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  1. 110% agree, if Neal Ardley continues to leave players out when they deserve to start then it will just cause a bigger issue. Enzio Boldewijn does nothing to warrant always starting, if I remember right Harry Kewell dropped him briefly and his form picked up. There's no motivation to improve when you're guaranteed to start.
    5 points
  2. The Nottinghamshire FC thing must have been bait, you can't really suggest two teams merge and choose that as a rational 'suggestion' for the clubs name. And besides, we are quite happy (as will Forest fans). Our problem is more with the direction our owners have been leading the two clubs, luckily for us we have been taken over but I couldn't imagine any of my red friends would think differently. Many opposition fans speak of how much history Notts have, again same for Forest but together? There would be no meaning. It simply wouldn't be the same.
    5 points
  3. My main objective is the fact we have sacked so many managers already, it would leave someone else with the same task as Neal Ardley but perhaps in a better state all round. Still, you get players who won't settle down or they dislike the changes someone else does. Exactly what Harry Kewell had and would complain about. The standard of football has generally been better, though it annoys me how defensive minded Ardley is - especially against teams like Sutton who looked beatable until the one change was made. That said, we have to stuck with Neal and hope he can fix things, or at least put in foundations for future success. Now isn't the time, thankfully some of this has died off with wins being picked up.
    4 points
  4. I touched upon this with my thoughts on those having a meltdown over Sam Graham's injury, it's people wanting to always be right and the first one to say "I told you so". One of the main reasons why managers end up being axed because the minority seems to spread at Notts County. Leave the man to get on with his job.
    4 points
  5. Unless a team is winning every week, they become predictable and their position is then tangible. Every manager at this level has something annoying about them. Neal Ardley is far from perfect, yet he had been dealt a bad hand and it does take time to fix. He seems to know what the issues are. Previous managers like John Sheridan, Kevin Nolan etc all spoke about strengthening the wrong areas. Ardley has signed to strengthen, it might have upset some that Matt Tootle is being frozen out. We have to trust Ardley to do right by the club. Right now, it's nonsense to be calling for the managers head.
    4 points
  6. Great feature thanks @samwatto2008 and of course @Chris It’s interesting that Rodney says Jonathon Forte is their star player this season, that is one big mistake by Nolan in my opinion, why the hell did he let him go?
    4 points
  7. I do hope for Ryan Yates sake the switch benefits him. I agree 100% with what you have written here Chris, it makes little to no sense. There must be more behind the decision to recall him otherwise I do feel he would be best having stayed put. There's little chance playing League One this season will prepare him enough for the Championship during the next campaign either.
    4 points
  8. Being respectful works both ways, having pops at fans for expressing their opinions on social media needs to be allowed - if you don't allow people to vent then its going to build up. I do feel fans could be a little more optimistic, yet labelling 'every' fan who shares a comment that isn't rosy doesn't mean they're a negative fan. I can't believe he's suggesting we don't need fans. Majority of fans just want to see Notts succeeding and giving a proper go of games, Mansfield, FGR and Crewe have all been poor but the majority are still open to acknowledging how well we are doing. And the Liam Noble story was always going to break, just because a fan shared the picture (which seems harmless) - after all he was training with the club, how can this be compared to Arsenal fan tv? Clearly pressure is mounting and its borderline silly.
    4 points
  9. And to think, we've been here all along through thick and thin. Long may it continue JJ! COYP!
    4 points
  10. The Munto era was very surreal, though I always being fan owned and remaining 'a family club' would be the best outcome. I was concerned we would lose this with the millions that was reportedly available to us - I think we lost more of our supporters base and family feel under the previous regime. Alan Hardy has been refreshing since he arrived and the appointment of Kevin Nolan so far has been an outstanding decision. It just goes to show just how impressive things can be when everything sings from the same sheet, from the top of the club to the supporters. Hopefully we can build some solid foundations to bring success within the new two campaigns, yet I will settle for stability. Brilliant article Alex.
    4 points
  11. Alan Hardy will soon learn some fans will just complain (whether right or wrong), also that some people will just want something in return because someone else has gotten another deal. I don't care remotely about that, though I do understand why some fans have expressed concern. Personally, I just want to see Meadow Lane buzzing and busy. Hopefully this will keep the peace but some tweets I have seen are just amusing.
    4 points
  12. I guess that scouting a potential target, or inviting him for a trial, is one aspect of signing a player but it seems that Notts have neglected to consider the mentality of recently imported players. In view of Martin Allen's comments, which point something of a finger in the direction of Branston for bringing in such a fragile bunch, it leaves me puzzled and annoyed at this mistake, which, almost literally, Notts just can't afford to make. Goodness gracious me. What a season! There is a real toxicity at Meadow Lane at the moment.
    4 points
  13. Is this real @Joe Jones ? I'm just abit shocked is all, that Juve would actually choose us to replace them and play Spurs and Athletics Madrid aswell as Melbourne victory, what a chance for our players to really do themselves proud. Edit: April fools I presume?
    4 points
  14. Notts County was a club on its knees during the remaining days of the 'error era', I am incredibly thankful that the Reedtz brothers have come in and given us some solid foundations to build on. Back-to-back playoff finishes, stronger recruits and players signed for a fee. The futures black and white!
    3 points
  15. That season is a special one, the squad did well to win the league. 1998 is also the season when Jermaine Pennant left to sign for Arsenal, we had a friendly against them. My tash had a little sniffle reading this, it's fine, honestly!
    3 points
  16. Thanks for the positive feedback guys, it is appreciated!
    3 points
  17. The future must be the focus, it's good to have two brothers who support each other and those around them. I get the impression that they're relaxed about progress, understanding that it takes time and hard work. The clubs been in a state since as long as I have supported Notts - it will take steady hands to change this. Neal Ardley has been backed by them, they worked fast to support him in getting signings and it's just welcoming to see how it's the club being put first. No gimmicks, no false dawns or blame. No getting the fans all excited over nothing, just common sense.
    3 points
  18. a few changes is common sense, i feel like ardley is sticking with the team just for the sake of it and in the hopes that they can drag themselves out of the poor form. he has mentioned watching players off the ball, which makes it baffling when he continues to start some. he will have his own reasons but i do think osborne and lacey need to come in to the squad, with turner being injured i would expect this. rawlinson is very inconsistent too, he will play well one game and then look like a different player altogether.
    3 points
  19. My very first season was whilst Mick managed Notts, I recall my grandfather being unhappy that we had sacked the manager before him (Neil Warnock) and I believe we was somewhere like 4th in the old First Division (now the Championship). I was too young to realise that we had been relegated before that from the top flight and narrowly missed out on being a part of the first Premier League season (Oldham and Swindon made it though). I recall the football though, it was pretty entertaining and the squad Notts had worked well together. I'm not sure why we let Mick go TBH, again too young at the time.
    3 points
  20. It was interesting to read what AH said about the whole Dongda He situation. I hope I'm not 'misquoting' here but, according to AH, the transfer came about like this:- a) He had been with the Academy for four years. b) The 17 year old was not, legally, able to sign a Contract with us as he was still a 'minor'. It was the club's intention to get him to sign with us at aged 18 and KN was previously quoted as saying they did everything possible to get him to sign. c) When WWFC (and two others clubs) came calling, He wrote to the club and made a formal request to be allowed to leave to join them. d) Under FFP 'rules': once this happens, two things kick in to play:- i.) either the club 'negotiates' a deal for his leaving to a new club or ii.) the whole thing goes before a Tribunal who are asked to make an independent decision iii.) For this, the Tribunal looks at:- 1) did He play for the 1st team? (and therefore, his 'loss' to it) 2) How many years have Notts 'supported' him with an Academy place (valued at £40k per year cost to the club)? Under these 'Rules', "No, He wasn't a (valued) 1st Team member" and he'd "had 4 years of Academy Training". So, a Tribunal would have valued him - total - at £160.000 for WWFC 'purchasing' purposes. Of course, no one knows what 'deal' was eventually done for He to move on but it's felt that it has to be considerably more than the £160k a Tribunal would have offered us. In any Contract, there are, of course, 'add-on clauses', so in addition to an unknown fee, it could be that there are additional moneys coming to the club for, say, He going in WWFC 1st Team; scoring goals; being sold on, etc., etc., It's interesting that Huddersfield Town now have NO Academy for the reasons stated above; and that with any young prospect offered huge 'carrots' to move on to larger clubs, not at all surprising that a money-losing club like Notts might be interested in picking talent simply for the purposes of selling them on for the £££. Bring back the "Reserves", I say. COYP!
    3 points
  21. Very refreshing to get balance opinions obvious proper football fans. No bravado, no BS. Hats off to them and Stevenage for having a great couple of fans.
    3 points
  22. The issue is a mix of things. I have said that the fitness hasn't been good since the pre-season, usually the players look much more engaged with games but I don't think it's just that - yes we Mike Edwards quite clearly but it's also not that simple. The players need to mark better, we have defended very loosely for years and someone should be telling them to press much more. Also, they don't take responsibility for their own actions that well - they need to be more practical and hard-working on the field. I do feel Notts miss the experience, however at the same time the experience we do have remaining has been underwhelming. To move forward, the players have to work harder and ensure that the ball is well protected. I don't feel things will improve that much until the club has a more vocal and experienced goalkeeper though. There's a lot holding Notts back, yet sadly for me Ross Fitzsimons hasn't taken his chance to secure the number 1 position.
    3 points
  23. please to see the work done by @NottsCountyFITC, think they do a great job within the community and in the name of the club.
    3 points
  24. I'm a little late to this discussion, but... 1. 'Fans', rightly or wrongly, will ALWAYS have an opinion when they watch matches that their hard-earned money has paid for. 2. It's actually very naive of anyone to think it will, or should be, any other way when the 'entertainment' one is paying for, isn't up to scratch. 3. Whilst the atmosphere at Meadow Lane this season has been absolute magic, it cannot have gone unnoticed by anyone that there have been some below-par matches where hoof balls were a) constantly played and b) constantly missed; c) where opposing team players beat us (fairly and squarely) on the run; d) where some of us have wondered - against cracking opposition - how the heck we remain top three in the league and e) moreover, just how long this phenomenon can be maintained when the fella 'in charge' openly admits his players 'didn't turn up' for the games we've lost or drawn. 4. The 'big deal' about pics posted of Nolan training with his team is beyond me! As a former PI, it's not rocket science to expect anything needing to be 'kept under wraps' should never have been conducted in a public place...so more naivety with that comment, I'm afraid. 5. I don't know if these comments by the Manager are an effort to a) stop his decisions being undermined online or b) if he genuinely believes that ticket-paying fans (some of us for going on nearly 50 years - with all of the changes, mismanagement, disappointments, downs, ups and total shiz - THAT has brought upon us as NCFC supporters), then he needs to rethink. Not only that, but he needs to be a lot more respectful of the fact that for a lot of us, success (as supporters) has been little, irrelevant of how much money and years of time, WE have 'invested' in this club. 6. Whilst I fully respect and appreciate what he's currently doing for NCFC, I'm afraid it'll be quite a while before I 'forget' this article.
    3 points
  25. Nolan is way off the mark with his comments. Fans pay the manager & players salaries so therefore deserve to have an opinion, good or bad.
    3 points
  26. I am really happy we have signed him, we need his tenacity and guile in midfield, I'm confident he won't be getting himself into the situations he did last time. Great work again Notts and come on Liam Noble!!
    3 points
  27. But enough about the home dressing room. Here's an EXCLUSIVE glimpse at the new away dressing room!
    3 points
  28. We really have to play promotion down, take it as it comes. I know some are saying that Alan Hardy wants it, though I believe he will be prepared to see us build properly. If we are to get back to the Championship and overturn the clubs fortunes, then we really need to be level headed. I'm prepared to wait and I think Kevin Nolan is the right man to lead the revolution forward.
    3 points
  29. When Haydn Hollis is focused and in the zone he's a very capable player in this division - the problem is when he doesn't keep to his game. He needs to do the simple things in which he excels at and there's no defender at the club currently who can do that last ditch tackle which Hollis does without second thought. I also feel sorry for him because at times there are players who deserve the harsh comments in which only he seems to always attract. Contract wise I think he could prove he's deserving of one, but we do need reinforcement in this department. Good write up @TheFostarr94.
    3 points
  30. They are very good videos, well produced. Deserve more views!
    3 points
  31. It sounds quite positive from his perspective, the price of the purchase and the additional fee's found doesn't seem to have phased him which is good. Hopefully he will continue to connect with the community the thing about Notts is there's plenty of people who want good for this club -yet the core is quite small in comparison to other clubs of our side. Time to change that and to build for the future.
    3 points
  32. Excellent piece. It does feel as though the baggage accumulated during the Trew era has been shed. One thing though - I'm pretty sure that Ray Trew didn't walk through the door promising the earth. In fact, at first he dampened expectations. The nonsense about Premiership strikers signing tomorrow started a bit later. I think he got too closely involved and carried away and many people are worried about Alan Hardy falling into the same trap a couple of years down the line. But hopefully he'll learn from the Trews' mistakes.
    3 points
  33. "It may be unpopular to suggest seeing Alan Smith.." You bet, especially starting a match ahead of Forte. I am extremely worried that chumminess with Smith will affect Nolan's decision making.
    3 points
  34. I would genuinely hate my friends from Notts to suffer the indignity of relegation from the EFL. It would be tragic if we lost the Pies however temporarily. I urge fans to turn up in large numbers to roar Kevin Nolan & his team towards safety.
    3 points
  35. we don't need loads of money, false dawns, false hopes, false promises, treated like we need pleasing and ultimately misguided but we do need someone who can move the club forward.
    3 points
  36. What a brilliant gift for all of the real Notts fans who have been worried about our clubs future. I'm pleased Alan got the deal he wanted, I hope we can finally move forward and away from the era of uncertainty.
    3 points
  37. For me, we just don't seem to have the metal when it comes to fighting in local derbies. Perhaps its because over the last few seasons we haven't had many of this nature, Chesterfield used to be lively and fun encounters but I don't know - something needs to give. You can win, lose and the majority will except it, especially if there is that fight but I always felt we would struggle if they played how did (which was the opposite to own game
    3 points
  38. Good write up and enjoyed the read. Lets just hope for a much better season. Ticket ordered and looking forward to the new season , hoping JS can get something more out of Izale.
    3 points
  39. Of all the names in the above list that are exiting the club, I have to say that Branston is the one I'm most pleased about. The last fifteen months have seen a completely unnecessary relegation, an importation of some twenty-one players of varying skill and, for the most part, dubious mental strength, resulting in such a disappointing league campaign. I'm not inferring that all of this is Branston's fault but, as chief scout, he has to be jettisoned for his part in the failure. Notts must be careful when it comes to appointing their next main scout. The club need to learn from the disastrous mistakes made, especially as money, as the song goes, too tight to mention. However this matter has concluded itself, the club has made the first step in halting the decline. Notts have done good business in ridding themselves of a turd.
    3 points
  40. Personally, I'd be delighted if Martin Allen was reappointed at The Lane. Granted, he's not everyone's cuppa tea but I dig his style. Unorthodox, bit of a maverick, misunderstood bohemian tendencies but intensely focused and strongly determined. I'm unsure of MA's current contract with Barnet. Though, I don't quite get the footballing sensitivities of making approaches for other clubs' managers. When does tapping up become poaching?
    3 points
  41. Sorry, it wasn't 'uncertainty'. At least in my opinion, Mansfield was a soul destroyer and I'm sure certain things didn't help but really people should admit the side just wasn't pulling together or playing to the best standard that they could. Majority of professionals can work under difficult circumstances, people who know they're about to lose their jobs for example. Only a handful of players wanted to turn the season around, lack of desire and passion meant it became intangible.
    3 points
  42. Reading between the lines, @Piethagoram, it means they feel they haven't found one yet.
    3 points
  43. He is going so I've heard. Who can blame him? He obviously has an issue (like we all do) with Guy Branston and how much influence he has on players etc and by the sounds of his interview he has already had enough of the merry go round that we have become. The only saving grace might be that we are a league club, can't see any other positive.
    3 points
  44. I like Cooper's honesty and approach, it's refreshing - I'm not sure all will like it but from the fans perspective it shows that we and the manager see things the same. I hope he does field some of the youngsters, yet we should be wary of rushing them but there's certainly little harm in giving them a run. Tell it like it is Mark! In the words of @magpiejue 'show 'em what your made of'. COYP
    3 points
  45. brill video! i thought the answers was very interesting. i spotted@magpiejue doing it, also saw her in the navi too.
    3 points
  46. What a big result! It may have ended 1-0 but we deserved more. Good performance from a squad who did so together, as a unit. Noble's also deserved s goal, fingers crossed a contact follows and his confidence is lifted. Pleased overall, so hope it continues. COYP
    3 points
  47. Well Notts bravely fought for the point and Cooper's right, we should have won but that's not a negative for me. The players gave 100%, it may have been slow building but we don't expect things to happen instantly. I think it's a performance which we can build and grow on. COYP!
    3 points

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