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10 September 2013 09:08 Post ID: #123664 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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David D'Auria
Wales play Serbia in Cardiff tonight,a crunch match after losing to them 6-1 away. Raymond Verheijen,who was assistant to Gary Speed, has made some scathing comments about the Wales set up. From criticising the system where it's "jobs for the boys",to the ex-players working in the media and influencing decisions, to the 75 year olds running the FAW. He says we need to bring in foreign coaches and get rid of the old men running the game here,which we've all agreed on in the past. He says we've got some great talent that are not being managed properly. Two wins in seven games gives his comments some credibility.
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10 September 2013 17:10 Post ID: #123672 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Edgar DAvids

Tend to agree with him, wonder what would have happened had Speed still be around as he seemed to be working so well with Verheijen getting the best out of the players. Have a friend who travels everywhere with Wales but must say I only ever attend when they play at the Liberty, can't bring myself to go to Cardiff let alone travel abroad to watch them. Can't afford it anyway as all spare cash goes on supporting the Swans who to me are far more important.
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11 September 2013 09:27 Post ID: #123676 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Edited by keith margam 11/9/2013 09:33
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11 September 2013 09:28 Post ID: #123677 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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11 September 2013 09:29 Post ID: #123678 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Edited by keith margam 11/9/2013 09:36
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11 September 2013 09:30 Post ID: #123679 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Edited by keith margam 11/9/2013 09:35
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11 September 2013 09:32 Post ID: #123680 - in reply to #123679
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Fazackerley,Stan
Your friend,as well as us,will be very unhappy with that showing last night,a 0-3 home defeat,and bottom of the table,after Scotland showed us how to beat Macedonia in their away tie there.
What next for Coleman,as he's just been offered a new contract, Farcical yet again by the out of touch FAW,but how can they be ousted when they have such a tight grip on things.
Why wasn't Verheijen allowed to continue the good work,after the Speed tragedy,same goes for Flynn after the success of the Under 21's?


Edited by keith margam 11/9/2013 09:37
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12 September 2013 09:48 Post ID: #123688 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Geraint Williams
I've failed to open the TFCNG thread at all so far,this morning.
Some nice wordss from ex Liverpool star Jamie Carragher in his article on Sky Sports ,including this one- " The Liberty Stadium is a big weapon for them because it is a ground with a great atmosphere, while as the Premier League is still pretty new for them, the fans are full of enthusiasm, and that really gives the Swansea players a lift." - with Carragher playing in front of the noisy Kop crowd all these years,it's a really big compliment for our fans. Can we keep it up,we know we can influence the players and the game when we're in full battle cry.

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12 September 2013 17:54 Post ID: #123693 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Herbie Williams

This site is hit or miss with regard to posting these days I couldn't get on this thread yesterday.
Not sure the Liberty is quite the cauldron it was in the last few seasons, Man U fans drowned us out last time but partly because they were winning. I was amazed at the support in Ploiesti and at Malmo despite them losing, we could learn a lot from our European adversaries. My favourite moment at the Liberty is still the Nottingham Forest second leg play off when Pratley scored from the half way line, the place erupted and the noise was incredible, likewise when we beat Cardiff in the cup game one magical night. Let's hope it can be repeated on Monday against a Liverpool side that have started the season well, Rodgers won't know some of our new players but of course he does know Shelvey who will feel he has much to prove infront of his old boss.
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12 September 2013 17:56 Post ID: #123694 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Herbie Williams

This site is hit or miss with regard to posting these days I couldn't get on this thread yesterday.
Not sure the Liberty is quite the cauldron it was in the last few seasons, Man U fans drowned us out last time but partly because they were winning. I was amazed at the support in Ploiesti and at Malmo despite them losing, we could learn a lot from our European adversaries. My favourite moment at the Liberty is still the Nottingham Forest second leg play off when Pratley scored from the half way line, the place erupted and the noise was incredible, likewise when we beat Cardiff in the cup game one magical night. Let's hope it can be repeated on Monday against a Liverpool side that have started the season well, Rodgers won't know some of our new players but of course he does know Shelvey who will feel he has much to prove infront of his old boss.
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13 September 2013 12:04 Post ID: #123696 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Iago Aspas (Can our Spanish friends stop him on Monday?)

We'll be looking to put one over on Liverpool,after our home reversal last season. Definitely Shelvey will be up for it,wanting to show Rodgers he was wrong letting him go.

Valencia's Estadio de Mesalla doesn't sound very good for away fans,up in the gods,like Newcastle,and no lift either,hopefully our fans can be heard on the pitch from so far away.

Very difficult to open anything on here again this morning,dont know whether the main forum is the same.
I intended going to the Supporters Trust meeting last night but something came up last minute.
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13 September 2013 15:18 Post ID: #123700 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Jon Jo Shelvey

Shame you missed the forum as it was a very interesting evening, have to say our manager is one cool dude and answered numerous questions with patience, intelligence and wit on occasions. Still have to pinch myself at times to think we have such a legend as manager, when asked who was the best player he ever played against he said simply Maradona....wow.

If you look on the planet swans site it will give a fuller account of what was talked about also there is a blog by the guy who writes "the Swansea Way", he himself asked several interesting questions including the timescale for the stadium expansion. Plans which include provision for extra traffic control are being submitted by Christmas according to Jenkins. East stand is to be exteneded first which will in turn help problems encountered by many fans in the concourse due to present lack of space.
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14 September 2013 09:43 Post ID: #123713 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Kevin Doyle
Hopefully ML will want to stay longer than anticipated,problem is the better he does here,the more he'll be in demand by other clubs. I read the Swansea Way article,well written,he deserves more participants on his website,but I haven't seen the PS account yet.
The East Stand expansion will be a tough one to build,being so close to the river,but will be fantastic once completed,with a bigger concourse and Riverside Bar. Hopefully we can stay up for many years, and see all our plans come to fruition.Parking and traffic flow on match days is,and will be a big problem to solve,but all grounds have these problems.
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14 September 2013 14:17 Post ID: #123719 - in reply to #93152
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Lenny Johnrose

Yes you are right about the traffic problems at grounds, Norwich is one of the worst and it does really anger me that we are left waiting for such a long time with a six hour journey back still to face. At Man U last season we were made to wait an hour in the car park before being allowed to leave again with a long journey home to come. We seem to get the away fans out of our stadium relatively quickly, stopping traffic and giving a police escort back onto the M4.

East stand expansion is long overdue we are losing vast sums in revenue as well as the possibility of lots of new youngsters coming to watch. At present opportunites for most are rare but with the extra seats will can accomodate thousands more.
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14 September 2013 14:19 Post ID: #123720 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Lenny Johnrose

Yes you are right about the traffic problems at grounds, Norwich is one of the worst and it does really anger me that we are left waiting for such a long time with a six hour journey back still to face. At Man U last season we were made to wait an hour in the car park before being allowed to leave again with a long journey home to come. We seem to get the away fans out of our stadium relatively quickly, stopping traffic and giving a police escort back onto the M4.

East stand expansion is long overdue we are losing vast sums in revenue as well as the possibility of lots of new youngsters coming to watch. At present opportunites for most are rare but with the extra seats will can accomodate thousands more.
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14 September 2013 14:21 Post ID: #123721 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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Lenny Johnrose

Yes you are right about the traffic problems at grounds, Norwich is one of the worst and it does really anger me that we are left waiting for such a long time with a six hour journey back still to face. At Man U last season we were made to wait an hour in the car park before being allowed to leave again with a long journey home to come. We seem to get the away fans out of our stadium relatively quickly, stopping traffic and giving a police escort back onto the M4.

East stand expansion is long overdue we are losing vast sums in revenue as well as the possibility of lots of new youngsters coming to watch. At present opportunites for most are rare but with the extra seats will can accomodate thousands more.
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15 September 2013 07:29 Post ID: #123728 - in reply to #93152
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Michael Essien
The dual carraigeway outside our ground is closed to traffic and the stadium car park exit is also blocked,to enable the away fans coaches to be escorted traffic free straight to the motorway immediately after the match. It must be the fastest getaway for away fans of all the PL grounds,but this courtesy is not being reciprocated by the other clubs.We are being disrespected,and held up until all the home fans are gone home and sitting down and having their tea,before the away coaches are released by the police. I think it's about time we did the same.
Surprising quote from HJ -
“It’s unique, and a lot of people at other Premier League clubs like the way we do things.The Premier League themselves like the model we have got.Having said that, it’s very difficult to compete to stay in the Premier League when you look at the finances some clubs have got.But as long as our fans are happy with how we try to compete, I think we are okay.It’s up to the supporters if they want something different, if they want to change the club’s philosophy and have millions to spend on players.
If that time comes, then things will change.”
Not quite sure what he means by this.If a mega rich oil sheikh appeared,as happened at Man City,and wanted to buy our club,then it would be up to the supporters whether we sell or not? I suppose our 20% control could block the board selling our club outright to the highest bidder anyway, if that's what we wanted.
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