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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Bury away (Satdee) on: April 15, 2018, 10:23:03 am
Look at it this way, if Wimbledon win one of their four they're out of it. Walsall, a win and a draw in four and they're out of it. If Oldham get two wins from their five they're out of it.

If Walsall lose at Sc***horpe, we win against Plymouth, then beat Walsall the following week then things may look prettier, but I just can't see it happening. Nice to listen to some fight for a change.

When was the last time a team were relegated on 52 points, does anyone know? I really can’t see us getting 9 points but if we did and still went down we’d be incredibly unlucky
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: DEAR MR THOMAS- More questions than answers? on: April 11, 2018, 21:56:36 pm
Thomas has increased our budget massively since he took over with increased income from sponsorship etc and has given us probably our biggest ever playing budget this season. You can’t blame him for the stand, he’s trying to sort this with the useless council and it would’ve been sorted ages ago if it wasn’t for the clown in charge before.

But to me we’ve been let down by our recruitment strategy (or lack of) which he openly says he leaves in the hands of the management team. There was zero strategy last summer and it was exactly the same in January. How on Earth is it 2 years since we lost Adams and Holmes and still don’t have any proper quality on the wings? Why are we handing out 2.5+ year contracts to players who can’t get into Rochdale’s / Coventry’s team? Why did we give Hoskin a 2 year contract before Christmas when he wasn’t even playing? It’s all an expensive mess and to me there has to be a better approach to recruitment as it’s probably the most important part of running a football club, and the main reason we’re in the mess we are today
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: JIMMY OUT! on: March 30, 2018, 21:13:55 pm
Can we get Cardoza to appoint our next manager?
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: February 08, 2018, 20:14:48 pm
weve already had about 8 artists impressions of that stand, I'd much prefer KT finalises exactly what's happening before giving us another one
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NEWS: Cobblers sign Rotherham United goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell on: January 08, 2018, 20:18:15 pm
Seems like he has a decent pedigree.

My big question is: why are Rotherham letting him go and why did they sign this Rodak guy on loan to replace him?

Wages?
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January 2018 Transfer Rumours Thread on: December 30, 2017, 16:01:48 pm
In other news I've heard Birmingham are interested in signing Rod McDonald from Coventry
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January 2018 Transfer Rumours Thread on: December 28, 2017, 15:52:07 pm
James Hanson and David Cotterill please
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oldham (a) 9th Dec on: December 10, 2017, 13:10:16 pm
Just listened to JFH's comments, to me the 'issues' he's talking about is the playing squad and January can't come soon enough to sort it out. Though he was a bit tactful how he said it as the last thing he wanted to do is slate the current group of players
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: AFC Wimbledon (H) 14th October on: October 14, 2017, 10:52:38 am
Completely agree...

When I spoke with KT regarding the possibility of Bunn coming back at Sileby, he said "player recruitment nothing to do with me, down to the manager, not for me to interfere as the manager must be accountable for any recruitment" there you go, straight from the mouth of KT!

I completely agree in terms of personnel that are brought in, but in terms of the recruitment strategy (I.e type of player, positions to strengthen etc) surely there must be a plan that's run by KT at some point. He's the chairman and recruitment is possibly the most important part of running a club

I'm a huge fan of KT and think we're lucky to have him, though we've been through 3 transfer windows and still haven't properly replaced Holmes or Adams and apart from a few games in September last year, have been pretty poor since ....
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: AFC Wimbledon (H) 14th October on: October 13, 2017, 18:20:08 pm
In what way does KT take the blame for the recruitment?? And I'd say the loanees are probably some of our best players! Ingram is our best GK, Long our best attacker, Grimes our most creative midfielder. Poole...undecided.

Agree on Pierre, I've said from the start he's an accident waiting to happen.

I'm certainly not one for micro managing but if i had a manager overseeing a £2 million player wage budget, i'd want to approve the strategy for player recruitment using this budget

Sadly 7 centre midfielders, 1 winger, 2 OAP's and a bunch of kids up front suggests that KT didn't do that with Edinburgh over the summer.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Bristol Rovers (H) 7th October on: October 08, 2017, 15:49:42 pm
I honestly think the back 4 and centre midfield areas are strong but we all know the squad is imbalanced and lacks any pace or creativity in the final third. We need to try and not over react from 1 awful result, on the whole the past 8 games have been a big improvement than the alternative under Edinburgh. Lets see how the next 5-10 games go but as long as don't fall adrift in the relegation zone before January i'm confident we'll bring in the players we need to push on
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Wigan Athletic (A) 19th September on: September 19, 2017, 23:54:20 pm
The problem was the 2 wingers, it kept coming back all the time. Back 4 and 2 centre mids weren't too bad but we weren't ever going to score with Powell Rico and Hanley as our front 3. It was poor
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Wigan Athletic (A) 19th September on: September 19, 2017, 23:37:16 pm
Can't wait for us to sign some proper wingers. Hanley looked like a youth team left back trying hard in a position he's not used to, and Powell looked like he was having a day out occasionally joining in with the match
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Wigan Athletic (A) 19th September on: September 17, 2017, 15:51:37 pm
When Edinburgh signed 6 centre midfielders I was wondering why on earth why, with OToole, Foley, McWilliams and Crooks out now i'm glad he did
Would like to see 4-2-3-1 for this one with Waters, Long and Powell being Revell
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Radio Northampton on: September 06, 2017, 22:10:21 pm
JFH did have to point out to her that "having a chat" with a young striker wouldn't be enough to develop them into a top goal scorer.  Roll Eyes

It's painful to listen to
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2017 Transfer Wishlist on: August 31, 2017, 11:15:54 am
If it was an ideal world .....
I would do the following :
Swap Kasim for a wide left player
Swap Revell for a more mobile target man
Swap Bowditch for a wide right player

But it's not an ideal world

Agree with this. Would give us a much more balanced squad, and when JED gets sacked would give the new manager a lot more flexibility to play a system with more width
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Radio Northampton on: August 13, 2017, 19:37:52 pm
To give JED credit he remains very professional despite the obvious frustration you can see on his face. I'd love to see how Chrissy Wilder would react to her!
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Justin Edinburgh Managerial Away Record on: August 13, 2017, 12:52:27 pm
Wasn't there one season a while ago when our away record was better than home? Can't remember whether it was 5 or 50 years ago, can't remember what I had for breakfast.  Cry

John Gorman 2006/07 i think. Seemed to remember them going for coach journeys round Northamptonshire on the way to Sixfields to make it seem like an away game!
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 13, 2017, 11:38:28 am
The personnel to play the system presumably means signing "specialists" to play as wing backs? And thereby relegating two of the best full backs in the league to the bench???

Instead of altering the personnel to fit the system, how about altering the system to fit the personnel.

If we are going to sign anybody we need, and have needed since May 2016, to replace the wide midfielders we lost / gave away.

JED and KT at the open forum were insistent that the squad was multi dimensional and could play many different systems. When one person asked about the lack of width in the squad they said we have Hoskins, Waters and Powell. Hoskins is NOT A WINGER. Neither is Billy Waters.

So in a squad of 26 we have one natural wide player and I'm not exactly convinced by him. Meanwhile we have absolutely nobody to play left side. Isn't this exactly the same issue that we had this time twelve months ago?

This is my concern, the squad seems very unbalanced. The budget spent on the 6th central midfielder should've been used on a Holmes / Adams type wide attacking player
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Trouncing The Trawlermen on: August 12, 2017, 14:53:08 pm
Are you watching or listening?

Listening (unfortunately Carlisle isn't quite abroad)

Just paid £45 to sign up for 12 months

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