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Well, the new footy season is in full swing, with one managerial casualty already. When it was announced that Neil McDonald had been sacked as manager of Carlisle, especially after their 1-1 draw with us, I nearly spit out my brew.
I mean, just because they couldn`t beat Walsall they have to sack their manager even though it was only the first game. What are they trying to say - we are that bad, they have to dismiss their manager when his team draws with us. Charming!!
I wasn`t as disappointed as the Carlisle board to hear the result from Saturday (obviously), but I wish we had put up more of a fight in the first half to have eventually won the game. It`s like when you go to a MacDonald`s (bare with me, it gets better), you order a full fat meal, but you still ask for a diet coke. Why? Why not have a full fat one?
It`s the same with Walsall, we should`ve tried harder in the first half of the match, as we could be in for the England Syndrome - a condition when a team only plays 45 minutes. If we get into this habit, then we will be in for a very, very long winter (although with the weather being like it has isn`t it going to be a long winter anyway?). I wasn`t at the match, but I could tell from the Villa performance that we were going to have problems. I mean, when some of the current squad can actually say they didn`t have studs in their day, you can understand when you come up against a pacey team, your in a bit of a muddle.
Finally this week, I keep hearing rumours that Darren Byfield is on his way to Walsall after being told he is not in the Millwall side and is considering his future. Look, I think I can safely say there would be more chance of chickens discovering a way of time travel to the year 300746 million than Byfield putting on a white Saddlers shirt this season or at anytime in the future. So on that note, expect him to sign for us next week!



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Writer:Saddler 13
Date:Wednesday August 15 2007
Time: 1:00AM

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