SWINDON TOWN: Dudline day as Di Canio fails to secure loan signing

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio

SWINDON Town failed to add to their squad on emergency loan deadline day, as prospective deals for several players could not be completed.

The Advertiser understands agreements were reached with as many as four separate Championship players, with a view to one being sealed before the 5pm cut-off point.

However, a combination of injuries at the targets’ parent clubs and a lack of movement elsewhere in the transfer market contributed to Town failing to land a new acquisition.

The Robins are believed to have launced a late bid for Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine, for whom a proposed move fell through 10 days ago, but they did not manage to secure a deal.

One player did depart the County Ground yesterday afternoon, however, as Samsung Win A Pro Contract winner Chris Smith joined Northampton on loan until January 1.

Smith, who has made just one appearance for Town, recently spent time at Swindon Supermarine.

The Adver understands the Robins received inquiries from other clubs looking to take members of their first-team squad on loan, but Di Canio was keen to keep a sizeable squad as the busy Christmas period looms.

At Thursday’s press conference, he told the local media: “Now I prefer to have 24 players than 17 because you never know.

“I still think that with more options I am not worried to handle the situation, the challenge in the dressing room.

“The players that came in here came alone, you have to be lucky for them to feel the cause straight away.

“How can you know? You can speak and persuade them but you have to be lucky.

“Just because I care about the situation but I am obliged to offer a loan without a promise of a two-year contract, it’s better to have some more than some less.”

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8:39am Fri 23 Nov 12

Stratton Red says...

Oh well, just need to get the best out of the team we have.
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We know we can play like well - Stoke, Villa, Stevenage, Brighton, Yeovil. Just need to find the consistency...
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I still think PDCs achillies heel is the parking of the bus. Need to find the key to unlock it...
Oh well, just need to get the best out of the team we have. * We know we can play like well - Stoke, Villa, Stevenage, Brighton, Yeovil. Just need to find the consistency... * I still think PDCs achillies heel is the parking of the bus. Need to find the key to unlock it... Stratton Red
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8:49am Fri 23 Nov 12

Mushymushy says...

This will now be a trying time for pdc and the players he has his team albeit not the one he wants with a lot of weak links the next few weeks will be make or break for pdc and hopefully he can get his team to be consistent without loosing his head as he has done in the past.good luck on sat aginst the magpies they are gonna need it.
This will now be a trying time for pdc and the players he has his team albeit not the one he wants with a lot of weak links the next few weeks will be make or break for pdc and hopefully he can get his team to be consistent without loosing his head as he has done in the past.good luck on sat aginst the magpies they are gonna need it. Mushymushy
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8:58am Fri 23 Nov 12

Redhouse Red says...

Cest la vie
Cest la vie Redhouse Red
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9:15am Fri 23 Nov 12

mallorca says...

OK Pdc missed out on targets will not be first time.
With the squad he has he will sort it out there his team he signed them now he has to instal belief and encourage them to perform.
Will be hard for him and I feel in jan a few will depart.
makes you wonder how can Pompey go out week in week out and find players be it temp ones and they aint doing so well.Just maybe the type pdc wants does not fancy a temp move?????
Anyways do wish him well and he will be OK especially when they win On Saturday Good luck Pdc and the Town
OK Pdc missed out on targets will not be first time. With the squad he has he will sort it out there his team he signed them now he has to instal belief and encourage them to perform. Will be hard for him and I feel in jan a few will depart. makes you wonder how can Pompey go out week in week out and find players be it temp ones and they aint doing so well.Just maybe the type pdc wants does not fancy a temp move????? Anyways do wish him well and he will be OK especially when they win On Saturday Good luck Pdc and the Town mallorca
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10:42am Fri 23 Nov 12

Swindon1984 says...

mallorca wrote:
OK Pdc missed out on targets will not be first time. With the squad he has he will sort it out there his team he signed them now he has to instal belief and encourage them to perform. Will be hard for him and I feel in jan a few will depart. makes you wonder how can Pompey go out week in week out and find players be it temp ones and they aint doing so well.Just maybe the type pdc wants does not fancy a temp move????? Anyways do wish him well and he will be OK especially when they win On Saturday Good luck Pdc and the Town
Gone from one of PDC's critics to one of his biggest supporters over the past couple of weeks! Fair play, I think the manager needs a bit of slack once in a while. Seems as if there are some who never say a good or bad word about him when the team plays well, but relish in slagging the man off when we're losing. Just think a bit of fairness is called for. We're all in it together after all. Will be a struggle this season (it's a marathon not a race after all) and we will stumble along the way (a la Colchester, Orient, Brentford etc) but if we can keep picking ourselves back up we'll be there or thereabouts come May.

Can't take another trip to Wembley though, absolutely heartbreaking :-(
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: OK Pdc missed out on targets will not be first time. With the squad he has he will sort it out there his team he signed them now he has to instal belief and encourage them to perform. Will be hard for him and I feel in jan a few will depart. makes you wonder how can Pompey go out week in week out and find players be it temp ones and they aint doing so well.Just maybe the type pdc wants does not fancy a temp move????? Anyways do wish him well and he will be OK especially when they win On Saturday Good luck Pdc and the Town[/p][/quote]Gone from one of PDC's critics to one of his biggest supporters over the past couple of weeks! Fair play, I think the manager needs a bit of slack once in a while. Seems as if there are some who never say a good or bad word about him when the team plays well, but relish in slagging the man off when we're losing. Just think a bit of fairness is called for. We're all in it together after all. Will be a struggle this season (it's a marathon not a race after all) and we will stumble along the way (a la Colchester, Orient, Brentford etc) but if we can keep picking ourselves back up we'll be there or thereabouts come May. Can't take another trip to Wembley though, absolutely heartbreaking :-( Swindon1984
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10:53am Fri 23 Nov 12

Psychedelic Syd says...

If the team selection, tactics and substitutions are sensible and players are positively motivated, then we certainly already have sufficient quality to mount a decent challenge from the current squad. We do have a few below par players, some of whom seem to get their chance more often than they should, but there are also some real quality players like Bostock and Ferry.
If the team selection, tactics and substitutions are sensible and players are positively motivated, then we certainly already have sufficient quality to mount a decent challenge from the current squad. We do have a few below par players, some of whom seem to get their chance more often than they should, but there are also some real quality players like Bostock and Ferry. Psychedelic Syd
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11:20am Fri 23 Nov 12

Oi Den! says...

As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time.
.
If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.
As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time. . If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right. Oi Den!
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11:39am Fri 23 Nov 12

the wizard says...

I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus.

As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem.
We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.
I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome. the wizard
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12:47pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Swindon1984 says...

the wizard wrote:
I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.
I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory?
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.[/p][/quote]I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory? Swindon1984
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12:56pm Fri 23 Nov 12

SeanG92 says...

Stratton Red wrote:
Oh well, just need to get the best out of the team we have.
*
We know we can play like well - Stoke, Villa, Stevenage, Brighton, Yeovil. Just need to find the consistency...
*
I still think PDCs achillies heel is the parking of the bus. Need to find the key to unlock it...
Everyones achillies heel is parking the bus!!

We saw Chelsea win the league doing it, Celtic and Inter Milan have beaten Barcelona doing it and a number of teams have come to the County Ground this season and gone away with 1 or 3 pots by doing it.

Teams with no ambition for 3 points, and no hunger to entertain the fans play this way and unfortunately there is very little you can do against a team with 10 or 11 players behind the ball. Even if 1 or 2 of there players make a mistake, there are 8 or 9 others there to cover for it.

Its anti football, its horrible to watch and unfortunately its becoming one of the most used tactics in football.

I would rather see swindon go to say, Old Trafford and have a go, attempting to attack and get beat 5-0 than go there sit back in our box for the whole game and nick a draw.
[quote][p][bold]Stratton Red[/bold] wrote: Oh well, just need to get the best out of the team we have. * We know we can play like well - Stoke, Villa, Stevenage, Brighton, Yeovil. Just need to find the consistency... * I still think PDCs achillies heel is the parking of the bus. Need to find the key to unlock it...[/p][/quote]Everyones achillies heel is parking the bus!! We saw Chelsea win the league doing it, Celtic and Inter Milan have beaten Barcelona doing it and a number of teams have come to the County Ground this season and gone away with 1 or 3 pots by doing it. Teams with no ambition for 3 points, and no hunger to entertain the fans play this way and unfortunately there is very little you can do against a team with 10 or 11 players behind the ball. Even if 1 or 2 of there players make a mistake, there are 8 or 9 others there to cover for it. Its anti football, its horrible to watch and unfortunately its becoming one of the most used tactics in football. I would rather see swindon go to say, Old Trafford and have a go, attempting to attack and get beat 5-0 than go there sit back in our box for the whole game and nick a draw. SeanG92
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1:10pm Fri 23 Nov 12

the wizard says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
the wizard wrote:
I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.
I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory?
On Phils commission I've read loads here so as I wrote, "tongue-in-cheek", and that is all its was, pure banter, nowt else. It just seems strange to me that it seemingly all has to go through one agent who is also the managers agent.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.[/p][/quote]I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory?[/p][/quote]On Phils commission I've read loads here so as I wrote, "tongue-in-cheek", and that is all its was, pure banter, nowt else. It just seems strange to me that it seemingly all has to go through one agent who is also the managers agent. the wizard
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1:15pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Swindon1984 says...

the wizard wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
the wizard wrote: I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.
I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory?
On Phils commission I've read loads here so as I wrote, "tongue-in-cheek", and that is all its was, pure banter, nowt else. It just seems strange to me that it seemingly all has to go through one agent who is also the managers agent.
Granted it was tongue in cheek but doesn't really explain anything - if talk of it on here is all it's based on then it tells you nothing. And nothing is all I know about Phil Spencer if that is his real name.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.[/p][/quote]I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory?[/p][/quote]On Phils commission I've read loads here so as I wrote, "tongue-in-cheek", and that is all its was, pure banter, nowt else. It just seems strange to me that it seemingly all has to go through one agent who is also the managers agent.[/p][/quote]Granted it was tongue in cheek but doesn't really explain anything - if talk of it on here is all it's based on then it tells you nothing. And nothing is all I know about Phil Spencer if that is his real name. Swindon1984
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1:56pm Fri 23 Nov 12

old town robin says...

The Gary Madine situation sounds a bit like the Benson on last season, would not be surprised to see him as the first aquistion in January.
The Gary Madine situation sounds a bit like the Benson on last season, would not be surprised to see him as the first aquistion in January. old town robin
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2:03pm Fri 23 Nov 12

the wizard says...

old town robin wrote:
The Gary Madine situation sounds a bit like the Benson on last season, would not be surprised to see him as the first aquistion in January.
Maybe they chucked out the old fax machine and didn't get a new one ??? LOL
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: The Gary Madine situation sounds a bit like the Benson on last season, would not be surprised to see him as the first aquistion in January.[/p][/quote]Maybe they chucked out the old fax machine and didn't get a new one ??? LOL the wizard
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6:27pm Fri 23 Nov 12

smirg kcab says...

Pompey game on New Year's Day is now a 2pm kick off.
Where's sue
Onwards and upwardsp
Pompey game on New Year's Day is now a 2pm kick off. Where's sue Onwards and upwardsp smirg kcab
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6:30pm Fri 23 Nov 12

tobruk says...

Oi Den! wrote:
As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time.
.
If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.
Same against Yeovil, the lads oozed confidence. It's just the inconsistency that is a worry. I'm sure we will get there 'ere long! Hope PdC stays the course and doesn't get head hunted with big offers from the Prem.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time. . If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.[/p][/quote]Same against Yeovil, the lads oozed confidence. It's just the inconsistency that is a worry. I'm sure we will get there 'ere long! Hope PdC stays the course and doesn't get head hunted with big offers from the Prem. tobruk
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6:31pm Fri 23 Nov 12

tobruk says...

Oi Den! wrote:
As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time.
.
If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.
Same against Yeovil, the lads oozed confidence. It's just the inconsistency that is a worry. I'm sure we will get there 'ere long! Hope PdC stays the course and doesn't get head hunted with big offers from the Prem.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time. . If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.[/p][/quote]Same against Yeovil, the lads oozed confidence. It's just the inconsistency that is a worry. I'm sure we will get there 'ere long! Hope PdC stays the course and doesn't get head hunted with big offers from the Prem. tobruk
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10:03pm Fri 23 Nov 12

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
the wizard wrote: I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.
I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory?
It might be something do do with Mr Spencer PDC agent billing STFC 500k for last season...

And the simple reason why are team do not play the same week in week out is
!!!! working 7 days a week...
Paolo tinkering with the team most weeks PLAYERS LOOKING TO SCARED TO MAKE A MISTAKE.So that meens there not fully focused
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I'm still cutting the players slack because I think they need it. We all know they can perform and have performed this season at times. As long as we employ the right tactic of playing the ball on the ground tomorrow I'm confident we will come away with something, one point is better than no points at all. Clean sheet is always a bonus. As goes no players incoming I did have a tongue in cheek chuckle as our infamous agent "fill my bank Phil" will suffer withdrawal symptoms, just before Christmas, what a shame !! On a positive note it leaves money in the kitty for the New year and that is not a bad thing, I see it as a bonus. We navigated the embargo so this should be no problem. We now enter into a mini pre season according to a report a while back so after this coming game it will be a good chance to get this team right, for the fight for promotion, maybe. I hope it has a positive outcome.[/p][/quote]I'm still not sure what the situation is in terms of DiCanio's agent earning big from our signings - I would have thought it was the player's agents that would be costing the club this money. Any explanation on this front? Or is the above just a theory?[/p][/quote]It might be something do do with Mr Spencer PDC agent billing STFC 500k for last season... And the simple reason why are team do not play the same week in week out is !!!! working 7 days a week... Paolo tinkering with the team most weeks PLAYERS LOOKING TO SCARED TO MAKE A MISTAKE.So that meens there not fully focused DarrenSTFCRomain
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10:33pm Fri 23 Nov 12

mancrobin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time.
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If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.
Excellent post Den.

Funny how Paolo wants players in and out all the time. I've always felt we perform better with a settled side. I'm also of the belief we have agood enough and big enough squad to do the job.

The tools are in the box. Come on (you birth of a managerial legend) workman, do your job please.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time. . If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.[/p][/quote]Excellent post Den. Funny how Paolo wants players in and out all the time. I've always felt we perform better with a settled side. I'm also of the belief we have agood enough and big enough squad to do the job. The tools are in the box. Come on (you birth of a managerial legend) workman, do your job please. mancrobin
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11:18pm Fri 23 Nov 12

joey butler says...

mancrobin wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time.
.
If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.
Excellent post Den.

Funny how Paolo wants players in and out all the time. I've always felt we perform better with a settled side. I'm also of the belief we have agood enough and big enough squad to do the job.

The tools are in the box. Come on (you birth of a managerial legend) workman, do your job please.
Agree with Den and Mancrobin above.

Except that I think we have all partly missed the point, including me.

The big clue is that PDC has constantly signed and rapidly discarded players since becoming our Manager.

He has fantastic history as a player, shows massive commitment and demands only the best, all to his credit.

But he clearly does not have a clue how to turn all his individual players into a Team who can win on a consistent basis, particularly at home this season.

As long as he constantly churns players like they are going out of fashion and keeps changing his team, we are surely not going up and will have to settle for mid-table this season at best.

And the talk of PDC being poached by a Premier Team is just a joke, he even seems to admit that today.

If he was poached, there are plenty of Managers out there who could pick up the pieces and could actually build a consistent team. And plenty who would be glad of the massive support from the Board that PDC has received, yet he is in constant danger of throwing it all back in their faces with his threats!!
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: As someone said yesterday, it's not necessarily bad news that we didn't sign anyone before the deadline. We have a good sized squad of decent players, yet PDC doesn't seem to have confidence in them. They often look as if they are not enjoying their football. When we beat Milton Keynes - probably one of the most streetwise teams in the division - earlier in the season, we looked a solid confident outfit, we weren't afraid of the opposition and we weren't afraid to pass the ball. For me, that was the benchmark performance of the season so far. I know we've had wins since then and we are still in a good position but we have lost that belief and we are now very flaky. You never know what you are going to get - except that at home you know we will get a diet of the long aerial stuff most of the time. . If PDC's acquisitions have not come up to expectations, well maybe we all just have to live with that. I don't think we should be going through a season signing and discarding players on a whim, hoping the mix will suddenly come right.[/p][/quote]Excellent post Den. Funny how Paolo wants players in and out all the time. I've always felt we perform better with a settled side. I'm also of the belief we have agood enough and big enough squad to do the job. The tools are in the box. Come on (you birth of a managerial legend) workman, do your job please.[/p][/quote]Agree with Den and Mancrobin above. Except that I think we have all partly missed the point, including me. The big clue is that PDC has constantly signed and rapidly discarded players since becoming our Manager. He has fantastic history as a player, shows massive commitment and demands only the best, all to his credit. But he clearly does not have a clue how to turn all his individual players into a Team who can win on a consistent basis, particularly at home this season. As long as he constantly churns players like they are going out of fashion and keeps changing his team, we are surely not going up and will have to settle for mid-table this season at best. And the talk of PDC being poached by a Premier Team is just a joke, he even seems to admit that today. If he was poached, there are plenty of Managers out there who could pick up the pieces and could actually build a consistent team. And plenty who would be glad of the massive support from the Board that PDC has received, yet he is in constant danger of throwing it all back in their faces with his threats!! joey butler
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12:51pm Sat 24 Nov 12

the wizard says...

Three excellent posts above and Over the last few days most agree we do have some very very good players, its just the tactics that are letting us down.

Hoping for points from the Notts Co. game, one or three points will do before out two week break. Lets hope the training ground gets busy and re discover some decent consistent form.

Our best Christmas present from the club would be the abandonment of the long ball game, aka hoofball.
At the height of his tenure here I'll give Wilson deserved credit as he had us playing some superb foot to foot football often 20 odd passes between Town players and it did get us into the play offs. However the downside was it does allow the other team to get bodies behind the ball, but at least while we had possession they couldn't score, and it did make the other team play football. Some well savoured games that season, shame it all went pear shaped when Greer left.
Three excellent posts above and Over the last few days most agree we do have some very very good players, its just the tactics that are letting us down. Hoping for points from the Notts Co. game, one or three points will do before out two week break. Lets hope the training ground gets busy and re discover some decent consistent form. Our best Christmas present from the club would be the abandonment of the long ball game, aka hoofball. At the height of his tenure here I'll give Wilson deserved credit as he had us playing some superb foot to foot football often 20 odd passes between Town players and it did get us into the play offs. However the downside was it does allow the other team to get bodies behind the ball, but at least while we had possession they couldn't score, and it did make the other team play football. Some well savoured games that season, shame it all went pear shaped when Greer left. the wizard
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