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I saw him minutes after we got relegated at Brentford as we were getting into the car for a miserable journey home. I have refereed him several times and know him reasonably well as we always used to

So basically if you have black hair and a beard you stay, everyone else out.

He actually said it!   ‘We will outline our demands to the players and what is expected from them. They are going to have to work very hard, stick together and have a right good go.’  

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On ‎08‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 19:21, perthblue02 said:

Paul Scholes receives approval from the Football League to become Oldham manager

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/08/scholes/

 

 

Always liked Scholes. Brilliant player. I also have a bit of a soft spot for Oldham as it was my first away ground. They've always had a decent support base. I hope he does well.

The caveat is that they hate Rovers (bizarrely) so if he's shit that's good too.

Win win.

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Sunderland have a right fight on their hands to go up. Looks a far more competitive division this year than last. Luton look like they will be difficult to catch, Barnsley are experienced at this level and that might stand to them. Then you have battle hardened veterans of the division in Portsmouth and Charlton knocking around. Squeaky bum time for Sunderland fans. You do not want to get stuck there for another season. 

Also, jesus I would hate to be a Peterborough fan, not just because their chairman is a moron, but because they are bloody constantly in 7th  

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I think Sunderland are of sufficient size that even if they don't go up they'll still be a force in that League regardless. But yeah with parachute cash dropping and the squad they have they'll probably have a huge job on their hands this summer. Seems their problem is drawing too many as they don't lose games.

It seems that with the exceptions of Bradford and Coventry the 'biggest' clubs i.e. those with the biggest crowds and Premier League history are gathering towards the top of that league - Sunderland, Pompey, Charlton, Barnsley - then Luton who have the momentum from last season and get decent gates themselves - then Doncaster and Peterborough who are regular top 6 pushing teams having been in the Championship recently.

Definitely more competitive than last season when we were streets ahead of the other top 6 sides other than Wigan.

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39 minutes ago, JHRover said:

I think Sunderland are of sufficient size that even if they don't go up they'll still be a force in that League regardless. But yeah with parachute cash dropping and the squad they have they'll probably have a huge job on their hands this summer. Seems their problem is drawing too many as they don't lose games.

It seems that with the exceptions of Bradford and Coventry the 'biggest' clubs i.e. those with the biggest crowds and Premier League history are gathering towards the top of that league - Sunderland, Pompey, Charlton, Barnsley - then Luton who have the momentum from last season and get decent gates themselves - then Doncaster and Peterborough who are regular top 6 pushing teams having been in the Championship recently.

Definitely more competitive than last season when we were streets ahead of the other top 6 sides other than Wigan.

I don't think being a force is really worth a damn unless they go up and quickly. Tricky if you get stuck in a rut there. Any of their players who decided to stick with them for "a go" at League 1 will leave, your Cattermloes etc, basically the equivalent of us not going up and losing your Mulgrews, Lenihans, Evans and Grahams. Then you have their players who performed well who will be picked up by Championship clubs, like what would have happened us with Dack. Credit to Mowbray for getting us out of there. 

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10 minutes ago, Proudtobeblue&white said:

It's been a very good game, and Accy don't look out of place. Smyth has been excellent.

Yeah looks quite pacey , and he's just scored, 2-0 Accy

Just looked on Wiki, only 21 and on loan from QPR

 

Sunderland just pulled one back

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They wont go up and it will all be Rodwells fault.

You have to say that we picked a good time to go down. Really not good to get stuck in that division as BDS pointed out. You count on the core of your experienced Championship players to stick around to reverse what they helped cause like we did with Graham, Mulgrew, Bennett etc. They wont want to stick around for too long though and then you're fishing around for players in L1 - before you know it, you become a L1 team rather than a Championship team just relegated. They were able to attract some players in the summer who would have thought that they were hopping onto an almost guaranteed promotion charge into the league above, that attraction fades eventually. 

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You have to admire Accy Stanley eh? With tiny crowds they continue to punch above their weight. Phenomenal achievement. The owner is getting an awful lot right

They are  my second favourite team, I always look out for their results. If we hadn't been promoted we'd have been playing them in a League game. I can't quite get my head around that!

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42 minutes ago, 47er said:

You have to admire Accy Stanley eh? With tiny crowds they continue to punch above their weight. Phenomenal achievement. The owner is getting an awful lot right

They are  my second favourite team, I always look out for their results. If we hadn't been promoted we'd have been playing them in a League game. I can't quite get my head around that!

I too have a soft spot for Accy ever since the 60's and seeing photos of their then derelict ground.

Plus we got the gem Mike Ferguson from them in the days when being a Dingle was ok.

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https://www.ccfc.co.uk/news/2019/february/statement-coventry-city-confirm-receipt-of-letter-from-the-efl-board/

Coventry facing expulsion from the League unless they can provide confirmation of their home venue for next season. Tricky situation as their owners are still taking legal action against the Council who won't negotiate on the Ricoh until it is dropped.

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From the day they left Highfield Road it’s been a disaster for them, to the extent that they’ve somehow ended up as tenants (via Northampton) at their ground with a London rugby club as their landlords!

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36 minutes ago, JHRover said:

https://www.ccfc.co.uk/news/2019/february/statement-coventry-city-confirm-receipt-of-letter-from-the-efl-board/

Coventry facing expulsion from the League unless they can provide confirmation of their home venue for next season. Tricky situation as their owners are still taking legal action against the Council who won't negotiate on the Ricoh until it is dropped.

The EFL flexing their muscles on Coventry whilst Bolton and Birmingham ride roughshod through their financial regulations. They should be looking to help Coventry not threatening them with expulsion and virtually killing off a football club.

I see Shaun Harvey is leaving the EFL at the end of the season.

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