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  • in reply to: Adiós mis amigos #1596078
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    This site has been dying a slow, painful, death for some time now. It’s a great pity that so few people choose to participate here, given the maturity of the contributors and the quality of the offerings. I wonder whether many are aware of its existence?

    The most positive feature has been the spirit of camaraderie and mutual respect that has existed among the few posters. There has been none of the bitching and vulgarities which are common place on many other forums.

    I shall endeavour to meet you on the other site and renew our acquaintance. Hoping for a change of fortune.

    With best wishes.

    in reply to: Who the Heckingbottom is he? #1595504
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    Thomas Christiansen was the fall guy. Poor honest fella tried his best but was completely out of his depth. He had the rub of the green in those opening seven games but those results flattered to deceive as the other teams were just warming up, so to speak. It was only a matter of time before he was well and truly exposed as naive and ineffective for the English Championship.

    I’m neither convinced nor confident about the new man. He leaves Barnsley in a precarious position although his advocates are quick to point out that Barnsley sold off most of their important players, leaving him with bare bones. Somehow, I don’t trust a man who jumps ship after four days of signing a new contract! As has been pointed out, he begins his tenure at a distinct disadvantage – given the catalogue of suspensions and injuries.

    As long as the obnoxious Orta continues to wield the power he has, I cannot see our beloved team making progress. The man’s influence is poisonous and I am at a loss to understand how a seemingly astute businessman like Radzianni is allowing this unhealthy situation to prevail. Just what is Radzianni’s fascination with this slimy figure?

    At the end of the day it’s, once again, the long suffering faithful who have to endure sustained heartache and uncertainty.

    in reply to: Spit and Polished Man Hit for Six! #1581731
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    Whilst I don’t think owners should interfere with team selections I think Andrea Radrizzani is entitled to ask Thomas Cluelessen if he gave Newport County sufficient credit, consideration and respect. He should also demand an explanation regarding his team selection for the match.

    Phoenix, you make an excellent point, here. It’s all about accountability. We will never know whether Andrea exercised his prerogative as owner.

    The report that some players were joking and laughing after the match fills me with consternation especially when I think of the heartbroken fans who were, once again, kicked in the teeth. These jokers must be identified, investigated and if, found guilty, dealt with. Judging, by Christiansen’s attitude, however, I am more than certain he’ll pass it off as innocuous.

    in reply to: Sweet FA for the Leeds Fans – Again! #1580284
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    Oh dear me!

    When the draw was first announced, I said that we would go through and I envisaged a decent cup run. When I saw the starting line-up, I knew, instinctively, that we were going to struggle. Images of Histon and Sutton flashed across my mind. As the game wore on (despite our opener) that sickening and familiar feeling of deja vu grew and finally overpowered me.

    You’ve said it all, Phoenix, in your customary crisp and sparkling style; outlining the mediocrity that was served up to the point of exasperation. I can only add to one particular point: I also feel sorry for Grot but only because the boy is in the wrong the profession! Seriously, rugby would be a more appropriate calling. Somebody once said that “you can’t put in what God has left out.” As cynical a statement as this may be, I cannot help but gravitate towards it when thinking of Grot. How many more chances does he need to be given? Whatever could have possessed the scouts when they recommended him to Orta and co?

    Now, this fascination with Phillips intrigues me. Just what is it about this player? His only “strength” appears to lie in his willing to throw in tackles (albeit clumsy and laboured). Otherwise, he is sluggish, over weight, lacking in vision and possessing no ability to deliver telling passes with regularity for one in the crucial position he has been hogging since the start of the season; in short he is ill-equipped for this division yet has become a permanent fixture. In the same breath I might add that the less said about the Hamburger the better, suffice it to add that the sooner he is unceremoniously dispatched back to Germany, the better for all concerned (and he is eating up a considerable portion of the wage bill to boot)!

    Christensen, I’m afraid, is a deluded man, He stated, categorically, the other day that the club does not need to sign a striker. I wonder what he’s thinking right now. The truth of the matter is that Roofe is as inconsistent as they come and Ekuban is no better than the other two!

    The growing sense is that Saiz will receive a ban extending for up to six games for what is alleged to be a spitting offence. This is a despicable act that negates all the positive attributes of this star player. There is simply nothing which can justify this despicable act. Was he not cautioned for an identical act in the Port Vale game? If he is found guilty, then the punishment must fit the crime and he ought to hang his head in shame for becoming a liability. If this filthy habit is germane to his nature, then ‘twould be wise for him to pack his bags as well with convenient speed.

    And finally, I’ve said it previously: AR and his cronies are at Elland Road to reap the rewards of a lucrative investment. What, then, can we expect in this transfer window? More cheap foreign imports and one or two local loanees not worth their salt. AR’s advocates are clinging onto the “five-year theory” begging that we remain patience and hold on to our hats. I don’t buy this. AR has failed us in the last two windows and I doubt that things are going to be any different this time either.

    Still, we will continue to keep the Faith in true and gritty Yorkshire tradition but pray for constructive deeds as well. In the meantime, we must ponder the ominous prospect of getting turned over by those tractor boys, come Saturday.

    in reply to: More Like Whittlers with a Blunt Knife than Lumberjacks! #1577910
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    Hi, Phoenix

    Yes, my good friend. We’re still not out of the woods! The axe must fall on the deadwood and, sharp, sharp too!

    That performance against Forest (like the preceding one) was dire in the mire. What frustration to endure at the start of the new year! What frustration for all the fellow faithful who braved the icy conditions! So many people are excited by the return of the multitudes to Elland Road this season; yet on how many occasions have the loyal supporters been exposed to limp and lifeless displays: Derby, Reading, Sheffield United…

    TC’s problematic team selections (recall Birmingham) and tactics aside, the real problem lies in the painful reality that the the options in the rest of the squad are no better than those who are selected. Cibicki and Sackho, Grot and Lassoga the hamburger, Phillips and O’ Kane, Wielwald and Lonegan, Ayling and others: very little to differentiate between these players, the common denominator being Mediocrity. With the exception of Saiz and Pontus this lot is not to be trusted.

    The teams, just outside the playoffs, are looking ominous. I will not be surprised at the next installment of deja vu! As a long suffering faithful, I must accept my lot and continue to dream. I’ll continue keeping the Faith, but Faith without works is dead.

    in reply to: The Air is Blue! #1576749
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    There may be a red mist hanging over Elland Road come late tomorrow? Forest have sacked their manager and we know, more often than not, what means.

    in reply to: Not Quite a Norfolk Stuffing….. #1572300
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    Thanks, my good friends. God bless you.

    in reply to: Not Quite a Norfolk Stuffing….. #1571986
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    Greetings Phoenix and others,

    A heartbreaking family bereavement has kept me away from these pages for a while.

    Although still battling to come to terms with it, I have managed to keep an eye on our beloved team but have been unable to gather my thoughts in the way that I like to. I’m very pleased that the lads are getting the desired results – although I must advise caution, bearing in mind the terrible implosion which took place in late September and October.

    in reply to: Will We or Will We? That is the Question? #1561084
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    Mr Christensen remarked, quite categorically, in his interview that the gulf between Leeds United and Wolves is not that vast; an unbelievable comment – if ever there was one.

    I am now convinced that the man, without realizing it, is “a dwarf dressed in giant’s robes”. The wretched coach is being used as a front man to further the broader designs of the firm of Radzianni, Orta, Kinnear and Co. I pity Christensen in a sense; he’s essentially a decent, honest man albeit a naive and inexperienced football head coach.

    Barnsley beckons ominously.

    in reply to: On Borrowed Time #1559190
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    Hi Phoenix

    I endorse your assessment of the squad. Can’t see many arguing that.

    Relieved with the win though not overtly excited (I’ve learnt my lesson well!). We’ll wait and see what lies ahead in the next couple of months. Somehow, I don’t trust this lot.

    in reply to: From One Derby to Another #1551915
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    Pathetic, pathetic interview from Christensen. A man who has clearly lost the plot. Time to pack up.

    in reply to: From One Derby to Another #1551897
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    Here we go again. Relegation form? Immune to pain!

    in reply to: From One Derby to Another #1551887
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    We had it coming! Donkey Sackho.

    in reply to: From One Derby to Another #1551880
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    2nd half – precarious lead. Derby finding their way back. Not so comfortable …

    in reply to: The Leicester City Game #1549150
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    Okay, that takes care of that. Onward and upwards towards Friday.

    in reply to: The Leicester City Game #1549134
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    I’m in the company of Pope and Whelan.

    Grot simply not doing enough. Klich and Cibicki not impressing either. Anita having a good game so far.

    in reply to: Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion? It Appears Not! #1548698
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    Some thoughts about tomorrow’s game.

    I am also not too excited about Leicester and the League cup (although a win will be a morale booster). Hoping that TC applies his mind diligently and prudently when selecting the team. We, obviously, need to be thinking about the importance of Friday evening’s game.

    With Beradi and Dallas missing for tomorrow’s visit to the Foxes, TC may shuffle the pack – without sacrificing too much. Borthwick Cameron-Jackson may well be recalled to do duty on the left side of defence. Sackho could also be given a run with Klich, Grot and Cibicki staking a claim for a place. I suspect that TC may start with the “non-regulars” and opt to bring on the others later in the game. We shall see. What ever the case, we cannot afford any casualties which will disrupt our preparations for the Blades.

    And finally, I’m praying that the game is done and dusted within regulation time – one way or other. The last thing we want is an energy-sapping 120 minutes – with the prospect of a penalty shoot-out before Friday’s crunch game.

    in reply to: Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion? It Appears Not! #1547817
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    Christensen listened to the fans and rang the changes. Credit to him; that was a massive improvement on the rubbish that was served in the last three games.

    Vieira made the difference in midfield and Lassoga looked like he wanted to play the game. It was a most satisfying victory but we need to be realistic and desist from getting our heads in the clouds again. The boys should now be firmly focussed on the Blades for Friday evening’s important game.

    Build on this Thomas – build on this.

    in reply to: Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion? It Appears Not! #1547223
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    This is TC’s acid test. Another loss and the name of one Gordon Strachan is going to ring louder around Elland Road.

    What needs to be done? The midfield must be fixed as a matter of priority and Vieira HAS TO START. I’ve seen Anita play as a holding midfield for Newcastle and he excelled in that role. TC has to be imaginative and brave. He needs to find the right blend between steel and flair. These two players, in my opinion, offer more than the Phillips – O Kane axis which appears to have wilted in recent weeks. A good manager is one who has the ability to diagnose, to plan (by weighing the various options available to him) and to ultimately fix the problem areas. Successful teams are built along a solid spine. Based on recent games, we may be likened to jelly fish!

    Lassoga began like a firecracker. Now, he’s playing like a damp squib looking lost and lonely up front. There is something in his body language that suggests that all may not be too well. Grot, sadly, is a bumbling misfit (from what I’ve seen already). A realistic analysis of the present scenario reveals that very little, on the field of play, has changed from last season. A case of old wine in new jars, perhaps? Saiz seems to be the sole exception. All this has to be attributed to one mitigating factor: the lack of purposeful investment in players of proven quality. I’m afraid it’s looking ominous. We could be too far behind the front-runners, come January, when attempts may be made to go shopping.

    This is the burden that the Leeds United faithful must carry: occasional peaks followed by prolonged dips and troughs. Yes, we are more shaky than those autumn leaves right now. I hate the sense of foreboding but love the description very much!

    in reply to: Reading into Saturday's Match #1544825
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    Kicked in the teeth again!!!

    What a pathetic display of football – reminiscent of the Warnock and McDermott days. There was absolutely no passion, no commitment, no purpose. Most of them seemed to be nursing king-sized hangovers. Listening to Pope and Whelen, I could not believe what was happening as the game was panning out. It must have been even more painful for that faithful crowd to endure.

    After a dream start, it’s turning out to be a sticky wicket for Christensen. His real test will come against Bristol next week. How will he stop the rot which is setting in? What turn-around strategy is he going to come up with? After the last five games, the signs are clear that we are handicapped, once again, by a soft-centred midfield. Everybody is calling for Vieira – and rightly too. I should like to see Anita play in a holding role in midfield as well. Phillips has had too many games this season and this is becoming painfully obvious. The lad needs a rest to energize his batteries.

    Unless a bold move is made in January for quality players, this squad is going to bear the sad look of mid-table mediocrity, come May 2018. Perhaps a few British bulldogs who know a thing or about putting up a good fight?

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