Jump to content

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 21/10/21 in all areas

  1. It's 10 years ago this weekend (23rd) that we lost the man this thread is named after. Patrick (Paddy) Ebbutt. I thought it would be nice to mark this significant anniversary as a reminder to those of us who knew him through VT back in the day so you could spare him a thought, remember what a lovely guy he was and keep his memory alive. And for those who didn't know him, and for those who want to read it again, this is a little something his mother wrote some time after the event. I love the effect naming threads has had. It really has kept those posters in my mind.
    14 points
  2. No, it’s the narrative he’s trying to spin about himself as some kind of victim who never gets a fair chance at success, who is only criticised for some other reason than his actual ability as a manager, it’s how he’s always out to ‘shut a few people up’. He never really accepts any criticism, he always takes it personally. A lot of fans from a lot of clubs have suffered through some appalling football with Bruce as manager. But the fans’ criticism is somehow never legitimate, always personal. He’s picking these fights. Constantly. I’m sick of this self-pitying multi-millionaire insulting the collective intelligence of fans at every club he turns up. He has a reputation for being ‘nice’ but he comes across as a snide, petty prick. That’s why people don’t like him. That and his objectively awful brand of football.
    9 points
  3. Nothing wrong with Face/Off or Con Air, nothing at all.
    6 points
  4. It doesn’t surprise me just disappoints me. I’m all for constructive criticism but it surely must be balanced. There’s a lot of posters that feel you can’t criticise Smith or the team without people coming to his defence. That’s just not true, those defending him in most cases are just adding balance to a purely one sided negative argument.
    6 points
  5. I read this too quickly and just spent 20 minutes researching your diet.
    6 points
  6. I was nearly 18 stone at the start of the pandemic last year. Got down to 13 and a half which was a bit hard work, so now holding around 14-14.5 stone, which suits me I think, and I feel good on it.
    5 points
  7. This is a key for me, it's clear from the way you've described it, that for you lower mid table is not just below expectation, it's significantly below expectation and needs to be addressed sharply. I'd say our natural position in this table as a squad is probably 10th or 11th, more than a couple of positions above that and we're doing pretty well, more than a couple below that and we're doing pretty poorly - so for me 9th-13th is a perfectly acceptable place for the squad to be - it's an area where there doesn't need to be any action, one that's okay for where we are in our journey, one where the manager is doing okay. Higher than 9th and the manager is doing well, higher than 8th he's doing very well and higher than that, he's a genius with this squad. Lower mid table, i'd guess at about 12th-15th - that's where I'd think of as lower mid table - the top end of that, is maybe one position below par in my opinion, it's okay, it's not great, but it's not bad, 13th isn't bad for me either, it's not where I'd hope to be but it's acceptable, we've changed a lot of stuff for this season and to an extent we're a team in transition - if we finished 13th I'd be slightly disappointed, but it wouldn't by any means be a disaster. 14th and 15th would be disappointing and perhaps more than that, depending on how far from the drop zone those positions end up being - and if we do end up getting close to the bottom three, or drop into it, then I'd expect there to be some pressure on Dean Smith - so would he, there should be. For me, being in the top end of lower mid table isn't anything like mired, it's Man Utd being worried about being in 4th, it's Spurs worried about not being the Champions league, there's a false expectation that their ambitions are actually their expectations.The bottom end of the lower mid table would be a disappointment, because I think we can have an expectation to be in the top dozen and ambitions to be in the top ten. I don't think we should be looking for the managers head unless we find ourselves in the bottom four in five or six games time, or unless there's a drop off in performance. We were 11 minutes away from being 9th a few days ago, it was a horrible 11 minutes and it's left some scars, but we're not bleeding to death. I think if there are people out there who think we should be looking at finishing sixth, it's not the manager that's the problem. It'd be lovely if we did, but it'd be a hell of an achievement.
    5 points
  8. no it doesnt still having to use the players that we had in the championship (el ghazi, hause) and players that we bought to fight a relegation battle (nakamba, trez) and gap fillers until we find someone better (young, tuanzebe) and players that just arent good enough (davies, steer) means that we are still in transition we may have a couple of top 7 players, but its only a couple, we have a mid table squad sat in mid table, we still need to transition to a top 7 squad, we're not there yet, it still needs another summer and maybe another year or 2 of the youngsters progressing before you can say this is top 7 squad
    4 points
  9. You'd think so - he's in a position that will test his character and resolve. Does he have the determination and fortitude to fight for his place? Is he doing enough in training? Was he under the impression that he could just saunter into the first team? A loan to a lower league side has many sides to it and the growth of a player isn't just linked to getting minutes. Obviously, we'd all prefer it if he'd been smashing it all this time, but there could be a lot of valuable lessons being learned.
    4 points
  10. If we bed in new players, try new formations and give debuts to youngsters we might finish 11th rather than 10th... Disaster Or we do it this side of Christmas before stabilising for the final stretch, 2 points off europe with our arguably best player injured and several players not fit and messing about with international games meaning that we haven't clicked yet If we do a reversal of last season where we're inconsistent at the start and then strong at the end will people still moan? There's no patience
    4 points
  11. I’m really glad you mentioned this as it’s good evidence of how ridiculous people are being writing us and Smith off already. That same season the below teams were below us after 9 games and on 11 points or less: I’ve also listed where they finished. United - 5th Wolves - 6th Sheffield Utd - 7th
    4 points
  12. he had a year with no fans inside the stadium and don't get me wrong the guy who PMs Alex Bruce on Twitter "tell your dad he's a word removed" is an absolute **** idiot...but round the Sunday table Alex gets his phone out and says "look at this dad, @firstnamelotsofnumbers on twitter says you're a word removed" then Alex is also an absolute **** idiot
    4 points
  13. Got my PCR result back finally… positive as expected. I’m having waves of feeling crap (chills, blocked nose mainly), especially last night having the chills but nothing too overpowering that probably would have done me in had i not had the vaccine. I’m probably well enough to log on from home but **** it.
    4 points
  14. I mean, sure. Everything is going so well right now, it would be a shame if someone else being on the stamps for a bit turned up to ruin it all.
    4 points
  15. My first screen is for VT and my second screen is to make me look like I'm doing work. (The VT screen cant be seen by the CCTV)
    3 points
  16. Did you see ID back in the day? A bit on the nose at times but well acted.
    3 points
  17. Comparing the genius of TTSS to bloody James Bond should be a shootable offence.
    3 points
  18. I think people just massively underestimate/undervalue him in general tbh, Steero.
    3 points
  19. Of course there is. And why can't we? Whats the impending disaster that you and others think is happening?
    3 points
  20. Suggested to my royalist parents last night that the queen should literally throw herself under the bus for Andy, her dying could deflect for a few years and take the heat off him. It didn't go down well.
    3 points
  21. black pudding pate on sour bread toast with pork scratchings side
    3 points
  22. Disagree, people massively underestimate his passing. There are over a dozen goals that have come from a good longer/incisive ball from Mings from the back since the start of last season. He also has a good driving run in him as well.
    3 points
  23. I think if you look at our strongest team now and our strongest team then. Only Mings, Konsa, Luiz, Targett and Mcginn remain. I think that answers the question.
    2 points
  24. Not sure what you are going for here tbh. We went from 17th in 19/20 to 11th last season and got 20 more points. West Ham got 26 points more in 20/21 compared to 19/20 which of course is great for them. Currently we are 4 points behind West Ham who are once again doing well.
    2 points
  25. You make a good point. Oh how I wish Villa would have signed players like Micah Richards, Lescott or Sinclair back in 2015! Maybe the history books would have been different.
    2 points
  26. As long as it's 20 minutes at the end and not 20 minutes somewhere in the middle.
    2 points
  27. Whilst this isn’t a defence of Smith and Villa’s progress. I think you really have to look at West Ham’s spending over the past 5-10 years to see how they should be challenging where they are really. People go on about West Ham like they have done wonders and over achieved but in reality they have spent a hell of a lot of money. They were way ahead of us in their progression. We’re playing catch up.
    2 points
  28. I'm no expert in these matters, so feel free to tell me I'm talking shit, but I think you're kidding yourself. I honestly believe to need to quit drinking totally, it's doing you serious physical and mental damage.
    2 points
  29. Irony is, even if he were to come back, he would be coming back to a totally different Villa. Team wouldn't be built around him, and he wouldn't be able to dictate and demand things anymore as before. Relinquished that right IMO.
    2 points
  30. Agree 100% - we have to do what's best for the long term, after all, as this is a project designed to shape the club for years to come. If it takes us another year without Europe but we've successfully developed a raft of talented youngsters, then we'll be in a much stronger position down the line. NSWE aren't just thinking about the next game or even season, it's a bigger picture than that.
    2 points
  31. Steve Coogan is rumoured to have done "something" as well
    2 points
  32. Come on, everyone knows that the Pope is the real power behind Bill Gates and George Soros.
    2 points
  33. 100% agree about the Martian. I couldn't put that book down. As good as that film is though, it's still not as good as the source material. Cuts out key plot points, like him shorting out the pathfinder rover and the journey he takes to the second launch site took about 3 minutes of screentime glossing over just how arduous that was in the book (including him rolling the rover in a crater). He's a director where his peaks (Alien, Gladiator, Blade Runner, The Martian etc) are magnificent but his lows (Prometheus, Covenent, Kingdom of Heaven etc) are equally as spectacular in their crappiness.
    2 points
  34. Summary from Wednesday night Indiana Vassilev (Inter Miami) 20th/27Home to Toronto (3-0) - Played 90 minutes. 38 touches, 89.3% pass accuracy, 1 shot, 2 key passes. WhoScored.com rating of 6.62
    2 points
  35. I think Foden is probably technically more gifted than Jack, but I very much doubt he'd have had the talismanic X-factor that Jack had here for his last few seasons. Foden is much better at the same age, but that doesn't always translate to being able to be the star player and carry a team on your back as you age. Foden may end up in a Messi situation where he's undoubtedly a star and one of the best players in the world, but he's always had top echelon coaching and absolute megastar teams around him built to his strengths. Jack has shown he can do it when all the pressure is squarely on him.
    2 points
  36. 2 points
  37. Line in the athletic article about his kids informing him of all the online abuse, just like they did when he was here. I remember that being mocked by Bruce backers as well. He did well to escape another cabbage coming his way. It was certainly coming. I look forward to him appearing as a pundit and pointing out errors players and managers are making with tremendous hindsight. Proper, genuine, full on word removed.
    2 points
  38. Fine to have that ambition, not fine to throw toys out the pram when it looks like we might fall short. How is having Ings and Watkins upfront not a new way of playing, considering our plan till this season was put everything through Jack, whatever we tried this season would be a new way of playing. We cannt afford to field some youngsters? I guess we just disagree. I am glad Ramsey and Chuk brothers are slowly being integrated, I guess you are too impatient to give youth a chance. We are going for it, i see no signs that we arent. I am just not going to crucify them and call for Deans head if we dont hit the mark. Questioning whether i am even a fan is pretty low from you. Yes we are in a results buisness, but not a results at all costs buisness as you seem to believe. We are building and it takes time, sorry it isnt happening quick enough to satisfy your need for instant gratification
    2 points
  39. "The demand for results is ridiculous". Are you even a fan? It's a results business mate. There is no bedding in of new players and no new way of playing. This is not a experimental season where we can afford to field some youngsters either. We need to go for it and try our best to finish higher than last season. European football is ambitious agreed, but I'm sure it's our aim this season.
    2 points
  40. Now that they've lost interest in Brexit, looks like this is where the lunatic cult section of the country is now focusing their interest:
    2 points
  41. Every time I see him play with City, it's the same sequence. He collects the ball out wide, drags it to his left then shifts back inside and passes it. 100m for that on repeat seems a colossal waste, for club and player alike.
    2 points
  42. People don’t like him because he keeps playing the victim and moaning about fans, taking it all far too personal. He’s been stealing a living as a manager, getting far more chances and being backed far more than his results merit. Yet he keeps making comments like that. It’s pathetic and petty.
    2 points
  43. Reading his quote about all the insults and abuse he took makes me sad. He's human. Yes, he's overpaid and outdated but he usually worked under fairly tight finances but still managed several promotions and survivals. Nobody deserves that degree of personal abuse for just doing their job, even if they are well compensated.
    2 points
  44. His priority isn’t Villa though, he has to look after his and his clubs interests. Barry, would still be learning a lot from this, hopefully gets some game time and then in January, when we can, we recall him and get him out somewhere else.
    2 points
  45. I agree that our natural position in the table is probably around 10th, but I don't think 12th or 13th are necessarily perfectly acceptable positions to be in. Last season, despite us finishing 11th, there was a massive gap in points between us and 12th. Yet only 6 points separated 12th and 17th. I don't think that's a coincidence. I think squad quality wise, we were closer to the higher end of the table than the bottom and despite the loss of Grealish, have theoretically recruited very well. I believe we're on the same levels as the Evertons, West Hams, Wolves, Arsenals, etc. All teams that were expected to compete for the rest of the top 10 positions. I can accept keeping pace with these teams even if we end up below all of them. But falling comfortably back into that 12th-17th place rabble points wise would be a pretty signficant step backwards to where we were last season, even if its technically only "lower mid-table". Basically, I'm fine with lower mid-table so long as we're not far away from the top 10.
    2 points
  46. It’s nice to see this thread finding some ‘middle ground’. Im sure Dean will have the boys up for it on Friday night, if nothing more I think the players owe us a performance, and a 90+ minute one at that!
    2 points
This leaderboard is set to London/GMT+01:00
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of use Terms of Use, Cookies We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.

Â