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at 13:19 12 Sep 2019
"In 1974 I had a medical to sign for Leicester City and because of a muscle injury I failed it. As a 25-year-old with a family to look after, hearing a specialist say that I might only have a year left of my playing career was a big blow.
I went back to Liverpool, but it was a difficult time for me there. Bob Paisley had taken over from Shanks and I had the feeling that he wasn’t 100 per cent with me. Fortunately, I still had 18 months left on my contract, so I made it work. I did more specialised training; went down to the swimming pool a few times a week; focused on shorter, sharper sessions. That way, I was able to turn things around and play on for some considerable time.
But that period got me thinking about the game a lot more. I started to appreciate things that maybe some other players took for granted. I started to think about management.
My time at Liverpool came to an end when they agreed to sell me to Anderlecht for £80,000. I went over there, did the medical and, just like Leicester had done, they turned down the deal.
Liverpool were going to struggle to get any money for me if I couldn’t pass a medical. So I asked if they’d let me go for free. That way I could go down to the lower divisions and see if I could get a role as a player-coach somewhere.
Cardiff was my first thought, but they didn’t fancy the idea. I think the Cardiff manager Jimmy Andrews was a bit too concerned for his own future.
In the end it was a chance meeting with the Swansea chairman at a sports trade fair that led to me being offered the player-manager role there. It was a chance to get back home to south Wales, and to learn my trade as a coach."
|Cardiff board CCMB|
at 20:34 10 Sep 2019
Should have opened a thread on the launching of footballs into orbit
|Monk to Wednesday.....unbelievable|
at 11:12 9 Sep 2019
"'Garry has lost his focus on football. Every time he gets fired he became richer. I don't know if he still has the desire to be passionate about football rather than controlling things, all these transfers.'"
|Monk to Wednesday.....unbelievable|
at 17:02 6 Sep 2019
Will put money on him giving it a go this time. May even go so far as seeing us land the final brick when we play them in April.
|This alternative table garbage|
at 08:13 4 Sep 2019
Goes to show you can’t put a metric behind team cohesion, heart and desire.
Literally the X factor
Jacks are going up 👍🏻
at 01:57 3 Sep 2019
Anyone else bored of Darren’s obsessive baiting of Perch?
at 19:55 31 Aug 2019
He’s been solid - and is a big part of why we’re defensively stronger this season.
I think some struggle as he’s not the typical “winger” full backs we’ve been used to in recent times
at 08:55 30 Aug 2019
I blame all this hubris on Rodon.
at 08:47 30 Aug 2019
It’s a total sh1tshow.
FWIW - my read is that there’s clearly a contractual position that means Cardiff are not liable for the transfer payment. This causes huge issues for FIFA as they ratified and registered the transfer and has the potential to open up a can of worms on other deals.
FiFA are banking on Nantes accepting that they could walk away with nothing and Cardiff wanting to avoid the PR (and potential blacklisting) nightmare of avoiding their obligations on a technicality (btw - hugely unethical as the situation would not have arisen if Sala had not died).
I expect a compromise in the next few days.
[Post edited 30 Aug 8:49]
at 06:10 29 Aug 2019
|Set Piece Defence|
at 14:04 26 Aug 2019
In my memory, set pieces have always been a weakness for us - with brief respite during the Ash/Monk and Bound/Smith days
at 14:56 25 Aug 2019
Inevitable that it’ll end up where anonymous accounts will be stopped online - it’s the only way to deal with this situation. As always, a few morons spoiling it for the rest of us.
Still - will clean up this site for starters...
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