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    Steve Morison Retires.

    SM is now Assistant Coach to Northampton U18's having just qualified as a Eufa Pro Coach.
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    IMO, a fit Hanley would have done better job keeping Wesley under wraps than Amadou, probably Hanley against big target men and a.n. other against smaller Pukki types. The key is of course, Hanley being fit??
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    Nature or nurture?

    Performance = 20% ability + 80% attitude, given there already exists an aptitude toward being physically adept, hand eye, etc. Take from that what you want, but mindset is key at this level, or any other level come to that.
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    How many will man city get

    The answer is one less than us, obviously!!!!!!
  5. Whilst we could possibly have defended better as a team, let's remember that the oppo are a talented bunch who get paid the big bucks to beat defenders it's what they're good at. When we score we naturally applaud our attacking play and so it works at the other end of the pitch. It's called football, if every defence was better than the attack there would be a lot of nil nils and how boring would that be!
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    West Ham tickets

    Parma, whilst I thoroughly enjoy your on field football posts, I am of the opinion you are wide of the mark here. To the best of my knowledge this was quite simply a poorly thought through, senior management and board decision, that BK is being disproportionately hung out to dry for.
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    West Ham tickets

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    West Ham tickets

    To the best of my knowledge players to lets are not necessary free. I believe they get x free but the opportunity to buy y more I think it was 2 and 2 at Anfield.
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    Team for Liverpool

    LDC, Not sure you can only have 2 CB's in the match day squad, so for me Hanley would be on the bench, probably at the expense of Cantwell.
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    Liverpool tickets

    Hi LDC, I don't dispute it is his responsibility to be the front man, but just because you have a job description that says what it says, it doesn't mean you can make all the decisions, or that a decision will not be passed down from above. You may not agree with a passed down decision but are required to implement it, this is what I am saying, the scheme may not have been his idea and he may not have agreed with it, however it is his responsibility to implement it. That comes with the job, my point was that there appears to be some on here who believe it was him and him alone behind this and therefore are focusing all their anger on him as an individual, when others may have their prints on it. That said, I'm sure he is man enough to deal with it and anyway that is what he is paid to do, I simply wanted to point out it may not have been his 'scheme'. Cheers Ray
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    Liverpool tickets

    GJL, What specifically about my post is nonsense, what do you know that may be I don't and I mean know, not what you think, or your opinion, I am very interested to find out if my knowledge is false?
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    Liverpool tickets

    Based on what I know, Ben Kensell may not have been the driver/designer of this new scheme, however is being left out to dry, so to speak. The scheme would have been approved by the Board and BK is simply the front man. I think we should cut the individual a little slack in terms of giving him personally a hard time, give him a few messages to take back to those who approved the scheme by all means, but to lay all the anger and blame at his feet is, in my opinion, somewhat unfair and invalid.
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    One club, one team

    Based on most of what I read on here, I'm not too sure there are any gentlemen in Norwich
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    Women’s World Cup

    Surely we should have been awarded another pen immediately after the first one, the ball is in play, they all hug the keeper who is holding the ball, someone must have touched the ball with their arm or hand, brave ref to give it though!!
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    New membership scheme

    IMO this scheme has not been particularly well thought out, however, my main issue is not that (IMO) the club has scored an own goal, but as soon as they realised they had, and they should have done so within the hour, that they did not 'freeze frame' everything until further consideration had been given to the immediate feedback from fans. I judge a person, not by a genuine mistake made by them, but by how they then handle the fallout and go on to make good, so far I'm not impressed, furthermore, it may well be too far along the road to change direction now.
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    The inner game of football

    LDC, Luck is where opportunity and preparedness meet. Cheers
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    The inner game of football

    LDC, yes, my opinion of our management team's psychological attributes have changed, perhaps there is a correlation between this and their actual attributes, insomuch that they may have improved over time. Let's face it as long as your 'ego' allows you to believe you are still green, you can still grow, if your 'ego' believes you are fully ripened then you start to rot. I firmly believe something changed dramatically 6 games or so into the season, maybe because DF is a deep thinker, I also firmly believe that DF may have changed his thinking/mindset around certain aspects of his management, and applaud him for that. I also firmly believe SW may have played a big part. But either way, what a journey we're on. Cheers
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    The inner game of football

    LDC, thanks, as you may recall I've often banged on about the mindset/psychology element of performance, so I'm in full agreement with this being taken more seriously. One point, we all have egos (our self image) and you can never outperform your own self imagine, however the collective ego/self image is equally, if not more, important and powerful in team sports.
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    McNally Tweets!

    ND, Nothing to do with Mr Bowkett then?
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    Farke Chokes !!!

    Having read through the posts on this thread, there appears to be a commonality of thought (or certainly a sway of opinion) that most of us would have made different selections to those our manager made, the word stubborn also appears a few times, the vast majority believe the word choke is misplaced and overall DF has done a great job, we are top of league after all. I agree with all of these sentiments, however I do have a concern, insomuch there may be a certain amount of lack of vision and/or tactical awareness, which may come to bite DF in the behind when competing against ‘better’ managers in the Prem. I applaud all he has achieved (alongside Stuart Webber) and sincerely hope my concern is unfounded, but, given the majority on here would have done things slightly differently, one can only assume others may have the same concern. DF will enter the promised land next season and will have to learn to swim pretty quickly because the sharks he will encounter are bigger and have a more ferocious bite, I sincerely hope he does and we go on to bigger and better things. All that said, I have enjoyed this season more than pretty much any other, and look forward to a promotion/Championship Winning party.
  21. In all fairness GenerationA47, Vrancic made a meal of what wasn't in my eyes a foul, in essence tricking the ref, and then moved the ball back from where the offence took place, not that I am complaining, but we then did a fair amount of celebrating ourselves. I guess it is human nature intermingling with the world of football?
  22. Out of interest, what are ' northern monkess' must be some sort of ist surely!
  23. Thanks Bethnal, didn't know that and I've been round a while, although I have used the word Chinaman it was purely to describe someone from China with no racist intent, so I've learned something. I agree entirely with generational, etc. When I was a kid we used the term black, then we were told coloured is the correct term I believe black is now more acceptable, could be wrong of course?
  24. I'm a bit lost on some of this, could someone explain if Frenchman or Dutchman are also offensive in today's world, if so then I've learnt something and thank you, if not could someone 'learn' me why Chinaman is, genuine question guys - thanks.
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    It's official....

    And of course the old favourite, 'What time is Kick Off? What time can you get here?