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  1. DE.

    Championship season 2019-20

    Cardiff have appointed Neil Harris as manager. Will be interesting to see how he does there.
  2. There's a lot of great, innovative things they could have done with the Fiend character. Unfortunately they are so desperate for wrestlers that move the needle or are just over with the live crowd that they've hotshotted him to the title and overexposed him. In six months Wyatt will be back to being just another guy. This week's viewership - AEW 957,000, NXT 750,000. A nice increase for AEW on the back of the Full Gear PPV (and back in the top 5 for cable), but a slightly surprising decline for NXT. It wouldn't surprise me if that number increases again if WWE advertise some more main roster talent to appear on Wednesdays, and they may even surpass AEW one of these weeks, but I think once Survivor Series is done NXT is likely to settle back in the 650-750k range. AEW meanwhile will be hoping to hold on to their post-PPV bump going forward. They put on another good show this week so hopefully that will count for something.
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    Lancashire Telegraph

    Despite what he says I'd argue his views are more in line with the majority. The views I see on here are not echoed by many on facebook or twitter, or by the sounds of it in the ground either.
  4. DE.

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    I suppose he's right in the sense we probably deserved to lose by more.
  5. DE.

    Championship season 2019-20

    The mythical Gandhi Babu, perhaps?
  6. It was obvious this was going to happen as soon as Bray lost creative control of the character. Giving The Fiend the strap now is a totally dumb decision imo. He doesn't need it and I'd argue it doesn't even make much sense for his character to want it at present. The Fiend as a character should have been built up all the way to WrestleMania, but instead WWE are blowing their load all at once now because he's one of the only characters on the show that the audience genuinely cares about.
  7. DE.

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    I would argue it's more the outside social media sphere that perpetuates that myth than this site. Most of us sussed out Mowbray some time ago. He's the same as virtually every other football manager across the land - self-preservation first, everything else a distant second.
  8. DE.

    Championship season 2019-20

    Wouldn't surprise me. He was reluctant to stay on this season and it's obviously not going well. Still doing better than us mind, but we don't exactly have high expectations.
  9. DE.

    Championship season 2019-20

    Warnock sacked by Cardiff. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50380702
  10. Bloody ref intercepting all of our passes.
  11. DE.

    Championship season 2019-20

    Aren't injuries what the manager and three-quarters of our fans are blaming our woes on? Maybe they should try and get a word with Johnson and find out what the secret to his success is. Couldn't be anything as simple as having decent backup players and a solid, consistent style that the entire squad is comfortable with. If Venky's had anything about them they would be hauling Waggott and Mowbray to India during the international break and grilling them on what the hell is going on. Of course you and I both know they don't care enough about the club to probably even know where we are in the table, let alone be worried about results, but being so far behind the likes of Preston is embarrassing to say the least.
  12. DE.

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Same nonsense he's been speaking for a while now. Very much the kind of gibberish you start to hear from managers when they know their time is up and are desperately trying to cling on.
  13. DE.

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Yep, just because a player is a tough, nasty bastard on the pitch doesn't mean he's going to be an unprofessional wanker off of it. Hardnut players who are respected and professional off the pitch are the glue that has held many successful sides together. Problem is Tony only wants soft, timid lads who have some talent but won't ever kick up a fuss.
  14. Completely agree. We routinely fail to register anywhere close to a decent amount of shots on target and regularly let opponents have shots on our goal. The outcome of that over the course of a season is always going to be bad. It's nothing to do with luck. We don't create and we're too easy to play against. Shipping two or more goals in 5 of our last 8 games tells you all you need to know. Injuries are part and parcel of the game, good managers make sure they have enough to get by or do everything they can to minimise the chances of injuries occuring. As far as I can tell we do neither. It isn't bad luck that Cunningham got injured and we only had Bell & Williams as back up. It's a direct result of poor defensive recruitment from the manager, with our reserve players well below the required standard to even fill in much less contribute positively.
  15. A fair few of us have been saying this more or less since the beginning of September, but I think at this point it's clear Mowbray is purposefully phasing Graham out. Perhaps he's under pressure after the Brereton disaster to play Gallagher and prove that he hasn't wasted another big chunk of money on a striker. Unfortunately evidence thus far suggests he probably has and repeatedly leaving our best striker on the bench in favour of Gallagher or Armstrong is not doing TM any favours. He's dropped two big bollocks with Brereton and Gallagher, and increasingly looking like he's dropped even more in defence and even midfield with the likes of Johnson now behind Evans and Buckley whilst Smallwood continues receiving a wage despite being nowhere near the first team squad.
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