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Everything posted by Duvel

  1. Not even sure ill bother watching it today, you just know we're going to roll over.
  2. The reality is, Evans is not much good on the pitch so the easy thing to do is just not sign him. That solves the terrible PR problem which the club might have. If he was a 20 goal a season striker then I could half understand the logic even if I don't agree with it, but he's not that either. If we are in the market for a bang average journeyman then it shouldn't be too hard to find one.
  3. Every team in our league is a selling club, its not exactly a big revelation. And after the last 12 months with no fans I can't imagine many teams in our league will be flush with money.
  4. I still think we have a good chance of 6th, I know we've been inconsistent and we need to get better but we have enough good players to put a run together. Not only that, Reading are not in top 6 form and haven't been for a while and Bournemouth despite having good players, have Woodgate in charge.
  5. It was so obvious how Warnock was going to react, I actually called it on here at half time. Its just a big game, whether its berating referees one week or suffering from temporary blindness the next. People shouldn't hang on his every word after games when its so obvious what he's doing most of the time. He's not the only manager who does it as well they're mostly all the same.
  6. Boom! Great sub to take Morsey off before he potentially got sent off and to give us a more attacking line up. Get another goal and their heads will go completely.
  7. He'll say he didn't see it, but if it had happened the other way round he'd be livid.
  8. I wondered if anyone would be criticising the refs today! I'm sure Warnock will be happy with the officiating so far
  9. Barnsley are catchable in 6th, 8 points is nothing when we still have to play them. I'm not saying we'll do it because we haven't been consistent enough over the course of the season but its still not over yet.
  10. Yeah thats a good point and I've seen the arrogant refs you describe and they are always going to rub people up the wrong way. I don't think that's the cause of people disrespecting refs though, lads that I played with now have kids in junior football and they've told me the parents on the sidelines are terrible nowadays and it happens every week. The other point about refs coming out and explaining their mistakes i don't see the point. Last week for example if the ref does an interview after the game and says he thought Bolasie fouled their player before the Bola goal will it chan
  11. The players make just as many mistakes as the refs do, I'd probably say more mistakes at our level.
  12. I'm not saying that Warnock isn't entitled to have a moan after last week, we were hard done by and every manager would do the same after a game like that. The problem is when its happening virtually every week in post game press conferences the genuine complaints lose meaning. Warnock has a history of blaming refs to divert attention away from himself and his players but it just shows a total lack of respect for officials as well. I'm sure most of you saw the video of him hurling abuse at a referee in an academy game, its just totally unnecessary but he isn't the only manager doing it.
  13. The season isn't over, if we put a winning run together over the next half a dozen games we'll close that gap right up. I know its unlikely on current form but teams have done it before. Pick the team and formation that gives you the best chance to win the game.
  14. I bet i could go back and find footage of most of our players diving at some point or another. Its become part of the game. It just makes me laugh how loads of football fans wear these rose tinted specs all the time, they think every ref is against their team and the opposition get away with things that their team don't. Its the sort of argument that children use. The football authorities could sort out cheating and improve the standard of refereeing within weeks if the appetite was really there. Bring in retrospective bans and harsh punishment for the cheats and the game w
  15. Every team in the league have players who dive and cheat, every manager in the league condones it when its their players doing it and the fans condone it as well. Stop complaining.
  16. I think Warnocks straight talking and working class background will be popular with a lot of fans. It was the same with Pulis for a while, the interesting thing will be when the fans come back. If we are grinding out 1-0 wins in a promotion push then I think the majority will accept that. If we are stinking the place out and outside the playoff places next season then fans will voice they displeasure. I don't think a lot of fans get wrapped up in the 'longterm vision' of the club they just want to see wins on a Saturday. Thats probably why this forum seems more negative because the conver
  17. I think on the whole the majority of fans seem to be happy with it. I think if people can see progress in our league position thats enough to buy a manager time. It wouldn't surprise me if Warnock got us up next season as well, he knows how to get teams promoted and if he gets a good striker we might not be far away. The other side of it is what happens after that and is there a long term plan or vision. Maybe Gibson will see one year in the Premier league as enough of a plan and then we go from there.
  18. What can we do though apart from not buying tickets? I didn't renew my season tickets when Woodgate was appointed but I doubt it made any difference. I've gone from being someone who lived and breathed the Boro to being completely apathetic within the space of a couple of years. The run of Agnew, Monk, Pulis and Woodgate destroyed any belief I had in Gibson getting things right.
  19. I've disagreed with the majority of Gibsons appointments since McLaren but despite that, I could still see why he made them. Even now, if I imagine I was the chairman and it was my money I was putting in I can see the logic with appointing a safe pair of hands with the likes of Strachan/ Pulis /Warnock. Where he's gone wrong is between those pragmatic managers he's appointed various other styles. This has meant we've had no long term vision and managers are left with players they don't want. The thing that surprises me is that someone so successful in business can keep making
  20. I think since Woodgate was sacked the plan was to stabilise and then progress in this division. I'm not sure our ambition extended much further than that.
  21. I'd love what you are proposing to actually happen but I'm just resigned to the current situation. The Warnock extension is uninspiring, cautious and I can see why some people aren't happy with it. But in the current climate and with whats happened in the last 12 months I can understand Gibsons caution. I might be wrong but I get the impression that Gibson might be doubting himself as well. When he's used his initiative we've ended up with bad appointments in people like Southgate, Agnew, Monk and Woodgate. I think he feels safer with an appointment like Warnock. I've been ban
  22. Not at all but let's stop talking about Europe when we've spent 1 season in the top flight since 2009. Right now its not realistic.
  23. I think you misread my post or maybe I didnt explain what I meant very well. My point is that the best we could probably do would be to appoint someone like Eddie Howe. He'd play brilliant football but we'd still get battered on a regular basis in the top flight and battle every season to stay up. The days of European football are pretty unlikely in my opinion. Look at the players we bought in that era, the best 3 players that Villa had for a start. Southgate, Ugo and Boateng would cost more than 100m nowadays and we bought them before we added the flair players. Fair enough
  24. Whats the end goal with an Eddie Howe type manager? Alright it would be better football but Bournemouth just existed in the Premier league and never competed in the cups. I'm not saying Warnock is the best we can do but what's the best we can achieve now as a club? Probably survive by the skin of our teeth for a few years before we get relegated again. Thats the depressing reality of football I'm afraid.
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