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|Evans: We Need to Be a Footballing Team|
It is very obvious from the comments above that after a fairly settled spell there is a mob forming searching for another scapegoat. It is ironic that the owner is criticised for seeking to implement a better style of play. That process started last season and was not the brainchild of the owner but the very people now frantically searching for someone else blame. If there was a potential owner interested in investing (which there si not), I expect they might wonder what thanks they would get for their millions further down the line.
As a result of the current "disastrous" run (5 league defeats out of 23), what was an inspirational manager a couple of months ago, might now need replacing in the eyes of many.
In the search for scapegoats (owner, MM, PL and the manager who follows him) there is one stakeholder who is ignored, the ITFC supporter. A genuine supporter does just that, while all will have opinions they wont publicly attack their own players or manager. In truth, the party most responsible for relegation last season was a large section of the supporters. They demanded that we win games in a certain style even though we were competing with more than half a division of clubs with multi-millions in parachute payments. Neither I the owner or any intelligent supporter would throw further millions at trying to financially compete with such clubs.
Dont employ a rotation policy in League 1? Are people crazy? Have any of you played the game, play saturday, wednesday, saturday? A keeper, CH and CM all in their twenties might, but most of the rest wont. Some may do so physically but they wont mentally.
My message to supporters is to stay with PL and his team. He is the best manager you will see at the club for the foreseeable future. He is a last throw of the dice, the alternative may be League 2 or worse.
|Town Open Lambert Contract Talks Claim|
Would be very wise to do so. As a player and manager has always come across as a good character. A talented and smart player who made the absolute maximum out of what he had. Those are more likely to be top managers than many of the supremely gifted who didnt have to think about the game.
Great powers of persuasion also in acquiring through the owner one of the deepest squads in the division.
|Sunderland and Peterborough Linked With Wilson|
Equally comfortable in a back 4 or 3, well worth a deal. I am happy I came to his defence on this site earlier in the year when it was first revealed he was being looked at.
I hope those who slated him for not being a regular at Lincoln, without ever seeing him play, have learned their lesson.
|Keane Rejoins Town|
The only thing ME might regret about this signing is not getting him on a longer deal, though I can see why he went with one year plus an option. Daryl Murphy was never deemed a prolific striker, if even a striker at all, when he joined and I think WK can do even better.He is easily PL class and I could see a contract extension on the table before long.
Hopefully we dont take any chances with his current fitness and get him fully up to speed before bringing him in.
I think all of the problem positions are filled, with a good balance of youth and experience apart possibly for the goalkeeper position, where hopefully both will learn fast as neither have much experience at a high level.
|Town Set to Sign Wolves Keeper Norris|
This player needed to drop divisions to get games, Bart needs to play at a higher level and we cannot afford his wages. This move makes sense. I expect Norris will probably play more league games than Holy, it may even be part of the loan agreement.
|Former Lincoln Defender Wilson Training With Blues|
There were people on this site over the past couple of years saying a drop to League 1 would be a good thing, rather than being a mid-table Championship Team, scrapping fiercely to stay there on meagre resources. Reading some of the above suggests it is only now reality is dawning on some, where did you think the Squad would be filled from?
Some of the comments above about a player you have never seen play and who is only on trial are completely uncalled for. He has apparently 231 league and cup appearances, only 37 of his league appearances were in League 2, the rest were in League 1 or the Championship. Lincoln may have had 2 very good centre-backs who worked well together and brought him in for cover. He agreed to terminate his contract.
I dont know what benefit there is in pouring vitriol on players playing for the club or those seeking to play for the club.
|Lankester: Gaffer Has Made It Clear We're Out There to Win League|
Definitely one who has the ability, belief and hunger to make it. Dozzell needs to show more of that drive. Obviously they are still learning, but for Lankester consistency, performing to a high level week in week out and chance conversion rate will be important this season.
To be real contenders for the title we are short in a few positions, the principal one being a player up front who can bring Lankester, Norwood, Judge etc into the game and score himself. Will Keane would have been the perfect answer, hopefully he won't be too expensive.
We also need two full-backs to compete with Emmanuel & Kenlock. For me, Nydam and Kenlock are better suited to wing-back. Donacien appears to prefer centre-back, maybe Crowe can be persuaded to stay.
I expect Nsiala to really step up. When it was obvious we were going down last year, players like him & Jackson could have been given more exposure, rather than play loanees who were never going to stay.
|Harrison at Pompey and Closing in on Move|
Would like to have kept both him & Keane to provide a focal point up front, one is not enough with games coming thick and fast. Really hope to see Keane signed, he may not be brilliant in the air for his size, but a quality player who will help others play better and would be perfect alongside Norwood & Judge, with hopefully Edwards/Jackson/Lancaster retained as pacy options.
I imagine a left full and goalkeeper will also be signed to replace the two leaving with probably a few more heading in the other direction also.
|Hull Confirm Keane's Release|
Would be a great signing in a key position. Could easily do what Murphy did in the play-off year, a player who was never replaced and Keane is potentially a better centre forward. There is no doubt there will be interest from Championship clubs, but Evans needs to gamble on this one, I think it will be well rewarded.
As the Championship gets stronger every year, it is filtering down to League 1, and if we dont get out of it next season, finances will continue to suffer, more players will leave and we could be set for a long stay.
|Chambers to Be Honoured at End-of-Season Dinner|
It is odd that a player not rated by so many on this site has over 600 league appearances, the vast majority of which were at championship level. I wonder at what level all of those who anonymously denigrate club players and managers have coached or managed. Given the wide experience of the coaches and managers who have clearly rated him, have you ever considered that it might instead be your football knowledge or experience that is deficient?
For me, being a club supporter means giving the benefit of the doubt to club servants and trusting those who run the club & team. There are many willing to attribute blame to owner, players and managers for the clubs present position. I have not seen many on this site accepting their share of the responsibility for what has happened this season.
|Judge Signs New Town Deal|
Great news. The one loan player that must be signed now is Keane. There is experience and potential at the back and in midfield.
Keane has the necessary quality up front and provides a target when necessary. With a pre-season and regular starts, he can make all the difference. Harrison and Jackson will be very good back up in League 1.
|Bishop Targeting New Town Deal|
A gifted player and starter for me too alongside the perfect partner for him in Skuse, but I would trust his manager who sees him every day.
|Fortuna Linked With Knudsen|
All of the above so called club supporters who on a public forum see fit to denigrate one of the current longest serving players might describe how they see themselves as being better qualified to judge the player than managers who have taken teams to the world cup and who have won multiple trophies in their respective countries.
Apparently he is unfit, cant defend, pass, cross or take a throw-in. Yet he could play at the world cup on a team that didnt lose a game in 90 minutes or extra-time, despite having to face both finalists.
In most clubs a player him would be a hero and that is without having scored goals from left full in not one but two derbies.
|Town Unchanged at Birmingham|
Good opportunity for a win today which might stop all of the knee jerk reactions. Should be opportunities to score from counterattacks with pace up front. The defence is starting to look more solid which will provide a basis for some results. Nolan needs to up his form or facing losing his place to Dozzell.
|Everton Defender Pennington Close to Joining Blues|
From what I recall he is reasonably quick, so would suit PH's high pressing plan better than McAuley and can fill in as a full back. Dont think we should be depending on him solving the problem defending at set pieces. Chambers has done well as LCB.
|Huws Heads Late Leveller for U23s at Crewe|
Surprising that two with a little first team experience McLoughlin & Folami were on the bench. Both are good at u23 level and McLoughlin is usually captain. Both are well capable of progressing to league football at some level.
|The Long Haul|
Agree with much or all of the above. While we may all be disappointed at the apparent need to sell a valuable player each year to balance the books, I think we should at this stage trust those running the club. The club now appears stable with lots of promising homegrown players, but no one should be demanding instantaneous success.
|Smith Close to Colorado Switch|
Though no one could doubt his commitment to the club or his physical commitment on the pitch, he has not proven himself a top championship CB. If he had other championship clubs would have come in for him.. Lack of pace can be compensated by good reading of the game and unfortunately his reading of situations hasn't shown sufficient improvement.
Webber looks like he is improving as a LCB and is a decent distributor, but unlikely to be ready for the first team. Knudsen has done well in that position also. Chambers is 33 this year and could be moving to a coaching position in the not too distant future, so a couple of CB's could soon be required.
|McCarthy Likes "Pretty Much Everything" About New Recruit Drinan|
Seasider: Re number of players brought over by MM from the Irish League being in double figures, my memory must be failing me but the only signings I can recall are McDonnell and Doherty. Doherty returned after failing to settle, McDonnell is doing well on loan. Who are the others?
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