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  1. 22 hours ago, Michael Tucker said:

    None. I did send him a couple of messages, but didn't get a reply. I doubt that he gives a toss, tbh.

    I can't say I'm surprised. I know that at times running this place - just owning it even - was pretty painful for him. 

    Are you able to promote me to Root Admin at all, even if it's temporary? I'd like to have a dig around to see if there's anything I can do.

  2. 20 hours ago, Michael Tucker said:

    I have changed your group to 'Administrators' from 'Members' - does that help?

    I can see the moderator controls now, but that's not going to help with the problems the site is experiencing, I'm afraid. 

    If Invision own the site, do they also host it, too? If so, it's currently set up in a pretty irresponsible way - see my earlier comments - so they should at least fix that. 

    Might be with asking them that if they're not prepared to support it, what can be done to take the site back from them. 

    It should be possible to host the site for a reasonable cost - I'm not going to guess until I can see some stats - if it were stripped back to just the forums. 

  3. What makes people think he wouldn't tear apart English defences?

    Because whilst Messi might right now be one of the two best players in the world, and I'm sorry to break this, he's unproven in the Premier League and all its foibles.

    Many people before you have made the mistake that past performance is a guarantee of future performances and will continue to do so.

  4. Messi is in a different solar system compared to Hazard.

    I'd drive him to Spain myself if it meant we got him.

    Brilliant logic. It's not about how good an individual player is, it's how he fits into the system. If we're to change that system, you're talking about a lot more money (and time) than the frankly ridiculous fees being bandied about for Messi.

  5. Are there too many corporates in the ground?

    They'll never be reduced since they've effectively kept down the costs - such as that is - for years now. When ticket prices were frozen for some time for STs and day tickets, corporate tickets were not. It's a very significant part of the matchday income. Most people would be horrified if they knew how much corporate tickets are.

    Domestic cups will always have a loud away contingent since the allocation is much higher than for league games and home fans will get moved.

    Regarding moving the fans, East Upper is a non-starter because of segregation and safety issues. Egress from East Upper is slow at the best of times and it would be a policing nightmare.

    I'd like to see dugouts moved to the West Stand and put the away fans back in East Lower. Again, probably impractical.

  6. Somebody needs to teach the players how to shoot from outside the box.

    They all know how to do that. Shoot at what, through what?

    Why do you think Southampton have conceded single figures at home this season, with almost 70% of their games being clean sheets?

    It's disappointing to get only a point, but they're a decent team, particularly at home.

  7. Would be interesting to see who comes on to to replace whom. It was pointless having Mikel out there and if he stays on we could well come out pointless.

    It's difficult I think. Southampton are a ridiculously stingy team - only us have conceded fewer and then only by one - and this is how they play at home.

    They love to soak it up. They made us look like Arsenal in the box at times because there was just no way through, and taking pot shots would have played into their counter attacking hands.

    I don't know what I'd do right now. Probably Willian for Schurlle then Mikel off a little later.

    Edit: that said, we're not taking advantage of the missing Clyne, so might be some interesting changes.

  8. Football fans are fickle creatures, and suddenly Lampard could find Stamford Bridge very similar to Upton Park, where he gets a less than cheerful welcome, and nobody wants that to happen to a Chelsea legend like Lampard .

    Shouldn't you have quoted the source for this drivel?

    For a start, it's six years old. It's not relevant now, and arguably wasn't when someone - was it you? - wasted their time writing and publishing it.

  9. Always rated him from his Dortmund days and think he's been mugged off at United.

    I think he's an excellent player and reading stats tells less than half the story. Bottom line: Moyes won't use a No. 10, so Kagawa probably won't get games.

    That is, until later in the season and RvP gets stroppy because he isn't getting the service he needs.

  10. What I normally do is write whatever I want to post here in Microsoft Word using “Trebuchet” and the font size of 12.

    Yep, that's the problem. The forum software is picking up your formatting from Word. Just need to ensure you paste as plain text in future.

  11. I don't understand why we didn't sign Özil instead if Mourinho wanted another playmaker.

    The question then would be: how do you service statistically the two best playmakers in world football?

    I'm all for two players per position, but that might be taking things a little too far.