, some just inane, some very sexist for 2020. Yesterday he sent a picture of the Churchill statue enclosed in its barrier with a voice bubble saying 'I can't breathe'.
I think the family member just has no filter, and also perhaps doesn't understand social media, but its a really inappropriate image, which some have taken REAL offence too. And its all got a bit sour. Anger. Fracturing of the group. And from him a sort of denial that its inappropriate.
Any views or advice? That is a really bad image to post isn't it? (Note: I do personally think some of the banning of comedy and certain statue plans - is not constructive and a a denial of history) Thanks
EDIT: I should state I set up the group, and in general its been a positive force
Had a lovely chat with a hardcore Coventry mate (mates mates mates).
He's over the moon, as enthused as when he came out of the away end at Portman Road, and we joined each other for a great night out in Ipswich this season.
He's genuinely gutted for us as he knows how good the Town fans are.
Of note he never went to any 'home' games at St Andrews, just away all over the country.
We talked where it had all gone wrong for us compared to Coventry and without prompting (you know my technical obsession) he just passionately stated that as soon as Robbins came in you could see a real shift in passing quality, and the shape of the team. 4th tier, terrible squad, but promoted by the play-offs.
Anyone at that PR game this season you know that for the first period Coventry showed some real technical quality on the ball, with just great movement for the goal, moved us around lovely goal, whilst then for long periods soaking up our possession, whilst creating good chances.
I've said it once and I'll say it again, Marcus is not well advised from a footballing perspective. We have failed to hire progressive technical managers, or to put a progressive footballing structure around the manager. This includes all managers, despite Mick providing some positive respite.
I am appalled that we have finished 11th in the 3rd tier, 8 points off the play-offs. Whilst a hugely underfunded and homeless Coventry are promoted. Its simple: because our manager recruitment has,well, not considered technical attributes enough. Keane, Jewell, Hurst, jesus wept. And despite moments, Lambert just seems to the same.
I'venot had a Trump rant for weeks... everything he says currently is unaceptableso it becomes pointless.
But this attack on Twitter is just beyond the pale... the guy literally lies on that platform on daily basis, he gives exposure to extreme views and persons regularly... recently he has repeatedly given air time to a false conspiracy theory that a TV news presenter (who opposes him) murdered his assistant - which has been hugely upsetting for the widower., and who has complained to Twitter.. and Twitter in all these cases has let him get away with it! And now he moans and threatens over one lie that has been highlighted - unbelievable!
So Town are staying in League One come what may, that is a massive failing for Lambert and Evans, and yet another proof point of the failed structures and strategies from Evans.
I've been finally watching Sunderland Till I Die on Netflix, with somewhat of a heavy heart given they took the 'slot' from our own production in a multi-club format.
Despite a slow start and taking a while to reach the right messaging, themes, characters and production style - its a good show offering first time insights into football as an industry. The 'jeopardy' moments (which commissioning editors adore) come thick and fast as Sunderland implode.
From a Town perspective this documentary highlights a number of things: 1. Importance of chief exec role and a footballing structure to ensure continuity beyond managers - I met Clegg through the above, and my impression was of someone out of his comfort zone and ceding too much responsibility to the manager(s) 2. A successful manager needs 3 attributes (as referenced by a Black Cats fan and across the story) - a) People person, individual man management; b) Team motivator; c) Technically astute to improve players capability, define systems and formations to get the best from his pool of players* 3. The owner has to effectively fund the squad, and work out contractual arrangements where wages reflect relegation constraints 4. Relegation has a devastating effect on the back room staff and local community
*Note: a technical assistant coach or background staff may be effective to support this manager in this area, as well as the club's footballing structure (e.g. Technical/Footballing director)
For me Marcus has failed again and again on points 1-3. And now Lambert is the latest mis-selection. He is clearly not technical enough, he did improve elements of our passing (which had hit rock bottom) but the team has not been set-up to play effectively, and often not motivated to win.
Lambert must go or the structure around him significantly changed - O'Neill is a nothing role, we seemingly have no chief exec which is a full time role at any level.
Mick was the closest we have got to an effective appointment and was really strong on people management and team motivation (as brilliantly referenced in the programme by the troubled Jonny WIlliams). But ultimately he was not funded and crucially was not the progressive technical manager to really build a platform for success, especially with weak Chief Execs and no technical structure.
But if Marcus throws the dice one more time - can trust him? can he get the Oxford manager or the Coventry manager... finally get the appointment right? and provide the funding within the given constraints.