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  1. My father took me to see my first game at Carrow Road 49 years ago for my 5th birthday - I was 54 yesterday and it was in effect the day that for the first time in all these years we condemned ourselves to the third tier of the football league . Although i have lived in Reading for the past 20 years , i have remained an avid City fan . EVERY Saturday afternoon is spent from 2pm to 6pm listening to the match via the internet and Canary call . Well no more - From today i will be filling my Saturdays doing other things - golf , walking the dog , even shopping with my wife ! I can simply no longer put myself through the miserydepression i have felt most Saturday nights for the past 4 years . Although NCFC will be forever in my blood they simply do not deserve my or any of our long suffering supporters support . What has happened this year should have been avoided - I blame almost in full Glen Roeder for his arrogance and complete mismanagement. It was Roeder who decided that our best player Huckerby should be booted out of the club for no apparent reason other than his arrogance - it was Roeder who despite knowing that Dion was leaving in April , also kicked out any other striker we had at the club ( Strivaka , Martin, Chris Brown ) and didn''t replace any of them - He left us with the embarrassment of fielding a midfielder Russell as our main striker for much of the season.In fact we did not have any recognised goalscorer until Lita came and without him we would already be adrift . It was Roeder who sold Shackell to Wolves and didn''t replace - so much so that we were left playing midfielders as Centre Backs for much of the season .It was Roeder who filled our ranks with loan players who would not have the stomach for a relegation fight . HOW ON EARTH DID HE EXPECT TO WIN FOOTBALL GAMES !!! I do not think Gunny is up to it but the die was already cast - the fact he got the job on the back of one win was typical of the shallow cost cutting thinking of the board. It is frankly a disgrace that with 25000 crowds each week we seem to be outsmarted by the likes of Donacaster , Preston and Blackpool and many other clubs with far less resources! So i am not happy to say the club have lost my support - i cannot support Reading or any other club - but Saturday''s at least will be a lot less painful from now on . After 49 years i''m hanging up my boots !
  2. Have i missed something or have we not signed a centre back ??
  3. Has the best managerial win stats by a mile of any of the candidates : Robins - 49% Dowie - 40% Boothroyd - 36% Roeder''s record is only 33% so no real surprise that he failed here. In any other walk of life you would hire somebody who had clearly demonstrated the ability to succeed . Robins had a tough job at Rotherham with points deductions to cope with and he has clearly done a great job . He is ex Norwich and seems to me to be the perfect candidate .
  4. I am sick of hearing from Roeder that we fail to convert chances - Who was it who failed to replace Dublin , let Huckerby go ( 10 goals a season ) and replace with Hoolihan who has not scored at all in 2008 , let Chris Brown go and replace with Sibiersky - are we saying he was any better , let Cureton go an loan . Who spent all the transfer money on midfielders and nothing on proven goalscorers ?? Was it Peter Grant ? Was it Delia ? No it was you Mr Roeder . It is no surprise that we don''t score goals when you pack the side with players with no goalscoring record is it ? We are doomed i''m afraid as we don''t just need one proven striker , but two to have any chance of getting out of this mess.
  5. It was Roeders decision to get rid of  Huckerby and Brown and he knew Dublin was off last April - Instead of finding  replacements goalscorers he bought too many midfield players - we started the season without a target man and scored no gaols , we got Sibiersky ( poor scoring record ) at midnight on Jan 31st in a panic move - Are we really saying that he is a goalscorer or better target man than Chris Brown ?? By selling Shackell we have had 5'' 7" full backs playing centre half for more than a handful of games most of which we have lost - Are we really saying that selling Shackell was good buisness when you don''t get a replacement ? No it is Roeders arrogance with the likes of Huckerby and his manic desire to rid the team of any Peter Grant player without thinking of how to replace them that has caused the mess we are in . I have no doubt that we are going down - we will not find anyone to score the goals we need and without Lita and one other we are now doomed .
  6. Roeder on Canary call was bemoaning the lack of strikers available . Well you knew Mr Roeder back in April 08 that Dublin was leaving , you decided to dispense with Huckerby who was good for at least 10 goals a year and replace with Hoolihan who is good for no goals a year . You got rid of Chris Brown , Chris Martin and now Cureton on loan and left the cupboard bare  - Don''t you think you owe us supporters an explanation for this crass negilgence which leaves us with one player in the squad with a goalscoring record ( Lupoli ) and you don''t like to play him !!  You can''t expect to win matches without at least 2 goalscorers and you have gone over halfway in the season with none and at times playing midfielder Russell as striker . And while you are explaining that maybe you can answer why you let Shackell go to Wolves and leave us with no centre back cover . These schoolboy errors are totally your fault Mr Roeder , not Delia''s , not Pete Grants but yours - ones that will ultimately earn us relegation . Go Now !!
  7. Mr Roeder - Please tell me and all our long sufferring fans just why you have ignored Lupoli all season . He is a proven goalscorer as his 5 goals from 7 starts shows - Due to your negligence we have no other proven goalscorer at the club and yet you have the audacity to put Russell , a midfielder before him - Exactly what has Lupoli done wrong Mr Roeder ?? You haven''t given him any sort of run in the side but whenever he comes on he scores . I have heard that he''s too lightweight - well that hasn''t stopped him from scoring has it ? Your treatment of Lupoli is nothing short of a disgrace !
  8. I am merely stating that the phrase " almost certainly " is not an accurate reflection of our situation . I would suggest that the odds of Southampton beating West Brom and Sheff Wed beating Leicester are less than the other way round . It would be responsible of the EDP to provide the facts and not make sensationalism comments.
  9. The EDP via Chris Lakey states " Anything but a win and city would almost certainly need a point from their last game " No , sorry but i don''t agree . The facts are that if Leicester beat Sheff Wed at home or West Brom beat Southampton at home ( assuming we don''t get beaten by 8 goals by Sheff Wed ) , both probable outcomes then we would only need a point against QPR . Isn''t it the EDP''s duty to report our current situation accurately ? Is it that difficult ?
  10. As a canary exile who lives in Reading , i listened to John Madjeski interview on Radio Berkshire last night . Reading have submitted plans to increase their ground capacity to 38000 . Madjeski said " That is for another person to take on - I want to sell the club to move it forward - I don''t mind what nationality , colour , creed the person is , just that he has got a lot of money to take Reading forward , preferably a billionaire" -  PLEASE NOTE DELIA -Not that the investor has to be a die hard Reading supporter , or be of a certain background - Madjeski understands that money talks in football today and to survive and compete , one can''t lay down all sorts of conditions about who the investor supports etc , etc . Learn before its too late - It appears Ipswich have !
  11. I am prepared to give Glen Roeder every chance and he has inherited a dreadful squad of players . However , i cannot understand why he started with Martin and Cureton upfront . Neither are able to hold the ball up in the manner that Chris Brown or even an unfit Hartson did . Why was Hartson sent packing when we have few alternatives , unfit as he was ? Also , when Taylor was injured why did he put Spillaine at Centre Back and Murray in midfield instead of the other way round , which is their natural positions ? These to me are basic errors that i would not expect Roeder to make - Yes , we have a very poor team but this was made much worse by playing players in the wrong position.
  12. That we have secured Glen Roeder . What planet have the " Paul Jewell " supporters been on thinking he would come to a club that is in such a desperate position ?? Yes , it would have been nice to have PJ , but totally unrealistic . It is a miracle that the board have managed to find a manager who has proven premiership experience - he will need it . I say give the guy a chance and get behind the team as one now . If not we will find ourselves in a place we haven''t visited for 48 years .
  13. I have just seen Martin Allen leaving a petrol station in Reading so he''s not deep in talks right now ! However he was driving along the A4 theoretically towards Norwich , albeit 150 miles away . However i think we should thank our lucky stars if he did join us considering the mess we are in . He has a near 50% win % over his management career ( source : Wikipedia ) which is far above many of the other candidates being touted , including Paul Jewell.( under 40% ) .
  14. No chance - With Doherty at Centre Back we willonce again have one of worst goals against in league.
  15. I am amazed to read Peter Grant moaning about the criticism the players have received in recent weeks and how he doesn''t want negative people around as they bring the team spirit down . Is this the same Peter Grant who did nothing but publicly criticise his players after every match , even if they won away at places like Birmingham ?? Is this not the pot calling the kettle black ? Let''s at least have some consistency please .....Or perhaps he may have learned at last that publicly criticising the players is not the best way to motivate and inspire them to perform .
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