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  1. Slimani has his downsides and you have a point concerning style but Slimani's a potential 15-20-goals a season guy who, I'm sure, could be utilised more productively.
  2. The government might be right and then again they might be wrong in respect of some of those 5%. As for actions related to mosques has anyone suggested any has an administration that wants to blow up kids, though even one would represent a serious situation? But that has nothing to do with the aims of Islam and the people concerned with spreading the word and strength of Islam. My logic has nothing to do with suggesting or believing in any way that all Catholics are members of the IRA. But some are and were and some wreaked havoc not only in this country but in a business run by a relative in Belfast which cost the life of a staff member. Further evidence that our government should accept its responsibilities concerning who should be welcomed here based on their background and compatibility.
  3. Not as high as I wanted. Semi-professional clubs from the age of 15-24ish in the then Southern League/West Midlands League (player and player/manager) , Midland League and Eastern Counties League against the likes of Scunthorpe Reserves, Grimsby, Hereford and Wolves Reserves. Scored at Hereford and enjoyed making a goal for Bill Garner (later, ex-Chelsea striker) at Grimsby. Trained at Leicester and co-wrote a book about Peterborough United before starting to play squash seriously.
  4. You don't need anyone to "spread the hatred" when kids bodies are lying in the morgue. There's no defending anyone acting like that. And this has nothing to do with black or white either. Islamic extremism is a problem in other countries as well as ours, including ones with predominently black populations. As for "Britain first", Britain should be first for the British government. It's what they're responsible before anything else.
  5. If only decisions were so simple. Few in anyone doubts Mahrez's ability. What's in question is his desire to be here, his commitment if retained against his will and what quality of replacement we might get if he goes.
  6. Someone's having a laugh. £35m? I didn't much want him even last season but if we really can't see better value for money we need to change who's looking.
  7. I can't remember saying that but rather that if quality costs nothing then fine but if the quality costs a lot then sometimes it's well worth paying for. Plenty of top name managers have failed in different circumstances just as some have succeeded due to a greater or lesser extent because of the level of financial backing they've had. Indeed you might think it impossible to fail with some budgets but the reality is that failures abound because others have strong budgets or because a really good manager can sometimes make something out of nothing, in a relative sense. I've never said "never" concerning a "name" manager. Nor thought it. I just don't think our circumstances are right for doing anything but appointing Shakespeare at the moment. As far as Leicester is concerned he is the "name" manager to me and the man best placed to take us forward. I'll speak differently if circumstances change but, for now, I've every faith in the guy and no greater faith in anyone else who might be available as a "name" or otherwise. Indeed I'm more concerned with us getting on with the job and doing all we can to avoid the mess we made last closed season.
  8. All religious doctrine is manipulated by man and some mainstream religions are only about power/control and/or peace on their terms only. Consequently so much of what is done - or has been done - in the name of religion is utterly abominable and indefensible in human terms. And the number of people who've lost their lives on the altar of religion should shame any God whose name was used as the excuse.
  9. Like so many others you'll sideline the problem by counter-balancing the reality of what is actually facing us here. A people problem of any kind doesn't disappear because there are nice people too, nor does a problem for the UK disappear because the UK plays a part in causing problems of its own. Have you ever sat down and read books about the growth of Islamic terrorism, the aims of terrorists, of Islamic activists and the ways terrorist training evolves? Have you read the Koran and the aims of Islam? You talk about the work of Muslim doctors and nurses. I don't think anyone's unaware or unappreciative of the work done by Muslim doctors or nurses. But that doesn't mean that none of those people are either Muslim activists or people quietly wanting to see an Islamic or sharia society here. Nor does it mean it is right for the West to absorb Muslim medics when they are so badly needed in Muslim countries or that we wouldn't be safer training our own medical staff if we cannot show sufficient diligence or exert sufficiently control in relation to people we invite into the UK. I personally know and unreservedly believe that are lots of genuinely decent Muslim people - and many Muslims who would love to escape Islam - but we are recklessly admitting and have clearly already admitted far too many who are not. And something must be done about it. Sadly there are many voices who don't seem to understand that or don't wish to do anything about it, sometimes for their own reasons. As for the ongoings inside mosques, I have explained the function of mosques before and the potential dangers that can be fermented within them. We can't control any dictats forthcoming from inside them - nor any factions wrestling for control of those mosques, perhaps at the expense of so-called moderate administrations. Key into the internet and find out how many times mosques have been used for the storage of weapons in various places around the world and then not the extent of their presence and the strategic importance of their siting. Many, many muslims want to live in peace and to tolerate other communities round about them. But Islam aims to dominate and it is a short step from tolerate to terrorism when Islam does dominate and when the fundamentalists take control. And the fact that moderate muslims might not want that is no more effective than if moderate or non-trade unionists don't want to go on strike over something. Sometimes the leaders ride roughshod over their views and once their dominance is established the situation gets more and more militant. Either we exert real due diligence or we become victims and Manchester is an example of our becoming victims - and not the first one by any means. Western people need to learn more about Islam and its implications. Key in, for instance, "Are Muslims allowed to sell their property to non Muslims" and see for yourself how Islam sees things in relation to people of other faiths.
  10. Today i'd pull a muscle the first game and any game thereafter. But, as a kid I'd have backed myself for 8-10 goals minimum, given the service you'd get, and would have made plenty without a doubt. I was a decent goal sniffer and, as for making goals, with the sort of runs being made by top players, supplying a final pass would be no problem even with limited opportunity to find time and space. With full-time training and a good coach/mentor I'd have evolved a better attitude and made a decent professional as opposed to a part-time player and manager. It didn't help attending a rugby-playing senior school and joining a newspaper at 16. In the end becoming a squash professional fitted in better.
  11. He seems to be a disarmingly pleasant and humble guy who seems to have fitted into our club like a hand to a tailored glove and clearly has immense talent that can only become more apparent as he works on his weaknesses. A wonderful asset in my view. Even when short of his best form, he's still there to be seen, trying all he can.
  12. This idea that you have to be a "big name" manager to attract "big name" players is nonsense. A player needs to be convinced he'll be part of something successful and that he will benefit as a result. A "big name" sometimes helps offer that impression but they're soon found out in the end, while the star of a lesser name can easily be seen to be climbing. Good terms and decent conditions can be a tempting persuader in either instance.
  13. Ideas, energy, imagination, good communication and motivational qualities, decent demonstrative skills and a thoroughly committed team player is what I'd like us to be looking for in our coaches and while you might think those qualities would be a "given" in everyone being qualified as a coach they're not and not by a long way. Just as in other aspects of teaching there's good and bad to be found and far too many journeymen. Coaching is a highly skilled job and damned difficult to sustain effectively unless you have the energy and commitment to keep evolving ideas and the means of keeping the constant process of coaching interesting and effective. The big problem is avoiding staleness and the feeling that coaching sessions are becoming routine so familiarity breeds contempt. Players are stimulated by different ideas and styles so any situation where the same coach is dealing with the same players all the time can quickly become counter-productive. And yet there needs to be a firm goal both in terms of individual and collective development and constant, verifiable, assessment to show that progress is being made or otherwise. It's no use trying to convince a proven international that he's a lousy crosser of the ball if you can't prove it and then show him exactly how to do the job better - either yourself and through someone else more capable of demonstrating the point. There's not only benefit to be found in rotating coaches within big-group organisations such as Leicester but also in importing guest coaches when possible because even coaches can benefit from new ideas or different ways of putting old ideas across. It's all about mental stimulation really, but always with an effective purpose. Coaching needs to be inspiring and players need to leave the park convinced that they've learned something and are better for it. Poor communicators have no chance but there's also the need for precise rather than expanded communication. Players want to be kicking footballs, not listening to speeches. It's the same with matchday analysis. A good coach needs to know what's going wrong, if anything, and to use he fewest words possible to put it right. As one top manager remarked this week (I forget which), there may be 50 things that could be improved but the key is to focus on the one or two that are most important - simply but surely. Coaching is 100% satisfying but only if you're winning and your players are improving and wearing the smiles of being appreciated.
  14. You must be watching a different shade of Gray!
  15. I don't disagree with that, but does he want another season? I'm still not convinced he's especially happy here. Maybe that will improve as well.