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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Keith Curleís Barmy Army on: October 01, 2018, 19:35:41 pm
 I think itís a good appointment. Carlisle were referred to as Kamikaze Carlisle due to their high scoring games all the time but he did well there on a limited budget

I reckon Curle and Thomas probably had conversations in the summer and he was always in mind for the job if Austin failed

Remember the reaction when Wilder was appointmedvwas fairly Luke warm....
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Austin out! on: September 23, 2018, 23:23:20 pm
All this talk of 'off field problems' overlooks the fact that most L2 managers would give their right arm to have our squad, budget and 'set up'. Am I missing something? Where is the firesale of assets and the savage cuts to the budget? Listen to Cowley talking about squad on the opening day. Let's face it: Wilder won this league with 99 points amidst an atmosphere which was far more turbulent.

We are where we are due to poor management pure and simple. Austin's reign has been characterised by poor decision making, both tactically and in the transfer market. He signed Williams and then seemed to have suddenly decided that Van Veen would be the main striker, meaning that we have an expensive and redundant target-man on the bench. He kept Waters when he was wanted by Port Vale and others and now refuses to play him. He spent money on Morais when we clearly lack the wingers necessary to play the 4-4-2 formation necessary to accommodate him.

Money was clearly available for him to bring the wide players/creative midfielders that we desperately need; he chose not to spend it.

Our pre-season was woefully uncompetitive and it soon became obvious that he had no clear tactical system and no idea how to accommodate our three best players - Crooks, O'Toole and McWilliams - in the same side.

Most damningly of all he has done nothing to sort out our miserable excuse for a defence.

And yet I wouldn't call for his head. Not yet. Why? Because as I've said before the level of managerial churn at this club has in and of itself been a big factor in our decline. I don't want to go through yet another January window with yet another new manager who has a 'clear out' which leaves us worse off than we were in the first place.

Austin needs to be asked some stern questions and he is certainly running out of time. However, there is still just about some last vestiges of hope that he will turn it round.







Most managers would love to have our budget but not our squad. Those who keep thinking we have a good squad are deluded, we have an average at best goalkeeper, no decent wing backs, no decent wingers and strikers who canít seem to stick the ball in the net. You can probably blame mostly Justin Edinburgh & JFH for using up our big budget on average players on long contracts, but Austin hasnít helped either by not sorting some of the problem in the summer

I would sell Crooks and invest in some quality out wide as my first step.

3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Colchester comeback? on: August 24, 2018, 12:24:50 pm
Ward
Facey Taylor Pierre Turnbull
Foley Mcwilliams
Morias O'Toole Crooks
KvV

I know we won't, but I'd play this formation/team currently. Would offer us much more defensively and keeps all the current underperformers out (besides Taylor... But he's still better than an in-form Barnett).

I agree with this. Thought Morias looked really dangerous on the right on Tuesday when he came on. We need McWilliams back in front of the back 4 desperately

Now is make or break time for Austin, his current tactics clearly arenít working so letís see how he changes things round and mixes it up a bit



4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Unsettling the U's - Saturday 18 August on: August 19, 2018, 10:21:17 am
Wasnít at the game yesterday but if Cornellís our number 1 this season weíre going to struggle to be up there. Every good team needs a quality keeper and he does not inspire any confidence in me at all. What was the point in bringing in Ward if heís no improvement on what weíve got? We have 10 days left of the loan market if Wards not up for it send him back and get a proper keeper in on loan for the season quick
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Carlisle United away on: August 12, 2018, 13:49:10 pm
My local game yesterday being a nice 5 minute walk from home. thought we looked good in spells but lacked creativity. Back 4 I actually thought looked solid and was impressed with Van Veen and Williams up front. We desperately need some wingers in the team, when we went up last time we were very average when Holmes and Adams werenít playing and it felt the same yesterday. A couple of quality players out wide would make a world of difference
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: August 05, 2018, 21:55:13 pm
Theyíve been talking about the Ďvulturesí taking our best players for weeks now, youíd hope they have a replacement already lined up as part of selling him

Still think we need 1 possibly 2 quality wingers  as well

7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: August 01, 2018, 22:36:54 pm
Why do "we" need 1 more if DA is happy with what he has ......  Stick to playing Championship Manager and et the adults worry about the real world.

I think DA wants a wide man but is quite clever in his interviews. If he came out and said we were desperate for one it potentially gives the seller or the player a bit more power when negotiating costs / wages

I think weíll see another winger, even if itís a loan in the next few weeks
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: July 30, 2018, 22:49:33 pm
I still think we need a new winger. I know others can play there like Waters and Crooks but only having 1 natural winger in the squad is bizarre
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: July 07, 2018, 01:53:16 am
Lol Hammy he really has you in his back pocket mate

He has done no develop at the club in almost 3 years, has already said the ground doesn't need to be bigger, has changed almost nothing and nobody in 3 years (including the Chief Exec), had the entire goodwill and positivity of that season totally disappear under his watch based around his decisions etc etc won't even mention £4m sale to Chinese investors farce, oh sorry i did,

KT is not interested in developing the club, when are you going to see that. What is possibly the most important factor of running and developing a football club?  The training facilities, we used the local college, yet since he has been here he has hardly mentioned it and shows no sign he has any intentions to. 

He hasn't been tarred with the same brush as DC only that his actions have been almost identical up to the point of taking the loan, something you can not deny. No-one has accused him of acting illegally

What about if we get relegated to non-league?  is that ok then ?




ĎNo develop at the clubí apart from deliver the clubs highest ever commercial revenue and biggest playing budget, not that those are important 🙄

10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC FOR SALE on: May 28, 2018, 23:30:04 pm
Just got back from holiday and catching up on all the statements now...

To me this seems like 2 separate issues
1. Who owns the leases and their boundaries
2. What other developments there are other than the East stand

I donít see how the first affects the second like the council are suggesting, Thomas & Bower technically own the leases for both NTFC land and CDNL now (I think?) so in theory if they followed the right processes for planning and development and it got approved could go and build a hotel, garden centre, gym etc either way. Likewise if the council didnít like what they were proposing, they could reject approval on either plot

The issue seems to be more around the fact that part of the land is on both leases, and potentially that some of the land KT and Bower want on the NTFC lease still is on the CDNL plot. This canít be a difficult issue to sort surely? Either way 6 months+ to reply is deliberately not being cooperative

I can see 100% why KT and Bower donít want to spend a penny on that stand until this is sorted, if their investment was over 2 leases that could cause major problems further down the line with selling the club, further developments, access etc

Admittedly I donít really understand it all but thatís my take having a read through and Iím struggling to see why people are criticising KT other than Ďnot revealing the proposed plansí

If the council made the deed with the NTFC amendments on public it would make things so much clearer
11  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 canít see us getting 9 points but if we did and still went down weíd be incredibly unlucky
12  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 canít blame him for the stand, heís trying to sort this with the useless council and it wouldíve been sorted ages ago if it wasnít for the clown in charge before.

But to me weíve 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 donít have any proper quality on the wings? Why are we handing out 2.5+ year contracts to players who canít get into Rochdaleís / Coventryís team? Why did we give Hoskin a 2 year contract before Christmas when he wasnít even playing? Itís all an expensive mess and to me there has to be a better approach to recruitment as itís probably the most important part of running a football club, and the main reason weíre in the mess we are today
13  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?
14  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
15  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?
16  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
17  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
18  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
19  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 ....
20  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.
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