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Malky Mackay's favourite to replace him apparently, which doesn't seem like an upgrade. Think it's bad news for every manager from Southampton down, as the slightest patch of bad form is going to conjure up the spectre of the baseball-capped messiah.
0.3 points per game under Holloway to 1.5 under Pulis.
21 goals conceded in 12 under Holloway to 22 conceded in 24 under Pulis.
And so on. Even Moyes didn't have that kind of impact.
Football season is officially here
when holloway left he was on the radio sounding heartbroken, despite form under holloway not being that good. now he's sacked someone who was doing an excellent job. is he known for being abrasive/alienating? i don't know anything about him
Parish isn't our only owner, he owns 25% of the club with three others, all Palace fans we bought us when no one else would and we were hours away from liquidation. Under them we've gone from being in the verge of having no club, or being in League One, not owning our ground, to being financially secure, in the Premier League and owning our ground and training ground. To do that in four years is remarkable. So for that I'm grateful and will give him the benefit of the doubt.
So far, in the long term he has been proved right with every decision he has made.
If Pulis was demanding we spend big money and big wages on Stoke-esque players, then so be it. We've been in administration twice before and I'd rather have a club.
I'll be forever grateful for what Pulis did, he was great and motivating the team and doing what he did. But, I'd support Parish on this.
He wasn't exactly operating under a tight budget at Cardiff so it'll be interesting to see how he does adjust if they hire him.
I can't see McKay fills me with confidence, but we've already got Moody so its probably likely. Cardiff seemed to be doing okay under McKay, it's only once he left that they turned rubbish.
Also, we've not got Vincent Tan.
Pulis' impact last season was incredible, but he took a lot of cajoling to come in the first place. Pulis also fucking loves spunking the cash on total dross. If the club went thanks but no thanks, more power to them.
If Mackay comes in I think they'll still stay up. Might struggle otherwise
I'm grateful for what he did though.
on giving captaincy to players who are just as likely to be on the bench as in the starting 11? i think it's a bit weird
Bit daft always having your captain constantly on the bench/in the reserves.
whoever can write the most engaging "captain's column" piece for the matchday programme, imho
Rather than just trotting out the standard issue dirge. "We won last week, so we want to push on and maintain that form/we lost last week so it's important we bounce back". Even Brentdan's notes are always hopelessly beige.
ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY!ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY!ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY!ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY!
He'd be a good one
I'd say the role of captain has more importance off the pitch (with helping new players settle and being the leader in the dressing room) than on it (where any "natural" leaders/strong personalities will come through, armband or not).
So long as they don't insist on elbowing everyone out of the way to lift a trophy, I'd imagine a club captain who plays occasionally can be a very important influence on a side.
and he's lucky to get on the bench nowadays, let alone in the starting lineuop. think he might be "club captain" or some bollocks though, used to have a separate "club captain" and "team captain" to cover for this sort of eventuality. i think it's alright though cos Kev is a total Brentford legend < 3
Pulis for Norwich, can't get any worse
All he needs to do is wait for the first chairman of a bottom half club to panic and he can name is own price. If I were him I'd buy a season ticket for right behind where Allardyce sits and give him the Gunnersaurus death stare.
counting down the days and hours and then just when it's almost over Pulis gets installed on a contract until 2020.
but thanks for the put down anyway
I don't think i've ever noticed Chris Hughton in that picture before
Does Pulis count as the first manager to go? Because the season hasn't really started yet.
Yours, on tenterhooks
for the season, and all other domestic leagues have started, so arguably yes?
We need a ruling.
Nigel Pearson labels the person who leaked the Cambiasso to Leicester (!) story as a "balloon head".
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) to Real Madrid
Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) to Leicester
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) to Southampton
Nick Powell (Man Utd) to Nottingham Forest
Wilfried Zaha (Man Utd) to QPR
Ross Barkley (Everton) to Chelsea
John Stones (Everton) to Chelsea
Petr Cech (Chelsea) to Real Madrid, PSG or Monaco
Michael Dawson (Spurs) to Hull
Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge) to Sunderland
Esteban Cambiasso (free agent, formerly Inter) to Leicester
Davide Santon (Newcastle) to Fiorentina
Stefan Savic (Man City) to Bayern Munich
Kostas Manolas (Olympiacos) to Man Utd or Bayern Munich
Benedikt Howedes (Schalke) to Arsenal
Stefan Savic (Fiorentina) to Bayern Munich
can someone tell me exactly why Pulis has gone literally the day before the season starts?
Football is fucking MAD. Imagine working somewhere where you might get fired at any moment for literally anything, not being able to control your staff (them having their own staff?!), no idea who your bosses are, being able to just quit because your tea is cold, etc etc etc. Sometime I have no idea why I watch it?
Political upheaval in Brazil? "shut up it's Spain v Netherlands!".
World cup in Russia? "AND? RONALDO is there!"
I can see myself watching the World Cup in Qatar and enjoying it. Am I am football drugs or something? So much internal conflict. Anyway, I ask you this:
What would it take for you to say, "You know what lads, I've had enough. See you later.", and never watch it again.
and relocate to another city. Like if Liverpool moved to Kent and became the 'Essex Liverbirds' or something.
waiting out Allardyce's contract, counting down the days and hours and then just when it's almost over Pulis gets installed on a contract until 2020.
There were moments in the World Cup that looked intensely dodgy (Brazil's progress to the semi-finals, mostly) but there was enough reasonable doubt for it not to be a concern, but I hate to think what the next two World Cups will look like.
I love watching cycling and athletics, the whole time thinking everyone is on drugs (even Usain Bolt) but it doesn't stop me.
I honestly can't think of a reason to make me stop. Not even if Hitler was running the show and murdering entire teams for losing games, I'd still be there.
Mostly thinking of the South Koreans.
Seems a bit weird to bodge Neymar n pals all the way to the semis and then allow them to get absolutely crucified by central Europeans, but maybe by then even the Illuminati were getting heartily sick of them.
just turned out the ref was pretty rich afterwards and was a bit of shady fucker.
Matchfixing all over the place. Sometimes it was like they werent even trying to hide it.
and think it's a disgrace that it was awarded there, but I'm pretty sure it'll be fucking brilliant entertainment if it does go ahead.
surely Russia is pretty ridiculous too atm?
It'll be part of the opening ceremony.
have absolutely no idea who he is, but i have decided he is the new Iniesta and is going to rip Bournemouth to shreds tomorrow*
(*assuming he plays, which he probably won't as he only signed today)
so like in america you can have almost instant HD video highlights once the game has finished. Only last season were Southend finally able to post youtube highlights - and they can only go up a day later.
No one really wants to watch vines or dodgy youtube captures.
FOOTBALL SUPPORTER: hello, Sky Television? I'd like to pay as much as it costs to get all the football on my telly please.
SKY LADY: certainly, sir, that will be-
FS: no no no, I don't want to know how much it costs.
SL: you are a good man. Let me out you on hold for just a second...
FS: *sigh* fine...
*FS checks his twitter. A friend has SHARED a vine of a goal*
FS: wowee zowee
SL: hello, sir, I'm ready to take your card payment now
FS: no thanks, I don't think I'll be needing it, I live illegally now
SL: *sigh* fine...
*SL hangs up the phone. Her BOSS appears*
BOSS: Hannah you're not meeting your targets and you are FIRED
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA hahah ahaha aha aha ah...AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.....Ah....AHOOOO....AH...ah...ahaha....aha...AAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAH OH GOD
Didn't know Smee was a Spurs fan
had to endure his shit needy spurs fan bants week in week out for months, fucking showing me joke texts from his cousin that didn't even make any sense
We're using the same league from last season, yes?
You can grind us into the dust all you want, but bants are bulletproof.
It made me re-register my details for some reason. I demand the right to finish in mid-table anonymity again.
I think it hates me.
Is it only available to admin or summat?
I assume only the person who set it up can see it? bit off if so.
Who set up the league?
here ya go
170,000 people bought tickets but didn't turn up at Arsenal last season.
Quite a lot.
were empty for probably a third of the games. And often they would turn up about twenty minutes in. Poor.
when I see empty seats on the telly as there's loads of people local to the stadium (ie me) who would go if it wasn't so expensive.
Nicklas Bendtner will be wearing shirt number 3 for Wolfsburg.
Brentford's owner has a habit of posting cryptic clues on twitter about players we're signing. he's just posted one which links to a video by I'm From Barcelona. guess we are signing Messi then? think he'll do well in the championship.
He seems nice. Please be aware that I now consider him to be my historical boyfriend (though he still lives)
Declare your non-standard allegiances for the season below if you want...
With Podolski, Mertesacker, Arteta and Cazorla they have the foundations for a great bunch of lads.
if he is rated higher than his opposite number in a match (score taken from the home city's local newspaper each time) then that's 3 points and a win. same score, 1 point. lower (unthinkable) that's a loss. go deandre.
every time Alexis 'Alexis' Sanchez pulls up his shorts to reveal his strangely hairless thighs.
My word, that *is* a non-standard allegiance
as much as I watch the trials and tribulations of Shinji Kagawa with sadness. I just want everything to be ok for him.
Dreamy, Spanish, fastest player in Arsenal's history (recently broke Theo Walcott's 40m sprint record), named Hector. What's not to love?
gonna try and get to a game or two at the britannia, easy to get to ont' train
Try this: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/15/small-talk-michael-owen
he's got this boring chester tosser character nailed
"All the films I’ve seen were when I went training with clubs, when I was about 12 and my dad wanted me to visit Arsenal or [Manchester] United or whoever wanted to sign me at the time"
he said, nonchalantly.
"Aintree or Anfield? Anfield, definitely. Aintree’s more jump-based and I focus my attention on the flat."
"Have you got a bit of a collection? A little one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a conoisseur. I’m not Sir Alex Ferguson."
"I think I’ve seen about five in my life. I just can’t get into them. I do try – someone will say, ‘Watch this film, it’s great,’ and I’ll try but after half an hour, 40 minutes I can’t take it any longer."
That's funny Michael, as that's just about as long as a person can stand to listen to your commentary.
Is it that bloke who can put like 50 clothes pegs on his face?
I literally actually think he's referring to a gentle buzzing sound in his head. Let's call it his 'inner monologue'.
it's impossible to get through this article in one go
Just to be safe.
Sharp in, a very promising defender in Cooper, and Agard (who seems to be exactly what we need). Literally don't know what it's like to be excited by signings in my adult life. YESSSS.
*we're still gonna go through about 3 or 4 nobody managers, and generally be pretty shite, like. But a good manager could do good things with this team.
You need to lose about 26 games. Such a mental league. We lost 12 games last year and finished fourth
We'll be pretty bad, but not the absolute horrorshow you need to be to get relegated - can't see us being worse than Blackpool, Rotherham, Bolton/Huddersfield/Charlton or someone like that
what's happened to the £60m fine that was supposedly hanging over QPR's head? Did the FA just forget about it?
It only existed in their heads. Plus we got promoted back to Bunceland.
Fernandes can be a bit of an eejit but he spoke some sense on that topic - how can a relegated team with premiership inflated wages and having just lost up to £100m in income conform to those rules inside of a couple of months? Not even just people who spend money like a benefit cheat who's won the lottery like us.
Apropos of nothing, i have a feeling the 2 promoted teams will stay up this year. i think Burnley are going to surprise people. Were by far the best team we played last year
at least based on experiences v leeds, burnley looked a lot, lot better than leicester.
kind of similar to the season before where hull just blew us away and looked far too good for that league. under steve bruce. i'll still never get that
The game at Turf Moor, they played us off the park, and the way they fought back in the 3-3 game at Loftus Road was a mix of good football and tremendous heart
Our forums are in meltdown about his leaving, blaming the board etc, but seriously we nearly didn't have a club a few years ago. How easily people forget.
Hard to disagree with much of it. Think it'll be interesting to see if you stay up now though mind.
Its highly feasible that a commentator on a QPR game this season will at some stage say "Dunne to Mutch, Mutch to Young"
Sky Sports is available free tomorrow across different providers (Sky, Virgin, YouView, don't know what else)
man utd are actually going to be starting a player who couldn't break into the birmingham city team tomorrow.
We've lost five of our starting line up last year (which finished seventh) to injury or transfers and have one new signing available at the start of the season.
I'm starting to really like E Woo War, he reminds me of that time Warnock said he'd sell all of Wednesday's best players and get them relegated if they appointed him.
If he's going to spend his time loudly and fruitlessly going after Arturo Vidal while the rest of the squad falls to bits it doesn't matter how many Official Swedish Penis Pump Supplier to Manchester United deals he negotiates.
He's a fucking buffoon and the family that employs him are parasitic cunts.
Van Gaal's a genius.
As a back 5.
Shinji on bench.
he was shite
got subbed off in the first half after being completely rinsed by caolan lavery