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    ilkleyram reacted to HantsRam in Pets   
    The missing step was that on this occasion Tigz opted to settle next to the already ensconced cat. It's a big L shaped sofa so there was an option for her own space.
    I agree that the sad eyes do seem to say.......why are you doing this.......perhaps a treat would help......mmm some food....ūü§£
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from coneheadjohn in Pets   
    Siamese?
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from coneheadjohn in Pets   
    Siamese?
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from coneheadjohn in Pets   
    Siamese?
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    been celebrating?
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    been celebrating?
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram reacted to HantsRam in O'Notts Forest   
    Has anyone given Wagner a ring ?
    ūü§£
     
     
    (One for the classical music buffs)
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from angieram in Has Lampard been as excellent as many people suggest?   
    I wonder - and this is deliberately overstating my point - whether there are/were many other available managers capable of achieving what Frank (and Jody and Chris and Shay) have achieved so far this season.  And I say that expecting us not to finish in the top 6 at the end of the season.
    Just consider, for a minute, the size of the task when he came in.  A club with a dominant figure, with a reputation (deserved or not), as an owner; a club with a large and largely old first team squad with an unhealthy proportion of experienced players reaching the end of their careers; a club that needed to sell to buy; a club with an unachieved strategy of bringing young players through from their (expensive) academy; a club that had an unfulfilled ambition to get promoted; a club with a succession of short term managerial appointments; a club in the public eye;  and a club with a large but starting to become disaffected, fan base.
    What he has achieved so far this season, in his first ever managerial job, has, in my opinion, been remarkably good.  He's made tough decisions (about the futures of some players, for example); he's changed the playing style; brought in younger players, some from the academy but he has very clearly given academy staff and players the belief that there's a route through to the first team; he appears to manage upwards extremely well and he certainly deals with the media side of his job fantastically well; he has moved himself, wife and new daughter into the area; he has got the team to 6th having delivered some (positive) performances that will live long in the memory - I won't ever forget the first 40 minutes at Middlesborough or 90+ minutes at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge - and because he's changing things there's been inconsistencies too; and he's got the fanbase largely positive.  And he's done all that - and in my view this is his single biggest achievement - without one single word of disaffection coming out of the dressing room, even from those not playing or not playing well or whose contracts are up at the end of the season.  It seems to me that he has had a hugely positive impact throughout the club.
    Thank God that social media and fora weren't around in Sir Brian's day when in his first full season (without transfer windows), we finished 18th or something; Arthur struggled to get us out of Division 3 while he was making changes; Jim was (after 15 games or so) successful in his first season but was highly experienced and with a contacts list as long as your arm plus a wealthy chairman, no FFP and Igor.
    Both Frank and Mel talk about being involved in a long term project.  I hope they both mean it.  It takes time this managerial lark.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from archram in Vs Leeds away. (Matchday thread).   
    It's all right for (most of) you lot. You don't live up here amongst the insufferable so and so's. The two good things were that I got home early and I've retired so I don't have to go into work tomorrow.
    If you weren't there you'll have watched on telly so there's not much point in going through performances as you'll have seen them for yourselves and formed your own views. I thought we were out run, outplayed and second best almost throughout. Had we scored a goal then it might have been interesting but we didn't and didn't deserve to.
    It seemed to me that they were a lot of what Frank wants us to become both on and off the pitch. The crowd were loud and supportive throughout as they normally seem to be; the players ran faster and further, kept possession better and when we did have the ball closed us down in packs. For all Tom Lawrence gets criticised (by the bloke standing behind me as well as on here) when he had the ball he usually had three players immediately around him and was outnumbered and outmuscled. So too others. I feel sorry for all 3 of our full backs tonight - more often than not they were faced with two Leeds players coming at them at pace. It's not surprising that they don't look good (or even ok), not surprising that crosses ping across our box and not surprising that our defence looks less secure than last year.
    Amongst it all at least we only lost by two, at least Duane Holmes took on the Leeds midfield and caused some concerns, as did Nugent when he came on and at least we didn't give up. But that's clutching at straws. The test now is how we react, especially if we lose at Southampton. So too the summer transfer window. If I'm right and Frank's aim is for us to be more like Leeds tonight next season, then he has a lot of changes to make and development to achieve. The coaching, financial and recruitment challenges are significant.
    One area where I hope we don't copy them is in their theatrics. Whether that's learned or encouraged behaviour or both, the slightest touch (or sometimes miss) leads some of their players to go down as if shot. Regularly. Unless and until referees get a grip of it, and all the time wasting that goes on, then it will only get worse. In those regards Leeds are already Premier League.
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from therealhantsram in Vs Leeds away. (Matchday thread).   
    Don't know you Fraser but let's just agree that you are no tactical genius and had had a few by half time when Frank made the change.
    Andre was not having a good game. Too many Leeds attacks were coming down that side and he wasn't dealing with them. How much that was his fault and how much the part fault of others is more debatable.
    But we were one down, Andre wasn't playing well and Frank wanted to bring Nugent on to give Marriott more support and to give their defence more to think about - it was an attacking change.  Duane Holmes had had an OK first half. He had a better second half - made some tackles, brought the ball forward, troubled some of their players, played in their half and put us (together with Nugent) more on the front foot.  Still not good enough but Frank's thought process was excellent. He took a risk - frustrated by the early second half goal - that was positive. Some of our previous managers would have stuffed another defender on and taken Duane off. Which do you prefer?
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    ilkleyram got a reaction from archram in Vs Leeds away. (Matchday thread).   
    It's all right for (most of) you lot. You don't live up here amongst the insufferable so and so's. The two good things were that I got home early and I've retired so I don't have to go into work tomorrow.
    If you weren't there you'll have watched on telly so there's not much point in going through performances as you'll have seen them for yourselves and formed your own views. I thought we were out run, outplayed and second best almost throughout. Had we scored a goal then it might have been interesting but we didn't and didn't deserve to.
    It seemed to me that they were a lot of what Frank wants us to become both on and off the pitch. The crowd were loud and supportive throughout as they normally seem to be; the players ran faster and further, kept possession better and when we did have the ball closed us down in packs. For all Tom Lawrence gets criticised (by the bloke standing behind me as well as on here) when he had the ball he usually had three players immediately around him and was outnumbered and outmuscled. So too others. I feel sorry for all 3 of our full backs tonight - more often than not they were faced with two Leeds players coming at them at pace. It's not surprising that they don't look good (or even ok), not surprising that crosses ping across our box and not surprising that our defence looks less secure than last year.
    Amongst it all at least we only lost by two, at least Duane Holmes took on the Leeds midfield and caused some concerns, as did Nugent when he came on and at least we didn't give up. But that's clutching at straws. The test now is how we react, especially if we lose at Southampton. So too the summer transfer window. If I'm right and Frank's aim is for us to be more like Leeds tonight next season, then he has a lot of changes to make and development to achieve. The coaching, financial and recruitment challenges are significant.
    One area where I hope we don't copy them is in their theatrics. Whether that's learned or encouraged behaviour or both, the slightest touch (or sometimes miss) leads some of their players to go down as if shot. Regularly. Unless and until referees get a grip of it, and all the time wasting that goes on, then it will only get worse. In those regards Leeds are already Premier League.
  25. Like
    ilkleyram got a reaction from archram in Vs Leeds away. (Matchday thread).   
    It's all right for (most of) you lot. You don't live up here amongst the insufferable so and so's. The two good things were that I got home early and I've retired so I don't have to go into work tomorrow.
    If you weren't there you'll have watched on telly so there's not much point in going through performances as you'll have seen them for yourselves and formed your own views. I thought we were out run, outplayed and second best almost throughout. Had we scored a goal then it might have been interesting but we didn't and didn't deserve to.
    It seemed to me that they were a lot of what Frank wants us to become both on and off the pitch. The crowd were loud and supportive throughout as they normally seem to be; the players ran faster and further, kept possession better and when we did have the ball closed us down in packs. For all Tom Lawrence gets criticised (by the bloke standing behind me as well as on here) when he had the ball he usually had three players immediately around him and was outnumbered and outmuscled. So too others. I feel sorry for all 3 of our full backs tonight - more often than not they were faced with two Leeds players coming at them at pace. It's not surprising that they don't look good (or even ok), not surprising that crosses ping across our box and not surprising that our defence looks less secure than last year.
    Amongst it all at least we only lost by two, at least Duane Holmes took on the Leeds midfield and caused some concerns, as did Nugent when he came on and at least we didn't give up. But that's clutching at straws. The test now is how we react, especially if we lose at Southampton. So too the summer transfer window. If I'm right and Frank's aim is for us to be more like Leeds tonight next season, then he has a lot of changes to make and development to achieve. The coaching, financial and recruitment challenges are significant.
    One area where I hope we don't copy them is in their theatrics. Whether that's learned or encouraged behaviour or both, the slightest touch (or sometimes miss) leads some of their players to go down as if shot. Regularly. Unless and until referees get a grip of it, and all the time wasting that goes on, then it will only get worse. In those regards Leeds are already Premier League.
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