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7:59pm

7:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says

Have we signed Yannik Bastos now? Says we have on Lion Of Vienna Suite. What is he like? How does he play? Having heard of what he is like how would you describe him?

 

He had a medical this afternoon and signed all the forms - just waiting on confirmation from the club.

7:54pm

 
Hope so!

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5:52pm

The Bolton News: Stuart Holden
 

5:40pm

Can't think of a (Wanderers-based) story that I'd rather report on than Holden making a successful return. Really deserves it.

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5:38pm

As per the report, Holden will make his way back to Wanderers after the weekend but will remain in the US camp as they prepare for an exhibition game against South Korea. Very encouraging.

5:37pm

STU-S-A! 

5:33pm

Some very encouraging news breaking from over in the States here - Stuart Holden training with the national team!

5:30pm

On loan, of course.

5:30pm

The Bolton News: Jack Wilshere

As per the Lion of Vienna Suite, on this day four years ago Jack Wilshere joined Wanderers!

5:09pm

Lukas Jutkiewicz made his debut for Wanderers last night... Here's 10 things you might not know about the on-loan striker. Find out why he's got something in common with Lady Ga Ga and Charlie Dimmock.

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4:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Delboy58 says

Worst season since 94!

Im not going to pitch in to should he stay or should he go argument on DF, go want to point out that in this record breaking season, worst defeat since a pint of beer was 72p, worst start of season before jack the ripper was stopping around london, home wins 2, well if (sarcastic if) we dont reach the playoff, this will be our worst season since Bruce Riochs 1st season in division 2 (old Money) in all other season we have been either in the Prem or playoffs or league one winners.

Should a man how keeps breaking records keep his job. over to you BIG PHIL

5:04pm

The Bolton News: Sebastien Puygrenier: Signs on loan from Zenit
 

 

4:38pm

 
Don't think there has been any deal agreed.

4:23pm

The Bolton News: Wanderers star Riga

Funny some of the stuff you trip over in the course of research. In 2011, Mustapha Riga left Wanderers after an undistinguished Reebok career. He's now playing in India for Pune FC.

4:19pm

The Bolton News: Gary Cahill on the defensive

4:15pm

The Bolton News: Grzegorz Rasiak scored Saints' first goal.

4:14pm

The Bolton News: Youri Djorkaeff with Big Sam

 

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Look forward to reading them Chris.

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4:10pm

The Bolton News:

Ariza Makakula. Forgotten all about him.

Only thing I remember him doing was clattering Nemanja Vidic.

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No problem!

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3:59pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says

"To make amends for posting the video of the play-off final, here's Fredi Bobic scoring "that" hat-trick... Hasn't been one since."

April 6th, 2002... I was there... Haven't seen those goals since. Thanks for that one!

4:03pm

Who has been your favourite January signing down the years? Found this excellent list to provide a rule of thumb (think transfer window was introduced in 2001/2002, so all signings from there on in would be made in January)

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3:52pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says

MYTH: We have enough money to make sweeping changes to improve the club like sack DF and buy in players who will get us out of trouble.
FACT: We don't.

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3:48pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says

"Worse still I have just sat through 15 minutes of highlights."

Spreading the pain, eh?

Ah... Warhurst... Remember when it was either him or Jon Newsome? Jon is now in the motor industry, from what I was told by a colleague who is a friend of his a year or so ago...

3:52pm

 

To make amends for posting the video of the play-off final, here's Fredi Bobic scoring "that" hat-trick... Hasn't been one since.

3:50pm

tokyodave doing a passable impression of Rafa Benitez there. FACT.

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3:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

tokyodave says

A few myths on this forum need busting...

1) MYTH: We won't get relegated this season...FACT: if we keep losing, we will go down, as will any team. We have won one league match per month of the season so far. At that rate, we'll win four more. That's not enough.

2) MYTH: Low confidence is the only reason we fell apart at QPR. ...FACT: Poor defending is the reason we fell apart last night, and in a lot of games. I was there last night. I reckon there were five defenders and just Austin for QPR in his part of the box, and he still scored. Reminiscent of Reading's 5th or 6th.

3) MYTH: DF has done a good job in difficult circumstances...FACT
: He has been there 15 months and we're in as bad a position as when he took over. There has been no improvement in league position and the gap to the bottom three is fast diminishing. It was in such circumstances that OC lost his job.

4) MYTH: Young players need to go out on loan...FACT: If they are knocking 20 and can't cope with the demands of the basement end of the Championship, they probably don't have a meaningful future in the game. Do we want a back-up squad of Tom Eaves-alikes? Out on loan all the time and still never good enough to get in a team that is hardly brimful of stars when they return? If Clough is as good as his scoring figures suggest, he should be on the bench at least. On the other hand, if DF thinks the Academy isn't delivering, then he should close it down to save cash.

5) MYTH: You can win a game by using your last sub to maintain a 4-5-1 formation when you're 2-0 down at an in-form side that has the best squad in the division.

3:49pm

Freedman facing quite a lot of backlash from fans after last night - continued in the next message...

3:48pm

Where am I going? Do you know something I don't??

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3:31pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Liamdog says

Ok, granted the players with " championship experience " did make a differenvce back in Oct. however we were in as bad a state then as we are now. Anyone would have made a difference. The fact is we are we're we are . DF should be asked serious questions. Is the defence any better than when he took over ? Is the spine of the team strong ? Do we have a settled best 11 ? Do we have a togetherness and fight within the team ? Do we have a goal scorer ? Has youth been given a decent opportunity ? Do the fans understand what your trying to do with tactics style of play and enjoy this brand of football ? And question DF comments such as those who say we should play two up front are living in the past. Or Moritze is one for the fans and then doesn't play him. Or last nights stupid comment about the fans not complaining when we scored . We are all BWFC fans we want the best for our club. We will be here long after DF and the BEN reporters have gone. DF is not was not and never will be the man for Wanderers it's time for change top to bottom .

3:46pm

"Well, I don't think he should ever referee a game of football again..."

3:45pm

Before you click - fast forward to 11.40 and just listen to Sam Allardyce's comments. Brilliant.

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Worse still I have just sat through 15 minutes of highlights.

3:42pm

Just knocked together a few paragraphs on "that" game between Ipswich Town and Wanderers in 2000... B**** K***** and all that.

3:37pm

 
He's got two years left on his contract at Boro, so would be down to the price.
I can't see Wanderers spending big - but they found the cash for Spearing when they needed to, so you never know.

3:26pm

 
There are other options - but getting them in before Ipswich could be the problem. No-one in the Premier League letting their players go and there is no cash to spend on permanent deals. Very frustrating but I know they are working hard as we speak to sort something out.

3:16pm

Reading that Andreas Cornelius has gone back to Denmark from Cardiff City. Never looked like an £8m striker on Saturday.

3:11pm

OK - I'm being told that Yannick Bastos, the Luxembourg international has passed his medical and his signing should be confirmed by the club this afternoon.

He's one for the future but there's an interesting story behind his journey to English football, which I'll divulge later.

3:01pm

Jutkiewicz believes that Jermaine Beckford can help him settle into his new surroundings.

 

I was with Becks (Jermaine Beckford) for a little while at Everton. He had joined from Leeds in the summer and we were competing for a spot in the squad. We went away and spent pre-season together in Australia. Despite him being a striker and direct competition for a place, we got along very well. Jermaine is not only a top player, but a top guy. Even in my first few days here at Bolton he has helped me a lot. He obviously has that experience and is a lively character - someone I can get on well with. It’s always a big help knowing people when you walk in the door.

Lukas Jutkiewicz

3:00pm

The Bolton News: Lukas Jutkiewicz will sign for Everton

Official site has also put out a few words from the new Wanderers signing Lukas Jutkiewicz. Read them here.

2:57pm

 
I think Stu has to prove his fitness to everyone before anything can be discussed. But I, for one, and willing him on to come back stronger.
Andre came in while the club were struggling for cash, so I can't see him breaking the bank. He's another player I would definitely want to keep a hold of.

2:55pm

The Bolton News: BACK: Alex Baptiste in the away shirt at Blackburn

Alex Baptiste has had a chat with the official website about last night's game.

You can read it here...

2:52pm

 
Popescu? Not signed yet - only played for the development squad on Monday night for the first time and still looked to be finding his fitness.

2:51pm

 
I think it was originally the plan to see if they could get someone in the Prem. Obviously that isn't going to happen next season, so it's a case of how long you wait.

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2:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Eaton81 says

I'll stand by Dougie and don't think we should be a club that sack managers left right and centre. We should be aiming for stablility. If we did bring anyone new in i think they'd have similar problems as we have no money and have to cope with what we have.

My one problem with Dougie is his insistance that he loves to bring through the youth but then failing to give them any game time becuase of the situation we're in. We're either -

In a difficult spell so it isn't fair on the young lads.
On a good run so don't want to change things
Playing an important, high pressure cup game so its not fair to throw them in.

If all of the above are correct when are they ever going to get an opportunity? You mentioned earlier that the likes of Clough, Wilkinson and Lester weren't ready and need some game time elswhere and thats fair enough but we all know that Josh Vela is good enough now and should be playing. He played in the premiership and was one of the better players so there is no danger in playing him at this level. Samni Odelusi is another who can perform at this level - why not?

He wants to freshen it up with new signings but could easily freshen it up with the younger lads. It can't get any worse and i actually think the two mentioned are capable. He needs to show some faith in them, they're good enough.

2:46pm

Can't think of too many (although I'm sure people have better memories than me).

Know for a fact DF was annoyed with the lack of concentration on the edge of the box - someone lost their marker, and Henry had far too much space to score. Zat Knight also made reference to it in an interview I'll print in tomorrow's paper.

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2:29pm

 
So long as the money is made available, seven?

2:28pm

 
Yes, I believe that's the case. Have been told in the past that they were only willing to let kids come out to the Championship - although Chalobah was out of reach, financially for us, apparently.

2:15pm

Just noticed a piece from Karl Henry, one of last night's goalscorers - it was his first goal for six years, apparently. Took it very well!

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2:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Rowboti04 says

Been in transition since Allardyce, Marc. That's our own doing, no manager since Allardyce had properly settled.

Stop this transitional period by sticking with manager for minimum 3 full seasons - that's the only thing we haven't tried since Allardyce left.

 

Well that's the way I would have it - but I'm not in charge. Except for this blog, which is also in a transitional period.

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2:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Liamdog says

How much championship experience do you think we actually need ? Is two seasons and more in lots of players cases not enough ! The way were heading we will need league one experience !

 

Look at what a difference McNaughton/Feeney/Danns made in October - three players with "Championship experience" that brought on the rest of the side.

I don't know why, but that infux just seems to work. It'll have to again. 

2:09pm

Yes, the old transitional period/season... nothing irks a football fan like it.

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1:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Rowboti04 says

I honestly can't wait until next season. Unfortunately, this season will be a complete write off and it's vitally important that fans understand this. We won't get promoted, we won't get relegated - that's all that matters at the moment.

Next season will be very, very interesting. We have 5 players out of contract - Holden, Mears, Knight, Moritz and Eagles. Pretty sure all of them will go, certainly 3 will as they don't even play at the moment. I'm afraid Holden will get released. He will be on a lot of dough and although he's a cracking lad a a fan favourite, we'll need him off the wage bill. If N'Gog was earning 32k pw, Holden must be on similar. I know we don't pay it at the moment, but we will when he comes back and it's too high. Unless he re-negotiates to half his current wage, he'll be on his way. Add all them 5 up and that saves near enough 100k per week.

As for incomings in the summer, DF will be busy. I trust him. His signings on a shoestring budget have been good so far, maybe apart from Beckford and Hall. (Why sign someone and not play them?) I'm pretty sure that at this point in time, as bad as it sounds, BWFC's main priority is avoiding relegation and getting to July without spending any more money than needs. Get them 5 off the wage bill and we'll be saving money straight away. That's when Dougie can come into his own and make his own team. Next season will be a totally different season.

It's the horrible old cliche, but this season is a transitional season.

Oh, and as long as we keep hiring new managers every 2 years, BWFC will always be in a transition - and we don't want that, do we?

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1:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Alfieswhites says

Is there any truth in BWFC getting something out of game very soon???

 

I have heard the rumour. Checking it out.

2:08pm

1:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

mbeastall says

Changing managers isn't always the option but I'm at a loss as to what choice we have. I never understood why Freeman got the job in the first place, given his managerial stats at Palace - it seemed to me lived off the success of Saha and was (quite rightly) held in high regard by the fans and the club but for his playing career, not his managerial one.
In my opinion, we have 7 or 8 players that are more than capable at performing at a Championship level, we have the stadium, training facilities, a decent fan base (for a small club) so that doesn't leave much else.
The thing that frustrates me with Freedman is his statements of:
"Things will change"
"We just need a bit of luck"
"I know what's wrong and how to fix it"
"We're constrained by Financial Fair Play"
He's been saying this since August and it would be intersting to know what his 'fixed' state is. Is it higher up the league, not in debt, playing better, scoring more goals, conceding less. I don't even think he knows himself.
Whilst it all very well investing in youth players, they certainly aren't the answer to a a short term problem of staying in this league and it's a problem that I don't think will go away for the rest of the season.

 

Playing devil's advocate (again!) anyone who comes in as manager is going to have the same financial problems. A new manager isn't going to be handed a big budget. Room can be cleared in the summer - the team just have to get over the line this season, IMO.

2:05pm

And they don't make them like Barry Cowdrill any more...

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12:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Balboa says

Barry Cowdrill would be available to fill the hole at left back - no signing fee, just a pair of boots, some curlers and a hairdryer are needed. Easy.

Failing that stick with Baptiste - he's slightly less bad at left back, than he is at right back. And give some confidence to White by playing him, he'll be better for it.

 

Certainly the senior Wanderers players I spoke to last night (Knight and Baptiste) felt Hayden had done well. You never know!

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12:29pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says

Here is to hoping for good news and defenders. Defence stretched now with ream possibly out and other defenders need a rest

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12:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

keveh82 says

Re Hayden White, isn't his situation similar to Joe Riley? A lot of experience with the reserves and then got thrown in the deep end.

Obviously reserve team action can't compare to the first team in terms of skill level, but you'd hope as a young lad he'd be able to last 90 minutes in at least one game.

Yes, I suppose so. Game Joe was thrust into wasn't as physical as a Championship match. At that stage, we were expecting Joe (and Josh Vela to make the step up). There needs to be a bit of patience shown with the young talents we've got at present, allow them to develop.

2:02pm

That's not to say a few couldn't step up - I personally think they need experience at a lower level first. 

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12:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says

Youngsters need football in lleague 1 and 2 but they can cut t in the championship. Look at zaha. Williams. Both palace. Both from the academy. Even clyne went from palace academy to premier league with Southampton. He is now playing in the premier league

 

I think if there was a Clyne, Zaha or Williams in the Under-21s they would be in the side. But there isn't. And that's not being harsh.

2:00pm

Just catching up with some of the comments on our message board here. 

1:46pm

 
My own personal view is that the team needs more Championship experience. 

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12:16pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says

Lots being said about strikers being needed. Surely defence is the key. What do you think Marc? Are we remotely close to signing any defenders? Felt Hayden white came in and showed us why he was so highly rated before we snapped him up. Inspiration for other youngsters?

 

Important to put Hayden White's debut into context. He did well considering the circumstances but I think it would be a massive ask of him to go and play 90 minutes at Ipswich too.

I think the emphasis has to be on defenders. Waiting on word to see whether that is actually the case. Watch this space!

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12:20pm

 
Arf

12:16pm

McNaughton has played in five of the last six games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so the writing was on the wall. Many of them had been on the left side of defence too - and many fans are pointing out that this is the position Wanderers should perhaps be concentrating their efforts. We'll see...

12:14pm

Still waiting on definitive confirmation on that but of the few people I have spoken to this morning, it looks as if Dougie Freedman will need to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements. 

12:13pm

It appears that the Scot will be kept on by the Welsh club after they pulled out of a deal to sign Wigan Athletic's Ivan Ramis. He is now talking with Crystal Palace, apparently.

12:12pm

A clearer picture now starting to emerge on Kevin McNaughton, who now looks out of reach for Wanderers.

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11:32am

 
Going to get hammered for saying this but, no. Not yet.
I think there are four or five who need to go and get some football in League One/Two and then they might be ready.
Youngs, Kellett, Clough, Wilkinson, Lester - all good footballers but they just don't look ready yet.

11:31am

 
Left-backs have been hard to come by - although McNaughton was an option. I know DF would like to bring Dawson back, but it's not cut and dry. Plenty more clubs in, with bigger budgets.

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11:05am Wed 29 Jan 14

Connor93 says

Is there any truth in rumour we are close to signing mark albrighton?

I'll double check. Quite a lot of people have been saying it over the last couple of days.

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10:46am Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says

"why are 30% of the fanbase clueless idiots?"

I think that's a fairly conservative figure considering the stuff I've heard in the 30odd years of watching BWFC :D

I wonder if the fans slagging off DFs in-game tactics are the same ones wishing BSA would return... who also got slagged off for his lack of adapting in-game, as well as his route-1 methods. Thinking of, I can even remember Rioch getting many an ear-bashing for his tactics, too... let's not start on Phil Neal...

Let's be honest, Wanderers fans will never be 100% happy and most will never realise nor understand just how much of a small fish in a big pond we really are. I'm conflicted, to be honest - I'm intrigued by DF's apparent 'softly softly' approach and background developments but on pitch results need to change. It's a fine balancing act given the position we're in.

11:01am

The Bolton News:

Tim Ream was left in a heap 15 seconds into last night's game - pictured here receiving treatment. Did you see the challenge from Charlie Austin? Dougie Freedman certainly wasn't happy after the final whistle.

10:50am

 
Answer to that is five, although Spearing was initially brought in on loan by Spearing. Eight of the 18 if you're counting the subs too.

10:42am

It is fascinating to see the balance between supporter opinion at times. Everyone thinks they're right - but hardly anyone agrees!

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Can't really legislate for Tierney or Ream's injury. Think hanging around for Cardiff to decide on McNaughton has put us at a disadvantage now.

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10:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

Balboa says

Good to see the BN is allowing the live comment box Marc. If users behave themselves can we hope for more regular use of it?

As for the squad, both the club and the fans must accept there is no realistic prospect of play-off places this season. No point moaning, let's just get on with it. Hope DF will complete his task of clearing the decks and "recycle" the funds available with experienced championship players, and younger players ready for next year.

I have to keep this brief or I'll be here all day with my 6 point plan for the season!!

 

Ha! It's something I think we need to look at. We simply don't have the rescources to man a live blog all day, every day but the blog has been quite successful so far, so maybe they will factor that in for their futurre plans? Hope so.

10:37am

 
Agreed. Trying to get to the bottom of that now - although finding a left-back who is available has been a problem for Freedman.

10:36am

 
No, I don't. But if we haven't won another game in a month's time my opinion might change.

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10:23am

 
Another very sensible one. The only problem is, results over-ride everything eventually. Wanderers need to improve them quickly.

10:22am

I did write a story a few weeks back about DF taking pressure off the strikers by letting them know exactly where they stood, and how their game-time would map out. I'll try and dig it up.

10:19am

The "three weeks in advance" thing seems to have caused quite a stir this morning. I'm surprised, because DF has never hidden that he plans well, well in advance for every game.

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10:14am Wed 29 Jan 14

Chris Merrills says

Time is up for me. I've tried to back him, but its come to a point now where its virtually impossible to defend him. Im really disappointed, it was so promising at the start but his stubbornness and unwillingness to adapt to in-game situations is baffling. He never makes a tactical sub before 60 minutes, regardless of the score, and when he does its the same system with similar players just with fresher legs. The thing that amazes me most is the fact teams are picked 3WEEKS in advance!! How is this deemed to be acceptable? What incentive does a player have to perform if he is told he wont be playing the next two games? How does he account for the form of the other team and their selection issues? He just says the same old tripe every week and its time for him to go!

10:18am

Very sensible comment Ian.

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10:13am Wed 29 Jan 14

Rowboti04 says

Hi Marc,

Firstly, reaction to last night. Is 2-1 away to QPR really a bad result, given that we have a 'clueless' manager and an awful team, according to some/most fans? I didn't go, but listening to Tower FM and a few snippets from you, it seemed we dominated until they scored with their 1st attack and then we fell apart. It's hardly surprising that we fell apart is it? Given that our confidence is already shot to pieces even before the game starts.

I don't think DF should be fired, not because I think he is a great manager - I don't, but purely because hiring and firing managers hasn't really done us any good the past 4 times has it? All it has done is plough us further and further into debt and get fans more frustrated. This time it needs to change, we need to keep our manager for the long run and suck the hard times up. There needs to be some patience from the fans, because even though we don't hear much from the board, it does seem that they won't be firing Freedman anyway, regardless.

There are things the frustrate me about Freedman and I don't think he helps himself sometimes. Firstly, he doesn't know his best team. When was the last time we played the same team consecutively? I know there have been injuries but he should look to keep a consistent team as much as possible. For example, who is our best forward? We have 3 now, Craig Davies, Beckford and Jutkiewiz. By the sounds of it, Davies played well last night. He is definitely our target man, the one to play in a 451, but he aint gunna score many is he? Beckford can't hold the ball up well enough and Jutkiewicz doesn't really fill me with confidence about goalscoring.

Dougie needs to go back to basics. Get a foothold in each game and work from there. Play 15 minute matches. I also think that there should be a change in attitude to matches, at this point in the season, regardless of who we play, we should, first and foremost be looking to not lose. 1 point is better than 0.

10:17am

 
If you have any phone numbers handy I'll pass them on.

10:15am

 
There is an option. Would mean taking on his wages again but it must have crossed Freedman's mind. 

10:14am

 
Nothing last night, but my feeling over the last few days has been that if Wanderers sign another striker, it will be someone who costs less. Joe Mason would be my educated guess but I haven't got a definitive answer.

10:09am

 
Yes I do - but then I expected a bigger one last summer.
 
Out of contract: Holden, Knight, Mears, Moritz, Eagles.

10:06am

 
Nothing. Shame I like him as a player.

10:05am

Understand he's spoken with the West Brom sporting director but have not heard when they plan on sending him out on loan. Wigan definitely interested but I can't imagine they will be alone.

Crucially, Dawson has indicated to people close to him that he would fancy returning to the Reebok if the circumstances were right.

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10:02am

 
Good question. Last night's counter attacking style seemed tailor-made for him.

10:02am

 
Yes I do. Provided they are printable.

10:02am

He looked okay last night. I don't like saying it but not necessarily a striker to judge on his goals record - more his ability to bring others into play.

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Bit harsh.

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9:37am Wed 29 Jan 14

Boltonbhoy says

Think his times up. He cant get a tune out of the players, said at Reading they were useless, last night said it's a pleasure working with them. He needs to make his mind up or is it all just spin to keep his job. I would say majority of fans feel the same, although most wanted him to be a success, just not happening, sad but true.

10:00am

Majority of the fans not happy this morning.

9:59am

How they chased it seems to be the main problem for many fans - with Dougie Freedman criticised for not adopting a more attacking approach, particularly after going two down.

9:59am

So, last night at Loftus Road. Excellent performance for 41 minutes but then a bit of loose defending and Wanderers were chasing the game.

9:56am

The Bolton News: Joe Mason is set for his first start

But Joe Mason did not play for the Bluebirds and the diminutive striker remains on Dougie Freedman's wanted list.

9:54am

The Bolton News: Kevin McNaughton

Kevin McNaughton featured for Cardiff City against Manchester United last night and I can't help thinking the chances of him returning on loan to the Reebok are becoming thinner by the day.

9:31am

 

The Bolton News: Yannick Bastos is in talks with Wanderers

On the transfer front, we're expecting the deal for Luxembourg international Yannick Bastos, pictured, to be completed today. He's due to have a medical later on this afternoon.

9:15am

All sorts of things to debate about the QPR game and what Ream's injury might mean for this weekend. If you've got a point to make, tweet me @MarcIles and I'll import your comment into the blog. Alternatively, we have a comment facility below but PLEASE try and keep the language clean.

9:12am

The Bolton News: Darren Pratley

And finally, I gave my man of the match to Darren Pratley last night.

Mark Davies was a close contender too - his best 90 minutes since returning from injury.

My match marks can be found here.

9:10am

Freedman was criticised for his second-half substitutions last night but refiused to condemn the travelling support. Read what he had to say after the game here.

9:07am

Dougie Freedman was dealt a further blow as he lost Tim Ream - the squad's only recognised left back - after just 15 seconds of the game last night. The American left Loftus Road with three stitches and a broken nose and is now a major doubt for Saturday's game at Ipswich.

9:05am

We'll start by recapping what went on yesterday - Lukas Jutkiewicz's move was finally confirmed and he made his debut in last night's 2-1 defeat at QPR

9:03am

Good morning all. Welcome back to Transfer Live as we tick down to deadline day. Two days, 13 hours and 55 minutes and counting...

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9:37am Wed 29 Jan 14

Boltonbhoy says...

Think his times up. He cant get a tune out of the players, said at Reading they were useless, last night said it's a pleasure working with them. He needs to make his mind up or is it all just spin to keep his job. I would say majority of fans feel the same, although most wanted him to be a success, just not happening, sad but true.
Think his times up. He cant get a tune out of the players, said at Reading they were useless, last night said it's a pleasure working with them. He needs to make his mind up or is it all just spin to keep his job. I would say majority of fans feel the same, although most wanted him to be a success, just not happening, sad but true. Boltonbhoy

10:13am Wed 29 Jan 14

Rowboti04 says...

Hi Marc,

Firstly, reaction to last night. Is 2-1 away to QPR really a bad result, given that we have a 'clueless' manager and an awful team, according to some/most fans? I didn't go, but listening to Tower FM and a few snippets from you, it seemed we dominated until they scored with their 1st attack and then we fell apart. It's hardly surprising that we fell apart is it? Given that our confidence is already shot to pieces even before the game starts.

I don't think DF should be fired, not because I think he is a great manager - I don't, but purely because hiring and firing managers hasn't really done us any good the past 4 times has it? All it has done is plough us further and further into debt and get fans more frustrated. This time it needs to change, we need to keep our manager for the long run and suck the hard times up. There needs to be some patience from the fans, because even though we don't hear much from the board, it does seem that they won't be firing Freedman anyway, regardless.

There are things the frustrate me about Freedman and I don't think he helps himself sometimes. Firstly, he doesn't know his best team. When was the last time we played the same team consecutively? I know there have been injuries but he should look to keep a consistent team as much as possible. For example, who is our best forward? We have 3 now, Craig Davies, Beckford and Jutkiewiz. By the sounds of it, Davies played well last night. He is definitely our target man, the one to play in a 451, but he aint gunna score many is he? Beckford can't hold the ball up well enough and Jutkiewicz doesn't really fill me with confidence about goalscoring.

Dougie needs to go back to basics. Get a foothold in each game and work from there. Play 15 minute matches. I also think that there should be a change in attitude to matches, at this point in the season, regardless of who we play, we should, first and foremost be looking to not lose. 1 point is better than 0.
Hi Marc, Firstly, reaction to last night. Is 2-1 away to QPR really a bad result, given that we have a 'clueless' manager and an awful team, according to some/most fans? I didn't go, but listening to Tower FM and a few snippets from you, it seemed we dominated until they scored with their 1st attack and then we fell apart. It's hardly surprising that we fell apart is it? Given that our confidence is already shot to pieces even before the game starts. I don't think DF should be fired, not because I think he is a great manager - I don't, but purely because hiring and firing managers hasn't really done us any good the past 4 times has it? All it has done is plough us further and further into debt and get fans more frustrated. This time it needs to change, we need to keep our manager for the long run and suck the hard times up. There needs to be some patience from the fans, because even though we don't hear much from the board, it does seem that they won't be firing Freedman anyway, regardless. There are things the frustrate me about Freedman and I don't think he helps himself sometimes. Firstly, he doesn't know his best team. When was the last time we played the same team consecutively? I know there have been injuries but he should look to keep a consistent team as much as possible. For example, who is our best forward? We have 3 now, Craig Davies, Beckford and Jutkiewiz. By the sounds of it, Davies played well last night. He is definitely our target man, the one to play in a 451, but he aint gunna score many is he? Beckford can't hold the ball up well enough and Jutkiewicz doesn't really fill me with confidence about goalscoring. Dougie needs to go back to basics. Get a foothold in each game and work from there. Play 15 minute matches. I also think that there should be a change in attitude to matches, at this point in the season, regardless of who we play, we should, first and foremost be looking to not lose. 1 point is better than 0. Rowboti04

10:14am Wed 29 Jan 14

Chris Merrills says...

Time is up for me. I've tried to back him, but its come to a point now where its virtually impossible to defend him. Im really disappointed, it was so promising at the start but his stubbornness and unwillingness to adapt to in-game situations is baffling. He never makes a tactical sub before 60 minutes, regardless of the score, and when he does its the same system with similar players just with fresher legs. The thing that amazes me most is the fact teams are picked 3WEEKS in advance!! How is this deemed to be acceptable? What incentive does a player have to perform if he is told he wont be playing the next two games? How does he account for the form of the other team and their selection issues? He just says the same old tripe every week and its time for him to go!
Time is up for me. I've tried to back him, but its come to a point now where its virtually impossible to defend him. Im really disappointed, it was so promising at the start but his stubbornness and unwillingness to adapt to in-game situations is baffling. He never makes a tactical sub before 60 minutes, regardless of the score, and when he does its the same system with similar players just with fresher legs. The thing that amazes me most is the fact teams are picked 3WEEKS in advance!! How is this deemed to be acceptable? What incentive does a player have to perform if he is told he wont be playing the next two games? How does he account for the form of the other team and their selection issues? He just says the same old tripe every week and its time for him to go! Chris Merrills

10:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

Balboa says...

Good to see the BN is allowing the live comment box Marc. If users behave themselves can we hope for more regular use of it?

As for the squad, both the club and the fans must accept there is no realistic prospect of play-off places this season. No point moaning, let's just get on with it. Hope DF will complete his task of clearing the decks and "recycle" the funds available with experienced championship players, and younger players ready for next year.

I have to keep this brief or I'll be here all day with my 6 point plan for the season!!
Good to see the BN is allowing the live comment box Marc. If users behave themselves can we hope for more regular use of it? As for the squad, both the club and the fans must accept there is no realistic prospect of play-off places this season. No point moaning, let's just get on with it. Hope DF will complete his task of clearing the decks and "recycle" the funds available with experienced championship players, and younger players ready for next year. I have to keep this brief or I'll be here all day with my 6 point plan for the season!! Balboa

10:46am Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

"why are 30% of the fanbase clueless idiots?"

I think that's a fairly conservative figure considering the stuff I've heard in the 30odd years of watching BWFC :D

I wonder if the fans slagging off DFs in-game tactics are the same ones wishing BSA would return... who also got slagged off for his lack of adapting in-game, as well as his route-1 methods. Thinking of, I can even remember Rioch getting many an ear-bashing for his tactics, too... let's not start on Phil Neal...

Let's be honest, Wanderers fans will never be 100% happy and most will never realise nor understand just how much of a small fish in a big pond we really are. I'm conflicted, to be honest - I'm intrigued by DF's apparent 'softly softly' approach and background developments but on pitch results need to change. It's a fine balancing act given the position we're in.
"why are 30% of the fanbase clueless idiots?" I think that's a fairly conservative figure considering the stuff I've heard in the 30odd years of watching BWFC :D I wonder if the fans slagging off DFs in-game tactics are the same ones wishing BSA would return... who also got slagged off for his lack of adapting in-game, as well as his route-1 methods. Thinking of, I can even remember Rioch getting many an ear-bashing for his tactics, too... let's not start on Phil Neal... Let's be honest, Wanderers fans will never be 100% happy and most will never realise nor understand just how much of a small fish in a big pond we really are. I'm conflicted, to be honest - I'm intrigued by DF's apparent 'softly softly' approach and background developments but on pitch results need to change. It's a fine balancing act given the position we're in. JustaBloke2000

11:05am Wed 29 Jan 14

Connor93 says...

Is there any truth in rumour we are close to signing mark albrighton?
Is there any truth in rumour we are close to signing mark albrighton? Connor93

12:16pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says...

Lots being said about strikers being needed. Surely defence is the key. What do you think Marc? Are we remotely close to signing any defenders? Felt Hayden white came in and showed us why he was so highly rated before we snapped him up. Inspiration for other youngsters?
Lots being said about strikers being needed. Surely defence is the key. What do you think Marc? Are we remotely close to signing any defenders? Felt Hayden white came in and showed us why he was so highly rated before we snapped him up. Inspiration for other youngsters? J J J J

12:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says...

Youngsters need football in lleague 1 and 2 but they can cut t in the championship. Look at zaha. Williams. Both palace. Both from the academy. Even clyne went from palace academy to premier league with Southampton. He is now playing in the premier league
Youngsters need football in lleague 1 and 2 but they can cut t in the championship. Look at zaha. Williams. Both palace. Both from the academy. Even clyne went from palace academy to premier league with Southampton. He is now playing in the premier league J J J J

12:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

keveh82 says...

Re Hayden White, isn't his situation similar to Joe Riley? A lot of experience with the reserves and then got thrown in the deep end.

Obviously reserve team action can't compare to the first team in terms of skill level, but you'd hope as a young lad he'd be able to last 90 minutes in at least one game.
Re Hayden White, isn't his situation similar to Joe Riley? A lot of experience with the reserves and then got thrown in the deep end. Obviously reserve team action can't compare to the first team in terms of skill level, but you'd hope as a young lad he'd be able to last 90 minutes in at least one game. keveh82

12:29pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says...

Here is to hoping for good news and defenders. Defence stretched now with ream possibly out and other defenders need a rest
Here is to hoping for good news and defenders. Defence stretched now with ream possibly out and other defenders need a rest J J J J

12:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Balboa says...

Barry Cowdrill would be available to fill the hole at left back - no signing fee, just a pair of boots, some curlers and a hairdryer are needed. Easy.

Failing that stick with Baptiste - he's slightly less bad at left back, than he is at right back. And give some confidence to White by playing him, he'll be better for it.
Barry Cowdrill would be available to fill the hole at left back - no signing fee, just a pair of boots, some curlers and a hairdryer are needed. Easy. Failing that stick with Baptiste - he's slightly less bad at left back, than he is at right back. And give some confidence to White by playing him, he'll be better for it. Balboa

1:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

mbeastall says...

Changing managers isn't always the option but I'm at a loss as to what choice we have. I never understood why Freeman got the job in the first place, given his managerial stats at Palace - it seemed to me lived off the success of Saha and was (quite rightly) held in high regard by the fans and the club but for his playing career, not his managerial one.
In my opinion, we have 7 or 8 players that are more than capable at performing at a Championship level, we have the stadium, training facilities, a decent fan base (for a small club) so that doesn't leave much else.
The thing that frustrates me with Freedman is his statements of:
"Things will change"
"We just need a bit of luck"
"I know what's wrong and how to fix it"
"We're constrained by Financial Fair Play"
He's been saying this since August and it would be intersting to know what his 'fixed' state is. Is it higher up the league, not in debt, playing better, scoring more goals, conceding less. I don't even think he knows himself.
Whilst it all very well investing in youth players, they certainly aren't the answer to a a short term problem of staying in this league and it's a problem that I don't think will go away for the rest of the season.
Changing managers isn't always the option but I'm at a loss as to what choice we have. I never understood why Freeman got the job in the first place, given his managerial stats at Palace - it seemed to me lived off the success of Saha and was (quite rightly) held in high regard by the fans and the club but for his playing career, not his managerial one. In my opinion, we have 7 or 8 players that are more than capable at performing at a Championship level, we have the stadium, training facilities, a decent fan base (for a small club) so that doesn't leave much else. The thing that frustrates me with Freedman is his statements of: "Things will change" "We just need a bit of luck" "I know what's wrong and how to fix it" "We're constrained by Financial Fair Play" He's been saying this since August and it would be intersting to know what his 'fixed' state is. Is it higher up the league, not in debt, playing better, scoring more goals, conceding less. I don't even think he knows himself. Whilst it all very well investing in youth players, they certainly aren't the answer to a a short term problem of staying in this league and it's a problem that I don't think will go away for the rest of the season. mbeastall

1:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Alfieswhites says...

Is there any truth in BWFC getting something out of game very soon???
Is there any truth in BWFC getting something out of game very soon??? Alfieswhites

1:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Rowboti04 says...

I honestly can't wait until next season. Unfortunately, this season will be a complete write off and it's vitally important that fans understand this. We won't get promoted, we won't get relegated - that's all that matters at the moment.

Next season will be very, very interesting. We have 5 players out of contract - Holden, Mears, Knight, Moritz and Eagles. Pretty sure all of them will go, certainly 3 will as they don't even play at the moment. I'm afraid Holden will get released. He will be on a lot of dough and although he's a cracking lad a a fan favourite, we'll need him off the wage bill. If N'Gog was earning 32k pw, Holden must be on similar. I know we don't pay it at the moment, but we will when he comes back and it's too high. Unless he re-negotiates to half his current wage, he'll be on his way. Add all them 5 up and that saves near enough 100k per week.

As for incomings in the summer, DF will be busy. I trust him. His signings on a shoestring budget have been good so far, maybe apart from Beckford and Hall. (Why sign someone and not play them?) I'm pretty sure that at this point in time, as bad as it sounds, BWFC's main priority is avoiding relegation and getting to July without spending any more money than needs. Get them 5 off the wage bill and we'll be saving money straight away. That's when Dougie can come into his own and make his own team. Next season will be a totally different season.

It's the horrible old cliche, but this season is a transitional season.

Oh, and as long as we keep hiring new managers every 2 years, BWFC will always be in a transition - and we don't want that, do we?
I honestly can't wait until next season. Unfortunately, this season will be a complete write off and it's vitally important that fans understand this. We won't get promoted, we won't get relegated - that's all that matters at the moment. Next season will be very, very interesting. We have 5 players out of contract - Holden, Mears, Knight, Moritz and Eagles. Pretty sure all of them will go, certainly 3 will as they don't even play at the moment. I'm afraid Holden will get released. He will be on a lot of dough and although he's a cracking lad a a fan favourite, we'll need him off the wage bill. If N'Gog was earning 32k pw, Holden must be on similar. I know we don't pay it at the moment, but we will when he comes back and it's too high. Unless he re-negotiates to half his current wage, he'll be on his way. Add all them 5 up and that saves near enough 100k per week. As for incomings in the summer, DF will be busy. I trust him. His signings on a shoestring budget have been good so far, maybe apart from Beckford and Hall. (Why sign someone and not play them?) I'm pretty sure that at this point in time, as bad as it sounds, BWFC's main priority is avoiding relegation and getting to July without spending any more money than needs. Get them 5 off the wage bill and we'll be saving money straight away. That's when Dougie can come into his own and make his own team. Next season will be a totally different season. It's the horrible old cliche, but this season is a transitional season. Oh, and as long as we keep hiring new managers every 2 years, BWFC will always be in a transition - and we don't want that, do we? Rowboti04

2:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Liamdog says...

How much championship experience do you think we actually need ? Is two seasons and more in lots of players cases not enough ! The way were heading we will need league one experience !
How much championship experience do you think we actually need ? Is two seasons and more in lots of players cases not enough ! The way were heading we will need league one experience ! Liamdog

2:08pm Wed 29 Jan 14

keveh82 says...

"There needs to be a bit of patience shown with the young talents we've got at present, allow them to develop."

Easy to say when you maybe have a full back four who are playing well ;)
"There needs to be a bit of patience shown with the young talents we've got at present, allow them to develop." Easy to say when you maybe have a full back four who are playing well ;) keveh82

2:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Rowboti04 says...

Been in transition since Allardyce, Marc. That's our own doing, no manager since Allardyce had properly settled.

Stop this transitional period by sticking with manager for minimum 3 full seasons - that's the only thing we haven't tried since Allardyce left.
Been in transition since Allardyce, Marc. That's our own doing, no manager since Allardyce had properly settled. Stop this transitional period by sticking with manager for minimum 3 full seasons - that's the only thing we haven't tried since Allardyce left. Rowboti04

2:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Eaton81 says...

I'll stand by Dougie and don't think we should be a club that sack managers left right and centre. We should be aiming for stablility. If we did bring anyone new in i think they'd have similar problems as we have no money and have to cope with what we have.

My one problem with Dougie is his insistance that he loves to bring through the youth but then failing to give them any game time becuase of the situation we're in. We're either -

In a difficult spell so it isn't fair on the young lads.
On a good run so don't want to change things
Playing an important, high pressure cup game so its not fair to throw them in.

If all of the above are correct when are they ever going to get an opportunity? You mentioned earlier that the likes of Clough, Wilkinson and Lester weren't ready and need some game time elswhere and thats fair enough but we all know that Josh Vela is good enough now and should be playing. He played in the premiership and was one of the better players so there is no danger in playing him at this level. Samni Odelusi is another who can perform at this level - why not?

He wants to freshen it up with new signings but could easily freshen it up with the younger lads. It can't get any worse and i actually think the two mentioned are capable. He needs to show some faith in them, they're good enough.
I'll stand by Dougie and don't think we should be a club that sack managers left right and centre. We should be aiming for stablility. If we did bring anyone new in i think they'd have similar problems as we have no money and have to cope with what we have. My one problem with Dougie is his insistance that he loves to bring through the youth but then failing to give them any game time becuase of the situation we're in. We're either - In a difficult spell so it isn't fair on the young lads. On a good run so don't want to change things Playing an important, high pressure cup game so its not fair to throw them in. If all of the above are correct when are they ever going to get an opportunity? You mentioned earlier that the likes of Clough, Wilkinson and Lester weren't ready and need some game time elswhere and thats fair enough but we all know that Josh Vela is good enough now and should be playing. He played in the premiership and was one of the better players so there is no danger in playing him at this level. Samni Odelusi is another who can perform at this level - why not? He wants to freshen it up with new signings but could easily freshen it up with the younger lads. It can't get any worse and i actually think the two mentioned are capable. He needs to show some faith in them, they're good enough. Eaton81

3:31pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Liamdog says...

Ok, granted the players with " championship experience " did make a differenvce back in Oct. however we were in as bad a state then as we are now. Anyone would have made a difference. The fact is we are we're we are . DF should be asked serious questions. Is the defence any better than when he took over ? Is the spine of the team strong ? Do we have a settled best 11 ? Do we have a togetherness and fight within the team ? Do we have a goal scorer ? Has youth been given a decent opportunity ? Do the fans understand what your trying to do with tactics style of play and enjoy this brand of football ? And question DF comments such as those who say we should play two up front are living in the past. Or Moritze is one for the fans and then doesn't play him. Or last nights stupid comment about the fans not complaining when we scored . We are all BWFC fans we want the best for our club. We will be here long after DF and the BEN reporters have gone. DF is not was not and never will be the man for Wanderers it's time for change top to bottom .
Ok, granted the players with " championship experience " did make a differenvce back in Oct. however we were in as bad a state then as we are now. Anyone would have made a difference. The fact is we are we're we are . DF should be asked serious questions. Is the defence any better than when he took over ? Is the spine of the team strong ? Do we have a settled best 11 ? Do we have a togetherness and fight within the team ? Do we have a goal scorer ? Has youth been given a decent opportunity ? Do the fans understand what your trying to do with tactics style of play and enjoy this brand of football ? And question DF comments such as those who say we should play two up front are living in the past. Or Moritze is one for the fans and then doesn't play him. Or last nights stupid comment about the fans not complaining when we scored . We are all BWFC fans we want the best for our club. We will be here long after DF and the BEN reporters have gone. DF is not was not and never will be the man for Wanderers it's time for change top to bottom . Liamdog

3:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

tokyodave says...

A few myths on this forum need busting...

1) MYTH: We won't get relegated this season...FACT: if we keep losing, we will go down, as will any team. We have won one league match per month of the season so far. At that rate, we'll win four more. That's not enough.

2) MYTH: Low confidence is the only reason we fell apart at QPR. ...FACT: Poor defending is the reason we fell apart last night, and in a lot of games. I was there last night. I reckon there were five defenders and just Austin for QPR in his part of the box, and he still scored. Reminiscent of Reading's 5th or 6th.

3) MYTH: DF has done a good job in difficult circumstances...FACT
: He has been there 15 months and we're in as bad a position as when he took over. There has been no improvement in league position and the gap to the bottom three is fast diminishing. It was in such circumstances that OC lost his job.

4) MYTH: Young players need to go out on loan...FACT: If they are knocking 20 and can't cope with the demands of the basement end of the Championship, they probably don't have a meaningful future in the game. Do we want a back-up squad of Tom Eaves-alikes? Out on loan all the time and still never good enough to get in a team that is hardly brimful of stars when they return? If Clough is as good as his scoring figures suggest, he should be on the bench at least. On the other hand, if DF thinks the Academy isn't delivering, then he should close it down to save cash.

5) MYTH: You can win a game by using your last sub to maintain a 4-5-1 formation when you're 2-0 down at an in-form side that has the best squad in the division.
A few myths on this forum need busting... 1) MYTH: We won't get relegated this season...FACT: if we keep losing, we will go down, as will any team. We have won one league match per month of the season so far. At that rate, we'll win four more. That's not enough. 2) MYTH: Low confidence is the only reason we fell apart at QPR. ...FACT: Poor defending is the reason we fell apart last night, and in a lot of games. I was there last night. I reckon there were five defenders and just Austin for QPR in his part of the box, and he still scored. Reminiscent of Reading's 5th or 6th. 3) MYTH: DF has done a good job in difficult circumstances...FACT : He has been there 15 months and we're in as bad a position as when he took over. There has been no improvement in league position and the gap to the bottom three is fast diminishing. It was in such circumstances that OC lost his job. 4) MYTH: Young players need to go out on loan...FACT: If they are knocking 20 and can't cope with the demands of the basement end of the Championship, they probably don't have a meaningful future in the game. Do we want a back-up squad of Tom Eaves-alikes? Out on loan all the time and still never good enough to get in a team that is hardly brimful of stars when they return? If Clough is as good as his scoring figures suggest, he should be on the bench at least. On the other hand, if DF thinks the Academy isn't delivering, then he should close it down to save cash. 5) MYTH: You can win a game by using your last sub to maintain a 4-5-1 formation when you're 2-0 down at an in-form side that has the best squad in the division. tokyodave

3:48pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

"Worse still I have just sat through 15 minutes of highlights."

Spreading the pain, eh?

Ah... Warhurst... Remember when it was either him or Jon Newsome? Jon is now in the motor industry, from what I was told by a colleague who is a friend of his a year or so ago...
"Worse still I have just sat through 15 minutes of highlights." Spreading the pain, eh? Ah... Warhurst... Remember when it was either him or Jon Newsome? Jon is now in the motor industry, from what I was told by a colleague who is a friend of his a year or so ago... JustaBloke2000

3:52pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

MYTH: We have enough money to make sweeping changes to improve the club like sack DF and buy in players who will get us out of trouble.
FACT: We don't.
MYTH: We have enough money to make sweeping changes to improve the club like sack DF and buy in players who will get us out of trouble. FACT: We don't. JustaBloke2000

3:59pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

"To make amends for posting the video of the play-off final, here's Fredi Bobic scoring "that" hat-trick... Hasn't been one since."

April 6th, 2002... I was there... Haven't seen those goals since. Thanks for that one!
"To make amends for posting the video of the play-off final, here's Fredi Bobic scoring "that" hat-trick... Hasn't been one since." April 6th, 2002... I was there... Haven't seen those goals since. Thanks for that one! JustaBloke2000

4:17pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says...

DF with his own and right group of players I think will do well, don't know why other fans want to see him sacked he hasn't added enough of his own signings to be judged yet but the signings HE has made have been decent. Hal has done well when he has played. Beckford. Took a while to get gong but when he did he has done well. Dawson(loan) I personally had never heard of him before he came in and he did well. Tierney. Felt he was solid till his injury. Mortiz. Probably the most lively player this season. Danns. Gives 100% commitment most of the time. Give dougie time to implicate his style of play and his own players and I feel we will be rocking once again
DF with his own and right group of players I think will do well, don't know why other fans want to see him sacked he hasn't added enough of his own signings to be judged yet but the signings HE has made have been decent. Hal has done well when he has played. Beckford. Took a while to get gong but when he did he has done well. Dawson(loan) I personally had never heard of him before he came in and he did well. Tierney. Felt he was solid till his injury. Mortiz. Probably the most lively player this season. Danns. Gives 100% commitment most of the time. Give dougie time to implicate his style of play and his own players and I feel we will be rocking once again J J J J

4:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Delboy58 says...

Worst season since 94!

Im not going to pitch in to should he stay or should he go argument on DF, go want to point out that in this record breaking season, worst defeat since a pint of beer was 72p, worst start of season before jack the ripper was stopping around london, home wins 2, well if (sarcastic if) we dont reach the playoff, this will be our worst season since Bruce Riochs 1st season in division 2 (old Money) in all other season we have been either in the Prem or playoffs or league one winners.

Should a man how keeps breaking records keep his job. over to you BIG PHIL
Worst season since 94! Im not going to pitch in to should he stay or should he go argument on DF, go want to point out that in this record breaking season, worst defeat since a pint of beer was 72p, worst start of season before jack the ripper was stopping around london, home wins 2, well if (sarcastic if) we dont reach the playoff, this will be our worst season since Bruce Riochs 1st season in division 2 (old Money) in all other season we have been either in the Prem or playoffs or league one winners. Should a man how keeps breaking records keep his job. over to you BIG PHIL Delboy58

5:17pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Delboy58 says...

We need players able to play at this level!

Not buying IT Dougie, he has been banging this drum since he walked through the door. The players he had available at the start of the season were mostly premiership players, generally better than most championship players, defenders with experience against world class strikers and forwards who have scored at that level against defenders like Rio and Vidic. So if they cant do it against lesser opponents in the championship, then the poor team performances are MAINLY due to the management, coaching, tactics, team formation & team selection. We have defensive issues agreed, however Dougies so called players with championship experience haven't set the world alight, who would swap Sam rickets for Baptiste? and where is Wheater during all this?? I think one of our best hoke performances this year was against Blackpool, he got the team formation and tactics right for once. then dropped eagles and Medo who both had outstanding games???
We need players able to play at this level! Not buying IT Dougie, he has been banging this drum since he walked through the door. The players he had available at the start of the season were mostly premiership players, generally better than most championship players, defenders with experience against world class strikers and forwards who have scored at that level against defenders like Rio and Vidic. So if they cant do it against lesser opponents in the championship, then the poor team performances are MAINLY due to the management, coaching, tactics, team formation & team selection. We have defensive issues agreed, however Dougies so called players with championship experience haven't set the world alight, who would swap Sam rickets for Baptiste? and where is Wheater during all this?? I think one of our best hoke performances this year was against Blackpool, he got the team formation and tactics right for once. then dropped eagles and Medo who both had outstanding games??? Delboy58

5:17pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says...

DF with his own and right group of players I think will do well, don't know why other fans want to see him sacked he hasn't added enough of his own signings to be judged yet but the signings HE has made have been decent. Hall has done well when he has played. Beckford. Took a while to get going but when he did he has done well. Dawson(loan) I personally had never heard of him before he came in and he did well. Tierney. Felt he was solid till his injury. Mortiz. Probably the most lively player this season. Danns. Gives 100% commitment most of the time. Give dougie time to implicate his style of play and his own players and I feel we will be rocking once again. Do you agree Marc?
DF with his own and right group of players I think will do well, don't know why other fans want to see him sacked he hasn't added enough of his own signings to be judged yet but the signings HE has made have been decent. Hall has done well when he has played. Beckford. Took a while to get going but when he did he has done well. Dawson(loan) I personally had never heard of him before he came in and he did well. Tierney. Felt he was solid till his injury. Mortiz. Probably the most lively player this season. Danns. Gives 100% commitment most of the time. Give dougie time to implicate his style of play and his own players and I feel we will be rocking once again. Do you agree Marc? J J J J

7:08pm Wed 29 Jan 14

byrom57 says...

its time for a change of chairman and board of directors for me !!! since sam left they have failed to appoint a qaulity premeirship manager, to even consider sammy lee was stupidity and then appoint the most unpopular man in football gary megson, the story just goes on an on and further in to debt we go, whilst we buy players for millions who leave for nothing ? look at swansea and southhampton qaulity manager after quality manager appointed by their chaiman and board, if we didnt have eddie davies to bail them out we would be out of the football league, they need to move on and lets start afresh
its time for a change of chairman and board of directors for me !!! since sam left they have failed to appoint a qaulity premeirship manager, to even consider sammy lee was stupidity and then appoint the most unpopular man in football gary megson, the story just goes on an on and further in to debt we go, whilst we buy players for millions who leave for nothing ? look at swansea and southhampton qaulity manager after quality manager appointed by their chaiman and board, if we didnt have eddie davies to bail them out we would be out of the football league, they need to move on and lets start afresh byrom57

7:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says...

Have we signed Yannik Bastos now? Says we have on Lion Of Vienna Suite. What is he like? How does he play? Having heard of what he is like how would you describe him?
Have we signed Yannik Bastos now? Says we have on Lion Of Vienna Suite. What is he like? How does he play? Having heard of what he is like how would you describe him? J J J J

8:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

"He had a medical this afternoon and signed all the forms - just waiting on confirmation from the club. "

Bastos or the one we all want to hear - Dawson?
"He had a medical this afternoon and signed all the forms - just waiting on confirmation from the club. " Bastos or the one we all want to hear - Dawson? Beyond News Forum

8:17pm Wed 29 Jan 14

J J J J says...

What can you tell us about Yannick Bastos and his style of play?
What can you tell us about Yannick Bastos and his style of play? J J J J

7:27am Thu 30 Jan 14

Liamdog says...

Reference were are you going in reply to my last comment, I suggest the hospital to have those splinters removed that you picked sitting on the fence so much!
Reference were are you going in reply to my last comment, I suggest the hospital to have those splinters removed that you picked sitting on the fence so much! Liamdog

8:08am Thu 30 Jan 14

Balboa says...

As much as I want DF to do well and help the club, I can't help wondering if he knows his preferred system. One minute he wants wee Joe Mason up front, and then he signs Lucas Juktiewitz - they could hardly be more contrasting styles.

With the big fella up front, that will presumably mean (even more) long balls from Mills, and bypassing the midfielders needed for DF's possession based football style.
As much as I want DF to do well and help the club, I can't help wondering if he knows his preferred system. One minute he wants wee Joe Mason up front, and then he signs Lucas Juktiewitz - they could hardly be more contrasting styles. With the big fella up front, that will presumably mean (even more) long balls from Mills, and bypassing the midfielders needed for DF's possession based football style. Balboa

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