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SHEFFIELD POOLIE



I'm reading Lenny Johnrose's book and he speaks highly of his time at Pools. What does strike me so far about his playing career (I'm up to where he is at Burnley), is the general behaviour of managers and coaches. If Priti Patel's behaviour was called bullying, I'm not sure what their behaviour would be called but she is a pussycat compared to the majority of them. I cannot believe it is still like that and those dinosaurs are no longer in the game.

Pools have made a reasonable start to the season, except for the debacle against Torquay. Our home form has been atrocious for years and it can't be put down to the crowd being on the players' backs this season. The lack of a goal scorer (I can't call them strikers, though they do seem to have withdrawn their labour!) is apparent and needs to be solved very quickly if we want to do anything in this league. I cannot believe anyone at the club had seen Parkhouse play before we signed him. Mind you I do not like the idea of one player playing up front on his own. Whoever plays there does not get any support at all.

"I do not like the idea of one player playing up front on his own. Whoever plays there does not get any support at all"

There was an interesting article about Challinor's first year and one of his earlier quotes was about the lack of leaders at the club. He repeated that after the Torquay game, yet he is the one who made Donaldson captain and plays him every game without fail. I don't understand how he gets a game and he does not appear to be captain material.

I think we have signed too many players from lower leagues and other teams' Under 23s. We don't have enough players with experience of this division and we struggle physically against a lot of sides. However, if we can get a goal scorer of some use, we might be able to sneak in to the play-offs. Wishful thinking?

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