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  • Dougs 11 Mar 2013 13:58:25 64,902 posts
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    :( That's young
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Mar 2013 14:05:00 16,247 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 16,849 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 64,902 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 31,804 posts
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    fuck me
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Mar 2013 17:01:34 16,247 posts
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    Gah, injury porn!

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • SuperCoolEskimo 11 Mar 2013 17:35:53 9,529 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 64,902 posts
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    Yowser.

    What do Reading expect? Honestly.
  • uglygamer 11 Mar 2013 17:44:05 11,790 posts
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    Nowadays if you come up to the Premiership you have to stay up, otherwise you lose your job.

    He probably still be the manager of Reading if they were fighting mid-table in the Championship.

    Edited by uglygamer at 17:44:40 11-03-2013
  • kalel 11 Mar 2013 17:44:43 83,875 posts
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    I don't really understand what they think sacking a manager now will achieve.
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Mar 2013 17:58:12 16,247 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.

  • Shikasama 11 Mar 2013 18:09:47 6,276 posts
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    Easiest thing to change is the manager
  • President_Weasel 11 Mar 2013 18:10:11 8,604 posts
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    I thought he'd done a good job keeping them in contention despite having very close to no money.
  • kalel 11 Mar 2013 18:11:35 83,875 posts
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    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 70,749 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
  • kalel 11 Mar 2013 18:12:34 83,875 posts
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    Just think, he could be manager of Liverpool in a few years.
  • President_Weasel 11 Mar 2013 18:16:00 8,604 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 13,628 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 7,107 posts
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    Sounds like a job for Terry Connor
  • captbirdseye 11 Mar 2013 18:31:08 4,343 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 64,902 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 18:52:25 167 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 2,797 posts
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    I'd say Sparky and Kia are speeding up the M4 as I type this.
  • faux_carnation 11 Mar 2013 19:08:19 8,484 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 31,804 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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