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Town's new owners meet the media at the County Ground

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New Town owners meet press for the first time

  • Jed McCrory's consortium finalised takeover last week
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

  • Comments


    Robinonfire 10:15am Mon 25 Feb 13

    At last...Bring it on

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    ds-red 10:24am Mon 25 Feb 13

    Can't wait to hear what they have to say .
    I know they have a fantastic chance to support the team for final third of the season and win automatic promotion . If you look at our record of promotions when appointing young managers that have finished playing
    Macari
    Ardiles
    Hoddle
    Machman
    Paulo do canio
    Lets do it again .
    Olle gunner soljsker

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    Calcio Robin 10:25am Mon 25 Feb 13

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.

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    Bassett Hound 10:43am Mon 25 Feb 13

    Calcio Robin wrote…


    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.

    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.

    Score: 0
    stfclondon 10:53am Mon 25 Feb 13

    Bassett Hound wrote…


    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.

    Good point, well made.

    Score: 0
    Stilloyal 10:58am Mon 25 Feb 13

    Sam please suggest to Jed that we need a manager from above our league to finnish the job.
    Only one sensible name so far Ole Gunner Solksjar, 2 consectutive league titles with Molde and looking for an English club. No Tisdale et al from the basement league. BE AMBITIOUS !

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    Calcio Robin 10:59am Mon 25 Feb 13

    stfclondon wrote…


    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.

    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.

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    International Robin2 11:00am Mon 25 Feb 13

    PLEASE ASK ABOUT THE STATUS OF PDC.

    Jed has made comments on Twitter in the last week that he made contact with PDC... What was the outcome of those discussions?

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    jam1 11:05am Mon 25 Feb 13

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    Stilloyal 11:06am Mon 25 Feb 13

    International Robin2 wrote…


    PLEASE ASK ABOUT THE STATUS OF PDC. Jed has made comments on Twitter in the last week that he made contact with PDC... What was the outcome of those discussions?

    PDC said "you can't have your momento's back, they're mine "

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    EastoeSTFC 11:18am Mon 25 Feb 13

    David Kerslake - the no2 at Cardiff City top of the Championship with Cardiff City is my choice for the next STFC Manager!!!

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    Psychedelic Syd 11:18am Mon 25 Feb 13

    International Robin2 wrote…


    PLEASE ASK ABOUT THE STATUS OF PDC.

    Jed has made comments on Twitter in the last week that he made contact with PDC... What was the outcome of those discussions?

    Paolo said he's going to blow your locks off ........!!!

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    Wembley69 11:27am Mon 25 Feb 13

    I'm sure Miller and Ward can do a job but it was obvious on Saturday that the subs had to come on sooner rather than later so it needs a decision maker on the bench rather than on the field?
    Bearing in mind that Paul Bodin and PdC havnt spoken to each other in months that we have a manager that believes in bringing the youth team through to the first team.
    Also the ground needs development to increase income other than on match days so what are the plans?

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    LeGod 11:35am Mon 25 Feb 13

    weve all said it on here numerous times but we should have had over 10k for the game on saturday when we are top of the league it should have happenned. Preston had just under 1k so we cant see to get away from the normal crowd size on matchdays.

    I hope we are going to get some positive feedback from the new board today and not smoke screens.

    we have an important run in now and some tough away games coming up so if they are serious about getting into the championship then they need to act quickly in getting in additional players and a quality manager.

    Everything seems to laid back at the moment and the momentum needs to get going.

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    StFc 11:38am Mon 25 Feb 13

    How much money are the new owners willing to lose before they move on?

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    payner 11:57am Mon 25 Feb 13

    Sam, could you ask if there is any truth in Graham Turner's comments on Saturday that we are overdue on payments in regards to the transfer of James Collins from Shrewsbury. Also I see Exeter are saying today that we are £13 million in debts, could that be verified as well!!

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    Pewsham Red 12:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Stilloyal wrote…


    Sam please suggest to Jed that we need a manager from above our league to finnish the job.
    Only one sensible name so far Ole Gunner Solksjar, 2 consectutive league titles with Molde and looking for an English club. No Tisdale et al from the basement league. BE AMBITIOUS !

    I think we need to lower our expectations somewhat. Sojskjaer turned down Aston Villa - what on earth makes us think he would come to Swindon.

    I am all for being ambitious, but as a league one club with gates of around 8000 we also need to be realistic.

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    super red 12:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Calcio Robin wrote…


    stfclondon wrote…

    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.

    In fairness the wembley trips will always bring bigger numbers with the regulars at the county ground bringing along their nans, grans, uncles long lost relatives, etc.

    I don't believe the missing 25,000 fans are actually their to bring back for the weekly games at home.

    Slightly annoys me that we always attach blame to the wembley 'day trippers' when it's probably undeserved..... In my opinion.

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    Park North Red 12:01pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    We need to move the stadium redevelopment plans forward now. It's the County Ground in its current guise that puts a lot of people off coming I am sure. Look at what Reading have achieved since moving to the Madejski and that shows what can be done

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    ecklington 12:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Calcio Robin wrote…


    stfclondon wrote…


    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.

    Unfortunately there are very few original born and bred Swindonians left, who would still be interested in supporting Town, many moved away for jobs.

    Plus in the 50's Swindon became an overspill town for thousands of Londoners, and most still support their old clubs - Arsenal, Tottenham, west Ham etc, and have no interest in supporting Town, only derogatory remarks and "small town" pedigree.

    One can only hope that if Town manage to climb up the leagues, many more outsiders will be interested in watching and start to support Town. £1 for a kid has to be the way forward, as has been mentioned many times before, to encourage the next generations to continue supporting the Town.

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    Stilloyal 12:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    payner wrote…


    Sam, could you ask if there is any truth in Graham Turner's comments on Saturday that we are overdue on payments in regards to the transfer of James Collins from Shrewsbury. Also I see Exeter are saying today that we are £13 million in debts, could that be verified as well!!

    All debts had to be cleared before the F/L would sanction the takeover, hence the additional 24 hour delay last week. Swindon Town do not have any debts !

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    Pewsham Red 12:06pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Calcio Robin wrote…


    stfclondon wrote…


    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.

    Good point, but we are no different than any other lower league club in that regard.

    If you consider that a city like Bristol, which must be three times the size of Swindon, struggle to get a combined 20,000 to watch their league sides.

    Maybe we need to adjust our ambitions to the size of our potential crowds rather than spend like we have been and grumbling that we can't get bigger crowds.

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    swindonurock 12:11pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I hope he'll confirm that PDC is not coming back.

    If ditching your team in the middle of your contract, at the point when your club needs you most, is his definition of loyalty, then I hope he's finished at STFC.

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    Stilloyal 12:13pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    Calcio Robin wrote…

    stfclondon wrote…

    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.
    Good point, but we are no different than any other lower league club in that regard. If you consider that a city like Bristol, which must be three times the size of Swindon, struggle to get a combined 20,000 to watch their league sides. Maybe we need to adjust our ambitions to the size of our potential crowds rather than spend like we have been and grumbling that we can't get bigger crowds.

    Yeah but they're sh1te arn't they lol

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    STFC MARLOW 12:13pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    People forget we averaged 17,000 I'm the late 70's. Swindon was a big draw for the area, but with video games and the influx of people from areas the gates have fallen, but people should not forget the support from other areas, for example Cirencester etc. REAL Swindon fans have the opportunity by voting with bums on seats that we have the ambition for championship football. As a business model getting people in with money won't work at this level as there's no guarantee of success.

    The fans need to show their desire for promotion also. Lets get behind the team. YOU REDS!!

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    Pewsham Red 12:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Stilloyal wrote…


    Pewsham Red wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    stfclondon wrote…

    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.
    Good point, but we are no different than any other lower league club in that regard. If you consider that a city like Bristol, which must be three times the size of Swindon, struggle to get a combined 20,000 to watch their league sides. Maybe we need to adjust our ambitions to the size of our potential crowds rather than spend like we have been and grumbling that we can't get bigger crowds.
    Yeah but they're sh1te arn't they lol

    Ha. Good point.

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 12:17pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    LeGod wrote…


    weve all said it on here numerous times but we should have had over 10k for the game on saturday when we are top of the league it should have happenned. Preston had just under 1k so we cant see to get away from the normal crowd size on matchdays.

    I hope we are going to get some positive feedback from the new board today and not smoke screens.

    we have an important run in now and some tough away games coming up so if they are serious about getting into the championship then they need to act quickly in getting in additional players and a quality manager.

    Everything seems to laid back at the moment and the momentum needs to get going.

    I think it takes an awful lot of time to build up a fanbase. Pretty sure I read somewhere that it took Reading ten years to get from the sort of level we're at to what they've got now.

    Obviously being in a higher division helps a lot, but people get in/get out of the habit of going to the CG regularly.

    The killer factor for ST is that if we start to do well we haven't got the capacity to cash in. Even if it's just for a cup match v ManYoo or Arsenal we can't get more than another 3000 or soTown fans than we normally do, so the benefits of a big cup match in terms of attracting new fans is also small.

    We might not fill a 20,000 CG in the FLC every week but we could sometimes - so we can start to draw more fans in, even if it's not every week (at least to begin with).

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    Davidsyrett 12:17pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    Calcio Robin wrote…


    stfclondon wrote…


    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.
    Good point, but we are no different than any other lower league club in that regard.

    If you consider that a city like Bristol, which must be three times the size of Swindon, struggle to get a combined 20,000 to watch their league sides.

    Maybe we need to adjust our ambitions to the size of our potential crowds rather than spend like we have been and grumbling that we can't get bigger crowds.

    As I said before, lets build some solid foundations and be sensible. We can not move forward on gates of 8K and a older style ground.

    First step new stadium (not redevelopment, it will never happen and wont work)

    Then 24hr income from stadium.

    Finally then we can start to aim to be a sustainable championship club,

    This is the only model that has ever proved successful for other clubs and if not followed we will move no further forward.

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    Pewsham Red 12:18pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    STFC MARLOW wrote…


    People forget we averaged 17,000 I'm the late 70's. Swindon was a big draw for the area, but with video games and the influx of people from areas the gates have fallen, but people should not forget the support from other areas, for example Cirencester etc. REAL Swindon fans have the opportunity by voting with bums on seats that we have the ambition for championship football. As a business model getting people in with money won't work at this level as there's no guarantee of success. The fans need to show their desire for promotion also. Lets get behind the team. YOU REDS!!

    I also think that the amount of football on telly means that most kids will start supporting a Prem club.

    In the 70's you had the FA Cup Final, the Big Match and Match of the Day, so if you wanted to watch football you had to go to the game.

    We need to start attracting youngsters, like the chap above said and the kid a quid scheme will be great for that. In my view we should do this for every home game, as should all lower league clubs.

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    Stilloyal 12:19pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    Stilloyal wrote…

    Sam please suggest to Jed that we need a manager from above our league to finnish the job. Only one sensible name so far Ole Gunner Solksjar, 2 consectutive league titles with Molde and looking for an English club. No Tisdale et al from the basement league. BE AMBITIOUS !
    I think we need to lower our expectations somewhat. Sojskjaer turned down Aston Villa - what on earth makes us think he would come to Swindon. I am all for being ambitious, but as a league one club with gates of around 8000 we also need to be realistic.

    Whatever but we need to look above l.2 The appointment we make now won't just affect ticket sales this season but will have an even bigger impact on next.
    Promotion is a must this season given our current position, mid table is totally un acceptable and major disaster.

    Villa are sh1te who wouldn't turn them down :-)

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    dreamofacleansheet2 12:21pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Sam please ask them if we are going to get players in on loan ASAP (preferably they tell us today).

    Secondly re the new manager, can they guarantee it will be someone that demands the same level of professionalism, hard work and dedication as our former manager.

    Coincidence Wes photographed in a night club at 12:40 am on Saturday night? I'll give him the benefit of the doubt but I for one do not want our players going back to the drunken poor performances of a few seasons back.

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    Pewsham Red 12:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Stilloyal wrote…


    Pewsham Red wrote…

    Stilloyal wrote…

    Sam please suggest to Jed that we need a manager from above our league to finnish the job. Only one sensible name so far Ole Gunner Solksjar, 2 consectutive league titles with Molde and looking for an English club. No Tisdale et al from the basement league. BE AMBITIOUS !
    I think we need to lower our expectations somewhat. Sojskjaer turned down Aston Villa - what on earth makes us think he would come to Swindon. I am all for being ambitious, but as a league one club with gates of around 8000 we also need to be realistic.
    Whatever but we need to look above l.2 The appointment we make now won't just affect ticket sales this season but will have an even bigger impact on next. Promotion is a must this season given our current position, mid table is totally un acceptable and major disaster. Villa are sh1te who wouldn't turn them down :-)

    I agree, but I also think Dave Syrett and Jeremy make good points regarding sustainable growth.

    We have always been a bit 'boom and bust' and need to get a model in place that means we can attain a certain level and stay there - Reading being a good example of this.

    That way we can attract and retain fans and this, coupled with better facilities will bring in more income and allow us to be more self sufficient.

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    STFCman&boy1973 12:36pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Is mike Newell available still?

    Because if we can't get Paolo back, that's the way were going...

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 12:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    STFC MARLOW wrote…


    People forget we averaged 17,000 I'm the late 70's. Swindon was a big draw for the area, but with video games and the influx of people from areas the gates have fallen, but people should not forget the support from other areas, for example Cirencester etc. REAL Swindon fans have the opportunity by voting with bums on seats that we have the ambition for championship football. As a business model getting people in with money won't work at this level as there's no guarantee of success.

    The fans need to show their desire for promotion also. Lets get behind the team. YOU REDS!!

    While I agree with most of what you say, I don't think we were averaging anything like 17,000 in the late 70s.

    A quick google shows:

    http://www.swindon-t
    own-fc.co.uk/Results
    .asp?Season=1979-198
    0

    I think the Town have more potential than 8,500 fans but it'll take more than one or two seasons of success to start building up the fanbase - we've barely had half a dozen seasons where we've finished in the top half of the division since we were in the PL so new fans just have not been attracted to start supporting us.

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    peatmoor pirate 12:42pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    STFC MARLOW wrote…


    People forget we averaged 17,000 I'm the late 70's. Swindon was a big draw for the area, but with video games and the influx of people from areas the gates have fallen, but people should not forget the support from other areas, for example Cirencester etc. REAL Swindon fans have the opportunity by voting with bums on seats that we have the ambition for championship football. As a business model getting people in with money won't work at this level as there's no guarantee of success.

    The fans need to show their desire for promotion also. Lets get behind the team. YOU REDS!!

    We absolutely did not get average gates of 17,000 in the late 70s. I recall we did occasionally get that many for a big match; Watford and Swansea matches when they were marching up the leagues spring to mind as well as cup matches but not so many in the league on average. Indeed, a quick search on a Swindon Town history website shows 1977/8, average league home gate was 7015; in 1978/79, was 7751 and in 1979/80 (year of the great cup run, was 8428. 2012/13 compares very well to all of these.
    The simple fact is that football is too expensive to attend at the level we are at for a lot of people.
    Swindon Town will attract more supporters at Championship or Premiership level if they ever get there but support in the Third Division has held up remarkably well over the years and we should not pretend that it hasn't or somhow more people will come if only we don't appoint Phil Brown or some other such nonsense.

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    KerroucheIsntOnFire 12:45pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    dreamofacleansheet2 wrote…


    Sam please ask them if we are going to get players in on loan ASAP (preferably they tell us today).

    Secondly re the new manager, can they guarantee it will be someone that demands the same level of professionalism, hard work and dedication as our former manager.

    Coincidence Wes photographed in a night club at 12:40 am on Saturday night? I'll give him the benefit of the doubt but I for one do not want our players going back to the drunken poor performances of a few seasons back.

    Im worried about the discipline of the players now Paolos left! L Rooney Devera and Flint were all seen drinking yesterday at the carling cup final - Rooneys been spotted a few times out on the town! We were mugged right off from the drinking gang a few years ago lets hope it doesnt come back in

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    Wembley69 12:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I see Exeter are denying any approach for Tisdale. Can't help feeling that we need a manager with experience that has won promotion rather than another first timer as we are 2nd from the top of League 2 not 2nd from the bottom?

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    Swindon1984 12:51pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    STFC MARLOW wrote…


    People forget we averaged 17,000 I'm the late 70's. Swindon was a big draw for the area, but with video games and the influx of people from areas the gates have fallen, but people should not forget the support from other areas, for example Cirencester etc. REAL Swindon fans have the opportunity by voting with bums on seats that we have the ambition for championship football. As a business model getting people in with money won't work at this level as there's no guarantee of success. The fans need to show their desire for promotion also. Lets get behind the team. YOU REDS!!

    Always found that a bit ironic, complaining about people not wanting to support their local teams, but it's fine for Swindon to draw support from places like Cirencester (who have their own club - Swindon just happen to be a relatively close LEAGUE club!)

    Basically people should support their local team. A lot don't. However that's ok as long as their ignoring their local team to watch Swindon, rather than people living in Swindon ignoring the town to watch Chelsea on TV.... See the point?

    It's a great idea trying to get people from outside the town coming to the county ground, but we really shouldn't need to, the town's big enough without poaching potential grass roots supporters from the surrounding areas.

    Also the real fans are the ones already coming to watch, they can't show much more desire than turn up as they do now and ocassionally get someone else who can be bothered to turn up with them. If the interest isn't there, it isn't there, and we need to spend accordingly.

    Would also say that averaging 17000 in the 70s still wasn't a vast amount for the time if you look at the figures for other clubs - pre all seater stadiums and prior to the gentrification of football in general a club's ground could get more people in and charge them far less for doing so. Aside from some of the big boys most clubs have seen a fall in attendances in the past twenty/thirty years because of the serious financial commitment it now takes to watch football. Unless we had a Bayern Munich type set up where safe standing came in and season tickets cost a hundred quid we're NEVER going to see attendances in the tens of thousands regularly again. We have to be realistic about that.

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    ShearerShearer 12:55pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    The crowds are actually better on average than the last time we had back to back promotions, in fact they look comparable to the first season in tier 2 in 87-88.

    http://www.swindon-t
    own-fc.co.uk

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    dreamofacleansheet2 1:01pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Kerroucheisntonfire Wes photographed with Kerrouche! Very good expression mugged right off....

    Sam please be direct to Jed et al.... D you expect your players to behave like professional athletes and will you have a zero tolerance policy?

    Don't care who the manager is as long as they hold to some professional principles. Been long over due and let's not blow it now.

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    zigounette and ballons 1:06pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    We need investment from a multi national or wealthy foriegn investor ,wether that be india ,china,etc i dont mind but this is a money game you need massive investment to realistically reach for the top ,
    Interestingly i see jeds built his business from sponsorship and media ,i just wonder if thats his future intention to tout the club to wealthy investors overseas to raise their profiles in this country ,i oosted the other day as to why anyone would buy a football club ,and now realise this could be the reason why ,to act as a custodian and secure future investment ,
    If so then good times will follow .

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    Wembley69 1:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Well Paul Tisdale is still the Bookies favourite 6-5, how about Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at 5-1! PdC is still 9-2 to come back with Mike Newell between 12-1 and 8-1 and Kevin Blackwell 10-1? To be honest do any of them really fire up the interest?

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    Leo Sayers Leather Trousers 1:13pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Tisdale has done a great job considering the budget he has to work with at Exeter. They should never have stayed in L1 as long as they did.
    We won't go poaching Managers though, never have.

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    Med Red 1:20pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Wonder how we'll all feel after the press conference.... elated or deflated??? With the prospect of automatic promotion so close, prioritising the appointment of a new manager and new signings to bolster a pretty thin squad (particularly midfield) is a must.

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    Rogersforengland 1:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    The people who live in Swindon and direct local areas have never really supported the club for whatever reason, it would be interesting to know exactly the breakdown of Counties where season ticket holder's live. My family have been Town fans since the 50's and we live is ....yes Oxfordshire.
    8,000 fans is a shame and as other say we can't expect much more success without bigger gates, i too was disappointed that we did not even get 10,000 there Saturday when Preston brought just about 1,000. Give the new board a chance i say.

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    Carlo 1:28pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    ecklington wrote…


    Calcio Robin wrote…

    stfclondon wrote…

    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.
    Unfortunately there are very few original born and bred Swindonians left, who would still be interested in supporting Town, many moved away for jobs. Plus in the 50's Swindon became an overspill town for thousands of Londoners, and most still support their old clubs - Arsenal, Tottenham, west Ham etc, and have no interest in supporting Town, only derogatory remarks and "small town" pedigree. One can only hope that if Town manage to climb up the leagues, many more outsiders will be interested in watching and start to support Town. £1 for a kid has to be the way forward, as has been mentioned many times before, to encourage the next generations to continue supporting the Town.

    That theory doesn't wash with me.

    Reading were in the same boat years ago (actually a lesser position, averaging approx. 4,0000 at home). Now look at them.

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    akershaker 1:29pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Lots of rubbish talked on here about managers. Solskjaer is not going to come here.
    We don't want a big name just for the hell of it, and big name managers don't lead to bigger gates - results and the style of football do that.
    I think Tisdale would be a great appointment. Attractive football. Proven track record.
    One last thing, the comments above insisting the clubs new owner must keep spending money like water - that's what got us into this mess in the first place.

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    Wembley69 1:37pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Med Red wrote…


    Wonder how we'll all feel after the press conference.... elated or deflated??? With the prospect of automatic promotion so close, prioritising the appointment of a new manager and new signings to bolster a pretty thin squad (particularly midfield) is a must.

    I have a feeling it will be an anti climax bit like a politician saying 'we have to learn the lessons' or 'we need a roadmap' words perhaps more than action. Still maybe I am trying not to hope for too much just in case? Deep down we all want good news really!

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    sagadude 1:37pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Calcio Robin wrote…


    stfclondon wrote…

    Bassett Hound wrote…

    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.
    Good point, well made.
    Totally agree with both of your comments, its funny that we can get 30,000 plus for a day out to Wembley, but then disappear when the real support is required, good time charlies!!! come to mind.

    The majority of these "Good Time Charlies" as you put it, have probably like me supported Town since the 70's, put in more than 10 to 15 years regular support over that time as season ticket holders but can only afford a few games a year now.

    Get real, there is still a recession on and jobs going i.e. Honda etc.

    The council screwed up Swindon when they would not let a new stadium be built on the front garden ( now occupied by houses!).

    If we had a stadium that was used 7 days a week with other attractions other than football then myself and my family would be there every week.

    We have put more money into STFC over the years, so don't start criticising the people that would like to go every week but cannot afford it!

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    Davidsyrett 1:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    akershaker wrote…


    Lots of rubbish talked on here about managers. Solskjaer is not going to come here.
    We don't want a big name just for the hell of it, and big name managers don't lead to bigger gates - results and the style of football do that.
    I think Tisdale would be a great appointment. Attractive football. Proven track record.
    One last thing, the comments above insisting the clubs new owner must keep spending money like water - that's what got us into this mess in the first place.

    A voice of reason

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    Jon the red 1:42pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Tisdale manager ? never. This is potentially a very attractive offer for a top manager to take the reigns as with 2 months of the season left we have a realist chance of playing championship football next season. Not league 2 or conference - championship football. I believe the board need to send out a message of intent here and this appointment is crucial. Despite all the short memories of some fans i would go for PDC for footballing reasons as this man put Swindon back on the map when we were at our lowest and the job he started needs to be finished. He's passionate and he's a winner and if the board can control him and come to an arrangement then i believe we can win this league and go a long way. Paolo is the biggest reason we are where we are today - fact! Yes he's had money to spend but you still have to assemble a team and win matches and most Swindon fans would welcome him back today.

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    nosyrudeman 1:42pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Bassett Hound wrote…


    Calcio Robin wrote…

    Lets hope we don't hear the customery drivel and how we will go forward with mediocrity, as we have been used to superb times the last year and half, and we STFC supporters want it to continue, and not disappear into the background with the also rans!!!.
    It's a pity the people of Swindon don't swell the gates to afford these big names. We can't keep expecting others to bankroll our club.

    Pity parents didn't take their kids at an early age, like I did, my son 8ys old and now nearly 26 and is hooked for life. Kids with premier league shirts all over Swindon. Bloody plastic premier club supporters.

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    Davidsyrett 1:47pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jon the red wrote…


    Tisdale manager ? never. This is potentially a very attractive offer for a top manager to take the reigns as with 2 months of the season left we have a realist chance of playing championship football next season. Not league 2 or conference - championship football. I believe the board need to send out a message of intent here and this appointment is crucial. Despite all the short memories of some fans i would go for PDC for footballing reasons as this man put Swindon back on the map when we were at our lowest and the job he started needs to be finished. He's passionate and he's a winner and if the board can control him and come to an arrangement then i believe we can win this league and go a long way. Paolo is the biggest reason we are where we are today - fact! Yes he's had money to spend but you still have to assemble a team and win matches and most Swindon fans would welcome him back today.

    And what sort of money do you expect us to pay the said "Top Manager"?

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    Davidsyrett 1:54pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Can you ask the new board how they are going to finance the club?

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    Super Mario TV 1:54pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Are we under a transfer embargo?

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    London Red 1:58pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Dreams: Wes is tea-total - so please do not go about tarnishing his name
    .
    Also people have very short memories in terms of managers - Tisdale was one of the hottest properties about only 2 years ago and had Championship clubs trying to poach him
    .
    He also has promotion experience as he took Exeter from the Conference to L1 PO spots - on NO MONEY
    .
    I would love us to go for a "current" massive name like Adkins etc - but I would not be p1ssed off with Tisdale and think he could steer us over the line and do well with us longer term
    .
    Plus we would likely get Shaun Taylor in with him as they worked together at Exeter and he now has Assistant Manager experience at Torquay
    .
    That would be good in uniting our Youths and First Team as him and Bosin get on

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    Leo Sayers Leather Trousers 2:01pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    This is what the Exeter Chief Exec has had to say, again facts incorrect!

    http://www.thisisexe
    ter.co.uk/Tisdale-fa
    vourite-Swindon-job/
    story-18247805-detai
    l/story.html#axzz2Lv
    3nCY00

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    the wizard 2:03pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    No sign of messrs McCrory, Murrall, Rice and Hooper yet.

    They've just done a runner, LOL

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    the wizard 2:05pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    McCrory states that he wants to "turn the club round and take it forward".

    Parking it on the cricket pitch then,

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    dreamofacleansheet2 2:06pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London I didn't say he was drinking. Photo taken of him in nightclub past midnight. That is all. Remember he got dropped in the second round of players away at Gillingham over drink gate.

    I'm not singling him out I'm just extremely keen we have a manager who has a zero tolerance to un professional behaviour. The sum is always more than the parts if everyone pulls together.

    Oh another lesson for the new board. We all desperately want to know what you've got to say. Being on time would be a good first impression. Yes I know I'm old school but ti never hurt.

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    super reds 2:10pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Agree with posts saying we need to blood the young uns early, however, I've only had a ST for around 6-7 years, when I got 1, I got 1 for my son as well, he would have been 11-12 at the time, he loves it, then around 4 years ago the club were doing family deals which meant my daughter could come along as well without much extra outlay & now she's hooked as well, I do realise though that its not that easy monetary wise for others to do that

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    stfclondon 2:10pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jon the red wrote…


    Tisdale manager ? never. This is potentially a very attractive offer for a top manager to take the reigns as with 2 months of the season left we have a realist chance of playing championship football next season. Not league 2 or conference - championship football. I believe the board need to send out a message of intent here and this appointment is crucial. Despite all the short memories of some fans i would go for PDC for footballing reasons as this man put Swindon back on the map when we were at our lowest and the job he started needs to be finished. He's passionate and he's a winner and if the board can control him and come to an arrangement then i believe we can win this league and go a long way. Paolo is the biggest reason we are where we are today - fact! Yes he's had money to spend but you still have to assemble a team and win matches and most Swindon fans would welcome him back today.

    Be serious will you. As much as we love the club, there is no chance of a "top manager" wanting the job.

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    Davidsyrett 2:11pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    No ground re-development.

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    jayden 2:12pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London Red wrote…


    Dreams: Wes is tea-total - so please do not go about tarnishing his name
    .
    Also people have very short memories in terms of managers - Tisdale was one of the hottest properties about only 2 years ago and had Championship clubs trying to poach him
    .
    He also has promotion experience as he took Exeter from the Conference to L1 PO spots - on NO MONEY
    .
    I would love us to go for a "current" massive name like Adkins etc - but I would not be p1ssed off with Tisdale and think he could steer us over the line and do well with us longer term
    .
    Plus we would likely get Shaun Taylor in with him as they worked together at Exeter and he now has Assistant Manager experience at Torquay
    .
    That would be good in uniting our Youths and First Team as him and Bosin get on

    London red bodin is allready working 2 days a week coaching at torquay .He is helping out due to Martin Ling being in hospital.

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    69Champs 2:18pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Rice is the sole shareholder in The Angel Hotel in Bourne, Lincolnshire

    Impressive, a 12 room hotel ..... WOW loads of dosh .....

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    no probs 2:20pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    has paolos resignation been officially accepted by anyone at the county ground?

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    peatmoor pirate 2:22pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Tisdale could do a decent job and amused by those who think he's not proven. Perplexed by those who think we can draw so called big-names. There's no way Adkins is coming here; maybe if we were already in Championship but we aren't. People need to get real. I'd like a club run properly and sustainably on the gates and revenue we can get and that doesn't require someone to keep putting their hand in their pocket. We all know where that ends up don't we.

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    jam1 2:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Davidsyrett wrote…


    No ground re-development.

    He'll get to it in time

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    69Champs 2:25pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    peatmoor pirate wrote…


    Tisdale could do a decent job and amused by those who think he's not proven. Perplexed by those who think we can draw so called big-names. There's no way Adkins is coming here; maybe if we were already in Championship but we aren't. People need to get real. I'd like a club run properly and sustainably on the gates and revenue we can get and that doesn't require someone to keep putting their hand in their pocket. We all know where that ends up don't we.

    Where were we when Marcari joned us?

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    EastleazeRed 2:26pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    no probs wrote…


    has paolos resignation been officially accepted by anyone at the county ground?

    The board have just said they would not rule out a paolo di canio return !

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    the don69 2:27pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Promotion is the number 1 aim,then we need 2/3 quality loan players asap Jed,who's going to chose these,Miller&Ward???
    ???

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    street2000 2:28pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Nothing new there then. Thought we would have a bit more information on the state of play???

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    Park North Red 2:30pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    So if the return of PDC is not ruled out then who's going to make the first move I wonder ??

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    no probs 2:31pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    eastleaze red , your response still does not answer the question that i have asked.

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    69Champs 2:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.

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    Bassett Hound 2:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    akershaker wrote…


    Lots of rubbish talked on here about managers. Solskjaer is not going to come here.
    We don't want a big name just for the hell of it, and big name managers don't lead to bigger gates - results and the style of football do that.
    I think Tisdale would be a great appointment. Attractive football. Proven track record.
    One last thing, the comments above insisting the clubs new owner must keep spending money like water - that's what got us into this mess in the first place.

    Good post Shaker

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    jam1 2:41pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.

    Significant funds to be made available, county ground will be developed, not ruling out return of Paolo..... yeah waste of time

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    Highworth red 2:42pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Some of you people are never happy. All we do is support the club faithfully. Running the club is a whole other ball game. Give them some space to breath and just show your support.

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 2:44pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    69Champs wrote…


    peatmoor pirate wrote…


    Tisdale could do a decent job and amused by those who think he's not proven. Perplexed by those who think we can draw so called big-names. There's no way Adkins is coming here; maybe if we were already in Championship but we aren't. People need to get real. I'd like a club run properly and sustainably on the gates and revenue we can get and that doesn't require someone to keep putting their hand in their pocket. We all know where that ends up don't we.
    Where were we when Marcari joned us?

    Different era though - and Macari was a rookie manager, not someone who's taken a club into the PL.

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    EastleazeRed 2:46pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    no probs wrote…


    eastleaze red , your response still does not answer the question that i have asked.

    Reading between the lines no probs I would say the ball is in Paolo's court Watch this space !

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 2:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    EastleazeRed wrote…


    no probs wrote…


    has paolos resignation been officially accepted by anyone at the county ground?
    The board have just said they would not rule out a paolo di canio return !

    Might just be the sort of answer that just passes the question off without having to answer, rather than a genuine "we might have him back" position.

    They must have known last Tuesday whether or not they'd ask him to reconsider, and if they genuinely wanted him back surely they'd have tried already?

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    the wizard 2:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.

    What did you want them to say ?????


    Ohh by the way we have just signed ''''''' as manager,

    We are replacing the Town End with a two tier stand

    We are redeveloping Stratton bank

    We have £25M to spend on players.

    For pities sake they are only a few days into the club, give them a chance.

    Had they not come we wouldn't have had a club left to support, be grateful for small mercies.

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    Davidsyrett 2:51pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    jam1 wrote…


    Davidsyrett wrote…


    No ground re-development.
    He'll get to it in time

    maybe, maybe not, I would have liked to hear that the ground dev/ new stadium was a high priority, on the back burner for now. other than that seemed very positive, especially about the funds, although not clear who the companies investing are.

    I don't want another crash & burn.

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    Davidsyrett 2:53pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote…


    EastleazeRed wrote…


    no probs wrote…


    has paolos resignation been officially accepted by anyone at the county ground?
    The board have just said they would not rule out a paolo di canio return !
    Might just be the sort of answer that just passes the question off without having to answer, rather than a genuine "we might have him back" position.

    They must have known last Tuesday whether or not they'd ask him to reconsider, and if they genuinely wanted him back surely they'd have tried already?

    I agree, think it's time to move on.

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    the wizard 2:53pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    EastleazeRed wrote…


    no probs wrote…


    has paolos resignation been officially accepted by anyone at the county ground?
    The board have just said they would not rule out a paolo di canio return !

    It doesn't have to be "officially accepted", the fact that he gave them a dead line which has gone meant that the contract had expired of its own accord. Add to that he has cleared his desk, add to that he was told he is no longer welcome at the ground. Game over.

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    jam1 2:56pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Davidsyrett wrote…


    jam1 wrote…


    Davidsyrett wrote…


    No ground re-development.
    He'll get to it in time
    maybe, maybe not, I would have liked to hear that the ground dev/ new stadium was a high priority, on the back burner for now. other than that seemed very positive, especially about the funds, although not clear who the companies investing are.

    I don't want another crash & burn.

    David you can only go on what the mans says and I quote - McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time.

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    alchafreds 2:56pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    akershaker wrote…


    Lots of rubbish talked on here about managers. Solskjaer is not going to come here.
    We don't want a big name just for the hell of it, and big name managers don't lead to bigger gates - results and the style of football do that.
    I think Tisdale would be a great appointment. Attractive football. Proven track record.
    One last thing, the comments above insisting the clubs new owner must keep spending money like water - that's what got us into this mess in the first place.

    ooh some-ones tired

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    avo 2:58pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Park North Red wrote…


    So if the return of PDC is not ruled out then who's going to make the first move I wonder ??

    Well it won't be Paolo Di EGO Canio I wouldn't have thought so anyway.
    .
    I'd welcome him back, but I'd be parked outside his office to tell him just what I thought of his ill timed walk out in his first game back too...
    .
    We had something special, he chose to walk away from it when in reality, there was little if nothing the new board could do to ensure that takeover deadline demand of his was met.
    .
    Anyway, all old news now, welcome jed & co, I hope you all have thick skin, no matter what you do or say today, you'll be picked apart and hung out to dry before you even have a chance to make an impact.

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    madterrier 2:58pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin
    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?

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    Jon the red 2:59pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I was referring to Paolo as being OUR top manager !!

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    Davidsyrett 3:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    jam1 wrote…


    Davidsyrett wrote…


    jam1 wrote…


    Davidsyrett wrote…


    No ground re-development.
    He'll get to it in time
    maybe, maybe not, I would have liked to hear that the ground dev/ new stadium was a high priority, on the back burner for now. other than that seemed very positive, especially about the funds, although not clear who the companies investing are.

    I don't want another crash & burn.
    David you can only go on what the mans says and I quote - McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time.

    but did he mean he would get to look at the possibility of developing or actual development of the ground in time. for me he passed the question of very quickly, I just wanted more detail as I feel it's the most important item that need addressing at the moment along with the new manager.

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    stfcknowitall 3:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Our new owners have had only a couple of days at the club so no suprises that many questions remain unanswered.

    I agree with jed with the fact the redevelopment of the stadium isn't the most pressing issue. If we can get promoted to the Championship our current ground would be good enough with a lick of paint to cope while we could hopeully consolidate ourselves in that league.

    Even though Im sure Milller & Ward are trying thier best as temp managers we so desperately an experienced manager with a cool head asap to guide us through the remainder of the season to give us the best chance of promotion.

    Paul Tisdale please!

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    SouthcoastRed 3:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's

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    MITTED 3:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Well not much of a press conference. Where were the hard-hitting questions from journalists? What a damp squib.
    They said the square of route of f**k all.

    A fans' forum would have been much more productive, at least the questions would have been more demanding!

    COYR

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    MITTED 3:05pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Why would anyone want Tisdale? He has relegation on his CV ffs! Hardly inspiring.
    COYR

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    Park North Red 3:07pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Don't want Tisdale here. PDC to come back for me

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    alchafreds 3:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin

    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?

    J C not a bad shout
    paul scholes any one
    after all its experiance they need not money there both multi millianaires

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    69Champs 3:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    the wizard wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.
    What did you want them to say ?????


    Ohh by the way we have just signed ''''''' as manager,

    We are replacing the Town End with a two tier stand

    We are redeveloping Stratton bank

    We have £25M to spend on players.

    For pities sake they are only a few days into the club, give them a chance.

    Had they not come we wouldn't have had a club left to support, be grateful for small mercies.

    I expected that after a month they might have some idea as to what their immediate plans would be rather than hot air and no direction.

    "He wants to "engage community and supporters".

    "Rice says he will be "exploring new revenue streams"."

    "McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time."

    "McCrory speaks of "respect" for previous majority shareholder Andrew Black."

    "McCrory was "staggered and surprised" by Paolo Di Canio's resignation as boss."

    "McCrory says PDC has done a great job for the club."

    "Says he is looking for "solidarity" in his manager going forward. Says there has not been a shortlist drawn up as yet."

    This adds up to non-information. They should have been able to state what their general intentions are especially in the short term as this is what concerns all Town supporters.

    As an STFC supporter I won't be satisfied with 'small mercies'.

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    Psychedelic Syd 3:15pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's

    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.

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    Ollie Reed's Parky dance! 3:17pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    In time we will see what will happen and how they work. I somehow have this feeling that given the choice the board would prefer another season in league one to settle things down rather than going straight up

    I don't like the thought of players trying to manage the remainder of the season. We could all see on Saturday that it was crying out for a voice from the side lines to change things which may have cost us the win.

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    Oi Den! 3:27pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    MITTED wrote…


    Why would anyone want Tisdale? He has relegation on his CV ffs! Hardly inspiring.
    COYR

    Be fair. He's also got 2 promotions on his CV. He's at Exeter. As far as I know, they've never been higher than the third tier and have spent most of their life in the 4th or lower. If we are going to rule out every manager who's been in charge of a relegated side, without regard to the circumstances, we will be dismissing a lot of good canidates. You never know - if Tisdale had been appointed instead of PDC, he might have got us to where we are now at a fraction of the cost and without the embarrassing constant whingeing about lack of resources.

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    davel4848 3:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    69Champs wrote…


    the wizard wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.
    What did you want them to say ?????


    Ohh by the way we have just signed ''''''' as manager,

    We are replacing the Town End with a two tier stand

    We are redeveloping Stratton bank

    We have £25M to spend on players.

    For pities sake they are only a few days into the club, give them a chance.

    Had they not come we wouldn't have had a club left to support, be grateful for small mercies.
    I expected that after a month they might have some idea as to what their immediate plans would be rather than hot air and no direction.

    "He wants to "engage community and supporters".

    "Rice says he will be "exploring new revenue streams"."

    "McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time."

    "McCrory speaks of "respect" for previous majority shareholder Andrew Black."

    "McCrory was "staggered and surprised" by Paolo Di Canio's resignation as boss."

    "McCrory says PDC has done a great job for the club."

    "Says he is looking for "solidarity" in his manager going forward. Says there has not been a shortlist drawn up as yet."

    This adds up to non-information. They should have been able to state what their general intentions are especially in the short term as this is what concerns all Town supporters.

    As an STFC supporter I won't be satisfied with 'small mercies'.

    You forgot to mention.............
    ..............
    Promotion is the number 1 aim.
    There will be significant funds available to improve the club.

    Come on, let's stop being so negative already !.

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    Oldhamred 3:34pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    alchafreds wrote…


    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin


    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?
    J C not a bad shout
    paul scholes any one
    after all its experiance they need not money there both multi millianaires

    No chance of Paul Scholes, if he's not at Old Trafford he's at Boundary Park supporting Oldham.

    Has gone on record many times stating thats where he wants to end his playing career.

    Latics through and through.

    Ryan Giggs could be possible with an experienced No2.

    I would think his fitness training would be easily as good as Paolo's.

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 3:35pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.

    Huddersfield gave away free season tickets to under-11s when they moved to their new ground. Had 1000 take them up on it.

    Quid a kid is great but depends a kid having someone to take them - £20 is a lot of money if you're not interested in it yourself and are just going because the little 'un wants to go. Maybe a scheme where the club can get CRB checked adults to look after a bunch of kids - teachers taking their class or something - and drop them off somewhere for the parents to pick up after the match?

    Also, some flexible pricing. Choose a couple of rubbish looking matches per season and drop the price to a tenner. The £20/£17 deals were all well but play best to people who go already and who might have been a bit "meh" about Hartlepool. Charge a tenner and others might give it a go.

    Also think about selling half-season seasons upto Christmas then promote the second half as possible Christmas presents you can give someone.

    And what about discounts for block bookings for those people who can't do or can't afford season tickets? What your seat for the next six games? Great - but you only have to pay for five games. Same goes if you want six tickets for the next game, three tickets for both of the next two or two tickets for the next three. Six tickets - pay for five.

    If we're doing well you can drop some of these because there would be no seats left, but as long as you don't annoy season ticket holders by making other promotions cheaper (i.e. decide all this up front) then surely getting people in is a good thing? You've got programme sales, food and drink, plus the possibility that they'll come back again.

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 3:36pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oldhamred wrote…


    alchafreds wrote…


    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin



    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?
    J C not a bad shout
    paul scholes any one
    after all its experiance they need not money there both multi millianaires
    No chance of Paul Scholes, if he's not at Old Trafford he's at Boundary Park supporting Oldham.

    Has gone on record many times stating thats where he wants to end his playing career.

    Latics through and through.

    Ryan Giggs could be possible with an experienced No2.

    I would think his fitness training would be easily as good as Paolo's.

    They'd have to tell the players to lock up their wives if they appoint Giggs!

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    newburymike 3:37pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Park North Red wrote…


    We need to move the stadium redevelopment plans forward now. It's the County Ground in its current guise that puts a lot of people off coming I am sure. Look at what Reading have achieved since moving to the Madejski and that shows what can be done

    Reading lose millions every year, they are bankrolled just like we used to be & will be in deep muck if owners pull out just like we were

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    the don69 3:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Don't know what people are moaning about?Jed said more today than Black said until his leaving speech on Twitter!Fitton waffeled on about his 3 year plan!and brought us Malpas,then we ended up in Div2,give these guys a chance!Jed is a Football Fan,Black is a horse racing man!Jed is very proud to be running our club and told me he will be working non stop to make us successful,also he will keep the fans informed of whats going on at the club!give them a chance!!!!!!!!!

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    Swindon1984 3:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter. My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that. As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?

    Absolutely, the man's unhinged, and not in an amusing DiCaio type way. Also another manager who brought us success and then decided to jump ship as soon as a better offer came along (although pledging his future to us just days before) so not for me cheers.

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    the wizard 3:40pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    69Champs wrote…


    the wizard wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.
    What did you want them to say ?????


    Ohh by the way we have just signed ''''''' as manager,

    We are replacing the Town End with a two tier stand

    We are redeveloping Stratton bank

    We have £25M to spend on players.

    For pities sake they are only a few days into the club, give them a chance.

    Had they not come we wouldn't have had a club left to support, be grateful for small mercies.
    I expected that after a month they might have some idea as to what their immediate plans would be rather than hot air and no direction.

    "He wants to "engage community and supporters".

    "Rice says he will be "exploring new revenue streams"."

    "McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time."

    "McCrory speaks of "respect" for previous majority shareholder Andrew Black."

    "McCrory was "staggered and surprised" by Paolo Di Canio's resignation as boss."

    "McCrory says PDC has done a great job for the club."

    "Says he is looking for "solidarity" in his manager going forward. Says there has not been a shortlist drawn up as yet."

    This adds up to non-information. They should have been able to state what their general intentions are especially in the short term as this is what concerns all Town supporters.

    As an STFC supporter I won't be satisfied with 'small mercies'.

    They haven't had their hands on the books for a month as such. I dare say they still getting to grips with the day to day running of the club and finding out now in detail where the money comes from and goes to.

    They are hardly going to show their full hand until they have spoken more to SBC about the ground.

    Not happy with small mercies eh ?? well well well, you are indeed lucky still to have a club to support, or would you rather have nothing ? Had we gone into admin we would be in Conference South next season if we were lucky. Perhaps had you stumped up what it took to buy the club and as much again several times over to run it you to would be just a tad cautious what you said and did in your first week. Fitton said a lot, promised a lot but bailed, the rest of the consortium did what they could and ran out of money. These guys don't even have as much to start with, so caution on what they say do and spend doesn't seem to be such a bad option right now. Remember we have had plenty of owners in recent years and some wanted to do plenty, all with very good intention, and they have all failed. If you don't make rash promises then you don't have to live up to the expectations of those who listen to them. We are in a financial downturn as a country, do we really think STFC is going to buck the trend over all others ?
    If you want big names, big budgets and big everything then you are at the wrong club, sorry, but it aint going to change anytime soon, that is the reality of it all. I only wish we could be that little bit better, and not have new owners every few years.

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    Oldhamred 3:40pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…


    alchafreds wrote…


    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin




    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?
    J C not a bad shout
    paul scholes any one
    after all its experiance they need not money there both multi millianaires
    No chance of Paul Scholes, if he's not at Old Trafford he's at Boundary Park supporting Oldham.

    Has gone on record many times stating thats where he wants to end his playing career.

    Latics through and through.

    Ryan Giggs could be possible with an experienced No2.

    I would think his fitness training would be easily as good as Paolo's.
    They'd have to tell the players to lock up their wives if they appoint Giggs!

    Very nearly posted that then realised it has to be a relative lol.

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    Davidsyrett 3:41pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    davel4848 wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    the wizard wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.
    What did you want them to say ?????


    Ohh by the way we have just signed ''''''' as manager,

    We are replacing the Town End with a two tier stand

    We are redeveloping Stratton bank

    We have £25M to spend on players.

    For pities sake they are only a few days into the club, give them a chance.

    Had they not come we wouldn't have had a club left to support, be grateful for small mercies.
    I expected that after a month they might have some idea as to what their immediate plans would be rather than hot air and no direction.

    "He wants to "engage community and supporters".

    "Rice says he will be "exploring new revenue streams"."

    "McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time."

    "McCrory speaks of "respect" for previous majority shareholder Andrew Black."

    "McCrory was "staggered and surprised" by Paolo Di Canio's resignation as boss."

    "McCrory says PDC has done a great job for the club."

    "Says he is looking for "solidarity" in his manager going forward. Says there has not been a shortlist drawn up as yet."

    This adds up to non-information. They should have been able to state what their general intentions are especially in the short term as this is what concerns all Town supporters.

    As an STFC supporter I won't be satisfied with 'small mercies'.
    You forgot to mention.............

    ..............
    Promotion is the number 1 aim.
    There will be significant funds available to improve the club.

    Come on, let's stop being so negative already !.

    I dont think it's being negative,

    I would have thought they should have had some time of business plan with them to take to the FL.

    I'm not sure it's being negative just a bit underwhelming, You would usually expect the incoming board to outline their ideas to a lot greater extent them we have just heard, I wanted far more detail, not just a few Pc answer's

    Nevertheless, I'm hoping over the next few weeks more information comes out from them.

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    HOOKEY 3:44pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand

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    stfclondon 3:44pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Park North Red wrote…


    Don't want Tisdale here. PDC to come back for me

    It's very early days so I wouldn't have expected much more from them at this stage, but it all sounds very positive. Hopefully now they're on board it will be full steam ahead.

    It's a shame McCrory didn't rule out a return for Di Canio though, as it gives false hope to those who are still at stage 1 of the grieving process (denial).The sooner there's some news on a new manager, the better. Everybody can then move on.

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    MITTED 3:47pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.

    Under 10s go free at the CG and have done for years! The problem is getting their couch-potato parents off their arses to take them to games!

    I take somebody elses youngster because the father can't be a***d. And yes, the dad can afford to go himself.
    COYR

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    davel4848 3:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Davidsyrett wrote…


    davel4848 wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    the wizard wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.
    What did you want them to say ?????


    Ohh by the way we have just signed ''''''' as manager,

    We are replacing the Town End with a two tier stand

    We are redeveloping Stratton bank

    We have £25M to spend on players.

    For pities sake they are only a few days into the club, give them a chance.

    Had they not come we wouldn't have had a club left to support, be grateful for small mercies.
    I expected that after a month they might have some idea as to what their immediate plans would be rather than hot air and no direction.

    "He wants to "engage community and supporters".

    "Rice says he will be "exploring new revenue streams"."

    "McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time."

    "McCrory speaks of "respect" for previous majority shareholder Andrew Black."

    "McCrory was "staggered and surprised" by Paolo Di Canio's resignation as boss."

    "McCrory says PDC has done a great job for the club."

    "Says he is looking for "solidarity" in his manager going forward. Says there has not been a shortlist drawn up as yet."

    This adds up to non-information. They should have been able to state what their general intentions are especially in the short term as this is what concerns all Town supporters.

    As an STFC supporter I won't be satisfied with 'small mercies'.
    You forgot to mention.............


    ..............
    Promotion is the number 1 aim.
    There will be significant funds available to improve the club.

    Come on, let's stop being so negative already !.
    I dont think it's being negative,

    I would have thought they should have had some time of business plan with them to take to the FL.

    I'm not sure it's being negative just a bit underwhelming, You would usually expect the incoming board to outline their ideas to a lot greater extent them we have just heard, I wanted far more detail, not just a few Pc answer's

    Nevertheless, I'm hoping over the next few weeks more information comes out from them.

    Yes, I suppose it was a bit 'underwhelming' AND short. I'm just trying to be positive and there were some positives in there, including the points I mentioned.

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    Oldhamred 3:52pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand

    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????

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    davel4848 3:53pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oldhamred wrote…


    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????

    I didn't realise they were real. I thought they were just in soapland.

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    StillPav 3:55pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Realistically, can we afford promotion to the Championship?

    The running costs would presumably be doubled? What additional revenue would there be except for maybe a couple of thousand extra supporters and a rise in ticket prices?

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    umpcah 4:05pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    davel4848 wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…


    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????
    I didn't realise they were real. I thought they were just in soapland.

    Are YOU for real ?

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    bradley red 1 4:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.

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    davel4848 4:09pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Come on umpcah, surely you've heard of irony.

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    69Champs 4:28pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    davel4848 wrote…


    Davidsyrett wrote…


    davel4848 wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    the wizard wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    All smoke and mirrors with no substance. A complete waste of time.
    What did you want them to say ?????


    Ohh by the way we have just signed ''''''' as manager,

    We are replacing the Town End with a two tier stand

    We are redeveloping Stratton bank

    We have £25M to spend on players.

    For pities sake they are only a few days into the club, give them a chance.

    Had they not come we wouldn't have had a club left to support, be grateful for small mercies.
    I expected that after a month they might have some idea as to what their immediate plans would be rather than hot air and no direction.

    "He wants to "engage community and supporters".

    "Rice says he will be "exploring new revenue streams"."

    "McCrory is not looking at the redevelopment of the County Ground just yet, but says he will get to it in time."

    "McCrory speaks of "respect" for previous majority shareholder Andrew Black."

    "McCrory was "staggered and surprised" by Paolo Di Canio's resignation as boss."

    "McCrory says PDC has done a great job for the club."

    "Says he is looking for "solidarity" in his manager going forward. Says there has not been a shortlist drawn up as yet."

    This adds up to non-information. They should have been able to state what their general intentions are especially in the short term as this is what concerns all Town supporters.

    As an STFC supporter I won't be satisfied with 'small mercies'.
    You forgot to mention.............



    ..............
    Promotion is the number 1 aim.
    There will be significant funds available to improve the club.

    Come on, let's stop being so negative already !.
    I dont think it's being negative,

    I would have thought they should have had some time of business plan with them to take to the FL.

    I'm not sure it's being negative just a bit underwhelming, You would usually expect the incoming board to outline their ideas to a lot greater extent them we have just heard, I wanted far more detail, not just a few Pc answer's

    Nevertheless, I'm hoping over the next few weeks more information comes out from them.
    Yes, I suppose it was a bit 'underwhelming' AND short. I'm just trying to be positive and there were some positives in there, including the points I mentioned.

    This conference was politician 'spin' and nothig more. I am naturally optimistic as I was at the appointment of Di Canio. I just wanted to see some positive statement about the short term as we have another game Tuesday and couple more crocks unavailable to the squain Ferry and Navarro.

    I really want STFC to succeed and there is no reason why we should not be pushing hard for promotion. It needs urgent and concise management and I don't see that here.

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    themoonraker 4:31pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    MITTED wrote…


    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.
    Under 10s go free at the CG and have done for years! The problem is getting their couch-potato parents off their arses to take them to games!

    I take somebody elses youngster because the father can't be a***d. And yes, the dad can afford to go himself.
    COYR

    good old mitted.....as patronising as usual with no respect for anybody else or their circumstances

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    stfcknowitall 4:44pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    We NEED a decent manager in charge now!! I know Miller & Ward are doing thier best but we need these 2 guys to concentrate on playing and not managing.

    My only concern about the new owners we're thier seeming lack of urgency regarding the managerial situation. I also understand they don't want to just get in the first tom,dick or harry who walks throught the door first but I can see our position in the table dropping rapidly if we don't have a manager very soon!!

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    Oi Den! 4:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    bradley red 1 wrote…


    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.

    Good point. It makes everything seem very shadowy. I have no objection to a major investor staying in the background, as Black preferred to do, but remaining anonymous is another thing entirely. Doesn't seem right to me.

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    jam1 4:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    When asked whether funds behind Town under new regime were similar to those under their predecessors, McCrory said they were

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    jevs 4:59pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oldhamred wrote…


    alchafreds wrote…


    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin



    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?
    J C not a bad shout
    paul scholes any one
    after all its experiance they need not money there both multi millianaires
    No chance of Paul Scholes, if he's not at Old Trafford he's at Boundary Park supporting Oldham.

    Has gone on record many times stating thats where he wants to end his playing career.

    Latics through and through.

    Ryan Giggs could be possible with an experienced No2.

    I would think his fitness training would be easily as good as Paolo's.

    I don't think Ryan Giggs is realistic. The more people fantasise about implausible names the more they're likely to be disappointed by whoever is appointed.

    Dear Mr Giggs, forget about the Champions League & highly likely Premiership Winners Medal & come and manage our 3rd division team. Hmmm

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    peatmoor pirate 5:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote…


    69Champs wrote…


    peatmoor pirate wrote…


    Tisdale could do a decent job and amused by those who think he's not proven. Perplexed by those who think we can draw so called big-names. There's no way Adkins is coming here; maybe if we were already in Championship but we aren't. People need to get real. I'd like a club run properly and sustainably on the gates and revenue we can get and that doesn't require someone to keep putting their hand in their pocket. We all know where that ends up don't we.
    Where were we when Marcari joned us?
    Different era though - and Macari was a rookie manager, not someone who's taken a club into the PL.

    Quite; Macari was a newbie. Adkins proven L1/Championship/argu
    ably even Premiership level manager. He doesn't need to come here, even if he could which is arguable.
    I have argued that the model of a high profile new manager has served us well in the past but it doesn't mean that a good quality, experienced manager wouldn't do a good job (like Luggy did for us for example).
    There's a few on here with delusions of grandeur for the club though. Reality chek needed sometimes.

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    the don69 5:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oi Den! wrote…


    bradley red 1 wrote…


    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.
    Good point. It makes everything seem very shadowy. I have no objection to a major investor staying in the background, as Black preferred to do, but remaining anonymous is another thing entirely. Doesn't seem right to me.

    The Football League were Happy Den!and it seemed right to them!if it was Shadowy and Anonymous?what's the point of the league's fit and proper?if this wrong as you and Brad think,the League will have a lot to answer for!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    International Robin2 5:01pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    LADIES AND GENTS!

    A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking and win this **** LEAGUE!

    www.ipeti
    tions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol
    oback/

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    Oxon-Red 5:03pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    davel4848 wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…

    HOOKEY wrote…

    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????
    I didn't realise they were real. I thought they were just in soapland.

    Is Soapland near Bath ?

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    Oi Den! 5:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    bradley red 1 wrote…


    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.
    Good point. It makes everything seem very shadowy. I have no objection to a major investor staying in the background, as Black preferred to do, but remaining anonymous is another thing entirely. Doesn't seem right to me.
    The Football League were Happy Den!and it seemed right to them!if it was Shadowy and Anonymous?what's the point of the league's fit and proper?if this wrong as you and Brad think,the League will have a lot to answer for!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don, there might not be anything technically wrong with it. I'm just saying it doesn't feel right. There are plenty of people who thought Black was wrong to have a "hands off" approach. These people are going one step further and staying anonymous.

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    jaybo 5:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I watched Sunday Supplement on SkySports yesterday and they said Di Canio was getting £450,000 a year! Maybe he didn't get paid last month so the deadline was to get his money in the bank by then. No deal, no money and no Di Canio.

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    dreamofacleansheet2 5:09pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Disappointed we haven't signed anyone on loan. Miller and Ward need to be knocking down the walls with their lists. Not like Paolo but here's a list do your best please? Short term we are desperately short.

    Sam please ask if the companies behind are property related or not?

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    davel4848 5:10pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oxon-Red wrote…


    davel4848 wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…

    HOOKEY wrote…

    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????
    I didn't realise they were real. I thought they were just in soapland.
    Is Soapland near Bath ?

    Nearer to Oxford or Bristol(or Bournemouth) methinks.

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    MITTED 5:21pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    themoonraker wrote…


    MITTED wrote…


    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.
    Under 10s go free at the CG and have done for years! The problem is getting their couch-potato parents off their arses to take them to games!

    I take somebody elses youngster because the father can't be a***d. And yes, the dad can afford to go himself.
    COYR
    good old mitted.....as patronising as usual with no respect for anybody else or their circumstances

    What a patronising response! I have the utmost respect for those with GENUINE difficult circumstances but you can bet your bottom dollar that the overwhelming majority would make the effort if ManUre or Chelski were in town. You only have to look back at the bleating from those who couldn't get tickets for the Villa game because they weren't on the club database, which tells us a lot! Periodically, I take 4 or 5 other kids to games as well and in every case, they all want to go regularly but with the exception of one, their parents can't be bothered even though it is well within their respective means to at least take them to the occassional game. At least those kids are now all Town fans! If that is patronising, then I hope a lot more fans can do the same!!!!!
    COYR

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    Oldhamred 5:21pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    jevs wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…


    alchafreds wrote…


    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin




    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?
    J C not a bad shout
    paul scholes any one
    after all its experiance they need not money there both multi millianaires
    No chance of Paul Scholes, if he's not at Old Trafford he's at Boundary Park supporting Oldham.

    Has gone on record many times stating thats where he wants to end his playing career.

    Latics through and through.

    Ryan Giggs could be possible with an experienced No2.

    I would think his fitness training would be easily as good as Paolo's.
    I don't think Ryan Giggs is realistic. The more people fantasise about implausible names the more they're likely to be disappointed by whoever is appointed.

    Dear Mr Giggs, forget about the Champions League & highly likely Premiership Winners Medal & come and manage our 3rd division team. Hmmm

    Was thinking more end of season really.

    He will have to hang up his boots sometime.

    As I recall, most people didn't think Hoddle was realistic. Hmmmmm my ar5e.

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    International Robin2 5:27pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    SIGN THE PETITION!

    http://w
    ww.ipetitions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol
    oback/

    LET'S WIN THIS LEAGUE!!

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    BournemouthRobin 5:27pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    davel4848 wrote…


    Oxon-Red wrote…


    davel4848 wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…

    HOOKEY wrote…

    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????
    I didn't realise they were real. I thought they were just in soapland.
    Is Soapland near Bath ?
    Nearer to Oxford or Bristol(or Bournemouth) methinks.

    Soapland can't be near Oxford judging by the smell that comes from our yellow friends - unless they keep dodging it on their way home!!

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    jevs 5:46pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oldhamred wrote…


    jevs wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…


    alchafreds wrote…


    madterrier wrote…


    Tisdale would be a very good shout. One of our brightest young managers (he's only 38?) and has done very well with Exeter.

    My position hasn't shifted from last week though. Try and entice an experienced manager to take a short-term contract to the end of the season (which may well be agreeable to them), get us promoted, and if we succeed then he could review the situation. Or preferably go for a retiring player going for his first manager's job. I'm going to claim to having been the first to suggest Jamie Carragher a while ago, and I'm sticking by that.

    As an interim, sounds like we cannot get Adkins because of his contractual/gardenin





    g leave/compensation situation. Would Glenn Hoddle be totally out of the question?
    J C not a bad shout
    paul scholes any one
    after all its experiance they need not money there both multi millianaires
    No chance of Paul Scholes, if he's not at Old Trafford he's at Boundary Park supporting Oldham.

    Has gone on record many times stating thats where he wants to end his playing career.

    Latics through and through.

    Ryan Giggs could be possible with an experienced No2.

    I would think his fitness training would be easily as good as Paolo's.
    I don't think Ryan Giggs is realistic. The more people fantasise about implausible names the more they're likely to be disappointed by whoever is appointed.

    Dear Mr Giggs, forget about the Champions League & highly likely Premiership Winners Medal & come and manage our 3rd division team. Hmmm
    Was thinking more end of season really.

    He will have to hang up his boots sometime.

    As I recall, most people didn't think Hoddle was realistic. Hmmmmm my ar5e.

    We were a Division 2 team who'd only just been robbed of promotion to the top league then, the wage disparity was massively less between the top league & the rest & he'd finished his contract at Monaco so was available.

    I grant you he'd be a handy left winger for us though

    Thankfully your ar5e doesn't come into it

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    madterrier 5:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    The loan/permanent move for Marlon Pack needs to be revived as soon as possible.

    I realise it might not be straightforward, and part of the attraction to him coming here might have been to play for Paolo, but particularly with Ferry out injured I wish we would try and progress this move as A MATTER OF PRIORITY.

    Were loan signings mentioned at the conference?

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    swwindon61uk 5:52pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Sounds good what they have said,now lets wait and see.
    As for PDC returning i can see it happening,not set up a managers list,understandable as they have just walked through the door.
    Quite telling he says it is a budget similar
    to last season but will not be wasted,maybe letting PDC know the rules if he does want to come back?

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    International Robin2 5:54pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    LADIES AND GENTS!
    A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking!!!!
    http://ww
    w.ipetitions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol
    oback/

    LET'S WIN THE LEAGUE!

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    Med Red 6:04pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS!

    A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking and win this **** LEAGUE!

    www.ipeti
    tions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol

    oback/

    I've signed!!

    Thanks to new owners for saving us from Admin. However, swift action needed to keep us on track for promotion. Bring Paolo back for the rest of the season for guaranteed promotion and then bring in your own guy during the summer. That's my advice.

    Of course I'd prefer we got Paolo back and kept him, but just getting him back till end of season would be a good compromise. Why go for someone new if Paolo's still available??

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    stanharlands6shirt 6:07pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oi Den! wrote…


    MITTED wrote…


    Why would anyone want Tisdale? He has relegation on his CV ffs! Hardly inspiring.
    COYR
    Be fair. He's also got 2 promotions on his CV. He's at Exeter. As far as I know, they've never been higher than the third tier and have spent most of their life in the 4th or lower. If we are going to rule out every manager who's been in charge of a relegated side, without regard to the circumstances, we will be dismissing a lot of good canidates. You never know - if Tisdale had been appointed instead of PDC, he might have got us to where we are now at a fraction of the cost and without the embarrassing constant whingeing about lack of resources.

    SORRY but if Tisdale had been appointed instead of DiCanio I believe we would have been floating around in league two now, wishing and hoping, like Rovers, Oxford and yes Exeter City.
    Tisdale is mediocre at very, very best, and that may well be o.k. for Exeter, but not for Swindon, especially given the strong position a new manager, or a re-instated Sanger would find themselves in if appointed soon.
    Their appeared to be the glint of an olive branch for DiCanio from McCrory within his statement which I must confess surprised me after listening to him on Saturday...

    If that is the case then they need to get their heads together quickly to see if there is still any common ground from which they can work together in some sort of harmony.

    If it cannot happen for any reason, then either one or both come out and tell the supporters. Then we know it's definitely over....or definitely back on.

    What could then happen for sure is everyone can move on together.

    Why look for new, when we have the best within our grasp .

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    SimonPrice351 6:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Nothing overtly striking about the comments, but nothing that really causes concern.

    I am curious as to whom the money man or men will be. Maybe Jed can inform us in time?

    Still, welcome to The County Ground gentlemen.

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    swwindon61uk 6:09pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Fair play to you for the petition but if PDC does not know that he would be welcomed back by most he never will!

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    mikewebb 6:09pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Med Red wrote…


    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS!

    A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking and win this **** LEAGUE!

    www.ipeti
    tions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol


    oback/
    I've signed!!

    Thanks to new owners for saving us from Admin. However, swift action needed to keep us on track for promotion. Bring Paolo back for the rest of the season for guaranteed promotion and then bring in your own guy during the summer. That's my advice.

    Of course I'd prefer we got Paolo back and kept him, but just getting him back till end of season would be a good compromise. Why go for someone new if Paolo's still available??

    absolutely agree and signed petition. I don't even want to think about a new manager until there really is no chance of king Paolo returning.

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    International Robin2 6:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    mikewebb wrote…


    Med Red wrote…


    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS!

    A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking and win this **** LEAGUE!

    www.ipeti
    tions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol



    oback/
    I've signed!!

    Thanks to new owners for saving us from Admin. However, swift action needed to keep us on track for promotion. Bring Paolo back for the rest of the season for guaranteed promotion and then bring in your own guy during the summer. That's my advice.

    Of course I'd prefer we got Paolo back and kept him, but just getting him back till end of season would be a good compromise. Why go for someone new if Paolo's still available??
    absolutely agree and signed petition. I don't even want to think about a new manager until there really is no chance of king Paolo returning.

    It amazes me how everyone 'has moved on' - Why move on.. He's the best manager in the league!! Why miss out on fighting for him to come back. Seize the opportunity instead of letting it fall away.

    There's no one else like Paolo!
    http://www.ipetition
    s.com/petition/bring
    paoloback/

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    stfcknowitall 6:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS! A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking!!!! http://ww w.ipetitions.co m/petition/bringpaol oback/ LET'S WIN THE LEAGUE!

    I wouldn't sign this to save my life. Paolo's gone, get over it..he's burnt his bridges and anyone with a bit of sense would know that.

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    Oldhamred 6:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    mikewebb wrote…


    Med Red wrote…


    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS!

    A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking and win this **** LEAGUE!

    www.ipeti
    tions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol



    oback/
    I've signed!!

    Thanks to new owners for saving us from Admin. However, swift action needed to keep us on track for promotion. Bring Paolo back for the rest of the season for guaranteed promotion and then bring in your own guy during the summer. That's my advice.

    Of course I'd prefer we got Paolo back and kept him, but just getting him back till end of season would be a good compromise. Why go for someone new if Paolo's still available??
    absolutely agree and signed petition. I don't even want to think about a new manager until there really is no chance of king Paolo returning.

    Signed, sealed, and hopefully will be delivered.

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    bradley red 1 6:17pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I see this mccrory guy has given up his ownership of banbury,sorry something does not sit right with me,lots of rumours around about this guy,not positive ones either,time will tell.

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    bradley red 1 6:20pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    What is other peoples opinions on our new chairman drinking in old town with some of the first team players? mmm...

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    old town robin 6:23pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.

    i would totally agree with school visits and cheap tickets for the kids to encourage the parents. we used to have a family section, which I would support as it might be a bit of a put off to bring your childen to a game where some bad language is expected, but could be minimised if children attending with parents in areas where obscene language would not be so prevident.

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    swwindon61uk 6:25pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    bradley red 1 wrote…


    What is other peoples opinions on our new chairman drinking in old town with some of the first team players? mmm...

    Did you see this or are you one of the many on here with a "source"!

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    BournemouthRobin 6:29pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    swwindon61uk wrote…


    bradley red 1 wrote…


    What is other peoples opinions on our new chairman drinking in old town with some of the first team players? mmm...
    Did you see this or are you one of the many on here with a "source"!

    Can you tell us your source to confirm Jed and first team players were in Old Town on the sauce???

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    old town robin 6:29pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote…


    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.
    Huddersfield gave away free season tickets to under-11s when they moved to their new ground. Had 1000 take them up on it.

    Quid a kid is great but depends a kid having someone to take them - £20 is a lot of money if you're not interested in it yourself and are just going because the little 'un wants to go. Maybe a scheme where the club can get CRB checked adults to look after a bunch of kids - teachers taking their class or something - and drop them off somewhere for the parents to pick up after the match?

    Also, some flexible pricing. Choose a couple of rubbish looking matches per season and drop the price to a tenner. The £20/£17 deals were all well but play best to people who go already and who might have been a bit "meh" about Hartlepool. Charge a tenner and others might give it a go.

    Also think about selling half-season seasons upto Christmas then promote the second half as possible Christmas presents you can give someone.

    And what about discounts for block bookings for those people who can't do or can't afford season tickets? What your seat for the next six games? Great - but you only have to pay for five games. Same goes if you want six tickets for the next game, three tickets for both of the next two or two tickets for the next three. Six tickets - pay for five.

    If we're doing well you can drop some of these because there would be no seats left, but as long as you don't annoy season ticket holders by making other promotions cheaper (i.e. decide all this up front) then surely getting people in is a good thing? You've got programme sales, food and drink, plus the possibility that they'll come back again.

    To be honest Jez, I don't think the marketing people are actually in sync with how to promote the club, may change now we have a new board, certainly hope so, a few good ideas there, just like ot see the bank open for every home game

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    sp1dersw3b 6:31pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    madterrier wrote…


    The loan/permanent move for Marlon Pack needs to be revived as soon as possible.

    I realise it might not be straightforward, and part of the attraction to him coming here might have been to play for Paolo, but particularly with Ferry out injured I wish we would try and progress this move as A MATTER OF PRIORITY.

    Were loan signings mentioned at the conference?

    Will the FL block any loans until the Shrews are paid their missed instalment?

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    Oldhamred 6:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    bradley red 1 wrote…


    What is other peoples opinions on our new chairman drinking in old town with some of the first team players? mmm...

    When you say drinking I assume you mean alcohol.

    Well, if it was limited to 1 or 2, and was merely to celebrate the conclusion of the takeover and 4 points from 6 in difficult circumstances....I have no problem.

    If however, they are doing the rounds every Friday/Saturday then it would be a different story.

    I think the players and the new owners have got far more respect for the club, the fans, and themselves to go down that road.

    Rumours, rumours, rumours.

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 6:36pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    stfcknowitall wrote…


    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS! A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking!!!! http://ww w.ipetitions.co m/petition/bringpaol oback/ LET'S WIN THE LEAGUE!
    I wouldn't sign this to save my life. Paolo's gone, get over it..he's burnt his bridges and anyone with a bit of sense would know that.

    This.

    I think McCrory would have been better off saying he isn't coming back unless there's some sort of ongoing legal stuff that he couldn't talk about (i.e. Di Canio broke his contract but we'll let him walk without any compensation from a new club if waives any claim he *might* have and promises to shut up).

    I also think any Di Canio return would actually be more divisive with fans than a lot of people might at first think.

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    King Red 6:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS!
    A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking!!!!
    http://ww
    w.ipetitions.co
    m/petition/bringpaol

    oback/

    LET'S WIN THE LEAGUE!

    So he can walk away again when he feels like it!

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    NewburyRobin 6:40pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    For those clamouring for Paolo's return the statement from the board "we have not spoken to anyone regarding the managerial position" leaves the door wide open for Paolo to pick up the phone & offer to return & finish what he started.

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    BillyLucas4me 6:41pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Consider attractive prices for the under 16s, identifiable unemployed and disabled
    Sell season ticket holders a bonus ticket for a friend at £7 or £8 or whatever reasonable price works.

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    BillyLucas4me 6:41pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Consider attractive prices for the under 16s, identifiable unemployed and disabled
    Sell season ticket holders a bonus ticket for a friend at £7 or £8 or whatever reasonable price works.

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    the don69 6:42pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oi Den! wrote…


    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    bradley red 1 wrote…


    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.
    Good point. It makes everything seem very shadowy. I have no objection to a major investor staying in the background, as Black preferred to do, but remaining anonymous is another thing entirely. Doesn't seem right to me.
    The Football League were Happy Den!and it seemed right to them!if it was Shadowy and Anonymous?what's the point of the league's fit and proper?if this wrong as you and Brad think,the League will have a lot to answer for!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don, there might not be anything technically wrong with it. I'm just saying it doesn't feel right. There are plenty of people who thought Black was wrong to have a "hands off" approach. These people are going one step further and staying anonymous.

    Well I can tell you Den!the other prospective buyers wanted Black to put the club into Administration and pick-up the pieces on the cheap!Jed and his Gang,went the extra mile and were prepared pay more to keep us out of admin!so you and many others are being very disingenuous by saying this is shadowy and anonymous and doesn't feel right!would it have been right to go into Admin?just to please you and a few others who think this don't FEEL RIGHT?????????????

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    SAPFanSTFC 6:47pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote…


    LeGod wrote…


    weve all said it on here numerous times but we should have had over 10k for the game on saturday when we are top of the league it should have happenned. Preston had just under 1k so we cant see to get away from the normal crowd size on matchdays.

    I hope we are going to get some positive feedback from the new board today and not smoke screens.

    we have an important run in now and some tough away games coming up so if they are serious about getting into the championship then they need to act quickly in getting in additional players and a quality manager.

    Everything seems to laid back at the moment and the momentum needs to get going.
    I think it takes an awful lot of time to build up a fanbase. Pretty sure I read somewhere that it took Reading ten years to get from the sort of level we're at to what they've got now.

    Obviously being in a higher division helps a lot, but people get in/get out of the habit of going to the CG regularly.

    The killer factor for ST is that if we start to do well we haven't got the capacity to cash in. Even if it's just for a cup match v ManYoo or Arsenal we can't get more than another 3000 or soTown fans than we normally do, so the benefits of a big cup match in terms of attracting new fans is also small.

    We might not fill a 20,000 CG in the FLC every week but we could sometimes - so we can start to draw more fans in, even if it's not every week (at least to begin with).

    This is a very fair point - fans are attracted to the club through attractive football over several seasons - I've witnessed 5 people saying that they will now come back to watch us more regularly......and then....!!!??
    .
    .....as per bluddy usual we shoot ourselves in the foot with yet another 'unexpected episode'....from Play-Offs to relegation or from near top of the league to near Admin....it all serves to put a blip into the progress.
    .
    Regardless of your view Paolo was a big draw and more so the football and commitment on the pitch....if we don't pick up from where he left off...whoever that is.....then we will lose yet another batch of potential new fans....we've already been set back 6 months on that score following the recent events.

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    Jeremy Hilary Boob 6:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    old town robin wrote…


    Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote…


    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.
    Huddersfield gave away free season tickets to under-11s when they moved to their new ground. Had 1000 take them up on it.

    Quid a kid is great but depends a kid having someone to take them - £20 is a lot of money if you're not interested in it yourself and are just going because the little 'un wants to go. Maybe a scheme where the club can get CRB checked adults to look after a bunch of kids - teachers taking their class or something - and drop them off somewhere for the parents to pick up after the match?

    Also, some flexible pricing. Choose a couple of rubbish looking matches per season and drop the price to a tenner. The £20/£17 deals were all well but play best to people who go already and who might have been a bit "meh" about Hartlepool. Charge a tenner and others might give it a go.

    Also think about selling half-season seasons upto Christmas then promote the second half as possible Christmas presents you can give someone.

    And what about discounts for block bookings for those people who can't do or can't afford season tickets? What your seat for the next six games? Great - but you only have to pay for five games. Same goes if you want six tickets for the next game, three tickets for both of the next two or two tickets for the next three. Six tickets - pay for five.

    If we're doing well you can drop some of these because there would be no seats left, but as long as you don't annoy season ticket holders by making other promotions cheaper (i.e. decide all this up front) then surely getting people in is a good thing? You've got programme sales, food and drink, plus the possibility that they'll come back again.
    To be honest Jez, I don't think the marketing people are actually in sync with how to promote the club, may change now we have a new board, certainly hope so, a few good ideas there, just like ot see the bank open for every home game

    I think successive boards have been a bit rubbish at marketing the club.

    Maybe you need to come from Swindon to pick up on some of the unique factors about the place - all the people who've moved here but who have little affiliation to the town and, in some cases, aren't your typical football supporter (or at least your typical lower league supporter).

    There's a lot of potential, but I think they need to be a lot more proactive. I think they could do a lot more with kids.

    As for the Bank - I'm just now sure how many people you'd get to pay any sort of money to sit/stand in the open in this day and age. In the short term they'd probably be better off sacrificing the seats at the back to enable them to put a very low roof over it to avoid blocking light to the houses backing onto it (the old Kemlyn Road stand at Anfield had a bizarre roof to do this). In the long term they either need to turn the pitch round or buy up houses on Shrivvy Road.

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    sp1dersw3b 6:53pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote…


    stfcknowitall wrote…


    International Robin2 wrote…


    LADIES AND GENTS! A Petition has been created - Let's get in rocking!!!! http://ww w.ipetitions.co m/petition/bringpaol oback/ LET'S WIN THE LEAGUE!
    I wouldn't sign this to save my life. Paolo's gone, get over it..he's burnt his bridges and anyone with a bit of sense would know that.
    This.

    I think McCrory would have been better off saying he isn't coming back unless there's some sort of ongoing legal stuff that he couldn't talk about (i.e. Di Canio broke his contract but we'll let him walk without any compensation from a new club if waives any claim he *might* have and promises to shut up).

    I also think any Di Canio return would actually be more divisive with fans than a lot of people might at first think.

    Divisive? - no change there then so he may as well come back!

    Some interesting names on the petition so far including mine there are - Black, Clarke, Caddis, Constable, Dusty Miller and of course Paolo himself.

    Football humour - love it!

    JHB you may be right with the legal stuff and look forward to one day piecing together all the various elements to this whole story.

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    London Red 6:55pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Love the way some think signing a petition will simply bring PdC back!
    .
    Remember he was not sacked - he quit and may not want to come back
    .
    Having 10k sing his name and pleading for him to stay did nothing - why will a few signatures on ipetition do anything?
    .
    @ Dreams - still not sure how Wes is so unprofessional? Do footballers have 8pm bedtimes? Would he have been unprofessional staying up and watching MoTD and the FL show?
    .
    Drinking with Jed - no issue if a simple one off bonding exercise
    .
    Also did they have a shandy or two or were they do slammers like there was no tomorrow?
    .
    Then again Reid stopped a coach once after a heavy defeat and got all the Sunderland squad ansolutely **** - after that they went on a great run
    .
    If players booze all the time it is bad but now and again is fine
    .
    Drinkgate was bad not for the boozing but the fact they did it while PdC was flying out due to the death of his mother that day!

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    HOOKEY 7:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Hoddle then great news

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    avo 7:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Goo dpoint above, but hardly been put back 6 months! 4 points from 6 and 2nd in the table does not warrant a 6 month backward step.
    .
    We could however find this episode leads to far worse a setback in the long run, but really, at this stage its too early to tell surely?
    .
    Equally though, we have every chance of promotion still, and this could end up being a footballing 'storm in a teacup' when talking about the managerial saga alone.
    .
    My current view on it is that I'm almost prepared to forgive Mr Di Canio and have him return until the end of the season, just to ensure that we at least have somebody on the sidelines to make the important tactical decisions during the games, something that was blatantly missing on Saturday.
    .
    I almost believe I'd rather have anybody right now over nobody as this is where we will throw it away if anywhere, and the new board must realise this if they are seriously considering promotion this season?
    .
    With all that in mind, in 10 games time if we find we have slumped and the attractive style of play has totally deserted us then yes, the long term implications of that in terms of new fans could be terminal, but then that would mean that those new fans had witnessed a lot of what had gone before, and that I find equally hard to believe given the general apathy towards Swindon Town Football club within its catchment areas.

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    Oi Den! 7:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    bradley red 1 wrote…


    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.
    Good point. It makes everything seem very shadowy. I have no objection to a major investor staying in the background, as Black preferred to do, but remaining anonymous is another thing entirely. Doesn't seem right to me.
    The Football League were Happy Den!and it seemed right to them!if it was Shadowy and Anonymous?what's the point of the league's fit and proper?if this wrong as you and Brad think,the League will have a lot to answer for!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don, there might not be anything technically wrong with it. I'm just saying it doesn't feel right. There are plenty of people who thought Black was wrong to have a "hands off" approach. These people are going one step further and staying anonymous.
    Well I can tell you Den!the other prospective buyers wanted Black to put the club into Administration and pick-up the pieces on the cheap!Jed and his Gang,went the extra mile and were prepared pay more to keep us out of admin!so you and many others are being very disingenuous by saying this is shadowy and anonymous and doesn't feel right!would it have been right to go into Admin?just to please you and a few others who think this don't FEEL RIGHT?????????????

    Don, I am not being disingenuous at all! I strongly believe that the ownership of all football clubs should be transparent. The fact that other prospective owners wanted to put the club into administration has got nothing to do with it. The new owners may well have gone the extra mile and deserve credit for that. And I'm not just saying they are anonymous. If they don't tell us who they are, then they ARE anonymous.

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    castle9 7:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    When we get round to appointing a manager just wait for the ''I'm not going again until so and so leaves''!

    All those that said they wouldn't go until PDC left have been quiet on expressing their rediscovered loyalty (unless I have missed something).

    Another thing that does my head in is all these comments waiting for the CLUB to come up with further initiatives to get people along. WE all have a responsibility. As fans we are the best marketing resource and we need to encourage friends/kids etc to come along and get hooked - just like we did.

    Some of the lack of awareness on here is frightening! There are free tickets for under 10s and have been for years and there is a family section!!???

    Start by bringing ONE person along tomorrow night. If you want the Club to go places, the only way is to get more people through the gate.

    Although I believe we need to build a new/revamped stadium with better facilities to achieve an increase in our fanbase - just like Reading (who were surviving on crowds of 4,000).

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    mike1990 7:35pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oi Den! wrote…


    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    bradley red 1 wrote…


    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.
    Good point. It makes everything seem very shadowy. I have no objection to a major investor staying in the background, as Black preferred to do, but remaining anonymous is another thing entirely. Doesn't seem right to me.
    The Football League were Happy Den!and it seemed right to them!if it was Shadowy and Anonymous?what's the point of the league's fit and proper?if this wrong as you and Brad think,the League will have a lot to answer for!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don, there might not be anything technically wrong with it. I'm just saying it doesn't feel right. There are plenty of people who thought Black was wrong to have a "hands off" approach. These people are going one step further and staying anonymous.
    Well I can tell you Den!the other prospective buyers wanted Black to put the club into Administration and pick-up the pieces on the cheap!Jed and his Gang,went the extra mile and were prepared pay more to keep us out of admin!so you and many others are being very disingenuous by saying this is shadowy and anonymous and doesn't feel right!would it have been right to go into Admin?just to please you and a few others who think this don't FEEL RIGHT?????????????
    Don, I am not being disingenuous at all! I strongly believe that the ownership of all football clubs should be transparent. The fact that other prospective owners wanted to put the club into administration has got nothing to do with it. The new owners may well have gone the extra mile and deserve credit for that. And I'm not just saying they are anonymous. If they don't tell us who they are, then they ARE anonymous.

    they are not anonymous oi den,the league knows who they are,the meaning of the word anonymous-unknown,no
    body knows who they are?just because you,me don't know who they are,but the league knows the the other board member know,so they are known.

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    Doctor red 7:36pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Oldhamred wrote…


    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????

    Hookey


    Were you on that jury the other day?
    Ficko!

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    old town robin 7:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    MITTED wrote…


    themoonraker wrote…


    MITTED wrote…


    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    SouthcoastRed wrote…


    I've always believed that swindon need to be much more active in local schools. If the players are going in.... Meeting the kids, training with them and dishing out free tickets, surely the parents have to come along too?
    Even if swindon starts out as their 2nd team, they will soon be hooked when they realise they can't get to old Trafford or Stamford bridge.
    A good old fashioned hearts and mind psy-ops approach.

    Also, as a fan who travels from London for every game I would like to see deals with the rail companies to help with the cost.

    I know it gets said a lot, but the fan base for town is potentially huge.

    Press conference sounds positive. I am in full support of the new board (what choice do we have). I sincerely hope nick Watkins stays as CEO - he's a rock for us and has been a level head through many a storm.

    Coyr's
    Re schools. I heard that's exactly what MK Dons did when they first moved up to Milton Keynes. Lots of player visits and free tickets for kids for around 3 or 4 seasons and look at their gates now - bigger than ours most weeks. Makes sense to hook them young and once the kids have got a free ticket they drag an adult along with them! We should be getting better gates than we do and this is a good ploy.
    Under 10s go free at the CG and have done for years! The problem is getting their couch-potato parents off their arses to take them to games!

    I take somebody elses youngster because the father can't be a***d. And yes, the dad can afford to go himself.
    COYR
    good old mitted.....as patronising as usual with no respect for anybody else or their circumstances
    What a patronising response! I have the utmost respect for those with GENUINE difficult circumstances but you can bet your bottom dollar that the overwhelming majority would make the effort if ManUre or Chelski were in town. You only have to look back at the bleating from those who couldn't get tickets for the Villa game because they weren't on the club database, which tells us a lot! Periodically, I take 4 or 5 other kids to games as well and in every case, they all want to go regularly but with the exception of one, their parents can't be bothered even though it is well within their respective means to at least take them to the occassional game. At least those kids are now all Town fans! If that is patronising, then I hope a lot more fans can do the same!!!!!
    COYR

    don't sound like Dave has too much time for your efforts Mitted, keep up the good work at least you try to do your bit and it gives an insight as to why some parents have other things to do on a saturday afternoon than spend time doing with their children.

    My mum and dad's special day was Sunday to get some peace and quiet, me and my bruv were shipped off to Sunday school to sing Jesus wants me for a sunbeam or all things bright and beautiful, we were all innocent kids in those days. But dad did take me to games on a Saturday, but I was passed down to the front to stand behind the goal. dads didn't need to hold our hands in those days. lol

    Winter Sundays were scheite, but come the summer dad played cricket and our Sunday afternoons were brilliant waiting for that coach to pick us up to travel to such outpost as carterton and nailsworth and a stop off at a pub on the way home. happy days.

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    HOOKEY 7:49pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Doctor red wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…


    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Because Newton & Ridley paid for it to be built?????
    Hookey


    Were you on that jury the other day?
    Ficko!

    Ya i was sat next to you

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    old town robin 7:54pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London Red wrote…


    Love the way some think signing a petition will simply bring PdC back!
    .
    Remember he was not sacked - he quit and may not want to come back
    .
    Having 10k sing his name and pleading for him to stay did nothing - why will a few signatures on ipetition do anything?
    .
    @ Dreams - still not sure how Wes is so unprofessional? Do footballers have 8pm bedtimes? Would he have been unprofessional staying up and watching MoTD and the FL show?
    .
    Drinking with Jed - no issue if a simple one off bonding exercise
    .
    Also did they have a shandy or two or were they do slammers like there was no tomorrow?
    .
    Then again Reid stopped a coach once after a heavy defeat and got all the Sunderland squad ansolutely **** - after that they went on a great run
    .
    If players booze all the time it is bad but now and again is fine
    .
    Drinkgate was bad not for the boozing but the fact they did it while PdC was flying out due to the death of his mother that day!

    LR, not sure where you heard 10k singing his name, certainly wasn't saturday against PNE.

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    old town robin 8:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand

    Well there was a horse called Arkell, but think it might have something to do with the brewery at Kingsdown that sponser the stand. if you're old enough, next time you visit a Arkells pub try a 3 B's, if you're having problems with your bowel movements it will help you sort it out.

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    the wizard 8:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    old town robin wrote…


    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Well there was a horse called Arkell, but think it might have something to do with the brewery at Kingsdown that sponser the stand. if you're old enough, next time you visit a Arkells pub try a 3 B's, if you're having problems with your bowel movements it will help you sort it out.

    Did the horse get sponsored by Tesco's.

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    the don69 8:28pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    the wizard wrote…


    old town robin wrote…


    HOOKEY wrote…


    Why is one of our stands called the arkells stand
    Well there was a horse called Arkell, but think it might have something to do with the brewery at Kingsdown that sponser the stand. if you're old enough, next time you visit a Arkells pub try a 3 B's, if you're having problems with your bowel movements it will help you sort it out.
    Did the horse get sponsored by Tesco's.

    Did Old Town have a Burger for his dinner tonight I wonder????

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    the wizard 8:29pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Time for a giggle today has got too serious.

    Q. What do you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other?

    A. A speech impediment.

    Q How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to say the 'F' word?

    A. Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell, 'BINGO!


    A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.

    He gets into the taxi and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing.
    You're just like Frank."
    Passenger:"Who?"
    Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything right all
    the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things
    happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."
    Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."
    Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could
    have won the Grand Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang
    like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should
    have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy."
    Passenger: "Sounds like he was something really special."
    Cabbie: "There's more ...He had a memory like a computer. He remembered
    everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork
    to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and
    the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything
    right."
    Passenger: "Wow, some guy then."
    Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic
    jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never
    made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good.
    He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his
    clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the
    perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to
    Frank Feldman."
    Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?"
    Cabbie: "Well, I never actually met Frank. He died...... I'm married to his @#:}{+**..........
    widow."

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    Okus Road 8:33pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    old town robin wrote…


    London Red wrote…


    Love the way some think signing a petition will simply bring PdC back!
    .
    Remember he was not sacked - he quit and may not want to come back
    .
    Having 10k sing his name and pleading for him to stay did nothing - why will a few signatures on ipetition do anything?
    .
    @ Dreams - still not sure how Wes is so unprofessional? Do footballers have 8pm bedtimes? Would he have been unprofessional staying up and watching MoTD and the FL show?
    .
    Drinking with Jed - no issue if a simple one off bonding exercise
    .
    Also did they have a shandy or two or were they do slammers like there was no tomorrow?
    .
    Then again Reid stopped a coach once after a heavy defeat and got all the Sunderland squad ansolutely **** - after that they went on a great run
    .
    If players booze all the time it is bad but now and again is fine
    .
    Drinkgate was bad not for the boozing but the fact they did it while PdC was flying out due to the death of his mother that day!
    LR, not sure where you heard 10k singing his name, certainly wasn't saturday against PNE.

    That would be the game v Hartlepool

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    London Red 8:40pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    No OTR it was against Hartlepool when he was the manager
    .
    OK I was just over 9k but you get the point - if that didn't make him stay an online petition will do diddly squat!
    .
    Saw on the other thread the Telegraph has linked Wise with us - I think I must be alone in bein delighted if that was true
    .
    He certainly had fitness up there with PdC and think he would give us that lift to take us up as Champions
    .
    Did he play with Ward at Millwall - possible number 2?

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    London Red 8:41pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Or even better Wilkins with Wise!
    .
    Though that won't happen

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    davel4848 8:53pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London Red wrote…


    Or even better Wilkins with Wise!
    .
    Though that won't happen

    Wilkins ? I hope that's a joke.

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    glasred 8:56pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Miller and Ward have been put in charge so as not to disrupt or spoil the "PDC formula at the club"
    Why...because I believe Mc Crory will re appoint PDC very shortly.
    Keep with the winning formula,let PDC finish the job he started,and get STFC promoted to the Championship this season.
    Sky news seem to agree with this theory and the way is being made for The return of our genious manager!
    Come back PDC!!! finish the job....YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!!! COYR!!!!!!

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    stutest 8:59pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Well it has been a mixed bag of emotions for me over the last few weeks.
    I think the new board deserve a chance and I for one hope that they can keep the ball rolling. Only time will really tell.

    I feel betrayed and let down by PdC and feel that he didn't need to quit when he did. That said I guess I am a bit of a sucker as I would have him back tomorrow (however remote that prospect seems). He c*cked it up and made a mistake, this makes him human along with the rest of us, although I sometimes wonder when I read some of the comments on here!

    I would forgive him once and give him a second chance if he wants it of course,

    Just look at the possible replacements mentioned so far, they fill me with apathy at least PdC stirred the place up.
    I have gone home after every pdc game with a smile on my face either from the performances on the pitch or the post match interviews.

    I don't want a safe grey suit to feed me
    platitudes and cliches, I want someone with pride and passion and a vision. In my heart I know this won't be PdC but it was interesting while it lasted and a tall order for the next guy.

    I will always be a Town fan come hell or high water and whoever gets the job will receive my support.

    Players come, managers come and boards come, they all go eventually it's the supporters who make the club.

    We are always here to enjoy the highs and take the gut wrenching lows cos thats the lot of a Town fan.

    CYR

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    mikewebb 9:01pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    the wizard wrote…


    Time for a giggle today has got too serious.

    Q. What do you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other?

    A. A speech impediment.

    Q How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to say the 'F' word?

    A. Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell, 'BINGO!


    A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.

    He gets into the taxi and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing.
    You're just like Frank."
    Passenger:"Who?"
    Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything right all
    the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things
    happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."
    Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."
    Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could
    have won the Grand Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang
    like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should
    have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy."
    Passenger: "Sounds like he was something really special."
    Cabbie: "There's more ...He had a memory like a computer. He remembered
    everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork
    to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and
    the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything
    right."
    Passenger: "Wow, some guy then."
    Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic
    jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never
    made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good.
    He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his
    clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the
    perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to
    Frank Feldman."
    Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?"
    Cabbie: "Well, I never actually met Frank. He died...... I'm married to his @#:}{+**..........
    widow."

    I think our next manager will feel like the cabbie in your joke wiz. Best just hope king paolo comes back. Good joke btw

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    SimonPrice351 9:01pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Wizard - very funny, thanks for those.

    Bradley - at risk of being labelled a doom merchant and a Pox/Bummuff fan, I too agree. Something is not sitting right here - and it is not the kebab I had last night!

    Banbury fans who I have spoken with have said a few 'choice' things about Jed and he is not Mr. Big Bucks.

    I am just hoping Jed and co. are for real and this is not a Munto type deal. If Jed is for real and there is money there then fine, but I will treat this with caution. Perry Deakin on board as well does NOT fillme with enthusiasm.

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    mikewebb 9:04pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    glasred wrote…


    Miller and Ward have been put in charge so as not to disrupt or spoil the "PDC formula at the club"
    Why...because I believe Mc Crory will re appoint PDC very shortly.
    Keep with the winning formula,let PDC finish the job he started,and get STFC promoted to the Championship this season.
    Sky news seem to agree with this theory and the way is being made for The return of our genious manager!
    Come back PDC!!! finish the job....YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!!! COYR!!!!!!

    God i hope your right.

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    glasred 9:07pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Wheres all the energy and enthusiasm gone folks?!!
    A bit flat isnt it...even though we are second in the table with superior goal difference.
    Passion got us to the top of the table...and PDC alone provided that!!!
    Come back PDC..finish the job!
    All the others potential managers mentioned make me feel like going to sleep!!!
    Mc Crory and PDC....get together and sort it!!!!! COYR!!!!!!

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    London Red 9:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Why a joke? Wilkins is an excellent coach and has a great record
    .
    What with winning the League Cup, Cup Winners Cup, European Super Cup and FA Cup with Vialli
    .
    He then was Wise's assistant at Millwall when they reached the FA Cup final
    .
    He then was assistant for the U21 when they were really good under Taylor
    .
    He then returned to win the Double at Chelsea with Ancelotti
    .
    Yeah he would be totally useless for us - what was I thinking!!!

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    pat.swindon.f.c. 9:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Strong rumours circulating that Steve Coppell will be appointed until the end of the season.That would be a long stay for him!Reported that he will be guests of our
    new dynamic "Movers and Shakers"at the CG watching his old club,Bury,"The
    Shakers"take on the Town.Otherwise the
    three "W"sWise(with Ward at Milwall),
    Wilkins to see us through to end of this season.........and promotion!!!!

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    glasred 9:13pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Mc Crory on Sky sports news 2 mins ago inviting PDC to come and discuss unfinished business!!!!
    Come back PDC!!!!! COYR!!!!

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    LydiardRED67 9:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    SimonPrice351 wrote…


    Wizard - very funny, thanks for those.

    Bradley - at risk of being labelled a doom merchant and a Pox/Bummuff fan, I too agree. Something is not sitting right here - and it is not the kebab I had last night!

    Banbury fans who I have spoken with have said a few 'choice' things about Jed and he is not Mr. Big Bucks.

    I am just hoping Jed and co. are for real and this is not a Munto type deal. If Jed is for real and there is money there then fine, but I will treat this with caution. Perry Deakin on board as well does NOT fillme with enthusiasm.

    Where does Perry Deakin fit in. I thoughtvhe was not involved....

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    old town robin 9:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London Red wrote…


    No OTR it was against Hartlepool when he was the manager
    .
    OK I was just over 9k but you get the point - if that didn't make him stay an online petition will do diddly squat!
    .
    Saw on the other thread the Telegraph has linked Wise with us - I think I must be alone in bein delighted if that was true
    .
    He certainly had fitness up there with PdC and think he would give us that lift to take us up as Champions
    .
    Did he play with Ward at Millwall - possible number 2?

    Wise would not be a bad shout LR, don't think masterbates ever paid us the compensation when he went to Leeds, probably why we ended up with half their reserves.

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    Davidsyrett 9:19pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London Red wrote…


    Love the way some think signing a petition will simply bring PdC back!
    .
    Remember he was not sacked - he quit and may not want to come back
    .
    Having 10k sing his name and pleading for him to stay did nothing - why will a few signatures on ipetition do anything?
    .
    @ Dreams - still not sure how Wes is so unprofessional? Do footballers have 8pm bedtimes? Would he have been unprofessional staying up and watching MoTD and the FL show?
    .
    Drinking with Jed - no issue if a simple one off bonding exercise
    .
    Also did they have a shandy or two or were they do slammers like there was no tomorrow?
    .
    Then again Reid stopped a coach once after a heavy defeat and got all the Sunderland squad ansolutely **** - after that they went on a great run
    .
    If players booze all the time it is bad but now and again is fine
    .
    Drinkgate was bad not for the boozing but the fact they did it while PdC was flying out due to the death of his mother that day!

    Agree with you there LR, people seem to forget (or conveniently ignore) that PdC walked out on us, as Jed said he was staggered that DiCanio left, after all the emotional plea's from the fans to stay.

    I'm not sure I would welcome him back now, but if he does I would expect a full apology to the Fans and club and a cast iron agreement that he would stay until the end of his contract.

    I don't see a problem with the odd drink or a bit of team bonding, but the players have been seen out drinking quite a few times in Town since DiCanio left, I don't want to go back to the old days, Ward & Miller must put down a 72hr curfew before games!

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    mikewebb 9:21pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London Red wrote…


    Why a joke? Wilkins is an excellent coach and has a great record
    .
    What with winning the League Cup, Cup Winners Cup, European Super Cup and FA Cup with Vialli
    .
    He then was Wise's assistant at Millwall when they reached the FA Cup final
    .
    He then was assistant for the U21 when they were really good under Taylor
    .
    He then returned to win the Double at Chelsea with Ancelotti
    .
    Yeah he would be totally useless for us - what was I thinking!!!

    But we're looking for a manager not a no 2. remember Gorman, a great no 2 may not step up so well

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    Tomcat 1944 9:25pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I listened to the press conference and must say I don't think I know any more than I did before. Nothing, it seems, has been done about a new manager or indeed the reinstatement of PDC other than to say that a meeting will take place with Ward and Miller to discuss the situation. Jed Mc did say on Points West,however, he would be open to a discussion with PDC - how that happens I'm not sure as he did not say he would arrange it. New ground they have not thought about, loan players not a mention. All that was said was we have only been here 2 days, surely in the weeks this has been going on the new lot must have had some thoughts about forward planning, or am I being silly. Not sure I heard that Perry Deakin was on the board. To a certain extent I got the impression the new lot are basking in the fact they achieved their aim, I just hope they have the oomph to achieve ours as supporters.

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    mancrobin 9:26pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    mike1990 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    the don69 wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    bradley red 1 wrote…


    So after that press conference we know nothing! not impressed at all and although it is early days this guy can not believe he is chairman of swindon town and or can i!,why mention about luton town? time will tell but on first impressions, instincts,this could go wrong just because black wanted a quick sale and these people were keen to get the deal done,who are the companies backing the club? we should know in my opinion.
    Good point. It makes everything seem very shadowy. I have no objection to a major investor staying in the background, as Black preferred to do, but remaining anonymous is another thing entirely. Doesn't seem right to me.
    The Football League were Happy Den!and it seemed right to them!if it was Shadowy and Anonymous?what's the point of the league's fit and proper?if this wrong as you and Brad think,the League will have a lot to answer for!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don, there might not be anything technically wrong with it. I'm just saying it doesn't feel right. There are plenty of people who thought Black was wrong to have a "hands off" approach. These people are going one step further and staying anonymous.
    Well I can tell you Den!the other prospective buyers wanted Black to put the club into Administration and pick-up the pieces on the cheap!Jed and his Gang,went the extra mile and were prepared pay more to keep us out of admin!so you and many others are being very disingenuous by saying this is shadowy and anonymous and doesn't feel right!would it have been right to go into Admin?just to please you and a few others who think this don't FEEL RIGHT?????????????
    Don, I am not being disingenuous at all! I strongly believe that the ownership of all football clubs should be transparent. The fact that other prospective owners wanted to put the club into administration has got nothing to do with it. The new owners may well have gone the extra mile and deserve credit for that. And I'm not just saying they are anonymous. If they don't tell us who they are, then they ARE anonymous.
    they are not anonymous oi den,the league knows who they are,the meaning of the word anonymous-unknown,no

    body knows who they are?just because you,me don't know who they are,but the league knows the the other board member know,so they are known.

    Den, I think you just been hit with a passing shot while moving in to the net.

    Apologies for mixing my sports.

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    SouthcoastRed 9:33pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    castle9 wrote…


    When we get round to appointing a manager just wait for the ''I'm not going again until so and so leaves''!

    All those that said they wouldn't go until PDC left have been quiet on expressing their rediscovered loyalty (unless I have missed something).

    Another thing that does my head in is all these comments waiting for the CLUB to come up with further initiatives to get people along. WE all have a responsibility. As fans we are the best marketing resource and we need to encourage friends/kids etc to come along and get hooked - just like we did.

    Some of the lack of awareness on here is frightening! There are free tickets for under 10s and have been for years and there is a family section!!???

    Start by bringing ONE person along tomorrow night. If you want the Club to go places, the only way is to get more people through the gate.

    Although I believe we need to build a new/revamped stadium with better facilities to achieve an increase in our fanbase - just like Reading (who were surviving on crowds of 4,000).

    Offering free tickets to under 10's is in no way the same as players and club representatives actively going in to schools to promote the club.
    By offering free tickets the responsibility will be upon an adult to bring a child (thus the adult already has an interest in the club).... however, by promoting the club in schools you can enthuse the child to put pressure on their parents to bring them...Its also a low cost venture.

    I agree that bringing someone to a game is a good way of promoting the club. However, it is not practical for people like me who make a 170m round trip each week.

    I do my bit. Every member of my 8-man team at work has a swindon town mug. We could afford to put a roof on the stratton bank with the money I've pumped in to the club buying crockery.

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    Lambourn Red 9:35pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    LydiardRED67 wrote…


    SimonPrice351 wrote…


    Wizard - very funny, thanks for those.

    Bradley - at risk of being labelled a doom merchant and a Pox/Bummuff fan, I too agree. Something is not sitting right here - and it is not the kebab I had last night!

    Banbury fans who I have spoken with have said a few 'choice' things about Jed and he is not Mr. Big Bucks.

    I am just hoping Jed and co. are for real and this is not a Munto type deal. If Jed is for real and there is money there then fine, but I will treat this with caution. Perry Deakin on board as well does NOT fillme with enthusiasm.
    Where does Perry Deakin fit in. I thoughtvhe was not involved....

    He does not as he is not involved with this consortium. Jed has already stated publicly on a number of occasions that Deakin is not part of the group

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    Oxon-Red 9:36pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    If Paolo comes back I will support him and the team. If he doesn't I will support the new man and the team.

    One thing for sure, the new board are on a hiding to nothing. If they hire a new man and we fail to gain promotion there will be desenting voices.

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Mothercare have removed their Bumper Play food pack from sale after traces of Rocking Horse DNA was found in the burgers.

    COYMR

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    Mobyok 10:07pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I can't help feeling that all McCrory's intimations that he would welcome Paolo back as manager is nothing more than a PR stunt. If he and the rest of the new owners really appreciated the value of what Paolo has achieved they would have contacted him before the recent deadline and implored him to reconsider. If your girlfriend told you that she was off unless she heard from you by a certain date, you would have a hard job convincing her a week later that you loved her, by suggesting that you thought it better to respect her decision!
    We do not have the luxury of time as McCrory seems to think. There is just a couple of points separating the top teams. Unless we act very quickly and get the right manager and some quality loans in soon, we will find ourselves outside the play offs and struggling to catch up.
    Please Mr McCrory, stop trying to appease the fan's by desperately trying to present yourself in the right light and saying all the right things. I will believe you have the best intentions for our club when you go all out to maintain our promotion push, even if it hurts.

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    old town robin 10:09pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    London Red wrote…


    Why a joke? Wilkins is an excellent coach and has a great record
    .
    What with winning the League Cup, Cup Winners Cup, European Super Cup and FA Cup with Vialli
    .
    He then was Wise's assistant at Millwall when they reached the FA Cup final
    .
    He then was assistant for the U21 when they were really good under Taylor
    .
    He then returned to win the Double at Chelsea with Ancelotti
    .
    Yeah he would be totally useless for us - what was I thinking!!!

    I don't think it was a bad shout LR, I'm not a Chelsea supporter, but never did understand why he lost his job there, I think his best asset with Ancelotti was being the intermediate between the management and players, obviously didn't go down with those that got rid of him.

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    London Red 10:10pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Mike we are looking for a mgt TEAM - even Fergie and Mourinho have teams
    .
    What I said was I would be delighted with a Wise / Wilkins combo
    .
    We would then have contacts at Brighton, Watford and Blackpool as well as Chelsea to get loanees in to boost the squad and push us over the line

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    old town robin 10:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    LydiardRED67 wrote…


    SimonPrice351 wrote…


    Wizard - very funny, thanks for those.

    Bradley - at risk of being labelled a doom merchant and a Pox/Bummuff fan, I too agree. Something is not sitting right here - and it is not the kebab I had last night!

    Banbury fans who I have spoken with have said a few 'choice' things about Jed and he is not Mr. Big Bucks.

    I am just hoping Jed and co. are for real and this is not a Munto type deal. If Jed is for real and there is money there then fine, but I will treat this with caution. Perry Deakin on board as well does NOT fillme with enthusiasm.
    Where does Perry Deakin fit in. I thoughtvhe was not involved....

    Well unless Lydiardred know something we don't, he's not!

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    TheDukeOfBanbury 10:34pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    glasred wrote…


    Wheres all the energy and enthusiasm gone folks?!!
    A bit flat isnt it...even though we are second in the table with superior goal difference.
    Passion got us to the top of the table...and PDC alone provided that!!!
    Come back PDC..finish the job!
    All the others potential managers mentioned make me feel like going to sleep!!!
    Mc Crory and PDC....get together and sort it!!!!! COYR!!!!!!

    Yes please bring back the best thing to happen to our Club in years.

    Sick to death with the depressing and boring past.
    It made travelling away fun again rather than I must go because I am a loyal supporter.

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    SimonPrice351 10:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    I thought that Perry had been mentioned as part of the take-over, but if he's not part of things at SN1 then apologies.

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    the wizard 10:52pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    As there has been rumours numerous about Luton lately here is something off the Beeb web site,

    John Still is expected to leave League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge to become boss at non-league Luton Town.

    And then it continues.... etc


    IKEA has found horse meat in its meatballs, perhaps that is why men are allegedly hung like a horse in Sweden, and the females randy mares.

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    Guv 10:56pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    The news I have is PDC is coming back!

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    the don69 11:02pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    Guv wrote…


    The news I have is PDC is coming back!

    Yeah after midnight!he's going to pick the new lock!forgot one of his photo's!!!!!!!!!

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    louiscassius 11:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

    PDC???

    Your joking me???

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    bivver 11:29pm Mon 25 Feb 13
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