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Swindon are set to name Paolo di Canio as their new manager. Nothing else matters.
Inexplicably feels the need to rule out joining United, City or Chelsea
explains a lot.
sevilla, valencia, at.madrid, palermo, napoli etc
He's a decent player, but he's been massively coasting for the past couple of years and failed to develop. Shame, because he looked a great prospect a few years ago.
i'd guess the only reason he's not got capped by Brazil yet is that they've got Felipe Melo and Sandro in reserve, both of whom are fantastic players
hopefully get 5M+ for him. Now we just need to fob off rosicky, clichy and possibly bendtner and arsh and we'll be on the right track.
I'd be really surprised if Rosicky and Bendtner are still there next year.
but id be happy with 5.
For this squad to be competitive we need to get rid of all the passengers. too many players were happy to come in and 'do a job' when they got a chance, as opposed to actually contribute, rosicky and denilson being the main culprits for me. its a shame bendtner hasnt kicked on cos he'll score a shedload of goals for someone but ah well, hes wasted out on the right. i wanna see clichy replaced, definite weak link in the first team.
To summarise... playoff final tickets acquired, potential classic, Brandon bloody Rogers.
He ran away from Watford, 6 months after they'd him his first job in senior management. Not that he was doing too well there either, mind, so probably for the best. You have to wonder, why has he done so well at Swansea when he looked completely out of his depth at both Watford and Reading? I read something a few months back about him having the right players at Swansea for his preferred system, whereas he didn't at the previous two clubs, but surely part of being a great manager is adjusting the system to fit the players, not the other way round. Unless by 'the right players' the article meant 'better players', and by 'his preferred system' it meant 'he's a crap manager'. Yeah, I hope Swansea get stuffed.
Hope Reading win. Then, if Wolves go down, they can bring back Doyle, Hunt and Hanhemann and rebuild the team from last time they were in the Prem.
we should also bring back Sidwell, Shorey, Little and Convey if we want to go the whole hog.
isn't Glen Little dead? And Convey blind? Sidders would be a great signing though, poor Sidders.
When they left I was convinced Sidwell and Shorey would make great signings for any Prem club outside the top 4, turns out they're both utter gash without Coppell :D
Subs: Stack, Gunnarsson, Hunt, Oster, Lita
truly epitomises a team that is greater than the sum of it's parts, other than (arguably) Doyle not one of them has gone onto bigger and better things
I think the Reading team he inherited was definitely one in transition- we'd just lost many senior players as we couldn't afford wages.
His preferred system is something we heard about at Reading- he went all out to try and get Tommy Smith (then at Watford) who ended up at Portsmouth- and it seemed to be a common thing for a while that we lacked a player to act as a link-man between midfield and the forwards. I'm not sure if Madejski would have forked out to have Sinclair and Borini on loan.
With McDermott there's certainly a feeling that there's a strong team ethic, with players performing to potential- such as Shane Long and Kebe. Shaun Cummings, who looked woeful in the Rodgers days, has come on leaps and bounds too.
cheapest tickets possible ftw!
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Inter or Real Madrid i guess would be the most likely destinations.
for the "name you get most sick of hearing during transfer window" award.
Even more boring for the neutral this time round though, because his club has infinite money to replace him, not even including the endless millions his transfer would recoup.
that having infinte money does not mean you can just replace someone with ease. Even after buying Dzeko and Balotelli and having Adebayor aswell they struggle to score without Tevez.
fabregas' departure would be just as big a blow for arsenal though wouldn't it?
i'd feel a lot better losing fab this season than last. nasri showed earlier in the season that hes capable of playing in the middle and doing very well. plus the emergence of wilshere and the return of ramsey, along with song and diaby as options. if an offer of 40M+ came in id really hope the board would at least think hard about it. Fab had a pretty wretched season by his own very high standards.
please note: this is not a 'fabregas out!' post
im very happy with him as a squad player. his main problem is getting injured every 3 games, not his ability.
overturning a two goal deficit against Stevenage. would have adored to be there. the feeling of being in their terrace during their (potential) 3 goal comeback would be up there with the best.
Coleman has been a great servant to the club and deserves all the plaudits he would receive.
pretty much dragged them up by the collar and sorted them out single-handedly, to the backdrop of a dreadful financial situation.
there's so much riding on this game. fingers crossed not too much!
You sicken even me.
Always inflates a player's value.
i've just text 'aboynamedgoo'
so it must be true
Enjoy your sole season in the Premier League, QPR.
I'd rather bring some talent and potential up than getting some mercenary crocks (Keane, Cole, all that other shite we've been linked to)
I just think, if Danny Graham's the sort of standard Warnock's after, you're going to have to rely on Taarabt even more than you did this year to prevent it turning into a long and difficult season. He's a decent Championship player, but I really, really can't see him ever being anything more than that.
from an outside perspective, there was maybe a perception you'd spend to establish yourselves in the league, but seemingly that's not the case.
One of the reasons we relied on Adel a lot was because our strikers had barn door-banjo interaction difficulties. We create a lot of chances, and yeah it's a step up, but he's the kind of playerI think would do well for us.
Yeah I'd love us to sign some big names, but tbh I trust Warnock. Last year he signed Mackie, Derry and Hill and all the fans were like WTF. And then those 3 players were instrumental in getting us up
As long as we're down in a secure financial position I'm fine with it. The horror show of that cunt Wilkins and the then board getting us in such a mess 15 years ago is still fresh in my memory. Paying the likes of Keane / Cole £80 grand a week would just be utter madness. Want no repeat of that thanks very much.
That is all
Wolves, Wigan and Blackpool to win tomorrow please.
but i'd like blackburn to go down after the last fifteen minutes of their 'performance' against us last weekend.
...but the final round of games are all on Sunday.
Can all footballers delete their Twitter accounts please?
wants his players to 'read a book' instead. :D
for him handing a transfer request in to be front page news?
He's hardly played this time round and when I have seen him he's been wank.
Nasri, Wilshere, Van Persie, Walcott, Szczesny maybe.
Nasri had a really good few months and then faded badly, but fair enough, Bale didn't do any different. I can't say I've ever seen Wojciescezezshny do anything which suggests he's as awesome a prospect as people make out, but fair play to him for breaking into the first team. Not that he's been up against the fiercest of competition.
but when he plays the team seems to play better (excepting the last few weeks when everyones been total dogshit regardless of who's on the pitch). he stretches teams and leaves more space in the centre, plus he links really well with sagna. think hes more important to us than people credit, and if we can have him fit all season then he can have a big impact, though i find myself saying that for so many of our players so w/e (see also: rvp, diaby, fabregas, etc.)
They couldn't cope with his pace in the first leg at all.
Wilshere and Szczesny have broken into the first team and looked totally at home, Sagna's been the best right-back in the country and Van Persie's been lethal since returning.
There's plenty of work needed in the transfer market and on the training ground, but people shouldn't mistake this for a bad team on the evidence of the last 2 months, shitty as they've been.
stuff on sky sports news about ronaldo going to city for 73 trillion?
Who are the 4 who aren't do you reckon?
Blackpool for sure
Then after that it's tricky. Maybe Everton? I think Arsenal were ok until this season but now might be? Erm... Fulham?
It's clearly written by people who actively detest that so many of their pages are dedicated to football.
Erm, depends what they count as debt. Not too clued up on other club's finances, but I thought Arsenal were in debt, just very easily serviced debt. If Fulham aren't 'in debt' by the standard they're using, it's unlikely Chelsea are- both pretty much bankrolled.
So they are still in debt, it's just sustained by the owners.
allegedly not in debt. Regardless, that Guardian report isn't completely accurate. Chelsea Football Club do not have any debt; the holding company which owns them does. The summary section is either willfully misleading or just poorly informed- if anything, you'd expect the increased commercial revenue of winning a title to kick-in after the title win itself and Chelsea will, initially at least, have absolutely no problem complying with the Fair Play regulations.
I don't know enough about the other clubs, but I can imagine they've got stuff wrong there, too.
Wolves are actually the only team in the PL without debt (and with money 'in the bank'), but there are four teams which did not make losses last year: Wolves, West Brom, Birmingham, and Arsenal. Arsenal only made a profit from the sale of Highbury to property developers.
Take out the Highbury sales and that translates into a £100m loss. I wouldn't expect next year's results to be a disaster, but seeing as the 6.5% price rise probably only equates to an extra £5m-£10m income, I won't be expecting us to spend a fortune on transfers this summer.
Did you see the close ups in the pre-match chit-chat? It looks so awful
the fact the stanley have got to where they are with their resources is amazing. let's have a jimmy ryan hat-trick now plz.
And still the ultras are going for it. Good old Stanley.