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It will happen for 2026 World Cup.

Scotland still won't quality  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: Yesterday at 12:46:35 PM »
There is not a path way to our first team and that's why youngsters will bugger off when they have the opportunity.

There are two exceptions - Harper and Field. The former fell into the team because of injuries and the other we have absolutely wasted by playing around. The fact neither have been given loan spells away is very poor.

I agree that whilst a Premier League club, we may have been infront of the level of the likes of Roofe and Roberts but that will now come back to bite us.

Our whole Premier League existence was never tailored to being a club with a successful academy - especially when we appointed Pulis.

Izzy Brown was given a first time debut because the club wanted to sweeten him into staying.

Aside from this season, its a struggle to see where academy products have been given a chance..

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: Yesterday at 12:38:13 PM »
I'd be absolutely amazed if our candidate came from abroad..

I don't see Jenkins making the same Pepe Mel mistake.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: May 22, 2019, 01:08:36 PM »
I'm not sure anyone can blame any young player for wanting to move on. Yes he got his change in the side but only after injuries and suspensions to others. He gets criticised for everything he does yet is a kid learning his trade, if he was the finished article he would have been snatched a few years ago. Instead of slating him, we should be building a side around some of these kids, with Harper the talent is there, it just needs a coach to get the best out of him and someone to work on his fitness as he is knackered around the 60 minute mark each game.


Albion have provided no path for academy players to get a chance in the first team.

Take your blue and white specs off and ask yourself

Why would you want to stay?

I'd be out the door straight away.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 21, 2019, 02:27:32 PM »
He's done a similar job to what Lawrie Sanchez did there - and look how his club career went.

Northern Ireland are an extremely pragmatic team based round set piece goals, organisation and discipline. Which is fine, you need that, but I can't imagine many people would describe them as "often entertaining". If you were entertained by the football we produced under Shan, then maybe.

His job has been decidedly better than Sanchez - nor was it a recommendation that we should appoint him, merely an observation of the job he has done.

Not sure how much of Northern Ireland you have seen? As a regular watch of the national team then the football, whilst pragmatic, has produced entertaining matches/nights at Windsor Park. I don't enjoy the style away from Belfast but as I eluded to in my initial post, he makes the most of the resources which are available to him. That will appeal to a board who will try to cut costs and obtain a promotion by spending the smallest amounts possible.

I think if you're expecting someone to come in and transform our playing style from one of organisation and discipline, then you will be the disappointed one.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: May 21, 2019, 02:01:02 PM »
Not a huge loss in all honesty. been offered a contract a long while ago and didn't want to sign it. We have come back with an improved offer and still not interested. From what i have saw of RH i haven't been majorly impressed and think Field is a better player.

if he believes he has a better future elsewhere then thats his decision.

there are not many young players who have come through our academy and gone on to do better things really is there? a lot have come through and thought they will be better elsewhere and hasn't worked.

the only one off the top of my head is Chris Wood who is playing in the premier league.

There's currently two in this division that would get into our side/squad.

Agree with your general assumption though.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 21, 2019, 01:58:16 PM »
O'Neill has done an excellent job at Northern Ireland - whilst pragmatic their approach at Windsor Park has often been entertaining - it has not been swash buckling football but its making the most of the resources available to him. Whether he can transition to day-to-day management remains to be seen

There does seem to be a trend to the managers we are looking at so it would appear at least that the club have some sort of vision in place.

Hardly surprising - we cannot afford those wages in the Championship.

I think this failure to get promotion is going to be a massive reality check to some supporters come August.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: May 16, 2019, 01:25:00 PM »
The ownership of sheffield United has took another interesting twist.

Money used from the Bin Laden family to help fund the club


West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Director of Football
« on: May 16, 2019, 01:16:59 PM »
He should be following Jenkins right out the door.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:56:57 PM »
Because the club needs a squad overhaul to have a team that can adapt to modern football.

We've basically returned to Pulis-ball the past few months, its not worth it. Even if it gets you promoted, then what? The entertainment value is zero. Hughton at every club he's been at has eventually had the Pulis issue that his football becomes so bad its not worth it. I'd rather us fail but with ambition then continue down this path.

You're fooling yourself if you think Jenkins is going to oversee some modern football overhaul of the coaching staff...

He's the best available for our current position.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:19:02 PM »
Keep seeing the criticisms of Hughton's style.

He's pragmatic, gets results and has two promotions to his name in this division - his sides scored 90 and 74 goals in those seasons so hardly uninspiring.

We have tried prating around playing nice football in this division - we couldn't. We finished 4th.

Given the overhaul this playing squad requires, I would prefer it to happen with a relatively safe pair of hands in charge.

I personally cannot see a better candidate..

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:10:37 PM »
He's been much better the last couple of weeks and all credit to him.

He will be involved next season in some capacity.

There's a good player in there - just needs time to progress. I don't think he has been at all helped that we have flung him into right back, centre half, to the right of a defensive three and now midfield over the course of the season. He needs some stability.

I would be happy to see him stay another year.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Championship
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:26:10 PM »
Its a poor league and there is not much quality to it - a lot of industry and the rough and tumble expected within this division.

I think our squad wasn't shaped well in the summer - and the club have often relied on individual quality to see them through.

This squad is about consistency - and we have shown very little. I don't think we have helped by our attitude to be honest.

Also, this pratting about with the ball at the back - whilst admirable - was plain bloody stupid.

That January and February period where we repeated the same mistakes and has well and truly bitten us on the backside

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:19:41 PM »
John Percy reports that the Club will be holding talks with Hughton next week..

Really surprised to see them acting so quickly to be honest.

Quite a lot of top earners will be leaving.

It could happen and we should do our best to make sure he comes.

Imagine him with a younger, more creative and more pacey midfield.

He should have had that this season.

We wasted this season really.

Trying to get promoted on the cheap has cost us.

It would be fantastic to see him here permanently - but not something we should pursue.

We cannot afford to be paying a 29 year old £40k a week in this division.

This squad will need to be trimmed & our budgets need to be realigned as our income reduces.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Squad
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:04:57 PM »
Hard to comment on in-comings and out-goings without knowing who the head coach is and what the vision will be going forwards.

The club really need to develop some form of plan - this short term thinking and providing short term stop gaps is what has partly created this mess.

I would imagine that the likes of Gibbs, Rodriguez and Dawson may attract interest - hopefully from a Burnley or someone silly enough to stump up the cash.

Morrison, Barry and Brunt really need to move on.

I think our summer recruitment should focus on young, hungry players with energy. Our midfield has lacked any sort of energy this season and this has been a major stumbling block to creating any sort of vision going forwards

Gayle will not be back and nor should he on £40k a week. Those days are over.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: May 15, 2019, 12:42:33 AM »
Someone should tell me what Dowling does

Professional quiff waver

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: May 15, 2019, 12:31:26 AM »
He should hopefully be on a plane back to Birmingham and his first decision should be to sack Jenkins

You have a run a threadbare squad all season, relied on freebies and short term loans and gambled with our future.

You failed. Your gamble did not pay off.

Now **** off


I am so proud of all of them tonight - that was a bloody fantastic effort and one which made me feel quite proud as I walked out the ground.

I really don’t know what to say to be honest

I'd be very disappointed if Murphy starts let alone features.

The bloke is powder puff.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 14, 2019, 12:37:49 PM »
I think those turning our nose up at Hughton might need a reality check.

The club have no vision - there is no forward plan.

The club requires a major overhaul of its playing staff in the summer given we are so reliant on short term loans.

Hughton would be an excellent choice to ensure that ship is steady and assist a board who continuously make the wrong decision.

I would worry next year about where we will end up if we go for a relatively unproven, uninspiring choice like Appleton etc.

Whilst our owners long term plans are unknown - I would happily take the steady eddie who has a better record than anyone we have been linked with - or will be linked with.

Hoping for a miracle but see a struggle ahead.

Worried about our defence to be honest - I think Villa will score and we will have to try and get two or three goals without Gayle.

Looking forward to the atmosphere tonight - should be rocking !!

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