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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: J F H on: February 16, 2018, 15:42:43 pm
Not het up at all Everbrite. But let's just leave our little tiff with an acceptance that this is now JFH's side and he will be be judged accordingly.  I would only add that Facey looks to be an excellent signing and I think it fair to say the jury is out on the rest, although I am hopeful about van Vaan.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: J F H on: February 16, 2018, 13:53:32 pm
What are you talking about "mob rule", Everbrite? This is a forum for opinions and within the bounds of not being libellous views can and should be freely expressed.  If I recall, about 2,000 of our home support were voicing an opinion at half-time on Tuesday on what they has seen which makes the comments on here very tame.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: J F H on: February 16, 2018, 10:45:28 am
Absolute rubbish, Everbrite. Why you set yourself up on this site as a modern day Praetorian Guard for NTFC/JFH I don't know but football is a matter of opinions and best you learn to live with these things. Not much point in this site otherwise.  I am sure JFH has broad shoulders.

My opinions are just that.  Look at this thread on JFH and you will find plenty of others expressing a similar point of view. 
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: J F H on: February 16, 2018, 10:12:20 am
At it again I see, Everbrite. I want to see JFH do well but it doesn't follow that he is doing well.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: J F H on: February 16, 2018, 09:29:48 am
Gillingham are a much better side than Wimbledon and that showed on Tuesday. However, as Gills manager said post match he knew exactly how we would be set up (JFH very predictable if his formations?) and they took full advantage. We were murdered in the first half and it could easily have been 0-4 at the break.  It was obvious to us in the stands within the first 10 minutes that our line up was wrong and critical to that we need JJOT in the hole where he can challenge and win balls, lay the ball off and make runs into the penalty area.  JJOT for all his attributes is not the quickest and playing in a defensive midfield role against fast physically strong Gills front men he struggled badly. He was not the only one but JJOT is our key player.  JFH should have reacted quickly and moved JJOT into the hole and either put Foley there or brought on McWilliams in place of Foley. It was poor management.  Add to that having Crooks sitting on the bench when he was said to be injured was a complete waste of time. Buchanan should have been available to replace Bunney who had a terrible match.  Again, poor management.

I want JFH to do well but I have to comment that so far not so good is something on an understatement.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: J F H on: February 14, 2018, 07:45:04 am
There are plenty of comments to make about JFH's team and positional selections and constant tinkering but the one thing that is as clear as daylight is that he has to play JJOT "in the hole" behind the striker where he can challenge for the ball, set up attacks and makes runs into the opposition penalty area where he takes a lot of chances.  Why on earth JFH played JJOT in a deeper role last night completely defeats me. Foley or McWilliams could do that role if Crooks was injured which begs another question of why have Crooks on the bench if he was carrying a knock. If Buchanan had been a sub Bunney's nightmare match could and should have ended in an early bath.

I worry about JFH but I am worrying more about this fight against the drop. 
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Gratuitous swearing. on: February 11, 2018, 13:51:08 pm
Gratuitous swearing - not wanted, not welcomed and not necessary.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: February 11, 2018, 12:05:33 pm
Fair comment from Manwork04. Beds makes some valid points and rather than shouting him down from behind the keyboard just accept there is more than one point of view.  I am not anti- KT but he has been opaque about matters especially redevelopment matters ever since the Chinese arrived on the scene. I might add, Chinese what Chinese?
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: TRUST STATEMENT REGARDING EAST STAND DEVELOPMENT AT SIXFIELDS STADIUM on: February 10, 2018, 09:26:11 am
It is good that the Trust is keeping an eye on the club's owners and engaging with the Council about the East Stand and, I hope, the land to its rear.  Owners will always claim that they are acting in the best interests of the club but they are not always the best judges of their own decisions and actions.  We, the supporters, will be here long after the current owners have left the scene and quite what we will be left with remains unclear. On this Beds is right. 

At the moment the Trust statement reads like it is treading a very diplomatic path but the time may come when there are differences of opinions and these will have to made public.  The refusal of KT to allow a Trust representative on the board seems to be an on-going issue and if I am reading the Trust's statement correctly a condition of NBC approving the purchase of the club in 2015 that has not been honoured. 
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Grimes/Crooks on: February 05, 2018, 07:51:44 am
It seems to me that part of the midfield problem is that with JJOT playing a more advanced role there are no ball winners in the middle of the park.  Foley is being played out of his natural position and McWilliams warms the bench.  The solution could be to drop Crooks to make way for one of these two.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale on: February 04, 2018, 09:15:45 am
Not a good day at the office for the team or its manager.  The injury to Facey was not handled well by JFH who wrongly switched us to a 3 -5-1-1 formation and put Perreira on covering duties which he is clearly not able to perform.  JGH must have known that.  Perreira is a luxury player and I doubt that we can afford to play him much in our precarious position.   Credit to Rochdale for out thinking and out playing us. JJOT was marked out of the match and with him being ineffective the rest of the side could not string a pass together.  

Wimbledon  was always important but now that much more so.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale on: January 30, 2018, 07:17:43 am
It's hard enough predicting our results yet alone forecasting the weather in 5 days' time.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January 2018 Transfer Rumours Thread on: January 26, 2018, 13:33:20 pm
Good right back but injury prone and we now have better in Facey. I expect Moloney to move on in May, maybe before.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: January 26, 2018, 13:06:46 pm
He will be busy.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Blackburn Away on: January 26, 2018, 12:17:16 pm
Tomorrow will be a good yardstick against which to measure our recent improvement. I didn't thin we would get anything from Bradford so..................
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: January 26, 2018, 07:53:55 am
GPC has got the shareholding mixed up. Ventures owns 83.7% of the issued share capital of the football club, NTFC.  The football club has borrowed from Thomas, Bower & the BVI company 1m+ which loan is secured by Ventures shares in NTFC.  So, if push comes to shove and the lenders enforce their security any time after 31 January 2018 if the loan is not repaid the football club becomes owned by the lenders.

Where, you might well ask, are our illustrious Chines partners, 5USport, in all this. Nowhere I suggest. GPC says that the Chinese own 60% of Ventures.  Do they?

Wake up and smell the coffee guys.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: January 24, 2018, 06:51:34 am
Exiledinspace - you are assuming the benefit of the surrounding development income/profit comes to NTFC and not elsewhere e.g. Ventures and any investment/development partners.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: MK Donkeys Home 20 Jan 18 on: January 21, 2018, 13:58:59 pm
The problem with Hoskins is that 9/10 he flatters to deceive.  When it comes to an assessment of his game it is a case of not confusing activity with progress.  I can't question his hard work but, taking yesterday as a typical day at the office for him, he all too often made the wrong decision with the ball at his feet e.g. shooting when he had better options and needing too much time to bring the ball fully under his control.  For me he is a L2 player and quite why the club gave him a 2.5 years new contract baffles me.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: MK Donkeys Home 20 Jan 18 on: January 20, 2018, 12:41:36 pm
Agree about Foley which is harsh on him given that he has done a good job playing out of position.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: January 20, 2018, 10:33:39 am
Yes, but how and from where is the club which is the borrower going to repay the amount on 31 January 2018?  And what is the money going to be used for in its 3 weeks life? The club is still awaiting final agreement with the Council so the status quo, so far as I know, continues.

If the Chinese have any money then why the need for this loan in the first place?

Also, just to throw a pebble into the pond KT filed a Confirmation Statement at Companies House on 16 January showing no change in Ventures' shareholding i.e. no mention of 5USport.
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