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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: June 18, 2019, 07:29:57 PM »
I hope not. Monk was very popular so Big Dave with his backgound and track record would get slaughtered...



West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Salomon Rondon
« on: June 18, 2019, 06:14:45 PM »
I don't think we'll get £16.5m for Rondon. He's on his last season and agents and clubs know that.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: June 18, 2019, 05:04:14 PM »
Stupid from Blues. Perfect fit for them for next season.

It's shoddy, made up journalism like this from the Daily Mail that stops us moving on because unfortunately some people believe it. There are going to be a lot of rumours in the press in the coming weeks and most of them will be wide of the mark, this is what happens at this time of the year.

Gayle isn't going to return and it really is time this sinks in.  There is no point squabbling about it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: System tactics personnel
« on: June 15, 2019, 07:47:24 PM »

Holgate.       Bartley.    Hegazi.   Gibbs

              Noble.          Livermore
 Phillips.                                    Edwards

               Rondon.    Gayle

This team is not beyond the realms ,sell Dawson, JRod and a couple of others , gives us some movement on Rondon and Gayle , noble as player/ass coach, Holgate loan

Why not ?

Bilic will not play 4-4-2 (thankfully).

Rondon won't be here. I wouldn't be certain on his release clause being met though, this is the last year of his contract and clubs know that. We may let him go for a lesser fee.

Gayle is not coming back and wouldn't fit into a Bilic team anyway.

Mark Noble is on a reported £50K per week. No way will we pay that and I can't see us signing a 32 year old midfielder.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Club Secretary
« on: June 15, 2019, 03:33:53 PM »
Gordon Bennett? He was certainly secretary in the mid 80's.

Gordon Dimbleby was commercial manager but I'm not sure of the years.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: June 15, 2019, 10:18:05 AM »
Matt Wilson has given us an update on the Rakeem Harper situation:

"The Baggies have made Harper their second and final contract offer, but he is yet to sign.

However, Bilic is expected to meet the teenager before the month is out and speak to him about staying."

Shocked by this. I fully expected Bilic to arrive and refuse point blank to have anything to do with Harper.

Why on earth would he do that?

As far as Slaven is concerned he's coming in to a new club presumably with no preconceived ideas on anyone's personality / issues. He will come in assess situations, speak to people then decide where to go from there.

The idea that he'll come in and blank people is crazy, what on earth would he gain by doing that? As much as anything it'd be in no way conducive to creating a togetherness and camaraderie within the club.

New 5 year contract at Leicester. Well done and deserved lad!

Love the kid to bits. Wish him a million per cent luck in everything he does.

BUT please don't post like that in this thread, for a mini-second I was hopeful you were going to tell me he's coming back.

going to have to have a brandy now!

Absolutely delighted with this appointment after some of the names we have been linked with, only Bilic, Jokanovic and Labbadia were acceptable to me. This is only the start, Slaven has a massive rebuild to orchestrate starting today.

In a word no. This is a start, but Dowling and Jenkins need to go a LOT further to mend the damage they have caused and regain our trust. I will however keep my powder dry until the Transfer Window closes.

It's not about Dowling and Jenkins it's about the club, it is way bigger than either of them.

Yeah, everything might end up crap, who knows, we could all die tomorrow for all we know, but we've got a much better chance if we're all pulling in the same direction. Divided we fall.

Bilic doesn't have an easy job, not by a long stretch let's not make it any more difficult than it needs to be.

Really happy with this.
Glad we've taken our time and not rushed into getting one of the merry go round / safe pair of hands managers.

Exciting times ahead I think.

You ain't kidding. How many days was it in the end? I lost count, 95, 96, 97?

Considering some of the dross we have been linked with, I'm quite happy.

I can still see him walking in November after an argument with Jenkins.

STILL negativity.

Come on man let's big ourselves up for once. Let's get everything buzzing. Remember that atmosphere vs Villa. We can do it, let's make sure we do.

PS! No offence intended.  :-*

I just heard on radio WM that he as signed a 2 year deal and it will be announced in the next couple of hours.

On official site already mate.

Can all fans now get behind the club now PLEASE and stop moaning.

This isn't a cheap option and no we didn't get Appleton.

If you haven't got a season ticket, get one, lets get behind the club and make the Hawthorns a special place next season.


So not actually 'official' yet?

It's come from Percy. Can't get a more reliable source. It's done. Albion will get round to announcing it when they get their arses into gear.

Might take them three months though.  :D ;)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 13, 2019, 10:14:58 AM »
Can't find anything from reliable sources that Monk has been sacked.

Hoping to hear confirmation of Bilic today.

Could be 48 hours according to Matt Wilson, see above link.

Albion just don't do hurrying.  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: June 12, 2019, 02:37:21 PM »
He's 15.
The one good factor is he's been at us from a very young age and is meant to be a big baggies fan, the downside is its arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world wanting him and there isn't really too much we can do about it.

It's the biggest attraction in the world surely? Put yourself in Barry's shoes. Personally as an Albion fan I'd turn down the Liverpool's and Manchester's but Barcelona? To learn off Lionel Messi or Jake Livermore? Sometimes the opportunity is just impossible to refuse.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 12, 2019, 02:26:27 PM »

Bloody hell. If we're going to have to wait for back up staff to be confirmed we could be waiting another week.

The one good thing is at least he's talking the club up unlike some of our own fans and certain previous people holding important roles at the club.

I would, however, take this report with a pinch of salt. Why would the Sun know anything our own Matt Wilson, or Sky Sports or John Percy wouldn't?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 12, 2019, 11:43:38 AM »
The one bit of news which made me cautious yesterday was the whole 'the contract has been sent to the solicitors' thing.

Found that really bizarre and from memory I cant recall any other club releasing that type of information.

The club haven't released that information. It has come from Matt Wilson, Sky Sports and wherever they got it from, most probably an agent or a representative. If it came from the club it'd be quoted as such.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:57:43 AM »
Is there any evidence that we've even spoken to Adkins?

Also it's been reported that we are at a crucial stage of negotiations with Bilic.

The only people who have mentioned Adkins have been our supporters. No evidence whatsoever that Albion are interested in Adkins.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:04:30 AM »
Personally I would prefer Hughton to Bilic.

I have warmed to the idea of Adkins, although he isn't the 'statement of intent', i think he would do a good job for us.

What's happened to Labaddia, is that one dead now or is it a case of us saying thanks - we will be in touch.

Still think there's a long way to go before we have an appointment.

Reading between the lines I think Albion have decided Labbadia is not the one they want. It was stated that wages weren't an issue with Labbadia but following his interview Albion seem to have cooled their interest. Similarly Cowley, Bowyer seem to out of the running now, whilst the likes of Monk, Pearson I don't think were ever seriously considered.

After holding a second interview with Bilic, talks are ongoing, from what I can make out regarding bonuses and the like. If they are fine tuning details as they seemingly are it does seem that Bilic is the one from all the people they've looked into (and boy there clearly have been a number) that they really want. According to Matt Wilson there's been no word of any impasse from either side so I wouldn't be surprised to see Bilic announced within the next 48 hours.

............... However, this is of course Albion we're talking about so it'll probably drag on for another three months then they'll appoint Ron Atkinson again.  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Salomon Rondon
« on: June 10, 2019, 10:49:14 PM »
I’ve just said rightly or wrongly I think international football is a low standard so yes that still includes top 20 sides.  Argentina were shocking in the World Cup 12 months ago.  Croatia were effectively 2nd and they were no more than decent.


France are world champions. They may be just about top six quality in the Premier League (one to eleven) and would not get to the semi finals of a Champions League. Croatia would be in a relegation battle over a 38 game season.

The only thing I'm really fed up with is this absolutely ridiculous, mind numbingly, tedious wait for a new head coach to be appointed. It's been beyond a joke for weeks and it's no good noises coming out of the club to the effect of "we're not bothered how long it takes" do they not understand us fans ARE bothered.

Every time we get a new favourite us fans come to terms with it only for things to change again days later and every time it does it's like getting another kick in the gut (unless the coach in question is someone you really don't want). People running the club need to lodge it in their brain, p*****g off the fans time after time is never a positive.

Get it sorted Albion for crying out loud.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 08, 2019, 02:46:40 PM »
Someone saying on another forum we can’t agree terms with Bilic so it’s looking unlikely. When I heard Atkins had gone I just knew something could possibly be up

It actually says "if they can agree terms".

Yes I was as guilty as you initially at not looking into the article. Misquote. No story at the moment. Talks apparently continuing.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: June 07, 2019, 01:13:20 PM »
Everyone's at it though, Holland's goal came from a defensive cock up. It's like it's suddenly the only way to play the game. Bonkers.

Too right. Everyone is trying to copy the supposed genius that is Guardiola. Guardiola though has been head coach of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. All with ridiculous resources.

The penny will drop at some point with a good few head coaches that there are other and better ways for their teams to play.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 07, 2019, 01:04:49 PM »
Just saw this on Twitter from a BEin Sports reporter  Tancredi Palmeri. Verified account , official acccount 180k followers.

"How do you say West Bromwich in Portuguese? WBA in talks with surprise candidate Rui Almeida from Troyes for managerial role. Meeting already took place and he is in final shortlist. Finished 3rd in Ligue2"

If that is the case these talks must've been a few days ago. Perfectly possible. I'd say things will have moved on from this though.

Still, with Albion, who knows?

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