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Postbag: calm in the eye of the storm
24 February 2011
This postbag is a little haven of calm. We are receiving letters about the dismissal of Neil Woods, and we will publish them early next week, so if you have any thoughts on the issue, please send them to email@example.com.
In the meantime, here are three letters on other subjects, more or less.
The imperfections of Neil Woods and Micky Cummins
Sorry but I can't let the reference of Woods to Cummins in the 15th February Diary go without comment.
He says Cummins has been "our best player for a long period of time this year". Sorry Neil, is that the same Cummins who has been in and out of the team (on form as well as fitness), who you have invested in Sinclair, Hughes, Wright and others to carry/replace, and who, in the admittedly small selection of games I've seen this season, has been completely shit?
How does he think Connell/Croudson/Atkinson/Wood will feel about said comment? Luckily, none of those four strike me as the huffy premiershite type player who is likely to take offence and get his agent to manufacture a move elsewhere as their manager doesn't think they are better than his ageing and overweight midfield "maestro".
Do I sense some Cameron type spin to try and persuade Fenty to give Mr Cummins the contract which I referred to in my e mail about the Chasetown game a while back? Or is it spin to make Cummins look good so someone else can sign him?
Either way, Neil is way off the mark this time. Don't get me wrong, I've no desire to see someone with a family etc out of work, but we've had too many anonymous journeymen like Cummins in our side for far too long, and I'm surprised that Woods describes him as he does in the Telegraph article referred to. Id much rather see Mr Thanoj given a chance than someone who is, let's be honest, in the twilight of their career and looking for one last contract to see them off into the sunset. How many times have we had players like that over the years?
How many times have young lads like Thanoj been allowed to drift out of the game without really being given a chance?
Come on Neil, get serious.
from Christopher Beeley
Letters Ed responds: Hmm, perhaps that one has been overtaken by events.
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from Margaret Pearson
Letters Ed responds: Thanks Margaret. Tell us more; one of the occasional discussions we have in CA Towers is how many apparently Grimmo words are also found elsewhere. Perhaps some of your students from elsewhere can help us throw light on this important area of linguistic research?
Living like a refugee
I write to all the people at Grimsby who heard about me. I wanted to come and play at your Blundell very badly. When I was a boy in the barrio I did not hear of Grimsby, only Manchester so I dreamed not of Grimsby then. But, here in the immigration centre I am. If you can help me I will come and show you. I have the midfield. My brother says my engine is very good. I saw a place from the boat but the fat man said not Grimsby but Mabelgrad. I like Mabelgrad but I want Grimsby. Still I will dream.
from D'Wayne Fandango
Letters Ed responds: We know those of you who were following D'Wayne's progress in our transfer deadline day special Diary of 31 January will be relieved to learn that D'Wayne made shore safely, even as you learn of his current plight. Write to us, and we'll forward your pleas on his behalf to the Home Office.