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  1. McLeish has been around long enough that we know what he'll do as pretty much every job he has had has gone the same way. He nearly always gets more out of the squad he takes over. He's a good man manager and decent tactician. After that things start to deteriorate because he is not good at squad building and recruitment. Right now I'd take him because I'm desperate, but I also know the squad needs a clear out and he's not the man to do that. Would it be better if he had a DoF? Maybe
  2. Both similar tackles for me - studs up, contact with opposing player. Anyone that thinks that sort of a tackle isn't a red is living in the past. Neither got the ball, but that alone wouldn't necessarily have saved them. MOH's tackle looked worse on first viewing because it was high and I thought the ref did well with the McDonald tackle as it happened very quickly and low to the ground. To me they both looked reckless rather than malicious, but who knows what is going on in a player's head. As to the idea that football has been turned into a non contact game - I'm not sure the Motherwell lad lying on the touchline after that perfectly legal tackle from Hill would agree. Ozblue might miss the old days, but one of the reasons our football is technically so far behind many countries these days is that we still allow hatchetmet to kick skillful players out of the game.
  3. Our best 11 would have Garner playing as a centre forward with a strike partner close to him. Not going to happen, though
  4. This is true, but if we're playing 4-3-3 at least one of the midfield needs to make forward runs and a midfield of Barton, Rossiter and Halliday doesn't offer enough. I agree with one of the earlier posts about playing Forrester in midfield rather than as one of the front 3. I Iike Rossiter, but tbh he didn't play that well today and Barton was decent in the second half
  5. That's exactly what I took from that comment as well
  6. Not really convinced he could to the job anyway. With our FBs pushed up the park our DM needs to be mobile to cover the gaps we tend to leave. Arteta was never quick and I assume at 34 with a lot of injuries in the past he'll be even slower. So not for me. Unless, of course, Mr Warburton decides it is a good idea and then I'll be completely in favour.
  7. Can't really argue that he called it as he saw it today. When I've heard him as a pundit before he's been pretty sensible - compare him to the rubbish Sutton and Hartson spout, for instance. That said, he's still Neil Lennon so f*ck him
  8. This debate about who'll play wide and who'll play in the centre is a bit pointless when MW usually plays a front three who rotate between the positions. The new faces like Ohalloran and King very much fit that approach
  9. Maybe, but it'd be unwinnable. If they couldn't win with "we'll keep the pound and all those oil billions", they certainly won't win with adopting the Euro and border controls at Gretna.
  10. We really missed Holt today - really short of movement, esp in final third. Shiels is only good for a couple of moments a match, which means he can be useful as a sub, but never a starter for me. Waghorn looks injured.
  11. Foderingham for me today, without those saves we'd have lost, simple as that
  12. Sheils has ability no doubt about it, but for me has always tended to make too few contributions during most games to justify a starting place. If he comes on as a sub and just makes one goal in a tight game then that's a success so for me he's best used that way.
  13. Scotland v Czechoslovakia in 1977 - official crowd 85 000 but loads of people got in by paying the guys on the turnstiles, myself included. I ended up in the Celtic end with my mate who for some reason had brought his Rangers scarf. He kept it hidden until we scored but then started waving it about which didn't really endear us to some of the crowd around us.
  14. No idea if this will work, but sounds a brilliant idea. Well done Is Thornliebank under water yet?
  15. I think the main issue is that the BBC can reduce it's NI contributions this way and publicly funded organizations should not be using this type of tax avoidance scheme.