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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Daniel Powell on: October 15, 2017, 17:14:26 pm
I don't think it helps to single out any player in particular for this kind of criticism. It is not his fault we signed him.  There are shortcomings all over the pitch.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Welcome Lewis McGugan on: October 15, 2017, 14:28:48 pm
Driving back home from yesterday's dismal performance i was listening to David Pleat co-commentating on the Watford v Arsenal match and he said more than once football is a simple game.  I thought maybe so but not when it comes to NTFC when our shortcomings are plain to see for anyone who watches us. Yet after a summer of extensive recruitment we find that we are so lacking in almost every department that it is mind boggling.  I don't want to come across as a broken record but let it be said the recruitment at our club is appalling.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Welcome Lewis McGugan on: October 15, 2017, 10:27:03 am
The lack of reserve team football has bothered me for several years.  It is an underlying weakness in the EFL structure.  Lots of money is being thrown at academies, teaching centres etc but no league for reserves is a major flaw in the system.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Welcome Lewis McGugan on: October 15, 2017, 09:44:39 am
Whatever our shortcomings we shouldn't be playing someone who is patently not match fit.  Yesterday he was an embarrassment.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: RECRUITMENT on: October 15, 2017, 09:29:52 am
A Freudian slip?!!  A fear that I will be writing the same thing this time next season.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / RECRUITMENT on: October 15, 2017, 09:03:47 am
We are in a sorry mess on the pitch brought about by poor recruitment since Chris Wilder left.  We waited for last season's turgid displays to finish in expectation that JED would see the same inadequacies in the squad that we saw week in and week out.  We don't know if the present crop of players are JED's choice or hoisted on him by our invisible Head of Recruitment but whatever the explanation it is not working and we are in for a long hard depressing fight to stay in League 2, this after statements that we have a top half budget and expect to challenge for a play-off position bla, bla, bla.  In our dreams.

Something is badly wrong. How can we place dependency on goals from 2 strikers in their mid 30s and clearly not able to get past a defender yet alone put the ball in the back of the net?  How can we buy a clutch of midfielders none of whom has a tackle in him or the ability to make a telling pass? How can we field a side with such a glaring lack of pace and a complete inability to beat an opposition player with the fall at our player's feet?

What is Graham Carr's role beyond turning up at home matches.  He is most welcome but surely our former successful manager and Chief Scout of Spurs & Newcastle brings some ideas to the table?  But we are told nothing.  I could extend this to other aspects of the club but that would be going off topic connected though they may be.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Playing for their futures on: October 14, 2017, 19:32:20 pm
I share Fez's thoughts exactly, unfortunately.  I don't think it helps when our Chairman is not at home matches to see what we are all viewing on the pitch. He has missed the last 2 games at Sixfields.  I would echo Fez's comments and just say to the Chairman one word - RECRUITMENT.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: AFC Wimbledon (H) 14th October on: October 14, 2017, 19:08:28 pm
What we witnessed today was rubbish football from both sides who on today's showing will be playing each other in League 2 next season.

I hope JFH's post match comments were just his attempt to protect the dressing room.  If not, he is living on a different football planet to the one I inhabit.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 13, 2017, 08:24:57 am
I don't think any one is suggesting that KT is doing or planning to do anything "dodgy". But the lack of hard information from KT is worrying, as is the complete silence of the Council.  Fez on behalf of the Trust is absolutely right to comment the Trust is not in a position to make its views known until it receives from all concerned the facts and then considers its position.

I will say this - KT deliberately went public with his email/letter to the Council and the Council's failure after 9 months to deal with the outstanding issues.  No doubt, he was hoping that the supporters led by the Trust would start lobbying the Council to get of its backside, the same Trust that frankly KT appears not to have shown much time for since he took over the club in the sense of including its representatives in any decision making.  But, as I comment above, the Trust isn't going to do anything until the facts are known and this must be right.  

There was a suggestion from Beds that the Council has not done what KT wants because it is not prepared to deliver land into the hands of people who may be looking for a personal profit from stadium redevelopment rather than all the redevelopment gain going to the club.  That must surely be the position of the Trust and supporters generally. If KT can demonstrate this is his intention we can all get on board but only when we know precisely what he plans.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 12, 2017, 08:02:59 am
Conjecture then.

All I, and I think most of us know, is that the Council managed to grant 2 leases over the same piece of land (well played NBC) and that there are queries over the boundary lines.  This is what KT said and so far as I know the Council has said nothing and done nothing.

If this was a case of Cardozas revisited I would object strongly.  Any land that comes from the Council should be only for the football club and for its benefit. The owners would benefit by an enhanced valuation of their shares following redevelopment and that would surely be enough. Any additional profit on the side as it were arising from being a developer to my mind would be totally unacceptable and greedy.  If this was the case then I would hope that the Trust will object loudly.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 12, 2017, 07:12:15 am
Beds, are you certain that the present owners fall into your description of outside speculators wanting free land from the Council for their own benefit and not the club's or only a small percentage?  In other words, Cardozas revisited?  If you are certain please provide the evidence to support the statement or is this conjecture on your part?  
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 11, 2017, 07:41:44 am
Beds, you have blown it big time. All mouth and no trousers.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 10, 2017, 07:17:38 am
Statements from KT have not helped the situation.  KT has said more than once that we are stuck with Cardoza's crude design for the East Stand and then, as meccanostand reminds us, said subsequently that there is a masterplan for the stadium. So what are we going to get, a shoddy East Stand and that's all for now folks or a redeveloped stadium?  It is as clear as mud. 

I don't blame supporters for not feeling motivated. It must be 2 years now since worked stopped on the East Stand.  None of us really have any idea of what the Chinese are doing or plan to do with the club.  With the present situation on the pitch we look like a club going backwards rather than forwards.  Things can change quickly enough but it needs some leadership from the club and more transparency.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: AFC Wimbledon (H) 14th October on: October 09, 2017, 18:59:45 pm
Right SX and to add his passing/hoofing is absolutely awful.  Yet he came to us with a high reputation. 
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 09, 2017, 06:51:17 am
Beds, that's why I used the expression "opaque scenario".  It applies equally to the Council & KT
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 08, 2017, 19:09:26 pm
Has it occurred to you Beds that it might be helpful in the first place if the Council let it be known what is its position?  Nine months after making a proposal to the Council on the outstanding issues the club is yet to receive a response.  We only have KT's version of events to go by but there are no grounds for questioning the accuracy.  I am sure supporters would strongly object to any gain arising from the land in question and its development going anywhere than to the club if that is what you are implying is the bigger picture in this opaque scenario. 
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Richards & Revell: The ugly stats on: October 08, 2017, 15:28:22 pm
I wish you were right but I fear not. There was a moment in the first half where Bowditch put Rico in space on the edge of Rovers penalty area but he simply did not have the pace to get past the defence and ended up scuffing his shot badly.  That for me summed up where we are up front.  Rico has been a great servant of the club but this season is one contract too many. It's rather like some misguided supporters thinking Bayo can come back and do a job. The stuff of dreams.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Bristol Rovers (H) 7th October on: October 08, 2017, 12:16:23 pm
Something appears to be going on inside the club about which we supporters have not been told anything. See Insider's comments above. David Bower, the solicitor partner of KT has with effect on 21 September resigned from the board of the investment vehicle for NTFC, NTFC Ventures Ltd, but is still a director of NTFC.  The board remains on the face of it with a 3:2 majority in favour of KT & his original UK partners. We don't know, of course, the terms of the agreement with the Chinese and they could have a veto at board level.

Steve is right - we need information from KT about what is happening and exactly what are the future plans.  That is not asking for much but I doubt that we will be told anything concrete.  
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Bristol Rovers (H) 7th October on: October 08, 2017, 11:43:40 am
Worrying, Insider. Can we assume that you are sharing what you are alluding to with your co-directors at NTFC Supporters Ltd?

As though we don't have enough of a crisis on the pitch without more trouble off it.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: False dreams on: October 08, 2017, 11:08:38 am
Shoemaker's comments are pipe-dreams.  Moving away from Sixfields is not going to happen.  Why the likes of this poster are impliedly supporting the Council in stating that it lent 10 million and then didn't liquidate the club is ridiculous.  There was nothing to be gained from liquidation and the situation would not have happened if the loan had been properly managed and advances under the loan only released against engineer's interim certificates for work completed.  Easy you would think. Apparently, not for NBC.  Of course there may have been another agenda but we have to leave that to those still investigating the matter. No, so far as NBC is concerned it is in it it so deep it can't get out.  Therefore, it needs to sort out the further mess it made by creating two leases over the same land and also resolve queries over the boundaries.  Our future is unfortunately tied up with NBC.

We don't know about the Chinese but for as long as they are here they are our only hope.  I think it likely that KT and David Bower have recouped whatever they invested in the club on the entry of the Chinese to their company.  We are told that what the Chinese are interested in is education.  All a bit vague but if it is to learn how to run a successful football club welcome to the school of hard knocks. 
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