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GAA Discussion / Re: Jim Gavin
« on: December 07, 2019, 03:18:52 PM »
Bookies have suspended betting on the next Dublin manager as punters have placed bucket loads of cash on Tommy Conroy to replace Jim Gavin.

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General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:56:49 PM »
Doesn't say much for Arsenal when even Everton can get a new manager bounce.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jim Gavin
« on: December 05, 2019, 06:50:52 PM »
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/jim-gavin-leaves-dublin-with-history-made-and-gaelic-football-transformed-1.4100789

Jim Gavin honours as Dublin manager


6 All-Irelands
7 Leinster titles
5 National Leagues
49 All Stars 
4 Footballers of the Year
Overall Record - Played 107 Won 86 Lost 11 Drew 10
Championship - Played 48 Won 44 Lost 1 Drew 3
League - Played 59 Won 42 Lost 10 Drew 7

The U21 sides he managed to All Ireland titles in 2010 and 2012 had plenty of players who would go on to star in his senior teams. R O Carroll, J Cooper, J McCarthy, D Rock, J McCaffrey, C Kilkenny, P Mannion to name but a few.

Iíd predict that in the next 10 years dublin will win at the most 2 all irelandís, possibly even 0 or 1. At that point everyone will recognise Gavin as the greatest manager of all time.

Best of luck with that prediction if you happen to place money on it. (you'll need it)

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: December 05, 2019, 06:47:42 PM »
This game on the shelves in Tesco.



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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: December 04, 2019, 12:13:47 PM »
Former Kerry team nutritionist and Listowel native Kevin Beasley has now joined the Donegal Management Team.
He was highly respected with the Kerry players during Eamon Fitzmaurice time in charge.
How did Peter Keane let this highly rated nutritionist leave Kerry to go North ?
Also Kerry Senior Team expenses went from 353,294 in 2018 to 534,883 in 2019 ... is it all the steak (well done) they are eating ?

The price of playing in two All Ireland finals compared to a quarter final exit?

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Greatest Gaelic Football Manager?
« on: December 03, 2019, 10:13:24 PM »
Had Harte retired in 2008 he would have been in top 3 but has gradually undermined his own legacy as the years and years and years went on and on and on and on and on.

Getting average enough Tyrone teams to All Ireland semi finals and All Ireland final last year was achievements that shouldn't be underestimated.


It's a pity he couldn't get one of these average enough teams to actually beat any team of note and I mean any team of note in the last 10 years you think a good manager would at least work one single win. Please don't give me that crap about getting average teams to semis Harte has proved himself to be an average manager of average teams. Not on the same pitch as most of the others on that list.

Tyrone would have reached no All Ireland semi finals and All Ireland final the last decade if their average group of players had average manager.
 
Donegal who some reckon are contenders for the All Ireland next year aren't some one of note? They beat the best Monaghan teams since the 80s a few times also.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Greatest Gaelic Football Manager?
« on: December 03, 2019, 09:17:05 PM »
Had Harte retired in 2008 he would have been in top 3 but has gradually undermined his own legacy as the years and years and years went on and on and on and on and on.

Getting average enough Tyrone teams to All Ireland semi finals and All Ireland final last year was achievements that shouldn't be underestimated.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:34:43 PM »
A very worrying performance, United outplayed by another promoted team. Its been very obvious since the first few weeks of the season United will struggle against any team that is organised and prepared to let United have the ball, United had 62% of the ball yesterday and 59% against Sheffield United. Its a big week for Ole with Spurs & City coming up, its difficult to make a case for United getting anything from either games unless McTominay & Pogba returns. We lack any sort of cohesion and now defensively look very suspect at the back, Maguire & Wan Bisaka's performance levels have dropped.

I really like Ole but as each week passes its getting harder and harder to make a case for him, he has no real track record in a big league and United have been in free fall since March and with a manger like Pochettino available for free he's obviously now going to be under a lot of pressure; A lot of mates who were prepared to give him time have changed their mind in the last week or so with Poch available and with the 2 really poor performances.

If things dont pick up soon with maybe a loan signing or two in January I can see the board starting to get itchy feet, they clearly have felt that Poch was the man for the job in previous years and his availability heaps the pressure on Ole.

I wouldnt be surprised if they get a pre contract agreement in place with him giving Ole the team until the summer with a more graceful hand over then. Plus they can get Ole to do some of the squad trimming that is required as well prior to then.

Woodward told shareholders he expected United to finish top 4, looks highly unlikely now and even more so come Saturday evening although I do think we've got a decent chance of winning the Europa League. What happens if Ole has a really good end to the season though? Thats why I don't think that would happen.

How long before Woodward tells shareholders that he steps down from his role? Him not allowed to appoint another manager or deal in transfer business and replaced by someone competent should be a way forward for the club.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jim Gavin
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:24:23 PM »
A remarkable achievement winning 5 in a row and 6 AI's in a decade. Huge pressure given their financial and home advantage. There is a huge expectation to succeed with such advantages. Managers like Mancini, Mourinho, Guardiola have shown that it takes a good managers to deal with such pressures and get you team over the line. It's not as easy as it looks. Others would have failed. Would have been Manager of 7 in a row except for complacency against Donegal in 2014. I suppose that was the last time he was caught off guard and it ensured the drive for 5 in a row.

The loss to Donegal in 2014 was more hubris than complacency. Gavin's only real error in his tenure with the Dublin seniors.
That's a bit harsh on Donegal.

Dublin had been playing brilliant attacking football up to that game, and the first 15-20 minutes they were on fire with Connolly and Flynn kicking 4 or 5 long range points between them. Donegal had a plan, and despite the early setback, they stuck with it. And while the plan was a very good one, it would have been worth feck all had the Donegal players not been at the top of their game. Their tackling, their pace, their passing, their support play had us in disarray. And then their total composure when their good play led to scoring chances. They refused to miss. They were simply too good on the day.

Dublin missed several goal chances that they'd have scored on any other day, if they go in, Donegal are toast

You can apply that to nearly any match and look at what-ifs but it's a reductive way of viewing things in my opinion.

In terms of Hound's post, I actually think Donegal were full value for that win but there's no denying that Gavin's refusal to employ a defensive system played directly into McGuinness and Donegal's hands. It wasn't until 2015 that he began to tighten things up defensively and look what happened after that.

To a point Dublin had a defensive system it was just Jim McGuinness exploiting the weakness Dublin had on the counter attack. A problem area Jim Gavin corrected after that game. Donegal certainly deserved their win the better team for 50 minutes of that game and ended up winning by a bit to spare.

Dublin should remain strong for the foreseeable future however how strong will their challengers be in the next 3 or 4 years.  The last 7 years we have watched Kerry and Tyrone teams reach finals v Dublin that weren't a patch on their All Ireland winning teams and Mayo where a few finals was there to be won for them but they found different ways to lose them.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 03:49:18 PM »
Congratulations Kilcoo

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 02:47:38 PM »
Enjoyable enough half of football which included flaky and error prone defending.

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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread - Attack of the Clones
« on: November 29, 2019, 03:34:30 PM »
Sacked! Poch in next?

Loads of money placed on Allegri and is now the favourite at 13/8.  A much better option than the sacked Tottenham manager who probably wasn't in the running to replace Emery.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Team of the decade
« on: November 29, 2019, 03:23:51 PM »
An outbreak of Martin Brehenyism?
I see he was naming the best 100 Dublin players recently.
How about the best redheaded team of the last 20 years?

I always consider October and November to prime Martin Brehony List Season.

10 things everyone needs to do to beat dublin
5 players to watch out for
etc etc

Here's one list that will be hard to bate.

https://www.balls.ie/gaa/14-gaa-players-who-have-porn-star-names-132775

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General discussion / Re: Friday night is music night.
« on: November 23, 2019, 12:24:58 AM »
Country music awards on BBC four is decent viewing with some good live performances.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland U20 2019
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:53:17 PM »
Short straw for Armagh.



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