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Am now coming round to the thought that Bilic will quit sooner rather than later ,maybe not before the start of the season but would not be in the least surprised if he wasn't here by October 1st  :( :( >:( >:(

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Director of Football
« on: Yesterday at 08:22:21 PM »
Another one gone out the door , Palmer to Plymouth for the season ,that's another wage gone so get her finger out Dowling !!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Mr program Dave Bowler
« on: Yesterday at 04:53:38 PM »
I think you are being rude. you need to look at the bigger picture in terms of how many staff are leaving the club currently and why.

and as to your comment being very patient i would disagree as you were constantly complaining how long it was taking to appoint a manager and we made a very good decision in the end in my opinion.

we didnt sign Barnes on loan last season until the end of july and Gayle didnt join until after the first week of August.

we need patience.
The window shuts much earlier this year, something like 23 days left so Barnes was here at least 30 days before end of window , and Gayle would have had about 3 weeks before window shut a point we have just about reached

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: July 10, 2019, 06:25:29 PM »
Don't see Burnley being much better off than last season .

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 10, 2019, 10:00:08 AM »
Something more to consider regarding the academy is Brexit. Sometime in the next 2years the employment laws affecting EU passport holders will change and they will not have automatic right to work here making young British talent even more valuable and expensive.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:53:23 AM »
I'm pleased because we finally have a manager who I think knows exactly who and what he wants and more importantly, knows exactly what he is doing. We at last have a proper leader and I think whoever he brings in will be on his wavelength and be here because they want to be here and because they have total respect in the manager. We haven't had that for years. Even if the players we bring in might not necessarily jump out at you as being equal or better replacements, the importance of wanting to play for the club, for the manager and to fully embrace what we as a team and a club are trying to do will in my opinion get us results. I'm not interested in so called big name, big reputation players. I much prefer someone who is hungrier, dedicated, maybe with a point to prove, rather than someone playing with half a mind on their latest big, fat, weekly pay packet and their wannabe celebrity status.
How much say do you think Slaven has had in the out goings ?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Morgan Rogers
« on: July 09, 2019, 11:48:04 AM »
Grave doubts as to whether the 8 million is correct. Thought it was a flat fee with slight incremental increase for 1st team appearances etc. Unlikely to get any denials from our end as that kind of fee would be a blow softener to our fans

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:23:47 PM »
Huge coup he did so much into helping them to 5th position last season ¡

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 06, 2019, 09:14:18 AM »
The answer surely is to stop them leaving for another academy until they have signed their first pro contract(minimum 2years)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke (on loan at Celtic)
« on: June 25, 2019, 04:05:33 PM »
Personally don't agree with Dowling. There are no guarantees when a player goes out on loan. Everything was going fairly well until Rodgers sodded off. Lennon didn't owe Burke or WBA anything. Can't be helped. Dowling came across like a young boy that had been told off. Should know better.
There are certain guarantees written in to most loan deals these days . One Prem club Everton ? even included penalty clauses stipulating that players must play a minimum percentage of games when fit regardless of how well or not they ere playing .

General Football & Sports / Re: VAR
« on: June 24, 2019, 08:07:37 PM »
In the Eng/Cam game if those decisions stood as originally given, no one would have batted an eyelid. Yes it got corrected but 'not an obvious error' 6 inches at most, not as if they were a yard offside.
It will get like rugby where the ref is sh1t scared to give a decision so leaves it to the TMO.
Football has managed for 100 years without it, personally I don't want it
Has been same in cricket for many years

Could be he sees Barry as a leader/captain in a squad that is short in people of that ilk but needs to know if he will be able to be active in that role?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Craig Dawson
« on: June 20, 2019, 09:38:25 AM »
If the fee plus his wages free up enough money and space to bring inOxford and Jenkins on then its happy days all round we mustn't however give him away for a fe that does nothing for us .just in order to get him off the wage bill !

Can imagine there will be a fair few things like weddings booked in advance to be on the normal May Day weekend that have sent their plans scuppered through no fault of their own !

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:53:46 PM »
Except they always said Shan was an interim manager... so we've been looking for a new manager since the 9th March (89 days ago).  OK, we may have known what division we'd be in, but prepare properly and have 2 lists ready to go.  There is nothing that illustrates the kind of manager they are looking for, or what criteria they are applying.  It's totally scattergun.  We have failed to prepare.
Failure to prepare = prepare to fail !!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 06, 2019, 11:03:08 AM »
I assume by people at the top, you mean the key decision makers?

I believe, they would be the DoF, CEO & The Owner.

We know that the owner has an extremely limited knowledge of English Football, but Jenkins & Dowling have been in & around the game for some time & both will have networked with other English based Owners & Execs. so I'd imagine they would be pretty switched on.
It really depends on who is having the final say in the decision making process.
Clearly nobody is making positive decisions as we are well passed Dowling's own expected appointment date, not the only time he has made somewhat I'll considered comments !

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:36:03 AM »
But Jenkins wanted Smith by all accounts - it was lai who wanted and selected DM
If this were the case then surely any CEO with any moral fibre and confidence in his own ability would have resigned as he is being overruled purely on financial grounds , the very resin for his being at the club !!?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:30:31 AM »
What is becoming more apparent by the day is how utterly clueless the higher ups were,at the time of DM's sacking ! Clearly they had little or no idea of who they wanted or what type of head man they wanted or if they did no idea of how much it was going to cost. 3 months down the line and still apparently using an outdated scattergun is just ridiculous. Clearly people at the top are not fit for footballing purpose and must be replaced with someone with some knowledge of the workings of the industry and not glorified yes men and bean counters !!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:03:37 AM »
So well after Dowlingfs initial time scale for an appointment we are still to talk to some of the people said to be front runners for the job !!?? This board have had since DM"s sacking to have prep done shortlists ready , only need to add those who become available later on. Due diligence ? NO ,incompetence ? YES. Grave doubts as to whether this board could run a bath let alone a professional football club !!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 03, 2019, 03:16:11 PM »
Been on holiday for a week and apart from keeping an eye on the two finals I avoided all football. I'll hazard a guess that we're no closer to appointing a manager than I am about to go up to space?
Depends if you have been measured for your helmet yet !!!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:40:06 AM »
The holding company had a loan from the football club of £3.7 million ish.

Interest on the loan means that the holding company now owes the football club £4.1 million and counting.

It's up to the football club to call in the loan (a loan that's getting more valuable year on year).

What would you do?.
Surely if the football club is having to take out a loan assumedly at worse rates , just to get by then it has to call the loan in by not doing so I can only conclude there is no intention of loan being paid back without costly litigation

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 20, 2019, 08:15:43 PM »
He's got a play-off final coming up which if Charlton win will put him and them back in the Championship. He's also a big Charlton fan. I can't see the vacant position with us being on his radar but who knows.
totally agree can't remember where I saw it but think this dog is barking up the wrong tree !! If we are looking at managers from below why oh why aren't we considering Mark Robins !??!!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 20, 2019, 07:41:03 PM »
The E and S suggests

who is the other ? Mick McCarthy i guess?
Have seen somewhere the missing one is Lee Bowyer

Not quite right though is it. If not Gayle we are going to need somebody from some where who is probably going to expect in the region of 20/30K per week so you aren't going to move many of the current lot on to cover that

Timing seems well off as it is a right boot in the nuts to fans who have had early bird renewals rammed in their faces for some time and also is hardly likely to be encouraging anybody to take the managerial reins. I am more resigned than ever now to the ' Having explored all the options the board have decided unanimously that Michael was the best option ' headlines !!!

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