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Dear Mr Clement,
at 08:10 6 Apr 2017

A few weeks ago I watched our team lose at Bournemouth in a game where your team selections were severely hampered by injuries to 3 of our 4 fullbacks. As a result, you experimented by using Leroy Fer as a makeshift right back and while he did a decent if unspectacular job on the day, the absence of his physicality in our midfield meant we never really got to grips with the game from the first whistle to the last due to a lightweight and dysfunctional midfield trio being overrun by their harder working counterparts.

I left the ground that afternoon feeling that the 'experiment' had been an unmitigated disaster but that is had been forced upon you by circumstances, however I was comforted by the certain knowledge that I would never have to witness it again.

So could I ask you one simple question please? On that disappointing afternoon, what exactly did you see (that I clearly missed) that led you to believe that the same 'experiment' was ever likely to work against a Tottenham midfield that is clearly harder working and more technically able than Bournemouth's? I genuinely would love to know.

When we saw Ki preparing to come on last night, my brother mentioned that it looked like Naughton was the one being replaced to which I replied "O God, no, please don't put Fer at right back again, that was a disaster at Bournemouth and I can see us losing this 2 or 3-1".

On this occasion, there are no excuses due to circumstances. You had a decent enough fullback on the bench in Steven Kingsley and although he would have been on the right instead of his preferred left, at least he IS a fullback with a fullback's instincts who is used to playing as part of our back four system. Instead, you again chose to move Leroy Fer out of his vital midfield role to become a stand-in fullback and as a result, we surrendered whatever grip we had in midfield and were overrun for the final period of the game which ended in a heartbreaking defeat.

Yours sincerely, a depressed and troubled
Mr Karnataka
Claude Makelele
at 18:07 25 Jan 2017

Talking to some mates about our defensive shape and organisation against Liverpool, we were wondering how much input Claude had. If he played a major part in the massive improvement, CM might well turn out to be our best signing during this window.
Lessons learned?
at 20:36 27 Dec 2016

1/ I hope the American owners now realise that there is far more to running a premier league club than they are aware of and that they can't just make assumptions about what sort of manager is appropriate. A manager has to be appointed for football reasons only and there are certain criteria that must be met if another disaster is to be avoided.

2/ I hope the club learned a lesson when they sacked Monk and we don't end up in a similar fiasco during the coming weeks. If they did learn a lesson from that fiasco, they will have already talked to prospective managers behind the scenes before giving BB the bullet and a new appointment should happen quickly so that the changeover comes with minimum fuss.
The Self(ie)-Obsessed
at 20:22 8 Oct 2016

While non-football topics seem to be in vogue this week, I thought I'd toss another in.

I've just returned from a few days in Italy which included a long overdue visit to Venice, a city of almost unparalleled beauty IMO.

Only one thing spoiled my Venice experience. It seemed to me there were countless thousands who had spent vast sums of money and travelled very long distances to visit some of the world's most impressive and iconic sights. But what do they take photographs of instead? Themselves. WTF?!?!

I wonder if they show their friends their photographic holiday memories by saying things like "Here's one of me obscuring at least half of the magnificent Basilica of St Mark in Venice" or "Here's another one of me and you can just make out a bit of Niagra Falls over my left shoulder or "Here's one of me completely ruining an otherwise excellent photograph of The Taj Mahal at sunset". Give me strength.

And if I'd seen another f*cking selfie stick within 24 hours of leaving Venice, someone may well have ended up with some serious rectal injuries.

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Chelsea after Ben?
at 08:55 18 Sep 2016

At the end of Motd, they showed a newspaper article about Man City being after Alexis Sanchez but to the left of it was a smaller article which said Chelsea are interested in Ben Davies. If it happens, could be a good move for him or could just be a case of swapping one bench in London for another.
The £50 deposits for STs after expansion
at 16:30 17 Aug 2016

Back in June, the club were contacting people who had stumped up a £50 ST deposit, or 2 in my case, pending the stadium expansion and were offering them their money back or the opportunity to but a ST whether they already had one or not. I was lucky and bought 2 STs for family members.

What I'm intrigued to know, if anyone does, is where did these available STs come from and how many were available? I was always under the impression that there was some sort of waiting list for STs but this scheme seems to have sidestepped any waiting list assuming there ever was one.

Did a lot of people not renew during last season's renewal period so their tickets went back on the market and were first offered to those who'd paid the £50 deposits?
Llorente / Williams updates
at 14:35 4 Aug 2016
Has anyone managed to stop laughing yet?
at 22:14 27 Jun 2016

I haven't.
One more time
at 18:46 13 Jun 2016

Cork in top 10 marathon men
at 18:04 19 May 2016

Don't know if this had been mentioned anywhere else and apologies if it has but Jack Cork ran the 8th furthest in 90 minutes on average for the season. Well done Jack!
These last 8 games
at 11:35 17 Apr 2016

Seems to me that yesterday's performance was just the latest in a pattern so shouldn't have come as a great surprise.

Spurs - battling performance, still leading with 20 to go, unlucky not to get a point

Arsenal - battling performance, dug deep and nicked all 3 points

Norwich - poor performance, fortunate to scrape a 1-0

Bournemouth - a performance riddled with errors

Villa - another poor performance, another scraped 1-0

Stoke - great 2nd half fight back to snatch a deserved point

Chelsea - best performance in quite a while and should have won more comfortably

Newcastle - well below par and got what we deserved

So when we play a top half team we turn up and give a decent account of ourselves but play a team struggling and we're woeful. It's not just the last 8 either, we were unlucky not to get anything away to both Manc clubs but put in poor performances against Watford despite the result and Sunderland despite the poor officials and just didn't play well enough against WBA and Palace when both were there for the taking.

There are exceptions of course, we didn't look like beating Saints for example but generally that had been the pattern and I don't really understand why.

But when someone reckons we won't get any more points this season, recent history might suggest we will.
Just out of interest......
at 12:19 21 Mar 2016

In case I've missed it, has anyone actually come up with a plausible reason for the WTF substitution of Naughton on for Barrow yet?
Well, what an evening that was
at 08:50 3 Feb 2016

Set off without my wallet & ticket at 4.15pm, went back home then picked up a couple of mates en route.

Got to M5 J2 at 6.40pm and could just see the floodlights of the ground.

Got to J1 @ 8 bloody 20pm, an hour an 40 minutes to go 2.3 fecking miles ffs

Missed the first 40 minutes but was in time to see Ki stretchered off which wasn't a nice start. Hope he's ok.

Had to watch West Brom for 50 minutes which was just dreadful.

Then the final kick in the nuts, some bright spark had decided that it would be a good idea to close the M5 and divert all southbound traffic on to the M42 heading east towards Warwick before coming off @J2 then doubling back to come off @ J1 and heading south through Bromsgrove to get back on the M5. I'd love to know who thought that one up. Nose to tail crawl for 8 miles.

Ended up getting home just after 1am instead of about 12.15am but I suspect there were many who got home later.

Only saving grace was that I'd missed 40 minutes of West Brom. What a fecking horrible horrible side. I'd slit my wrists if I had to watch that every week. Don't think even Pulis' Stoke were as bad as that. Never had anything against them as a club particularly but I really hope they go down playing like that. The ball was never on the deck in our half of the pitch. We did well to play some lovely stuff at times and a shame we didn't hang on for the 3 points like we did at Goodison.

How were other folks' evenings? Better than mine I hope?
Bored with all this deadline day bollux..
at 19:04 1 Feb 2016

.. when we've got an important game tomorrow and another at the weekend.

Next 3, all winnable, what would be a satisfactory points tally from these? 5-6 maybe? Or should we be expecting 7 with our new found confidence, our new manager and our new striker?
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Rory Fallon
at 18:59 1 Feb 2016

Has joined Bristol Rovers apparently. Didn't know he was still playing. Most people have to sing a song at their initiation into a new club, just saw footage of him performing the haka instead. Scary.
Just read this quote from Curt
at 19:11 9 Jan 2016

"I've never seen myself as a manager, but you can quickly change mindset once given the opportunity to help the club. I have never aspired to be a manager but you can switch into manager mode. The important thing is to maintain our Premier League status, but I wouldn't rule out staying on. I get a real buzz from it."
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Curtis: Players identified & funds available
at 17:57 31 Dec 2015

Just reading BBC sport and in an interview Curt has said:-

Player targets have been identified but he hasn't been told who they are
Funds are available
Nobody likely to be leaving - all speculation atm
He doesn't think Bamford is a target
No news on a manager so we carry on regardless

The only thing that surprises me there is that funds are avahilable but then it doesn't specify how much. Also, if he doesn't know who the targets are yet, I guess Bamford could still be one.
So, Man City away, are we expecting any changes........
at 19:07 10 Dec 2015

1/ In the starting 11?

2/ In the team shape?

3/ In the attitude?

4/ In the effort?

5/ In the overall performance?

Or, god forbid, more of the same?
Swans to shut out Vardy?
at 12:56 29 Nov 2015

For decades, we seem to have been the team that everyone on a bad run, team or individual player, finally come up trumps against. Danny Graham for Hull for example.

How about we become the first team in yonks to prevent Vardy from scoring and Gomis breaks his duck for a 1-0 win? Now wouldn't that be nice?
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