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IMO Ivanovic has been a shrewd signing. People don't often notice the influence that some players have whilst on the pitch. Johnstone and Bartley have both shown signs of improvement with his leadership at the back.

I feel we could have got far better value for money than we have with Diangana and Grant. I was delighted to see Diangana back  but it has certainly prevented us from strengthening other areas. Grant might turn out to be a decent investment but personally I just don't think he is Prem standard.

Last Match Forum - 28/11 Sheffield United (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: November 28, 2020, 07:34:38 PM »
I prefer to view it as 5 across midfield rather than 5 at the back.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 22, 2020, 06:11:43 PM »
I don't agree - how are we inferior to Burnley and Sheff U?

We play better football than both who have Dinosaur managers.  I'm all for being realistic but let's not talk ourselves down too much!

We lack top flight experience. Burnley have plenty of that. There isn’t a huge amount of difference between us an Sheff Utd.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 22, 2020, 01:26:09 PM »
We have the weakest squad in the league and yet still only a point off 17th. The last couple of performances have been much better but we lack quality all over the pitch for this level.

Last Match Forum - 21/11 Manchester United (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: November 21, 2020, 09:58:12 PM »
I hate the Prem, its corrupt officials and big team bias.

Last Match Forum - 21/11 Manchester United (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: November 21, 2020, 08:54:59 PM »
Solid enough but United look very poor. We have absolutely nothing up front. We needed a Deeney type to make it stick in games like this.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 09, 2020, 05:26:44 PM »
I find stubbornness to be a trait of a lot of Eastern Europeans. I've worked with many and also employed them. Lovely people but stubborn as mules and even when they are wrong or make mistakes never seem to change their minds.

Last Match Forum - 08/11 Tottenham Hotspur (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: November 08, 2020, 04:46:46 PM »
No manager gets 100% of the squad at any club, that's fantasy land stuff.

I felt we could do no more today with the limitations of the squad. Look at our back 5 today. All Champ standard at best yet kept 3 world class players at bay. Took a goalkeeping error to settle it. Regardless of how much we put in we just ain’t good enough.

Last Match Forum - 08/11 Tottenham Hotspur (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: November 08, 2020, 02:03:10 PM »
We can debate tactics, formations etc but the facts are that we lack quality all over the pitch. You can't fault the effort and commitment today though.

Last Match Forum - 08/11 Tottenham Hotspur (H) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: November 08, 2020, 01:03:52 PM »
We’ve looked far more committed today and played some nice stuff. Lack of quality is evident however.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 08, 2020, 11:13:57 AM »
What an odd line up. We’ll probably go and win.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 06, 2020, 03:29:37 PM »
What was the team name mate? I played in Warley and Sandwell County for years.

It was of course! Division 5 if I remember.

There used to be a separate section on here for match reports and pictures etc. Not sure how many of the lads still post on here.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 06, 2020, 12:21:01 PM »
Was it you that caused their ultimate demise?  :P

They couldn't keep up with me!  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 06, 2020, 09:29:37 AM »
I cant remember exactly but I don't think you are far out with 2001, certainly I remember being on here in 2002.

For anyone that doesn't know, we used to have a Sunday morning football team as well in the Warley League. I was manager so in future when anyone questions my opinions they need to think on. Not only am I incredibly knowledgable I also have managerial experience.

Therefore, I am always right, so dissenting voices 🤫

Thank you and goodnight. 😎😜

I also played, captained and eventually managed that team. 😜

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 04, 2020, 12:23:39 PM »
The squad isn't  great but it could certainly be more competitive. It's the way Bilic sets up that is the problem. If you have inferior players you cant go toe to toe with teams on a game by game basis. You have to be tactically astute and you have to be solid. We are from from solid, way too easy to play against and this is down to the way Bilic likes his teams to play.

I agree we could be a lot more competitive and also press the opposition more. We don't look that fit compared to other teams either IMO. We also lack a bit of steel in the middle of the park too.

We need to become more solid as a unit which would then perhaps rely on more counter attacking play. As you say we are not going to outplay many teams.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 04, 2020, 10:43:09 AM »
Bilic has his faults. We knew that before he came here. His record overall is OK nothing more. However this squad lacks the quality required to compete at this level. IMO no manager is going to much better. Look at the starting line up on Monday. Only 2 players with any real Prem experience and one of them is Livermore.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: November 03, 2020, 11:28:53 AM »
Lets be honest here. What manager worth their salt is going to come and work for the clowns that are running the club at present? If Slav does go then expect another Pulis / Allardyce type appointment or worse still someone like Appleton.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kamil Grosicki
« on: October 31, 2020, 05:19:26 PM »
An interesting piece about Grosicki. Didn’t want to leave by all accounts. Strange that we needed to save some money yet Forest offered him more.

Nottingham Forest wanted to sign Kamil Grosicki on loan from West Bromwich Albion in the last window.

The two clubs agreed a deal, but the transfer didn’t go through due to paperwork not being submitted before the domestic transfer deadline. The details were submitted 21 seconds after the window closed.

Earlier this week, explained the 32-year-old’s future was set to be decided by the Arbitration Commission.

On Thursday, they confirmed the Poland international will not be joining Forest and will continue at West Brom, at least until the end of this year.

Polish outlet WP SportoweFakty had an opportunity to interview Grosicki and asked about the situation.

He said: “I am surprised myself. From the very beginning, I felt there was a problem and that the transfer would most likely not work. If it were otherwise, in the future, other clubs could have relied on my case in the future.

“There are no sacred cows. If you are late for the train half a minute and it leaves, you will not get on it. I just don’t know why I waited so long to hear “no”. The reasoning came that the transfer did not come out because it was carried out too late. About 21 seconds.

“I signed my contract with Nottingham Forest five minutes before closing the window, exactly at 16.55 (English time). There was no complication on my part. I don’t know who was at fault later, who made the mistake.”

When asked why he decided to leave West Brom, who were promoted from the Championship last season, he said, “But I didn’t want to leave West Bromwich Albion.”

“After returning from October’s international break, on the last day of the transfer window, I learned from the club that we have a large squad and there may not be enough space for me. More specifically: that I will probably not be entered into the competition.

“I told the sports director that I wanted to fight for my chance in the Premier League and I didn’t consider a transfer. Hours flew by and I began to think about the future. Not playing for WBA would complicate my situation in the national team, and soon the European championship.

“Nottingham Forest had expressed first interest six weeks earlier, so me and my manager renewed the topic. I didn’t smile to leave, but on the other hand, Nottingham was fighting a lot for me, which would have to do with playing regularly for this club. They also offered an excellent contract.”

“I’d make a lot more money than at West Brom. They fought a lot for me at Nottingham, I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for them this season. It was not known where I would actually end up.”

“Mr. Evangelos Marinakis owns two clubs – Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos. They tried to ‘spin’ it so that in the absence of Nottingham’s promotion to the Premier League, I would have ended up in Greece next season.”

After it was confirmed Grosicki will not leave West Brom, he had a chat with his manager, Slaven Bilić.

“Slaven Bilić said that he believed in me and that I am just as important as others. He did not explicitly say that he would let me play, but I am convinced that it will be fine,” the player added

“We have good contact, we respect each other. Before that, I didn’t play in the Premier League mainly because of injury and transfer turmoil. But that will change and the club will still be satisfied with me.

“I’m ready to go out on the pitch this weekend. Nobody ‘fired’ me. At the club, they know that the Premier League was my dream.”

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Players you feel we have missed out on
« on: October 31, 2020, 01:03:56 PM »
Didn’t Pulis turn down the opportunity to sign Van Dijk from Celtic?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: TV Games
« on: October 29, 2020, 02:30:28 PM »
Telegraph Football Twitter Account

Premier League executives will float proposals on Tuesday to reduce pay-per-view match broadcasts to £10 in a bid to ease the storm of fan anger since the scheme was introduced this month.

Make it a fiver and people won’t think twice about paying it. Even a tenner will put a lot of people off.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kamil Grosicki
« on: October 29, 2020, 12:42:56 PM »
I’m glad he’s staying but still can’t see him coming back into the squad. Hope I’m wrong though. He has a lot offer IMO.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:25:05 PM »
Very good second half. I thought Robinson made a difference when he came on. Could be in for Diangana next game. Great goal from Grant but overall I thought Krovinovic was excellent tonight.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: October 26, 2020, 06:30:13 PM »
The majority of this squad limped out of a poor Championship. The lack of quality is there to see. The only signing we've made with any real top flight experience is a 36 year old. I also think we've put all our eggs into one basket with Diangana.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 26, 2020, 04:35:26 PM »
That side pretty much picks itself now apart from maybe Gibbs. The bench really does show how weak this squad is.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Luke Dowling
« on: October 26, 2020, 04:22:02 PM »
I’m amazed that we’ve only used one of our Prem loans. You could argue we are saving it for Jan but surely that window is even more difficult to work in. Assuming Grosicki goes we are 2 down on a 25 man squad.

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