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Eddie last won the day on May 24 2010

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  1. I mean, it does. The discussion earlier in the season was that they were incredibly unlikely to finish in the bottom half of the table. They might really go on a run and finish in the top half, but that looks decidedly unlikely as things stand - especially if you expect any pick-up in form from Arsenal. So, basically, in the space of two months their projected finishing position has dropped by 5-7 places and they've now gone from having one eye on European places to having one eye on the drop zone. Highly unlikely that they go down, especially as it looks like there is effective
  2. That Leeds discussion from a couple of months ago looks very different now...
  3. So, we should play an inferior player because then we won't go up, but we will get to keep them? And we should also play a less skilled player because, even if we don't go up, who cares about the pleasure of watching a talented player turn out for your side? Oh, and we shouldn't bring talented players in on loan because there is no way that they could possibly have an impact on the squad, influence other players, and pass on skills. And, finally, we shouldn't bring in players on loan because signing good players and showing that moving to Blackburn can be a good career move is i
  4. January isn't THAT important of a deadline. Hotlby may well get some interest from Germany and Nyambe could get some interest from abroad, but I think that would be about it. When you then factor in that they are unlikely to get huge offers I would think that we won't face that much pressure until the end of the season. That being said, we may not already be at a point where they have all decided that they will test the market. We've already seen this play out with Downing and I'm sure a few of them would find their way back to Rovers even if they did try their luck. What also has to
  5. It's not semantics, words have meanings. You're basically saying that we've had 4 'great' managers in the past 25 years? Great should be reserved for managers that do great things over a sustained period of time, not simply for managers that have good to very good seasons every now and then. Mowbray has been decent in his time here so far. If he manages to get us into the playoffs then I would consider that to be a very good turnaround from the club that he took charge of. As of yet he has failed to do this. By your definition of great there would be 20-30 'great' managers
  6. I've had my moments doubting Mowbray, but have mostly been in the 'back him' camp, but to call him a great manager is ridiculous. That isn't a knock on what he's done here or his career, but great has to be reserved for managers that are genuinely...great...
  7. With throw-ins also making the news after the North London derby at the weekend. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lazy-incompetent-and-a-failure-to-accept-responsibility-how-one-throw-in-sums-up-the-malaise-at-arsenal-ndv9vznrj
  8. It's been a long time since I've really had any confidence in any of our set pieces (and I'll include throw-ins in that mix).
  9. Over the past few months, we've spent more and more time discussing Mowbray's preferred formation, tactics, and set-up. So I thought it might be interesting to post an interview that we just did with Thomas Gronnemark, a freelance throw-ins coach that currently works with Liverpool and a number of other European clubs. It was really interesting to talk to him about how undervalued throw-ins are, what makes a good throw-in, and his career in general. He spoke about working with the likes of Brentford in the Championship, but it might be something that a club like us should think about
  10. The answer is clearly yes. Anyone saying otherwise is delusional. The real question is - given the player development, the budget available, and the squad that he has had at his disposal for the last two or three seasons - should we be closer to going up.
  11. I can't really speak for the Brazilian or German press as anything I read would be translated and taken from an outsider's perspective, but I can tell you that the French press are decidedly kinder. Now, they've also won 2 World Cups and a Euros in the past 20 odds years, as well as losing a final in each competition, so any criticism would have to be against that backdrop, but they are generally far more forgiving - and they've had a lot to forgive (the 2002 debacle, the 2010 debacle, losing a final to Portugal at home when overwhelming favourites). I would say that manager's in tho
  12. This is a fair point. I don't want to overstate the impact of the press (and the supporters) on the performances of the England team, but it is fair to say that the constant scrutiny and level of negativity cannot help. Southgate is too negative in his style of play, but, overall, the England team has performed fairly well under his management. He will ultimately be judged by the Euros, but I can't imagine how England supporters would be reacting if England were losing matches in the style that France or Germany are at the moment.
  13. The situation here has yet to be fully laid out, but the logic behind keeping schools open is that they need parents to be able to work. The goal is to have a lockdown that is less harmful to the economy than the previous version. It's a bit of a difficult objective and it is sure to kill of small businesses in many industries (restaurants and bars in particular), but it is a much less closed version of the lockdown. All public services will remain open and things like building works can still continue. Sadly, it is fundamentally punishing many people for ignoring advice. I know far
  14. The conversation hasn't shifted because you aren't having it with the same people. Equally, not that I was involved in the original discussion, but there's nothing I love more than people on the internet sharing multiple opinions but continously bringing up the ones where they felt they were right. Leeds look good so far, but it's a long old season and they certainly won't be doing anything unprecedented if they do have a very good first year in the Premier League (see Wolves, Sheffield United, Reading...).
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