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ilkleyram

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    ilkleyram got a reaction from HantsRam in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    It might be Roman's yacht's garden
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in Stephen Pearce Appointed to EFL Board   
    Only for one season though. Hopefully. 
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    ilkleyram reacted to ThePrisoner in Stephen Pearce Appointed to EFL Board   
    D’oh! 
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    ilkleyram reacted to angieram in Stephen Pearce Appointed to EFL Board   
    I  think @ilkleyram meant that he might not be in the EFL after next season as we're going up! 
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from ivo_knoflicek in Stephen Pearce Appointed to EFL Board   
    Only for one season though. Hopefully. 
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from bigbadbob in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    Stop being Mafia, Mafia.
    In all the weeks of this we've had two comments (I think) from DCFC, both from Mel - one to say that we've had no official approach from Chelsea, and this one.
    This one is interesting for what it doesn't say as well as what it does say. It doesn't say that there's been any approach from Chelsea for them to talk to Frank. Perhaps that's irritating Mel; perhaps he wants this sorted quickly so that he can get on with replacing Frank if he has to.
    But it's also putting pressure on Frank, telling him that he's still wanted at Derby and it's telling the fans that work continues towards the new season. Mel has reached the point where he feels he has to say something and this is about as well judged a statement as you could wish for.
    In the end the final decision is Frank's. Mel does right to make it harder for him. But if Chelsea know they already have Frank's assurance that he will come then it is in their interest to string it out, put the pressure on us to accept less by way of compensation as the season gets nearer and we get more desperate. Marina and Roman are tight fisted, hard negotiators and their hand is probably stronger.  If Frank still hasn't given any commitment to Chelsea though then Mel is right to remind him that we want him to stay.
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    ilkleyram reacted to Gee SCREAMER !! in Suggestions for the next Derby manager   
    I get the feeling a number of us are getting a bit of delirium from staring at screens since last week .  
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    ilkleyram reacted to Igorwasking in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    If he wants to go - he is still unable to say that - as he has not been offered anything to go for. 
    If he wants to stay - stating that before an offer comes in would look disrespectful (and presumptuous) to Chelsea.
    The guy can literally say nothing right now (which happens to be what he is doing) - and yet we are making this his issue.
    Whether he stays or goes, he is as much a victim of these circumstances as the club is right now.
    The only victims making themselves so are sadly us fans.
    Keep calm and carry on.
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    ilkleyram reacted to RamNut in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    I think Frank did a great job.
    Although Rowett achieved a similar league position, we have to remember just what a dross ageing team and rubbish tactical set up he left us with. Frank rebuilt the team, changed the footballing ethos, and produced a young side that produced some truly memorable stuff. Furthermore he built a great rapport with the fans. The focus shifted towards the players, whereas with gary it had been all about him and his ideas. We had a dip in form after christmas but that coincided with injuries to key players and fatigue. There was still work to do to clear out the remainder of Gary's veterans and to replace the loanees but we have a much better foundation to build on now, than we did 12 months ago. The only real blot was the strange reluctance to play marriott and the over cautious line up in the final. He also brought a refreshing honesty.....or so it seemed. 
    In the last month the media have followed events at chelsea with interest. They correctly predicted the departure of Sarri. They reported Chelsea's apparent interest in three candidates and followed the trail towards frank becoming the favourite.  They then began to report some very specific details. Informal talks. Frank meeting Drogba; franks intention to appoint Drogba; Franks intention to replace Zola; Franks decision to recruit Jody Morris, jones, and Shay Given;  franks concern over being given a fair crack of the whip; a telephone conversation with Avramovich; a guarantee of two years / two transfer windows; a 3 year contract; and a further planned face to face meeting. Harry Redknap's conviction that frank is going only serves to reinforce the impression that moves are afoot. Franks media silence also indicates the same. Whether Mel has given Frank his blessing to enter into any such discussions is unknown. The reports are either total bullsh.... Or they tend to support the same general scenario in which frank has made his decision, and is planning ahead for chelsea rather than Derby. We understand that its the job Frank always wanted but - if true - its a dirty game in which Frank has already abandoned his loyalties to Derby. 
    It depends on whether you believe the media reports. 
    There are a lot of reports from highly reputable sources. they tend to support the same general scenario in which frank is already gone and has been active in negotiations. It just seems to depend on Avramovich's final blessing and then the deal with Derby. Mere details. If the reports are true then frank threw away all that goodwill and respect in pursuit of his dream job. And thats what leaves a sour taste.
    We get it frank. We know you want that job and always did, but - if true - you can no longer expect to receive the love and support of the fanbase you just turned your back on and abandoned.  Not that you are probably bothered. You are smart enough to know the consequences of your actions. But what a way to end it. Anything you seemed to have achieved is now in the bin as we have to start from scratch again.
    Every fan must make up their own mind on whether there is substance to the reports or whether its a total shitstorm of fabrication.
    Personally i believe that its true, and i don't hate harry for telling the truth.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from Will Hughes Hair in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    Stop being Mafia, Mafia.
    In all the weeks of this we've had two comments (I think) from DCFC, both from Mel - one to say that we've had no official approach from Chelsea, and this one.
    This one is interesting for what it doesn't say as well as what it does say. It doesn't say that there's been any approach from Chelsea for them to talk to Frank. Perhaps that's irritating Mel; perhaps he wants this sorted quickly so that he can get on with replacing Frank if he has to.
    But it's also putting pressure on Frank, telling him that he's still wanted at Derby and it's telling the fans that work continues towards the new season. Mel has reached the point where he feels he has to say something and this is about as well judged a statement as you could wish for.
    In the end the final decision is Frank's. Mel does right to make it harder for him. But if Chelsea know they already have Frank's assurance that he will come then it is in their interest to string it out, put the pressure on us to accept less by way of compensation as the season gets nearer and we get more desperate. Marina and Roman are tight fisted, hard negotiators and their hand is probably stronger.  If Frank still hasn't given any commitment to Chelsea though then Mel is right to remind him that we want him to stay.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from Carnero in Suggestions for the next Derby manager   
    Is that THE Colin Gibson?
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    ilkleyram reacted to MackworthRamIsGod in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    And what did Nick say Ralf?
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from ariotofmyown in Ve day bank holiday   
    Nah.  Best bank holiday by a mile. Cricket season's just started, footie's reaching a climax, just had Easter (usually), end of May BH to look forward to, weather's starting to get better.  Oh, and my birthday's on May 2nd.  Can't beat it.  Up the workers.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from GboroRam in Ve day bank holiday   
    Nah.  Best bank holiday by a mile. Cricket season's just started, footie's reaching a climax, just had Easter (usually), end of May BH to look forward to, weather's starting to get better.  Oh, and my birthday's on May 2nd.  Can't beat it.  Up the workers.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from EtoileSportiveDeDerby in Ve day bank holiday   
    If it weren't for the atomic bombs ending the war with Japan then I, and I suspect many millions of others, wouldn't be around now.  My Dad was preparing for an amphibious assault on islands occupied by the Japanese in the Pacific when the bombs dropped and Japan surrendered.  When they eventually arrived on the islands they discovered that the Japanese had been entirely untouched by the naval shelling and airstrikes that were meant to make their landings possible - the crossfire they would have faced would have made the D-Day landings look like a picnic (and they weren't). My dad would almost inevitably have been killed along with many thousands of others, and I always raise a quiet glass to him and those that ended that part of the war on VJ day.
    You can also argue that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs had one other very beneficial effect (other than my Dad) and that was to help to prevent both the USA (and France and Britain) and the USSR from actually using atomic weapons during the Cold War.  They knew, because they saw what happened in Japan and because they knew that the weapons they later developed were many times more powerful, the catastrophic damage to mankind that would result. There were hawks on both sides, but both sides had their voices of reason too.
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    ilkleyram reacted to Gee SCREAMER !! in Ve day bank holiday   
    Read an excellent book about the Hiroshima bomb year's ago called Ruin from the Air.  Well worth a go .
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    ilkleyram reacted to i-Ram in Players on holiday   
    No surprise. All the Roos lead to Rome.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from bigbadbob in "Broken" Notifications System.   
    Haven’t understood any of that. 
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    ilkleyram reacted to richinspain in New members   
    Much worse. Oh my God was he bad.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from richinspain in New members   
    Mick Coop is the answer to your last thought. 
    But I might have said that before on these pages.
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    ilkleyram reacted to RamNut in Just how bad will traffic be in Aug/Sep   
    You're all being very harsh.
    the A52 alteration project is actully a mini-triumph for the city.
    It is a beautiful piece of engineering design, with an elegant simplicity which conceals an underlying complexity.
    The road gently curves creating a barely perceptible addtion to the existing carriageway. This creates a sense of calm and well-being such that anyone exiting towards Raynesway will find themselves smiling benignly whilst leaving the a52.
    The eastbound carriageway has been discretely raised in level, creating an elevated view, and a different sense of place which enables us to orient ourselves in space and creates a sense of belonging.  The design mediates the futurist dream of rapid transport, modernity and speed with an existential awareness of our own being. The removal of the footbridge creates a brutal post-modern statement which undermines the fictitious modernistist notion of progress. I'm hoing that they leave the big heap of earth and rubble which exists as a harsh and brutal counterpoint, reminding us of our mortality and origin as a primitive species which once walked upon the Earth killing creatures with our bare hands. It is a poetic statement about human failure and the death of modernist idealism in a cynical post-modern white-van-man apocalypse.
    absolutely brilliant. 
    Last time i went through, all these rubberneckers had slowed right down to admire the work. I'm sure many would  have complimented the contractor if he was around.
     
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from coneheadjohn in My Lads op.   
    🤞🏻
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    ilkleyram reacted to Ghost of Clough in What are you eating tonight   
    Mrs Ghost took the pics... mine are the far ones 😝
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in Picture where you and your knee are now   
    I think Nice is in France
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    ilkleyram reacted to OwenB87 in RamsTV - Best in Sports Media?   
    Pure speculation. 
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