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  1. Over at least the last 15 years, I think Thwaites mismanged their core beer business so badly that is has now virtually disappeared - it is a crying shame .
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    Academy & U21s

    Know full well what succession planning is! Surely, the club knew two months ago whether Barr and Sheron were ready to step up. If they were confident the pair were ready to step up then it should have been done and dusted in days. I have never been involved in any organisation (excluding public sector organisations such as schools where vacancies have to also be advertised externally) where personnel has been earmarked as ready/capable for/of promotion only for the job to be advertised outside and then given to the internals some significant time down the line! IMO, it's just farcical.
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    Two clean sheets and wins on the bounce should have provided an enormous shot of confidence. A stuttering start for Cardiff, Has age finally doused Warnock's drive, hunger and passion. Maybe, it only works for so long with the players and it gets too familar and boring. It's a home banker for me and I'm going to bang last night's win winnings on Rovers at 11/8. I'd go: Walton, Nyambe, Lenihan, Williams, Hart, Travis, Johnson, Downing, Dack, Rothwell, Graham: Nyambe for Bennett - IMO, Bennett will never be an effective right back. For my liking, time and time again, he is beaten too easily and if Mowbray perseveres with him then I think there will be more roastings to come for our hapless skipper It would be folly to break up Lenihan and Williams as the two centre backs and surely Hart is better defensively than Bell Rothwell for Armstrong - IMO, Armstrong offers virtually nothing other than his pace (don't think the lad has it and certainly hasn't a football brain) Graham for Gallagher - not impressed with Gallagher when he was here before and, IMO, will never be the player Graham has been and still is. An incredible Sky statistic that our £5million man hadn't netted in his previous 20 league games (now 21 games after Hull). I think Mowbray has wasted the best part of £14million on Armstrong, Brereton and Gallagher and for that reason alone, should no longer be our manager. Is Brereton injured or is Mowbray's £7million+ man so ineffective that he can't even make the bench now!?
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    Mowbray In? Mowbray Out?

    Two clean sheets and league wins on the bounce is a start but Mowbray still has a long way to go to convince. Let's keep some perspective - we've defeated two very ordinary teams in M'boro and Hull. I also think Mowbray has spunked £14million up the wall on Armstrong, Brereton and Gallagher - couldn't believe the stat that Gallagher has now gone some 21 league games without a goal!
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    Hull (A)

    Very good performance and deserved win. Confidence and momentum all important in this league. IMO, Bennett still a big liability, Gallagher a big waste of money and Armstrong showed again, no football brain and very limited skill. Big plusses tonight, Williams and Downing whilst Cunningham a big upgrade on Bell. Now for a glass or two or three to celebrate.
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    Hull (A)

    Should be winning this game - chances missed. Doubt Hull will be as ineffective in 2nd half. A couple of ours already blowing hard. £5million for Gallagher - what really is the point!?
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    Hull (A)

    Don't start nicking my forecasts!
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    Academy & U21s

    Feckin hell - two months to decide that! Good and well managed organisations have something known as 'succession planning' - it isn't rocket science. Seems like we've gone for the cheapest options with little or no creative thinking shown. An input of new blood and 'fresh eyes' works wonders in most organisations.
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    Hull (A)

    Agree. Start with the strongest eleven irrespective of 2 games in 4 days. Goodness me, these are professional athletes. Compare to a top tennis player (eg Federer 38 years old, Nadal 33 years old) who might spend a minimum of 18 hours on court over a fortnight (equivalent to 12 games of football!!!). Can't see anything to fear here. Get on the front foot and be feckin positive. 3-1 to Rovers.
  10. Came across Sodexho and Compass a good number of years ago in a work capacity and I wasn't overly impressed with their approach. Have also experienced their event catering etc on numerous occasions and although I recognise event catering at big events isn't easy, generally unimpressed with both their product and service. At the end of the day, the buck stops with Waggott on this one as presumably he signed off on the deal with Sodexho and a key part of the deal should be to provide a quality product and service at a reasonable price for the supporters. Supporters can and should vote with their wallets and support the many local businesses in the area that can provide good quality and value in their pre match refreshments whether it be a bag of chips, a pie, a sandwich, a lunch, a pint or even a nice glass of red!
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    Middlesbrough (H)

    I don't think either will be 'fit' for tomorrow.
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    Mowbray In? Mowbray Out?

    Depends how you look at it. Think Wigan signed 3 players for about £2million or more in transfer fees. So, you spend £2million on a fee and pay the player say £10k / week minimum over a 3 year contract. Add employers' NI and over 3 years you have a cost of at least £3.76million equating to at least £1.254million / year. So coughing up for Charlies' wages for 10/11 months at say £1.1million is not so far fetched at all!
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    Mowbray In? Mowbray Out?

    You always get last minute deals. However, there seems something different about the Mulgrew departure: It's not as though some club stumped up an offer with a transfer fee we couldn't refuse It's not as though we were blessed with competent centre backs and could afford to let someone go Surely, Mowbray would have taken the captaincy away from Charlie if he wasn't in his short term plans I think it boils down to either, or both, of two issues. 1) There was a bust up and Mowbray wanted him out as he would be a clear threat to his authority. 2) We were desperate to save Charlie's wages and ancillary costs (eg employers' NI at about 13/14%) which I think would be a minimum of £1.25million
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    Mowbray In? Mowbray Out?

    Think was all done a tad unceremoniously. The manner of Charlie's exit would resonate in the wider dressing room. Bottom line is you simply don't treat your personnel in such a fashion, least of all your leader in the dressing room. Think Mowbray may well have lost the dressing room now and you don't get spilt milk back in the bottle!
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    Mowbray In? Mowbray Out?

    Very much doubt he will resign. This, most probably, is his last pay day in football. Think it will cost a minimum of £1million to sack him. Would you walk?

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