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  1. Massive credit to Woodgate. I thought the lack of signings would make a change in mentality almost impossible this season, but by brining in the kids he’s managed to find an XI that have not been brainwashed into pure terror whenever the ball rolls towards them (Thanks Pulis...). The goal by Fletcher is great - More than just a good hit or sealing three points, the willingness to shoot like that shows some of the confidence that we’ve been missing has returned. Really hope Gibson sees this as a chance to bring in a few new signings and give Woodgate a show of confidence.
  2. Sorry - but it’s a bit unfair to be hammering the manager for bringing off 1 of 2 attackers to try and defend a 2 goal league. Almost any manager would do that - and it makes sense tactically. You could argue that he took the wrong player off - as assombolonga is not great at chasing down defenders on his own (but he had a great first half). Johnson is to blame. Idiotic red card and totally uncalled for. Shame because we actually looked like we were playing good football. I think this season is pretty much a dead duck. We’ll find a way to pick up enough points (to stay up) and need to clear the forest of deadwood that is our playing staff at the end of the year.
  3. I wasn’t at the game today but from what people have said it sounds pretty dire. I still think it is hard to blame Woodgate alone for this mess, but he has to take some share of the blame. We knew it was going to be a tough season when we signed no one and announced we were going to be playing flowing football. The few players capable of scoring last year now seem totally lost and that’s down to him. That said, I think it’d be hard for anyone to do much with this team in an attacking formation. I don’t think firing Woodgate solves the problem. We need investment into the side - a few experienced heads with the youngsters makes a big difference - like Merson/Townsend in 1998. I’m not sure who our leaders on the pitch are at present. Gibson needs to open his wallet.
  4. It’s not great, but the team is set up to play attacking football without the attacking players needed to make it work. Following from Pulis sucking the life out of the players/fans, Woodgate was given a poisoned chalice. Gibson didn’t back him properly and is treating the fans with contempt - and letting Woodgate get the blame. The club needs a revamp - and the that won’t happen with Gibson in charge. The game has moved on we have moved backwards.
  5. A win is a win. Happy to see Woodgate finally get a first win. This is going to be a slog of a season and it is going to take a lot of work to de-Pulis the players. Fans need to stick with the team.
  6. We are run poorly. No consistent football philosophy, no consistent transfer strategy, a bewildering selection of recent managers, and little communication with the fans. We have had £200m and now are desperate to get mediocre players off the books. After working for promotion, we went down with an absolute whimper. Not all clubs are well run- but we are no example!
  7. Think that’s a difference of opinion between you and most others. I’d much rather be in City’s position - not for the winning (though that would be nice) but for the exciting Europe nights and the attacking , flowing football. The idea of a “local” club is pretty old fashioned - and even when we were doing really well under Gibson (late 90s early 2000s) I don’t think the emphasis was on being a local club, - Juninho and Emerson were not from Redcar! (Facetious - but we weren’t exactly full of local players!). The local club narrative is something the club have spun out in the last ten years to justify spending less than rivals. Other teams have a good youth team and are in better touch with the fans than us. If Gibson is really building a community club then why keep a manager everyone hates? play abysmal football that no one wants? and then, after backing a cheap, inexperienced manager, pull the rug from under him on deadline day? Gibson looks on the way out to me - or at least hopelessly outmatched in the transfer market. I think if selling is an option and it is one that he should take. Give him a knighthood, a stand and a statue, but it feels like time to move on.
  8. Annoying but not the end of the world tonight. The squad is pretty thin anyway and we’ll want to loan out some of the young lads. Gestede needs to go. I’m not sure why Woodgate picked him - especially if we’ve been desperately trying to get rid only a week ago - would destroy anyone’s desire to play.
  9. Aside from how Gibson has done recently and whether he should sell. The point that is often made is who would buy us? We’re actually a really attractive proposition - own our own stadium, good training facilities, debt free (aside from Gibson, so no creditors to negotiate with), good record for youth (and no big teams in our catchment area), saleable assets (Fry, Britt, Randolph), good history and a passionate fanbase (most the time). The only negatives are our recent style (boring so doesn’t attract tv money), prem earners (most off the book next year) and location (as in a long way from London/Manchester) for attracting players. I would certainly class us as attractive as Barnsley, Wolves, Brentford, etc were at the point of takeover. Looking at the list above, I wonder if Gibson is reducing the wage bill with half an eye on a sale - it pumps up the cash flow metrics (earnings will be negative) and therefore the valuation. No difference to a buyer coming in between us finishing 7th and 19th this season...
  10. Saw coulson at a Cambridge game (v Newport) and he was no standout in league 2. Not to say he has not developed, but I do worry if he is our only option.
  11. I’m not too annoyed that we didn’t spend big - think we are a bit short for cash and it is Gibson’s money to spend. However, can we please address the obvious problem with our recruitment - we have been missing attacking creative players for years now. Every window we go into it saying we know what we need to do and every window we fail to sign more than one. At some point the club need to get a grip and either change the scouting strategy (to find earlier stage players) or Gibson needs to get some better negotiators in (or both). The less money we have to spend the more important it is we get it right. Anyway - It’s not the end of the world and I still think we can push for playoffs - which I can take with a few youth players coming in and some attacking football. Especially as there are a few deadweight players on the wage bill that we need to shift before we invest heavily. (It is what it is...)
  12. Still very early on this - no deals have been agreed for either player yet, so think we all need to take a breathe and wait until tomorrow. Gibson will have either a plan or a good reason if there are any sales, and selling one seems more likely than both. The recruitment team would appear on thin ice given the lack (AGAIN) of attacking signings so far. That said, it is also becoming increasingly clear that it is impossible to compete in the championship within the FFP rules - look at Derby signing Rooney on £80k per week. The football league need to get a grip on it - and probably won’t until a big name goes bust. At least with Gibson in charge it is unlikely to be us.
  13. Wasn’t the last time we blooded youngsters when we got relegated under Southgate? I’m all for giving the young guys a chance and am very supportive when the best come through, but we obviously need to sign some experience to go alongside and some attacking players who have a proven record (esp if we are selling a few). Makes it all the more baffling that our recruitment team was left intact post-Pulis. Also - The noises about money from the club are a choice - an understandable one as Gibson has chucked millions into the club - but a choice nevertheless. Derby, Villa, Cardiff have all found ways around ffp. There are plenty of people that want to invest in championship clubs - look at the number of foreign owners. If we choose to go for a youth only policy and suffer (as I expect we might), then Gibson carries the can. I’m really hoping Woodgate and the team can surprise us but i’m not optimistic at present (with no investment in the squad at all).
  14. The fact that nothing has happened on this for a year (since the letter was sent to Monk) suggests the club are not confident of taking it any further. Monk’s reputation will take a hit but there are plenty of managers and agents with worse reputations. Pulis got a cut of our sales - did that motivate him to act in the best interests of the club? Or just to make sales? The big conclusion (as has been stated by a few on here) is that the people in the club with oversight over transfers are not doing their job anywhere near well enough - Fletcher for £7m should never have happened after we’d already bought so many strikers. We still need a proper revamp internally - unfortunately there appears no chance of that happening while Gibson is owner.
  15. Our scouts are ok at identifying good players - the problem is they are either already too expensive for us (Ziyech and Lindelof were not unknowns!!) or we are not prepared to back our scouts (i.e. managers will not agree to the purchase or Gibson is not willing to pay). We need to be able to identify players who are likely to be better playing for us (in our new style) or players under-utilised in their current team - these will probably be good value. We need to stop assuming that players that just had one great season (or scored against us) will be that good every year (i.e. assume a bit of a regression in form) - these will probably be poor value. I hope we have convinced Kenyon to get involved in negotiations, as that is where we are weakest.
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