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  1. 5 points
    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.
  2. 4 points
    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.
  3. 4 points
    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. 4 points
    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.
  5. 3 points
    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.
  6. 3 points
    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.
  7. 3 points
    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.
  8. 2 points
    This is the bottom line @Chris. Saying we are always expecting to win big, it's not fair. It's part of the problem, and I agree with Neal Ardley shouldn't have made those points about people wanting the club to fail. He was clearly talking about people closer to the club, yet with players talking about us fans wanting big wins it just creates a bigger problem.
  9. 2 points
    I think the signings have been very good, but his management style doesn't seem the best for motivating players to do well or to come in and fight for a starting place. I want Neal Ardley to succeed, he has the ability but when he replaces one player and shoves the other out of the door. It just seems like we might be doing what Mansfield did, they signed a lot of players and hoped it would come good. In the end they appointed someone who stuck with the team and they got promoted.
  10. 2 points
    I expect Neal Ardley to make use of the January transfer window in the Football League, this open all year round seems to have gone to his head a little. I am content with the players he's brought into the squad, but I do feel there are some areas now that need addressing. Centre of midfield, the wing and centre back mostly. Despite Pierce Bird returning from his loan, I don't see him featuring much. Ardley might feel he's too lightweight for this league, which I do get the feeling he sees Sam Osborne as being similar.
  11. 2 points
    I have to be honest, the World's Oldest Professional Football League Club while it was nice - it did seem to be part of the curse that Meadow Lane has. I wasn't that bothered about the title, for me relegation from League Two was more about the uncertainty of falling out of the Football League for the first time and how we seem to sit in divisions once this happens. The club is certainly big, the potential is there to take us to the Championship and although I feel our natural level would be League One (if we go by stature). I think we need to earn it, right now it's promising under the Danish owners. Neal Ardley to his merit has remoulded the club and got us playing quite well, this season has mainly been exciting for that reason, and recruitment seems to be spot on. This commitment and level do need to be met continuously, then perhaps we can grow again further.
  12. 2 points
    Some of the comments expressed online about Matt is nothing short of disgraceful, it's not right and this is football. I just feel Tootle needs to focus on his training and just go about doing whatever he can. A chance may come, he's a good player who can impress. It's good to know he's mentally well, this shouldn't be knocked or used to justify a reason to get rid of him. Neal Ardley has his mind set on what he expects, I just wished we could see the same standard being met by others who so far this season are falling short bar the odd wonder goal. It's about working hard for the badge and playing well, not earning selection just because you can score or do a few good things at random times.
  13. 2 points
    Here's wishing the new owners and all you long suffering Magpie fans all the luck in the world
  14. 2 points
    Good luck to Jon, I know there's talk of him retiring, but I have also heard he might stay on for another year and join a League Two team. I suspect he'll hang his boots up, as this falls into what he's mentioned. He came across as quite grumpy and somewhat rude towards the end of his time at Notts, before that always a standout as one of the best to engage with fans. I'm happy with the retained list, however, it would have been nice to hang on to Jim O'Brien - he gave his all for Notts. That standard needs to be met by any new signings next season.
  15. 1 point
    i think given the chance ray trew and alan hardy would have done differently during their reigns, i would like to think so. the reedtz brothers seem to be bowing to the experience that is at the club and allowing them to get on with it, its pleasing to see trust given to them because they can be a massive help. think ah thought he could do it all alone and once that went wrong, he could not accept it. but we have two owners who are hands on, its good to see them attending home and away games. they seem to want to get the community back involved which would be nice. quiet owners are like good match officials, you should not notice them and if you do its not usually for the better.
  16. 1 point
    Excellent piece on the new owners, I have been impressed by them. I think the last two owners and their families got involved too much with the fan base. When it turns sour that will always lead to issues. I hope the brothers can get some success out of their investment, but they do seem to have the clubs interest at heart and are prepared to wait.
  17. 1 point
    I would have given him a 5-year-deal myself, yet I openly admit this might have been a bit OTT. 2 years is a very sensible option. We need to be ensuring players like Kyle we can move forward and grow together, I don't want to see the Alan Judge situation whereby we don't meet that forward progression every club seeks to make. If we build wisely, sign players who stock we can later sell but replace well - we would have moved forward a lot. It's always disappointing to see a good player leave, especially for free. Likewise, it hurts when we can't capture them as first team signings such as Ryan Yates and Jorge Grant.
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    Can't disagree with 99% of the points you make Chris. However for all the points you make Chris ,it's pretty inevitable, they all point to the same man.The one in the headline photo.
  20. 1 point
    Well said, and well written. Lets hope Neal Ardley can take criticism because it might be the one thing that will help him keep his job at the club.
  21. 1 point
    Some fans have to accept, Notts won’t always be winning games or doing well. I feel it’s easier to blame the manager, or players. When the simple fact of the matter is, it will take years to undo the years of issues created by appointing the wrong people and not having patience with the right ones.
  22. 1 point
    A really excellent blog.With no Rams game this week I was able to give the Notts game on radio my full attention.I get a decent impression from listening but I rely more on comments made here on PoN.You two helped fill in the gaps.Although obviously disappointed there was no overboard reaction.Criticism of the ref wasn't used as an excuse .A collective off day by Notts against a Barrow team who did their job on the day.Thank you for posting.
  23. 1 point
    It sounds like he understands it's about improving, if he does impress Neal Ardley should give him a chance but it seems hard to see how it will happen with the players available at the moment.
  24. 1 point
    The club mishandled how they pushed Matt's depression out onto the fans, I don't think it should have been done and seemed at the time something quite dumb. I think Matt does well to open up, I can't imagine how hard it is but it seems like he might think his depression is connected without saying it. Some fans need to look at themselves when it comes to what they write, say or tweet.
  25. 1 point
    Superb write up, I think you hit the nail on the head Mitch. This is a long term vision, not a quick fix. We have to be firstly thankful that we have a club in the first place, I do wonder if some fans understand the meaning of support.
  26. 1 point
    Great write up, I have to agree with it. Neal Ardley needs more time. If people can discuss things maturely, you have to respect their opinion but there are a lot of idiots out there who claim to be Notts fans.
  27. 1 point
    I think at this stage, Neal Ardley needs to be settling down the squad, and avoiding changes which seem to be within the 4-5 amount per game. The squad really does need to be settled, I'm sure most can manage 90 minutes and this is why we have subs. I'd like to see him go for games a bit more, rather than throwing the one defensive player on around the 70th minute but the National League isn't that bad at all. Hopefully, the promise we have in this squad which is clear - can thrive and grow in confidence. I think we are a few good results away from clicking, just need to demand a certain level of the players on a consistent basis.
  28. 1 point
    I'll be fetching the prints Thursday, so if anyone does want one please let me know. I can adjust the quantity and reflect this on the pre-sale price. A3 prints are £10 (£12 if you want it delivered) A4 prints are £8 (£2 if you want it delivered) After the sale they will return to the regular prices advertised on the Pride of Nottingham store.
  29. 1 point
    Another fantastic blog and article @ARLukomski
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Awesome news! Here's hoping for patient, competent owners who will let the coaching team do their jobs. Tak - and now let the fightback begin!
  32. 1 point
    Think in summary it's safe to say, we need players who care about the club as much as us fans.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    Good views, thanks @liampie. I would keep Neal Ardley myself, I think Mel is absolutely right about stability. Its key for success and I think there's more chance of establishing ourselves as a good National League team within our first season with him at the helm. We don't need another season where the manager is guessing who to play.
  35. 1 point
    I have to say @ARLukomski handled the defeat with grace and dignity on the v blog. No rant or getting angry but shown passion and love for notts .. that’s the sign of a true professional.
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    I am glad to see you sharing the pictures on PON now @Chris, great job and dedication to the club.
  38. 1 point
    Well done for not going on a major rant or losing it, you did well and I enjoy vlogs a lot.
  39. 1 point
    Great photos, looking forward to the photos next season now.
  40. 1 point
    Great pictures of the fans! You captured the occastion well.
  41. 1 point
    Top pictures! Great effort by the PON gaffer with all that he has had to contend with.
  42. 1 point
    Proud of @ARLukomski, saddened to see the last one. It's been a crap season mate, but I have enjoyed your vlogs.
  43. 1 point
    great fan pictures @Chris and well done to @Magic magpie with the additional ones he took.
  44. 1 point
    You don't choose to be a Notts fan, you're born one.
  45. 1 point
    I have to admire his belief, it's looking grim but if the players see that fans are behind them who knows? Positive message from someone on social media.
  46. 1 point
    I think Neal Ardley's made sensible 'team' signings, Jorge Grant would have been another luxury. I feel he's worth a few points just due to his sheer quality but I would question how he could fit into the squad we have now - without looking like he did for Mansfield this past Saturday. He looked empty and unable to change the game, I rate him but I feel he's best suited elsewhere. Mansfield should be a good fit if they manage to get more time for him on the ball, I'm personally happy with the January signings we got.
  47. 1 point
    If he plays as well for us as he always did against us then that will make a welcome change!
  48. 1 point
    Yes you can pick any one of the A3/A4 prints on the store depending on which prize is won @heraldmagpie.

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