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by Branagan
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: FV Recruitment Model
Replies: 69
Views: 3302

Re: FV Recruitment Model

SJM's always one to come down on the side of the supporters (most notably during the Anderson situation). I wonder if now having to toe the club line might conflict him a little? To be fair, siding with the supporters during the KA debacle was really just siding with sanity and decency. As for binn...
by Branagan
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: The Keith Hill out thread
Replies: 78
Views: 3819

Re: The Keith Hill out thread

Don't know if anyone listens to Iles' Buff podcast but the latest episode is dedicated to the issue of the manager. Some good points made about other places the blame may lie. No insider secrets and not letting Hill off the hook but does offer some perspective.
by Branagan
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm
Replies: 58
Views: 2327

Re: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm

Ultimately, to progress, we need to become a team that develops youth and sells on until we're big enough to be a buying club. I'd suggest that's the model everyone needs at this level. I suppose until our academy starts producing often then it will be a case of revolving doors and heads above water...
by Branagan
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm
Replies: 58
Views: 2327

Re: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm

I don't mind the short-term contracts, especially in embargo. Two words: Ben Amos. Yes, we need to build and I'd be giving longer contracts to promising youngsters. But when we're shopping at ZeroPoundland I don't want to be tied down. Oh yeah don't get me wrong. I suppose I meant I want people tha...
by Branagan
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm
Replies: 58
Views: 2327

Re: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm

Agree entirely. If nothing else, I'm crying out for set of players that stay for more than one season - just so I can feel a bond with a Bolton team again.
by Branagan
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm
Replies: 58
Views: 2327

Re: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm

Not sure he handled December or January at all well - we still had a tiny chance yet he released players who were doing a job and possibly sent out the signal that we were giving up and also that everything was short term focussed. He didn't build around what we had - whilst embargo and restriction...
by Branagan
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm
Replies: 58
Views: 2327

Re: A trip to Micky D's: MK Dons (A), Sat 22 Feb 2020, 3pm

Stadium MK feels like sitting in a car showroom somehow. Sounds like one too. We're playing like we did in the last days of the old regime. No speed, no press, poor passing, an isolated front man. It's really disappointing because Hill had gotten us playing exciting football earlier this season. Tha...
by Branagan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters
Replies: 85
Views: 5055

Re: Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters

Wonder if Mr. Phoenix will ultimately be tasked with making sure the academy is a more effective conduit to the first team. Will be interesting to see what if anything changes going forward.
by Branagan
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Can we give the junior citizens the blues? Man City u23s EFL Trophy (H) 29.10.19 KO 7pm
Replies: 129
Views: 5438

Re: Can we give the junior citizens the blues? Man City u23s EFL Trophy (H) 29.10.19 KO 7pm

If nothing else, keep doing it and it'll lose any impact it might have once had.
by Branagan
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Trotting over the Yellowbellies to three points - Lincoln City (A) 14/01/20
Replies: 176
Views: 7357

Re: Trotting over the Yellowbellies to three points - Lincoln City (A) 26/10/19

Regardless of the clean sheet last game, if Wright's back and fit, he has to play. He'll only make the back four stronger and, as has been said, Earl and Zouma were let off early on last time anyway.
by Branagan
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Laughing gas or tear gas? Bristol Rovers (A), Tue 22 Oct 2019 7.45pm
Replies: 139
Views: 4548

Re: Laughing gas or tear gas? Bristol Rovers (A), Tue 22 Oct 2019 7.45pm

What a wonderful away performance! As I was entering the ground Matthews was making an excellent save, and there was a calamitous mix up where their striker had been gifted the ball and just had to get it over Matthews and in to the net to score. Luckily he just about cleared the bar. After that we...
by Branagan
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Laughing gas or tear gas? Bristol Rovers (A), Tue 22 Oct 2019 7.45pm
Replies: 139
Views: 4548

Re: Laughing gas or tear gas? Bristol Rovers (A), Tue 22 Oct 2019 7.45pm

If this is the way we set up regularly, then Verlinden and Politic could be great impact subs to give us another element or panic tired opposition. Nice place to be in after all this time.
by Branagan
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Laughing gas or tear gas? Bristol Rovers (A), Tue 22 Oct 2019 7.45pm
Replies: 139
Views: 4548

Re: Laughing gas or tear gas? Bristol Rovers (A), Tue 22 Oct 2019 7.45pm

Simply brilliant. Still say our crossing is ineffective but, as has been said, we mixed it up tonight, which was key.
by Branagan
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: It's Rochdale....again. Rochdale (H) 19th October 2019 15:00
Replies: 81
Views: 3344

Re: It's Rochdale....again. Rochdale (H) 19th October 2019 15:00

Quick fixes are what got us into this mess. Wrong players brought in with an unsustainable wage structure in the hope they'll have a quick impact and turn fortunes around. Does Hill have the right long-term plan? Who knows, but it's gonna take more than two months to find out. I disagree. What got ...
by Branagan
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: It's Rochdale....again. Rochdale (H) 19th October 2019 15:00
Replies: 81
Views: 3344

Re: It's Rochdale....again. Rochdale (H) 19th October 2019 15:00

Quick fixes are what got us into this mess. Wrong players brought in with an unsustainable wage structure in the hope they'll have a quick impact and turn fortunes around. Does Hill have the right long-term plan? Who knows, but it's gonna take more than two months to find out.
by Branagan
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: It's Rochdale....again. Rochdale (H) 19th October 2019 15:00
Replies: 81
Views: 3344

Re: It's Rochdale....again. Rochdale (H) 19th October 2019 15:00

In short: We're Not Famous Any More This is something our fans have needed to get their heads around for at least 10 years now. It's been two months since Hill was appointed. Even in the modern game, considering where we are coming from, to lose patience already is crazy. I personally won't be judg...
by Branagan
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters
Replies: 85
Views: 5055

Re: Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters

Regardless as to his "It's aimed at everybody" assertion, I find it impossible to read “Don’t fear change, don’t fear challenge, don’t go and hide in an office somewhere – get out on the training pitch, do your job, be a coach.” without thinking that that's aimed at one person and one person alone....
by Branagan
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters
Replies: 85
Views: 5055

Re: Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters

I read it as a Jimmy dig too. Reckon he's on the way out?
by Branagan
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters
Replies: 85
Views: 5055

Keith Hill's School For Gifted Youngsters

Latest from the BEN suggests there could be big changes afoot at the Academy - with some noses being put out of joint in the process. https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/17959013.bolton-boss-keith-hill-voices-concern-resistance-change/ “What worries me is that people are opposing necessary changes...
by Branagan
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: The Trotters
Topic: New Kit: 2018/19
Replies: 58
Views: 3740

Re: New Kit: 2018/19

Gary the Enfield wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:21 am
I'll be getting my custom Hummel kit from Prokit today...…...
How do you get one? Do you have to buy the blank shirt and then iron on a BWFC badge?