Cooper urges Town to win their last five games

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town boss Mark Cooper Town boss Mark Cooper

SWINDON Town require maximum points from their remaining five matches if they are to reach the League One play-offs, according to manager Mark Cooper.

Town remain four points off the top six after losing 1-0 to Carlisle United on Saturday, while MK Dons overtook the Robins into seventh spot in the table with their win at Coventry City at the weekend.

With Peterborough United still holding a game in hand over their rivals in sixth, the task in front of Cooper and his players is now mammoth and the Swindon boss believes nothing but five wins out of five will enable his team to challenge for a spot in the end-of-season lottery.

“We have to win five games. You win five games and you get in the play-offs, I think, it doesn’t matter what order they come in. We keep going.

“As I’ve said all along, I’m not worried about favours and everybody else, we’ve just got to do what we need to do and we need to win games. We haven’t won one today.

“Every game is tough. You come to Carlisle and they’re fighting for their lives – you see that at the end – but we won’t beat anybody if we finish things off like that.

“Peterborough are ahead of us, MK Dons are in it now so you never know.”

Having been written off by many fans and pundits four weeks ago, the fact the play-offs continue to be mooted in conversation around the club is an achievement in itself.

When Cooper was asked by the Advertiser whether he was now sick of hearing the P-word, he said: “I’d rather be talking about that than relegation.”

Alex Pritchard returned from suspension at Brunton Park and made a major impact as a half-time substitute, and Cooper felt the on-loan midfielder and Nathan Byrne – who replaced Nathan Thompson in the 65th minute – both added impetus to Swindon’s performance.

He said: “At half-time we felt we needed a little bit more drive – we kept the ball nicely but didn’t really create anything.

“We got that drive, we made two early substitutions and I thought that worked and we totally dominated the second half.

“You’re always confident when you’ve got people like Pritch in the team, who can come up with a goal.

“Nathan Byrne had a great effort that’s going in and gets blocked but we have to be better than that.”

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8:40am Mon 7 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted.
All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted. The Jockster
  • Score: 15

9:02am Mon 7 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Cooper said,

He said: “At half-time we felt we needed a little bit more drive – we kept the ball nicely but didn’t really create anything.

We're normally very good at that, so we need you to find the solution.

We got that drive, we made two early substitutions and I thought that worked and we totally dominated the second half

Funny that because at times we rode our luck, the subs may have worked in your view, but we still didn't score, did we !

“You’re always confident when you’ve got people like Pritch in the team, who can come up with a goal.

But he didn't did he ! so wrong again.

Nathan Byrne had a great effort that’s going in and gets blocked but we have to be better than that.”

How very true, the shot didn't go in, it got blocked, defenders do that, please instruct ours to do the same.

The thing is Mark, its very easy to be cynical, as I've pointed out above, but to be positive we need you to find a way of getting far better service to the front guys, and also get them to develop the knack of holding the ball up until midfielders arrive to assist, rather than just cannon the ball over the the top or wide. Kick and run is not the answer, and yet again this club is still searching for a prolific scorer or goal poacher. Storey could become a poacher, in the Benson style maybe, Pritchard needs to be less tippy-tappy and give the ball up earlier rather than get himself surrounded and dispossessed like he all too frequently does. Luongo for all his good points, well he seems to me to run out of puff early, is often head dropped if we are a goal down, and unless there is an opening doesn't run at defenders, and is equally loathe to track back. Both Thompsons need to be in the team and Gladwin, well I think we have a gem there. Kassim needs an energy injection, I think his international duties have sapped him dry. Big shame Nile is out, because like him or not he makes this team tick................
.. and scores goals and sets them up for others. I'd concentrate on shooting abilities and fitness levels to get these guys geed up for the next few games, there is nothing to loose, but a lot of respect to be earned. More workman like performances please, and if we have to, win dirty by gritty performances, the three points are just the same, maybe more sweet that way.
Cooper said, He said: “At half-time we felt we needed a little bit more drive – we kept the ball nicely but didn’t really create anything. We're normally very good at that, so we need you to find the solution. We got that drive, we made two early substitutions and I thought that worked and we totally dominated the second half Funny that because at times we rode our luck, the subs may have worked in your view, but we still didn't score, did we ! “You’re always confident when you’ve got people like Pritch in the team, who can come up with a goal. But he didn't did he ! so wrong again. Nathan Byrne had a great effort that’s going in and gets blocked but we have to be better than that.” How very true, the shot didn't go in, it got blocked, defenders do that, please instruct ours to do the same. The thing is Mark, its very easy to be cynical, as I've pointed out above, but to be positive we need you to find a way of getting far better service to the front guys, and also get them to develop the knack of holding the ball up until midfielders arrive to assist, rather than just cannon the ball over the the top or wide. Kick and run is not the answer, and yet again this club is still searching for a prolific scorer or goal poacher. Storey could become a poacher, in the Benson style maybe, Pritchard needs to be less tippy-tappy and give the ball up earlier rather than get himself surrounded and dispossessed like he all too frequently does. Luongo for all his good points, well he seems to me to run out of puff early, is often head dropped if we are a goal down, and unless there is an opening doesn't run at defenders, and is equally loathe to track back. Both Thompsons need to be in the team and Gladwin, well I think we have a gem there. Kassim needs an energy injection, I think his international duties have sapped him dry. Big shame Nile is out, because like him or not he makes this team tick................ .. and scores goals and sets them up for others. I'd concentrate on shooting abilities and fitness levels to get these guys geed up for the next few games, there is nothing to loose, but a lot of respect to be earned. More workman like performances please, and if we have to, win dirty by gritty performances, the three points are just the same, maybe more sweet that way. the wizard
  • Score: -3

9:21am Mon 7 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! "
Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! " The Jockster
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9:58am Mon 7 Apr 14

dazinblack says...

The Jockster wrote:
Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! "
No he's not!!
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! "[/p][/quote]No he's not!! dazinblack
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10:25am Mon 7 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

dazinblack wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! "
No he's not!!
I already new that - the clue was in the lol! At the end!
[quote][p][bold]dazinblack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! "[/p][/quote]No he's not!![/p][/quote]I already new that - the clue was in the lol! At the end! The Jockster
  • Score: 1

10:38am Mon 7 Apr 14

badger58 says...

Overall this season has been better than I expected but like the Jockser said we all could see the problem was centre of defence something MC didn't address . Now with the season nearly finished that has been sorted , now we have lost NR we struggle up front ! It has been a poor league again this year and any consistency the PO's beckoned .
Not to excited with the signings of Smith & Barker but imo Storey could flourish with Ranger next season .
Read last week that Branco feels he is good enough for the Championship , sorry son you are having laugh think your looking in the wrong direction !
Overall this season has been better than I expected but like the Jockser said we all could see the problem was centre of defence something MC didn't address . Now with the season nearly finished that has been sorted , now we have lost NR we struggle up front ! It has been a poor league again this year and any consistency the PO's beckoned . Not to excited with the signings of Smith & Barker but imo Storey could flourish with Ranger next season . Read last week that Branco feels he is good enough for the Championship , sorry son you are having laugh think your looking in the wrong direction ! badger58
  • Score: 2

10:46am Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

I have a lot of time for Mark Cooper but thought he was unnecessarily defensive in his post-match interview, giving very abrupt answers to reasonable questions. It was a bit alarming to hear him say that we played well in the second half because we camped in their half, when others - including his own players - said Carlisle had obviously chosen to sit back and soak it up. We can play all the football we like in front of the opposition but if we don't find a way through to the onion bag it counts for nowt.

Our record speaks for itself. We are an average third tier team. I don't know why Cooper or anyone else should feel particularly frustrated with where we are now. We've had some. We've had some very good results and some very bad ones. The overall result is mediocrity, which is fine for this season. Most of us will be hoping for more next term.
I have a lot of time for Mark Cooper but thought he was unnecessarily defensive in his post-match interview, giving very abrupt answers to reasonable questions. It was a bit alarming to hear him say that we played well in the second half because we camped in their half, when others - including his own players - said Carlisle had obviously chosen to sit back and soak it up. We can play all the football we like in front of the opposition but if we don't find a way through to the onion bag it counts for nowt. Our record speaks for itself. We are an average third tier team. I don't know why Cooper or anyone else should feel particularly frustrated with where we are now. We've had some. We've had some very good results and some very bad ones. The overall result is mediocrity, which is fine for this season. Most of us will be hoping for more next term. Oi Den!
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10:49am Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Oops! Joined Jock in the typos.
Oops! Joined Jock in the typos. Oi Den!
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10:50am Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Sorry, that's re Jock's comments on another thread.
Sorry, that's re Jock's comments on another thread. Oi Den!
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11:06am Mon 7 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Den, get a grip, you good man.

Jock, only speaking/writing as I see it, I learnt it from you. Not always what some want to hear, especially Twinkletoes eh....lol.
Den, get a grip, you good man. Jock, only speaking/writing as I see it, I learnt it from you. Not always what some want to hear, especially Twinkletoes eh....lol. the wizard
  • Score: -5

12:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

the wizard says...

The Jockster wrote:
Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! "
I do expect him to raise his head some time soon, but noticed he has been absent for the larger part since the debate on Friday. Pratchard did no better than anyone else on Saturday dispelling the belief he has the magic touch. he hasn't yet but probably will at some point in his future, but for us, the time is now.

I noticed that yesterday Houghton and his backroom team, including Calderwood and P.Trollope , were sacked by the Delia WhereAreYou would be cook woman.

I can't see fridgemagnet or PT doing any better here given the restraints of this season. Sometimes the past is best left where it is, the past. I can't see Power doing anything as drastic as sacking Cooper, as their combination in keeping the club up, new business strategy etc, getting costs under control, team building, really isn't doing that bad given what they started with and where they are likely to finish. For their first season, not bad, no worse than many before them, and better than others who were supposedly better.

IF and its a BiG If we get Ranger here, reliably for next season and keep Troy fit at the back with Stevens then there is hope. Kassim and Luongo need to manup, Luongo especially with his fitness and desire to track back and help out and not let his head drop if we go behind.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Wiz " are you LR, are you LR, are you LR in disguise lol! "[/p][/quote]I do expect him to raise his head some time soon, but noticed he has been absent for the larger part since the debate on Friday. Pratchard did no better than anyone else on Saturday dispelling the belief he has the magic touch. he hasn't yet but probably will at some point in his future, but for us, the time is now. I noticed that yesterday Houghton and his backroom team, including Calderwood and P.Trollope , were sacked by the Delia WhereAreYou would be cook woman. I can't see fridgemagnet or PT doing any better here given the restraints of this season. Sometimes the past is best left where it is, the past. I can't see Power doing anything as drastic as sacking Cooper, as their combination in keeping the club up, new business strategy etc, getting costs under control, team building, really isn't doing that bad given what they started with and where they are likely to finish. For their first season, not bad, no worse than many before them, and better than others who were supposedly better. IF and its a BiG If we get Ranger here, reliably for next season and keep Troy fit at the back with Stevens then there is hope. Kassim and Luongo need to manup, Luongo especially with his fitness and desire to track back and help out and not let his head drop if we go behind. the wizard
  • Score: -1

12:46pm Mon 7 Apr 14

LeGod says...

I think over the season we have all doen better than we expected but i do think we had a real chance of making the play offs if we intially as most have stated sorted our centre back pairing out earlier and also showed some more desire away from home as our away form has been patheticlosing to nearly all the bottom sides.
I praise Cooper when he deserves it and i also cricise Cooper when he deserves it as to me he should have stuck wth the team that had been on a decent run and not changed it as they have been the players that have brought the points home for us. To me what he should have done is start with the same team we started with last week and then perhaps introduce Luongo into the game sometime in the second half because if i was Gladwin i would hev been hacked off i wasnt selected.
It shouldnt matter who you are as player it should be based on the previous performance and result and to me changing things saturday screwed it for us.
S i mith up front really has to sort his game out and how many more games are we going to hear that he cant hold the ball up because on saurday against Brentford he will get dominated again if he cant manage it.
I agree with a comment by someone that i think Storey would benefit feeding off Ranger next season and if he does he needs to hit the target more consistently when he gets a chance. It seems to me teams against us seem to have one ro two chances and score where as we have several and dont score and it proves it in our goal difference. i praised Cooper for the selection and team performance against Sheff utd but we cant keep going to away games and only playing for 30 minutes a game as we have done in most away games and expect to come away with a result.
I dont know what they are told before away games or whether the players have this mind set that lets just sit back and let them attack us until they score and then we'll start playing which is how look to us as fans and we have done it nearly all season and mr Cooper it doesnt work as we have lost nearly all our away games so why do we keep using the same tactic.
Carlisle hadnt scored in 8 before they played us so it sums it up for me. Negative tactics , wrong mentality and lack of desire from the manager and players.
They have to take the praise and the criticism and some of the players need to wise up and stop being so naive in some fo these games and realise in this league you need to work had to get results, its physical and you need total committment to be successful.
i hope Cooper has learnt from this season as i think most fans are hoping for better next season and more us to move up a gear and cement a play off place which we should do if lessons have been learnt properly by Cooper,Williams and Power.
So for next season we need to be mean at the back.
Build a spine throughtout the team
Have two or three physical players who can mix it when we need to.
Hopefully Rranger will be a good boy and be back and i can see him scoring and creating alot of goals for us.
We have the makings of potentially a good season next year and i hope Cooper and Power grasp it as it would be great as well to start seeing bigger crowds coming back to the CG as we should be hitting 10k a week if they get it right.
I think over the season we have all doen better than we expected but i do think we had a real chance of making the play offs if we intially as most have stated sorted our centre back pairing out earlier and also showed some more desire away from home as our away form has been patheticlosing to nearly all the bottom sides. I praise Cooper when he deserves it and i also cricise Cooper when he deserves it as to me he should have stuck wth the team that had been on a decent run and not changed it as they have been the players that have brought the points home for us. To me what he should have done is start with the same team we started with last week and then perhaps introduce Luongo into the game sometime in the second half because if i was Gladwin i would hev been hacked off i wasnt selected. It shouldnt matter who you are as player it should be based on the previous performance and result and to me changing things saturday screwed it for us. S i mith up front really has to sort his game out and how many more games are we going to hear that he cant hold the ball up because on saurday against Brentford he will get dominated again if he cant manage it. I agree with a comment by someone that i think Storey would benefit feeding off Ranger next season and if he does he needs to hit the target more consistently when he gets a chance. It seems to me teams against us seem to have one ro two chances and score where as we have several and dont score and it proves it in our goal difference. i praised Cooper for the selection and team performance against Sheff utd but we cant keep going to away games and only playing for 30 minutes a game as we have done in most away games and expect to come away with a result. I dont know what they are told before away games or whether the players have this mind set that lets just sit back and let them attack us until they score and then we'll start playing which is how look to us as fans and we have done it nearly all season and mr Cooper it doesnt work as we have lost nearly all our away games so why do we keep using the same tactic. Carlisle hadnt scored in 8 before they played us so it sums it up for me. Negative tactics , wrong mentality and lack of desire from the manager and players. They have to take the praise and the criticism and some of the players need to wise up and stop being so naive in some fo these games and realise in this league you need to work had to get results, its physical and you need total committment to be successful. i hope Cooper has learnt from this season as i think most fans are hoping for better next season and more us to move up a gear and cement a play off place which we should do if lessons have been learnt properly by Cooper,Williams and Power. So for next season we need to be mean at the back. Build a spine throughtout the team Have two or three physical players who can mix it when we need to. Hopefully Rranger will be a good boy and be back and i can see him scoring and creating alot of goals for us. We have the makings of potentially a good season next year and i hope Cooper and Power grasp it as it would be great as well to start seeing bigger crowds coming back to the CG as we should be hitting 10k a week if they get it right. LeGod
  • Score: 8

12:49pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

If you compare the players last year and this year, many would take this crop of youngsters, if they didn't have the manager they currently have we would have won loads more games than we have, MC is out of his depth he is arrogant beyond belief and I for one can't wait for him to move on, I am hoping that some big club will recognise the amazing job that most of our fans think he has done and come in and sign him up to manage them.

Personaly thats my oppinion, still going to support the club, but I am not alone in my thinking......
If you compare the players last year and this year, many would take this crop of youngsters, if they didn't have the manager they currently have we would have won loads more games than we have, MC is out of his depth he is arrogant beyond belief and I for one can't wait for him to move on, I am hoping that some big club will recognise the amazing job that most of our fans think he has done and come in and sign him up to manage them. Personaly thats my oppinion, still going to support the club, but I am not alone in my thinking...... Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: -6

1:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Le God, I generally support the view that you shouldn't change a winning team. However, managers do also have to consider "horses for courses". We don't know whether the previous game's winning side (before or after the introduction of subs) would have done any better at Carlisle.

I'm sure Cooper was, like the rest of us, well aware very early in the season of the problems at the back. But let's not forget that it was Power and McCrory who decided on the partnership of Ward and Hall. For all we know, Cooper might have been pestering Power to do something about it from day one. In fact I think that's quite likely. Anyway good centre backs are not generally readily available after the start of the season. The mistake was Power's - getting the recruitment wrong in the summer - and Cooper was left to try to get the best out of a poorly built squad.

Dreamo, I certainly wouldn't have this year's squad over last year's. Ritchie, Flint, McCormack/Hollands? Or Pritchard, Hall, Kasim/Luongo? It takes nous, desire and physical presence to get out of this division. I think we'd have done it easily last season with the squad we had at the turn of 2012/13.
Le God, I generally support the view that you shouldn't change a winning team. However, managers do also have to consider "horses for courses". We don't know whether the previous game's winning side (before or after the introduction of subs) would have done any better at Carlisle. I'm sure Cooper was, like the rest of us, well aware very early in the season of the problems at the back. But let's not forget that it was Power and McCrory who decided on the partnership of Ward and Hall. For all we know, Cooper might have been pestering Power to do something about it from day one. In fact I think that's quite likely. Anyway good centre backs are not generally readily available after the start of the season. The mistake was Power's - getting the recruitment wrong in the summer - and Cooper was left to try to get the best out of a poorly built squad. Dreamo, I certainly wouldn't have this year's squad over last year's. Ritchie, Flint, McCormack/Hollands? Or Pritchard, Hall, Kasim/Luongo? It takes nous, desire and physical presence to get out of this division. I think we'd have done it easily last season with the squad we had at the turn of 2012/13. Oi Den!
  • Score: -2

1:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

buckobassettboy says...

The Jockster wrote:
All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted.
When I saw the headline I thought that's worth a comment.You sir beat me to it- and everything you have alluded to I agree with.The thumbs down happy clapping mealy mouths who day trip this web-site should take note that this is how it really is,take of the rose-tinted spectacles and acknowledge the fact that ''The Management'' have failed us all.Just how long do we have to put up with abject mediocrity on and off the pitch.Its still rotten to the core.What sort of manager changes a winning team?After 50 years worth of my support I cannot drum up any interest any more apart from a glance at Final Score.All those who go to the games should be commended in parting with the hard earned cash.Indeed,the horse has truly bolted -the fact is they are so incompetent they would probably have difficulty in trying to shut the door-or maybe they opened it deliberately?
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted.[/p][/quote]When I saw the headline I thought that's worth a comment.You sir beat me to it- and everything you have alluded to I agree with.The thumbs down happy clapping mealy mouths who day trip this web-site should take note that this is how it really is,take of the rose-tinted spectacles and acknowledge the fact that ''The Management'' have failed us all.Just how long do we have to put up with abject mediocrity on and off the pitch.Its still rotten to the core.What sort of manager changes a winning team?After 50 years worth of my support I cannot drum up any interest any more apart from a glance at Final Score.All those who go to the games should be commended in parting with the hard earned cash.Indeed,the horse has truly bolted -the fact is they are so incompetent they would probably have difficulty in trying to shut the door-or maybe they opened it deliberately? buckobassettboy
  • Score: -6

1:50pm Mon 7 Apr 14

umpcah says...

LeGod wrote:
I think over the season we have all doen better than we expected but i do think we had a real chance of making the play offs if we intially as most have stated sorted our centre back pairing out earlier and also showed some more desire away from home as our away form has been patheticlosing to nearly all the bottom sides.
I praise Cooper when he deserves it and i also cricise Cooper when he deserves it as to me he should have stuck wth the team that had been on a decent run and not changed it as they have been the players that have brought the points home for us. To me what he should have done is start with the same team we started with last week and then perhaps introduce Luongo into the game sometime in the second half because if i was Gladwin i would hev been hacked off i wasnt selected.
It shouldnt matter who you are as player it should be based on the previous performance and result and to me changing things saturday screwed it for us.
S i mith up front really has to sort his game out and how many more games are we going to hear that he cant hold the ball up because on saurday against Brentford he will get dominated again if he cant manage it.
I agree with a comment by someone that i think Storey would benefit feeding off Ranger next season and if he does he needs to hit the target more consistently when he gets a chance. It seems to me teams against us seem to have one ro two chances and score where as we have several and dont score and it proves it in our goal difference. i praised Cooper for the selection and team performance against Sheff utd but we cant keep going to away games and only playing for 30 minutes a game as we have done in most away games and expect to come away with a result.
I dont know what they are told before away games or whether the players have this mind set that lets just sit back and let them attack us until they score and then we'll start playing which is how look to us as fans and we have done it nearly all season and mr Cooper it doesnt work as we have lost nearly all our away games so why do we keep using the same tactic.
Carlisle hadnt scored in 8 before they played us so it sums it up for me. Negative tactics , wrong mentality and lack of desire from the manager and players.
They have to take the praise and the criticism and some of the players need to wise up and stop being so naive in some fo these games and realise in this league you need to work had to get results, its physical and you need total committment to be successful.
i hope Cooper has learnt from this season as i think most fans are hoping for better next season and more us to move up a gear and cement a play off place which we should do if lessons have been learnt properly by Cooper,Williams and Power.
So for next season we need to be mean at the back.
Build a spine throughtout the team
Have two or three physical players who can mix it when we need to.
Hopefully Rranger will be a good boy and be back and i can see him scoring and creating alot of goals for us.
We have the makings of potentially a good season next year and i hope Cooper and Power grasp it as it would be great as well to start seeing bigger crowds coming back to the CG as we should be hitting 10k a week if they get it right.
Madine coming in for Carlisle was similar to Ranger in relation to the Town`s striking force ! If Ranger is a good boy, maintains his fitness and plays in most Town matchers next season I think automatic promotion is well on the cards. Don't forget I did say IF !
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: I think over the season we have all doen better than we expected but i do think we had a real chance of making the play offs if we intially as most have stated sorted our centre back pairing out earlier and also showed some more desire away from home as our away form has been patheticlosing to nearly all the bottom sides. I praise Cooper when he deserves it and i also cricise Cooper when he deserves it as to me he should have stuck wth the team that had been on a decent run and not changed it as they have been the players that have brought the points home for us. To me what he should have done is start with the same team we started with last week and then perhaps introduce Luongo into the game sometime in the second half because if i was Gladwin i would hev been hacked off i wasnt selected. It shouldnt matter who you are as player it should be based on the previous performance and result and to me changing things saturday screwed it for us. S i mith up front really has to sort his game out and how many more games are we going to hear that he cant hold the ball up because on saurday against Brentford he will get dominated again if he cant manage it. I agree with a comment by someone that i think Storey would benefit feeding off Ranger next season and if he does he needs to hit the target more consistently when he gets a chance. It seems to me teams against us seem to have one ro two chances and score where as we have several and dont score and it proves it in our goal difference. i praised Cooper for the selection and team performance against Sheff utd but we cant keep going to away games and only playing for 30 minutes a game as we have done in most away games and expect to come away with a result. I dont know what they are told before away games or whether the players have this mind set that lets just sit back and let them attack us until they score and then we'll start playing which is how look to us as fans and we have done it nearly all season and mr Cooper it doesnt work as we have lost nearly all our away games so why do we keep using the same tactic. Carlisle hadnt scored in 8 before they played us so it sums it up for me. Negative tactics , wrong mentality and lack of desire from the manager and players. They have to take the praise and the criticism and some of the players need to wise up and stop being so naive in some fo these games and realise in this league you need to work had to get results, its physical and you need total committment to be successful. i hope Cooper has learnt from this season as i think most fans are hoping for better next season and more us to move up a gear and cement a play off place which we should do if lessons have been learnt properly by Cooper,Williams and Power. So for next season we need to be mean at the back. Build a spine throughtout the team Have two or three physical players who can mix it when we need to. Hopefully Rranger will be a good boy and be back and i can see him scoring and creating alot of goals for us. We have the makings of potentially a good season next year and i hope Cooper and Power grasp it as it would be great as well to start seeing bigger crowds coming back to the CG as we should be hitting 10k a week if they get it right.[/p][/quote]Madine coming in for Carlisle was similar to Ranger in relation to the Town`s striking force ! If Ranger is a good boy, maintains his fitness and plays in most Town matchers next season I think automatic promotion is well on the cards. Don't forget I did say IF ! umpcah
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Mon 7 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

buckobassettboy wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted.
When I saw the headline I thought that's worth a comment.You sir beat me to it- and everything you have alluded to I agree with.The thumbs down happy clapping mealy mouths who day trip this web-site should take note that this is how it really is,take of the rose-tinted spectacles and acknowledge the fact that ''The Management'' have failed us all.Just how long do we have to put up with abject mediocrity on and off the pitch.Its still rotten to the core.What sort of manager changes a winning team?After 50 years worth of my support I cannot drum up any interest any more apart from a glance at Final Score.All those who go to the games should be commended in parting with the hard earned cash.Indeed,the horse has truly bolted -the fact is they are so incompetent they would probably have difficulty in trying to shut the door-or maybe they opened it deliberately?
Bucko I take your points on board, but to be fair to Cooper he has somewhat been between a rock and a hard place working to instructions from othe BP and Jed before perhaps. I'm not sure I buy Den's argument that he haas to play Hall & Ward ? Maybe maybe not.
What rankles with me is that he sometimes tends to shift the onus of responsibility from himself and make excuses - they're young inexperienced etc. he criticised Smith & Storey but who bought Smith in? Then his rants about officials ok pa for the course some would say and look at Allardyce sounding off at Anthony Taylor - who to be fair had a shocker.
It does make me wonder how serious Power is about taking us to the next level because even allowing for our patchy form throughout the season the playoffs at the very least became a realistic target once we began to perform better. Recognition by BP of the fact we needed a couple of defenders in the Stephens mould earlier and we could have perhaps already secured a play off spot which is now unlikely.
I hope BP gives MC the backing to forge a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season but I not holding my breath. Like you I may well be more selective in my attendances given some of the dross I've seen both home and away this season and believe me I've seen plenty amongst the occasional flashes of inspiration and performance.
[quote][p][bold]buckobassettboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted.[/p][/quote]When I saw the headline I thought that's worth a comment.You sir beat me to it- and everything you have alluded to I agree with.The thumbs down happy clapping mealy mouths who day trip this web-site should take note that this is how it really is,take of the rose-tinted spectacles and acknowledge the fact that ''The Management'' have failed us all.Just how long do we have to put up with abject mediocrity on and off the pitch.Its still rotten to the core.What sort of manager changes a winning team?After 50 years worth of my support I cannot drum up any interest any more apart from a glance at Final Score.All those who go to the games should be commended in parting with the hard earned cash.Indeed,the horse has truly bolted -the fact is they are so incompetent they would probably have difficulty in trying to shut the door-or maybe they opened it deliberately?[/p][/quote]Bucko I take your points on board, but to be fair to Cooper he has somewhat been between a rock and a hard place working to instructions from othe BP and Jed before perhaps. I'm not sure I buy Den's argument that he haas to play Hall & Ward ? Maybe maybe not. What rankles with me is that he sometimes tends to shift the onus of responsibility from himself and make excuses - they're young inexperienced etc. he criticised Smith & Storey but who bought Smith in? Then his rants about officials ok pa for the course some would say and look at Allardyce sounding off at Anthony Taylor - who to be fair had a shocker. It does make me wonder how serious Power is about taking us to the next level because even allowing for our patchy form throughout the season the playoffs at the very least became a realistic target once we began to perform better. Recognition by BP of the fact we needed a couple of defenders in the Stephens mould earlier and we could have perhaps already secured a play off spot which is now unlikely. I hope BP gives MC the backing to forge a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season but I not holding my breath. Like you I may well be more selective in my attendances given some of the dross I've seen both home and away this season and believe me I've seen plenty amongst the occasional flashes of inspiration and performance. The Jockster
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Mon 7 Apr 14

hertz says...

Ah ! Thats it then , now they have been "urged" they can go on a 5 game unbeaten run despite two of those games being against Brentford and Rotherham , not enough urging that was he problem .
ike us Brentford realised they had too many young players to win promotion so they drafted in McCormack and Douglas , boxing day those two bullied our very own youngstes out of that game , no posturig or posing with Douglas , just pure effort , grit, grunt and determinaton , doubt if he even knows what hair gel is :0) But you can do it you have been "urged" .
Ah ! Thats it then , now they have been "urged" they can go on a 5 game unbeaten run despite two of those games being against Brentford and Rotherham , not enough urging that was he problem . ike us Brentford realised they had too many young players to win promotion so they drafted in McCormack and Douglas , boxing day those two bullied our very own youngstes out of that game , no posturig or posing with Douglas , just pure effort , grit, grunt and determinaton , doubt if he even knows what hair gel is :0) But you can do it you have been "urged" . hertz
  • Score: -2

2:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems.

One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first.
Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems. One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Mon 7 Apr 14

hertz says...

Why is this Saturdays Kick off against Brentford at 15:07 ? just curious
Why is this Saturdays Kick off against Brentford at 15:07 ? just curious hertz
  • Score: 0

2:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

hertz wrote:
Ah ! Thats it then , now they have been "urged" they can go on a 5 game unbeaten run despite two of those games being against Brentford and Rotherham , not enough urging that was he problem .
ike us Brentford realised they had too many young players to win promotion so they drafted in McCormack and Douglas , boxing day those two bullied our very own youngstes out of that game , no posturig or posing with Douglas , just pure effort , grit, grunt and determinaton , doubt if he even knows what hair gel is :0) But you can do it you have been "urged" .
Good shout but I wouldn't take too much notice of "urged". That's just the Adver playing with words in an effort to make a dramatic headline. Cooper was asked what his players need to do for the rest of the season and he said "win the last 5 games and we'll get in the play offs". I can't see anything wrong with that.

You are spot on about McCormack and Douglas. They might not be stars but they understand what football at this level is about. Many people talk about Lee Power's knowledge of the game. Well, he didn't put that knowledge to very good use in the summer, as he ignored the essential ingredients for life in the lower divisions. Considering the abysmal defence and weak midfield we've had for most of the season, I still find it hard to believe Cooper has managed to get us to 8th position.
[quote][p][bold]hertz[/bold] wrote: Ah ! Thats it then , now they have been "urged" they can go on a 5 game unbeaten run despite two of those games being against Brentford and Rotherham , not enough urging that was he problem . ike us Brentford realised they had too many young players to win promotion so they drafted in McCormack and Douglas , boxing day those two bullied our very own youngstes out of that game , no posturig or posing with Douglas , just pure effort , grit, grunt and determinaton , doubt if he even knows what hair gel is :0) But you can do it you have been "urged" .[/p][/quote]Good shout but I wouldn't take too much notice of "urged". That's just the Adver playing with words in an effort to make a dramatic headline. Cooper was asked what his players need to do for the rest of the season and he said "win the last 5 games and we'll get in the play offs". I can't see anything wrong with that. You are spot on about McCormack and Douglas. They might not be stars but they understand what football at this level is about. Many people talk about Lee Power's knowledge of the game. Well, he didn't put that knowledge to very good use in the summer, as he ignored the essential ingredients for life in the lower divisions. Considering the abysmal defence and weak midfield we've had for most of the season, I still find it hard to believe Cooper has managed to get us to 8th position. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

2:55pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

hertz wrote:
Why is this Saturdays Kick off against Brentford at 15:07 ? just curious
Is it in memory of the Hillsborough disaster victims?
[quote][p][bold]hertz[/bold] wrote: Why is this Saturdays Kick off against Brentford at 15:07 ? just curious[/p][/quote]Is it in memory of the Hillsborough disaster victims? Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

3:49pm Mon 7 Apr 14

House with no name says...

Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards. House with no name
  • Score: -10

3:50pm Mon 7 Apr 14

sadgit says...

Earlier in the season Cooper had the option of playing Troy but chose to loan him out to Carlisle where he played well but also got injured again.
Why didn't Cooper play him here as Ward and Hall were awful from the start of the season
You can't blame Power for everything.
Earlier in the season Cooper had the option of playing Troy but chose to loan him out to Carlisle where he played well but also got injured again. Why didn't Cooper play him here as Ward and Hall were awful from the start of the season You can't blame Power for everything. sadgit
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Mon 7 Apr 14

MITTED says...

Not getting particularly stressed about Saturday because this season was over months ago in terms of any playoff ambition. Due respect to those that made the journey though. I predicted at the start of the season that we would finish 8th at best and it looks like that may well be spot on. The irony is that Peterborough may take 6th spot with one of the lowest points totals, if not the lowest, ever needed from this division to make the playoffs.
COYR
Not getting particularly stressed about Saturday because this season was over months ago in terms of any playoff ambition. Due respect to those that made the journey though. I predicted at the start of the season that we would finish 8th at best and it looks like that may well be spot on. The irony is that Peterborough may take 6th spot with one of the lowest points totals, if not the lowest, ever needed from this division to make the playoffs. COYR MITTED
  • Score: 0

4:24pm Mon 7 Apr 14

the wizard says...

House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
[quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ? the wizard
  • Score: -6

4:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

the wizard says...

the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Yep, quite right and correct, found it on Sky, but he aint going until the summer. Swindon bound, well maybe, but can/will Power be able to afford him ? Will Coops get relegated to trainer, probably a role better suited as it seems he knows the players quite well.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Yep, quite right and correct, found it on Sky, but he aint going until the summer. Swindon bound, well maybe, but can/will Power be able to afford him ? Will Coops get relegated to trainer, probably a role better suited as it seems he knows the players quite well. the wizard
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

sadgit wrote:
Earlier in the season Cooper had the option of playing Troy but chose to loan him out to Carlisle where he played well but also got injured again.
Why didn't Cooper play him here as Ward and Hall were awful from the start of the season
You can't blame Power for everything.
M, although you may have a point it was said at the time that TAH was not match fit and that's why he was sent out on loan. There was no guarantee that he was the answer then. By the way, I have heard he was poor on Saturday. Anyone who went care to comment on that?
Ward had been made club captain and was supposed to be the old head who would hold it all together. Hall was part of an understanding that the Spurs players played or went back to White Hart Lane. That much has been admitted by the club. I doubt very much that it was as straightforward for Cooper as you suggest.

I suppose it's likely we'll end up with Sherwood now. That would be pretty ironic for me as I would have picked up some big winnings if he'd been appointed last time round.
[quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: Earlier in the season Cooper had the option of playing Troy but chose to loan him out to Carlisle where he played well but also got injured again. Why didn't Cooper play him here as Ward and Hall were awful from the start of the season You can't blame Power for everything.[/p][/quote]M, although you may have a point it was said at the time that TAH was not match fit and that's why he was sent out on loan. There was no guarantee that he was the answer then. By the way, I have heard he was poor on Saturday. Anyone who went care to comment on that? Ward had been made club captain and was supposed to be the old head who would hold it all together. Hall was part of an understanding that the Spurs players played or went back to White Hart Lane. That much has been admitted by the club. I doubt very much that it was as straightforward for Cooper as you suggest. I suppose it's likely we'll end up with Sherwood now. That would be pretty ironic for me as I would have picked up some big winnings if he'd been appointed last time round. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

sadgit wrote:
Earlier in the season Cooper had the option of playing Troy but chose to loan him out to Carlisle where he played well but also got injured again.
Why didn't Cooper play him here as Ward and Hall were awful from the start of the season
You can't blame Power for everything.
I think at the time the idea was to loan troy out to give him valuable game time after a lengthy time out with injury . Unfortunately he got injured again while at Carlisle , as you say , still has a problem now with his knees e.t. c. , such a shame really as he's made such a big difference to our defence since his return.Hopefully the summer months will give him time to completely recover from his injury woes.
[quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: Earlier in the season Cooper had the option of playing Troy but chose to loan him out to Carlisle where he played well but also got injured again. Why didn't Cooper play him here as Ward and Hall were awful from the start of the season You can't blame Power for everything.[/p][/quote]I think at the time the idea was to loan troy out to give him valuable game time after a lengthy time out with injury . Unfortunately he got injured again while at Carlisle , as you say , still has a problem now with his knees e.t. c. , such a shame really as he's made such a big difference to our defence since his return.Hopefully the summer months will give him time to completely recover from his injury woes. lifelong red
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Another word on Power. I'm grateful for what he's done for the club. I'm sure we're much better off under his sole control than when his predecessor was involved.
Another word on Power. I'm grateful for what he's done for the club. I'm sure we're much better off under his sole control than when his predecessor was involved. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Five wins ...... hmm, very funny.

It has been as Den said, a mediocre season, but it has not been a completely bad one. We have no chance of the play offs but all things considered we haven't done as badly as many thought we would. It's funny seeing everyone pro Troy now, when earlier on this season so many were keen to put the boot into him. It is pleasing to see the way he has performed although his knee problem is a big worry for one so young. I doubt any of the Spurs loanees will be with us next season, a relief where Hall is concerned, a shame for Mason who in the few matches in which he has been fit looks to have great promise (but I don't think he will ever fulfil it with his injury problems) and a pity where Pritchard is concerned because he is a flair player who can turn a game on his own. Yes he can be selfish but I'd sooner have a bit of unpredictability than predictable mediocrity.

We seem to have a lot of unanswered questions regarding next season. What will we be like post Wes if, as many people think he moves in the summer? Without him I think we might now be looking up the table hoping to avoid relegation. Central defence? Can we afford Troy and will he stay fit? We don't seem to have many other options as far as I can see. Central midfield ferocious ball winner? Louis T is a fine player but he doesn't have sufficient height/physical presence to be the answer. Attack? Who knows with Ranger but take him out and what have we got? Is Storey going to come good? The jury is still out. We have some good players elsewhere in the team but most really good teams have a very strong spine. Lose Wes and Troy and we look in a precarious position, Ranger could lose himself without any other clubs or third parties involved! We seem to have some major weaknesses that Power/Cooper are going to have to address in the summer and urgently.
Five wins ...... hmm, very funny. It has been as Den said, a mediocre season, but it has not been a completely bad one. We have no chance of the play offs but all things considered we haven't done as badly as many thought we would. It's funny seeing everyone pro Troy now, when earlier on this season so many were keen to put the boot into him. It is pleasing to see the way he has performed although his knee problem is a big worry for one so young. I doubt any of the Spurs loanees will be with us next season, a relief where Hall is concerned, a shame for Mason who in the few matches in which he has been fit looks to have great promise (but I don't think he will ever fulfil it with his injury problems) and a pity where Pritchard is concerned because he is a flair player who can turn a game on his own. Yes he can be selfish but I'd sooner have a bit of unpredictability than predictable mediocrity. We seem to have a lot of unanswered questions regarding next season. What will we be like post Wes if, as many people think he moves in the summer? Without him I think we might now be looking up the table hoping to avoid relegation. Central defence? Can we afford Troy and will he stay fit? We don't seem to have many other options as far as I can see. Central midfield ferocious ball winner? Louis T is a fine player but he doesn't have sufficient height/physical presence to be the answer. Attack? Who knows with Ranger but take him out and what have we got? Is Storey going to come good? The jury is still out. We have some good players elsewhere in the team but most really good teams have a very strong spine. Lose Wes and Troy and we look in a precarious position, Ranger could lose himself without any other clubs or third parties involved! We seem to have some major weaknesses that Power/Cooper are going to have to address in the summer and urgently. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 1

6:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

On the subject of who chooses the players, who decides on the style we play - does he spurs contingent have to play etc etc - I must admit into being led to believe this as being the case at one point , however I'm now not so sure ,in fact in truth I don't think anyone outside the club knows for certain , perhaps time for Lee Power to go back on local radio and put this argument to bed once and for all.
On the subject of who chooses the players, who decides on the style we play - does he spurs contingent have to play etc etc - I must admit into being led to believe this as being the case at one point , however I'm now not so sure ,in fact in truth I don't think anyone outside the club knows for certain , perhaps time for Lee Power to go back on local radio and put this argument to bed once and for all. lifelong red
  • Score: -1

6:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

jayden says...

why would Tim Sherwood drop down 2 leagues to manage Swindon I would have thought he would be off to Norwich as he used to play for them and they are in the market for a manager .
why would Tim Sherwood drop down 2 leagues to manage Swindon I would have thought he would be off to Norwich as he used to play for them and they are in the market for a manager . jayden
  • Score: 5

6:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Another word on Power. I'm grateful for what he's done for the club. I'm sure we're much better off under his sole control than when his predecessor was involved.
Den- I totally agree with you on this , at least he has come out and given us his ideas on how to move the club forward , all good sensible ones for a club like ours I might add.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Another word on Power. I'm grateful for what he's done for the club. I'm sure we're much better off under his sole control than when his predecessor was involved.[/p][/quote]Den- I totally agree with you on this , at least he has come out and given us his ideas on how to move the club forward , all good sensible ones for a club like ours I might add. lifelong red
  • Score: 2

6:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Another word on Power. I'm grateful for what he's done for the club. I'm sure we're much better off under his sole control than when his predecessor was involved.
Den- I totally agree with you on this , at least he has come out and given us his ideas on how to move the club forward , all good sensible ones for a club like ours I might add.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Another word on Power. I'm grateful for what he's done for the club. I'm sure we're much better off under his sole control than when his predecessor was involved.[/p][/quote]Den- I totally agree with you on this , at least he has come out and given us his ideas on how to move the club forward , all good sensible ones for a club like ours I might add. lifelong red
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Mon 7 Apr 14

lifelong red says...

oops sorry about the double posts.
oops sorry about the double posts. lifelong red
  • Score: -4

6:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

mancrobin says...

House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
And under what name did you make this previous announcement? Never seen a 'house with no name' post before.
[quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]And under what name did you make this previous announcement? Never seen a 'house with no name' post before. mancrobin
  • Score: 3

8:01pm Mon 7 Apr 14

red white says...

mancrobin wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
And under what name did you make this previous announcement? Never seen a 'house with no name' post before.
Pox proabably ,the bitter idiots.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]And under what name did you make this previous announcement? Never seen a 'house with no name' post before.[/p][/quote]Pox proabably ,the bitter idiots. red white
  • Score: 2

9:58pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Steve. Brentford says...

Hi guys just a fleeting visit, now i dont expect to many will agree however that doesnt stop me thinking that i amnot bothered about the playoffs this season in fact i would go as far as saying we are not ready to go up i believe it could even hinder us and do we really want to be the poor boys in a league that at present we could not afford to live in,scratching for dog-ends is humiliating.
Hi guys just a fleeting visit, now i dont expect to many will agree however that doesnt stop me thinking that i amnot bothered about the playoffs this season in fact i would go as far as saying we are not ready to go up i believe it could even hinder us and do we really want to be the poor boys in a league that at present we could not afford to live in,scratching for dog-ends is humiliating. Steve. Brentford
  • Score: 3

10:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Oxon-Red says...

buckobassettboy wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted.
When I saw the headline I thought that's worth a comment.You sir beat me to it- and everything you have alluded to I agree with.The thumbs down happy clapping mealy mouths who day trip this web-site should take note that this is how it really is,take of the rose-tinted spectacles and acknowledge the fact that ''The Management'' have failed us all.Just how long do we have to put up with abject mediocrity on and off the pitch.Its still rotten to the core.What sort of manager changes a winning team?After 50 years worth of my support I cannot drum up any interest any more apart from a glance at Final Score.All those who go to the games should be commended in parting with the hard earned cash.Indeed,the horse has truly bolted -the fact is they are so incompetent they would probably have difficulty in trying to shut the door-or maybe they opened it deliberately?
Round of applause for managing to look at final score, at least the majority of the happy clappers attend the match and are able to see what they are commenting on. You saw all you needed in those brief seconds to be able to post and identify all that is right or wrong.

As for day trippers, we only see you on here when Town have lost, says it all really.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]buckobassettboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: All very well Cooperman but why weren't you urging the team to win when we were only winning one in eight prior to our recent mini revival that was bought to a halt at Carlisle. One wonders why after three straight wins you felt the need to tinker with the side to accommodate the return of Twinkletoes, a talented but enigmatic player who sometimes flatters to deceive. Had you and the Power addressed the gaping defensive errors of the Chuckle Brothers earlier when it was as plain as a pike staff that they weren't good enough and were leaking goals like a sieve you might not now be trying to close the door after the horse has bolted.[/p][/quote]When I saw the headline I thought that's worth a comment.You sir beat me to it- and everything you have alluded to I agree with.The thumbs down happy clapping mealy mouths who day trip this web-site should take note that this is how it really is,take of the rose-tinted spectacles and acknowledge the fact that ''The Management'' have failed us all.Just how long do we have to put up with abject mediocrity on and off the pitch.Its still rotten to the core.What sort of manager changes a winning team?After 50 years worth of my support I cannot drum up any interest any more apart from a glance at Final Score.All those who go to the games should be commended in parting with the hard earned cash.Indeed,the horse has truly bolted -the fact is they are so incompetent they would probably have difficulty in trying to shut the door-or maybe they opened it deliberately?[/p][/quote]Round of applause for managing to look at final score, at least the majority of the happy clappers attend the match and are able to see what they are commenting on. You saw all you needed in those brief seconds to be able to post and identify all that is right or wrong. As for day trippers, we only see you on here when Town have lost, says it all really. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 5

10:29pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Wilesy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Le God, I generally support the view that you shouldn't change a winning team. However, managers do also have to consider "horses for courses". We don't know whether the previous game's winning side (before or after the introduction of subs) would have done any better at Carlisle.

I'm sure Cooper was, like the rest of us, well aware very early in the season of the problems at the back. But let's not forget that it was Power and McCrory who decided on the partnership of Ward and Hall. For all we know, Cooper might have been pestering Power to do something about it from day one. In fact I think that's quite likely. Anyway good centre backs are not generally readily available after the start of the season. The mistake was Power's - getting the recruitment wrong in the summer - and Cooper was left to try to get the best out of a poorly built squad.

Dreamo, I certainly wouldn't have this year's squad over last year's. Ritchie, Flint, McCormack/Hollands? Or Pritchard, Hall, Kasim/Luongo? It takes nous, desire and physical presence to get out of this division. I think we'd have done it easily last season with the squad we had at the turn of 2012/13.
'The management' made a call on going with Hall and Ward at the start of the season. I don't see why that was a bad decision at the time. Hindsight is wonderful but it seemed a good decision then so I wouldn't criticise them for making that call.

We had just lost Flint and McCormack, and to lose Ward too would have been tricky.

Stephens is basically from the same mould as Hall ie a young untested Premiership rookie and so bringing in Stephens was in fact an identical decision to when we brought in Hall, its just that Stephens appears a better player on the handful of games so far.

My view is that its Troy coming back that has made the significant difference as he is the no nonsense defender we needed after Flint went. Stephens looks the best of the others, but I think Troy and Hall would probably do a job as well.

In touching distance of the play offs in a competitive league with a significantly different and young side isn't bad, I don't see that Power has done anything wrong looking at the league position.

Agree though we would have gone up last year with the squad at the turn of the year, we would definitely have achieved enough points for automatic with that super late Dec early Jan period team
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Le God, I generally support the view that you shouldn't change a winning team. However, managers do also have to consider "horses for courses". We don't know whether the previous game's winning side (before or after the introduction of subs) would have done any better at Carlisle. I'm sure Cooper was, like the rest of us, well aware very early in the season of the problems at the back. But let's not forget that it was Power and McCrory who decided on the partnership of Ward and Hall. For all we know, Cooper might have been pestering Power to do something about it from day one. In fact I think that's quite likely. Anyway good centre backs are not generally readily available after the start of the season. The mistake was Power's - getting the recruitment wrong in the summer - and Cooper was left to try to get the best out of a poorly built squad. Dreamo, I certainly wouldn't have this year's squad over last year's. Ritchie, Flint, McCormack/Hollands? Or Pritchard, Hall, Kasim/Luongo? It takes nous, desire and physical presence to get out of this division. I think we'd have done it easily last season with the squad we had at the turn of 2012/13.[/p][/quote]'The management' made a call on going with Hall and Ward at the start of the season. I don't see why that was a bad decision at the time. Hindsight is wonderful but it seemed a good decision then so I wouldn't criticise them for making that call. We had just lost Flint and McCormack, and to lose Ward too would have been tricky. Stephens is basically from the same mould as Hall ie a young untested Premiership rookie and so bringing in Stephens was in fact an identical decision to when we brought in Hall, its just that Stephens appears a better player on the handful of games so far. My view is that its Troy coming back that has made the significant difference as he is the no nonsense defender we needed after Flint went. Stephens looks the best of the others, but I think Troy and Hall would probably do a job as well. In touching distance of the play offs in a competitive league with a significantly different and young side isn't bad, I don't see that Power has done anything wrong looking at the league position. Agree though we would have gone up last year with the squad at the turn of the year, we would definitely have achieved enough points for automatic with that super late Dec early Jan period team Wilesy
  • Score: 0

12:18am Tue 8 Apr 14

joey butler says...

the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney.

Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar!

Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney. Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar! Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!! joey butler
  • Score: -5

12:29am Tue 8 Apr 14

joey butler says...

joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney.

Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar!

Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!!
And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood.

I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney. Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar! Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!![/p][/quote]And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood. I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!! joey butler
  • Score: -5

1:22am Tue 8 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems.

One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first.
Den ok, I agree that at the start of the season Cooperman's hands were tied but I still can't defend his/Power's ostrich like refusal to wait to address the leaky defence issue until Stephens appeared on the scene. Yes TAH was injured long term and still looks a crock despite "some" good efforts since returning. Knowing that and that and Hall were playing like Shakin Stevens why wasn't the problem addressed far sooner? You say it's quite likely that MC might have been pestering BP to do something about the centre backs at he start of the season and if so why didn't BP take that on board when it
became obvious early on that Wardy and Hall were struggling and Troy was crocked. Sorry Wilesy but I don't see it as hindsight when at the time all the time practically the whole fanbase was clamouring for the defence to be strengthened be caused we were getting slaughtered by teams going for our weak jugular it was that glaringly obvious.
I see the start of next season as a worry, no Wes, an unknown mix of defence and midfield and a lightweight strike force if Ranger jumps ship or is made to walk the plank. Lots of unknowns to ponder and speculate about.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems. One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first.[/p][/quote]Den ok, I agree that at the start of the season Cooperman's hands were tied but I still can't defend his/Power's ostrich like refusal to wait to address the leaky defence issue until Stephens appeared on the scene. Yes TAH was injured long term and still looks a crock despite "some" good efforts since returning. Knowing that and that and Hall were playing like Shakin Stevens why wasn't the problem addressed far sooner? You say it's quite likely that MC might have been pestering BP to do something about the centre backs at he start of the season and if so why didn't BP take that on board when it became obvious early on that Wardy and Hall were struggling and Troy was crocked. Sorry Wilesy but I don't see it as hindsight when at the time all the time practically the whole fanbase was clamouring for the defence to be strengthened be caused we were getting slaughtered by teams going for our weak jugular it was that glaringly obvious. I see the start of next season as a worry, no Wes, an unknown mix of defence and midfield and a lightweight strike force if Ranger jumps ship or is made to walk the plank. Lots of unknowns to ponder and speculate about. The Jockster
  • Score: 0

6:19am Tue 8 Apr 14

Chish and Fips says...

joey butler wrote:
joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney.

Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar!

Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!!
And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood.

I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would have thought CC might have been offered the Norwich managers post , but they chose the Youth Team coach to take up the role, perhaps they didn't rate CC as a manager.
Please cut out the abuse to Wiz - you do yourself no favours. Very childish and unnecessary. Even if a person disagrees with your views or they have misunderstood your point of view , there is no need for this.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney. Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar! Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!![/p][/quote]And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood. I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I would have thought CC might have been offered the Norwich managers post , but they chose the Youth Team coach to take up the role, perhaps they didn't rate CC as a manager. Please cut out the abuse to Wiz - you do yourself no favours. Very childish and unnecessary. Even if a person disagrees with your views or they have misunderstood your point of view , there is no need for this. Chish and Fips
  • Score: 2

7:48am Tue 8 Apr 14

the wizard says...

joey butler wrote:
joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney.

Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar!

Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!!
And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood.

I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney. Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar! Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!![/p][/quote]And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood. I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok. the wizard
  • Score: 0

8:01am Tue 8 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

The Jockster wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems.

One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first.
Den ok, I agree that at the start of the season Cooperman's hands were tied but I still can't defend his/Power's ostrich like refusal to wait to address the leaky defence issue until Stephens appeared on the scene. Yes TAH was injured long term and still looks a crock despite "some" good efforts since returning. Knowing that and that and Hall were playing like Shakin Stevens why wasn't the problem addressed far sooner? You say it's quite likely that MC might have been pestering BP to do something about the centre backs at he start of the season and if so why didn't BP take that on board when it
became obvious early on that Wardy and Hall were struggling and Troy was crocked. Sorry Wilesy but I don't see it as hindsight when at the time all the time practically the whole fanbase was clamouring for the defence to be strengthened be caused we were getting slaughtered by teams going for our weak jugular it was that glaringly obvious.
I see the start of next season as a worry, no Wes, an unknown mix of defence and midfield and a lightweight strike force if Ranger jumps ship or is made to walk the plank. Lots of unknowns to ponder and speculate about.
I'm with you on all that Jock. I just find it strange that so many people seem to be so certain it was Cooper's fault the defence wasn't fixed earlier. Power is on record as saying "Mark has done well. When he comes and asks me for help, the answer is usually 'no' ". Maybe there would have been more chance of a 'yes' if we hadn't put so many eggs in the Tottenham basket.

Wilesy, I'd hope that the difference between the Hall and Stephens signings is that Cooper watched Stephens and decided he was worth a try. Who watched Hall? Equally, Ward seems to have been written off, despite having a pretty good 2012/13, while it's suggested that Hall would be OK without Ward next to him. Doesn't make sense to me. We know Ward is no superstar and we know Old Father Time is doing his work on him, but we've also seen what he can do when he's at his best. Hall may yet prove to be a good player. I just don't see that he's done anything to suggest that our shocking defending was Ward's fault any more than his.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems. One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first.[/p][/quote]Den ok, I agree that at the start of the season Cooperman's hands were tied but I still can't defend his/Power's ostrich like refusal to wait to address the leaky defence issue until Stephens appeared on the scene. Yes TAH was injured long term and still looks a crock despite "some" good efforts since returning. Knowing that and that and Hall were playing like Shakin Stevens why wasn't the problem addressed far sooner? You say it's quite likely that MC might have been pestering BP to do something about the centre backs at he start of the season and if so why didn't BP take that on board when it became obvious early on that Wardy and Hall were struggling and Troy was crocked. Sorry Wilesy but I don't see it as hindsight when at the time all the time practically the whole fanbase was clamouring for the defence to be strengthened be caused we were getting slaughtered by teams going for our weak jugular it was that glaringly obvious. I see the start of next season as a worry, no Wes, an unknown mix of defence and midfield and a lightweight strike force if Ranger jumps ship or is made to walk the plank. Lots of unknowns to ponder and speculate about.[/p][/quote]I'm with you on all that Jock. I just find it strange that so many people seem to be so certain it was Cooper's fault the defence wasn't fixed earlier. Power is on record as saying "Mark has done well. When he comes and asks me for help, the answer is usually 'no' ". Maybe there would have been more chance of a 'yes' if we hadn't put so many eggs in the Tottenham basket. Wilesy, I'd hope that the difference between the Hall and Stephens signings is that Cooper watched Stephens and decided he was worth a try. Who watched Hall? Equally, Ward seems to have been written off, despite having a pretty good 2012/13, while it's suggested that Hall would be OK without Ward next to him. Doesn't make sense to me. We know Ward is no superstar and we know Old Father Time is doing his work on him, but we've also seen what he can do when he's at his best. Hall may yet prove to be a good player. I just don't see that he's done anything to suggest that our shocking defending was Ward's fault any more than his. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

8:47am Tue 8 Apr 14

old town robin says...

jayden wrote:
why would Tim Sherwood drop down 2 leagues to manage Swindon I would have thought he would be off to Norwich as he used to play for them and they are in the market for a manager .
Interesting shout Jayden that he will be at Norwich next season, you could be right, it could go against him though that he is in the same ex-Spurs mould as the manager they just sacked.

Heard on Sky the Celtic manager Lennon is looking to try his luck in the English league. Lord knows it's no great achievement to win their Premier league every year by 20 points or more, he probably needs a fresh challenge.

I said on another thread before Sky's announcement I thought Tim would be sacked, probably in favour of de Gaal after he's finished managing Russia in the World Cup. Bigger names than Tim have cut their teeth managing teams in this division and I can think of at least 7 big names, in the last 30 odd years, successful or not that managed Swindon.

I said yesterday I thought if he was interested in Lee's project he would take over as the Technical Director responsible for recruitment, style of play etc. and not as just the coach. I don't think the money would be the deciding factor, although of course we could not match what he is earning at Spurs. It wasn't for Di Canio who reportedly took a cut in wages from what he was earning as a pundit in Italy and I dare say Macari, Hoddle and Ossie didn't earn mega bucks here either.

All speculation of course, but such a move would definitely show Lee's intent for next season. I personally would welcome such a move
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: why would Tim Sherwood drop down 2 leagues to manage Swindon I would have thought he would be off to Norwich as he used to play for them and they are in the market for a manager .[/p][/quote]Interesting shout Jayden that he will be at Norwich next season, you could be right, it could go against him though that he is in the same ex-Spurs mould as the manager they just sacked. Heard on Sky the Celtic manager Lennon is looking to try his luck in the English league. Lord knows it's no great achievement to win their Premier league every year by 20 points or more, he probably needs a fresh challenge. I said on another thread before Sky's announcement I thought Tim would be sacked, probably in favour of de Gaal after he's finished managing Russia in the World Cup. Bigger names than Tim have cut their teeth managing teams in this division and I can think of at least 7 big names, in the last 30 odd years, successful or not that managed Swindon. I said yesterday I thought if he was interested in Lee's project he would take over as the Technical Director responsible for recruitment, style of play etc. and not as just the coach. I don't think the money would be the deciding factor, although of course we could not match what he is earning at Spurs. It wasn't for Di Canio who reportedly took a cut in wages from what he was earning as a pundit in Italy and I dare say Macari, Hoddle and Ossie didn't earn mega bucks here either. All speculation of course, but such a move would definitely show Lee's intent for next season. I personally would welcome such a move old town robin
  • Score: -1

10:50am Tue 8 Apr 14

Wilesy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems.

One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first.
Den ok, I agree that at the start of the season Cooperman's hands were tied but I still can't defend his/Power's ostrich like refusal to wait to address the leaky defence issue until Stephens appeared on the scene. Yes TAH was injured long term and still looks a crock despite "some" good efforts since returning. Knowing that and that and Hall were playing like Shakin Stevens why wasn't the problem addressed far sooner? You say it's quite likely that MC might have been pestering BP to do something about the centre backs at he start of the season and if so why didn't BP take that on board when it
became obvious early on that Wardy and Hall were struggling and Troy was crocked. Sorry Wilesy but I don't see it as hindsight when at the time all the time practically the whole fanbase was clamouring for the defence to be strengthened be caused we were getting slaughtered by teams going for our weak jugular it was that glaringly obvious.
I see the start of next season as a worry, no Wes, an unknown mix of defence and midfield and a lightweight strike force if Ranger jumps ship or is made to walk the plank. Lots of unknowns to ponder and speculate about.
I'm with you on all that Jock. I just find it strange that so many people seem to be so certain it was Cooper's fault the defence wasn't fixed earlier. Power is on record as saying "Mark has done well. When he comes and asks me for help, the answer is usually 'no' ". Maybe there would have been more chance of a 'yes' if we hadn't put so many eggs in the Tottenham basket.

Wilesy, I'd hope that the difference between the Hall and Stephens signings is that Cooper watched Stephens and decided he was worth a try. Who watched Hall? Equally, Ward seems to have been written off, despite having a pretty good 2012/13, while it's suggested that Hall would be OK without Ward next to him. Doesn't make sense to me. We know Ward is no superstar and we know Old Father Time is doing his work on him, but we've also seen what he can do when he's at his best. Hall may yet prove to be a good player. I just don't see that he's done anything to suggest that our shocking defending was Ward's fault any more than his.
I think the improvment is also down to the change in tactics - we are defending as a team now through the efforts of the 2 strikers, and not so much of the kamikaze tippy tappy which at times was farcical it was so bad. As a result the defence have less to do and by law of averages there are less errors (and howlers) as a result. McEveley and Nathan seem somewhere near to their best again, as does Wes perhaps as a result of having less to do?

I do think Troy and Stephens are better than Ward and Hall, but our tactics made them look worse than perhaps they are, and perhaps they may also show improvement if they returned with the new way of playing.

That said I don't think Hall is good enough in the air or strong enough for a League 1 centre back, although he has had some good games. Personally I would like to see him have a go in the holding midfield role as he is quick, has good feet and can pass it, and may be good enough defensively there.

Den you say you hope Cooper watched and chose Stephens - not sure how that maybe one or two match review would be better than Power going to his mate Sherwood and asking for a centre half? Sherwood would have watched Hall over many games and would have been a better vouch imo.

As for Ward last season he was impeccable apart from the games when interim joint manager, this season he has not been so good, imo part tactics as he is not so comfortable under pressure on the deck, and part Old Father Time although he has never been particularly fleet of foot.

I do think the tip-tap-tactics should have been changed sooner - it seemed clear to everyone except Cooper they were flawed, but much like the emperors new clothes he didn't seem to see it.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Jock, I didn't say he's been instructed to play Hall and Ward. I'm just saying that was the partnership that was presented to him by Power and McCrory. What alternative was there? If he really hasn't been trying to change that partnership all season, then I agree with all the critics - there is something seriously wrong with his ability to understand what's happening on the pitch. But I find it very hard to believe that he could not see those problems. One thing is absolutely certain - since about a year ago Power (initially in the background) has taken on job lots of Spurs players who have been a mixture of some success and abject failure. Which Town manager watched and wanted these players - Di Canio? MacDonald? Cooper? "None of the above" is the probable answer. I know there are plenty of apologists who approve of this way of operating but I don't believe our club should be run in this way. Power has been talking about borrowing more players from a particular club for next season. Fine - but this time perhaps he could make sure the manager wants them first.[/p][/quote]Den ok, I agree that at the start of the season Cooperman's hands were tied but I still can't defend his/Power's ostrich like refusal to wait to address the leaky defence issue until Stephens appeared on the scene. Yes TAH was injured long term and still looks a crock despite "some" good efforts since returning. Knowing that and that and Hall were playing like Shakin Stevens why wasn't the problem addressed far sooner? You say it's quite likely that MC might have been pestering BP to do something about the centre backs at he start of the season and if so why didn't BP take that on board when it became obvious early on that Wardy and Hall were struggling and Troy was crocked. Sorry Wilesy but I don't see it as hindsight when at the time all the time practically the whole fanbase was clamouring for the defence to be strengthened be caused we were getting slaughtered by teams going for our weak jugular it was that glaringly obvious. I see the start of next season as a worry, no Wes, an unknown mix of defence and midfield and a lightweight strike force if Ranger jumps ship or is made to walk the plank. Lots of unknowns to ponder and speculate about.[/p][/quote]I'm with you on all that Jock. I just find it strange that so many people seem to be so certain it was Cooper's fault the defence wasn't fixed earlier. Power is on record as saying "Mark has done well. When he comes and asks me for help, the answer is usually 'no' ". Maybe there would have been more chance of a 'yes' if we hadn't put so many eggs in the Tottenham basket. Wilesy, I'd hope that the difference between the Hall and Stephens signings is that Cooper watched Stephens and decided he was worth a try. Who watched Hall? Equally, Ward seems to have been written off, despite having a pretty good 2012/13, while it's suggested that Hall would be OK without Ward next to him. Doesn't make sense to me. We know Ward is no superstar and we know Old Father Time is doing his work on him, but we've also seen what he can do when he's at his best. Hall may yet prove to be a good player. I just don't see that he's done anything to suggest that our shocking defending was Ward's fault any more than his.[/p][/quote]I think the improvment is also down to the change in tactics - we are defending as a team now through the efforts of the 2 strikers, and not so much of the kamikaze tippy tappy which at times was farcical it was so bad. As a result the defence have less to do and by law of averages there are less errors (and howlers) as a result. McEveley and Nathan seem somewhere near to their best again, as does Wes perhaps as a result of having less to do? I do think Troy and Stephens are better than Ward and Hall, but our tactics made them look worse than perhaps they are, and perhaps they may also show improvement if they returned with the new way of playing. That said I don't think Hall is good enough in the air or strong enough for a League 1 centre back, although he has had some good games. Personally I would like to see him have a go in the holding midfield role as he is quick, has good feet and can pass it, and may be good enough defensively there. Den you say you hope Cooper watched and chose Stephens - not sure how that maybe one or two match review would be better than Power going to his mate Sherwood and asking for a centre half? Sherwood would have watched Hall over many games and would have been a better vouch imo. As for Ward last season he was impeccable apart from the games when interim joint manager, this season he has not been so good, imo part tactics as he is not so comfortable under pressure on the deck, and part Old Father Time although he has never been particularly fleet of foot. I do think the tip-tap-tactics should have been changed sooner - it seemed clear to everyone except Cooper they were flawed, but much like the emperors new clothes he didn't seem to see it. Wilesy
  • Score: 1

11:59am Tue 8 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Good post Wilesy. I would take issue with you on the Sherwood thing though. His first duty is to Spurs. It might look as if he's doing his mate a favour by lending him players but these big clubs take business decisions in their own interests. And what about Parrett? Did he really think he was doing us a favour by lending him to us? They got shot of him as soon as he went back, so they clearly didn't think he was any good.

I stick by my view. Cooper should be judged by his own decisions, not someone else's. That's why I will wait till the end of this year before attempting to say whether Cooper is a good manager or not, and only then if he's had a free run at it in terms of recruitment and style of play. So far, I believe he's done as well as could be expected.
Good post Wilesy. I would take issue with you on the Sherwood thing though. His first duty is to Spurs. It might look as if he's doing his mate a favour by lending him players but these big clubs take business decisions in their own interests. And what about Parrett? Did he really think he was doing us a favour by lending him to us? They got shot of him as soon as he went back, so they clearly didn't think he was any good. I stick by my view. Cooper should be judged by his own decisions, not someone else's. That's why I will wait till the end of this year before attempting to say whether Cooper is a good manager or not, and only then if he's had a free run at it in terms of recruitment and style of play. So far, I believe he's done as well as could be expected. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

12:32pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Sorry Wilesy - should also have said... I'm convinced Cooper doesn't believe in that tip-tap stuff any more than we do. He's never played it anywhere else so it doesn't make sense that he would suddenly want to do it here. It was handed down to him by Power and McCrory, who both said it was a condition of the Spurs loans that we play that way. My view - and it's clearly a minority one - is that Cooper has finally convinced Power that we will get nowhere playing that stuff, in the same way that he finally convinced him we had to sign a centre half to stop the rot.
Sorry Wilesy - should also have said... I'm convinced Cooper doesn't believe in that tip-tap stuff any more than we do. He's never played it anywhere else so it doesn't make sense that he would suddenly want to do it here. It was handed down to him by Power and McCrory, who both said it was a condition of the Spurs loans that we play that way. My view - and it's clearly a minority one - is that Cooper has finally convinced Power that we will get nowhere playing that stuff, in the same way that he finally convinced him we had to sign a centre half to stop the rot. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

11:46pm Tue 8 Apr 14

joey butler says...

the wizard wrote:
joey butler wrote:
joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney.

Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar!

Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!!
And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood.

I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok.
NO
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney. Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar! Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!![/p][/quote]And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood. I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok.[/p][/quote]NO joey butler
  • Score: 1

12:21am Wed 9 Apr 14

the wizard says...

joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
joey butler wrote:
joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney.

Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar!

Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!!
And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood.

I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok.
NO
Live it with then.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney. Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar! Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!![/p][/quote]And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood. I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok.[/p][/quote]NO[/p][/quote]Live it with then. the wizard
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12:22am Wed 9 Apr 14

the wizard says...

joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
joey butler wrote:
joey butler wrote:
the wizard wrote:
House with no name wrote:
Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season.

Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted.

Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back.

Otherwise Backwards and downwards.
Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?
Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney.

Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar!

Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!!
And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood.

I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok.
NO
Live it with then.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Two months ago I told you that by having announced season ticket prices so early the club were clearly not expecting promotion and were nearer the Conference than the Championship - so why are we hearing such stupid comments raising hope of the playoffs when we all know this season has long been over ready for relegation next season. Also next season the club cannot rely upon Tottenham for players because, as I also predicted, Sherwood has been ousted. Unless there is a change in management and investment to show some form of ambition then it will be the Conference football in a couple of years - so now is the time to get Tottenham's Sherwood in as manager and get some pride back. Otherwise Backwards and downwards.[/p][/quote]Where is it reported that Sherwood has been ousted JB ?[/p][/quote]Wrong and wrong and wrong yet again Wizard of Witney. Unlike you, I only have one poster name, rather than your many multiple names, but a nice try, just way over the bar! Try finding me in Hereford as previously discussed with you Wizard, but you are way off the mark with this post, yet again!!!!!![/p][/quote]And if you had even a hint of intelligence Wizard, you would know very well by now that I would like Colin Calderwood as our Manager, not Sherwood. I have suggested Calderwood as our Manager for the last three years Wizard, even you must know that by now please!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Just a polite reply with no insult meant, inferred or intended. I didn't look at the posters name but was referring to a chap I have known for many years who has been saying Sherwood would end up here in a joking manner for some time. John Bowman. I know he reads this board but have no idea if he posts here. . You are not the only person in the world with these initials. As for Calderwood, good club servant a long time ago, under far different circumstances, and sometimes the past is best left where it is, in the past. . No, I'm not Coopers greatest fan, but Power will make adjustments to his staff as he sees fit, we simply cannot join the sacking game because somebody else has just become available. We will have to wait and see what Power decides, he has put in £2M+ which is significantly more than anyone here and continues to add to that. Yes I can see that Caldwood may be a decent addition, but what about wages ? I doubt if he comes as economical as Cooper. Time will tell, but in this game I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to employ a mate ,like Sherwood, it makes things a bit tainted when its time to part the ways., but if Sherwood came in with Capital amounts to invest then as a business partner, we are into a whole new arena, but I don't think that is likely somehow. As I say, the post was not aimed at you, Ok.[/p][/quote]NO[/p][/quote]Live it with then. the wizard
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