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  1. I've advocated Paul Cook. Someone with experience of the Championship is a necessity in such a challenging league. Not only does it appear that they will have to manage a club but also managing up (a demanding owner). I do think Philippe Cocu deserves some sympathy, he's had a lot to contend with, off-field (Keogh etc, EFL charges), injuries & job description (blood youngsters, cut costs) & the media circus surrounding Rooney. On-field, the lack of impact, identity & things like organising a defence undermine his job. newsnow has just published an article from the Mail
  2. Nott'm F 1 - 0 Derby NRFGS ………………………………………………………………………………. Forest may edge this contest as they've started the same 11 in consecutive games. I wouldn't rule out a draw, Forest have only kept one clean sheet in 12 & are winless in 6 at home. Hughton has a record of 2W (Brighton) 1D (Newcastle) against us at home in the league (transfermarkt) so we'll do well to get a win. Two struggling sides, 5 goals between them in 12 games. Forest though have new manager bounce.
  3. Apologies, it was LeicesterRam, who made the observation & post about Sam Rush.👍 (typo) Thorne & Hughes complemented each other, I genuinely think we'd be promoted if the two of them had kept injury-free and were able to play alongside someone like Hendrick/Bryson. Not to be, unfortunately.
  4. Yes, but what division was it? The Premier League. I'm specifically talking about the Championship, second tier. If you look at our home record, I think we've only lost more than 4 games a season once since Clough's sacking. I'm talking about the nature of the performance as well, three goals in the space of five minutes.
  5. I blame Mel - up to a point. I think Millenniumram was correct in flagging up our former CEO, and if anything, more blame attaches to him because he was the one entrusted with our transfer policy up until his departure (2017). He signed our established players on long-term contracts & good wages to protect them as assets, but obviously this affected the club's wage bill & saw it rise as a consequence. But I wonder if that chastening experience with Rush left Morris a little disillusioned. Simon Jordan, TalkSport, (Like him or hate him), provides interesting commentary on what it is to
  6. We were away at Villa. First win in a ten game winning sequence where they hit over 1.5 goals in 8/10. We were poor, however, granted with three goals in ten minutes approx. Browsed results for the other games, 0-2 HT at Reading, at least we did net & the defeat came after four Rams straight wins. That's the Championship for you, unpredictable. Sunderland similar, we went on to beat Cardiff a couple of weeks later. Yes, we were equally poor in terms of defending. Three nil after 15 minutes at home. Seriously, when can you remember that happening? And all the goals occurrin
  7. Huddersfield 1 - 0 Derby, NFRGS ………………………………………………………………………………. It could be a draw (1-1), Huddersfield are on their joint best sequence (3). Ben Hamer is in goal for them & is likely to put in an inspired performance (sod's law) & probably save a penalty. We won LTO last season. We've a record of 6W 9D 9L at Huddersfield in the Championship, we've never won back to back away at second tier level (1D 4L) so we'll create history if we can. Huddersfield have only won back to back at home once in '20. They beat Forest LTO. We are yet to keep back to back clean-s
  8. Smith played his part in wasting £20m & lost the plot after McClaren left for Man United. He's rightly remembered for that promotion/the PL. I know what I shall say will be unpopular, but let's not be sentimental here and disguise the truth. His signings towards the end were shocking, i.e, Bragstad, Beck, and sent us spiralling into debt, leading to the Three Amigos. It is all interconnected. Why should I feel sorry for Cocu? This is a guy who spent £10m on Bielik (the fee could be less, admittedly). It's not his fault the player got injured, he's unfortunate, but so was Nigel when Sh
  9. If you look closely, a few of the life-size card board cut out fans have started wilting in the West Stand. One even collapsed when the Watford goal went in. To their eternal credit, one or two did stay till the bitter end, singing 'Stand up if you hate Forest'.
  10. What do you think? Our wage bill. Or do you think I meant it in relation to what someone paid Paul Ince to be his friend at a BBQ?
  11. Under GSE, (Generally Sparse Entertainment), it was around £11m+.
  12. You make a lot of good points. Firstly, any managerial appointment contains an element of risk. Paul Cook has managed at clubs with a lower profile and less media scrutiny though he was criticised sometimes at Portsmouth. You're right, the Derby job is challenging and he may find the gap too big, the constant media scrutiny, social media, our owner. Second, I disagree slightly with your point about the here and now. Cook only left Wigan after the well-documented financial problems/administration. He built a side over three seasons (the bigger picture) & the fact is we cherry-picked tw
  13. What has Anya got to do with either of the two managers? Stopped reading at that point. Both managers are accused of underwhelming football, yet one managed under GSE and financial restrictions, whilst the other has been supported by a benefactor. A benefactor who has wasted £150m, of which Anya is representative. Anya highlights how we have gone from the likes of Bryson/Hendrick & Hughes, a side that had character & honesty, to a bloated squad of overpaid, underperforming 'stars'. Now do us a favour if you can be bothered. Tot up whatever Clough spent & see it mat
  14. I don't think you can compare the Eredivisie to the Championship. The Dutch league is like the SPL & Portugal, there are three main big city clubs, PSV/Eindhoven, Ajax & Feyenoord of Rotterdam, plus the occasional challenger like AZ. Another example is Frank de Boer, won everything at Ajax, sacked after a short number of games at Palace, then at Inter. There is a way round this, however, that might benefit Cocu & Derby. I suggest that we politely ask the Dutch if we can join the Eredivisie and maybe VVV Venlo or another of those Dutch sides with lots of abbreviations can take
  15. So you're placing all your faith on Bielik after a long lay-off? What was Bielik like last season? I don't remember a world beater at £10m, I remember him getting sent off or causing consternation at the back in the loss at Brentford. Wake up, - Cocu had access to all of those players last season - bar Jozwiak - during our poor opening first half of the season. Anyway, with regards to credibility, I suggest you look at soccerstats. You'll see that we failed to beat any of the top 8 at home, and, as others have pointed out, were well beaten last season by the likes of Leeds & Brentfor
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