THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN

Swindon Advertiser: Sam Morshead Sam Morshead

TIME for a straw poll – has the openness gone too far?

One of the most endearing and intriguing factors of the Paolo Di Canio era at Swindon Town has been the Italian’s willingness to speak his mind or speak the truth – however you’d rather put it.

That has given itself to countless thousands of words of opinion and debate, a revealing insight into the mind of a rookie, unorthodox and tactically astute manager who has his own steadfast ways of doing things.

At first it was shocking, a break from the norm, a refreshing change to the mundane routine of monotonous and monosyllabic press conferences – both pre and post-match.

Cliches were cast aside like the previous year’s Christmas presents, replaced instead by a string of complicated and unconventional analogies - some of which made sense, others which required a Di Canio-English dictionary to translate.

We’ve had Chihuahuas and coach drivers, caged lions and sex with ageing pop stars – a plethora of anecdotes designed by a mercurial footballing talent finding his groove in the managerial game.

But the analogies only scratched the surface. They were the warm-up act, the tray of sugar-coated doughnuts laid on by an employer about to announce a fresh batch of redundancies.

For Di Canio’s openness has not only been entertaining, it has also been damning and controversial.

I don’t know Italian football, and I’m hardly an expert on Italian culture, so perhaps it would be best to leave the analysis to Serie A pundits and anthropologists. Perhaps the brutal criticism of Wes Foderingham, Aden Flint and Paul Caddis is a justifiable method in the pursuit of excellence. Maybe the blunt back-chat directed at his superiors is too.

Who am I to argue with the cold hard facts? Town under Di Canio have won more than they’ve lost, secured a league title, been to Wembley for a cup final and beaten Premiership teams home and away.

And the club obviously don’t mind the way he’s washed plenty of his dirty laundry in public, else surely they would have acted to censor their manager.

So, does it really matter that the man in charge of our local team chooses to act as he does?

Maybe not.

This is where, it appears to me, supporters are divided. Some care only about results and performances, and that is a totally legitimate and logical stance to take.

Others, however, take what I would term a more community-centric position. Of course they too want to see victories and dazzling football – two areas where Di Canio has gone above and beyond the call of duty when you take into consideration the dross we’ve been served up at the County Ground down the years – but they want to see the club progress as one single entity.

That means unity not faction, cooperation not public slanging matches. They want the club they have supported for a lifetime to represent a local ideology.

Perhaps that is a pipe-dream that doesn’t exist in football’s modern age. Perhaps I am talking a load of romanticised bull***t.

However, under Di Canio it seems that the warm sense of community that saw this club out of administration twice, guided it through scandal and controversy and squeezed its hand as it produced an embarrassing poverty of quality on the pitch, has cooled a little.

That’s not to say the fervour on a matchday is not the same. If anything it’s intensified. That is a different point entirely.

I mean this – we talk about a three-year plan constantly, but what happens after? When Di Canio leaves, as one day he will, where do we turn? What do we think?

Has the openness gone too far? You decide.

- HUGE congratulations to Miles Storey, who’ll be joining up with the England Under 19 squad after Swindon Town’s game against Walsall today.
He’s making remarkable strides but at the same time is unbelievably grounded for a lad of his age.

When you talk to him you’d think he’d been around the block for several years. He articulates perfectly where he thinks he is in his development, what he needs to do to continue improving and where he hopes to end up in the future.

I don’t think he’s one to lose a grip on reality just yet, as so many youngsters who enjoy rapid success do in football today.

He’s definitely got the raw ability, family background and emotional stability to play at a high level, and I don’t think it’s detrimental in the slightest to suggest that.

If anything, it should spur him on to realise his own potential.
Good luck to him. He’s not only succeeding for himself, he’s an ambassador for the club and a fillip for the youth system at Swindon.

-I THINK Roy Hodgson’s missed a trick.

In naming his squad for the upcoming friendly with Sweden he failed to include the man who’s scored more goals than Messi and Ronaldo, Rooney and Van Persie, Aguero and Ibrahimovic, Eto’o and Falcao this season.

Charlie Austin’s ridiculous campaign, during which it seems he’s scoring quicker than a millionaire in a brothel, has left him the continent’s most prolific striker. Yet he doesn’t warrant a call-up?

Come on Roy, give the lad a chance. If Jay Boothroyd and David Nugent deserved international caps under your predecessors then Mr Austin is more than worthy.

And it might add a few pounds to the Swindon Town bank account in the process. Not that that’s got anything to do with it!

-SPOOKY goings-on in the world of cycling this week. First, Bradley Wiggins gets knocked off his bike in Manchester.

The next day Great Britain’s head coach Shane Sutton suffers the same fate less than 20 miles from the scene of the Tour De France champion’s accident.
 

I’ve not seen any conclusive evidence, but I’m inclined to blame Lance Armstrong.

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6:48am Sat 10 Nov 12

nosyrudeman says...

Simple really, talk about the positives and keep the upsets and negatives in the changing room, behind closed doors.

It seems PDC does like to take accolades, but not accept that every team he selects will have to take the criticism in defeat.

Only recently, he said it was the players fault and not his, all his selections are down to him.

I'm a die hard Town fan since 1961 and enjoyed all the good times, also had some woeful times as well, but I'm still at the CG week in week out.
Simple really, talk about the positives and keep the upsets and negatives in the changing room, behind closed doors. It seems PDC does like to take accolades, but not accept that every team he selects will have to take the criticism in defeat. Only recently, he said it was the players fault and not his, all his selections are down to him. I'm a die hard Town fan since 1961 and enjoyed all the good times, also had some woeful times as well, but I'm still at the CG week in week out. nosyrudeman

7:43am Sat 10 Nov 12

Malkym says...

Perhaps I am talking a load of romanticised bull***t.

If you leave out "romantcised" you certainly get what you are talking.
Perhaps I am talking a load of romanticised bull***t. If you leave out "romantcised" you certainly get what you are talking. Malkym

8:18am Sat 10 Nov 12

swindon69 says...

As a "customer" of Swindon Town, I have the right to be told why the "product" I'm buying has faults. Perhaps Paolo Di Canio is too candid for some, but I for one am happy to be informed as to why the team has failed to perform. All too often, off the field antics which affect the performance of the team on match day are swept under the carpet by managers and their boards. Would we still be scratching our heads as to why Paul Caddis, the club captain and possibly a contender for player of the season last year, was sent off to the Midlands on loan when clearly his services are more valuable to his parent club?
As a "customer" of Swindon Town, I have the right to be told why the "product" I'm buying has faults. Perhaps Paolo Di Canio is too candid for some, but I for one am happy to be informed as to why the team has failed to perform. All too often, off the field antics which affect the performance of the team on match day are swept under the carpet by managers and their boards. Would we still be scratching our heads as to why Paul Caddis, the club captain and possibly a contender for player of the season last year, was sent off to the Midlands on loan when clearly his services are more valuable to his parent club? swindon69

8:34am Sat 10 Nov 12

Stratton Red says...

Malkym wrote:
Perhaps I am talking a load of romanticised bull***t. If you leave out "romantcised" you certainly get what you are talking.
Brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]Malkym[/bold] wrote: Perhaps I am talking a load of romanticised bull***t. If you leave out "romantcised" you certainly get what you are talking.[/p][/quote]Brilliant! Stratton Red

8:40am Sat 10 Nov 12

Red1681 says...

Much more openness required.
So, Sam, what colour grundies will you be wearing for the match today?
Much more openness required. So, Sam, what colour grundies will you be wearing for the match today? Red1681

8:41am Sat 10 Nov 12

Stratton Red says...

nosyrudeman wrote:
Simple really, talk about the positives and keep the upsets and negatives in the changing room, behind closed doors. It seems PDC does like to take accolades, but not accept that every team he selects will have to take the criticism in defeat. Only recently, he said it was the players fault and not his, all his selections are down to him. I'm a die hard Town fan since 1961 and enjoyed all the good times, also had some woeful times as well, but I'm still at the CG week in week out.
PDC has on a number of occassions shouldered the blame and when the players have won well almost always given the credit to them. I thought the recent arcticle that explained the defeat and his willingness to blame players was very revealing.
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The one thing that gets me down is this constant search for blame, how many of us work in a blame culture? We're not going to win every game, we're going to have off days, what's essential as a manager in any walk of life is how you learn from it and how you manage a range of leadership styles to motivate. On the whole I think PDC does this well.
[quote][p][bold]nosyrudeman[/bold] wrote: Simple really, talk about the positives and keep the upsets and negatives in the changing room, behind closed doors. It seems PDC does like to take accolades, but not accept that every team he selects will have to take the criticism in defeat. Only recently, he said it was the players fault and not his, all his selections are down to him. I'm a die hard Town fan since 1961 and enjoyed all the good times, also had some woeful times as well, but I'm still at the CG week in week out.[/p][/quote]PDC has on a number of occassions shouldered the blame and when the players have won well almost always given the credit to them. I thought the recent arcticle that explained the defeat and his willingness to blame players was very revealing. * The one thing that gets me down is this constant search for blame, how many of us work in a blame culture? We're not going to win every game, we're going to have off days, what's essential as a manager in any walk of life is how you learn from it and how you manage a range of leadership styles to motivate. On the whole I think PDC does this well. Stratton Red

8:46am Sat 10 Nov 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

He doesn't just divide supporters opinion but he divides a Supporter's opinion!
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Like most I'd like to see an element of toning down in the post match - trouble is it is 'HIM' and what you see is what you get...in addition his English is far from perfect so he uses certain words where we wouldn't as to us they have a different weight and/or meaning in the context he uses them in....we even misconstrue other's meanings on here and we've had a lifetime of speaking English....or various dialects thereof!
:-)
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I would like to see it calmed just a tad in all honesty as I think the leeway he's been getting from the Fourth officials is about to run out - 2-3yds on to the pitch in the last 2 games is pushing his luck just a bit too much possibly.
He doesn't just divide supporters opinion but he divides a Supporter's opinion! --- Like most I'd like to see an element of toning down in the post match - trouble is it is 'HIM' and what you see is what you get...in addition his English is far from perfect so he uses certain words where we wouldn't as to us they have a different weight and/or meaning in the context he uses them in....we even misconstrue other's meanings on here and we've had a lifetime of speaking English....or various dialects thereof! :-) --- I would like to see it calmed just a tad in all honesty as I think the leeway he's been getting from the Fourth officials is about to run out - 2-3yds on to the pitch in the last 2 games is pushing his luck just a bit too much possibly. SAPFanSTFC

9:11am Sat 10 Nov 12

ciclosporindorset says...

It's Xmas Eve in the STFC workhouse. Midnight strikes as players go about preparing for the big day, the match on Wednesday against Leyton Orient. Bostock is back at Spurs because he wants to attend church on Xmas day. Si Ferry has dressed up like a walnut whip, by tanning intensively and dying his hair white. Aden Flint is still out on the lash, already winner of the 2 yards of ale contest and going for a hat trick. He is still suspended after his fifth sending of of the season. PDC has erected a camp bed at Liddigton in anticipation of the extra training session planned for 4-30 am - just punishment for losing a goal to Tranmere in their 6-1 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday night. Town are top of the league, but its just not enough. the lead is only 3 points as the season is half way over. As the clock strikes midnight, PDC in his sleep is woken by a succession of 3 ghostly images. The first ghost is called Fabio -a stern and grey figure who reminds Paulo of his strict footballing up bringing. The second is called Harry, who reminds Paolo of the value of good human relations. Then just as the clock strikes 4, the ghostly presence of the knight of the black reality visits. Paolo is all of a sudden jolted into a surge of humility and fondness for footballers past and present. He rushes to the phone to call back Caddis. He gives all players a day off. Bostock is forgiven. Flint carries on in Old Town unnoticed. Simon Ferry tweets the players, a miracle has happened. Fodders shrugs his shoulders and dreams of the Palace of teenage cheer leaders. All is well in the workhouse. STFC are gonna win the league and PDC is a legend.
It's Xmas Eve in the STFC workhouse. Midnight strikes as players go about preparing for the big day, the match on Wednesday against Leyton Orient. Bostock is back at Spurs because he wants to attend church on Xmas day. Si Ferry has dressed up like a walnut whip, by tanning intensively and dying his hair white. Aden Flint is still out on the lash, already winner of the 2 yards of ale contest and going for a hat trick. He is still suspended after his fifth sending of of the season. PDC has erected a camp bed at Liddigton in anticipation of the extra training session planned for 4-30 am - just punishment for losing a goal to Tranmere in their 6-1 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday night. Town are top of the league, but its just not enough. the lead is only 3 points as the season is half way over. As the clock strikes midnight, PDC in his sleep is woken by a succession of 3 ghostly images. The first ghost is called Fabio -a stern and grey figure who reminds Paulo of his strict footballing up bringing. The second is called Harry, who reminds Paolo of the value of good human relations. Then just as the clock strikes 4, the ghostly presence of the knight of the black reality visits. Paolo is all of a sudden jolted into a surge of humility and fondness for footballers past and present. He rushes to the phone to call back Caddis. He gives all players a day off. Bostock is forgiven. Flint carries on in Old Town unnoticed. Simon Ferry tweets the players, a miracle has happened. Fodders shrugs his shoulders and dreams of the Palace of teenage cheer leaders. All is well in the workhouse. STFC are gonna win the league and PDC is a legend. ciclosporindorset

9:14am Sat 10 Nov 12

Another view says...

Spot-on, Sam. Yes he's a breath of fresh air, and yes he's almost certain to take us into the championship, but why should that allow him to continually run down both his players and now his employers?

At times it works, but did our top scorer at the time need to be got rid of, after much slagging off, and then our captain received the same treatment. Of course both had faults, but could the real reason be that they stood up to him?

Brian Clough was one of this country's greatest managers, but he only lasted a few weeks when he went to Leeds and decided the best way to regain the club's greatness was to slag everyone off.

Like most Town fans I want Paolo to succeed here, but if the board decide enough is enough then we shouldn't be surprised.
Spot-on, Sam. Yes he's a breath of fresh air, and yes he's almost certain to take us into the championship, but why should that allow him to continually run down both his players and now his employers? At times it works, but did our top scorer at the time need to be got rid of, after much slagging off, and then our captain received the same treatment. Of course both had faults, but could the real reason be that they stood up to him? Brian Clough was one of this country's greatest managers, but he only lasted a few weeks when he went to Leeds and decided the best way to regain the club's greatness was to slag everyone off. Like most Town fans I want Paolo to succeed here, but if the board decide enough is enough then we shouldn't be surprised. Another view

9:56am Sat 10 Nov 12

Oi Den! says...

I'm not sure whether it's deliberate openness or whether PDC just sounds off without giving it much thought. The analogies are no doubt planned in advance but I think the rest of it just comes tumbling out.
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Anyway - question to Sam, Chris, Shaun and all the other local media boys: What about asking PDC the most important question of the moment - Why are we playing such awful football at the County Ground? Tuesday night's game was a diabolical spectacle, for which both teams must share the blame - but being outplayed on our own pitch by the likes of Macclesfield and Colchester?
I'm not sure whether it's deliberate openness or whether PDC just sounds off without giving it much thought. The analogies are no doubt planned in advance but I think the rest of it just comes tumbling out. . Anyway - question to Sam, Chris, Shaun and all the other local media boys: What about asking PDC the most important question of the moment - Why are we playing such awful football at the County Ground? Tuesday night's game was a diabolical spectacle, for which both teams must share the blame - but being outplayed on our own pitch by the likes of Macclesfield and Colchester? Oi Den!

11:12am Sat 10 Nov 12

mancrobin says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
It's Xmas Eve in the STFC workhouse. Midnight strikes as players go about preparing for the big day, the match on Wednesday against Leyton Orient. Bostock is back at Spurs because he wants to attend church on Xmas day. Si Ferry has dressed up like a walnut whip, by tanning intensively and dying his hair white. Aden Flint is still out on the lash, already winner of the 2 yards of ale contest and going for a hat trick. He is still suspended after his fifth sending of of the season. PDC has erected a camp bed at Liddigton in anticipation of the extra training session planned for 4-30 am - just punishment for losing a goal to Tranmere in their 6-1 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday night. Town are top of the league, but its just not enough. the lead is only 3 points as the season is half way over. As the clock strikes midnight, PDC in his sleep is woken by a succession of 3 ghostly images. The first ghost is called Fabio -a stern and grey figure who reminds Paulo of his strict footballing up bringing. The second is called Harry, who reminds Paolo of the value of good human relations. Then just as the clock strikes 4, the ghostly presence of the knight of the black reality visits. Paolo is all of a sudden jolted into a surge of humility and fondness for footballers past and present. He rushes to the phone to call back Caddis. He gives all players a day off. Bostock is forgiven. Flint carries on in Old Town unnoticed. Simon Ferry tweets the players, a miracle has happened. Fodders shrugs his shoulders and dreams of the Palace of teenage cheer leaders. All is well in the workhouse. STFC are gonna win the league and PDC is a legend.
ha ha, very good :)
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: It's Xmas Eve in the STFC workhouse. Midnight strikes as players go about preparing for the big day, the match on Wednesday against Leyton Orient. Bostock is back at Spurs because he wants to attend church on Xmas day. Si Ferry has dressed up like a walnut whip, by tanning intensively and dying his hair white. Aden Flint is still out on the lash, already winner of the 2 yards of ale contest and going for a hat trick. He is still suspended after his fifth sending of of the season. PDC has erected a camp bed at Liddigton in anticipation of the extra training session planned for 4-30 am - just punishment for losing a goal to Tranmere in their 6-1 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday night. Town are top of the league, but its just not enough. the lead is only 3 points as the season is half way over. As the clock strikes midnight, PDC in his sleep is woken by a succession of 3 ghostly images. The first ghost is called Fabio -a stern and grey figure who reminds Paulo of his strict footballing up bringing. The second is called Harry, who reminds Paolo of the value of good human relations. Then just as the clock strikes 4, the ghostly presence of the knight of the black reality visits. Paolo is all of a sudden jolted into a surge of humility and fondness for footballers past and present. He rushes to the phone to call back Caddis. He gives all players a day off. Bostock is forgiven. Flint carries on in Old Town unnoticed. Simon Ferry tweets the players, a miracle has happened. Fodders shrugs his shoulders and dreams of the Palace of teenage cheer leaders. All is well in the workhouse. STFC are gonna win the league and PDC is a legend.[/p][/quote]ha ha, very good :) mancrobin

11:14am Sat 10 Nov 12

RedintheFace says...

He's wrong not to take responsibility for his own mistakes. Wrong not to stand by his players. Wrong to risk the club's finances. Most of all he's wrong to think he's bigger than the club.
He's wrong not to take responsibility for his own mistakes. Wrong not to stand by his players. Wrong to risk the club's finances. Most of all he's wrong to think he's bigger than the club. RedintheFace

11:16am Sat 10 Nov 12

Stratton Red says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
It's Xmas Eve in the STFC workhouse. Midnight strikes as players go about preparing for the big day, the match on Wednesday against Leyton Orient. Bostock is back at Spurs because he wants to attend church on Xmas day. Si Ferry has dressed up like a walnut whip, by tanning intensively and dying his hair white. Aden Flint is still out on the lash, already winner of the 2 yards of ale contest and going for a hat trick. He is still suspended after his fifth sending of of the season. PDC has erected a camp bed at Liddigton in anticipation of the extra training session planned for 4-30 am - just punishment for losing a goal to Tranmere in their 6-1 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday night. Town are top of the league, but its just not enough. the lead is only 3 points as the season is half way over. As the clock strikes midnight, PDC in his sleep is woken by a succession of 3 ghostly images. The first ghost is called Fabio -a stern and grey figure who reminds Paulo of his strict footballing up bringing. The second is called Harry, who reminds Paolo of the value of good human relations. Then just as the clock strikes 4, the ghostly presence of the knight of the black reality visits. Paolo is all of a sudden jolted into a surge of humility and fondness for footballers past and present. He rushes to the phone to call back Caddis. He gives all players a day off. Bostock is forgiven. Flint carries on in Old Town unnoticed. Simon Ferry tweets the players, a miracle has happened. Fodders shrugs his shoulders and dreams of the Palace of teenage cheer leaders. All is well in the workhouse. STFC are gonna win the league and PDC is a legend.
Brillaint, the best post on here for ages... caddis' return would be a great present for us all...
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: It's Xmas Eve in the STFC workhouse. Midnight strikes as players go about preparing for the big day, the match on Wednesday against Leyton Orient. Bostock is back at Spurs because he wants to attend church on Xmas day. Si Ferry has dressed up like a walnut whip, by tanning intensively and dying his hair white. Aden Flint is still out on the lash, already winner of the 2 yards of ale contest and going for a hat trick. He is still suspended after his fifth sending of of the season. PDC has erected a camp bed at Liddigton in anticipation of the extra training session planned for 4-30 am - just punishment for losing a goal to Tranmere in their 6-1 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday night. Town are top of the league, but its just not enough. the lead is only 3 points as the season is half way over. As the clock strikes midnight, PDC in his sleep is woken by a succession of 3 ghostly images. The first ghost is called Fabio -a stern and grey figure who reminds Paulo of his strict footballing up bringing. The second is called Harry, who reminds Paolo of the value of good human relations. Then just as the clock strikes 4, the ghostly presence of the knight of the black reality visits. Paolo is all of a sudden jolted into a surge of humility and fondness for footballers past and present. He rushes to the phone to call back Caddis. He gives all players a day off. Bostock is forgiven. Flint carries on in Old Town unnoticed. Simon Ferry tweets the players, a miracle has happened. Fodders shrugs his shoulders and dreams of the Palace of teenage cheer leaders. All is well in the workhouse. STFC are gonna win the league and PDC is a legend.[/p][/quote]Brillaint, the best post on here for ages... caddis' return would be a great present for us all... Stratton Red

11:21am Sat 10 Nov 12

mancrobin says...

swindon69 wrote:
As a "customer" of Swindon Town, I have the right to be told why the "product" I'm buying has faults. Perhaps Paolo Di Canio is too candid for some, but I for one am happy to be informed as to why the team has failed to perform. All too often, off the field antics which affect the performance of the team on match day are swept under the carpet by managers and their boards. Would we still be scratching our heads as to why Paul Caddis, the club captain and possibly a contender for player of the season last year, was sent off to the Midlands on loan when clearly his services are more valuable to his parent club?
I think you make a very good point here Swindon69 but as always there are other factors that need to be considered. When the Chairman starts to look like he might be as candid in his criticism of Paulo as Paolo is with his players, the thing starts to look a bit indisciplined.

As important to me if what effect this all has on performance and I can see why people's opinions are divided here. My view is that you do not motivate performance via public humiliation.
[quote][p][bold]swindon69[/bold] wrote: As a "customer" of Swindon Town, I have the right to be told why the "product" I'm buying has faults. Perhaps Paolo Di Canio is too candid for some, but I for one am happy to be informed as to why the team has failed to perform. All too often, off the field antics which affect the performance of the team on match day are swept under the carpet by managers and their boards. Would we still be scratching our heads as to why Paul Caddis, the club captain and possibly a contender for player of the season last year, was sent off to the Midlands on loan when clearly his services are more valuable to his parent club?[/p][/quote]I think you make a very good point here Swindon69 but as always there are other factors that need to be considered. When the Chairman starts to look like he might be as candid in his criticism of Paulo as Paolo is with his players, the thing starts to look a bit indisciplined. As important to me if what effect this all has on performance and I can see why people's opinions are divided here. My view is that you do not motivate performance via public humiliation. mancrobin

11:48am Sat 10 Nov 12

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Oi Den! wrote:
I'm not sure whether it's deliberate openness or whether PDC just sounds off without giving it much thought. The analogies are no doubt planned in advance but I think the rest of it just comes tumbling out.
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Anyway - question to Sam, Chris, Shaun and all the other local media boys: What about asking PDC the most important question of the moment - Why are we playing such awful football at the County Ground? Tuesday night's game was a diabolical spectacle, for which both teams must share the blame - but being outplayed on our own pitch by the likes of Macclesfield and Colchester?
I was very disappointed with the Town's 2-0 cup defeat at the hands of Macclesfield Town last Saturday, as probably most other Town Fans were, but surely we were not outplayed on the day ?
Quite often in Football the final result never reflects the game itself, and other factors like injuries, poor refereeing and sheer bad luck can sometimes affect the final result.
I know we lost against Macclesfield last week-end and good luck to them in the next round of the F.A.Cup, but never in this world were we outplayed by them.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: I'm not sure whether it's deliberate openness or whether PDC just sounds off without giving it much thought. The analogies are no doubt planned in advance but I think the rest of it just comes tumbling out. . Anyway - question to Sam, Chris, Shaun and all the other local media boys: What about asking PDC the most important question of the moment - Why are we playing such awful football at the County Ground? Tuesday night's game was a diabolical spectacle, for which both teams must share the blame - but being outplayed on our own pitch by the likes of Macclesfield and Colchester?[/p][/quote]I was very disappointed with the Town's 2-0 cup defeat at the hands of Macclesfield Town last Saturday, as probably most other Town Fans were, but surely we were not outplayed on the day ? Quite often in Football the final result never reflects the game itself, and other factors like injuries, poor refereeing and sheer bad luck can sometimes affect the final result. I know we lost against Macclesfield last week-end and good luck to them in the next round of the F.A.Cup, but never in this world were we outplayed by them. Old-Stager, Hilperton

12:42pm Sat 10 Nov 12

avo says...

Nothing wrong with the openess in my view. It's rather refreshing.
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As for publicly berating individual performances, well, they are paid to provide the paying public with entertainment. When they fall short through lack of effort or commitment they deserve to hear their name in public for the wrong reasons.
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As for PDC's post match comments, he's not saying anything different to most fans that witness the game anyway...so?
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What I'd really like to see is an Advertiser Sports Writer that returns to a way of writing that is both informative and interesting to fans of STFC, but leaves the deliberately inflammatory headline making where it belongs....3rd rate national rags.
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I seem to recall this current bombardement of inflammatory headlines was your way when you were last at the helm. Please drop it and focus on what it is your readers want to see in print.
Nothing wrong with the openess in my view. It's rather refreshing. . As for publicly berating individual performances, well, they are paid to provide the paying public with entertainment. When they fall short through lack of effort or commitment they deserve to hear their name in public for the wrong reasons. . As for PDC's post match comments, he's not saying anything different to most fans that witness the game anyway...so? . What I'd really like to see is an Advertiser Sports Writer that returns to a way of writing that is both informative and interesting to fans of STFC, but leaves the deliberately inflammatory headline making where it belongs....3rd rate national rags. . I seem to recall this current bombardement of inflammatory headlines was your way when you were last at the helm. Please drop it and focus on what it is your readers want to see in print. avo

12:59pm Sat 10 Nov 12

billbst says...

I sometimes cringe at but always listen to Paolo. Much more informative than the usual cliche driven nonsense. I draw the line at his public ultimatums whether they are aimed at the board or his players individually. They will either get him dismissed or cost the club money. I welcome his honest criticism of the performance. I suspect that the code of conduct in dealing with the press is the Club's effort to curb Paolo's comments outside of direct team matters. Good luck on that one!
Sir Will said that Paolo will be judged by results. For me he will be judged by the style of play the team serves up. For the most part I have loved it but I don't want the move to long ball punts such as against Sheffield. I want the Stevenage style please. Having to listen in today so COYRs!
I sometimes cringe at but always listen to Paolo. Much more informative than the usual cliche driven nonsense. I draw the line at his public ultimatums whether they are aimed at the board or his players individually. They will either get him dismissed or cost the club money. I welcome his honest criticism of the performance. I suspect that the code of conduct in dealing with the press is the Club's effort to curb Paolo's comments outside of direct team matters. Good luck on that one! Sir Will said that Paolo will be judged by results. For me he will be judged by the style of play the team serves up. For the most part I have loved it but I don't want the move to long ball punts such as against Sheffield. I want the Stevenage style please. Having to listen in today so COYRs! billbst

2:02pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Oi Den! says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
I'm not sure whether it's deliberate openness or whether PDC just sounds off without giving it much thought. The analogies are no doubt planned in advance but I think the rest of it just comes tumbling out.
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Anyway - question to Sam, Chris, Shaun and all the other local media boys: What about asking PDC the most important question of the moment - Why are we playing such awful football at the County Ground? Tuesday night's game was a diabolical spectacle, for which both teams must share the blame - but being outplayed on our own pitch by the likes of Macclesfield and Colchester?
I was very disappointed with the Town's 2-0 cup defeat at the hands of Macclesfield Town last Saturday, as probably most other Town Fans were, but surely we were not outplayed on the day ?
Quite often in Football the final result never reflects the game itself, and other factors like injuries, poor refereeing and sheer bad luck can sometimes affect the final result.
I know we lost against Macclesfield last week-end and good luck to them in the next round of the F.A.Cup, but never in this world were we outplayed by them.
Fair enough OS. We all see games differently. I thought they tried more than we did to play football on the ground, and got their just reward.
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: I'm not sure whether it's deliberate openness or whether PDC just sounds off without giving it much thought. The analogies are no doubt planned in advance but I think the rest of it just comes tumbling out. . Anyway - question to Sam, Chris, Shaun and all the other local media boys: What about asking PDC the most important question of the moment - Why are we playing such awful football at the County Ground? Tuesday night's game was a diabolical spectacle, for which both teams must share the blame - but being outplayed on our own pitch by the likes of Macclesfield and Colchester?[/p][/quote]I was very disappointed with the Town's 2-0 cup defeat at the hands of Macclesfield Town last Saturday, as probably most other Town Fans were, but surely we were not outplayed on the day ? Quite often in Football the final result never reflects the game itself, and other factors like injuries, poor refereeing and sheer bad luck can sometimes affect the final result. I know we lost against Macclesfield last week-end and good luck to them in the next round of the F.A.Cup, but never in this world were we outplayed by them.[/p][/quote]Fair enough OS. We all see games differently. I thought they tried more than we did to play football on the ground, and got their just reward. Oi Den!

2:37pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Steve. Brentford says...

Stratton Red wrote:
Malkym wrote:
Perhaps I am talking a load of romanticised bull***t. If you leave out "romantcised" you certainly get what you are talking.
Brilliant!
Far from brilliant! Miserable moany bastardo; is more like.

Good thread Sam,despite what some of the local oiks think.
[quote][p][bold]Stratton Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malkym[/bold] wrote: Perhaps I am talking a load of romanticised bull***t. If you leave out "romantcised" you certainly get what you are talking.[/p][/quote]Brilliant![/p][/quote]Far from brilliant! Miserable moany bastardo; is more like. Good thread Sam,despite what some of the local oiks think. Steve. Brentford

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