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  1. STAN

    Todd Cantwell

    Now our youth development is seemingly flying It’s easy to criticise previous managers for not giving our academy players a chance, but perhaps the academy simply wasn’t producing players who were good enough?

    Farke is now benefiting from work done in previous regimes, we gained ‘Category 1’ status in 2013 with the goal being to start producing players who are good enough for the first team. Lewis arrived in 2014, Aarons 16, Godfrey 16, Maddison 16, Thompson 14...

    I’ll give Farke the upmost credit for giving academy players there chance and getting consistent performances out of them...

    but I’m not sure you can criticise previous managers for not taking a similar route...
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    Team for today

    [quote user="paul moy"]
    [quote user="STAN"]How have we have fallen this far in under a year and half?

    We sacked Alex Neil for failing to achieve promotion to the premier league, lingering around the playoffs simply wasn’t good enough.

    Along came golden boy Webber and what exactly has he delivered for us?

    Forget all this philosophy bo**cks, If he had appointed the right manager at the start of last season and made a couple of decent signings, we would’ve had a squad/setup that was more than capable of achieving promotion.

    Webber signed the players, Webber brought in the coach.

    As frustrated as I am with Farke, Stuart is just as culpable![/quote]
    Neil frittered away money, so no comparison.   Farke had to sell Maddison amongst others to balance the books and has worked with peanuts.
    [/quote]

    Much like Neil had to sell Redmond, Brady and Olsson amongst others...

    Whilst Webber/Farke might not have made an 8 Million marquee Championship signing such as Pritchard they’ve definitely been working with more than “just peanuts”.

    A reported... 3 mill on Franke, 3.5 mill on Hanley, 1.5 mill on Husband, 2.5 mill on Hernandez, 1.5 mill on Stiepermann, 1.5 mill on Srbeny, 750k on Vrancic, 1 mill on Leitner, 1.5 mill on Marshall, 1.5 mill on Buendia.....

    To put things in to perspective Millwall are now on the brink of completing a record breaking deal.. there first ever 1 million pound signing.

    Last season at Cardiff Warnock spent around 10 mill on 4 players, only 5 mill on 3 players in the summer and then 5 mill on a striker in January.

    It’s time for Webber and Farke to stop making excuses.

  3. STAN

    Team for today

    How have we have fallen this far in under a year and half?

    We sacked Alex Neil for failing to achieve promotion to the premier league, lingering around the playoffs simply wasn’t good enough.

    Along came golden boy Webber and what exactly has he delivered for us?

    Forget all this philosophy bo**cks, If he had appointed the right manager at the start of last season and made a couple of decent signings, we would’ve had a squad/setup that was more than capable of achieving promotion.

    Webber signed the players, Webber brought in the coach.

    As frustrated as I am with Farke, Stuart is just as culpable!
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    Harrison Reed

    I would’ve loved to see him back but can’t see it happening now.

    I see on Twitter the other day he played and scored in Southampton’s first pre season game against Schalke. Saints fans seem delighted to have him back.

    Even if he’s available we’re well stocked in central midfield and at right back, so just can’t see us forking out for him.
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    Strong looking squad

    “I can’t see Pukki not being a step up from Nelson.

    Srbeny is a step up from Nelson.

    The team played better when Nelson was on the bench. Thus his replacement is the better player in the only way that actually counts.”

    There’s a reason why at this time last year the majority of fans were desperate to see him stay. Swansea reportedly bid £12million for him and there’s a reason why we turned it down.

    If Farke could get Oliveria back into the same mindset and/or form he had under Alan Irvine, we would struggle to find a better striker in our current situation.

    To say Dennis Srbeny is a step up is laughable.
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    Strong looking squad

    ‭A forward line of Srbeny, McLean and Leitner - God help us.

    Farke should help pack Big D’s bags. Without Daniels German spectacles Srbeny would struggle to hold down a starting spot in our u23’s, let alone our first team.

    With a couple of signings our squad does have potential, relatively average on paper but with the right manager/tactics/additions we could make a push for the playoffs.

    My team at present:

    Matthews

    Marshall Hanley Klose Lewis

    Godfrey Trybull

    Hernandez Leitner Buendia

    Oliveira

    Unsure of what Buendia will bring to the party but short on other viable options.

    Won’t write Pukki off before he plays - but can’t see him being a step up on an in-form Nelson.

  7. It is really frustrating to watch and I just hope next season doesn’t turn into another year of excuses.

    Farke was brought in as a first team coach. He brought in his own coaching team. A few players departed, a few new faces arrived. It’s hardly revolutionary stuff in modern day football.

    He inherited and/or signed some decent Championship players. Gunn - One of the most promising goalkeepers in the country.

    Klose/Hanley - Potential to be a class Championship pairing.

    Tettey - Over 30 but still one of the best DM’s at this level.

    Maddison - One of, if not the best player in the league.

    Oliveira - Looked class last season, full of confidence, energy and goals.

    I’m no expert but I’m sure any manager worth his money at this level could’ve looked at the spine of this team and been capable of building something half decent from it.

    In the space of a year we’ve gone from sacking Alex Neil for not achieving promotion, to accepting mid table mediocrity from Farke. Sad to see really.
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    Wes at press conference

    Emotional day all round. During the substitution I had to take several deep breaths and remind myself grown men shouldn’t be crying over football.

    Fitting send off for a man who has given me and my family many joyous memories over the years. With Maddison likely to depart I would’ve liked to see him stay for another year.

    Peace out Wes
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    Naismith

    Anyone would think he’s been hard done by?

    I’m 99.9% certain if Naismith offered to tear up his contract with no further financial detriment to our club we would bite his arm off. With that in mind it’s about time Naismith stopped bleating on about his future.

    One of, if not the worst signing we’ve ever made.

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    So despite everything...

    Any foundations that have been laid will soon be torn up when Maddison, Gunn, Reed, Tettey, Klose and co depart in the summer.

    Another season of excuses because we’ve lost some big players? Can’t wait.
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    Webber interview

    If you were bored at the 0-0 against Bolton and/or Burton, he would advise you go watch another team.

    He thoroughly enjoyed the 2 nil defeat to Fulham on Friday, tactical spectacle, 2 really good teams on show
  12. Ever since Farke walked through the door, himself and Webber have been relentless in their efforts to temper expectations. They’ve been largely successful, a large proportion of our fans seem to have accepted, even praised what has been a poor season.

    Alex Neil got the boot largely because his failure to deliver promotion with arguably one of the best squads in the league. 1 year on from his departure and we’ve somehow found ourselves in a position where we’re being told we should show acceptance of mediocracy?

    “The mass overhaul” seems to be the prominent excuse. In reality we bought in a new manager and he bought in his own coaching staff. A few players departed, a few players signed. Nothing out of the ordinary.

    It’s a rare a new manager gets shown so much blind faith, let’s just hope he repays it next season.

  13. ‘Legend Iwan’s’ figures say it all...

    If you miss 1 or 2 games there’s no real perk to a season ticket other than convenience.

    No troubles getting tickets, and as I said previously I miss 4 or 5 games every season meaning i’ll probably save money.

    It’s almost a no brainer sadly.
  14. I can’t believe anyone is happy with a price freeze? Were you expecting prices to rise?

    With attendances dropping and casual ticket prices dropping, a season ticket isn’t value for money anymore. I mean what are the perks now really? Casual tickets readily available, miss one game and you’ve probably nullified any financial gain of a ST.

    Convenient if you can commit to attending every single game, but unfortunately I have to miss 4 or 5 every season.

    Think it’s probably the time to give my beloved season ticket up.

  15. Left a bitter taste

    Supermarket double strength is no match for Robinsons fruit n’ barley
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    This game summed up our season...

    Take away the lack of investment.. we still had a large group of players that most Championship managers would’ve loved the opportunity to work with..

    Pinto, Kiose, Tettey, Maddison, Pritchard, Oliveira, Murphy, Wildschut...

    A few hard working half decent additions in the summer and we could’ve/should’ve been pushing for promotion.

    Farke simply isn’t get the best out of them.

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    Burton Match Thread

    Fans trying to pluck positives from a bore draw with Burton Albion. It really is sad to see how far we’ve fallen in such a short space of time.

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    Is our manager doing a AN

    Clint hit the nail on the head.

    Considering our position looking beyond Burton was stupidity.
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    Burton Match Thread

    Nothing about drawing 0-0 against a poor, out of form Burton in front 4,565 fans is forgivable.

    Leaving your best players on the bench, persisting with players who simply haven’t delivered the goods, and turning out yet another completely drab uninspiring performance.

    I was hoping Farke could turn it around, but the man seems deluded.
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    Burton Match Thread

    Anybody want to suggest Vrancic is a good player or rave about his “passing ability”?
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    Burton Match Thread

    Another influential 73 minutes from Mario. Class.
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    Burton Match Thread

    Can’t see how anyone can defend the starting 11.

    I’d take a jaded Maddison/Pritchard over Vrancic any day of the week.

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    Burton Match Thread

    Prepare for a game in 48 hours time by dropping your best players?

    Can you enlighten me as to why the Milwall game is more important than today?

    IMO the best preparation for Milwall would’ve been comfortably beating Burton today.
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    Burton Match Thread

    Kick it off...

    Tactical?

    Very physical and congested in the middle?

    So we go with Wes, Watkins and golden balls Vrancic?

    No pace, no strength and no width. Tactical genius.
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    Burton Match Thread

    shocking 11! Vrancic and Watkins again?

    Hope they prove me wrong but if we don’t get the win today surely it’s time for Daniel to pack his bags?

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