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The Arch Deacon

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  1. Can’t his harshest critics on here not give him even just the slightest praise for taking the opportunity to re-boot his career! Throughout the window he was trashed as a freeloader and for lacking any self-pride or ambition, happy to sit it out, scratching his bolleaux at Derby’s expense. And despite the evidence of the failed Hull move in the summer and now an obvious move to a club and league lower than his obvious ability, he’s still a complete womble.....apparently! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Haters are always gonna hate, but sometimes you do sound like a bunch of tw@ts!
  2. My gut tells me Johnson and Butterfield will go, Anya not as he has the extra year on his contract so less of a hurry. Butts may well drop to league 1, but I suspect club location will play a part. Plus, as I understand it, more desirable clubs have enquired but deferred action until the summer window when he’s a free agent. So any move will be about getting in shape for next season and re-kindling current interest in a few months. Again, there are clubs around us that we would be wise to knock back now we’re in the run up and play-off places hotly contested.
  3. Or Derby’s contribution demands are too high, or Derby might restrict qualifying clubs (would you want to loan a player to say....Blackburn, only to see them pip you at the post for a play-off spot??, the fans would love that!) or the agents are crap, or a club might tick all the right boxes but geographically just not be realistically practical for a players current situation or be right for their long term prospects...etc....etc... So I don’t think it’s as black and white as you suggest.
  4. ......and has performed manfully when called upon for the u23’s and behaved like the model professional by all accounts. Despite shocking treatment from FL, the club and from a section of “fans”. When he leaves today he will no doubt still be criticized by some new reason that only some can fathom, leaving behind some of our dross midfield that can’t pass a ball but do run around a lot and kiss ass on social media. But he won’t speak badly of the club or it’s support, because he is a model pro imo, and we’ll lose a quality footballer...also imo.
  5. Why don’t we all wait for the window to close before berating our players for a lack of ambition or self pride. Butterfield will go for the good of himself, Derby and the club he joins in this window. I hope he receives better treatment than he’s had here. I’m sure there’ll be a flood of apologies on here from the usual critics!!! As for Anya and BJ.......we’ll see.
  6. You're not accusing any of the above teams of Rowetball surely! Perhaps not as fluent as Wolves certainly, but not the garbage Rowett churned out. I'd take any of the managers who took these teams up ahead of Rowett! As would every Stoke fan in the world I suspect.
  7. A fair point, particularly in regards to past season comparisons. But invariably it's the "footballing" teams that ultimately last the season and rise to the top spots. Particularly if you want to stay up. In recent years, Bournemouth, Watford, Brighton, Newcastle, Wolves. All good passing teams playing football as opposed to hoofball. That's why I'm more optimistic with FL at the helm. That's his style, he just needs another couple of windows to recruit the right exponents. Just surprised he's allowing Thorne and Butterfield to go who are probably the best of the current squad at passing a ball. If we don't go up this year, next years nailed on for me. Either way I look forward to match day way more than when the snake ran things!
  8. You have to wonder if his agent is doing everything he can to make clubs aware of his willingness to move and of the clubs willingness to facilitate it. Unless the club has moved the goal posts on contribution or restricting the clubs who can have him. When I look at other deals getting done It beggars belief why he's still on hold. FL's recent comments don't help however, which seemed to imply a move for JB and Anya was perhaps down to hunger. I know for a fact that he's desperate to re-launch his career, and no decent club would be beyond consideration. But, in window terms, it's still early days, so we'll see what happens. And I agree, he should be in the squad and at least on the bench.
  9. Mark of the man that can inherit a squad the quality of Stoke and turn them into absolute dog poo! More of us should have called him out for that during his Rams reign, rather than turn on those that saw him for what he was....anti-football!
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