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    Jos interview

    Just a thought - either by accident or luck - or whatever - the new CEO is Flemish and the new manager is from the Netherlands, so they both speak Dutch as their 1st language. Could be a good omen - and good for DC that he didn't let things drag on before appointing people. Really hope it all works out.
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    I'm just wondering what DC had in mind when he considered Katrien Miere for the job of CEO. An ability to rile supporters to distraction in her last job at Charlton and quotes in reports like this in the Evening Standard of her role in the club, including her involvement in deciding to sack Chris Powell, Manager of the club at the time: "He is a great hero. But people need to understand, the owner and I need to be able to work with the manager. It is the most important relationship at the club." It's not the decision to sack Powell that worries me, nor the way they went about it, but the fact that, as the article reveals, she's sees her role as one in which she influences the Chairman on decisions about the Manager's future and on the acquisition of players. She cites that her collaboration with Charlton chairman Dutchalet "makes my job easier getting players". There was no mention of the Manager's involvement in that particular process. I find it worrying that she has been appointed at the club at this time when we need to be concentrating on bringing in a new head coach. Too many variables too soon. Considering her previous form with Charlton, her role will surely be a concern for any prospective bidders for the job of Coach. Am I worrying too much? Will it all work out ok in the end? A newish Chairman, a controversial CEO and a prospective Coach in Jos Lukuhay who hasn't been gainfully employed in football since 2016. They are new to each other and they have to hit the ground running together effectively as a background team and gain the confidence of the players to get things moving in the right direction on the pitch. I truly hope this turns out to be one of those ...well who'd a thought it! success stories!
  3. You listen to the way Lee B spells it out in the after-match interview against Forest and you think - there's a bloke who talks straight - could inspire a dressing room, put the fear of God up 'em, or whatever's needed, to suit. He doesn't go all round Cleethorpes to get to Attercliffe to make a point and he got the lads well up for it. For me, SMc is a highly qualified coach but he's like a staff officer in the army. Good at writing tactics, but overthinks things going into battle. When that happens It puts leg irons on your players in the way they play and think. They didn't wear any against Forest and went for the jugular and that was all down to LB. If you're brave enough, fortune will favour you in the end. That'll do for me any day. I doubt it will for DC though, but please to God don't let it be McClaren. A role like DoF, is ok, but nowhere near the front line. He's good value putting on the anguish when his teams eventually fall apart. He's even entertaining when he does that, but it gets to the players in the end. All his past dramas with clubs have ended like that. We could do without it. No theatre of any kind like that please, unless it's rock and roll football like they played last time out, under a coach who's brave; goes for it and instils passion for the shirt in his players. Go on DC, give LB a bit longer!
  4. Well pointed out Jamsandwich. We need to talk to Dejphon, as he's inviting us to do, and we need to talk to each other - not just throw comments at him or each other. Keeping open-ended discussion on the level is difficult, whereas comments have a tendency to be wrapped in finality or barbed wire - or both - and although they're easier to unload, they get us nowhere in the end. My own family is strongly linked to Wednesday from the earliest days at Hillsborough and beyond that at Olive Grove, We're immensely proud of that distinction, but even so, we haven't been immune to the effects of a lack of communication, between player and club, leading to something or other that has rankled for long enough. All could have been avoided by clear communication and understanding in the first place though. These ranklings, as I call them, are a bit of a cross between Chinese whispers and heirlooms. They can be passed on and miscued from person to person - and even (as in our case) passed down from generation to generation! In that regard, on a personal level, I'm not going to ignore history and be damned to repeat it. Words and meanings are powerful things. They need to be used with care and read with care without leaping to conclusions - especially the wrong ones. In that respect, yes Dephron's statement was long and a bit rambling, but what he's saying shouldn't be miscued into something else. If you want to cut to the chase about what the guy means - read Jamsandwiches earlier post. He's fed the statement into a programme that brings out the essentials of what's been said in an impartial way. It's a pity this wasn't done before it was released, but we are where we are. It's where we move to next, to take us all forward, that's most important. I hope it can be done on the level and in good spirit that we Wednesdayites are renowned for. .
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    Olive Grove Years Tonight

    Wow Kivo, thanks for that - about my Gt Grandad and also about me. It was a privilege to be in the company we were in, believe me, and to pass on what we know about Tommy in our family. We know that in addition to achieving such a lot in his career, he paid the ultimate price for his dedication to Wednesday. By that I mean he chose to play on through injuries, not in just the 71 consecutive games he played for the Owls towards the end of his career, but at other times too. He wasn't alone in doing this, by any means, in an age before the advent of substitutes. As a result, as my final slide showed, he was on crutches from his 70s onwards and more or less incapacitated during his 80s. He ultimately died from gangrene, in one of his legs; a latent result of injuries, when he was 87, in Wharncliffe Hospital. I doubt that he would have done things differently though, given the chance. His two great loves in life were his family and playing for Wednesday and his pet hate was missing games. By the way, Clive's said the same thing to me many times, about the need for a book on Tommy. He's passed on so much stuff to me about him, gathered whilst researching FS, that there are really no excuses any more. It's time I got off my backside to do something about it.
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    Olive Grove Years Tonight

    Really sorry about that Dunsby. I went over my time limit as it was - and I knew from the start that I wasn't going to be able to cram those extra stories in unfortunately. You should have made yourself known mate, no matter how busy I looked. I got a really nice comment on here from Kivo who said that we need a book on Tommy to go with the one about Fred. Clive's sick of telling me the same thing; having found loads about Tommy whilst researching his uncle's story, so I think it's high time I got off my backside and did something about it.
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    Olive Grove Years Tonight

    I agree, it was a superb evening. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Well done to Clive and Mark for organising it. It was a privilege to be there and talk to so many fantastic Owls supporters interested in the history of the club. Well done to the club as well for backing the event. The bonus for me was being able to say a bit about my Gt Grandad Tommy Crawshaw and display all that I have of his medals and caps. It's a life's mission to bring them all back into the Crawshaw family if I can. Still a long way to go, but hopefully one day... I met people who are related to me, whom I never knew existed, descended from Tommy's older brother George and friends of the family from way back. You can't put a price on that - and it would never have happened but for this event. Sorry that I didn't cover the stories about Tommy, handed down, that you were interested in Dunsby. Maybe best told over a pint or two in the County we both live in!.
  8. Yes he did have some experiences as a publican that could definitely be classed as interesting. I have one or two that have been passed down, so I'll include them :)
  9. Great post Dunsby! Enjoyed reading that. I've been given a slot at the event in November to talk about my Gt. Grandad Tommy Crawshaw. I'm also bringing all the medals, in my possession (sixteen), that he won (out of 18 or 19 in total I think), including his two FA Cup Winner's medals, plus three of his England caps; two against Scotland and one against Wales. I'd bring all ten if I had them, but three is all I have. Is there anything you - or anyone else on the forum - would want me to especially touch on about Tommy? I have a few stories handed down within the family to relate as well. All the best.
  10. That was an impressive prediction about my great grandfather Tommy. Fred Spiksley's great nephew, Clive Nicholson, made the same prediction. The clue was the old FA Cup in the picture; Tommy being the only Wednesday player to have won the cup twice with the club. We were all keeping our fingers crossed in the family about it and very happy to see the announcement yesterday. All the best, UTO. Tom Crawshaw