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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:01:29 PM »
Over the last 3/4 years the academy has been brilliant, producing a string of talented youngsters.
To have young players being pursued by Man City and Barca would have been unthinkable not so long ago. Who can blame those people for taking that chance, our issue should be in the compensation paid for developing players and add on for future sales.
The money involved at first team levels with promotion or relegation means it will always hard to make the breakthrough for younger players.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: May 14, 2019, 06:50:41 PM »
Phillips needs to start, if you bring him on with 30 mins left he may not make it through if there is any extra time.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: April 14, 2019, 06:29:35 PM »
I was just hoping a manager would come in so they could assess the squad properly before the summer, given the clearout that has to happen whichever league we are in.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 21, 2019, 09:12:09 AM »
Judging by the highlights I think the camera person may have recorded proceeding on their mobile phone while swinging around in a hammock....... in a gale.
I think you can safely say VAR will not be coming to QPR anytime soon.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: November 28, 2018, 11:30:46 PM »
Well done the coaching team for spotting Swansea’s weakness at the back post on set plays. Controlled performance and I thought fairly comfortable win.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:27:17 AM »
Lots of positives to take from the match, for me the midfield energy provided by Morrison used in preference to Brunt or Barry is important. Interested to see where we go from here with team selection.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Tyrone Mears signs official
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:26:42 PM »
Begs the question though, why does anyone need a scapegoat? We are unbeaten in 7 games.
I'm not a fan of Mears by any means, and think we need a better back up when Phillips is out, but a scapegoat is someone who gets blamed when things go wrong. Since he came in we haven't lost and I can't remember him directly costing us a goal so, while he isn't the greatest by any means, there's nothing to blame him for.
I agree it was a decent cross by the way.

Agree completely, once we lose a 2 in a row the vitriol on here may be horrendous.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Thoughts on the Season to date
« on: October 10, 2018, 09:03:16 AM »
It’s much more interesting than the last 5 seasons have been.
DM has made some decisions with subs I don’t agree with but they have worked (Spurs last year, Wednesday this season) but that’s why he is running things, he is far more astute than I gave him credit for.
Goals scored by us have been rare in recent years and it is now great to see, but this increase has been at both ends of the pitch.
Only downside is we sit high in the league have had a better start than most thought (check Stoke and Swansea) but still some of our supporters are not happy. I understand we want perfection, but enjoy the good times, celebrate the positives and remember Mears is wearing stripes and giving his all.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:34:49 AM »
Reminds me a lot of the Ardiles season so far, settling into a new system after a few years of tedium. Good attitude from the players, always a risk but we had to chase the game and they left a couple of quick lads up front to cause us problems on the break. It worked last night in the last 15 minutes but sometimes we will lose by 3-0 from that position when having a go.
I personally much prefer to watch the we will score more than you style than the turgid years we have just endured. Sure it may not get us promotion and return to the invest or die League, but it’s going to o be a hell of a rollercoaster.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: August 26, 2018, 06:10:43 PM »
Chris has continued his habit of silly fouls committed due to his lack of pace. With his central position this can be very costly. His inevitable ban will allow a change in personnel within 10 matches.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:08:12 AM »
Quote from Sky’s championship expert David Prutton which shows he knows very little about us.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports he said, “This is a tough one to call between two very big, powerful sides who thrive from set-piece situations.


Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 11, 2018, 03:53:49 PM »
Only for overseas Geoff

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Assistant Head Coach
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:38:15 AM »
Has he delayed signing so he can go and work for Terry Henry at Vile ? Nightmare after all this time waiting.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Safe Standing.
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:19:55 PM »
Just watching the pictures on Sky of fans celebrating England’s late winner against Tunisia. Just like watching a goal scored in the 70’s or 80’s.
Safe standing is just not a sensible or necessary risk.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jonathan Leko
« on: June 03, 2018, 12:39:25 PM »
Surprised at the length of contract signed, they must still have faith in him. Needs to be in the first team squad and getting some game time this season if he is to make it I think.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth McAuley
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:09:30 AM »
Does he want to be a back up in the Chumps league ? I would have thought that he wants to play a season whilst he still can and may prefer to move for regular games. Just a guess, but we should be straight with him and give him a choice, one year contract as back up or go with our very best wishes.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:55:44 AM »
Not my personal choice but will start with a clean slate. Let’s see what happens over the summer and get behind the team.
One thing is certain we need to have a decent start to unite the support behind the team. Having gained promotion under Merson and Billy Davies expansive football would be a surprise but as usual success would masks a lot of those issues.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Pre Season
« on: May 15, 2018, 01:56:47 PM »
Isle of Man anyone ? 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke (on loan at Celtic)
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:01:12 AM »
Still have some concerns about him. He looks a real threat going forward and can be a match winner, however he is worse than Koumas for tracking back in any way shape or form. A real luxury player that has to perform or is a passenger as imo when not attacking he is a liability. He needs to learn the true team ethic or if Darren becomes manager may not play very much.

Agree with the above, unless you’re a shareholder what gain do you get watching rubbish and targeting 40 points? I’ve heard loads of fans saying we need to be where the money is but I’ve had a ST since 92 and never had a penny from the club when we’ve done well. I pay to be entertained.... doesn’t happen often but that’s the plan!
Guess your 92 ticket was because of the hope of good football, goals and a chance of success. Not because we were in league 2, a case which speaks volumes about life outside survival at all costs.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager
« on: May 06, 2018, 09:34:08 AM »
I think the board are now in a no win situation. Moore has performed better than anyone expected by uniting the club having a bit of luck and back to basics approach. However he has no experience at player purchase and recruiting the right mix which is going to be vital over the summer.
Choose any other manager and as soon as you hit a poor spell or we don’t like a signing the board will get all the flack. If Moore gets it wrong which is probable given his experience then the board will get the blame.
My preference is still for an outside manager but only because I still believe the club needs a complete overhaul not an oil change.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:59:39 PM »
Much as I love the job he is doing in restoring our pride, I would not want him to take us into next season.
However it would be great if he stayed on in a coaching capacity as he is clearly gifted. I think we all want a clean sweep but it is preferable to have a new manager with some experience in my opinion.

Not had a season ticket for 3 years, already put the money to one side ready. Prem has become boring for me and looking forward to a league where we could be competitive.
I accept it is good to eat at the top table but the chance to win a reasonable number of matches is something to relish.

General Football & Sports / Re: VAR
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:54:57 PM »
My concerns are
1. If the use is for clear and obvious errors by the officials then if the ref in the studio cannot be sure then it is not an obvious error. The pitchside onitor needs scrapping.

2. As they get better at using the system the officials will rely on it more and more and will then interrupt the game continually. This has happened in both cricket and rugby.

3. The crowd needs to understand what has happened for the original decision to be changed.

Needs more work to make its use easier

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rest in Peace Cyrille Regis.
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:58:46 PM »
Really nice tribute by Ian Wright on Sky’s debate show tonight.

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