13:10, Thu 26 Oct
...with the following opinions


1. We think the Eustace sacking was very harsh
2. We all knew it was going to happen
3. We think that the statement about his release was poor and disrespectful
4. We had misgivings about the Rooney appointment due to lack of track record and questionable motives for his appointment but willing to see what unfolds
5. We can generally accept that we were going to have to play more progressive football to move onto the next step, but it wasn't going to happen overnight
6. We think Rooney went too quick too soon in his first 2 games, but way too early to write anything off
7. We're still stoked with the new owners and chuffed they are here.

Only listening to some fans last night and reading this board it seems that the few have lost their sanity are carrying the sentiment of the majority.
13:12, Thu 26 Oct
yup
13:13, Thu 26 Oct
Tarquin
...with the following opinions


1. We think the Eustace sacking was very harsh
2. We all knew it was going to happen
3. We think that the statement about his release was poor and disrespectful
4. We had misgivings about the Rooney appointment due to lack of track record and questionable motives for his appointment but willing to see what unfolds
5. We can generally accept that we were going to have to play more progressive football to move onto the next step, but it wasn't going to happen overnight
6. We think Rooney went too quick too soon in his first 2 games, but way too early to write anything off
7. We're still stoked with the new owners and chuffed they are here.

Only listening to some fans last night and reading this board it seems that the few have lost their sanity are carrying the sentiment of the majority.

I’m on board with all seven points.
13:13, Thu 26 Oct
I'd broadly agree with those points. I'd separate Cook from the owners as I don't trust him/his ability. But as I've said previously, if Rooney goes tits up I think he'll carry the can.
13:14, Thu 26 Oct
I wanted to disagree with atleast one point, but I can't.

You've summed up my feelings on it all perfectly.
13:15, Thu 26 Oct
i trust him to run a business, bring in more revenue, make us more profitable.

i don't trust him to make football decisions, that should be with Gardner and his team, and i'd have thought that if Eustace was still here.

reminds me of Purslow hiring Gerrard down the road
Tam
13:17, Thu 26 Oct
Tarquin
...with the following opinions


1. We think the Eustace sacking was very harsh
2. We all knew it was going to happen
3. We think that the statement about his release was poor and disrespectful
4. We had misgivings about the Rooney appointment due to lack of track record and questionable motives for his appointment but willing to see what unfolds
5. We can generally accept that we were going to have to play more progressive football to move onto the next step, but it wasn't going to happen overnight
6. We think Rooney went too quick too soon in his first 2 games, but way too early to write anything off
7. We're still stoked with the new owners and chuffed they are here.

Only listening to some fans last night and reading this board it seems that the few have lost their sanity are carrying the sentiment of the majority.

Pretty much for me, apart from 2) - I didn't know that it would happen so soon, but perhaps I'm behind with the times. I had thought maybe it would be a December sacking if results were poor.
Make Blues Great Again
13:17, Thu 26 Oct
Tarquin
...with the following opinions


1. We think the Eustace sacking was very harsh
2. We all knew it was going to happen
3. We think that the statement about his release was poor and disrespectful
4. We had misgivings about the Rooney appointment due to lack of track record and questionable motives for his appointment but willing to see what unfolds
5. We can generally accept that we were going to have to play more progressive football to move onto the next step, but it wasn't going to happen overnight
6. We think Rooney went too quick too soon in his first 2 games, but way too early to write anything off
7. We're still stoked with the new owners and chuffed they are here.

Only listening to some fans last night and reading this board it seems that the few have lost their sanity are carrying the sentiment of the majority.

Yeah, 7 out of 7 for me mate. A little soon on Point 2 but it was inevitable (not that it makes it right).

I would add maybe a point 4.5:

- We would all have been more accepting of the club's actions if they had appointed a big name who actually came with a good track record. They'd have been afforded more time.
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13:18, Thu 26 Oct
Agree with all.

I'd add

8. Despite everything, we do want Rooney to succeed.
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13:18, Thu 26 Oct
Yes....with the exception of number 5.

Burnley played what would be labelled as "progressive" football and were brilliant.

Luton are a direct, counter attacking team who had less of the ball most weeks and they went up.

Sheffield United were somewhere in the middle.


I don't buy into - and I think the facts back this up - that the only way to go up is to play the style of football Rooney has tried to instil.


I think the days of a Mourinho / Benitez / Conte / Ranieri type winning the Premier League without dominating possession and territory are over, but that is at the absolute pinnacle of the game. I think it's more than possible to get out of this division and do well in the Premier League being a bit more pragmatic.

I think Eustace had us set up like Moyes has West Ham - same formation - solid at the back, 2 midfielders infront of the back 4, 3 bright, attacking players behind a striker. I would have been interested to see what Eustace / Gardner would have done to add to the squad with the resources that will apparently be available next summer
13:19, Thu 26 Oct
Yes good summary
13:19, Thu 26 Oct
All present & correct.

I'd add I'll support anyone who is wearing the shirt or leading the side.
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13:20, Thu 26 Oct
Yeah - only fair, grown-up and sensible positions to take in my opinion.
13:25, Thu 26 Oct
You are correct in that its not necessarily the only way to get up. But it won't keep you up. I think this lot want a way of playing that can get us up and then keep us there with additions/changes if and when necessary. And I accept it could be that they probably want to go up "right" for the brand as opposed to getting up any way we can.
13:27, Thu 26 Oct
Iain_Gavin
I don't buy into - and I think the facts back this up - that the only way to go up is to play the style of football Rooney has tried to instil.

I agree, but I think they're trying to change the style because fans are more likely to be happy with watching their team play good football if they don't win. If you play pragmatic football and lose, people get really peed off. It's about the "product" on the pitch. Teams that play good exciting football will also attract more fans from elsewhere. I think it's just brand work, it's certainly not the only way you can achieve promotion.

Obviously, we haven't seen it in full effect so far, but even if you think back to the often compared Zola reign, fans were very patient with Zola because you could see us trying to play good football and it always felt we weren't far away from picking up a few results. I think we've seen the tactic Rooney is aspiring to reach over the last 2 games, but played out poorly. Based on his reported discussions with the players, I think he will regress slightly for the next few games and work his way back up to that style eventually. It'll still be his long term aim - as it will be the owner's too.