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  1. Scanned my phone screen for the sheff wed friendly 👍
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000y5dj 2:33:20 ish
  3. Every woman every man Join the Covolan of love (Stand up) stand up Stand up Every body takes a stand Join the Covolan of love (Stand up) stand up Stand up
  4. I thought we could cope without him in the summer. I was wrong. 3.5 years is excellent. Well done vale. Would have been easy to try and stall this one to find a manager first but I think we had to take the opportunity to sign him permo.
  5. Weirdly I think this is the first time we've been in the market for a new manager that I think it's far easier to name who I don't want than who I do. There's 7-8 names that I'd be ok with, probably more if I read the full thread. I think there's a few red flags with Sinclair in terms of the rumours in the last few weeks/the opinions of the non-league fans and the fact that he's not been given the caretaker role. This Murray chap sounds like he could be in the mould of the managers who seem to be very successful currently - in terms of his philosophy on youth and the importance of good recruitment. I'd love it if we could appoint a younger manager who has grander ideas than just the day to day training and team selection. I'm not sure I want an overly 'negative' manager though which some mansfield fns described. But that may have been him playing the cards he was dealt a bit rather than purposely setting up to be negative.
  6. As terrible as whitehead as been, there's an element of me that thinks maybe he could improve under a new manager. I mean are we trusting Askey to have gotten the best out of him? In a formation that never changes unless it collapses due to red cards or being behind with a few minutes to go. I think the fact that so many players were better last season than this is a huge reason why the pressure ramped up on Askey so quickly. I'm not saying that Whitehead is any good, or that he should be playing etc...and obviously you'd say that Askey should have known how to get the best out of Whitehead from their time at Macc...But it's possible in my view that just haven't seen Whitehead operate at his best yet. Still, I'd snap anyones hand off who wanted to take him and pay his wages mind.
  7. I did see a cryptic tweet from theo saying "peak times" which had a few replies frm Col U fans begging for him to come back, dunno if there's anything in but but it wouldn't surprise me.
  8. I'm not a big Sol fan, i just think he's a bit of a weirdo 😂 Harsley brings up some deeply repressed memories of that team and so my gut reaction was to dry heave, but he has as good a CV as any of the ones with no first team managerial experience.
  9. The more I think about it today the more I like Heskey. It would have been far to risky to appoint a complete newbie manager like that after Brown had been that failed experiment, and we were in similar positions when Aspin and Askey came in. We're not quite in the same boat this time around, I wouldn't say that the new manager is coming in to keep us up. I think many of us still believe we're a good enough squad to be competing with the playoff chasers although our points handicap may be a bridge too far. Maybe now is the perfect time to gamble on a Heskey type. Ideally we'd have another half a dozen points breathing room but still, we have shown we can pick up results with this squad this season.
  10. A bit of a blessing that it's been so quick really rather than being dragged out for another half a season. Although it hasn't felt quick watching the games. I'm with the majority I think - thankful to John and Dave for their efforts but the time had come for a change whilst we still have time to stop the rot.
  11. Let's hope, first and foremost, that pugh doesn't think that he's still got it and puts his boots on for Saturday I'm all for giving people chances but I'm Pugh out if he does 😂
  12. I think especially in Synectics industry and being based in stoke, Carol will know that you have to pay the money to attract the right people for the specialist jobs, so hopefully we can go out and offer a competitive salary for one of those on your shortlist. I can't see why not. Also - it's not a terrible job for someone to walk into really. We know the squad is completely under performing rather than the shambles Aspin and then Askey had walked into. There's a more than good chance that a good experienced manager could start getting results early on, not to put too much pressure on whoever it may be.
  13. Totally agree with you Phil. It will be fascinating to see what Pugh does in terms of selection. Both when it comes to McKirdy/Robinson and whether or not he drops anyone else. I'm not saying I don't trust that the players have let us and Askey down but it's possible that terrible performances and results creates friction rather than the other way around which is what Askey has been alluding too. Assuming he gets to pick a side that is.
  14. oh yeah sorry, I don't want us to lose. I'll just kid myself that there's a silver lining if we do 😂
  15. I agree with that, a draw may save him for another a week too, which would almost be the worst outcome at this point.
  16. There's a correlation between poor performances on the pitch and anti-owner sentiments. back in he good old days I asked the question many times about why Smurf was at fault for defenders being unable to defend, or strikers being unable to score etc. The levels went up after bad results and down after good results. Some tried to justify it by saying the owner is ultimately responsible, many never gave an answer. I was ultimately wrong about Smurthwaite, as ive said many times now, before anyone starts. But I was right about the correlation, I think that's partly why i became so entrenched in my position years ago - because i felt that this particular criticism was unfair but didn't understand at the time that this didn't mean that the rest of it was unfair as well. The current owners are not responsible for Nathan Smith's attempted clearance or Mills' positioning, Joyce's red card or any other individual mistakes. They're responsible for creating an atmosphere off the pitch which will allow the playing staff to succeed on it. Smurf didn't do that (and again, for anyone who is struggling, I didn't see that at the time and I was wrong about that) but I think Carol is passing that part with flying colours. She is responsible for the Manager's performances - not the players, that's my view. If they sack a manager too early or too late - then criticism of their decisions is fair game. Same if there is anything in the Sinclair rumours - the buck stops with the person who is responsible for hiring/firing him if he is causing issues.
  17. I think it's only right that in the interests of player safety the football league should reduce games to 80 minutes play, starting on Saturday.
  18. That's the nature of football fans I think. Just think back to stoke fans writing off their players, they change manager and all of a sudden they're world beaters again. I totally agree with the re-writing of histroy point you make about the previous 6, although I have thought I was wrong about many of those games if I look back on them now. In isolation there's only really Stevenage and Newport that we definitely deserved to lose on the balance of play...and I thought we did ok at newport really. I think the longer the run goes on the more context is added to the previous 6 games - even as recently as after Newport I was thinking wow, we've really not had the rub of the green in the last 4 games...but now looking back I think I was writing off the mistakes as off days or bad luck or annoyance at the amount of injury time at newport etc...Stevenage changed that because we we were so poor, and then Leyton Orient was a completely winnable game yet we managed to somehow concede 3 goals. I haven't flipped 180 on the others - we conspired to beat ourselves in most of them, but I've definitely changed my opinion on them as I've got more information. I think watching vale has taught me that when you can't really see how your team sets up to score goals then you are in trouble. This run reminds me completely of the start of the end of bruno - we'd played some really decent football under him and got off to a pretty good start points wise. A few defeats in and I was thinking that we've been a bit unlucky and we're better than those bad results suggest, but once the rot sets in you are in trouble. I think we're right on the cusp of that, if not there already. And once that sets in, you can go from looking like an ok team for 10 games to looking like absolute relegation fodder for the last 30 odd.
  19. I'm not sure Carol will sack Askey any time soon. My gut instinct is that we should give him a few more weeks but looking at the fixures, I'm not sure what the minimum that he could achieve is that would mean I'd be happy for him to stay on for the 2nd half of the season. We've got 6 league games left in 2020, some look extremely tough on paper all of a sudden. I couldn't point to any one of them and say "yeah we should win that". I think for me now, we have to be looking at 10 points as a minimum for Askey to be able to claim that he can turn this slump around and I just don't think that it's doable. Bolton A Wolves U23 H Colchester H FGR H Walsall A Barrow H (boxing day) Bradford A I think, with regret, I'm officially Askey out now, although if he gets 3-4 more games I think I could live with it. The stakes aren't quite as high as being in relegation battle yet, but if this run goes on then by Christmas we seriously could be in one. I would back the squad to get out of it - we're way better than the squads of the last few years when we scraped enougn points to stay up. If we're going to decide that he's not the man to take us forward then we need to hire a replacement by mid Jan at the latest in my opinion, the earlier the better.
  20. 15:00 should be just around the time Leyton Orient score the winner.
  21. Does the shield have chromecast built in? you can watch the game through the chrome browser on your phone and cast it to your tv if so. Worked great for me yesterday although it wouldn't play through chrome against Cheltenham. I keep meaning to look into sideloading ifollow app.
  22. I'd s our start has been par given that we know we can play better. String 2-3 results together and we're in the autos no problem. we struggled to break teams down a bit at the start of last season and then it clicked before Christmas. The first half on Saturday was great, if we play like that on any sort of regular basis we'll be a promotion contender. I think we have definitely been missing Amoo. Even in his quieter games last seaosn he was consistently notching assists. He's a dangerous player whether he's in the game or not. And on form he wins you the match. I think that's our strongest possible team based on currently available players, though striker is up for grabs and possibly Manny coming back in for Burgess.
  23. I thought Whitehead was ok this week after a very poor game the week before. He was willing to push on past the forwards and had a few half chances which he scuffed, but he clearly has an eye for goal. I've just realised, from my workings, every team we've played so far is in the top half, 3 in the plyoffs currently, Salford were unbeaten and we go to top of the table next. Maybe we didn't think it was such a tricky start on paper but in hindsight, the teams we have played have all had pretty good starts to the season (maybe Exeter would expect slightly more but still). Whether or not we can break down the lower teams, time will tell.
  24. Joyce is key. i think if you are playing Whitehead and Burgess then you need a designated holding midfield in there. As much as I've been impressed with Rodney I think I'd rather see a winger play LW - McKidy starting a few games or Monty moving up maybe. I think we're missing Amoo to be honest. Theo wasn't in the game but we could barely get the ball anywhere near him, so I won't blame him for that. We should have scored twice. They had a couple of chances too but it's a different game if we go 1-0 up. That being said it was horrendous after the goal.
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