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Robert N. LiM

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  1. Some issues are complicated. They have shades of grey rather than being black and white. This one isn''t. It''s totally straightforward. Safe standing is exactly that - safe. It happens in huge grounds in Germany with no problems at all. Of course football supporters should be allowed the choice of whether to sit or stand. Note that no one is forcing anyone to stand (unlike the current situation where those standing in seated areas force those behind them to stand up too). But it is impossible to imagine it happening in England in the foreseeable future, not because it''s dangerous or because of Hillsborough, but because the clubs are very happy with the affluent, middle-class fans that all-seater stadiums attract, and with the ridiculous prices they charge for those cramped bits of plastic. It''s a disgrace, pure and simple.
  2. If you listen to Talksport, you really do only have yourself to blame.
  3. Great post, GP''s Beard. A few of those frothing at the mouth on here at the moment would do well to read it.
  4. Excellent post. What we really need is some kind of relegation mini-league so we can see how we are really doing against our likely relegation rivals. Hopefully some poster will be resourceful enough to set one up.
  5. Oh, and to be fair I live several thousand miles from Carrow Road. Easier to be calmer at that distance. And impossible to watch Sky Sports News, which certainly makes for a better life.
  6. Take your point, Morty, but no, not really. Lambert''s history didn''t suggest he''d leave us in a dignified manner. He''s not a dignified man. He''s a ruthless bastard and that''s exactly why he was so great for us for three years. I imagine we''ll get the explanation at some point. I suspect it will be as simple as ''I wanted to manage a big club''. But you can''t say that while you''re in post, or indeed after it if you don''t want to get sued. Carrying on as if the last three years hadn''t happened? Well, that''s the supporters'' view. For Lambert it was a job, just as Colchester was a job and just as Villa is a job, to be done until Ferguson retires. I was gutted when he left, of course I was. If I''m honest, I thought then and think now that we''ll get relegated as a result. But I can''t find a reason to resent Lambert for it. I understand why others do, but I really don''t think he owed us anything.
  7. And on a similar theme of significant games not involving City: Juventus 1-0 Liverpool. May 1985
  8. The Arsenal-Wednesday game is a great shout too. How appropriate that the winner was scored by Andy Linighan. Past Chris Woods (can that be right?)
  9. The 1-7 is a good shout. Trouble with most league games is that they''re only really significant in the context of all the others, but there''s little doubt in my mind that the Colchester result brought things to a head much more quickly than might otherwise have been the case. If Gunn had lasted 10 games it might have been too late for Lambert to take us up. On a much more minor note, I nominate the draw with Northampton in the League Cup in 2003. Worthington seemed to pick a team designed to show the board just how short of firepower we were. Three days later, enter Hucks. A year later, the promised land for the first time in nearly ten years.
  10. I don''t quite agree with your assessment of Lambert, though, Jim. We just don''t know what happened around his leaving. My suspicion is that it was simply that he wanted to manage a bigger club, which Villa undoubtedly are. We can''t really complain at that, otherwise we would never have had him here in the first place.
  11. Man, some of you people are easily manipulated. NCFC is suing Lambert for breach of contract. He''s launched a counter-suit. Exactly what you''d expect in this situation. Bowkett and McNally - wisely - are using it to take the heat off Hughton. For me it has not changed my view of Lambert one iota. Great manager, transformed our club. Very disappointed he left, but that''s his prerogative. Wish him well at Villa (relegation rivalry aside). Would definitely clap him.
  12. Exactly what Bowkett and McNally intended by revealing it last night, Wiz. [You''re right to get off Hughton''s back, by the way. But you''re doing it for the wrong reasons]
  13. Bang on Jim. There are only two things to say about this: 1) Looks like a fairly standard counter-suit in response to our pursuit of compensation from Villa. 2) Really interesting that NCFC - normally so secretive - have chosen to make this public. Surely an attempt to shore up support for Hughton by publicly criticising PL. Canny McNally...
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