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West Bromwich Albion FC / Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:29:56 AM »
I have to say for all the good football we are playing, I am concerned about where the goals are going to come from if we are to challenge for promotion. I just cant see where we will score goals?? Austin will no doubt chip in with a few, but other than that where are the other guys that will bring the necessary goal tally we will need? The 'attacking 3' aren't natural goal scorers. If the fullbacks get forward then the 2 wide men from the '3'3 need to get in the box more often, in order to pose a threat. We are really good to watch, but in the last 3rd I dont feel we offer enough of a threat in the box.? Or am I being paranoid?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic Albion’s New Head Coach
« on: August 07, 2019, 03:55:05 PM »
Anyone watch Luton the other night trying to play it out of defense, and coming unstuck a couple of times. Think Darren was being influenced too much. At least Slaven won't suffer any fools, and will be his own man.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: August 07, 2019, 03:52:10 PM »
If Field still isn't getting anywhere near the first team, I have doubts he ever will. Not sure we shouldn't sell him, as it may be the best option for both parties.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Louie Barry
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:15:21 PM »
I have no problem with the kid leaving, bit I DO have a problem with the current system that allows clubs to steal players for virtually nothing. 10 years we have invested in this lad, and for what?? £235k. Was it worth it?? I know that JP got fed up with this happening over and over again and threatened to close the academy. Whats the point if these lads can go for a pittance?? Wheres the incentive?? It's the same for us when we steal kids form lower league teams. IUt's unfair on those teams too. The whole youth system needs looking at as before long teams outside the Premier League wont bother. And then who's going to feed the greed league??

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: June 24, 2019, 01:14:10 PM »
He needs to be told to either sign now or go. He isn't bigger then the club. He's clearly hanging on for something else. If he was committed to the club he would have shined a long time ago

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next Decade - no more Yo Yo ?
« on: June 05, 2019, 02:51:11 PM »
If we are not careful we will land up in League 1. Get this next appointment wrong, and fail to support the manager on and off the field, and we could be looking at a very long road ahead. TBH im not bothered about the Premiership 'Greed League'. It's slowly ruining football in England. At some point professional football in this country will implode. I cant say when, but its a ticking bomb waiting to go off. Clubs the size of ours run perilously close to the wind to try and achieve success. Just ask Portsmouth, Bolton et al. Once you are down, its a long way back, if you can get back at all. The once mighty Ipswich will be playing in League 1 next year. No more will there be a level playing field. It's kill or be killed. The big boys get bigger, whilst the rest of us feed off scraps. Problem is, the clubs in the Premierships cant see that they need the rest of the teams in the Championship and beyond. It wont be long before League 1 & 2 clubs are semi professional. Football is dying in front of us, yet no one can see it. The players are so up themselves, they have little or no interest in the fans. The clubs have become 'Ivory Towers'. Football has forgotten its roots, and as we all know 'roots' are what keeps nourishing the plant, or it dies. Take me back 25-30 years when football was a working mans game, your local club. Players met in the Supporters club after a game. A time when i had pride in supporting WBA, even if we were sh*te on the pitch. I knew that every one of those players were giving us 100% on a cold Tuesday evening. RIP football - I fear we will never see those days again.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:54:04 AM »
Dowling 'Well Bruno, what sort of wage are you thinking of?' Bruno 'I thought around £40k per week' Dowling 'Thats £2m a year!' Bruno 'Thats correct. Is that an issue?'
Dowling' I suppose not, but thats the entire transfer budget as well' Bruno 'Ok, see you later'

Press report club are still interested in Bruno, but are looking at other options.......

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 04, 2019, 01:43:47 PM »
As I've said before, we are happy to give god awful players 50k a year, but wont put our hands in our pockets for a potentially good manager. Our board clearly don't rate managers as leaders. Heres a suggestion - Get rid of Dowling and Jenkins, and use the money on hiring a decent manager. Joke Club, Joke Board, Joke Owner - Back to the 1980's again !!! Bobby Gould anyone??

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 31, 2019, 06:15:53 PM »
Wait for the Labbadia deal to collapse over the weekend, due to Jenkins penny pinching AGAIN. We will get what we pay for - A cheap no good manager that takes us backwards even more. Jenkins has absolutely no vision, and clearly doesn't understand that quality comes at a price.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Centre midfield
« on: May 30, 2019, 01:24:32 PM »
If we have got to build a midfield around Brunt then we are in big,big trouble!

I fear his best days are long gone, and the hustle and bustle of the Championship passes him by. We need someone with legs and creativity in the middle. We need to get a few of the youngsters involved next season, with one or two old heads (In the right positions) I'd offer HRK to anyone on a free, just to get his wage off the books. Im actually looking forward to seeing if our next manager embraces our youth.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: May 30, 2019, 01:18:52 PM »
The fact he still hasnt signed screams of wanting to move clubs. If he was committed, he knows the deal on the table, so he either says yes, or Im off. Worse case scenario is he waits for better deal to come along, which doesn't happen, and he begrudgingly signs our deal. I'd set him a date to sign by, or s*d off. He's clearly not that committed to the club.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: May 29, 2019, 11:30:38 AM »
I’m happy to agree to disagree.   I don’t agree with Lai’s lack of interest in the club, but I accept that it was said at the time that the club would continue to be run on a self-financing basis, and I am well aware of Chinese currency restrictions which has since prevented him from investing funds even if he chose to. I don’t think Peace anticipated this scenario at all.

Peace is a businessman. He took a deal which was a very good deal for him, but I also believe that he thought at the time that it was also a good deal for the club.

I bet JP couldn't believe it when he found someone stupid enough to pay that sort of money. At that point he couldnt give a rats about WBAFC, it was all about his pockets being filled.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 29, 2019, 11:28:02 AM »
Nothing the board have done in the last 3 or 4 years inspires me that they will make the right decision, regardless of cost. As ever it will come down to penny pinching, and then wondering why we don't achieve. It's time to get out of Poundland, and go look in some other shops. If we can pay bang average players 50k a week, why cant we spend good money on a good manager??

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: May 24, 2019, 03:06:34 PM »
I actually feel a bit sorry for Lai. He clearly knew little or nothing about football in UK, and was fed a bloody good line by JP about making good money from the club.
He was taken to the cleaners by JP, who lets not forget had the clubs best interests at heart????? He took the money and ran. Lai is left with a sick dog that he cant afford to heal. I think he will sit back and pray that the next manager can pull a rabbit out the hat and get us promoted, at which point he will try to recoup his outlay. He can throw money at it, but whats the guarantee it will be well spent, remembering the last 2 years, where we have wasted so much money on ordinary players. If I owned the club i wouldnt be throwing money at it right now.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:44:17 AM »
Im still sure it will be someone thats out of work, as we just don't do compensation. They will need to be cheap, and have low expectations, as this board have proved time and again they they don't posses any clear vision. It's all about cost cutting. They haven't learnt that going down this route will always end in disaster. We keep repeating the same mistakes, expecting a different outcome. The board need to remove their blinkers and actually take the best man available, regardless of any compensation or not. But I fear it will be yet another 'Yes' man that the board can control, thats also happy to work with peanuts.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: May 16, 2019, 04:42:30 PM »
I can't see him selling up, as it would be deemed as failure back in China, which is dishonorable in their society. He's lumbered with a 'Sows Ear' that he can't sell as a 'Silk Purse'. If he throws money at it to try and achieve promotion, will he see a return in his investment?? Highly unlikely. He overpaid in the first place. JP was laughing his socks off all the way to the bank. Lai has been royally screwed over.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 16, 2019, 04:38:32 PM »
The boards Criteria will be as per always.

The guy needs to be out of work. Needs to be Cheap. Mustn't demand too much of the club in way of money to spend. Must be a Yes man for the board.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Michael Appleton
« on: April 26, 2019, 01:14:14 PM »
Can't say im inspired by the choice, but as others have said, its not surprising. He's done nothing in a managerial role previously to make me think he could take over the reins here, and be successful. Does smell of a typical cheap job by Albion. Whatever happens at the end of the season this clubs needs a huge shake up from top to bottom. But with the 'Old guard' still running the show I dont hold out much hope.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: April 13, 2019, 05:56:23 PM »
Hopefully today makes them think again about Neil. Not good enough.

Think I agree. Not convinced by the guy.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: April 10, 2019, 01:23:13 PM »
My biggest worry is, who will be deciding our next manager?? Jenkins and the Board, or Lai?? Not that I have much confidence in either option. But it will almost undoubtedly be a cheap option. We clearly don't learn from past experience when it comes to appointments. Lai needs us in the premiership ASAP, so I cant see a young enthusiastic manager being appointment. Every year we spend away from the Greed League Lai's investment goes further down the drain.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: April 09, 2019, 08:58:08 PM »
Frankly I wouldn't take there job if it was offered to me. And I don't think any self respecting manager out there will either. At the moment the club is a complete mess, and I fear we haven't reached the bottom of the barrel yet. It's going to be a long journey, , and not necessarily a happy one. I fear we are going back to the bad day of the late 80's

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: March 03, 2019, 12:37:11 PM »
Well if he's anything like most youngsters, his head will be turned by big bucks elsewhere, playing in the reserves, only to become lost at a League 1 club.
I fear we've missed the boat here (Again) with yet another good youngster.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: February 27, 2019, 04:46:28 PM »
I don't really get the issue with DM. Are we so arrogant as supporters that we expected to win this league by 20 points? This is a tough league, and only 3 teams out of 24 will go up. Many Relegated teams have struggled over the years. We have a new coach, who is learning his trade on the hoof. There was always going to be some ups and downs, but its a darn site more exciting than being bottom 4 in the Premiership, trying to just avoid defeat each week. We will NEVER be on a par with a lot of the Premiership clubs, unless some stupidly mega rich Arab buys us out. We need to keep our feet on the ground and remember who we are. It wasnt too long ago we were playing the likes of Bury at home on a freezing January night.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: February 24, 2019, 10:28:07 AM »
A minute an a half of injury time left and we win a free kick just inside uor half. I'm screaming at SJ to get the ball into the box. He is dithering, but then plays a 5 yard square ball. I despair. There comes a point with virtually the last kick where we needed it in their box. But no, we had to continue with tippy tappy. I love the fact we are trying to play football, but for gods sack, theres a time and a place for it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Hal Robson-Kanu
« on: January 24, 2019, 01:12:35 PM »
HRK or Fabian De Freitas - It's a tough call :)

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