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Has Phil Parkinson just been handed the tools for the title?

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
When Phil Parkinson took on a risky-looking job at Wanderers in the summer he reserved judgement on where the club should be aiming in League One until after the transfer window ended.

Now, having retained gems like Jay Spearing, Josh Vela and Zach Clough and after helping himself to 12 new players it is about time we all admitted it, the Whites are genuine promotion contenders.

A haul of 13 points from a possible 15 is reason enough for optimism at the Macron yet the worry going into Wednesday’s deadline day was that long-term injuries to Mark Davies and Darren Pratley would choke the life out of a small squad, eventually.

There was definitely an air of urgency in Parkinson’s voice as he spoke on Tuesday night, demanding that the club make the last 24 hours of the window count. And, by heck, that is exactly what they did.

A day of cat and mouse, gossip and intrigue, topped off with five signings announced in quick succession. Staged-managed, perhaps, but nonetheless as satisfying a day as Wanderers fans have enjoyed in many years.

Even the puzzling departure of Kaiyne Woolery to Wigan Athletic was lost in the furore as James Henry, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Alnwick, Keshi Anderson and Tom Thorpe were rattled off one by one to the astonishment of a largely online audience.

To think back in July when the window opened the Whites were managerless, the scars of the previous season so fresh. A frustrated fan-base was in no mood to hand out second chances to a team that had failed and there was legitimate merit in thinking that avoiding relegation, stopping the rot, would be enough this season.

Parkinson’s arrival calmed the nerves but the events of the last 48 hours have dared us to dream.

Wanderers lacked pace – particularly in light of Woolery’s move to the DW Stadium; step forward Keshi Anderson, a prodigious young striker from Crystal Palace, or Sammy Ameobi, the Newcastle United winger that both Dougie Freedman and Neil Lennon had failed to sign in the Championship.

With no Davies or Pratley, Wanderers lacked dynamism in midfield; enter James Henry, the Wolves midfielder who has already shown the Macron his penchant for the spectacular.

Tuesday’s drab 2-0 defeat against Everton’s Under-23s highlighted the lack of defensive depth but Tom Thorpe’s arrival on loan from Rotherham gives a crucial bit of versatility.

And finally Ben Amos’s move to Cardiff City left Parkinson with a goalkeeping headache and only one senior stopper. Ben Alnwick’s move to Wanderers may not have gone down well at Peterborough but, again, looks a very sound piece of business.

The Whites had already re-signed David Wheater and added Lewis Buxton, Mark Beevers, Chris Taylor, Jamie Proctor, Andy Taylor and Mark Howard in the last couple of months, giving a much-needed injection of experience and solidity to the squad which dropped out of the Championship.

Moreover, the players signed have a first-team readiness. This team is ready for success right now.

Wanderers remain a club in transfer embargo despite the uplifting and welcome change of mood. Chairman Ken Anderson received deserved praise from supporters for his handling of the process but he, Paul Aldridge, John Pelling and Dean Holdsworth still have many loose ends to tie before the club can be considered completely healed.

The business done over the course of the window has answered many critics who felt the Whites had jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire when they agreed to the takeover in February. But there is still work to be done and supporters who endured the last 12 months are unlikely to be anything other than vigilant and inquisitive about the way their club is run in the future.

This weekend Phil Brown’s Southend United come to the Macron having had a very different transfer window.

Brown has found himself answering criticism for the club’s lack of signings, particularly up front, and so could probably do without coming up against his old club at a time when the atmosphere is so buoyant.

For Parkinson, the chance to knit things together over successive weekend games at home against Southend and MK Dons is manna from heaven.

His next challenge is to assemble his many gathered pieces into a unit just as effective as the one he built over the first five games. If he succeeds, this season might get even better.

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terenceanne

terenceanne
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Alright lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Nobody knows if these players are any use yet.

We are top of the table after beating 4 pub teams plus the Charlton draw.  Another pub team coming in this Saturday. On paper things are looking rosey at the moment but lets wait a few weeks before anointing ourselves champions. Just saying.

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Agree the more people build this start up the quicker they'll be to turn when there are setbacks, let's remember where we were enjoy the positives but remember there's a lot of work to do yet so expect the odd setback.
The best thing we can do is turn out in force to support the team and boost the coffers.

NickFazer

NickFazer
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Sammi Ameobi and James Henry should both improve us, and Posh fans weren't impressed to be losing Alnwick. So lets have a little optimism at least.

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
It's around this point that Nat usually steps in with a comment about negativity quickly followed by an assertion about us being ready to smash the league, leading into a diatribe about how lightweight and injury prone our ponces are. 

Nat may have multiple personality disorder but at least they have each other.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@terenceanne wrote:We are top of the table after beating 4 pub teams plus the Charlton draw.  Another pub team coming in this Saturday. On paper things are looking rosey at the moment but lets wait a few weeks before anointing ourselves champions. Just saying.

You really are a miserable bugger. Get off your arse and get to a game and perhaps you'd feel a bit more upbeat.

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@terenceanne wrote:Alright lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Nobody knows if these players are any use yet.

We are top of the table after beating 4 pub teams plus the Charlton draw.  Another pub team coming in this Saturday. On paper things are looking rosey at the moment but lets wait a few weeks before anointing ourselves champions. Just saying.

pub teams? You really are a plank

Guest


Guest
@Boggersbelief wrote:
@terenceanne wrote:Alright lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Nobody knows if these players are any use yet.

We are top of the table after beating 4 pub teams plus the Charlton draw.  Another pub team coming in this Saturday. On paper things are looking rosey at the moment but lets wait a few weeks before anointing ourselves champions. Just saying.

pub teams? You really are a plank

Was about to make the same post. Get real Terrence.

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Some peoples negativity is breath taking, the best thing we can do now is get down there in numbers and support the team.
If we can start getting good crowds and a feelgood vibe going the team will respond and money will start coming into the club again-it's win win

terenceanne

terenceanne
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
@Boggersbelief wrote:
@terenceanne wrote:Alright lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Nobody knows if these players are any use yet.

We are top of the table after beating 4 pub teams plus the Charlton draw.  Another pub team coming in this Saturday. On paper things are looking rosey at the moment but lets wait a few weeks before anointing ourselves champions. Just saying.

pub teams? You really are a plank

Aye Fleetwood are a top team packed with internationals ...probably explains why we were lucky to beat 'em.  And we won't mention the Everton under 23's the other night.
All I'm saying is wait till we have 10 games under our belt then judge were we are.  It's called common sense not happy clapping.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@terenceanne wrote:I'd be happy with a mid table finish

@terenceanne wrote:All I'm saying is wait till we have 10 games under our belt then judge where we are. It's called common sense not happy clapping.

Even if we lose our next 5 games we'll be mid table. Which you said you were happy with.

So you've changed your mind to suit your miserable argument.

Guest


Guest
@terenceanne wrote:
@Boggersbelief wrote:
@terenceanne wrote:Alright lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Nobody knows if these players are any use yet.

We are top of the table after beating 4 pub teams plus the Charlton draw.  Another pub team coming in this Saturday. On paper things are looking rosey at the moment but lets wait a few weeks before anointing ourselves champions. Just saying.

pub teams? You really are a plank

Aye Fleetwood are a top team packed with internationals ...probably explains why we were lucky to beat 'em.  And we won't mention the Everton under 23's the other night.
All I'm saying is wait till we have 10 games under our belt then judge were we are.  It's called common sense not happy clapping.

Yes because we're a top team packed with internationals so Fleetwood are a pub team by comparison?

Google Connor McLaughlin before you make your judgements anyway.

terenceanne

terenceanne
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
@terenceanne wrote:I'd be happy with a mid table finish

@terenceanne wrote:All I'm saying is wait till we have 10 games under our belt then judge where we are.  It's called common sense not happy clapping.

Even if we lose our next 5 games we'll be mid table. Which you said you were happy with.

So you've changed your mind to suit your miserable argument.

scratch
Isn't that what I just said?  if we are mid-table after 10 or 15 games or top of it....... you don't know yet.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@terenceanne wrote:

scratch
Isn't that what I just said?  if we are mid-table after 10 or 15 games or top of it....... you don't know yet.

We've played 5 games. If we lose the next 5 we'll be mid-table.

It's not rocket science.

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
I wouldn't say Sheffield United are a pub team either. We have beaten a team that are one of the favourites for the title, took a point away from home at another one of the teams expected to be up there and the other 3 teams are of the general standard of most of the teams in this league. 

Personally I think we've had a great start, better than anyone expected, and that fact should be celebrated. We've signed more new players in the last few months than I can remember in a very long time and the majority of them are quality additions so fuck off Terence, I'm going to get carried away and be a little excited and optimistic about the season ahead because quite frankly, we don't often get that opportunity. 

I'm going to enjoy it and hope it lasts. If it doesn't, it doesn't but fuck it, I'm going to live in the moment for a change. 

Pub teams. Honestly, do you know anything whatsoever about football?

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
@terenceanne wrote:We are top of the table after beating 4 pub teams plus the Charlton draw.  Another pub team coming in this Saturday. On paper things are looking rosey at the moment but lets wait a few weeks before anointing ourselves champions. Just saying.

You really are a miserable bugger. Get off your arse and get to a game and perhaps you'd feel a bit more upbeat.
Smile

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Bwfc1958 wrote:I wouldn't say Sheffield United are a pub team either. We have beaten a team that are one of the favourites for the title, took a point away from home at another one of the teams expected to be up there and the other 3 teams are of the general standard of most of the teams in this league. 

Personally I think we've had a great start, better than anyone expected, and that fact should be celebrated. We've signed more new players in the last few months than I can remember in a very long time and the majority of them are quality additions so fuck off Terence, I'm going to get carried away and be a little excited and optimistic about the season ahead because quite frankly, we don't often get that opportunity. 

I'm going to enjoy it and hope it lasts. If it doesn't, it doesn't but fuck it, I'm going to live in the moment for a change. 

Pub teams. Honestly, do you know anything whatsoever about football?
Good on you 58, enjoy it but keep a bit of realism because that's what will help you keep supporting when we hit any bumps in the road.
So I guess that's a fuck off terrence from me too
:COYW:

terenceanne

terenceanne
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
I would like to thank all of you for the intelligent and thoughtful debate.  Pros and cons were discussed, points of view, creative banter and well thought out responses........  now the only thing missing is to be called a "Bellend"

over to you Nat.

Wink

scottjames30

scottjames30
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@NickFazer wrote:Sammi Ameobi and James Henry should both improve us, and Posh fans weren't impressed to be losing Alnwick. So lets have a little optimism at least.

Agree, I was made up when those two came, things are looking good at the moment.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@terenceanne wrote:I would like to thank all of you for the intelligent and thoughtful debate.  Pros and cons were discussed, points of view, creative banter and well thought out responses........  now the only thing missing is to be called a "Bellend"

over to you Nat.

Wink

You're right Terence, you are a bellend.

terenceanne

terenceanne
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
@terenceanne wrote:I would like to thank all of you for the intelligent and thoughtful debate.  Pros and cons were discussed, points of view, creative banter and well thought out responses........  now the only thing missing is to be called a "Bellend"

over to you Nat.

Wink

You're right Terence, you are a bellend.

Thank you, I was beginning to worry for a minute that you had turned into a lightweight ponce with no bottle. cheers

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
We keep calling him Terance, but he's more likely to be Anne.

Bread2.0

Bread2.0
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
@Natasha Whittam wrote:We keep calling him Terance, but he's more likely to be Anne.

Boggers!

That, my son, is irony.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I don't get it.

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
He thinks you are behind the Boggers account also.

Duh!

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I'm going to rise above it for the good of the forum.

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@karlypants wrote:He thinks you are behind the Boggers account also.

Duh!

That's not what he meant kp

Bread2.0

Bread2.0
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
@karlypants wrote:He thinks you are behind the Boggers account also.

Duh!

Er.....no I don't.

Think about it.

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Looks like I jumped the gun there. :whistle::drwho:

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