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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Cheltenham Town (A) 23.03.19 on: Today at 13:02:35
Because they're all shyte?
Or past their best.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Cheltenham Town (A) 23.03.19 on: Today at 12:03:41
This game smacked of players that know they are on the way out .
Contracts that are less lucrative or deals not forthcoming .
Apathy all round the team .
I think there may be a bit more of this by the end of the season because many of these players wonít be here and they will already be looking at new deals elsewhere .
There is a level of disharmony in the camp - more so from the bench. Feel sorry for Jack Bridge. Most of the others are on the bench for good reason.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Cheltenham Town (A) 23.03.19 on: March 22, 2019, 21:55:29 pm
Good luck, RH.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: March 04, 2019, 12:56:48 pm
Itís a pity some of these loans are not out to the level above St Ives and Banbury .
National League South or North would be better - somewhere like Brackley.
I canít help thinking it doesnít prove much playing for some of these teams, although I do appreciate there has to be a will from both sides .
Hard to find teams at that level that will take our U18s from us. We don't have a reputation for producing good players... yet.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: March 03, 2019, 20:23:44 pm
Joe Iacifano scored for Banbury today.
And hit the woodwork with another effort. Hopefully, first of many.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: March 01, 2019, 22:00:37 pm
Okay, you are then.
Oh no I'm not!
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: March 01, 2019, 21:10:49 pm
Just admit it B&S..... You are the pasta server  Wink
Oh no he's not!
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: February 28, 2019, 15:42:38 pm
Curle has said he will not hand out first team opportunities to the club's star youth team for the "sake of it" should we retain our league status. It wouldn't be for the sake of it, however, because he would be giving opportunities to assets of the football club. Ones that could potentially be at the football club a lot longer than he will given the shelf life of managers. Ones that are very good value in terms of wages.

What he's missing is that scouts from higher leagues may see things in our youth players that he doesn't and he is effectively keeping them out of the shop window.

Instead he talks about his favoured senior players and "potential watching suitors", whether this means selling players who have flattered to deceive this term for a profit or simply shifting them off the payroll is hard to determine but any interested parties will have had 3 quarters of season to frame any interest.

Down at Exeter the youth team are mixed with first the first team in training and they have made massive profits on young players that may easily have not seen the light of day elsewhere. Is there something in the water down in Devon which makes their kids better than ours? No they are just coached and managed better in becoming successful senior pros.

The serious injury to Sean Whaler may show the potential downside to sending players down into the depths of non-league, there were some very naughty tackles in that Banbury game with the club complaining about the leniency of the refereeing.

Regarding Joe he has one very important thing in his favour and that is being a goal-scorer, notch a couple in League 2 even tap in and your value increased almost with each goal. You can say no-one from higher up came in for him (probably with no facts to back it up) but in reality why would someone from the Conference North come in for a player that has not been given the benefit of minutes at League 2 level?

Again it boils down to the problematic setup of a manager with a potentially short shelf life trying to impose his way of doing things onto a football club. It's like us ordering a 5 course meal in a restaurant we may have to leave in 10 minutes.
There has always been a shortsightedness with the managers at our club. Are they the wrong managers or is it the way the club is set up? Maybe both?

There have been a lot of scouts attending youth team games this season - more than in previous seasons by some distance. This is measurable as scouts have to inform the club that they are attending a youth team fixture. The league game at home to Stevenage U18s [1st versus 2nd at the time] was the highest ever attendance for scouts at one of our youth team's games on record. I do think some clubs are waiting with interest to see who we release. Time will tell.

KC involves few youth team players in 1st team training. However, the recent reserve game, last week's 1st team/ youth game and this week's U23s game versus MK Dons U23s is, in part, for him to have a closer look at youth team players that would be involved with 1st team training if at a more progressive club like Exeter.

I agree that some clubs manage younger players better than we do. Given the lack of ambition in our club; notably no U23s and poor 1st team integration, playing men's football is the best option available. It is still seen as a forward step towards gaining a pro. Last season, no youth team players were sent out on loan, so the current 2nd years are doing everything they can to further their careers. Real shame what happened to Sean. Always a risk but one that has to be taken. If this injury had happened to a 2nd year it would certainly end their chances of gaining a pro, because that's how the club operates.

I'm a fan of Joe and hope he scores a few at Banbury. Sure he will be successful, wherever he ends up.  
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: February 27, 2019, 21:53:00 pm
On the Wellingborough Rd?
Can't say. Want to make sure I can get a table.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: February 27, 2019, 20:42:13 pm
Donít shoot the messenger ....
Best ask the person serving the pasta !
Will do. His pasta is always very good. My favourite in the town.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: February 27, 2019, 11:07:27 am
Whaler suffered a nasty injury last night as well, fingers crossed he heals up well.

Fractured fibula and displaced ankle bones that needs surgery.
Not sure if this was a bad challenge or 50-50 - haven't seen it. On Banbury twitter they show a really bad challenge from earlier in the evening. Should have resulted in a straight red but was yellow. Wish Sean well with this. Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players out on loan on: February 27, 2019, 08:29:59 am
Same thing is happening with current scholars. Heard the other day that club are reluctant to let some of them go but have been unable to get an U23's set up. Utter crap of course. They just left it too late to come round to the idea.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Are they coming back?? on: February 25, 2019, 10:02:23 am
Definitely would welcome them back [if possible]. They were generous to us at the FA Cup game which is another reason to help them. It would also generate a bit of extra revenue for us. The best scenario for them though, is to get rid of their malicious owners and let someone take over, who will do a deal with Wasps.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: February 21, 2019, 09:39:35 am
real shame, I guess this just proves KTs medium to long term strategy.
I agree. Otherwise they would have an U23s in place for next season.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: February 21, 2019, 08:48:02 am
It would be great if we could take our Golden Generation and take them through to the first team under the guidance of their mentor !
Itís not going to happen , as you suggest but what an acheivment that would be .

I agree. I think the club will baulk over paying a minimal wage to some of them. As a result, we will lose players, that on other years, probably would have been offered a pro deal. Giving a first pro deal is always a **** but for a minimum investment. Looking at the obscene money paid to recent managers and players makes it even more frustrating.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: February 20, 2019, 21:25:49 pm
I see. He probably would be successful. Don't know how many of the current youth team are ready now - maybe none of them - yet. But I've said before, this team have been doing it for years. It hasn't just happened. JB has been good for their development but they were winning already when he joined the club. Except for last year when TG insisted on giving older players preference when it came to team selection. A few of the current 2nd years didn't get much game time last season.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: February 20, 2019, 09:36:54 am
..... unless the academy manager took on more of a first team role ...
The new guy seems a decent bloke. Don't know what sort of relationship he has with KC.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: February 19, 2019, 20:02:25 pm
Ryan Hughes? Work experience at St Neots Town.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: February 19, 2019, 16:47:26 pm
Bradley Lashley who has been on work experience at Wellingborough. I take it this is who you were referring to Mathius? 
Yes, TP. Purely my opinion but I think he's the best since Bunn.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: February 19, 2019, 16:45:07 pm
Certainly does, as their doesn't seem to be much championing of another keeper on our books.

Think the centre back and keeper are 2 of the most underrated players in the squad. We also have a striker with over 20 goals playing for Wellingborough tonight. I just hope we don't lose some of these players because of one person's opinion; especially, when there's a good chance that person won't be around a year from now. In a forward-thinking club, KT would confer with his academy staff and make these decisions himself. Why rely entirely on the view of a manager when they have such a short shelf life.
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