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    John Terry

    It's an interesting article that one. It is clear that this is the first time that he has seen or been a part of the hours before and after the actual training session and the levels of preparation involved (calling it a real eye opener). JT is not the sort of chap that you associate with being intimidated and that he has admitted as much is quite heartening for a couple of reasons. One is that if the amount of planning an preparation that Smith is putting in is enough to intimidate JT, then I'm glad to hear it, we are in need of a plan. Another is that it makes Terry that little bit more human again, he even seems a little nervous about how much he has to learn and it has made him slightly more endearing. Not that I need to like him for him to be good at his job, but on average I'd prefer it if the people associated with the club come across well. The last point for me is that this is the first time I have lost that slight disappointment of what might have been if Henry had become the Villa boss. Watching JT's (understandable) first day nerves contrasts very well with the very pragmatic and experienced way that Dean Smith and Richard O'Kelly came in and ran the session and the media circus around their first day. They were clearly ready to go on day one with what they wanted to do and appear unfazed by the size of the job. I know Henry has been an assistant coach for a while now, but I can't help but feel that his first day as the man in the hot seat will have more of the nervous anticipation of JT than the calm head of Smith. The idea of Henry as coach was really exciting to me (in as sort of "sod it I'm mortgaging the house and putting all the money on red" sort of way) and he has all the attributes to go on and be really great. Today though I am content with the decision that we have made.
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    New Manager Speculation

    But the Belgian FA hasn't been approached?
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    I have no idea what I was doing at the time as I don't remember it happening as I didn't notice it when it happened. That said I don't watch TV news (or TV much at all for that matter) the huge majority of the way I consume news is internet based and the feeds I use are designed to stick to my interests. It turns out that the Premier League without Aston Villa in it is as interesting to me as the JLeague, or Sex in the City for that matter. You will be amazed the amount of headline news you can miss when you really don't care about the subject matter.
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    Match Thread: Villa v Preston

    Time to put your foot on the ball and a couple of calm passes? Oh, forget it lets just mash the panic button
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    Steve Bruce

    I can't think of a single time when a manager got the "you have a certain number of games to save your job" ultimatum and didn't get fired. Even if they win the two games the club fires them anyway based on the standard of play or they wait for the next loss and pull the trigger then. It basically means that the club has already made its mind up. It's also the reason why those sorts of ultimatums are pointless, I think they are just there as an optics thing for the club so they look like they gave the manager every chance and didn't have a choice. It may make it easier to recruit other managers down the line if you don't look like ruthless bastards (even though I do hope that the guys in charge are ruthless bastards)
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    All New Funny Pics Thread - Clean Edition

    Holy balls, until you posted that is exactly what I thought it was, something from a sci-fi movie.
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    Steve Bruce

    I'm not tiptoeing around my agricultural/horticultural, manual, hand held, earth slicing, lifting and relocation facilitation tool.
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    Henri Lansbury

    I don't think he is rubbish, but he is much, much slower than I expected him to be. He is so slow the rest of the midfield does have to cover for him, but he is not good enough to justify having other players carry water for him. I had hoped for much more, but mostly based on his reputation rather than what I had seen myself. It really didn't take long to spot that his lack of pace would be exposed in a team that was already struggling in that department. He's not a bad player at this level, but he wasn't what we needed when we signed him and he isn't what we need now.
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    Steve Bruce

    One of the few silver linings of us not getting promoted last season is that we won't have to suffer a digital Steve Bruce on the touchline whilst playing FIFA.
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    U.S. Politics

    43 days until the mid terms. Trump is giving every voter who is considering voting Democrat every reason to go our and vote against him. It's almost like he is doing this to rile up the Democrat base and ensure that they vote in record numbers. I almost hope this is all true and Rosenstein is fired, it is one more step towards the end of Trump.
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    U.S. Politics

    There are counter statements going around that he is expecting to be fired and won't resign, but either way it looks like he is going. Having Rosenstein replaced was one of the red lines for many of the organizations preparing to protect the Mueller investigation. We could be looking at some pretty big protests in the not too distant future if this proves to be true. USA days without a constitutional crisis: 0
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    U.S. Politics

    Rod Rosenstein is resigning Well, crap. Could spell the end of the Mueller investigation.
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    James Collins

    Never mind his experience of playing with Chester. Just imagine the moment that Chester limps off the pitch and JC "jogs" out to join Jedinak in the center of defense..... It's like buying a ticket to watch continental drift.
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    U.S. Politics

    I did actually start writing all the things that were batsh1t stupid with that idea and realised I just don't have the time in my life to get them all out. I mean, come on.
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    U.S. Politics

    All the best people.