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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 19, 2018, 12:07:48 pm
Or let the Saints develop the Sixfields site for a larger stadium with the Cobblers moving into the Gardens?

Yes, this should have happened years ago. Could have been ideal for both clubs. We can dream, eh? Wink
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Looking ahead with our squad... on: April 16, 2018, 22:51:41 pm
No. I said KVV was the only 'actual' name given.

Yes, but so far all of your 'ITK' titbits have bombed. Roll Eyes
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 16, 2018, 01:27:56 am
A feature of a Capitalist Society is that the people with the money do what they want.

The people with nothing will remain with nothing, however many sweets are thrown from the balconies of the Palaces.

The folks of the Trust are doing a Sterling job, given the current climate.

A change of the current situation requires a Benefactor with enough millions to buy a say on the Board.

Else, "Goodnight Vienna".

At least, where things are, we have a situation where a voice is heard in the upper Echelons.  But, to think that anything else is feasible is, to be honest, fantasy land.

The "Owners" of the football club are in it for money.  That is the political landscape which this country has voted for in the last however many General Elections.  That is the reality..... and for the Owners, the word "Reality" is very important.  (Check your dictionaries).

Without the "Trust", what supporters' body is there?

With the Trust, how does one overthrow Capitalism and gain a voice?

The Paper Tiger is not the Trust, it is this Message Board.  I read nothing but meaningless waffle on this Board - lots of people prepared to say "he should do this", or "they should do that".

Get off your ferking fat arses and ferking do something, you load of s***e.


Message understood?

Anyone happy to meet me, face to face on this issue?Huh?Huh?

Anyone want to support the Trust and get a consolidated message across?

What a load of useless keyboard tigers you lot really are......

Someone's been on the pop Embarrassed
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: April 16, 2018, 01:22:43 am
Ok, my point is that if a team is doing well then the manager wont have to make any changes - 'if it ain't broke why fix it?' and all that. This inevitably leads people to believe that it's the fact that it's a settled side that's getting results whereas I'm suggesting it's the good results that leads to a settled side.

I did jump ahead a bit and my suggestion is if you want a settled side that are getting good results then the best way to achieve this is to give a manager the opportunity to build his own squad. JFH, JE and RP all had to accommodate players they did not bring to the club and were forced to fit them into their way of working. It's telling that Wilder's success was in his third season and I suspect the majority of players were those he either brought in or gave extended contracts. If we give a manager the three years we always offer at the start not only will we stop wasting valuable money on paying up contracts but I reckon we will get the results we are craving.

So you are suggesting that in his third year JFH would have led us to the Conference title, right?
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 14, 2018, 14:58:44 pm
I know you are a hero going all the way to Bury and full credit for that but just answer the question and stop ducking & diving. Leave that to KT.

He can't answer the question. Even the wording of it was beyond him, and I think you know that! Wink
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: April 13, 2018, 14:18:56 pm
I agree with this .
We need some sort of consistency and i like the way both DA
And JB talk .
They both also played lower leagues and know what it’s all about .
By no means is it a given either man would take it though .

Let's see how it pans out. I certainly like the up front honesty of his interviews, but he still needs to prove himself as a motivator. Let's be honest, if he can motivate this current shower he probably deserves a longer run at things.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: April 13, 2018, 00:11:21 am
Bury will beat us.

I don't disagree. And if they do we'll finish bottom.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: April 12, 2018, 23:41:56 pm
Dean Austin did have a spell in management previously at Farnborough Town in season 2004/05. Yes, they did have financial problems and after he left went into administration. His record was 34 games, 5 wins, 10 draws and 19 defeats with a win ratio of 14.71%.

However, Jon Brady's record at Brackley Town was 306 games, 132 wins,76 draws and 98 defeats with a win ratio of 43.1%.

He's managed a team more recently (2009-15) and has a much better record. So, my question is why didn't Jon Brady get the chance ahead of Dean Austin?

The problem with making an informed decision based on your assessment is as follows: Austin took over a Farnborough side embroiled in ownership battles, court cases, and financial turmoil. They had finished bottom of the league the previous system, and avoided relegation due to restructuring of the league. Their already poor form dipped even more after Austin left, and they were relegated.
So, let's look at Jon Brady's record and situation: By all accounts he is a very good coach, and his record suggests he is a good manager. However, what needs to be taken into account is that during his time at Brackley, they were minted - at least compared to others at their level.
Let's face it, a club with money can have their pick of the best players. This is a fact that has to be taken into account when looking at Jon Brady's cv.
Is Dean Austin, or even Austin and Brady, capable of turning our fortunes around? I have no idea, but it's harsh to judge the bloke(s) after one game in charge. This being said, if they can't knock us into shape enough to turn Bury over, I think things will be a whole lot clearer.
I'll keep praying for a miracle. Sad
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Just how bad has this season been?? on: April 12, 2018, 15:04:12 pm
It's not been as bad as our 2002-03 relegation season, in my opinion.

Really? That was a season wracked by injuries. I believe nine of our playing squad required surgery that year. This bunch we've got now - quite probably our most expensive squad, ever - they have been dire, start to finish. I accept we've employed some crap managers, but at some point the players have to stand up and be counted. Make no mistake, the talent is there, but they have continually not seemed bothered, or else have bottled opportunities.

We're not (quite) down yet, but as it stands this season has been shockingly bad. I've seen some crap Cobbler's sides in my years supporting the club, but most of those were because we could only scratch together enough pennies to employ journeymen footballers. This lot have no excuse.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Vote of confidence towards the Chairman and board of NTFC on: April 12, 2018, 14:50:26 pm
Yes - (But) I would like (considerably) more transparency
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC next manager on: April 11, 2018, 10:01:56 am
I’d have mick McCarthy in a heartbeat.
An experienced manager to steady the ship
Problem is why on earth would he or anyone come to that want to come here??
Under KT the club is a poisoned chalice for managers,club in turmoil on and off the pitch and basically no plans for the future.

Must be tempting eh???

I have to be honest, it certainly has started to feel like this. If there are any long term (or even medium term) plans, KT's certainly keeping them close to his chest.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Peeling The Tangerines 10.4.18 on: April 10, 2018, 01:18:01 am
Nope but it’s decreased our chances

Pointless post. Roll Eyes
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Terrace talk this Saturday on: April 09, 2018, 10:52:55 am
At almost every game I get asked the same or a similar question: "who is that dickhead BedsCobb, do you know him?"

Hardly a comment worthy of a moderator, is it? Especially one who likes to pick up on bullying.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Pete Smith on: April 09, 2018, 10:51:03 am
I only knew Pete from conversations revolving around the Cobblers, and always found him to be affable and capable of putting a smile on my face. Good bloke. Thoughts go out to friends and family. R.I.P. Pete.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 09, 2018, 10:43:32 am
So going on your business ethos.. you identify a marketing opportunity but dont have the capacity in your factory, what do you do? Wait until your substandard factory magically becomes big enough to produce the goods?
With football its the very same thing, if you opperate out of sub standard  non to lower league ground, that is where you'll ply your trade.

I have some sympathy with your views - Sixfields isn't great. But, you've said this over and over and over again, so I ask you, isn't this an argument better saved until this God-awful season is over? I'd love a better ground, and I'd also agree that capacity as a prerequisite would aid the club's long term success following any promotion - but surely even you can see we currently have far greater concerns than any of this, right?
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 09, 2018, 10:35:50 am
The club had a winding up order because it was being run by and was involved with a bunch of ‘undesirable’ businessmen. You develope any business by responding to demand and adapting to circumstances. Yes, you can increase demand by providing a better offer, but moving into a shiny new building won’t make you a better business unless you have a sustainable business plan going forward. That is a recipe for failure.

Of course I want to see the East stand completed and then the grounds capacity increased - but only in line with development on the playing side!

This has to be a dig at Northamptonshire County Council Grin
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch on: April 09, 2018, 10:30:10 am
My honest assesment is that we now have a management team that at last speak about what is required to get us out of this position we are in and have weeded our any weak links from the squad in terms of attitude .
I think we will play with more freedom and a bit more belief .
The question is , are we good enough .
There is a chance we could get on a roll if we score first at Blackpool .
My worry is the likes of Barnett , Turnbull, Hoskins , Powell and Foley are not division 1 standard and we may not make the cut .
It’s going to take a massive effort and really come from within

I definitely think our squad is good enough to put out winning teams in the games we have left - and I wouldn't be concerned with including a couple from Turnbull, Hoskins , Powell and Foley in that team. The problem - for months now - is that I have been watching some decent players  on the pitch in Cobblers shirts, but on very few of those occasions have they looked anything like a team. Fingers crossed for a bit of inspired guidance - and a slice of luck.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch on: April 08, 2018, 18:50:34 pm
I predict a win at bury and then the old all too familiar abject defeat at Bury Grin

Covering your bases? Wink
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: April 07, 2018, 12:35:18 pm
Saying what 99% of coaches would say in our predicament. Talk is cheap.

Of course it is. The proof will be in the pudding. Let's face it, most caretaker partnerships fail miserably at our club. I do have to say, though; I was very impressed with the way he put himself across, and I absolutely believe he will do everything in his power to try and turn this season around. I think we may well see a very different NTFC between now and the end of the season, with a few surprise selections.

Let's face it, this is the start of a massive four days which could well define our season. We need results to go for us today. And then we need to turn Blackpool over. If both these scenarios go against us, it'll be almost impossible. With a bit of luck, and a lot of's doable! And a couple of new legends will have earned their place in NTFC folklore. Wink
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Peeling The Tangerines 10.4.18 on: April 05, 2018, 17:27:29 pm

Moloney/Facey Turnbull/Poole  Barnett/Turnbull   Buchanan

                   O'Toole Foley
Grimes/Hoskins     Crooks          Ariyibi

A back four without Taylor and Pierre worries me greatly, but hopefully with JJ and Foley shielding we can at least create some problems for Blackpool at the other end.
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