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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The JED EYT thread! on: Today at 08:05:06
My guess is that JED will not survive for much longer.  To do so will require a very dramatic turn around in form and there is no sign at all of this happening despite a constant drip, drip of new players. But it is not what we think that matters but whether or not KT is ready to accept that his latest choice of manager is no better than his first.  That is going to be a very big pill for him to swallow.  It could be that the arrival of the Chinese investors means more pressure on KT and not just the manager.  We have no idea what are the expectations of the Chinese but that is a key factor in the current situation. 

If JED goes it probably means all his supporting cast also go and this all costs a lot of money, something that has to be taken into consideration for a club of our size.  Then, if JED is in the departure lounge who replaces him?  With this truly dreadful start to the season to spend several weeks looking for a successor will not be helpful.  KT will need to have a replacement lined up. I doubt very much that he has even drawn up a short list of targets.

2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The JED EYT thread! on: Yesterday at 18:26:33
We all have a view and it's fair to say those posting here are calling for a managerial change.  That's predictable enough but KT with the Chinese have to make the decision and I very much doubt they are ready to make the call.  KT has been responsible for Page & JED so he will not be in a rush to admit he has got it wrong twice.  If the performances continue as they are he won't have much choice but the big question is who is available to come in and do the job the supporters expect?  I am short on names.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Your XI on: August 18, 2017, 17:59:08 pm
I have never been one for saying who should be the starting XI but with the signing of Grimes today I reckon, objectively, that with Rico & Revell looking to be past their best we are one top striker short of having a very good side. That is not easy to write because both are excellent professionals.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2017 Transfer Wishlist on: August 18, 2017, 11:21:29 am
If I recall correctly he was signed by Swansea from Exeter for a about 1.5 million so another one with potential that needs to be realised by playing his football regularly and not warming the bench of a higher league club
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2017 Transfer Wishlist on: August 17, 2017, 20:43:25 pm
Clearly, there has been a change of direction probably for reasons of being messed about by Premier League clubs.  Stuff them and their greedy ways. 

Anyway, we have the new boy on our books for the next 2 years. Remember Smith & Nicolls before him came to our club with little experience and served us well.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Chinese owners on: August 15, 2017, 20:17:13 pm
That may well be true but we are, perhaps, talking of about 6 million.  Therefore, the question comes back to the basic starting point that if this figure is accurate or whatever net figure it is what does it mean for the club on and off the pitch.  It seems to me no one and including, dare I write it in fear of being shot to pieces by their representatives posting on this site, the Trust, is asking the questions.  There may be valid reasons for holding back but fear of upsetting KT should not be one. 
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Chinese owners on: August 15, 2017, 19:18:29 pm
It all remains very vague as to what the Chinese bring to NTFC.  I am not against it at all but some clarity would be welcome.  The Mail on Sunday reported that the investment sum is 6 million.  True or false I don't know but it is the only place where I have read any reference to the money involved.  Whether or not 6 million has found its mysterious way to NTFC's bank account I very much doubt. Again, I have no means of knowing but I would hazard a guess that KT and colleagues received their investment money in the club back through the Chinese paying an entry fee to NTFC Ventures or for KT et al transferring 60% of their shares in Ventures to the Chinese.  Neither KT not the Chinese are under any obligation to disclose such information but the questions should be raised since this all fundamentally affects our club.  The silence from KT is no surprise but where are our voices?
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 13:24:30 pm
It seems to me that JED is not showing any flexibility in this thinking.  What we are seeing is a continuation of last season only with different players. No goals in 3 games suggests problems.  Bringing in a few more players with much the same ability will change nothing.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 13:00:39 pm
meccano - you are dreaming. Square pegs into round holes won't work.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 12:51:32 pm
There is no way Pierre can or should play in midfield. Nonsense.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 10:41:09 am
I couldn't understand why McWilliams was brought on. That is not me having the benefit of Dr Hindsight but the fact that McWilliams had an interrupted pre-season.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 10:25:50 am
The quality of the ball going into Fleetwood's penalty area was generally terrible, whether from crosses or set pieces.  Food for thought about playing Matt Taylor wide left in a conventional 4-4-2 line-up.  Or have his legs gone?
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 10:15:51 am
Good & accurate comment from Patmore.  To add - I don't think Moloney will have any difficulty in fitting into a wing back role but Buchanan is all at sea in this role.  Moloney has been very effective over 2 seasons with us as a conventional right back in a 4-4-2 formation. Phillips is also a good right back but not a wing back. If it ain't broke why fix it?
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 08:32:54 am
I am not in the anti JED brigade (yet) but I don't think we should kid ourselves that yesterday was anything other than poor.  The team played for much of the match like strangers. I fall into the camp who believes the 3-5-2 formation is not helping.  Apart from a period towards the end of the first half we didn't show much going forward. After McWilliams' awful mistake we did absolutely nothing in response.  All in all a very disappointing performance with just a few rays of light from a minority of players. 

15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2017 Transfer Wishlist on: August 08, 2017, 18:35:46 pm
We were told as far back as January that Smith and the club were miles part on new contract terms and the club has had all these months to identify and sign a new No. 1 'keeper.  The failure to do so is ridiculous.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Justin Edinburgh Managerial Away Record on: August 08, 2017, 06:55:32 am
Maybe it's because of the hazardous nature of being a manager but JED falls into the camp of those managers who set out their teams away from home not to lose rather than to win games.  I have never understood this approach. 

PS. Ian Atkins was very much in the same mould but he did for a time enjoy some success
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Taming The Shrews on: August 06, 2017, 10:04:44 am
I would say the jury is out on JED but I have no sense from the supporters around me that he is unpopular.  All I am saying is that the squad he has recruited is his responsibility now and there can be no excuses.  We will have a better idea by the end of September.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Taming The Shrews on: August 06, 2017, 08:54:37 am
I am not among those hotheads calling for JED's head and/or being highly critical of him - yet.  One area of concern is that our away record under him has been very poor and needs to improve. Yesterday was a continuation of that away form.  Whether it is the formation or wrong selections in key positions is difficult to know but as others have commented Buchanan is not a wing back and if we are to persist with 3-5-2 or a variation of it Buchanan is not the man for the wing back role.  Clearly, the return of Maloney & JJOT is important but that may be a few weeks away.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Taming The Shrews on: August 05, 2017, 18:12:24 pm
I get it - we were crap but the knee-jerk reaction of some posters who are seasoned supporters and should know better is crazy.  I am not an apologist for JED, far from it, but let's see how things go over, say, 10 or so games before calling the taxi.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Taming The Shrews on: August 05, 2017, 17:16:34 pm
I am disappointed as anyone but calling for JED's head on the block at Day 1 is utterly ridiculous.  Idiots.
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