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  1. Sorry you're not happy in your work, Liampie! There's actually nothing worse (imho) than just turning up at work - when it takes up so much of your life/energy - when you're not happy in what you're doing: but still need to earn a crust to survive. What work are you looking for? Maybe some of us could keep a look-out for new opportunities, for you? x
  2. Jimmy always had time for people and treated every fan with the upmost of respect and humility. Whilst he certainly appeared not to 'suffer fools gladly' in those days, he left few doubts in anyone's mind, that he always did what he thought was best for the club. I don't recall, either, that fans disputed his choice of team, players or subs with the veracity they feel able to do and voice, today: because none of us were in any doubt, of exactly who was 'The Gaffer'! Masson, Needham, Stubbs, Bradd, Worthington, Nixon et all, seemed - every game - to take great pride in wearing that historic shirt for him and many's the time, across a fog-strewn Meadow Lane evening match, a Stubbs tackle would be accompanied by a fan's lonely shout of 'break his legs!' (and I don't honestly recall Jimmy screaming in disagreement with that sentiment, either!) I don't know how, in a World of social-media, Jimmy's tenure would fair today? But I do know that this family-orientated, clearly Notts-in-his-blood-man, would want (no, demand) that every Notts player 'put a proper shift in' when he walked through that tunnel; and for every fan, to leave our hallowed ground, feeling - if only for 90-odd minutes of the week - that they'd been cherished, considered and entertained. R.I.P. Jimmy...we miss ya!
  3. 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!
  4. Welcome to PoN. Always great to hear what other pies, think.
  5. Thanks, Liam. However, I've just seen a 'new' flyer for the event, where ex-Director, Jon Enever is 'Hosting' the evening. Under THAT circumstance, I'm not too sure how many (honest) questions are going to be allowed to be answered, or, indeed, if the questions will be 'staged' (pre-written) to avoid any legal problems. Still, I think it'll be an 'interesting' evening. COYP!
  6. GR8 Questions! Tbh, this is probably the thing that most upsets me about his tenure, here...Fitz. Last season and post his 'lapse', Fitz could/did change games..i.e. saved penalty, Brentford, etc., HOWEVER, I truly believe that his 'punishment' went on for far too long and his confidence loss came entirely from watching our (then) No.1 (!!!) let 8 + + + + + + + in - from some truly stupid, basic, lacking-in-fitness/thought, mistakes without ever regaining his place and spending weeks/months wondering just what AC had to do to be considered 'inadequate' and for him to be brought back! This probably wasn't helped further when AC posted on social media (post sacking) that it was "a Board decision" that got rid of him and not KN. So, from this, RF (possibly) knew he still wasn't the Gaffers first choice! I WILL ask too, if KN feels 'responsible' for the lads total lack of confidence now, because someone needs to take the blame for this AND I don't think it should be RF, alone! One of our earlier opponents had a 22yo Keeper, playing only his 2nd EFL League 2 match. His Defenders ENSURED our scorers got nowhere near him. As with all of life, whether regular work (or football): if you're in a "Team" and you know there's a 'weakness there, you do all you can to cover for it, plug it and help it along! Because there is no defence, few people seem to have his back, here!!!
  7. Foslings homework/school things/bathed... done/all ready for tomorrow! Made Spanish Chicken/Rice for dinner (bored of roasts this week as made Belly Pork Roast, Friday night, so, too soon, again!) Twitter, here, fb - for a bit. Early night then, ready for my 5:30am start in the morning. Hope everyone has a fabby week x
  8. Okay, so I'm attending this on Thursday evening with Chris and Mark. Due to Contractual reasons, I'm not quite sure what he'll be able to say or be barred from saying? However, I DO intend to ask questions! In this regard, are there any questions you'd like me to ask him on your behalf? (Answers on a postcard please! NO! Only joking...)
  9. Pre-season, Jon Stead ran out at Roys Rolls looking fitter than I'd seen him before and clearly, 'ready, willing and able' for work. It disgusts me to see the many Notts 'supporters' who continue to denigrate him, his efforts, his work-horse mentality and his professionalism, week-in, week-out, on social media; simply because, for me and mostly, he appears to be one of the few, actually 'trying'! If half of our players learn anything from him, it will and should be, his work ethic. I never feel he isn't proud to wear that shirt, that he not intent on putting us ahead nor that he just can't be arsed! Viva el Stead!
  10. Spot on, Chris! HOWEVER, I don't know how much of a difference Paul Hart will make to Kewell being able to 'just Coach' the side, rather than getting into all of the other intricacies of the job; nor indeed, what help Hart might be to the Coach/Team. I remain extremely concerned at the number of injuries the players are getting in training which in turn, brings with it, the Gaffer being incapable of choosing the best team possible to get us out of our current predicament. Additionally, I remain equally concerned that the players may now have a 'losing mindset' as confidence is clearly, so low, and that they may be in need of psychological help to get them over this! I know we used to have a full team of people to deal with all of this, but am unsure if they are still retained by the club?
  11. I, personally, don't think AH can do right for doing wrong with this. If he keeps quiet, there's an endless stream of folk BEGGING him for info about...well, everything! And, if he shares his enthusiasm for (say,) potential new signings and they then don't come off, he's accused of making 'false promises'. I understand too, that he had a clear wish to be up-front and personal, so Twitter would seem an ideal place. He doesn't (yet) have the 'presence' of an Andy Holt or Darragh MacAnthony, but now, (for me) there's the worry that his NON-PRESENCE on Twitter, may signals unknown/untold PROBLEMS. (See how he just can't win?) To be fair, I read he's about £6.5m 'in' to Notts at present; and I'm sure I also read he said continual/continued investment was/ is beyond his means where he'd need to look for others to help, financially. It may be that he's now come to that point! Perhaps too, with so much of his time taken-up protecting what he's invested here at Notts, his other businesses may suffer due to his being unable to pay them as much attention? Let's face it, recent events and investments, had him admitting to not sleeping for 3 nights, straight; and also that had he have known what it'd be like, he'd never have bought the club! I don't know a) how sustainable that is with (11) other businesses to run; b) whether I'd be prepared to do it or for how much longer, he is; c) with so much dependent on 'results by others' (not MY own personal endeavours) d) when 'bonds' with Nolan, Fletcher and Enever (and who knows, who else) appear clearly shot/gone and e) with little/no/not much 'appreciation' from most on Twitter, who only appear to wish to insult, take the piss, moan, beg information or generally rant at him, when as a fan himself, he just clearly wanted to mix a bit of business with his pleasure of being a Notts fan himself, in buying the club. Like someone else offered, Alan Hardy and his efforts, have restored my faith in a club I've supported for so long and in gifting eight others, ST's these past two years, I wanted this 'feel good factor' to last oh so much longer. On the football side, I'm still not calling it quits! This club, it's history, it's fight and it's tenacity, I believe, is worthy of my not just 'giving-up on it'! So, irrelevant of current 'form' (or, even, in spite of the lack of it) I'll still be there...waiting for the next 'drama' and wishing for this team to finally gel and live-up to what we all want them to be. COYP!
  12. What? No picture showing him running all the way to the bank? Enzio! Kewell! Feeney! Bloody heck, they must have Championship aspirations, now!
  13. As a 49-year supporter of Notts County Football Club, you’ll appreciate that over the years, I’ve seen managers come in to this club; and I’ve seen managers go! Truth is, with our past record, if you’ve been a Notts supporter for more than five minutes, you’ll probably have seen your fair share, too! However, having thoroughly enjoyed the ‘stability’ brought to the club over the past 18 months, and all that’s come with it, I openly admit to being more-than slightly phased that anyone’s thinking (or believing) we should start again on the “Gaffer-Merry-Go-Round”! After all, it’s ‘worked’ so well for us, in the past, hasn’t it?! So, I’ll admit here and now, that the cries of “Nolan Out!” - from some of our supporters in this “results-today-results-tomorrow-results-results-results” World of football - just fills me with dread! Seeing quotes too, of “eight wins in eight months” - which of course, takes in the summer recess and no account of incoming new players – and “#OutByChristmas” another, almost gleeful, mantra from a fan, slightly throw me! As well, there are those fans – many of them – who give absolutely no credit whatever for all that was achieved by Nolan taking on a ‘team’ losing ten-on-the-trot to playoffs, with their #lookhowfarwevecome chides. I can fully understand, as a supporter, being ‘concerned’ that the summer spend hasn’t yet seen our players, with anything ‘real’ to come out ‘fighting’ like other teams have. I can understand too, that the dreadful debacle of last Friday night, despite seeing some FANTASTIC initial play in the first 20 minutes, has left folk ‘worried’. I also ‘get’ too, that everyone wants to see good results and be part of a winning club! WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND is that with so many new players in the side, so many new options of play and the understanding, time and practice necessary for everything to ‘gel’ – even though some people forget KN’s NOT yet had a fully fit side since pre-season – why there would be any calls for him to go? With KN’s commitment to the club of moving his family here to a newly-bought home locally, I doubt he’d have done that if he’d hadn’t seen a long-term career with Notts. Additionally, it’s clear that he, AH, DF and the Board have an excellent, professional relationship that, to me, sees a clear, shared vision for our club over the next five years. And whilst it’s been made plain by AH that he wants promotion this season, is and can that now be an option, when there are such huge, gaping holes in our defence that need to be plugged? Forty-nine years has taught me to be patient. Very patient. And I certainly don’t want ‘promotion this year, only to come down next’ simply because, I believe there are solid foundations here to be built, first. And, we’re far from there, just Y-E-T! What was clear from Friday, is that when these players do gel and get it together, we’re going to experience edge-of-the-seat football, that’s long-missing at Meadow Lane… and I’m excited for it. In conclusion then, I’m a huge “Nolan IN” fan. Truthfully, I’m not even wanting to just ‘give it ten games’ either because I’m mindful of the fact that it took a Sir Alex Ferguson, to go from 11th/11th/facing the sack-F.A. Cup Winner over three seasons, before he even started to look like the Super-Manager, he became. And I believe KN CAN DO IT for us, so like all good things, I’m prepared to wait. COYP! Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  14. It would be interesting to get marks out of 10 for the first 20 minutes or so ! BRILLIANT comment! In those first 20 minutes, I didn't recognise A-N-Y-O-N-E as a Notts player and with the full-on Kop support, I thought KN had (finally) got the TEAM to come together as one! THIS is what we want! THIS looked like a 'promotion-winning' side! THIS was don't-stop, up-and-at-em football, at it's best! HOWEVER, we had four or five chances to score in that time and just...couldn't finish the job off! What followed was un disastra! Idk if... a) there are too many 'individual styles' to make a team? b) there are problems in the dressing room? c) we've over-bought players (from the play-off side)? d) KN's too rigid a Gaffer to change thoughts/style/choices? e) He said afterwards, "they're not listening!". What made them 'listen' last Season, and not this? f) Duffy's no different now, than last Season (imho). Barks orders to others, for moves he's incapable of making himself; and falls like a snowflake at every opportunity! Am I the only who's watched that, continually? f) Oooooooooooo, too many questions today and not coming-up with answers that'll change last night's shambolic result, I'm afraid! From heroes to zero's in the space of ninety-odd minutes! COYP!
  15. @samwatto2008 - it was interesting to read of this investigation by BBC Sport. It would appear that our club's ONLY claim's on He would have been to seek Academy costs in any 'sale' (of a non--Contracted player) who'd given his written intention to leave NCFC - or face a Tribunal 'valuation' of him. AH was obviously so shocked at our club's 'options' in this that he took the trouble to write to the EFL CEO. "Run and controlled by PL" is what he was told, and THAT, unfortunately, is how it would appear to be. This may, of course, be the exact reason why Hudderfield (and maybe others soon) don't feel the 'worth' of an Academy. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41839083

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