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standerino

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  1. I just came on OT just to create the exact same thread for the exact same reasons... at least it shows It wasn’t just me! he was infuriating to watch, mainly because he looked completely disinterested. When he goes home tonight and looks in the mirror, he will see Jay Bothroyd.
  2. I’ve noticed that fans of every club think their team is disliked by either sky, a pundit, a local radio station etc. I'm sure there’s a psychological explanation for it, but I just put it down to the fact that your own team is so important to you, and you surround yourself with a circle that ignites this passion further. You then subconsciously think everyone should share this appreciation/importance of your team, when realistically no one outside of it really cares about your club, including Sky, the media, ex players etc....
  3. Firstly, I’m happy with another win tonight. the game itself reminded me a bit of the Barnsley game in that it was a fairly close contest in the first, but we seemed to step it up in the second half and hassled them a lot more, showing a gulf in class. as some will know, I’ve not been convinced with the idea of sticking with Bully going forwards, and to be honest, I’m still very conflicted. on the one hand, we’ve had noticeable kicks up the arse in the second halves against Barnsley and Luton which shows he is obviously motivating them... the flip-side is that I wonder if we are simply the product of a decent team with a very favourable schedule that is ticking over with Bullen at the helm. i’m still sceptical... I’d still probably take Hughton or the Cowley brothers, but Bullen isn’t doing much wrong at the minute... So I don’t know what to say really? does anyone else feel conflicted? Either way, a great start to the season.
  4. You’re right, I don’t know that. I guess because we haven’t been strongly linked to him other than from that Biggs tweet, I’m assuming we’ve not been pursuing him.
  5. From afar, you could see he had an air of consistency about him... Alfreton - successful (4 trophies) Oxford - promotion Northampton - saved from relegation and then promoted within 2 seasons United took a shot on him, but in reality he had all the markings of a successful manager.
  6. I know I keep banging the drum, but it’s an absolute no-brainer that we should be going all out to get the Cowleys to Hillsborough... it’s actually starting to frustrate me knowing that we’re not pursuing them and that another team will grab them very soon. In football, and in life, you’ve got to grab opportunities, and I can’t think of a manager in the lower leagues since Wilder that is so obviously something special that hasn’t yet been picked-up... And there’s people actually saying that Bullen should be left to tread water week-to-week just because he’s a well-liked man. ”Yes, but today wasn’t Bullen’s fault.” - I’m not talking about today. I’m not talking about the next game (I think we’ll beat Luton with Bullen), I’m taking about 30 games down the road when the bigger picture has unraveled. We’ve had a decent start to the season because we’ve got a decent team (thanks to Bruce’s philosophy), not because of our caretaker manager. Chansiri - go and get the Cowleys before it’s too late.
  7. Because, as much as we all keep saying ‘let’s give Bullen time’, I think we are kidding ourselves. What I mean by that is if Millwall turn us over 3-0 on Saturday, the ‘patience with Bully mantra’ is going to go straight out of the window and this forum will be filled with people saying he was never the long term solution. as well as we have started, I don’t feel this game-to-game mindset is viable over the course of a whole season... And as much as I want Bullen to succeed, I just know what is going to happen (amongst our fans) when our winning form slows down...
  8. I respect your viewpoint, but at the same time, strongly disagree. Not only have Lincoln had two promotions in the last 3 seasons, but they are tipped to challenge for the League One playoffs this season (and have made a good start). I think the narrative of discrediting managers who do well in the lower leagues at smaller clubs is a lazy one (although admittedly we all do it at times). Chris Wilder is a great comparison to Danny Cowley... Wilder was very successful in the lower leagues, constantly bringing success. When Big Sam left Palace he recommended Wilder to the chairman to replace him, but (probably for the same reasons you mention above) it doesn’t appear he was seriously considered. Now his stock couldn’t be much higher... Danny Cowley is a gem in plain sight that we should be going all out for before someone else does. I love Bullen but I’d take Cowley over him any day...
  9. Although I obviously wanted us to win today, I did think that outcome would lead to a thread like this. I understand the viewpoint, but disagree with giving Bully the job. I dont think he’s the answer.
  10. Exactly. I was optimistic going into the season wth Bruce, but now I’m fearful of what will happen to us as a club by not going up... Still bought a season ticket mind!
  11. ‘Although the club have booked a profit within the year, without the sale of Hillsborough it would have lost around £35.5m with VAT and if you add that to the losses from the two previous years, that would have taken the losses to £66m compared to an FFP allowance of £39m.’ - Kieran Maguire (that football finances guy) based on the above, we are going to breach FFP by the end of this season, and it won’t even be close... someone please correct me if I’m wrong! (I hope I am!)
  12. Let’s be honest. As things stand (I.e. no manager), Bruce has massively dented our season. if we can get someone in quickly who is decent and can get us on the right path then we could have a good season, but we’re certainly worse off than we would have been with the traitor still here...
  13. The thing people need to realise - without trying to cause panic - is that if we don’t go up this season, we are screwed with FFP. the ground sale was a massive one-off plaster to cover the cracks, and can’t be repeated. it’s okay saying ‘give Bully a chance’ but we aren’t in a position to just see how things pan out non-chalantly. If a better option doesn’t come along, then fair enough, but realistically we need an established manager at this moment in time.
  14. Maybe we're mis-reading it, and he's actually re-signed with us under a new contract. Welcome back to the club Steve, and good luck!
  15. "Clemence said: "It makes your Saturday evenings a lot better when you don't lose too often!" On our way then.... (jokes)
  16. We’ve only just entered July and have done more business that usual by this time (albeit they’ve not been officially announced yet). there will undoubtedly be more incomings before the season starts - chill.
  17. Some people are missing the point of this thread. Jos failed at Wednesday, but let’s not pretend he was operating in easy circumstances. I’m not defending him, but some of the comments are un-called for and if you feel genuine anger towards him then following Wednesday isn’t good for your heart.
  18. > Came to the club under difficult circumstances with the team was in freefall. > Steadied the ship, turning Nuhui into a goal machine in the process. > Didn't have any money to spend other than 500k - a completely different reality to Carlos’. > Introduced youngsters into the first team - something we’re not used to seeing Obviously things haven’t worked out, but some of the petty name-calling has been unfair e.g. ‘Jos the dross’. All the best Jos.
  19. ...and the same goes for most clubs in the country I suppose. the problem with the product is that it’s fully reliant on what happens on the pitch... it’s boom or bust. You probably either go straight to the ground, or perhaps the pub, and then ground. When you get there, you take your seat, watch the game, and go home. It’s an out-dated model, especially when you consider how they do things in places like Germany. I went to watch Hamburg the other week. The game itself was poor with few chances, but I came away having enjoyed the experience. the Hamburg experience: €20 ticket: > match ticket includes free public transport to the stadium > live bands outside the stadium, food tents serving really nice food and drink > inside the stadium, many other various food stalls covering different cuisines and served really efficiently by trained staff > beer available to take to your seats > Many fans in their seats 30 mins before kickoff because there’s entertainment within the stadium including a guy on a big cherry picker warming up the ultras in the safe standing zone in the equivalent of our Kop > as kickoff arrives, the away fans light about 20 red flares, hold them for a few minutes, and then respectfully drop them at the front of the away end to be disposed of by staff, rather than chucking them at their own fans or into the home areas (that one isn’t really on Wednesday, but it was worth mentioning as it showed a difference in culture) > fans singing most of the game, wearing their team’s colours, beer-in-hand, probably feeling a deep connection and inclusion with their club. The Wednesday experience: Approx £28 (or whatever the average Kop season ticket price per game works out at) > get to seat as close to kickoff as possible, just wanting them to ‘get on with it’ > watch the game whilst experiencing a tepid atmosphere > go home the Wednesday model is okay if the team is playing well, but out of the 14 years I’ve had a season ticket, there’s been maybe 4 seasons that were memorable... I feel there’s no connection between the club and fans. I feel like a consumer paying for an (over-priced) product, rather than a football fan feeling a part of a Wednesday family. I want to go to Hillsborough feeling I’ve had an experience, not just watching a 90 minute match. I want my money to go to the club for food and drink, rather than spending it in the pub and Subway. I want to hand over my money each year feeling proud to support the club, rather than wondering how my contribution will help stave off financial fair play for a bit longer... Don’t get me wrong, we all want to see Wednesday do well over anything else. That is the priority. But, as the years go by, It’s fair to ask yourself what return you actually get on going to Hillsborough, both financially, and enjoyment wise. To summarize the above, my point is that if the actual experience of going to Hillsborough was more enjoyable, then it’d be easier to stomach seasons like this where the football is crap, and thus, justify the expensive cost of attending.
  20. I think there’s two ways of looking at it. you can either (rightly) say he doesn’t command his area well and is suspect with crosses, concluding that he perhaps isn’t ready for the first team. or you can acknowledge he is a youngster learning more and more every game, and be patient with him as he develops. for me personally, I think we should be playing Westwood with Wildsmith as backup and Dawson on loan, but I will support the lad and am sure he will improve with more games.
  21. Let’s be honest, relegated teams use parachute payments to add to their transfer budget. That isn’t any excuse for our FFP woes, however.
  22. It’s great that people are reacting to my unpopular opinion - that’s what this thread is for. However, I’d also like to hear some of yours.
  23. Throw a SWFC opinion out there that you think most would disagree with or may be slightly controversial. upset that stripes have come back? Think Dave Allen was a decent chairman? This is the place to get it off your chest. I will begin: I think United will finish above us again this season. I think Wilder is a Premier League manager. Hope I’m wrong. (Yes, indirectly that is Wednesday related)
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