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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. 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 lea
    4 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
    4 points
  5. 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
  6. Thanks for the positive feedback guys, it is appreciated!
    3 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. It sounds like an incredible season, I know some Notts fans hate Big Sam now but he worked his magic for us. I think its just the way he left and the fact some wanted him to succeed more for the club that gave him his first big chance. Good review @DangerousSausage.
    2 points
  10. Only changes I would make right now, are to Rose and Enzio. I think the starting lineup only really needs to tweaked here and there, it's a fair point that we did better with a few changes. The fixtures really forced that, however, Ardley should try to solve some of the issues about game time. He's done right by shipping some out on loan but if we are to improve further, you can't play tired bodies, you can't persist out-of-form players are good enough to start ahead of hard workers.
    2 points
  11. hes come back stronger, i do feel hes earned his redemption. some fans love to complain about him but hes anchored the squad and has done well.
    2 points
  12. 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.
    2 points
  13. 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.
    2 points
  14. 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.
    2 points
  15. 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 u
    2 points
  16. 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 ba
    2 points
  17. I went to the Arsenal friendly, I attended about 7-9 games this season with my grandfather. I remember a rainy Tuesday night match, when my Grandfather told me the title would be won by Notts. The squad was quite small from my memories. I also believe we played players out of position, although some fans have recently clarified that it wasn't solely due to injuries. More the fact Notts needed a good target man and someone who could run at people. I believe Matt Redmile played out of position a lot.
    1 point
  18. Valid thoughts I feel, but I don’t see Ardley changing much. I don’t even see Enzio getting dropped, if he does, then it’s going to be for one match. Then Ozzy will be straight out. Rose might end up on the bench.
    1 point
  19. I think one more signing will be made, with Tyson going out but I agree 100% that we should use the players we have at our disposal. Young players shouldn't be judged the same as experienced ones. Why are some quick to defend Enzio but harsh on Ozzy for the odd mistake? I would rather support potential, over inadequate performances. Get everyone fighting to perform well, replace those by giving others a chance. It could be that some are just tired and are in need of rest.
    1 point
  20. 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
    1 point
  21. 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.
    1 point
  22. 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 signin
    1 point
  23. 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.
    1 point
  24. 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.
    1 point
  25. 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.
    1 point
  26. 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.
    1 point
  27. 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.
    1 point
  28. 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.
    1 point
  29. 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.
    1 point
  30. 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.
    1 point
  31. 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 cer
    1 point
  32. 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.
    1 point
  33. Another fantastic blog and article @ARLukomski
    1 point
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