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    Frogram reacted to sage in Men v Boys Match Ratings, deadline 5pm tomorrow   
    I'm not commenting on people's scores, just reminding them of the framework. Not for me to say if that is the worst performance they have ever seen from a Derby player. Many of them aren't old enough to remember Mick Coop.
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    Frogram reacted to Steve How Hard? in Colin Kazim-Richards Fan Club   
    Colin Jizzum Richards?
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    Frogram reacted to i-Ram in Derby County Vs Bournemouth Matchday thread.   
    Great win. Fantastic mileage and tenacity from many. He wasn’t man of the match but George Evans again impressed in the back 3. Lots moan about him, but he is a very able footballer. Wisdom still scares the bejeezus out of me.
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    Frogram got a reaction from Boycie in Mum's Cooking   
    When I was a child , my Mum made the best chips in the world . Cooked in a chip pan , containing  a wire basket , using beef dripping . I've not had better in all the years since . Drool ...
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    Frogram reacted to TuffLuff in What Are You Listening To?   
    This is an astounding piece of music, with an extra slice of local Derby history for those interested 
    Here’s the original:
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    Frogram reacted to Eddie in Best Quotes   
    “Strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony." - Dennis
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    Frogram reacted to LeedsCityRam in Who is to blame   
    Really harsh & a bit simplistic to blame Mel. He's made mistakes but he has poured in time, effort & plenty of money to get us up. He will have been advised by plenty including Sam Rush/Chris Evans.
    Rather than 'who' is to blame...'what' is to blame? The cult of celebrity that has swept over this club for the past 5 years.
    From Paul Clement Real Madrid/PSG/Chelsea super coach, to big name expensive players under Clement & Rowett, to Frank Lampard & his high profile and expensive loans leaving us with a shell of a squad, to Phillip Cocu and worst of all, being the final stop in the Wayne Rooney retirement tour. 
    This club needs to get back to basics. It needs to appoint the best man for the manager's job - irrespective of profile. It needs to recruit players from unconventional places based on how they fit into the team. It needs to prioritise hard work, high tempo football with emerging and hungry personnel and realise that players and managers 'on the way down' are rarely the magic ingredient for success.
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    Frogram reacted to MACKWORTHRAM in This is what gets me about this Derby team   
    The team isn't great at all.
    Saturday was bizarre. It seems like we have to do anything to accommodate Rooney. He shouldn't be playing every week. It's simple as that. 
    Arguably Jason Knight has been our best player this season. Proved to everyone that he's a midfielder and shouldn't be played on the wing. Seeing him on the wing last season made me question how good he was or potentially how good he could be. He's been a revelation in midfield this season. So what do we do? Put him back out wide again.
    Holmes shouldn't be anywhere near this team. The bloke is an absolute myth. Nowhere near good enough. I genuinely can't think of the last time he had a good game. 
    I'm sick of reading "we shouldn't have let Martin go" we didn't let him go. Martin chose to leave. Which he was always going to do. We have known he was leaving since last season. Signing a number 9 was imperative. The fact that we haven't done that is gross mismanagement steming right down from Mel Morris. Because now we are left with Waghorn as our number 9. Which he isn't and never will be. So many times balls get put in the box right where you'd expect your striker to be and he's not there. He doesn't have that instinct. He isn't good at holding the ball up and bringing others into play.
    I was shocked when we signed CZR. Look at his record. 16 clubs in 16 years and not many goals. Crazy decision. But we've done it.
    He's a big lad and can be a handful. I don't understand why he's not even in the squad. Especially now with 9 subs. I get we put JHI on the bench and that Kornell-Mcdonald. But to be quite honest. Now isn't the time for putting young lads in to see if they are good enough.
    One final thing I don't understand. We had a 4 man coaching team. Cocu, Team, Chris and Rosenior. 3 of them are gone.
    Why is Rosenior still at the club? I've got to a point where I can't watch his post match interviews anymore. Can see how well media trained he is to just go out there an say everything fans want to hear. Unfortunately now most of us can see right through it.
    "Its a privilege to work for this great football club"
    "We believe in what we do here. We know if we play like we want to we will get results"
    "The players are giving everything"
    "The players have been outstanding in training"
    But one comment he made on Saturday really did get to me:-
    “No disrespect to what’s happened before, but we’re trying to build a team with more confidence.”
    No disrespect to what's happened before? You mean the coaching regime of the previous 16 months that you've been apart of? The coaching regime that on countless occasions you have said how much you are learning from them?
    We need someone right now who can come in and steady the ship. Because it's sinking fast. Experience and a new voice. 
    Then I think we should look again in the summer when there are other options out there, better options than what's available now. When we might be a more attractive club to manage.
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    Frogram reacted to Rampage in Cocu left by mutual consent   
    Prem managers out, first time managers risky, foreign managers can be great as we have seen but need a good fit. Who does that leave as long term replacement. Chris Hughton was my first choice. Big Quandry.
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    Frogram reacted to Kinder in The Tenure of Melvyn Morris   
    Excellent post @Nuwtfly. 👏
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    Frogram reacted to LazloW in Abu Derby County   
    I know this opinion won’t go down well, but I’m just so very frustrated at the moment....
    I’m sorry. I know it is very petty but with Derby being poo at the moment, I’m at the end of my tether. I really am. 
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    Frogram reacted to Rev in New Manager   
    So you're saying you'd improve things?
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    Frogram reacted to Carl Sagan in Best inventions of the modern era..   
    Brilliant thread, @Angry Ram. The internet (as has been said by @EtoileSportiveDeDerby) is much longer ago that the 1990s beginning with Arpanet. The Queen was sending emails in 1976! https://www.wired.com/2012/12/queen-and-the-internet/
    The web was amazing, and has changed the world which is now divided between those who remember a world before it and those that don't and can't possibly comprehend what it was like, not to have the sum of all Human knowledge instantly accessible at your fingertips (or spoken command).
    What will change the future?
    Reusable rockets and electric autonomous vehicles will be massive, but of equal or more long-term importance will be the invention of the blockchain, created to support the people's money, aka Bitcoin. It was a solution to a problem that few realized we had. It was potentially the most dangerous invention ever, overthrowing the global financial system, so its inventor went by the alias Satoshi Nakamoto and has never been identified.
    Further ahead, the most transformative invention will be Superintelligence, a runaway intelligence explosion where Humans are left far behind and our future is placed into the hands of intelligences we created but cannot control. We talk about this moment as The Singularity, after which predicting the future becomes impossible.
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    Frogram reacted to IslandExile in We are part way through a major squad rebuild with no money   
    I came on here at half time to see mostly positive posts about the best half of football we've played this season. Good flowing, attacking football. I posted that I feared it would all be forgotten if Huddersfield clagged a goal. In fairness, it was a good breakaway from their viewpoint. But anyway, the predictable meltdown then ensues.
    We get new "Cocu out" threads - why not use the existing ones? Is the thinking the more threads, the more pressure on Mel?
    Then, we get the suggestion of McCarthy or Pullis as a new manager. I hope to god that was a joke but then some of the other suggestions make me wonder.
    I think what has upset me the most tonight is that a fair minded poster, that I respect enormously, even queried leaving Waghorn and Kazim-Richards on the bench. They are not yet match fit. Lawrence is only just coming back and it was probable that he wouldn't make it through the whole game. It would've been daft to start with two less-than-fully-fit players.
    But, in the rush to dig at Cocu, someone even asked why he isn't playing Sibley. Because he's injured. Do you guys want unfit/injured players in the team?
    But that made me wonder, how many posters are either not following details like injuries, transfer embargoes etc. I know most people are but when you see comments like that....
    So, to sack Cocu now, part way through this rebuild project - in my opinion - would be harsh on him and bad in the long run for our great club.
    After years of expensive but failed attempts to get back in the top flight, Cocu is embarking on a long term project. Mel hired him to do that because Cocu promotes youth.
    Of course, the academy players need time to develop. It also helps to supplement those academy players with experienced and quality players.
    It's difficult to do that when the budget is effectively zero. So Cocu has had to shift out the high earners, some of which I'm sure he'd like to have kept (well Martin) and bring in bargains such as Byrne, Marshall, Ibe, Duncan and Kazim-Richards.
    Ibe and Duncan were cheap because they're not yet fit.
    That's to go with Lawrence, Waghorn and Holmes. Now we have Rooney out.
    So please, appreciate the football that he's trying to play (see first half) against the context of a major overhaul of the squad and a long list of unavailable forwards.
    Sure, if we sacked Cocu and brought a new manager in, no doubt results would pick up. But I would argue that's not because Cocu is doing anything wrong but because the injured attackers are fit again.
    Please, if you don't already, realise where the club is at.... We have no money. The squad needed a total rebuild. Too many of our forwards have been injured.
    Think of the bigger picture. We will reap the rewards if Cocu be allowed to finish the rebuild.
    Long post. Thank you for reading it if you stuck through it. I feel the atmosphere on here is becoming a little toxic so I'll try and take a break while you "outers" argue over which hoof ball manager you want.
    COYR 🐏
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    Frogram reacted to YorkshireRam in See why PSV fans wanted him gone now.   
    I'm beginning to despise fans like you. Absolutely no sense of perspective but quite happy to make sweeping statements regardless. We started with 5 attackers and 5 midfielders yesterday because 0/4 of our first choice attackers were fit.
    Sky screwed us with Jozwiak, if we played today, he'd probably have been okay to play, but because Sky get to move games to Fridays he wasn't ready with only a days rest. Waghorn not quite fit and Lawrence only fit enough for the bench but looked class when he came on. Then Ibe will take a few more weeks to be prepared.
    I thought the signs were promising last night, we more than matched a recently-relegated Watford side and had Holmes and Lawrence been more clinical, we could have won the match. It took a screamer to beat us (their only shot on target) and I thought we were solid again defensively.
    Cocu put out the best XI he could and all the subs made an impact when they came on. Also, Lee Buchanan was my MotM and he wouldn't be anywhere near the side without Cocu, evidencing the main positive Cocu has brought to the club: youth progression. We've progressed massively as a club in the past year or so with everything but results and the performances are telling me this will change soon as well, and when they do, Cocu will deserve a massive pat on the back.
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    Frogram reacted to Bwash_Ram in Peas   
    Garden peas for me every time, unless they are Ilson Fair mushy peas with mint sauce.
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    Frogram reacted to FindernRam in Peas   
    I was at Burton for a preseason friendly and was enjoying a half time mushy pea mix. This very attractive young lass kept staring at me. Given my age and general lack of anything appeal, I knew it had to be either she was blind or my food, (maybe she was hungry!).
    Anyway after a while she asked me in a foreign accent what I was eating. So I explained what chips and mushy peas were. With that she shook her head, said "you English are so strange!" and walked off.
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    Frogram reacted to David in Carrying a few extra pounds   
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    Frogram reacted to David in Carrying a few extra pounds   
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    Frogram got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in How old are you?   
    I'm 72 , today !  I share the day with Gandhi and Richard lll , although I suppose they won't know it . 
    I was was born in 1948 , same year as the beleaguered NHS , in the days before colour was invented , except that Trent buses were red , and trolley buses were green .
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    Frogram got a reaction from I know nothing in How old are you?   
    I'm 72 , today !  I share the day with Gandhi and Richard lll , although I suppose they won't know it . 
    I was was born in 1948 , same year as the beleaguered NHS , in the days before colour was invented , except that Trent buses were red , and trolley buses were green .
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    Frogram got a reaction from i-Ram in How old are you?   
    I'm 72 , today !  I share the day with Gandhi and Richard lll , although I suppose they won't know it . 
    I was was born in 1948 , same year as the beleaguered NHS , in the days before colour was invented , except that Trent buses were red , and trolley buses were green .
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    Frogram got a reaction from Kinder in Unexpected moments with a Ram   
    During his time as a Derby and England player , Roy McFarland's car broke down opposite our house in Allestree , he knocked on our door and asked to borrow the phone - cor ! 
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    Frogram reacted to Gee SCREAMER !! in Serdar Dursun   
    I Suspect from what I posted from the German paper last night there's a bit of this going on.
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    Frogram reacted to SaintRam in Derby vs PNE Match Thread   
    It just started working 🤷‍♂️
    Technology can be a fickle mistress
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