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General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:35:51 PM »
I think the pundits made a good point that most of the Saudi team come from the top two teams in their league, so they're not used to defending much. Probably explained why they were left so open at the back so often

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Safe Standing.
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:38:00 PM »
Seats make it easy for the club and authorities to identify the minority who blight our game. Im against standing as it introduces the culture I would rather forget to be honest, imagine safe standing in the Smethwick and some sell their tickets to away fans like Alex Ferguson's last game. That was embarrassing watching kids and their fathers being set upon as they were removed. Still to many who think this is what supporting football/Albion is about.

Surely that’s not a standing issue though, it’s an issue with home fans selling tickets to away fans.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Retained List
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:02:02 PM »
If true,thank you Jimmy,Big Mac and especially Claudio,all three were class acts for us,good luck for the future,come back and see us before you go.

We definitely won't be releasing players like Morrison GMac and Yacob without putting out a press release ourselves first.

Be glad to watch him continue his imploding next season, always thought he was a bit higher rated here than he actually was.

Big Ronaldo for me. Remember staying up for the 98 final and being heartbroken after what happened

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Dr Mark Gillett
« on: June 01, 2018, 04:54:59 PM »
Maybe he knows he’ll have nothing to do after sturridge and chadli leave..

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:59:12 PM »

Lovely Jubbly


“It’s really severe” - Aston Villa and Tony Xia warned of the grim reality now facing them
Tony Xia and AVFC are treading the Financial Fair Play tightrope

A football finance expert says Aston Villa’s predicament is ‘really severe’ and has predicted sales this summer.

The claret and blues were resigned to a third successive season of Championship football with defeat to Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley.

Steve Bruce’s expensively-assembled squad is now expected to be broken up this summer as the club desperately attempt to stay within Financial Fair Play restrictions.

The club’s most valuable asset, Jack Grealish, is already being linked with a host of Premier League sides with Villa likely to sell at least one of their top players.

Kieran Maguire, a lecturer in football finance at the University of Liverpool, discussed Villa’s problems at length with the BBC.

Cash cuts

“It’s really severe for Villa because this is the second year they’ve had parachute payments. They got around £35million from the Premier League to cushion the blow of relegation.

“Those payments get cut back severely next year so they’re going to have £20million less coming in. I think the problem for Villa is that the owner has gambled in the last couple of years on recruiting players on big wages.

Colossal wage bill

“The average wage at Villa is nearly £30,000 a week and it’s simply not sustainable in the Championship.

“It’s going to be a very big summer. They’re going to have to sell the crown jewels, I suspect. The problem that they’re going to have is that other clubs know they’re in a financial pickle and they’ll be trying to get them on the cheap.

“If you take a look at their first season in the Championship, they were losing around £800,000 a week, and that was on parachute payments of around £40million.

“Next season it’s down to around about £15million so there’s got to be severe cutbacks. I’d be very surprised if John Terry stays because he would have been on a decent wage.

“Scott Hogan has been disappointing and I’ve seen his contract, and that’s eye-watering. Ross McCormack has been a disaster since day one.

“The problem is that no other clubs will go near these players. They might manage to get them out on loan and Villa will probably still have to pay 80 per cent of the wages just to get them away from the club.

<snip, snip>

I wouldn't get too carried away, this could easily be us in a couple of seasons if it doesn't work out. Can see our average wage being around 30k too whilst we're in the Championship and have a feeling we might try to splash a bit of cash around to get back up next year.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:56:51 PM »
All over. Another midlands derby next year then

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Pre Season
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:38:26 PM »
Warnock was on the radio the other day talking about pre season and he said Cardiff attempted to get a friendly with Rangers but apparently their season starts a lot earlier so the dates wouldn’t fit. Doubt we’d be able to squeeze it in either.

Announcements, Feedback & Questions / Re: GDPR
« on: May 26, 2018, 09:22:19 AM »
GDPR was agreed in April 2016.

It’s also applicable to companies in any country in the world that handles European citizen data, not which country the company is from

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Yuning Zhang - Signed
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:04:37 PM »
Looking at the article that appears to be something to do with them not being able to register him for the U23 team for some reason (but still ok for the first team) - don't know the details on that though!

I imagine the German league has a different way of registering players for their under 23 teams, perhaps needed to be registered earlier in the season? I’m not an expert but that interview looks like it’s only about the under 23 registration.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything Stoke
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:55:43 PM »
Gary Rowett has been given permission to speak to Stoke about their managerial vacancy according to BBC news just now.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager
« on: May 18, 2018, 11:39:15 AM »
Like others I’m happy he’s been given the chance. He’s earned it by getting more points in his short time in charge than Pardew. The more I think about the appointment the more positive I feel. I really think the club is going back to the club I loved growing up and is trying to build a more united, West Brom type feel around the place. Lower season ticket prices and a former fans favourite at the helm.

Of course if it doesn’t work out I imagine we’ll replace him anyway like any other manager would be.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager
« on: May 17, 2018, 06:24:44 PM »
Experience hasn’t been kind to us in the past.

Too true. It’s the same as people moaning about the lack of experience in the England squad. What have the ones with all the caps won? I feel it’s time to try something different. Moore has certainly showed he is hungry and passionate and will be keen to carry that on rather than just picking up a pay cheque.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Safe Standing.
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:35:47 AM »
Again though, if it’s made a more enforceable law that clubs are made to follow more strictly, how is that policed when the entire stand gets up for a chance or goal?

The health and safety argument falls over when you have experts saying that it is safer to stand in safe standing areas than in areas designed to sit. Parliament just don’t want to be seen as the first ones that sign off on allowing standing in case it splits opinions and causes them to become even more unpopular, in my opinion anyway

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Safe Standing.
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:35:32 AM »
Will be debated in Parliament on the 25th June

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Safe Standing.
« on: April 27, 2018, 12:55:07 AM »
108,000 now have signed

Bit of a silly argument really, clearly one of our better midfielders and has been the focus of unfair criticism because of his wage

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:26:02 PM »
Another nail for Stoke today too.

Last Match Forum - 21/04 Liverpool (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:21:19 PM »
Classless excuses by Klopp; dry pitch, high ball, Heghazi, Referees.   Why stop there? Why not blame Brexit, Trump or Global Warming.  No mention of any weaknesses in his management or team selection.  All someone else's fault...

Couldn't believe it at the end of the game when he marched straight on the pitch and went over to the referee. What could he possibly have to moan about? The ref gave us about 2 free kicks the entire game, and seemed to favour Liverpool in every 50/50 decision.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: This seasons unpopular players
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:11:00 PM »
I would keep all five if they want to stay, although think Livermore can be upgraded on for decent value with a bit of clever scouting (e.g. the Turkish midfielder we've been linked with from Fenerbahce).

Phillips looked good today and under the right manager would be an asset in the Championship. Was stifled by Pulis and struggled to get back into form under Pardew.

Nyom has generally been my preferred right back as I think he deals with pace better than Dawson - not a world beater but he is competent and allows Dawson to play CB.

McLean - always puts in a shift and I like his direct style, although very little end product. If we were staying up then his time would be up, but alas we're not so he can offer something still. Having said that, I'd like Leko and Burke to be above him in the pecking order.

Gibbs - we will struggle to find a better player to replace him. Would have thought he'd have a release clause though?

As for Myhill, Barry and HRK - can't wait to see the back of them.

Without turning this into a Pulis thread. He hit his best form under Pulis. I'd still move him on though as I question his application at times, which if he can't do in the Premier League, how is he going to fare in the Championship?

I'd keep Nyom, Gibbs and McClean if they want to stay. All more than good enough for the Championship

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Jonny Evans joins Leicester
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:07:22 PM »
The only thing I know about taxi gate is what has been in the media. Darren Moore sees Evans every day.

If Darren Moore thinks he's committed to the cause, that's good enough for me.

As far as being "pure poison", he might be to some of the fans, but clearly he's not to the club.

For me, if the Head Coach thinks he's worthy of the shirt, he don't get boo'd, & he certainly don't get boo'd for scoring a goal, mistakenly or not.

Exactly. The only thing pure poison yesterday was the booing.

I'm also not buying he cost us a goal after coming on.

Last Match Forum - 21/04 Liverpool (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:29:43 PM »
Don't remember a lap of honour with our deserves 0-0 draw in Anfield. Klopp is a bellend though.

It was the 2-2 where they scored in the last minute:

Basically implied today that we should have let them win because the point means nothing to us as well

Last Match Forum - 21/04 Liverpool (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 21, 2018, 06:51:08 PM »
Klopp is a complete bell isn't he. Blaming our pitch for being too dry, and saying we can play on our dry pitch next year in the championship. What was the excuse at anfield? Surprised we didn't get a lap of honour like the last time they managed a draw with us.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Jonny Evans joins Leicester
« on: April 21, 2018, 05:23:19 PM »
I presume over the taxi but Myhill and Livermore seemed to have escaped it all.

He's played since then though hasn't he? Were loads of boos coming from around me today.

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