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  1. If Mr Chansiri decides that Monk’s time is up, then I think that Paul Cook, if available, would be a great appointment. He knows this Division, has a great success rate, appears popular with players and the media and would galvanise the club at a time when it’s most needed. We will have to be quick though as others clubs will be keen. Middlesbrough come to mind if Warnock leaves.
  2. Regardless of what people think of the players who have left, we need to recruit with the same quality at least. I agree that we need hungry young players who really want to play for the club but we must retain quality. As I have said in a previous post we need leaders at the club. A strong backbone of a quality experienced goalkeeper, a strong leading centre back, a hard running and tackling midfielder and a tough strong running centre forward. These positions are key to form the backbone of any successful team.
  3. Tom Lees is just not the centre back leader type we so badly need. In fact the team needs more‘leadership’ types in it, who are prepared to take responsibility . They also tend to have the mental strength and aptitude required for this league. Leadership starts at the very top in any business and the standard set, whether good or bad, filters down. Success or failure starts there. Yesterday’s result came as a very pleasant surprise and it’s good that Monk works on set pieces, especially from corners (well done Tom Lees for flicking the ball on at the near post for Windass’s goal). We need more. I worry how we seem to have lost the SWFC big club tag (after all I am sure that we are still the tenth most successful club in England and we haven’t won anything since 1991!) I worry that we can/will no longer attract AND KEEP the big name, whether that is a Manager or top player character to promote our club, which I think has lost its historical significance and personality. This business with the EFL is very damaging despite the result. We were in a similar state when Jack Charlton took us over but we were respected as a club. Thanks Big Jack and RIP. Winning yesterday was such a relief, now let’s finish the season strongly.
  4. Yes this 100pc. Success or failure always emanates from the top. The club lacks leadership and guidance and worryingly our Chairman appears to be very naive when it comes to running a professional football club. He surely needs help but seems reluctant to enlist help. All this filters down an I genuinely feel that our famous old club has lost credibility together with the respect of the league, other clubs and players in general. We will lose a lot of players soon (quite rightly if they are not performing) but we will then be left having to recruit many players who actually, might not want to come due to the reputation we seem to be gathering and if they do come, we need them to perform and gell together straightaway. Hard times indeed. Get ready.
  5. Wow, yes, how could I have forgotten that. So recent as well. I claim old age! Thanks Mastered.
  6. We were four goals up at halftime away from home.
  7. We were four goals up at halftime away from home.
  8. Definitely not as a coach/Manager because he has no idea how to attack. I’m amazed that he never employed an expert attacking coach. This was borne out by the fact that many of the close games he won were secured by ‘worldies’ from the likes of reach and Wallace. He never seemed to understand the importance of fast wingers and set-pieces. I enjoyed the football from goalkeeper to midfield though. Would be good as frontman for the club mind, selling his cheekie-chappie personality.
  9. Well done and thanks Jordan. Once a goalscorer, always a goalscorer, especially if given the service. It will be interesting to see whether the right type of service is given to him again in the next match.
  10. I’ve always felt that we need a striker with pace and quality to get in behind defenders. Ideal examples of this type of player are Che Adams or Jordan Hugill. I’ve felt that these players are very effective in the Championship. Therefore if there’s truth in the Adams rumour, I for one would be delighted.
  11. This. Also I think that a few on here would agree that after the Wembley failure in 2015, we needed to address three positions: a commanding goalscoring centre back, an ‘animal ‘ in midfield to protect Bannan and wingers/forwards with pace. Whilst we seem to have very good central defenders I still think we need them to score more from set pieces- free kicks, corners particularly. The good news is that Monk appears to think the same- remember he brought in Bartley at Leeds and also had Jansson. Cattermole was talked about in pre-season and he is the sort of midfielder to do a job to protect Bannan but perhaps too old for us now. Does anyone on here have any suggestions on who we might target for the goalscoring defender and tough midfielder roles?
  12. Reading might be even more keen to sign Joao after his goal against them today. On today’s crazy prices he’s got to be worth 8m at least. He has the ‘x’ factor.
  13. Has to be Hughton. Experienced and successful in this league. Popular, level-headed guy well respected by players and people throughout football. Hopefully would bring a much-needed honesty and stability to our club and a person who you would expect to be a reliable, knowledgable and loyal servant and ally to Mr C, something which he and the club so badly needs and deserves right now. Chris Hughton please Mr C.
  14. This, but we had been so poor financially for so long that when the Chairman gave the impression that money was no barrier and, if I remember correctly, naively ‘promised ‘ promotion within 2years or words to that effect, us fans wanted to believe him, so it was easy for us all to get carried away. I think some of the business decisions which have been made have shown a lack of business acumen but IMO the appointment of Bruce at the time was a master stroke, unfortunately for our very generous Chairman, it has now undeservedly bitten him in the bum, although the Bruce episode has probably got the fans on his side and rightly so. However, Mr. C now has another opportunity to prove that he can take us forward from the tricky situation we find ourselves in. This is not intended as a negative post against the owner or the club but an honest view of how things are and have been. I would so ‘love it’ if we were promoted under Mr C as his genuine generosity deserves it.
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