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  1. We've made a good start - you can only beat the teams put before you - and with the exception of the Millwall game we have . Fitness levels and understanding will be improving , as will confidence . There is still something lacking in the way we closed Luton down in midfield and at the front ( often running straight at the 'ball-carrier' with pace , which they easily sidestepped leaving us on the wrong foot and in the wrong place - where 'jockeying' would have been more effective ). There is also something not right yet about the central attacking style in terms of the runs being made , positioning and support . But overall I'm fairly happy about the way things are developing ( even if it isn't yet 'pretty' ) . If we can't be optimistic ( but not complacent ) when we're top of the league , when can we ?
  2. Just lacking a clinical striker I felt - ( wasn't Rhodes supposed to fill that spot when he was signed ? ) . Overall a promising start to the season though , let's not get too disheartened.
  3. Not sure Chris Hughton would be 'the answer' even if he did change his mind - based on Brighton's style last season , and on the comments of some of their supporters about his 'dour approach' striving always to hang on to a 1 goal lead by 'stout defending' as his principal strategy. Nice guy for sure , but maybe not what we need right now . On the other hand I don't see any other currently unemployed manager to suggest as an alternative . Maybe we will be some time in appointing a new manager - and maybe that's no bad thing in the current situation ? Someone who knows the English game - and someone who employs at least a positive (if not actually 'adventurous) approach. Any suggestions ?
  4. At the moment in pre-season these are our only two players who look like scoring regularly, and as such could be classed as 'sale-able assets' - but are we beginning a 'cutting back' operation after all these years of 'proliferation' ? While I know we are 'overstocked' up front I can think of others who we could more easily lose without any obvious detriment to the squad. Difficult decisions to be made .
  5. How can the FA find a person guilty of an offence of which he has been found not guilty by the 'Law of the Land' ? Dreadful - smacks of 'persecution' instigated by the need to be seen to be 'politically correct'. Let's hope they are similarly inclined to follow a vindictive route against the individual when they adjudicate in the case of the forthcoming Bruce v SWFC' situation. I won't be holding my breath though. :-(
  6. Just looking at him , I don't thinking 'jogging' has featured in the Bruce repertoire for at least 10 years ....
  7. Looked deccent when he played - but 'injury prone' - and after years of experience funding crocks we all know what happens after that ...
  8. Many positives from the players - their playing style and effort today was so much better than what was served up as entertainment during the 'Lukuhuay months' , Well done both to the players and the coaching staff. Keep up the good work guys.
  9. Hector for sure , with Thorniley, Palmer and Westwood worthy runners up ...
  10. I think both Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce are 'yesterday's men' who appear to be 'stale'; to have lost the drive they once had, and who no longer seem to have the enthusiasm or the will to introduce or effectively communicate fresh ideas to inspire either the fans , or the players as ( debateably) they once did. So while I believe we should be looking to change the manager , I would hope that neither of these 'once eminent gentlemen' is under serious consideration. In many ways the qualities they possess are similar qualities to those inherent in some of our more senior players. In my opinion , to appoint either would simply be a continuation of the suspect recruitment policy which has resulted in us being where we are today .
  11. If the team improves as much as the kit for the season ahead has done ... I'll be very happy .
  12. Well no , not really , because ( although most of L++ds achievements have come more recently than our own ) you are ignoring the second point I made about the impact of management/mismanagement. L++ds were for a time a 'Top 6' club winning trophies and with a galaxy of highly rated ( notwithstanding their tendency to be dirty ) players. With their demise, the various new management structures at Leeds with the Clough fiasco, Peter Ridsdale's reign ...and a series of poor signings and poor financial decisions have combined to outweigh the advantage they had of being the only club in a relatively large and prosperous conurbation . Poor management decisions can, and often do, outweigh financial clout - as we ourselves have seen over the last 3 years. Furthermore in the other case you cite of the Liverpool clubs .. during the period of their greatest achievements they were heavily backed by Vernons and Littlewoods the football pools companies which outweighed the relative poverty of the area. Not insignificantly , perhaps, their domination stopped with the demise of the football pools companies when the National Lottery was introduced in the early 90's ( as someone else in this discussion has already indicated ). Its a fine balance . You need the marketing potential of a large population ( the larger the better ) , a degree of community affluence , or a wealthy backer ( or both ) and a management team who make good decisions most of the time for a super-club to emerge.
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