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  1. sign of the chimes

    Premier League 20/21

    Some really good players and I wouldn't argue otherwise: Wilson is a great striker to have for a bottom half Premier League side, and Saint-Maximin is one of my favourite players to watch. I'm just not convinced with the combination of quality and depth that Newcastle have that Bruce is doing...
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    Premier League 20/21

    I'm not sure Bruce is Newcastle's biggest problem - as I don't think their squad is massively underperforming. I'd say he acts as quite a useful lightning rod for the owner who, fittingly, seems quite happy to run them as a bit of a bargain basement operation. There are a couple of sides...
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    League One 20/21

    Reports suggesting a takeover is close to completion at Ipswich and Paul Cook lined up to take over from Paul Lambert as manager. It will be interesting to see how things pan out there as it's a club with decent pedigree but under the Marcus Evans regime things have been pretty flat for a...
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    Crawley v Exeter discussion thread

    If at some point Taylor leaves SJP he'll never get a gig at Forest Green using terminology like that. He'll need to learn to (Quorn) mince his words.
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    Football Finance Thread

    It doesn't look like selling the stadium to the owner has sorted out the finances at Derby County and things sound pretty bleak. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/25/derby-takeover-silence-and-mounting-debts-how-did-it-come-to-this
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    League 2 News

    They had a season under Nigel Worthington (possibly 2013/14) where they got in to the L2 playoffs; but aside from that their stay was pretty unremarkable. The point @Oldsmobile-88 makes about the relatively strong performance of the teams coming up is a good one - I guess relatively few...
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    Manager Thread redux

    He doesn't seem the most convincing - didn't he spend time at Yeovil and Swindon too? Almost as though he's trying to do a mini version of 'doing the 92' but as a football administrator; and focussed solely on the HTV/TSW regions.
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    League One 20/21

    I don't have any problem with private ownership in itself, but when there's a lack of governance/regulation it does make it more attractive for dodgy individuals/groups to come in and chance their arms, particularly where there's any sort of potential to make a quick return. The problems come...
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    Manager Thread redux

    It will be interesting to see if/how the dynamics in the background are affected there and if the hierarchy are serious about having a manager, rather than head coach, beyond the summer. I can imagine Pearson being a challenge for their CEO who, given he was happy for high-performing regional...
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    Offers turned down for Ryan Bowman

    Pompey signed Nigel Atangana from Havant and Waterloville. A season-ticket holding family member bumped in to the squad at an airport on the way back from Portugal in Paul Cook's first season with us (Nigel had signed the season before). and had a chat with the manager. At that point Cook (who...
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    Manager Thread redux

    In isolation it sort of makes sense, given their seemingly public pursuit of Henry; but given the sacking of Tindall seemed to be on the basis of promotion vs. not promotion (I think they were in the final play-off position at the time despite a relatively short poor run), it seems a bit weird...
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    Manager Thread redux

    He's steadied the ship at Bournemouth (prior to Saturday), but the below suggests 'tactical genius' is unlikely. To be fair to him he was appointed at Middlesbrough at a point where they were cutting back - and given the number of draws the win percentage isn't quite as desperate as it might...
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    Manager Thread redux

    Genuinely surprised by this one. Woodgate supposedly only got the job at Middlesbrough on the basis that he was relatively cheap and the chairman liked him. I read somewhere that as a player his nickname was 'village' due to his general lack of smarts. Given that they are in the mix for the...
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    Manager Thread redux

    Sounds like Barton to Bristol Rovers is pretty much a done deal now. Tisdale -> Barton seems like a quite extreme example of managerial appointments often swinging from one extreme to another. On this basis I assume we'll be replacing the mild-mannered Kenny Jackett with Steve Evans in the...
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    League One 20/21

    Didn't Donald end up using the remaining parachute payment to part-finance his takeover? If they'd got the club up at the first attempt I expect they could have made a pretty decent return with little, if any, outlay. As it is both Donald and Methven have retained a stake. To answer your...
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    League One 20/21

    It was Josh Maja. He looked quite the prospect that season; and is starting to fulfil that potential. The narrative of the documentary was that they made him a very good offer (albeit in his final year) and that the agent turned the player's head. There may be some truth in that - equally it...
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    League One 20/21

    The Will Grigg purchase should have won a British Comedy Award.
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    League One 20/21

    Pretty sure the father passed on a few years ago and the son has a fair bit of money in trust. This investment has been long touted. As I understand it Stewart Donald will be retaining a fair-sized stake, although the detail may have changed in recent weeks. It's a massive club with a lot of...
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    Paul Tisdale - Ex-Bristol Rovers Manager

    Seems to be a consensus on our side that he was interviewed. I think it was not that far in to our L2 stint after we'd sacked Guy Whittingham. I'd have been all for his appointment at the time given where we were, his credentials at the time, and what had gone before with us but, even then...
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    Oldham Athletic vs Exeter City discussion thread (game off)

    I think there might be quite a few games on Sunday that were originally planned for Saturday - given the weather, the lack of fans, and the seeming shift to pragmatism at the moment. It sounds as though the freeze is expected to be virtually nationwide before improvement on Sunday. We're...
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