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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
8%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
9%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
32%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
25%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
26%
  



Spandex Sidney 9:49 Wed Feb 17
Well done Lou Macari!
Clearly a top fella

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1yNNxC7w0C1Dgc3vjZNtY9Y/the-former-footballer-who-set-up-a-homeless-shelter-i-thought-surely-we-can-do-better-than-this

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Athletico Easthamico 1:20 Sun Feb 21
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Lou was undermined by wankers like Tony Gale who didn't like being told a few home truths.

normannomates 3:47 Fri Feb 19
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Gaffa 11.29
Quality that

normannomates 3:46 Fri Feb 19
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Peter Sellers 'BEING THERE' is as good as it fookin gets.
He was a fuck up.. but a glorious one

Alex Bunbury 11:51 Thu Feb 18
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
..cari put a lot of noses out of joint by trying to change things to quickly.

Alex Bunbury 11:50 Thu Feb 18
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
The impression I got was that life had got too cosy for a lot of the players under John Lyall and that Ma

bruuuno 11:42 Thu Feb 18
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
I don’t think he really got a chance and there were elements that were against him from the outset, due to his non wh links and his dodginess

Gaffa 11:29 Thu Feb 18
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
I sent Lou Macari a letter, offering my condolences on the death of his son who committed suicide back in 1999. I also referenced his short spell as our manager and the excellent signings who became the backbone of our team for years afterwards. To my surprise, he replied, thanking me for taking the time to write and for my comments on his signings; he wished he hadn’t resigned back in February 1990.

A good man.....

Spandex Sidney 3:40 Thu Feb 18
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
I'm not sure he can be judged effectively as a manager over 38 games. If you feel he can his win percentage was 36.84%

Personally I have fond memories, if for nothing other than bringing those players to the club that became the backbone of our promotion winning team

Either way, good on the fella

Alfs 4:05 Thu Feb 18
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
On the advice of Sir Alf I watched Marvellous, a gorgeous film in which Macari appears. If half is true of how he's depicted I have to admit that I really misjudged the man.

Stoke City fans too. They truly took this guy to their hearts.

Toby Jones's character is very reminiscent of Forrest Gump or Chance the gardener in Being There. What's remarkable is this one is based on a true story.

I thoroughly recommend it. You'll find it on Amazon.

Dagenhammer 10:54 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Agree a great story, Macari is more than a one hit wonder when it comes to this sort of thing, does seem to have his heart in the right place.

I am sure he was also pivotal in helping the lad with learning difficulties who was boot boy or kit man at Stoke. There was a great film called Marvellous all about it with Toby Jones.

southbankbornnbred 10:41 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Chim,

;-))

Vexed 9:36 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
I heard he's got a secret bet that most of those homeless will die soon.

chim chim cha boo 9:33 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Dumped out of a cup by a minnow like Torquay?

Thank fuck we learned our lessons from that and were never on the other end of a cup upset ever again, eh?

southbankbornnbred 8:37 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
We also got dumped out of the cup by Torquay.

Torquay.

southbankbornnbred 8:35 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
To reiterate, we were 10th in the Championship when we parted company with Macari.

The 30th best team in the country.

Forgive me if I don't remember him too fondly.

southbankbornnbred 8:30 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Hmm, a few rose-tinted specs when it comes to Macari.

He's obviously a half-decent fella. But he was a quite poor football manager - we were awful under him at times. Sure, he made some excellent signings. But the fact that he was not a great manager is highlighted by what happened to his career when he left West Ham.

He didn't exactly rip up any trees anywhere else. Had one decent season at Stoke in the lower leagues. He was poor everywhere else, including stints at Celtic, Birmingham, Stoke (again) and Huddersfield.

Had he been that talented a manager, he'd have got it right somewhere else (other than cheating Swindon, who were paying massively and illegally through the nose - Macari says unbeknown to him - in the lower leagues).

He's obviously a half-decent fella - as his anti-homeless initiatives show. And he clearly has an eye for a good player. Sounds like he would have been a better chief scout than a manager.

But he would not have been a better manager than Bonds or Redknapp had we kept him. People might not like Harry's wheeler-dealer style and made-up nonsense about his overthrow of Billy, but he was a significantly better manager than Macari - and he proved it at several clubs.

chim chim cha boo 8:10 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
I remember being excited at his appointment too. I can't remember who said it but one of the players back then complained to the newspapers about all the running training they had to do.

God forbid our sometimes very pub-team-ish club had to run around a bit. Maybe if he'd stayed a bit longer I wouldn't have to had endured (with notable exceptions) the following 30 years of a great day out marred by 90 minutes of football?

Spandex Sidney 7:58 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Honestly judging the man's life on a naughty bet he placed 35 years ago when he's now doing things like this just makes you look like a cunt. But we aren't short of them on here.

First manager that had no West Ham connections, I remember being excited at the prospect and disappointed when he left but I was only 17 at the time and I'm nearly 49 now.

Looking it up, it's actually 31 years to the day tomorrow that he left us. Didn't have long to show us what he had but surely we must love him for signing Ludo, Martin Allen and Mr and Mrs Morley-Bishop?

Top bloke and this has gone under the radar as he opened up this homeless place 5 years ago

Hammer-ed 6:02 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
Have respect for the guy ever since his son killed himself when Notts Forest released from his youth contract over 20 years, thinking that he was a failure!

normannomates 1:08 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!

Is Gank tettering on a the plank?
Is spotter Gank?
is Gank having a Dump at spotters expense?

Fook news is metalwork on a Friday afternoon.

normannomates 12:58 Wed Feb 17
Re: Well done Lou Macari!
VEXED 12.13.
GISSA JOB.

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