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Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:22 am
by slobbydan sillibic
Belgium ... are they England in disguise..?

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:38 pm
by dog rout 21
billythefish wrote:Could be worse mate - all I am hearing about is football at the minute!

Come on Belgium


If they somehow win this thing, you're going to need to move :lol:

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:24 am
by billythefish
dog rout 21 wrote:
billythefish wrote:Could be worse mate - all I am hearing about is football at the minute!

Come on Belgium


If they somehow win this thing, you're going to need to move :lol:


You got a spare room I can use?

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:19 pm
by Nick
We're going to win the league - 2 - 1 winners at Nuneaton [smilie=icon_mrhappy.gif]

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:48 pm
by Nick
Think we might have them back :?

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:05 pm
by Nick
Well we got what we wanted [smilie=icon_blink.gif] what's the solution?

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:04 am
by Burf
wind the club up, we all get our lives back.

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:25 pm
by plastic scouser
did you go burf?

I did.....and I fucking hate myself....


17th.....or liquidation.....either will do for me now.....the ****

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:54 pm
by Burf
did I fuck. :lol:

Going for a second successive season of zero attendance. I even stopped watching them on telly last year... [smilie=icon_mrhappy.gif]

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:52 am
by plastic scouser
FFS....sisu selling the training ground now by the looks of it :roll:

...still, from what I've seen so far this season, the **** weren't using it anyhow.

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:16 pm
by AD
Supposedly been looking to do it for a few years. Not been allowed to due to ruling that they must provide equivalent new land to replace it. So now it has been included in the housing plan maybe it means that they've shown some proof they've got some headway in a new stadium/training/academy base? Not holding my breath and half expect once deal for housing goes through a deal for the replacement will suddenly fall apart but I can but hope.

Team sounds awful - especially up front. I think TM has never been completely taken with the wingback system but doesn't have the players for anything else and knows the youngsters, despite showing promise, are too raw and aren't ready. If selling Vincelot was his decision (which I'm still unsure of) it seems even more of an error now than it did when it happened, and it looked poor then. Also the lack of depth in defence is making the decision to get rid of Martin and Phillips also seem a bit poor, even though neither were top class.

I was always worried pre-season as time went on and the signings that were always a few days away never materialised. With the 'emergency' loan window being got rid off we couldn't take a punt on a kid on loan for a month and extend it if they work out or send them back and try someone else if they didn't, as we've done in the past.

Although people have complained about TM not being given resources, he has signed 5 strikers in the summer, either permanently or on loan, and re-signed Tudgay - not many managers get the chance to sign that many. For none of them to work at all has to be laid largely on the scouting, coaching and management. To be fair, it seems that they really weren't the signings TM wanted and the deadline day signing of Wright smacked of a bit of desperation to get someone in the building. Wasn't sure about the early signing of Kwame Thomas either given TM has used the excuse of having not got players in because he didn't want to waste his budget early on in case other options became available. I just can't imagine him being one of his main targets he felt he had to snap up quickly.

Though Harries looks promising, Willis has been decent without getting injured and Turnbull is looking decent, I'm really disappointed at the number of basic errors Ricketts has made. I thought he may struggle against pace, but just the number of bread and butter stuff he's messed up is terrible. As the senior leader at the back it can't do much for the youngsters confidence.

Not sure what Page offers ahead of Haynes TBH. Obviously when Stokes gets back neither would get in the side, but as Haynes is more experienced, is a contracted City player rather than a loan and they by and large offer the same (a bit ropey in defence, OK getting forward but need to improve crossing) but Haynes to me has more pace I can't see why Mowbray seems to favour Page.

Gadzhev just isn't having the effect I'd hoped he would - I thought he'd be an adequate replacement for Fleck but just hasn't got going.

Wasn't overwhelmed by Bigi's returned but he's done OK. But that's the trouble - he's been one of our better performers but he's not a game winner. He isn't going to split defences with killer passes, neither is he going to break up play with big, robust challenges. He's like Sideways' Sammy and Stephen (Hughes). Always around, not really doing that much wrong, but not affecting games enough in either direction to warrant any plaudits IMO. Might be a bit harsh to call him Backwards Bigi though.

I didn't really see the huge fuss over Jones last season and I can't get it this. He's only a kid (he's younger than most of our academy prospects who Mowbray says aren't ready) but while it might be exciting to see him run with the ball, most of the time he's dispossessed. Even when he isn't his crossing is nowhere near good enough and he wants far too much time when trying to shoot. After all, we did sign him for the team bottom of L2 last year, so it's hardly like he was showing superkid status and the ability to prop up a team. People expected far too much from him and are bestowing him with ability I'm afraid he just doesn't have.

Defensively we look reasonably solid apart from the odd mistake which we, as always seems to be case, get punished for and look OK in possession, we have nearly no creativity and what chances we do make no-one looks even remotely capable of putting away. At this rate I can't see the entire team matching Armstrong's goal tally from last year.

It's still reasonably early and maybe one day it will just click and we'll be fine, but at the moment I have a very, very poor feeling about this season.

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:20 pm
by plastic scouser
Bye Tony.....thanks for playing....


...NEXT.

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:23 pm
by Burf
from my post in this thread of March 11th :

If current dire form continues into next season I can easily imagine the scenario of being bottom by Xmas & Mowbray
getting the sack.


so ok he's walked & it's happened even sooner than I predicted... but there you have it.

The writing was on the wall.

Yes - SISU are utter **** ( so are the Council & fecking Wasps as well, btw.. ) but I still think TM could have & should have done better. There are other
L1 sides with the same or lesser playing budgets than us doing far better. Mowbray blew it last year : we should've been out of this league - if that massive slump from December onwards isn't the manager's responsibility then whose is it ?

He had form with 'Plan A' failing & having no 'Plan B' before as a manager. Lovely boke, honest, hard-working I'm sure, but obviously not as a good a manager as many in the 'Everything is SISUs fault, totally' brigade would have you believe.

City are like a bad joke with an endless, ever worsening punchline.

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:02 pm
by AD
I agree. Ultimately it has to be put upon the manager.

There have been people saying how we fell away last year due to the owners not providing investment to strengthen the young team in January to push on. But they always fail to mention that we signed the likes of Peter Ramage, Darius Henderson and Stephen Hunt, all of whom fit the experienced back up criteria. It's just they were all shit. Not that that investment wasn't made, just that it wasn't used as wisely as it could. I admit, when those players came in I felt they were exactly the right sort of signings to help us maintain our position so the youngsters who'd got us there could have a rest and go again. Sadly, it didn't work out that way.

As I've written above there is also the issue of accusations of not giving Mowbray the funds for a striker when he's signed six over pre-season if you include Tudgay resigning. TM took a gamble on letting certain players go and turning down the opportunity to sign others in the belief he could get better ones. It was a gamble and it didn't pay-off and ultimately it has cost him his job and left us up shot creek.

He has a least resigned and thus forfeited a pay-off, which you have to admire in the modern world of football where managers will hang on until the bitter end to ensure that big pay-off. Fair play to him for that.

One thing I do notice though is that Mark Venus was instrumental in a lot of the good signings we made last year and managed to get in a lot of players on what was supposedly a pretty tight budget. Then the quality and quantity of signings massively dropped off when his role was changed and he became a director. So the failure of bringing in the signings has led to the club performing badly, but the person responsible for signings gets to take over the main job. How do you get into that world where being shit gets you massive pay-offs and an almost guaranteed new job rather than kicked out with nothing?

Re: Can some one please give me back the City I love!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:14 pm
by Burf
against my better judgement I actually hauled myself the whole 3 miles to The Globe on Sunday...
A terrible 1st half actually developed into a semi-decent cup tie in the 2nd half. Not much to report other
than defensively we are our own worst enemies & will concede hatfuls of goals against sides who can actually finish ( unlike Morecambe,
who can't )

But was very impressed with Sterry & also Jack McBean when he came on - looks like a proper centre forward.
Burge has also improved since I last saw him & might be about as good as we can hope for at this level.