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  2. I think there's a difference of opinion (good!) and then every single post being aimed at criticising Clarke (bad!). RZ has an interesting view on things, some of which there may be a crumb of sense in. Unfortunately, all he ever posts is 'Clarke isn't very good' in some format. Every thread, any topic, from transfers to match threads to interviews. It's unrelenting, now approaching a year since he was appointed. I can't roll with the 'RZ is a victim of modern cancel culture and people can't handle a difference of opinion, there is no fair debate on here'. There's loads of debate on here - I don't particularly rate most people's player of the season in Garrity, or everyone's favourite CB Nathan Smith. People are quite happy to disagree and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I quite like Flitcroft - people whose opinion I value aren't as keen. Sound. If I posted the same opinion on every single thread (i.e. Nathan Smith is overrated), for 11 months, on every single thread not even related to Smith, I'd get a load of stick for people who would think I had some personal issue with Smith/was on the wind-up/was derailing threads with deliberate bait, and rightly so. I think it just grates on people to see the same comment, retyped 1000 times across every topic, for what is nearly a year despite a lot of contravening evidence. Have a read of the post history. A good 95% of what is posted is some derivative of 'Clarke isn't very good' or 'we shouldn't have released so many players'. It's a bit dull and comes across as a wind-up, even if that's genuinely his view. If he'd accepted DC was doing well when he won back to back manager of the months, or wasn't so incessant, or maybe offered a slightly less binary view on things, I think his 'difference of opinion' wouldn't be met with such ire.
  3. Garrity for me, but Gibbo, Wozza and Conlon all up there
  4. Impressed by the Flitcroft interview. Have faith, all.
  5. Back to transfers, 2 or 3 more in so should be a busy couple of weeks!
  6. There is no issue with anyone having a different opinion… I never agree with my vale supporting mates on everything and that’s absolutely fine. But there is a clear difference between having a different view and running a campaigned systematic vendetta by spamming every thread and attempting to twist every single piece of news about the club into an attack to support that view. The “stick” is aimed at their approach, not their view. The poster in question has made their bed in this case… I’m guessing it became a bit of a game for them and a bit of fun to be the contrary voice. Maybe if they hadn’t been so over the top about it their voice wouldnt be so disregarded and considered so pointless. As people are saying, this is a forum, and everyone’s opinion should be heard… including those that ridicule someone for ridiculous behaviour. You can’t choose open forum and then not like the outcome it provides.
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  8. I don't agree with what you say a lot of the time. I don't agree with this. But I also don't like the stick you take for expressing a different opinion. It is a forum. Unfortunately in this modern world unless you go with the current popular flow you get murdered. Many times I think of posting stuff which is my opinion. Nothing controversial, but not going with the flow. I don't bother. It is not worth the grief. There gets a collective mind set and anything else is not welcome. Conformational bias. Killing fair debate. So it goes.
  9. I was thinking the same about Garrity. Almost a bit of a Hugil about him, from what I've seen. His type of play particularly suits away games, I'd say.
  10. He was quite mild compared to some of the posters on here.
  11. After watching Norman trying to wreck the club for 5 years, I thought we had seen the light at the end of the tunnel when Carol and Kevin bought the club. I can't shake off the feeling that Clarke is a mediocre manager though and he doesn't help himself by releasing lots of players and then saying "maybe I was a bit harsh with some of them". I think we would have been better off appointing Flitcroft as manager, he is a lot more rational. Another Clarke thing I don't like is the way he spoke about Lucas after his sending off. He said he was not going to single anyone out but has been quite outspoken about Lucas being stupid and getting punished. The comment that he should have made a mans tackle if he was going to get sent off is also a bit strange. It seems like he is a control freak, tells the players what they should be doing all the time as if he always knows best.
  12. There's a few people on here full of BS...but they only turn up if we're going through a bad patch! Have you lost your zebra costume?
  13. Good to see that and DC's interview today. Puts things in context. Still very early days in establishing the club, and we're doing brilliantly considering the size of the task.
  14. He likes his own voice for sure but I don’t understand why you feel that is BS? I thought it was good explanation of what’s happening at the club now and the future. Personally speaking it fills me with confidence the club is actually being run in the right way from top to bottom.
  15. Brilliant listen that. Some interesting snippets. Askey had frozen Legge out and he was training on his own. DC and Flickers brought him back into the fold. His move to Harrogate was because they offered him a deal that was 18 months which we wouldn’t have offered him so he went with their blessing. We we’re close to getting Politic but the lure of playing in Italy (and the wages) were something Dennis couldn’t turn down. Johnson deal to Stockport has a sell on clause. The level of research and analysis we are now doing sounds very impressive… the ad hoc recruitment of the past is hopefully over forever. Will we get everything right? No. Does it give us a better chance of being successful. Yes. Garlic has found some flats that the loan lads are living in to give them a space that’s comfortable, connected to the club but also theirs.
  16. A little bit of a dig at the end about how things used to be although completely justified. I’m sure Tom will be on twitter later.
  17. Thw Hall sub meant that he moved Gibbo to wing back and put Smith in his place. We’d battered them for half an hour down our right hand side.
  18. Meanwhile we keep on losing. Flitters is full of BS but let’s hope it works out
  19. You'd hope so. Most interesting for me, aside from that, was how he spoke about having to take the emotion out of decisions, something that we all, as fans, find very difficult to do. Strong hints that some players previously have got new deals just for who they are, rather than what they could do for the team moving forward. Long overdue IMHO You'd hope so. Most interesting for me, aside from that, was how he spoke about having to take the emotion out of decisions, something that we all, as fans, find very difficult to do. Strong hints that some players previously have got new deals just for who they are, rather than what they could do for the team moving forward. Long overdue IMHO I think that's been obvious from the attitudes of some of our "fans"? Unable to view things from a clear perspective they have held onto a nostalgic memory of the player(s) at their peak, rather than at the end of their careers?
  20. Close between Conlon, Gibbo and Worrall for me, I'll go with Worrall.
  21. What a great insight into the fantastic work going on behind the scenes, what a good distance we have covered in a few years. Things can only move forwards, UTV.
  22. DC presser explains a lot about Conlon. Good on him for trying to push through it. Good news sounds like Hall will be fit which probably means 352 again. Despite back to back defeats looking forward to this one. Hopefully we can get back on track.
  23. You'd hope so. Most interesting for me, aside from that, was how he spoke about having to take the emotion out of decisions, something that we all, as fans, find very difficult to do. Strong hints that some players previously have got new deals just for who they are, rather than what they could do for the team moving forward. Long overdue IMHO
  24. That's an excellent interview! Take away the management speak, and there's a genuine warmth and enthusiasm for the Vale, and for letting other clubs see what the Vale is like for their players. The fact that Kian Harratt was being looked at as a possible for the summer window, and, by the end of the presentation, wanted to join the Vale straight away speaks volumes! Everything is in place for them - including accommodation and quality meals - for their development while they're with the Vale. Must give us an edge over some other teams?
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