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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Jon Brady appreciation society on: September 06, 2022, 11:29:27 am
Okay Drilling, I've done the research for you. The thing that surprised me most was the number of managers we've had in divisions above Tier 4. Before you read on, have a guess.

Anyway, based on points per game in League matches only above Tier 4 and since 1958/9, this is the table.

Manager (pts per game)
1) Dave Bowen (1.43)
2) Dean Austin (1.4)
3) Ian Sampson (1.33)
4) Ian Atkins (1.293)
5) Stuart Gray (1.292)
6) Graham Carr (1.26)
7) Committee (1.24)
Cool Kevan Broadhurst (1.16)
9) Rob Page (1.15)
10) Kevin Wilson (1.13)
11) John Gorman (1.09)
12) Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (1.08)
13) Jon Brady (1.05)
14) Justin Edinburgh (1)
15) Keith Curle (0.9)
16) Pat Crerand (0.7)
17) Martin Wilkinson (0.6)
18) Terry Fenwick (0.3)
19) Paul Wilkinson (0)

You're welcome.  Wink

Nice work. Iíd argue that Dean Austin probably shouldnít feature on this list given he had such few games (sample size too small for calculated averages to be meaningful).

Also think that it reflects harshly on Brady who had to work with one of the worst squads this club has surely ever had in the 3rd tier. I saw the overall points per game comparison of Curle and Brady earlier and for the reason just mentioned, I donít think itís a fair fight. Curle came into the job earlier than Brady did in his respective start and inherited a squad much more fit to compete at the level (League Two) than Bradyís inherited side in League One. Curle had players such as Crooks, Van Veen, Turnbull, Pierre, etc., and whilst you could reasonably argue it was a disjointed squad that lacked character, it is also fair to say that it had a lot of quality for a L2 side. I donít think that you could say the same for the team that Brady inherited, and if they had a Liam Roberts or Lee Burge in goal rather than Mitchell, he probably would have kept them up against all odds that season too. Brady is clearly the better manager of the two for me.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ipswich Town - Pinocchio's Trophy on: August 30, 2022, 21:26:06 pm
Not a bad summary. I disagree with the comments on Dyche though, heís been sloppy in possession, given the ball away a number of times and caught flat footed in the box to many times for my liking. 

A little flat-footed at times perhaps but I thought his passing has been brilliant all game. Always looking to play forward and completing longer distance passes crisply rather than the aimless floated balls we've seen in the league recently.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ipswich Town - Pinocchio's Trophy on: August 30, 2022, 20:57:12 pm
Ruing the waste of £10, I'll try to get some value from it by summarising what we can learn about the team from this showing:

Maxted - poor keeper for this level, just let's in too many goals that he should keep out on account to not being nearly agile enough.
Lintott - Bucking the trend as others seem very keen on him, I don't think he's close to be ready for first team at this level. Some of his defending in this half has been so naive and cost at least 2 of the goals. Never looks confident.
Odimayo - Coming back from injury I wouldn't want to be too harsh but he looks like he could play better then he currently is. Not sure any of the goals were his fault.
Dyche - Easily been Cobblers' best player. Really don't know why Brady doesn't seem to trust him as he takes so much responsibility for playing from the back (and does it brilliantly too) and has been solid in defence. Badly let down by those in front of him.
Haynes - Should be making a case to take Koiki's position but has been very poor. Often out of position, Not getting forward to overlap Appere whatsoever, and looking very unconfident.
Fox - Probably been the best of the middle three, but struggled to get on the ball.
McWilliams - Chasing shadows somewhat against quality players with good movement, particularly Harness, but you can hardly blame him when Hylton is allowing their CB's to play through unchallenged.
Pinnock - Dreadful again. Why Brady is insisting on him through the middle is baffling. Sloppy in possession too which is worrying.
Bowie - A decent effort but looks out of position on the right wing. Would be more effective if he had McGowan overlapping him rather than Lintott who always seems unsure of when to go and when not to.
Hylton - Utterly awful. Could accept this if he looked as though he was putting in even 80% effort, but he looks as though he couldn't give a damn. So disappointed in him so far and needs dropping for a while until he regains a hunger to play.
Appere Like Bowie, I feel sorry for him as he's being used in a role that doesn't quite suit him and isn't receiving the overlap from Haynes that he needs. Bowie and Appere having to cover so much ground to cover the lazy Hylton too.

Very disappointing and tactics need to change. Also a mention for the linesman for missing their keeper catching the ball a few feet outside of his box. When will our luck with officials change I wonder?
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Suggested team and formation for Crawley Away 16/08/22 on: August 16, 2022, 21:02:34 pm
Appťrť and Hoskins have been superb
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer window on: July 25, 2022, 12:22:13 pm

^ Highlights from Leonard in an u23s game vs Man Utd last season. Looks a playmaker type more likely to keep things ticking over rather than break through the lines. Still, he looks very tidy on the ball in this clip and would probably help us to transition to being more of a possession based side; the type of player which we will need to move to a back 3. Scores a very good finish around the 5 minute mark.

As for Guthrie potentially on the move, I thought that he had a great year last season but his ceiling is always going to be League 2 given how cumbersome he can be on the ball - being caught twice on the ball this pre-season doesnít fill me with confidence about having him in the middle of the back 3. If heís made it clear he would like to leave and wonít renew his deal Iíd take Wrexhamís highest bid and replace. Horsfall was absolutely the better of the two despite lapses of concentration and his ability to progress the ball took the heat off of Guthrie at times last season; although itís probably fair to say Guthrieís concentration bailed Horsfall out at times also!

As others have said after a playmaker (Leonard) we now need some pace and flair in an addition, even if the player is used as a wildcard option off the bench more so than a starter.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer window on: July 11, 2022, 13:08:51 pm
Iím not so certain that we need an out-and-out target man this year, I think JB and CC are looking to make the team style a little bit more progressive than previous seasons given the players we have brought in appear to be more comfortable on the ball. To accommodate a target man we would have to maybe go even more direct than last year which I donít think will improve our results - less possession, less shots, less chances of winning regularly (at least this is the thought process for lots of high level coaches currently).

Effective target men usually come at a price as itís not just about being over a certain height, they need to anticipate where their teammates want to put it. Vadaine Oliver vs Harry Smith for example was chalk and cheese. Iím not convinced there are many at this level that are too effective at this level, and the ones that are (Oliver, Palmer, Quigley) all come at a premium. Richie Bennett would have been a great option for this but heís recently signed for Barrow.

I reckon getting a quality number 10 in is the absolute priority now. Probably the best bet is a season loan from a Prem / Champ team but Swindon proved that you can sign some great creative players at this level with getting Jonny Williams last year.
7  General Category / General Chat / Re: Politics on: July 10, 2022, 15:59:23 pm
Indeed I do admire Jacob for a number of reasons, much like myself he is an outstanding entrepreneur and has amassed a personal fortune of £150m.
Again, like myself, he is a disciple of Lady Thatcher and is a staunch unionist.
My favourite thing about him is he irritates the left which I have to say gives me great genuine pleasure.
I will vote for only a Brexiteer who has a hard line on immigration and stands up against the vile left and their union paymasters.

Did you per chance happen to meet Harry Enfield many years ago? I've a hunch he might have found yowww very inspiring!
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer window on: June 16, 2022, 11:57:55 am
Expecting two in by end of next week

Thanks ntfclad

Any word on the 3 offered new deals? I assume that Roberts will be announced elsewhere soon but might we stand a chance yet with the other 2?
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer window on: June 14, 2022, 11:09:25 am
I received a very cryptic message about a signing yesterday. It just said it rhymes with "bought an arc" Anyone got any ideas? Or is it just the usual load of old bollox.

Will Hondermarck from Barnsley?
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Coventry away 11.08.21 Carabao Cup on: August 11, 2021, 22:20:35 pm
Two great results to kick the season off! Here's hoping we won't hear any more silly comments about "Calderwood ready in waiting to take over", or whatever else. Back Jon Brady, his management team, and the players. Here's to a good season!
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: August 11, 2021, 22:13:12 pm
discussions ongoing with Villa .
Itís likely he will stay with us for the season but nothing decided as far as i know .
Mind you , the £1 million plus Etete looks a good deal now . Pity it was made up !!

Any idea / ballpark figure how much we are likely to receive for Chuk?
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Port Vale at home Saturday 7th August 2021 on: August 09, 2021, 21:20:07 pm
Erm, no that's patently not true. With someone else on it could have 3-0, 0-0, or the 1-0 that it was.
Take it to the extreme... Lionel Messi already signed for us and takes BAS's place in the starting elven. Still think it would have ended 0-0 without BAS?

I understand the point you are trying to make. But the act of scoring goals is opportunistic! People are praising Rose's cameo as being an improvement on Benny's however he didn't get close to having a sniff on goal. A good forward finds the right position where the ball might fall to, as it did for Benny's goal, and takes advantage when the dice happens to roll a 6. If he fails to find the net in the next game then of course his general play will be under more scrutiny but whilst he is scoring winning goals you shouldn't get caught up in hypotheticals of who would have scored however many - and FWIW, I thought Kabamba played better than Benny, but succesful forward partnerships often involve a combination of a more selfish and a less selfish individual (and the more selfish is often the higher scorer).
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Port Vale at home Saturday 7th August 2021 on: August 09, 2021, 21:10:52 pm
Ahhh, but has he an almighty long throw?

He does! He is clearly Holt's 'regen'  Grin
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Port Vale at home Saturday 7th August 2021 on: August 09, 2021, 12:26:43 pm
RE the red card there can be no doubt in my opinion. Kabamba was up quickly to his feet and started to take the ball towards the open goal when the keeper cynically tripped his moving leg. As for the player sprinting back towards his own goal, he cannot use his hands so obviously it is still a clear goal-scoring opportunity?

As for Benny, why are people taking a swipe after he has just secured us 3 points? He is still a young lad who had a poor season last year for sure, but he has been noticeably improved since preseason started and took the decisive action when it mattered on Saturday.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Port Vale at home Saturday 7th August 2021 on: August 08, 2021, 20:57:55 pm
Those concerns though were unproven when it quickly became apparent that Pinnock's work rate is absolutely phenomenal! I've not seen a wide player track back like he did yesterday since 'Larry' Grayson

Agreed, although I would also like to throw in the name of one of my favourite ever Cobblers players, Andy Holt, into the ring of hard-working wide players! Maybe Pinnock too will one day make the strange journey down the pitch to left back and then centre back  Grin
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Letís have a little fun!! on: August 06, 2021, 20:21:53 pm

Final league position: 3rd
Top scorer and amount of goals scored: Etete 16
Team goals scored across season: 73
Team goals conceded across season: 50
Promotion YES OR NO: Yeah baby

17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: August 06, 2021, 17:19:41 pm
He's made the list - but still no picture. Poor Jonny  Smiley

Bizarre that they still can't get the profiles looking uniform, wouldn't have thought it would take very long to do.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: August 06, 2021, 14:55:26 pm
I think that makes Flores and both keepers on just 1 year deals. There may be others I've forgotten.

Wouldn't be surprised if the deal was sorted very quickly and therefore Flores' personal terms remain the same as they were on his Hull deal, hence it only being for 1 year. Of course, that all depends on whether he had just the 1 year remaining on his deal with Hull.

Sid Nelson and Ali Koiki also I believe are on 1 year deals
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: August 06, 2021, 14:41:22 pm
By chance, ntfclad, are you aware if we have options of extending contracts by a year put into these new signings' contracts (particularly for those on 1 year deals like Flores now) ?
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Minimum Standard of Performance on: August 06, 2021, 14:38:27 pm
Disappointing if true. I'm a bit sceptical as to whether any manager
would express a sense of pessimism in precisely those terms. However, Brady is right to manage expectations and to talk about a long-term project of improvement and development rather than a desperate scramble to go straight back up immediately without any kind of long-term strategy.

I actually think that budgets are a bit of a red herring at L2 level as there is a kind of natural limit on the type of player who is prepared to play in the basement division.
Salford are the division's big spenders, but the height of their recruitment power seems to be the capacity to attract quality pros from the bottom half of League 1 who are towards the end of their careers (Matty Lund, Ian Henderson etc). I don't see many L2 clubs recruiting players who could be plying their trade at the top of L1 or in the Championship. 

Michael Duff, who has just won the title with Cheltnumb, has said that the key to success in L2 is being organised and hard to beat. It's not like L1 where teams like Hull and P*sh dominate possession and pass the opposition off the park due to their vastly superior technical ability.  I doubt very much that our budget is less than that of last season's promotion trio of Cambridge, Cheltenham or Morecambe.

Calderwood's arrival should add some extra steel to what has already shown signs of being a decent defensive unit (McWilliams, Horsfall, Mills) and I see no reason at all why we shouldn't finish in the top 10. As I've said before, play-offs would be slightly above expectations/ahead of schedule IMO and automatic would be a truly great achievement given the scale of the turnover required.

Well said, and I agree.
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