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Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:48:18 AM »
It should pick itself providing everybody is fit:





Subs: Myhill, Adarabiyio, Morrison, Field, Leko, Sako, Robson-Kanu (sadly)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Harvey Barnes (on loan from Leicester)
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:17:41 PM »
I can't see that happening, would make Puel look a right twerp

That assumes Puel being in place to make the decision.

Player power close to claiming another victim, apparently.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:16:03 PM »
I think in admitting that, the book should be thrown at him, and the club as well. I would expect no less if it was us sending spies into every teams training sessions.

Even if it doesn't break any particular rule it's still unsporting and immoral. The amount of people condoning it saddens me. Anything for an advantage.

He even proved during the press conference how much work they put into scouting teams based on matches, so why do they feel the need to gain an illegal advantage too?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Liquidator liquidated?
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:15:46 PM »
I'm hearing the complaints didn't even come from fans of any team, but Sky Sports.

And we know how much power they wield...

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Liquidator liquidated?
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:17:47 PM »
I'll be honest, apart from the Villa game I haven't sung along that much. I'm worried the police are using it as a sting operation to bump up their arrest figures. :-X

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ex Players Thread
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:13:18 PM »
Completely forgot ex Albion youth player Paul Downing was playkng championshi football with Blackburn this season. Has only made 4 appearances this season and is looking likely to move back to move back to league 1 this month. Not making a bad career for himself though.

Any player that comes through the academy and has a sustained career in league football is a success story. Some academies realise this, some don't.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Harvey Barnes (on loan from Leicester)
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:11:16 PM »
I'm not syaing i've heard anything BUT if Puel changes his mind is it possible for him to come back to us?

If anybody at Leicester decides to send him back out on loan, we're the only club he can join. You can only play for two clubs in a year / season.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Who really wants promotion?
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:05:59 PM »
If Bournemouth, a League 1-sized club with no financial advantage over other Prem clubs, can get promoted and comfortably stay midtable with a young squad playing decent football, then anyone can. You need a decent head coach, a clear recruitment strategy coming from above the level of the current head coach, a good scouting network and an owner/board who plan for the long term.

We're a bigger club than the majority of bottom-half Prem sides, we're at no disadvantage other than the fact we employ crap head coaches and have awful recruitment and zero long-term (or even medium-term) planning. Whether Dowling and Moore are the men to create a long-term recruitment strategy (I have serious doubts), and whether Jenkins would even let them (again, serious doubts) we will have to wait and see.

I won't argue with the second part of that, but I have to take issue with the first. Bournemouth do have a well-heeled owner who supports them through cash injections (or at least did to get them up). They got fined nearly £5 million by the football league for breaking FFP

Story - https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11743/11426730/bournemouth-agree-4-75m-settlement-with-efl-for-breach-of-ffp-rules

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:49:03 PM »
Martin O’Neil and Roy Keane to return to Forest and Manager and Assistant respectively. Football is a romantic game sometimes!

It'll all end in tears.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: January 14, 2019, 01:38:07 PM »
The thing I liked most about him was that he didn't go charging around mad-headed. He kept the teams shape and used his energy in bursts to better effect.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore
« on: January 14, 2019, 01:30:25 PM »
Regarding the subs issue, my opinion is that we should have replaced Gayle much earlier, and injected fresh legs. If you look at the way Hoolahan retained possession against Wigan, maybe he would have been a good option.

What I did notice again on Saturday was the lack of discipline. I saw Brunt commit a couple of silly fouls quite early, and put it down to his lack of legs against more mobile players. But every time Norwich played for a foul, we went for it. The players aren't being smart or disciplined enough, and we eventually paid for that when a tired Gayle gave away a silly foul.

Also, I hate to say it, as much as Moore has given us a bit more to be proud of, I can't see him being manager if we aren't promoted. As little as he's had to work with, I think there is pressure on him to get us back up from above. And I think Lai and co will want us promoted, as little interest as they have in it, and might not be forgiving of the circumstances.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Who really wants promotion?
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:46:53 PM »
The basic fact is we need to be a Premier League team now. The gap is huge - maybe not quality wise, but financially. If we don't go up this season, we could get progressively worse while chasing the same goal. The worst case scenario is ending up like Ipswich, whereby you've chased getting promoted again and end up millions in debt while dropping down the table.

Another fact is that the coming summer could (should) see our highest squad turnover in several years, with players leaving on frees, their loans ending, etc. That becomes an easier prospect if you're in the Premier League; players are more likely to sign, and you can afford much better wages and bonuses. If we're still in the Championship, not only will we struggle to attract players while having to reduce the wage bill, but we'll lose more players because people like Dawson, Rodriguez, Hegazi, etc still think they're Premier League players.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:29:30 PM »
The (inevitable) departure of Harvey Barnes is a pivotal moment for the future of our club. Now is the time for Lai and the board to show us some intent of their ambition...and go all out to buy Dack.

Lai has little money, and needs the club to be self sufficient. Jenkins has been bought in to balance the books, and we still need an overdraft. The bids for Dack and Tavernier were only to make it look like the club was serious and had ambition. We won't be signing anybody permanently this window unless they are on a free.

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: Team
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:16:50 PM »
If Harper or Leko don't put in an appearance, we are going to be so one-paced and one-dimensional it will be embarassing, especially against a team like Norwich.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New GK coach
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:50:36 PM »
is that one of the criteria now down the Albion you have to have been a former team mate of Darren Moore to get job?

This is another concerning thing for me, that makes me think Moore might just be another dinosaur manager; the jobs for the boys club. Mears is the most obvious example.

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:56:21 PM »
Meet 'Red card' Roy McDonough: "I never set out to hurt anyone - except Tony Pulis"

Sounds like Tone upset someone, no surely not! But a good story and bought a smile to my face.


I just saw this and said to my mates "I don't know who Roy McDonough is, but he sounds like my kind of bloke"  ;D

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything Stoke
« on: January 09, 2019, 01:24:57 PM »
They have appointed Nathan Jones from Luton.

Fair enough not appointing another merry go round manager like Moyes. I don't know much about Jones but its a big step up.

Seems to be a good, younger manager, the type many are going for now. Hopefully it doesn't work out for them  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matty Phillips
« on: January 09, 2019, 12:43:09 PM »
Last season I would not have been in the slightest bit concerned if he left, however this season he is integral to our team, does that reflect the quality of the opposition or more his attitude/confidence???

I would say one affects the other; the quality of the opposition gives him more confidence, because he knows he has the beating of a lot of players at this level.

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: January 08, 2019, 01:14:37 PM »
Be interesting the fan reaction to this one; team selection and result.

If anything, I think Saturdays win against Wigan has put a bit more of a downer on things, because we could see what the players Moore has been leaving out were capable of. For example, if the midfield is as immobile as we expect on Saturday, he's going to hear even more fans calling for Harper to be given his chance.

You look at the control and movement of Hoolahan, the pace and movement of Leko, and it puts more pressure on the first team, not just for a good result, but a good performance.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke loaned to Celtic
« on: January 07, 2019, 01:08:19 PM »
If that's the case why have 3 managers never game him a run of games something can't be right.

Those three managers keep picking Hal Robson-Kanu, so I don't really trust their judgement.

Hopefully he can find some form up there, and revitalise his career.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Mason Holgate Signs
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:55:18 PM »
Thought he was very good on Saturday - you can see the difference with somebody playing at right back who knows the role and is more comfortable there. Might be just what we need to balance the team, while also being a touch more defensively minded than Gibbs on the other side.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:51:50 PM »
He was superb Saturday, and I'd love to see a team in the future based around him, Field, and Edwards. Field obviously sits deeper, and in time will dictate the play; Harper gets about, moves the ball well; Edwards is the more skilful, attacking number 10.

Hope we can keep hold of all three for a good few years.

Last Match Forum - 05/01 Wigan Athletic (FA Cup Round 3 - H) / Re: Team
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:10:11 PM »
I wouldn't start him, but we could put that Morgan Rodgers? on the bench, the young lad whos banging in goals for fun in the youth teams. I think hes only 17 if im right though? May be worth to give him a seat on the bench and a taste of it all.

I thought about that - he was on the bench for a league cup game, after all. But it might be a bit soon.

Then again, if they're good enough, they're old enough.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:06:41 PM »
Clubs just don't learn do they? If that was us I think I'd be close to done with football. These dinosaurs fail over and over and just keep getting jobs. Even Bruce has already got a job lined up after failing miserably at Villa and leaving them in a mess.

I think this attitude is gradually prevailing with fans. Sadly not with owners / chairmen yet.

Last Match Forum - 05/01 Wigan Athletic (FA Cup Round 3 - H) / Re: Team
« on: January 03, 2019, 01:00:44 PM »




I have no idea who to pick as the central striker. Wouldn't want Robson-Kanu; maybe Edwards or Leko as a 'false 9'.

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