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  • Dougs 11 Mar 2013 13:58:25 69,511 posts
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    :( That's young
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Mar 2013 14:05:00 17,380 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    Tony Gubba has died aged 69. His football commentary was decent whenever he was on.
    Is that to be his epitaph?

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Trowel 11 Mar 2013 14:32:57 18,060 posts
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    Syrette wrote:
    The SFA should just award CL football and the title to Celtic at the start of the season and get it over with.
    1/50 to win the league at the start of the season.

    That's worse odds than Rooney turning out to be human.
  • Dougs 11 Mar 2013 16:27:29 69,511 posts
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    Wince
  • ascue 11 Mar 2013 16:56:03 167 posts
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    Urgh.
  • THFourteen 11 Mar 2013 16:58:55 34,470 posts
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    fuck me
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Mar 2013 17:01:34 17,380 posts
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    Gah, injury porn!

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • SuperCoolEskimo 11 Mar 2013 17:35:53 10,071 posts
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    McDermott leaves Reading.
  • Deleted user 11 March 2013 17:37:02
    Dougs wrote:
    Wince
  • Dougs 11 Mar 2013 17:39:44 69,511 posts
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    Yowser.

    What do Reading expect? Honestly.
  • Deleted user 11 March 2013 17:44:43
    I don't really understand what they think sacking a manager now will achieve.
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Mar 2013 17:58:12 17,380 posts
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    From speaking to my friend who supports Reading he said that there has been a lot of stuff happening behind the scenes that may go someway to explaining his sacking. There's been a bunch of infighting with certain players and contract negotiations and McDermott has also pissed off a few of the more senior pros. Not sure if it's the reason for the sacking but it's at least part of the backdrop. Still, quite surprised by this!

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • President_Weasel 11 Mar 2013 18:10:11 9,661 posts
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    I thought he'd done a good job keeping them in contention despite having very close to no money.
  • Deleted user 11 March 2013 18:11:35
    Shikasama wrote:
    Easiest thing to change is the manager
    Sacking the manager is easy. Getting a replacement at this point might prove quite difficult.

    Shteve McLaren?
  • morriss 11 Mar 2013 18:12:17 71,286 posts
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    Clubs never learn. But still, maybe "the new manager effect" will give them the few wins they need. Doubt it, but that must be a part of their thinking.

    Edited by morriss at 18:12:46 11-03-2013
  • Deleted user 11 March 2013 18:12:34
    Just think, he could be manager of Liverpool in a few years.
  • President_Weasel 11 Mar 2013 18:16:00 9,661 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Shikasama wrote:
    Easiest thing to change is the manager
    Sacking the manager is easy. Getting a replacement at this point might prove quite difficult.

    Shteve McLaren?
    Valid point, but at the same time there seems little chance of him keeping them up. That they're in a relegation fight at all instead of hopelessly adrift is probably down to him, but maybe the board are thinking there's a small chance of a dead cat bounce for a new manager getting them just out of the relegation zone?
    If they can stay up on their current budget they've got a serious windfall coming - but if the new manager isn't a miracle worker, wouldn't they be better off with the manager who'd already proven he knows how to get a team unexpectedly promoted to the Premiership?
  • Jono62 11 Mar 2013 18:23:39 14,357 posts
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    Maybe Nigel Adkins will replace him.

    Edited by Jono62 at 18:27:33 11-03-2013
  • roz123 11 Mar 2013 18:30:55 7,113 posts
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    Sounds like a job for Terry Connor
  • captbirdseye 11 Mar 2013 18:31:08 5,466 posts
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    Di Canio was at the Reading game Saturday.
  • ascue 11 Mar 2013 18:43:50 167 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I don't really understand what they think sacking a manager now will achieve.
    You'd have thought teams would have learnt from Wolves last year!
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  • Dougs 11 Mar 2013 18:50:49 69,511 posts
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    captbirdseye wrote:
    Di Canio was at the Reading game Saturday.
    They are definitely fucked then! Clearly talented but what an ego. It's always about him
  • enfilade 11 Mar 2013 18:52:25 221 posts
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    To be fair this is a trend that's not just unique to football.

    If a lot of people exceeded all of their targets (or KPIs, or whatever) in whatever role they had, after their annual employee review whatever used to be an 'extra-ordinary' performance would become the standard. The next year, a return to 'normal' productivity would most likely lead to a chat with the boss. Leaving that employee worse off than the guy who aimed for 95%-105% of last year's results.

    Brian McDermott dared to be a success, and lost his job as a result. If Reading had, say, lost in the playoffs last year and found themselves 3rd in the Championship this year, I'm sure he'd still be around.
  • neilqpr 11 Mar 2013 18:54:34 2,865 posts
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    I'd say Sparky and Kia are speeding up the M4 as I type this.
  • faux-C 11 Mar 2013 19:08:19 9,640 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Just think, he could be manager of Liverpool in a few years.
    Yeah, and Di Matteo will be manager of Spurs?
  • THFourteen 11 Mar 2013 19:49:15 34,470 posts
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    Ha ha Liverpool season ticket prices going up by (up to) 9%
  • Deleted user 11 March 2013 19:53:58
    McDermott was manager of the month in January. What a stupid decision to get rid of him now.
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