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Coronavirus Thread / Re: Coronavirus
« on: June 14, 2021, 07:01:56 PM »
I've just read that the vaccines are 94% and 96% effective against the new 'end of times' Indian variant so on a par with not being a fat slob as a remedy.

The vast majority of victims are obese. It's been known for months.

Both the people I knew who died were thin as rakes, so some evidence would be good to back up your claim

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Luke Dowling
« on: June 14, 2021, 06:12:58 PM »
Does Dan Ashworth earn 7 figures a year with BHA.

If not, go get him, pay what it takes. It’s the best investment Lai could now make. Give him all the authority he wants.

Brilliant plan JC right up to that point......... ;D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Luke Dowling
« on: June 14, 2021, 05:03:15 PM »
Whilst Dowling leaving is good news overall IMO, the timing of it is senseless - he should have gone as soon as it was obvious that we were going down. Unless we're planning to go back to having a manager rather than a head coach, we're now in turmoil with 2 posts to fill and with one of them being dependent on the other being in post. The season starts in 8 weeks.

Dowling was the only "football person" in a senior management position at the Club. Those clamouring for Jenkins to replace him need to bear in mind that Jenkins is a financial specialist. Our Board actually only consists of 3 people:

Chairman: Li Piyue
Chief Executive: Ken
Operations Director: Mark Miles

None of them know anything about the football side (or much else based on the available evidence). Chris Lepkowski has tweeted following the announcement about Dowling: "of course just a few weeks after the Financial Director announced he was also leaving the club, having resigned. Some strange things going on at the top of WBA". He's referring to Lee Cooper and I must admit that it has passed me by if him leaving has previously been reported. It does leave me wondering if the Board actually has a quorum at the moment?

All we can do now is wait for Ken's statement to see if that sheds any light on what appears to have moved on from a farce to a disgraceful shambles.

I knew Cooper had gone, as I was trying to wordsmith some 'jeans based' jokes, but eventually gave up. He has been replaced by a former Fosun employee.

I said earlier 'be careful what you wish for'. Whilst most of us wanted Dowling out, it was very difficult to make any progress with the very limited financial resources made available to him, although I will concede that his record was not good. The 'Allardyce gamble' didn't come off, so he is a '3 out of 10, see me' employee in the eyes of Lai.

I am mindful of the document provided on this forum recently in respect of the sale of St Andrews. I noted that all interested parties were from China, and I am wondering if we are fast going in the same direction.

So, to put it bluntly I would not be surprised at all if our next Sporting Director is from China and has a ‘vast amount of experience recruiting/operating in the Chinese league’. 

As I say, careful what you wish for........


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Luke Dowling
« on: June 14, 2021, 04:09:06 PM »
For me this is a ‘careful what you wish for’ moment.

How many of you think that this circus is actually capable of recruiting someone better?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: June 13, 2021, 05:50:12 PM »

According to the Daily Star we are willing to accept £15m for our star player, with Norwich and Brentford interested.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/west-brom-transfers-pereira-chelsea-20804586

I hope there is no truth in it but I seriously would not be surprised.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 12, 2021, 03:02:20 PM »
I see Mark Hughes has reappeared on BBC as a pundit on the Wales game. Is he advertising himself. Let's hope no one from West Brom are watching!

I see that Elmo, former West Brom striker HRK has been joined by future West Brom manager Hughes.........

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 12, 2021, 11:22:35 AM »
Just read your reply, son of Woden. I had to switch off yesterday; I can't see an end to the cancer of Lai on this wonderful club. I absolutely despair about where we are heading and cannot see any glimmer of hope here. Folks suggesting Megson; absolute lunacy. It's the distant past, move on. And I never want to hear the name McInnes again...! I mean, they're not Big Ron, are they?  ;D

Same as me coseley, at times this thread is like 'All our yesterdays'.

I just wish they would appoint someone and we can all get on with it. At this moment we are the laughing stock of football - it is just comical how we are conducting our business.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 11, 2021, 02:32:42 PM »
So having earlier been negative towards McInnes, many now want him here.

Another step closer to Hughes...... :(

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 11, 2021, 12:56:35 PM »
I may be wrong but wasn’t McInnes quoted some time ago saying his time was difficult at Bristol partly because his wife hated living in England?

Which member of the board is that in your avatar dangerman?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 11, 2021, 07:51:46 AM »
At this point lets hire Ted Lasso and believe.

Only man for the job as far as I am concerned. Much better than the list of doom at the start of this thread!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 10:06:17 PM »
Where to ?

That really made me laugh, cheers chap😂

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 04:49:37 PM »
Update from Radio WM via twitter that they understand that Alex Neil is not under consideration. Well the field gets thinner by the hour. Anybody out there fancy it?

Knowing our lot that means he is currently at the clubshop picking his tracksuit.....

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 04:17:17 PM »
On merit surely they realise that they shouldn't be appointing Derek McInnes.

A massive assumption zac

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 04:05:06 PM »
You'll also be put in the naughty corner by the mods if you carry on down this path  ;D

You know its coming Tim..... ;D

Cheap, available and he has kicked a ball in the past - all boxes ticked.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 03:31:16 PM »
Cannot believe we are talking about McInnes now.

Next stop Hughes......, ;)

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 02:24:20 PM »
OK, so who went out and put a pony on Wagner?? ;D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 02:16:08 PM »
Just laughable really, typical Albion.

Perhaps they are waiting to see if Big Ron picks up his answerphone message Luke left him.......

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: June 09, 2021, 02:13:53 PM »
BREAKING: The Premier League have fined the 6 Super League clubs around £3.5m each for their involvement in the breakaway tournament. (Source: Sky Sports)

£3.5m is Peanuts to them!

I bet some will appeal that as well...

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 09, 2021, 02:12:57 PM »
Reverts to a low defensive block at the first sign of trouble. His promotion with Huddersfield yielded -2 goal difference.

This is not going to be like watching Liverpool despite some tenuous links to Klopps methodology.

The only thing linking the two is that they are from the same country.........

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 09, 2021, 11:13:31 AM »
To add a bit of perspective to the 18 game winless streak, it actually continued up to 30 games and encompassed a further 3 head coaches after Wagner. So, whilst it sounds horrific, a lot of it can be attributed to the financial and structural collapse of the club, with no money available for transfers, salary caps on players and disarray at board level.
Contrast this to Wilder's record last season, despite spending mega bucks and it doesn't compare so badly.
The two main boxes that needed ticking were promotion and survival and, of the candidates, only Wagner and Wilder, did both. Lai obviously didn't fancy the latter's attitude so stamped his authority, rightly or wrongly, but that's his right. What we shouldn't do is take out our anger and resentment for Lai on Wagner, who seems, dignified, committed and intelligent.
Now the dust has settled, I'm happy to get behind him and look forward to what he has to say. He is Huddersfield's Megson after all!
If Dowling falls on his sword as a consequence, then so be it, he will hardly go down in club history.

Actually I think he will seteefeet!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 09, 2021, 10:19:53 AM »
I've been looking at a current Huddersfield forum thread on Wagner here. It starts off with a post which is criticising Wagner for their current situation, but it's fair to say that the vast majority of the Huddersfield fans who've responded remain supportive of him to this day. See below for some comments I picked out that most struck me:
  • "He performed a miracle 2 seasons running. He took a club which was dwindling at the bottom of the championship with no real hope or ambition and turned everything around - the atmosphere, the belief, the professionalism. The guy was a genius and I can't understand any Town fan who doesn't think he was a hero."
  • "I've never come across a manager of HTFC (or very few others in fact) whereby I'd literally hang off his every word post match on the car journey home, often parking up at home and sat on the drive listening for 10-15 mins until he'd stopped. The guy was utter class and talked exactly as the fans could see it."
  • "I’ve never been hit so hard (apart from family) as I was when I first heard that he was leaving. When I was sat in my seat just behind the dugouts and looked down to see Wagner stood there with his arms folded, I sat back and knew everything was ok."
  • "Really don’t want [being appointed by Albion] to happen. But if it does, when he comes back for the game, I’ll clap him until my bloody hands fall off."
  • "Seeing him in a West Brom baseball cap will kill me a bit inside. Legend is used too often in football but he truly is. I’ll clap my heart out for the bloke."
I think comments like those above illustrate that Wagner deserves more respect than quite a few people on here have been giving him thus far.

We dont want him Worc, he had a couple of dodgy results with Schalke :)

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Luke Dowling
« on: June 09, 2021, 09:01:04 AM »
I wonder if Dowling has partly had the Wilder option taken away as the Allardyce tenure didn't work out which was also  a Dowling option .

To be fair Dexy, the appointment of Allardyce was logical given our dire position at the time, most of us would have gone with that given any alternatives available.

It is likely to be the failed Allardyce appointment that ultimately costs him I think.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 09, 2021, 08:12:25 AM »
Agreed Lai probably wasn’t even aware we needed a new manager, probably assumed Pulis was still doing a good job.

I sometimes wonder whether Lai is aware he owns a football club......

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 09, 2021, 07:53:24 AM »
Again a new name comes into the frame and there are plenty of reasons as to why he should not be our manager. In this instance Wagner could not cope with the Premier league and then had a bad time at Schalke. Wilder had a disastrous season last year, and Lampard underperformed with a decent Chelsea team and was pretty 'meh' with Derby, limping into 6th position.

So basically they are all the same records wise, Sam had a pretty good record before he came here but no doubt even with the 'Albion stain' he will get another gig. Not sure I see the point of pouring over their failings when we are not in the market for a top drawer manager. All of the candidates will have a chequered past, and if by some miracle they don't, then they probably will have when they leave us.

Whoever it is, lets just get on with it, get behind them and support the team.   

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 09, 2021, 07:27:00 AM »
I am past caring now to be honest, whatever will be will be.........

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