Edinburgh content to be pleasing 99.9% of County faithful

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NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh believes all but a handful of Exiles supporters are happy with where the club are this season – and he’s invited his detractors to come and discuss their gripes.

The Exiles are six points off the League Two play-off spots and perhaps it’s little wonder that Edinburgh was somewhat aggrieved to again find himself answering questions about Newport’s recent run, having won one of their last 11 (albeit with four draws).

He was a little spiky in his media briefing, particularly during the broadcast part, but made clear he’s confident virtually all of Newport’s fans are content.

“There are reasons why things have happened as they have, reasons, not excuses,” he said. “We lost a lot of players, had to endure a lot of away games and then have had a difficult pitch and yes we want to be winning, but there are a lot of reasons for the situation we are in,” he said.

“We are six points off the play-offs and with some people, it’s been hard to please them this season.

“This time last year everyone would have snapped my hand off for the position we are in now going into the last two months of the season, but you can’t please everyone even though I don’t buy into the line of raising expectations.

“Our remit was to stay up and we are actually in a position where we can still make the play-offs and I don’t see a downside to that.

“It doesn’t bother me that certain people are unhappy with what we are doing, I am talking about facts when I detail where things haven’t been so good for us. Do I want the fans to be happy? Of course I do. But I think 99.9% of our fans are happy with where we are. I’m not worrying about the other 0.1%.

“I’m fed up with talking about where we are; soon I’m going to put up the shutters on the matter. If people are unhappy, they know where we play, they know where we train, my door is always open, come and see me and I’ll argue differently.

“I’m not offering excuses. If people think I am they are deluded. A handful of people are not enjoying it but the atmosphere on Tuesday night was brilliant. It was a great gesture from the club reducing the price and the fans responded.”

Edinburgh is also happy the controversy surrounding David Pipe and Mike Flynn is now in the past.

“The situation with David and Michael is clear, they’ve been fantastic, it’s not a decision I enjoyed doing but I’m employed by the football club to make these football decisions,” he said.

“I’ve never ever made a personal decision on one of my players and please God I never have to.

“They’ve both conducted themselves brilliantly while the situation is ongoing and I don’t expect anything else, they are both paid professionals. They are in a good position, a good occupation and even though I’m sorry about the decision I had to make.

“But you’ve seen no-one is frozen out and they’ve always got a chance of playing and being involved.”

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8:26am Sat 8 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Carry on the good work Justin and ignore the 0.1%. I wonder if we'll see Aaron Holloway given a run out soon ? I'd still like to see a front duo of Wilmott and Zebroski given a chance.
Carry on the good work Justin and ignore the 0.1%. I wonder if we'll see Aaron Holloway given a run out soon ? I'd still like to see a front duo of Wilmott and Zebroski given a chance. Adrian Williams
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9:53am Sat 8 Mar 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

There is little doubt that JE is an excellent manager and we wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for him. Surely, though, even he must admit that things have been going a bit pear-shaped of late. There's no point in sticking his head in the sand and pretending it ain't happening because everyone knows that it is. On the other side of the coin, any reasonable supporter should be happy enough that the objective of getting back into the 4th division and staying there has and will be achieved. Perhaps in the close season they really do need to sort out that pitch problem and get the right new faces in so County can make a sustainable assault for promotion next season.
There is little doubt that JE is an excellent manager and we wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for him. Surely, though, even he must admit that things have been going a bit pear-shaped of late. There's no point in sticking his head in the sand and pretending it ain't happening because everyone knows that it is. On the other side of the coin, any reasonable supporter should be happy enough that the objective of getting back into the 4th division and staying there has and will be achieved. Perhaps in the close season they really do need to sort out that pitch problem and get the right new faces in so County can make a sustainable assault for promotion next season. ex-St. Julians boy
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10:36am Sat 8 Mar 14

County Till I Die says...

He has admitted pear shaped but for a reason so you can't question him can you?
He has admitted pear shaped but for a reason so you can't question him can you? County Till I Die
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11:41am Sat 8 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

you cannot please everyone all the time is the famous moto.

i think anyone who is "HAVING A GO" is not having a go at the manager personally but expressing a concern on how the club is currently doing

they want to see the club be successful but most importantly even if the side lose , see the side go down fighting so the fans can say ah well
we may have lost but at least we gave as good as we got.

maybe too many games since the new year against lower league opposition has fallen into the category of "we lost to a team below us where was the passion and fighting spirit"

the recent 5 home games there would have been a well decent haul of 11 points from 15 with victories over cheltenham and wimbledon , but those loses dented what was an excellent win over oxford and draws with scunthorpe and fleetwood who are all in the top 7

i never knock the manager unless there is justification and recognise what a talent we are fortuante to have at the club.

good luck today !
you cannot please everyone all the time is the famous moto. i think anyone who is "HAVING A GO" is not having a go at the manager personally but expressing a concern on how the club is currently doing they want to see the club be successful but most importantly even if the side lose , see the side go down fighting so the fans can say ah well we may have lost but at least we gave as good as we got. maybe too many games since the new year against lower league opposition has fallen into the category of "we lost to a team below us where was the passion and fighting spirit" the recent 5 home games there would have been a well decent haul of 11 points from 15 with victories over cheltenham and wimbledon , but those loses dented what was an excellent win over oxford and draws with scunthorpe and fleetwood who are all in the top 7 i never knock the manager unless there is justification and recognise what a talent we are fortuante to have at the club. good luck today ! COUNTYVOICE
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12:09pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Lovely to see some sense prevail.
He has done a great job but he is not God.
There have been mistakes and ups and downs but I just hope the bully boys who call anyone who dares to query anything at all calling us muppets etc think twice before they make statements like that in the future.
We have all spent thousands over the years watching the boys and we are all entitled to an opinion.
Will be glued to BBC Text this afternoon keeping every thing crossed for a good result.
Lovely to see some sense prevail. He has done a great job but he is not God. There have been mistakes and ups and downs but I just hope the bully boys who call anyone who dares to query anything at all calling us muppets etc think twice before they make statements like that in the future. We have all spent thousands over the years watching the boys and we are all entitled to an opinion. Will be glued to BBC Text this afternoon keeping every thing crossed for a good result. Harps62
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12:53pm Sat 8 Mar 14

County Till I Die says...

Harps62 wrote:
Lovely to see some sense prevail.
He has done a great job but he is not God.
There have been mistakes and ups and downs but I just hope the bully boys who call anyone who dares to query anything at all calling us muppets etc think twice before they make statements like that in the future.
We have all spent thousands over the years watching the boys and we are all entitled to an opinion.
Will be glued to BBC Text this afternoon keeping every thing crossed for a good result.
God hasn't any experience at League 2 level, would you rather have Hudson, Holdsworth, Harris, Beadle or Cornforth?
[quote][p][bold]Harps62[/bold] wrote: Lovely to see some sense prevail. He has done a great job but he is not God. There have been mistakes and ups and downs but I just hope the bully boys who call anyone who dares to query anything at all calling us muppets etc think twice before they make statements like that in the future. We have all spent thousands over the years watching the boys and we are all entitled to an opinion. Will be glued to BBC Text this afternoon keeping every thing crossed for a good result.[/p][/quote]God hasn't any experience at League 2 level, would you rather have Hudson, Holdsworth, Harris, Beadle or Cornforth? County Till I Die
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1:21pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

None of them but you still don't get it do you?
Everyone is entitled to discuss how the season is panning out without being called I say it again " Morons & Muppets.
By the way I go back a lot lot further than those managers you just churned out.
None of them but you still don't get it do you? Everyone is entitled to discuss how the season is panning out without being called I say it again " Morons & Muppets. By the way I go back a lot lot further than those managers you just churned out. Harps62
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1:47pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Portugal96 says...

A good start to a football Saturday to open up the Net at 06.00 hrs and see "Words of Pearls" has been busy , so we can absorb the contents of his article over the first cup of tea of the day .
So this was young Justin E,s response to yesterdays article produced by Andrew P.
So the "Tiger" was woken at least that,s how it reads , I find the article more of a defensive statement rather than a progressive one , which I suggested in my comments yesterday we as a club should be , the article is built up in steps of history which is already well known to diligent supporters , also the use of words and attitude I think could have been more professional, "gripes" ,, "does not bother me" ,"I,m fed up" , "spiky attitude "..
I think also to start using historical stats s was not good , easy to calculate a 9% success rate was a little unwise .
Yes I repeat 99.9% ( lol now where did this figure come from which is now being banded about , yes by a comment contribution yesterday ) are very happy and have confidence in Justin E , , however in the interest of ALL , maybe to prevent such another "Storm in the tea cup " ( just finished drinking mine ) , we now have a full time professional press officer Tim Lane , that Tim and Justin E could produce periodically an article on the status "for the immediate and long term future " on behalf of the "Football Management" then it would not be required for Justin E to justify himself
or express his feelings in such a defensive way.
I am sure this would be a very practical move forward , you see we can all improve and learn at whatever stage of our profession we are..
John Hudman. .
A good start to a football Saturday to open up the Net at 06.00 hrs and see "Words of Pearls" has been busy , so we can absorb the contents of his article over the first cup of tea of the day . So this was young Justin E,s response to yesterdays article produced by Andrew P. So the "Tiger" was woken at least that,s how it reads , I find the article more of a defensive statement rather than a progressive one , which I suggested in my comments yesterday we as a club should be , the article is built up in steps of history which is already well known to diligent supporters , also the use of words and attitude I think could have been more professional, "gripes" ,, "does not bother me" ,"I,m fed up" , "spiky attitude ".. I think also to start using historical stats s was not good , easy to calculate a 9% success rate was a little unwise . Yes I repeat 99.9% ( lol now where did this figure come from which is now being banded about , yes by a comment contribution yesterday ) are very happy and have confidence in Justin E , , however in the interest of ALL , maybe to prevent such another "Storm in the tea cup " ( just finished drinking mine ) , we now have a full time professional press officer Tim Lane , that Tim and Justin E could produce periodically an article on the status "for the immediate and long term future " on behalf of the "Football Management" then it would not be required for Justin E to justify himself or express his feelings in such a defensive way. I am sure this would be a very practical move forward , you see we can all improve and learn at whatever stage of our profession we are.. John Hudman. . Portugal96
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2:35pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Portugal96 wrote:
A good start to a football Saturday to open up the Net at 06.00 hrs and see "Words of Pearls" has been busy , so we can absorb the contents of his article over the first cup of tea of the day .
So this was young Justin E,s response to yesterdays article produced by Andrew P.
So the "Tiger" was woken at least that,s how it reads , I find the article more of a defensive statement rather than a progressive one , which I suggested in my comments yesterday we as a club should be , the article is built up in steps of history which is already well known to diligent supporters , also the use of words and attitude I think could have been more professional, "gripes" ,, "does not bother me" ,"I,m fed up" , "spiky attitude "..
I think also to start using historical stats s was not good , easy to calculate a 9% success rate was a little unwise .
Yes I repeat 99.9% ( lol now where did this figure come from which is now being banded about , yes by a comment contribution yesterday ) are very happy and have confidence in Justin E , , however in the interest of ALL , maybe to prevent such another "Storm in the tea cup " ( just finished drinking mine ) , we now have a full time professional press officer Tim Lane , that Tim and Justin E could produce periodically an article on the status "for the immediate and long term future " on behalf of the "Football Management" then it would not be required for Justin E to justify himself
or express his feelings in such a defensive way.
I am sure this would be a very practical move forward , you see we can all improve and learn at whatever stage of our profession we are..
John Hudman. .
Just a superb comment.
That's all I can say apart from 25 minutes to go!!
[quote][p][bold]Portugal96[/bold] wrote: A good start to a football Saturday to open up the Net at 06.00 hrs and see "Words of Pearls" has been busy , so we can absorb the contents of his article over the first cup of tea of the day . So this was young Justin E,s response to yesterdays article produced by Andrew P. So the "Tiger" was woken at least that,s how it reads , I find the article more of a defensive statement rather than a progressive one , which I suggested in my comments yesterday we as a club should be , the article is built up in steps of history which is already well known to diligent supporters , also the use of words and attitude I think could have been more professional, "gripes" ,, "does not bother me" ,"I,m fed up" , "spiky attitude ".. I think also to start using historical stats s was not good , easy to calculate a 9% success rate was a little unwise . Yes I repeat 99.9% ( lol now where did this figure come from which is now being banded about , yes by a comment contribution yesterday ) are very happy and have confidence in Justin E , , however in the interest of ALL , maybe to prevent such another "Storm in the tea cup " ( just finished drinking mine ) , we now have a full time professional press officer Tim Lane , that Tim and Justin E could produce periodically an article on the status "for the immediate and long term future " on behalf of the "Football Management" then it would not be required for Justin E to justify himself or express his feelings in such a defensive way. I am sure this would be a very practical move forward , you see we can all improve and learn at whatever stage of our profession we are.. John Hudman. .[/p][/quote]Just a superb comment. That's all I can say apart from 25 minutes to go!! Harps62
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2:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

county till i die has it in for you doesnt he harps? :-) ignore him
county till i die has it in for you doesnt he harps? :-) ignore him COUNTYVOICE
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3:18pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Tthanks County Voice
Back to the BBC Text Commentary.
Everything crossed
Tthanks County Voice Back to the BBC Text Commentary. Everything crossed Harps62
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10:05pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Blue Water Wonderland says...

Maybe he needs to run back over all the previous statements he gave to the Argus about his expectations, what he believed the team should achieve and what would happen to players if they didn't perform.

I'm looking at the crowd figures now and I must say they are not impressive especially when you have to lower the price to get more people through the gate. Looks like far more than 0.1% are dissatisfied.

In all honesty I have never watched a game as I live in Australia but I have read all the reports and views video footage. Over a season no team has that much 'bad luck' in losing and drawing games. The team just isn't good enough. To get out of this division you can't 'hoof' the ball up field. You need to play "football' like we did many years ago when we gained promotion out of the 4th division.

As for selling a player to a team in the division you are trying to get into. Well what can one say....lol.
Maybe he needs to run back over all the previous statements he gave to the Argus about his expectations, what he believed the team should achieve and what would happen to players if they didn't perform. I'm looking at the crowd figures now and I must say they are not impressive especially when you have to lower the price to get more people through the gate. Looks like far more than 0.1% are dissatisfied. In all honesty I have never watched a game as I live in Australia but I have read all the reports and views video footage. Over a season no team has that much 'bad luck' in losing and drawing games. The team just isn't good enough. To get out of this division you can't 'hoof' the ball up field. You need to play "football' like we did many years ago when we gained promotion out of the 4th division. As for selling a player to a team in the division you are trying to get into. Well what can one say....lol. Blue Water Wonderland
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12:35am Sun 9 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

So a few days ago, anyone who could not see that the pitch was at fault for us not beating Fleetwood was foolish. Today, anyone thinking that he is making excuses is deluded. Good PR.........NOT.

When we were 2-0 to the good and cruising at Kidderminster a couple of seasons ago and he made a tactical defensive substitution with about 10 minutes left causing us to lose the game, it was due to some of the younger players needing to realise that they must step up to the plate.

I wish that he would occasionally put his hands up and say "Sorry Guys, my bad", but that never happens.

After the games on December 14th, we were in fourth place, three points behind the leaders Oxford and fifteen points above the lowest team not in a relegation position.

After today's games, we are eighteen points behind the leaders and just four points above the lowest team not in a relegation position.

Perhaps more worrying, Northampton who are currently in a relegation place lie sixth in the current form tables whereas County are nineteenth.

I find it extremely difficult to believe that 99.9% of County supporters are happy with this situation.
So a few days ago, anyone who could not see that the pitch was at fault for us not beating Fleetwood was foolish. Today, anyone thinking that he is making excuses is deluded. Good PR.........NOT. When we were 2-0 to the good and cruising at Kidderminster a couple of seasons ago and he made a tactical defensive substitution with about 10 minutes left causing us to lose the game, it was due to some of the younger players needing to realise that they must step up to the plate. I wish that he would occasionally put his hands up and say "Sorry Guys, my bad", but that never happens. After the games on December 14th, we were in fourth place, three points behind the leaders Oxford and fifteen points above the lowest team not in a relegation position. After today's games, we are eighteen points behind the leaders and just four points above the lowest team not in a relegation position. Perhaps more worrying, Northampton who are currently in a relegation place lie sixth in the current form tables whereas County are nineteenth. I find it extremely difficult to believe that 99.9% of County supporters are happy with this situation. JimMachen
  • Score: 2

11:03am Mon 10 Mar 14

County Till I Die says...

COUNTYVOICE wrote:
county till i die has it in for you doesnt he harps? :-) ignore him
He can't though can he?
[quote][p][bold]COUNTYVOICE[/bold] wrote: county till i die has it in for you doesnt he harps? :-) ignore him[/p][/quote]He can't though can he? County Till I Die
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