Harmony restored

Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio

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PAOLO Di Canio has revealed a handful of negative vibes in the Swindon Town dressing room may have influenced his side’s performances in their poor recent run of form.

Di Canio said that an unnamed member of the Town squad had been overly vocal in training, expressing a desire for more days off for the Robins’ players, and the Italian felt that his views may have dragged down the rest of the team of late.

However, after analysing Swindon’s three consecutive defeats over the course of the past 13 days, Di Canio stressed that he has his squad back on track prior to the trip to Carlisle this afternoon.

He told the Advertiser: “I knew some message had been sent out in the wrong way at the wrong time - for example the Tuesday before Oxford - which came after Preston from a player that played very, very badly against Preston who shouldn’t shout his mouth and send bad messages to the others because he can have a negative influence.

“In a bad moment, before Oxford, maybe he knew he couldn’t be involved and spoke for half-an-hour during the training session and in the dressing room - I can imagine more - ‘we need a day off, we need two days off’ and the next week asks Claudio (Donatelli, Swindon’s fitness coach) ‘can we have Sunday and Monday because we need to book?’ “

Book what? It’s not for me. A player that maybe said he wants to train hard trained hard and then forgot at the first moment he felt tired and played bad, but he has to cancel or he can’t be a part of my squad. “It was August 28, not April.

“Even if they won last year as a champion it is easy to fall in a trap. That is important. I told you in the summer that they will cancel, they will release how they achieved this situation and became champions - especially people like (Alan) McCormack and (Jay) McEveley who joined us during the season and didn’t have pre-season with us.

“Only four remain since last year, forget (Paul) Caddis who’s gone, the others at the beginning accepted the regime and then, when they start to feel tired, they have the habit probably that they have had in the past to relax.

“So Monday was important because I reminded them that I spent 15 days during the summer going up and down as a professional manager just to be sure when I meet the new players, to look in their eyes and say ‘with me it will be tough’.”

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7:14am Sat 15 Sep 12

umpcah says...

It wont take long for fans to work out who Paolo is alluding to ! It didn`t me and he`ll soon be on the highway if he isn`t very careful.
It wont take long for fans to work out who Paolo is alluding to ! It didn`t me and he`ll soon be on the highway if he isn`t very careful. umpcah
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7:19am Sat 15 Sep 12

Lazaat says...

Spill the beans umpcah please?
Spill the beans umpcah please? Lazaat
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7:35am Sat 15 Sep 12

robstfc says...

The 2 mentioned by name maybe.....!! Both their performances have been poor recently.... Alan looked a shadow of his normal self last Saturday
The 2 mentioned by name maybe.....!! Both their performances have been poor recently.... Alan looked a shadow of his normal self last Saturday robstfc
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7:46am Sat 15 Sep 12

bigboobs says...

well reading PDC's comments, one player to be excluded is Luke Rooney. He was subbed at half time @ Preston and hasn't featured since.
well reading PDC's comments, one player to be excluded is Luke Rooney. He was subbed at half time @ Preston and hasn't featured since. bigboobs
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7:51am Sat 15 Sep 12

CraftyPig says...

I reached the same conclusion bigboobs
I reached the same conclusion bigboobs CraftyPig
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7:55am Sat 15 Sep 12

jayden says...

who cares who it was its been sorted in house now for 3 points against a very good carlise side.
who cares who it was its been sorted in house now for 3 points against a very good carlise side. jayden
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8:01am Sat 15 Sep 12

red white says...

General di Canio!

We love you.
General di Canio! We love you. red white
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8:07am Sat 15 Sep 12

the real Tosh man says...

I've normally got an opinion on everything but the training regime is one which i can see both sides of. Yes we were strong last year and won many games on fitness but can you expect a squad to train like this 6 days a week? I don't doubt the results but I also can understand players wanting to do less, it's human nature. On the other hand, they've got a pretty great life and one which all of us would swap with plus all in all, a pretty healthy holiday entitlement. I suppose my view is with Paolo, if you want this life style, adoration, fame, and the memories you're creating for yourself then you need to work hard for the 15 years or so that you'll be at the top of your game, unlike most of us who'll probably do a far less glamorous job for someone we probably dislike for 50 years or more!
I've normally got an opinion on everything but the training regime is one which i can see both sides of. Yes we were strong last year and won many games on fitness but can you expect a squad to train like this 6 days a week? I don't doubt the results but I also can understand players wanting to do less, it's human nature. On the other hand, they've got a pretty great life and one which all of us would swap with plus all in all, a pretty healthy holiday entitlement. I suppose my view is with Paolo, if you want this life style, adoration, fame, and the memories you're creating for yourself then you need to work hard for the 15 years or so that you'll be at the top of your game, unlike most of us who'll probably do a far less glamorous job for someone we probably dislike for 50 years or more! the real Tosh man
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8:09am Sat 15 Sep 12

London Red says...

Luke Rooney doesn't strike me as being a big influence in the dressing room
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That usually implies an older experienced player - ala Macca
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Or a big character - ala Ferry
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Ferry didn't start at Preston and has had lots of praise of PdC so very much doubt it is him
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So must be an older head - Devera, Macca, Jay Miller or Navarro
Luke Rooney doesn't strike me as being a big influence in the dressing room . That usually implies an older experienced player - ala Macca . Or a big character - ala Ferry . Ferry didn't start at Preston and has had lots of praise of PdC so very much doubt it is him . So must be an older head - Devera, Macca, Jay Miller or Navarro London Red
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8:27am Sat 15 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

Let's hope harmony really has been restored. These stories often come out when the problem is actually still going on. I remember Timlin coming back from his loan spell at Southend and saying that the spirit in the dressing room was better than before he left. It sounded pretty hollow at the time and it was soon proved that things were far from harmonious..
Let's hope harmony really has been restored. These stories often come out when the problem is actually still going on. I remember Timlin coming back from his loan spell at Southend and saying that the spirit in the dressing room was better than before he left. It sounded pretty hollow at the time and it was soon proved that things were far from harmonious.. Oi Den!
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8:41am Sat 15 Sep 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

London Red wrote:
Luke Rooney doesn't strike me as being a big influence in the dressing room
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That usually implies an older experienced player - ala Macca
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Or a big character - ala Ferry
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Ferry didn't start at Preston and has had lots of praise of PdC so very much doubt it is him
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So must be an older head - Devera, Macca, Jay Miller or Navarro
Like you don't think he is a big influence but he could have a negative influence even as a lower order squad player.
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Like others I'm sure that the comments are relating to Luke as he is going to be one of those unsettled due to lack of games and being honest...I don't think he has produced the goods often enough - Raffa is doing well so when Roberts comes back Rooney will be 3rd choice.
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The training regime is more tactical than full on hard graft all week so forgive me folks but you signed up to be a footballer on high wages (even at a league 1 club) and football isn't a Mon - Fri 40 hour week...if you are playing Sat - Tues every week for 3 weeks then I'm afraid you need to be in doing post match and pre match routines preparing tactically and enjoy your time off where you get it!
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Players know what they signed into so come on folks give it a go - PDC and the fitness coach will not allow burn out else it would all be counter-productive.
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Feeling lazy!?...then I don't want my hard earned money lining your pocket I'm afraid!!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Luke Rooney doesn't strike me as being a big influence in the dressing room . That usually implies an older experienced player - ala Macca . Or a big character - ala Ferry . Ferry didn't start at Preston and has had lots of praise of PdC so very much doubt it is him . So must be an older head - Devera, Macca, Jay Miller or Navarro[/p][/quote]Like you don't think he is a big influence but he could have a negative influence even as a lower order squad player. --- Like others I'm sure that the comments are relating to Luke as he is going to be one of those unsettled due to lack of games and being honest...I don't think he has produced the goods often enough - Raffa is doing well so when Roberts comes back Rooney will be 3rd choice. --- The training regime is more tactical than full on hard graft all week so forgive me folks but you signed up to be a footballer on high wages (even at a league 1 club) and football isn't a Mon - Fri 40 hour week...if you are playing Sat - Tues every week for 3 weeks then I'm afraid you need to be in doing post match and pre match routines preparing tactically and enjoy your time off where you get it! --- Players know what they signed into so come on folks give it a go - PDC and the fitness coach will not allow burn out else it would all be counter-productive. ... Feeling lazy!?...then I don't want my hard earned money lining your pocket I'm afraid!! SAPFanSTFC
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8:51am Sat 15 Sep 12

clunge_meister says...

London Red wrote:
Luke Rooney doesn't strike me as being a big influence in the dressing room
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That usually implies an older experienced player - ala Macca
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Or a big character - ala Ferry
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Ferry didn't start at Preston and has had lots of praise of PdC so very much doubt it is him
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So must be an older head - Devera, Macca, Jay Miller or Navarro
Don't think it was Devera, Macca or Miller as they have all played since and Navarro has been injured.

They all played badly at Preston but McEverley was attrocious and hasn't played since.

Having said that it doesn't really matter who it was. Paolo has made his point without naming names and that is a pleasant change given the events of the last few weeks.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Luke Rooney doesn't strike me as being a big influence in the dressing room . That usually implies an older experienced player - ala Macca . Or a big character - ala Ferry . Ferry didn't start at Preston and has had lots of praise of PdC so very much doubt it is him . So must be an older head - Devera, Macca, Jay Miller or Navarro[/p][/quote]Don't think it was Devera, Macca or Miller as they have all played since and Navarro has been injured. They all played badly at Preston but McEverley was attrocious and hasn't played since. Having said that it doesn't really matter who it was. Paolo has made his point without naming names and that is a pleasant change given the events of the last few weeks. clunge_meister
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8:54am Sat 15 Sep 12

old town robin says...

Agree with others it's sounds like he was refering to Luke Rooney, but it doesn't make sense, he had to wait 5 games before he got his chance to start and then by all accounts when he did start he did not play well at Preston and was subbed at half time. I would have thought any player on the fringe would be training even harder to get into the team, that's why I think if he is the one Paolo is refering too he's a very silly boy.

On another point, Ronnie Moore (Tranmere's manager) is the manager of the month for August. Did he have 5 unbeaten games without conceeding a goal, whilst scoring 10 (including 3-0 wins against a Premier and a championship side that is top of their division).

Tranmeres are doing well and Ronnie is a good manager, but I can't help thinking once again Paolo has been overlooked because of who he is and not what he acheived. I know it's a poison challis, but the stuffed shirts who choose the nominees don't have to be so blatently bias against Paolo who I'm sure doesn't care a rats arse what the establishment think.
Agree with others it's sounds like he was refering to Luke Rooney, but it doesn't make sense, he had to wait 5 games before he got his chance to start and then by all accounts when he did start he did not play well at Preston and was subbed at half time. I would have thought any player on the fringe would be training even harder to get into the team, that's why I think if he is the one Paolo is refering too he's a very silly boy. On another point, Ronnie Moore (Tranmere's manager) is the manager of the month for August. Did he have 5 unbeaten games without conceeding a goal, whilst scoring 10 (including 3-0 wins against a Premier and a championship side that is top of their division). Tranmeres are doing well and Ronnie is a good manager, but I can't help thinking once again Paolo has been overlooked because of who he is and not what he acheived. I know it's a poison challis, but the stuffed shirts who choose the nominees don't have to be so blatently bias against Paolo who I'm sure doesn't care a rats arse what the establishment think. old town robin
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9:00am Sat 15 Sep 12

swwindon61uk says...

I agree SAPFanSTFC they are told hiow tough it is going to be when they join,maybe they do not believe it.
Last week was bad as is the run of 3 losses but we lost 5 out of the first 7 last season so no panic here and i am sure it will sort itself out.
I still think PDC being the ultimate professional in his career might have some problems with the attitude of the "modern" player.
I agree SAPFanSTFC they are told hiow tough it is going to be when they join,maybe they do not believe it. Last week was bad as is the run of 3 losses but we lost 5 out of the first 7 last season so no panic here and i am sure it will sort itself out. I still think PDC being the ultimate professional in his career might have some problems with the attitude of the "modern" player. swwindon61uk
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9:01am Sat 15 Sep 12

Malkym says...

Morning Mr Ian King hope you're well, I don't have to worry about my not hard earned money lining lazy players pockets cos when you're on freebies it doesn't matter. Doubtless you'll be pleased to know I have bought my Burnley & Colchester tickets -well can't ignore bargain deals can you?

Surprised that with your "club sources" insider knowledge you aren't on here confirming it was LR - have a good day old buddy - I'll bee sure to let you know whem I'm in the hospitality suite :)
Morning Mr Ian King hope you're well, I don't have to worry about my not hard earned money lining lazy players pockets cos when you're on freebies it doesn't matter. Doubtless you'll be pleased to know I have bought my Burnley & Colchester tickets -well can't ignore bargain deals can you? Surprised that with your "club sources" insider knowledge you aren't on here confirming it was LR - have a good day old buddy - I'll bee sure to let you know whem I'm in the hospitality suite :) Malkym
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9:05am Sat 15 Sep 12

Malkym says...

That's LR the player not LR the poster lol!
That's LR the player not LR the poster lol! Malkym
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9:15am Sat 15 Sep 12

We are PANTS says...

Seems Di Canio is going soft in his old age!!! Apparently he has given the player in question an extra day off for the next few weeks???? And to top it all off it's Every Saturday!!!!! Lucky bugger!!!! ;-)
Seems Di Canio is going soft in his old age!!! Apparently he has given the player in question an extra day off for the next few weeks???? And to top it all off it's Every Saturday!!!!! Lucky bugger!!!! ;-) We are PANTS
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9:22am Sat 15 Sep 12

jayden says...

We are PANTS wrote:
Seems Di Canio is going soft in his old age!!! Apparently he has given the player in question an extra day off for the next few weeks???? And to top it all off it's Every Saturday!!!!! Lucky bugger!!!! ;-)
Ithink old curly has been stirring it again or Mrs Caddis or Rocking Robin,Get a grip more intrested in beating Carlise then he said that she said this.
[quote][p][bold]We are PANTS[/bold] wrote: Seems Di Canio is going soft in his old age!!! Apparently he has given the player in question an extra day off for the next few weeks???? And to top it all off it's Every Saturday!!!!! Lucky bugger!!!! ;-)[/p][/quote]Ithink old curly has been stirring it again or Mrs Caddis or Rocking Robin,Get a grip more intrested in beating Carlise then he said that she said this. jayden
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9:22am Sat 15 Sep 12

mallorca says...

Wel Ronnie moore well done a real old fashioned Manager who for a change has had a good start to the season.
Agree with posts players who signed up did know more or less what was in store with Pdc and fitness regime so tough on those who complain.
On the other hand I fear this strict daily routine will cause a few problems on the way and Pdc must remember these players are only human and like all of us do like a winge.
Yes Pdc has a lot to learn about UK football .In theory what he is trying to achieve is ok but putting into practise is a different Ball Game.
Do wish him well and hope we get some kind of result today as another defeat will not look good on his resume/
Wel Ronnie moore well done a real old fashioned Manager who for a change has had a good start to the season. Agree with posts players who signed up did know more or less what was in store with Pdc and fitness regime so tough on those who complain. On the other hand I fear this strict daily routine will cause a few problems on the way and Pdc must remember these players are only human and like all of us do like a winge. Yes Pdc has a lot to learn about UK football .In theory what he is trying to achieve is ok but putting into practise is a different Ball Game. Do wish him well and hope we get some kind of result today as another defeat will not look good on his resume/ mallorca
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9:22am Sat 15 Sep 12

mallorca says...

Wel Ronnie moore well done a real old fashioned Manager who for a change has had a good start to the season.
Agree with posts players who signed up did know more or less what was in store with Pdc and fitness regime so tough on those who complain.
On the other hand I fear this strict daily routine will cause a few problems on the way and Pdc must remember these players are only human and like all of us do like a winge.
Yes Pdc has a lot to learn about UK football .In theory what he is trying to achieve is ok but putting into practise is a different Ball Game.
Do wish him well and hope we get some kind of result today as another defeat will not look good on his resume/
Wel Ronnie moore well done a real old fashioned Manager who for a change has had a good start to the season. Agree with posts players who signed up did know more or less what was in store with Pdc and fitness regime so tough on those who complain. On the other hand I fear this strict daily routine will cause a few problems on the way and Pdc must remember these players are only human and like all of us do like a winge. Yes Pdc has a lot to learn about UK football .In theory what he is trying to achieve is ok but putting into practise is a different Ball Game. Do wish him well and hope we get some kind of result today as another defeat will not look good on his resume/ mallorca
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9:25am Sat 15 Sep 12

jayden says...

Sorry WE ARE PANTS not a quote aimed at you.
Sorry WE ARE PANTS not a quote aimed at you. jayden
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9:44am Sat 15 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

OTR, on the Manager of the Month thing, it could be argued that Moore's achievement on his resources is greater than PDC's on his. I always used to think it was ridiculous that the likes of Alex Ferguson received the Manager of the Season award when other managers were working wonders in ensuring survival for their clubs.
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And I really don't understand this thing about people in authority being biased against PDC. I've never seen any evidence of it. In fact, I often watch him very closely during home games and I think he gets afforded a fair degree of leeway by the officials. Anyway, is it really the establishment that makes the awards? I always thought they were done by sponsors.
OTR, on the Manager of the Month thing, it could be argued that Moore's achievement on his resources is greater than PDC's on his. I always used to think it was ridiculous that the likes of Alex Ferguson received the Manager of the Season award when other managers were working wonders in ensuring survival for their clubs. . And I really don't understand this thing about people in authority being biased against PDC. I've never seen any evidence of it. In fact, I often watch him very closely during home games and I think he gets afforded a fair degree of leeway by the officials. Anyway, is it really the establishment that makes the awards? I always thought they were done by sponsors. Oi Den!
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9:47am Sat 15 Sep 12

red white says...

That's why we're champions x
That's why we're champions x red white
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9:55am Sat 15 Sep 12

the wizard says...

IMPROVEMENT, at last PdC refers to a couple of incidents, keeps it in the dressing room, and doesn't name the player.

Definitely the way to go. Seems he is learning, much prefer it this way. Keep it in house, well done Paolo, you are learning.
IMPROVEMENT, at last PdC refers to a couple of incidents, keeps it in the dressing room, and doesn't name the player. Definitely the way to go. Seems he is learning, much prefer it this way. Keep it in house, well done Paolo, you are learning. the wizard
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9:58am Sat 15 Sep 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
I agree SAPFanSTFC they are told hiow tough it is going to be when they join,maybe they do not believe it.
Last week was bad as is the run of 3 losses but we lost 5 out of the first 7 last season so no panic here and i am sure it will sort itself out.
I still think PDC being the ultimate professional in his career might have some problems with the attitude of the "modern" player.
Think you've nailed it there - he was a dedicated trainer and player at the top level and some of these guys...as he's said....think they've made Prima Donna status at a lower league club.
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Rooney in particular has yet to prove himself above mid-table league 2 - I'm sure he's good enough talent wise but the brain and the will to keep improving need to be seen.
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: I agree SAPFanSTFC they are told hiow tough it is going to be when they join,maybe they do not believe it. Last week was bad as is the run of 3 losses but we lost 5 out of the first 7 last season so no panic here and i am sure it will sort itself out. I still think PDC being the ultimate professional in his career might have some problems with the attitude of the "modern" player.[/p][/quote]Think you've nailed it there - he was a dedicated trainer and player at the top level and some of these guys...as he's said....think they've made Prima Donna status at a lower league club. -- Rooney in particular has yet to prove himself above mid-table league 2 - I'm sure he's good enough talent wise but the brain and the will to keep improving need to be seen. SAPFanSTFC
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10:03am Sat 15 Sep 12

hornet says...

It looks like a caddis issue all over again the reason he was singled out and shown the door was because as club captain you have to take all playersissues to the manager not just your own it was food and days of then . Now this falls into the hands of macca ,Don't remember seeing PDC mention any other player complaining when he made Macca captain
It looks like a caddis issue all over again the reason he was singled out and shown the door was because as club captain you have to take all playersissues to the manager not just your own it was food and days of then . Now this falls into the hands of macca ,Don't remember seeing PDC mention any other player complaining when he made Macca captain hornet
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11:01am Sat 15 Sep 12

We are PANTS says...

jayden wrote:
Sorry WE ARE PANTS not a quote aimed at you.
No worries!! I thought you had a sence of humour loss for a mo!!!! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: Sorry WE ARE PANTS not a quote aimed at you.[/p][/quote]No worries!! I thought you had a sence of humour loss for a mo!!!! ;-) We are PANTS
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11:58am Sat 15 Sep 12

BillyLucas4me says...

Thursday used to be Golf day for the CG players, but we did not win much then.
Thursday used to be Golf day for the CG players, but we did not win much then. BillyLucas4me
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12:07pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Stilloyal says...

My money is on Jaymac being the guilty one.
Di Canio mentioned 2 specifically the other being Macca. If it was Macca then he certainly wouldn't be captain at this moment in time and I doubt he'd be playing.
No, it's Jaymac because he was dropped immediatly after that game and hasn't played since.
My money is on Jaymac being the guilty one. Di Canio mentioned 2 specifically the other being Macca. If it was Macca then he certainly wouldn't be captain at this moment in time and I doubt he'd be playing. No, it's Jaymac because he was dropped immediatly after that game and hasn't played since. Stilloyal
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1:26pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Battersea Boy says...

Aden Flint & Luke Rooney both at Nuffield Gym this morning training with the kids. Aden normally very chatty but today he was in a foul mood as was Luke. Luke trained in his Gillingham shirt.
Aden Flint & Luke Rooney both at Nuffield Gym this morning training with the kids. Aden normally very chatty but today he was in a foul mood as was Luke. Luke trained in his Gillingham shirt. Battersea Boy
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3:54pm Sun 16 Sep 12

peatmoor pirate says...

Battersea Boy wrote:
Aden Flint & Luke Rooney both at Nuffield Gym this morning training with the kids. Aden normally very chatty but today he was in a foul mood as was Luke. Luke trained in his Gillingham shirt.
If that's true about Luke, maybe he needs to go back to the Gills then. Clearly has not been the move he thought it would be for him and if it was him mouthing off, possibly trying to engineer a move back
[quote][p][bold]Battersea Boy[/bold] wrote: Aden Flint & Luke Rooney both at Nuffield Gym this morning training with the kids. Aden normally very chatty but today he was in a foul mood as was Luke. Luke trained in his Gillingham shirt.[/p][/quote]If that's true about Luke, maybe he needs to go back to the Gills then. Clearly has not been the move he thought it would be for him and if it was him mouthing off, possibly trying to engineer a move back peatmoor pirate
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