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Jim Smith

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  1. Jim Smith

    Last nights consultation on membership

    I'd imagine that he was pretty junior at Arsenal at the time they built the Emirates so would take that with a slight pinch of salt. I suspect what he was alluding to is that the club needed to get its hands on that land to stop them from being ransomed in the future by the landowners once/if they go public with any rebuilding plans for the City Stand.
  2. Jim Smith

    Stinking rich Chinese investor

    well one of the reasons we have been able to get promoted Nutty is because we got relegated first! I'm not saying our owners haven't done ok. Clearly if you can't actually stay in the premier league then having a good record at bouncing back is the next best thing. However, for one it would be nice to stick about for a few years wouldn't it?
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    Stinking rich Chinese investor

    Well Delia herself has freely admitted on many occasions that they don't really have a clue about running the club - this is why, I would suggest, our periods of "success" (although I don't really regard us getting promoted under Neil with the team we had as a success, as enjoyable as it was) have tended to coincide with good quality people being brought to run the club. So I suppose the only advice I would take from them is to make sure you get a good CEO/Director of Football. I would venture to suggest that a wealthy owner is just as capable of doing that as a poor one.
  4. Jim Smith

    Stinking rich Chinese investor

    Where did I say Delia was responsible for buying Naismith? The point I was making was that one bad purchase (or more pertinently stupid contract dished out indeed by Mcnally during his crisis phase where he seemed to lose his judgment) does not mean we should never take a calculated gamble and spend a bit of money to stay in the premier league again as some people seem to believe/advocate. Webber saying his "plan" is over several years is hugely convenient really because relegation can be regarded as "part of the plan" rather than a failure. The target and plan should be premier league survival, not at any cost but doing absolutely everything we can to achieve it. How on earth do we propose to take "2 steps forward" after getting relegated because at best we might get promoted again and end up exactly back where we are now? And if that happens we certainly won't come up with a better side than we have at the moment because once one of these youngsters gets sold they will all be off. At worst we get stuck back down in the championship again.
  5. I think its fair to say that us doing pretty much exactly what Sutton suggested and coming away with our first away point on Saturday kind of vindicates what he was saying and also indicates that Farke himself had come to the same conclusion after the Villa game.
  6. Jim Smith

    Stinking rich Chinese investor

    They hardly "backed him to the hilt" unless by that you mean not spending the money/improving the squad as we should have done in the summer and then panic buying a player we didn't need and who turned out to be no better than a pub player in January. Stephen Naismith and "doing a Fulham" now appear to be the new mantra for those who just unquestionably accept repeated failure to stay in the premier league time after time. And before people start I know we haven;t failed to stay in the premier league yet, I hope we don't fail and I do believe we have the talent in our squad to stay up if we start to get a bit more good fortune with the injuries. I do not accept, however, the premise that having owners with more resources does not make a difference to your chances of staying up (good owner plus cash will nearly always trump good owner with no cash in my view) and ultimately remaining in the premier league for a few years and growing the club further whilst avoiding this boom/bust promotion and relegation cycle. That's really my point. i'm not calling for Delia out because I know its not going to happen but that doesn't mean I won't find it incredibly frustrating if our inability to compete financially means we go down again this season because ultimately I think we should be aiming to stay in the top division for a decent period of time not treat it as some kind of jolly every couple of years and shrug our shoulders when we get relegated. I also don;t share the general view that if we go down we will come back stronger. It often doesn't work like that and with this team in particular its clear to anyone with a bit of common sense that it will get broken up in the summer if we go down.
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    Stinking rich Chinese investor

    Sorry Nutty, so the only thing that would improve our chances of staying up is to keep the same owners but make them richer. Any other owners, even if richer would see us have less chance? I'm sorry but that just strikes me as nonsense. Its entirely possible that any such owners would run the club better or just as well as the current owners as well as being richer and thus helping us compete financially. Its certainly not inevitable that they would run the club worse than our current owners which seems to be the claim blindly accepted by many.
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    Stinking rich Chinese investor

    As is the idea that it would not improve our chances.
  9. Jim Smith

    If Man United lose today...

    They really aren’t very good though. They are exceptionally well drilled and good at defending but Arsenal were pathetic in the last third (had their final ball not been a joke they would have won that) and I will still be disappointed if we finish below Shef U. Trouble is all our “rivals” keep picking up three points every so often whilst we really need to stay in touch til our injuries clear up.
  10. Jim Smith

    Tettey

    Surely his point though was that Martin appears to have got significantly more credit and a higher status than the likes of Newman, Bowen, Culverhouse etc? I have nothing against Martin (good servant for us until he/we ruined it by insisting he was a centre back) but do tend to agree that being a good bloke and a face happy to do the media stuff does seem to have got him a "legend" status slightly above that which his performance levels merited and I do tend to think that in general, the tag "legend" is handed out to modern figures a bit too easily, as were places in our "Hall of Fame." On a different note I see that Kensell, Zoe Ward and Stuart Webber have their own stickers in this new sticker album that has been produced. Not sure I've ever seen that before. Bit weird.
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    Tettey

    I have always rated Tettey and have never quite understood why some have consistently written him off or criticised his passing. Of course if you play him next to another player who only plays simple passes then its going to leave you a bit lacking in creativity and I think sometimes people have not considered that. If you play Tettey next to the right player then he is generally excellent as he has been whenever he's come into the side this season. Its also absolutely no coincidence that in 2 of the 3 games he has played (and he obviously went off injured at Burnley) we have produced our best defensive displays of the season because, as others have said, he is the one who provides the screen for the defence or is capable of the sort of "professional" foul that stops the opposition midfield having a free run on our defence. Unless and Amadou proves himself a worthy replacement in that position Tettey should (fitness permitting) be starting every game and against the better sides I would play him alongside Trybull to really give us that midfield solidity.
  12. We had a collective off day against Villa and of course the injuries had an effect but I do also agree with Sutton that we should have adapted a little in the circumstances. Indeed I think Farke and the players should have adapted during the game once it became clear that they were consistently pressing Leitner and pinching the ball off him (or later in the game Buendia) thus giving them a free run on our penalty area on about a dozen occasions with no challenge going in. They should have adapted and avoided playing the ball into Mo in such dangerous areas or if they were going to do that Kenny needed to drop deeper and at least get some tactical fouls in to break up the play if we lost the ball. I also think its the case (and I don't think this is controversial) that we defended so much better against Man City because we didn't have the ball very much and thus were able to keep our shape better. The full backs were not bombing up the pitch and leaving space and we were generally a more disciplined and a tighter unit. I think that's what Sutton is suggesting we need to do in other games until we are coming out of this injury crisis and I don't disagree with him. I think the thought was very much "Villa at home let's do our thing" and we just went out there and tried to attack with abandon and they were ready for us an caught us out. I accept that the personel available gave us limited options other than to put out that starting line up but you could tell the full backs to sit in a bit and have Mclean playing deeper and just generally try and make it a tight game where you have a chance of sneaking a win or drawn rather than just going out all guns blazing and leaving the defence totally exposed.
  13. Its a good article and highlights what a problem our defending is. I do agree with him that if you look at our starting line up then actually there are not too many out of position and probably only 2 or 3 starters missing. However, beyond anything else I think what has hampered us is not having a decent defensive midfielder fit or in position. If you look at the west ham game and Burnley to a degree and most notably Villa all our defensive problems and chances conceded flow from us giving the ball away in our own half. Without a proper defensive midfielder this just gives the opposition a free run on our back 4, often with various easy passing options or the opportunity to take a shot on goal without even having to make a pass. this is just way, way too easy. For this reason having Tettey back is huge, especially if we have to persist with Amadou at the back for a few more games. I would be half tempted to go with Tettey and Trybull behind the front four for the next couple of games just to try and get some solidity back.
  14. Jim Smith

    Toddy in training

    Always amazing to see the skills in that sort of close up footage of training. Midfield options seem to be returning. The obvious worry there is that there is not a single centre back involved in that training session apart from Fawemo and even Amadou is not involved in that session!
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    Webbers Interview

    I think Farke has a lot of good will in the bank. I genuinely can't see fans calling for his head this season at all even if we go down although I must confess I have found his failure to get to grips with the defence/marking at times a little bit frustrating. But I just accept that is probably the one element of his performance as coach to date which could see improvement and the rest more than makes up for it. Webber probably does not have quite as much good will in the bank as he should have given the job he has done just because he says some things that get fans backs up at times but I think he sort of revels in that "I will tell it to you straight i'm not bothered about being popular" sort of role. I think this is about the third interview he's given where he's talked about punching or giving a fan a slap in some way shape or form which not many club officials would have got away with in the past but he does because of the success he's been part of. I think with him a fear of what we might end up with and where we might end up if he leaves is more the overriding emotion for fans.
  16. Jim Smith

    Our summer business

    Forgive me as I am sure Fahrmann is a good goalkeeper and he has a certain pedigree but how exactly did he "look very good at Palace before his injury"? Are you referring to his nice hair or something because I don't think he really had anything to do in terms of saving shots or claiming crosses etc. He nearly got a hand on the penalty admittedly and I can remember one slight overly dramatic parry from a longish shot but that attempted save and picking the ball out of the net is more or less the extent of his afternoon's work.
  17. Jim Smith

    Webbers Interview

    Webber does talk some sense. Webber is also not adverse to coming out with stuff to big himself up (or pre-emptively try to cover up shortcomings) and suit his own agenda and at present is probably well aware that the mood amongst fans has moved a little south of anywhere it has been for the last year or so. Clear intent in this interview to try to head off any moaning about the squad/board or the budget/model before it starts by sewing the seed that having such thoughts is the sign of a bad supporter, a fairly typical line from the "cult" at Carrow Road these days whereby if you doubt or question anything the club does you are some kind of heretic. We got stuffed 5-1 by a relegation rival. It was obvious from about 5 minutes in to that game that we were not "at it." Fans pick up on that and it will effect the atmosphere whether you like it or not. We lost that game because we got continually dispossessed in midfield, too many players had a bad game and we once again defended incredibly badly. That is not the fault of the fans. Similarly we beat Man City because the players were fully committed, disciplined, cut out the mistakes, had a bit of luck and played really well. I don't really think we can claim credit for that victory either!
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    Ownership questions

    I have never advocated “any” owner who has lots of money. Far from it. I would expect a degree of due diligence to be done to ensure the new owner was not a fly by night cowboy. However I do not subscribe to the view that all those with lots of money who would want to own a top flight football club would do a bad job, screw the club into the ground or indeed not perhaps run it even better.
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    Ownership questions

    Especially given that they are a tiny club really who are not comparable with us in terms of supporter base.
  20. Jim Smith

    Akin Famewo

    Yes although we had heard bits and pieces or at least I had anyway. If he plays then good luck to him, let’s hope he’s the next to kick on.
  21. Jim Smith

    Akin Famewo

    Yes there was a weird period last year where Jones was linked with a massive club and tipped to be the next big thing and we then sent him on loan to some non league side a few weeks later! A loan which was subsequently cut short for unspecified reasons.
  22. Jim Smith

    Ownership questions

    Better still not to get relegated so often.
  23. Jim Smith

    Akin Famewo

    Sorry that should say suggesting he may be about to break through. As in pushing for a first team spot.
  24. Jim Smith

    Akin Famewo

    What worries me a bit is that usually you’ve heard bits a pieces about a player before they come in but I can’t recall any comments from anyone who watches the younger sides about this player suggesting that he may break through. His loan spell at Grimsby seems to have been a mixed bag as well. It’s a heck of a step up. Not saying he can’t do it or writing him off but to go from the U23s straight to marking top premier league strikers week in week out.
  25. Aside from the 4th goal, virtually every single chance they had or goal they scored came from them dispossessing Mo about 35/40 yards out (third goal it was an attempted pass from Emi to Mo to be fair) and then breaking on our defence pretty much unopposed. They basically put a man on him and pressed him and he was disposed far too easily on virtually every occasion and once that happened he can't get back and there was no other midfielder able to cover either. I've generally been a big fan of Mo and of course one of his strengths is taking the ball in tight areas and moving it on but they had about 5 chances in the first 15 minutes as a result of this tactic so you would think the players would have the nous to adjust or Farke would tell them to. Desperately need Tettey back or if that's not the case just play Byram at the back and put Amadou in midfield. Neither of our next two opponants play with players up front who are particularly strong in the air.
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