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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Today at 10:29:21 AM »
Athletic article today says he will pick up £4m a year (after tax i'm assuming) and is on a 3 year deal.

Does anyone know where 'Full Throstle' is available. I don't think i've seen it.  A quick google search didnt seem to help.

My google fu shows 1 available on Ebay

Thank you for posting the Telegraph article gazberg, much appreciated 👍

No worries mate, hope you found something interesting in it!

In todays E+S it states VI is happy with the squad but would like a striker, Delap is one he would be keen on if made available.

Ok thanks both, here we are then, from John Percy of The Telegraph :-

It is almost three months since West Bromwich Albion dropped out of the Premier League, but the Valérien Ismaël revolution is already in full swing.

He is sitting high up in the Hawthorns’ Smethwick End outlining his philosophy and vision for the future, and it instantly becomes clear that Albion’s new head coach means business.

Since his appointment in June, Ismaël has grabbed West Brom by the shirt collar and given the club an almighty shake, removing any lethargy and disappointment after relegation.

They start the Championship campaign on Friday against Bournemouth with Ismaël’s reputation high after taking Barnsley to the play-offs last season, utilising a relentlessly energetic, super-pressing approach which was the equivalent of a bludgeon to the senses of opponents.

West Brom will be one of the favourites to achieve promotion and under Ismaël, they aim to become a team nobody will want to face.

“It’s all about high-intensity on the pitch, being unpleasant for the opponent and giving everything for 90 minutes,” he says.

“In our stadium, with our fans, it has to be horrible for the opponent. We have to create an atmosphere of fear when they come here.

“Togetherness is very important and we need everyone. When one slips, we are dead - that is the motto.

“Only a few teams, like Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid, are able to dominate the opponent in possession. My teams are able to dominate any team with intensity, and it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

Ismaël is an impressive man, speaking with clarity and total conviction in his philosophy. A former centre-back in his playing days, at nearly 6ft 4in he is someone you want to keep happy.

He is also big on discipline, and made it clear days into his tenure that he would not tolerate any hangover from last season, when West Brom finished second-bottom with only five league wins.

Matheus Pereira, the Brazilian winger, has been frozen out in pre-season after informing the club of his desire to leave.

“We told the players very early on to forget what happened last season,” says Ismaël. “This is a restart for everyone. We are looking forward and it’s clear we need everyone in or out.

“When you are in, it’s 100 per cent. If you’re out, you’re out. We want to work with people who want to work with us and are proud to play for West Brom. This is what I want to see and the message is clear.”

Ismaël will be 46 in September and has worked as a manager for nearly a decade, with a wide breadth of experiences.

He has fought for promotion in Germany with Vfl Wolfsburg II, guided Austrian club LASK to the round of 16 in the Europa League [where they were beaten by Manchester United] before last season’s remarkable turnaround of Barnsley.

“I believe in my philosophy and over the last two years I’ve played 100 games with it at every level from Champions League qualification, the Europa League group stage and Championship,” he says.

“It’s a journey as a manager. You start the work, you fail or get rejection, then stand up and go again to improve your skills.

“I always knew how difficult it was to do this job but you stay strong and true to yourself.

“I’ve learned so much already. The big difference as a player is that you’re focused on just yourself, staying fit and recovery. As a manager you are responsible for everyone else.”

His achievements at Barnsley, losing narrowly over two legs in the play-off semi-final against Swansea, were inevitably going to attract interest from rival clubs.

Crystal Palace considered him in their managerial search before appointing Patrick Vieira, but it was West Brom who paid the £2 million compensation fee. Their commitment to him was underlined by the decision to offer a four-year contract.

“Barnsley was a successful story. It was always my dream to work in English football,” he says.

“It was the right choice and now West Brom is the next logical step forward for me as a manager.

“The intensity will not change, whether it is Barnsley or West Brom. The difference [here] is the squad and its quality. My expectation is that we will have more possession here than Barnsley.”

Ismaël has inherited a squad with a blend of experience and emerging young talent, though some fans do have concerns over the depth.

He has high hopes for record £20 million signing Grady Diangana (“he has huge quality, it could be a massive season for him”) and midfielder Alex Mowatt (“the exact profile of player we need”), who signed from Barnsley on a free transfer.

Pre-season has been meticulously planned, with short training sessions lasting usually 45 minutes. His players have to be super-fit to play under him, while he expects total professionalism away from the club.

Ismaël is also very reliant on data and analytics, offering a fascinating insight into his philosophy.

“We play 3-4-3 and all the players - the three centre-halves, wing-backs, the No. 6 and front-three - need to hit numbers to make sure we have that intensity,” he says.

“The numbers will be total distance, high-speed and sprinting. After that you have another measure which is the player load.

“When I choose a player he must not drop below the average line. If they do, the question is are they injured or unfit, or do we need another one.

“This is my way to success and the good thing with the data is that you don’t need finance, or an agent telling you things, it’s about finding the right player for the position.”

Ismaël has fully immersed himself into his new role. Days after his appointment he watched the documentary “Full Throstle” which details the history of the club. He has also met with representatives from The Albion Foundation, the club’s official charity partner.

He lives in nearby Sutton Coldfield, with his family - wife Karolina and daughters Lupita and Cataleya - remaining in Munich, though they are expected to attend the first home game against Luton.

The Ismaël revolution will be televised on Friday, as the 46-game slog begins. “It’s a tough, crazy, but interesting league. There are so many ways to play,” he says.

“Sometimes it’s just about set-pieces so we need to adapt and be flexible. We need to become a more complete team.

“We have the squad to do this and we’ll be completely ready against Bournemouth."

I did just post it but then remembered someone said it's dodgy to do so? Can anyone clarify if it's ok to copy and paste it, if so i will repaste it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Today at 08:52:46 AM »
Well Al Hilal or whatever have just done some real damage to the transfer market. Any player who has no interest in their career just the money side of it will be tapping up their agents getting them to go to the Saudi clubs to see what they can get, negotiate a deal illegally and then drive down the value of themselves. Very disappointing. I would hope other clubs dont give in like we did.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: Yesterday at 09:22:08 PM »
They are buying a proven goalscorer.

He improves them immensely.

Ssd to think we were ahead of them 2-3 years ago and now they are streets ahead

I rate him as a player but as mentioned earlier, will his body hold up for 3 more years.

Sadly that's money. Villa running at around net loss of £220m for the last 3 years (not including 20/21 season) and that includes the money they received from sale of ground and new training area.

Owners are pumping in around £100m a season on average it feels like. Putting their money where their mouths are.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: Yesterday at 09:14:34 PM »
Villa paid £25m guaranteed and upto another 5m in add ons apparently. Not sure if that's a good deal or not?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 08:33:02 PM »
Can't see us selling on the cheap because he's annoying the back office  ;D

I certainly hope not mate

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 08:13:06 PM »
Agent speak for fee not agreed, you really do need to be more cynical Gaz

I'm trying to be less cynical, on this board anyway  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 08:12:40 PM »
well if he wants to go club should make him put in transfer request

I do find it a cheek that he hasn't put in a transfer request. Means he will get a loyalty bonus usually. What a joke.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 08:09:16 PM »
Has Romano given the fee of £17m then?

NO fee mentioned but whatever has been agreed it doesnt sound like it will be too different. Finetuning the fee were the words, not miles apart sadly

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 08:08:05 PM »
Yes, being the most important part of any transfer, agreeing a fee with the selling club. Apart from that it's all done and dusted.

I know how ridiculous it sounds but no ones willing to do anything other than give in to Pereiras greed by sounds of it

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 08:07:08 PM »
Did you go on his twitch? What exactly did he say in addition to his tweet?

Yeah i watched it. No real revelations outside the tweet just confirmed Pereira is desparate to go, pushing the club to let him go get his payday, WBA sound fed up of him. Deal is close just need to fine tune the fee. Take from that what you will.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 08:00:32 PM »
Allegedly !  I will stick with the tried and trusted "Percy knows before anyone else on twitter"

Fair enough mate but Romano is on the ball and rarely wrong. Hopefully this is one of those times he is.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 07:57:20 PM »
So thats no change to 10 days ago, (as per MP's public rant)

WBA board have changed from won't sell on cheap then to now willing to sell on cheap

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 07:53:44 PM »
Has it been confirmed he is going (Percy?)
Has the fee been confirmed ?

Its often said on here "i will believe it when i see him in the stripes"   well frankly, similarly i cannot / will not believe that the club can be this incompetent until i see it from a reliable source.

Romano confirmed deal close, just fee to be agreed. Personal terms sorted a while back.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 07:16:02 PM »
Vile have signed Southampton’s Danny Inges, undisclosed fee

I put that in the Vile thread earlier which seems to have vanished into thin air  :o

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 07:14:45 PM »
She could want all she likes mate I'd be long gone with that kind of wedge  ;D .


Full change of identity too

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 07:13:51 PM »
About another 60k?


I did put that then deleted it because it sounded sarcy but you are right he really does want it with little regard for the club.

Ok, so if fee is £17m and they are offering 130k per week thats £6,760,000 per year in wages.   Lets presume he's getting a 4 year deal thats £27,040,000 in wages. Thats a £44m commitment to purchase and keep MP for 4 years.

I'd ask for £25m at a minimum to do the deal which leaves poor old MP just the £19million tax free to live on for 4 years. 19,000,000 divided by 208 weeks (4 years) is a take home of £91,346 PER WEEK AFTER TAX.

I hope Ken is doing some maths and telling them they need to rejiggle their figures and offer to MP.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 07:07:27 PM »
Still love the wife but they can have her for a couple of million, hang on, make it three so the lad can buy a house  ;D .


She might want to come back on a free after a few days at that dump

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 07:06:46 PM »
If it’s 17m it’s poor business for me.

If they can offer him 130-150k a week they can afford to pay at least £25m.

I can only imagine a huge selling on fee being part of the deal…but this is Albion.

JP would never have sold him cheaply he would have gotten top dollar for him.

Run by clowns if this price is true

Said it once the rumours of the deal started gaining traction last night, Tell them the fee is £25-30m, you have a budget of xxx for MP for fee and wages combined, take out the  25fee, adjust MP wages down minus the fee, he's still filthy rich and we get a fair price. I believe Stan did an example for £25m after i did one for £30 based on the fee being 15m, hes still walking away with about 70k per week in his backpocket. What the hell more does he want?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: Yesterday at 06:55:02 PM »
Pity, used to quite like Danny Ings. Just a lookalike from Game of Thrones now. Oh well.....

The Vile are determined to make you dislike many things you once loved Dan

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: Yesterday at 06:53:09 PM »
Hard to judge without knowing the price. I don’t see him having another season where he gets 20+ league goals though. I think he’ll get around 10!

I don't know, depends how well his body holds up. If he plays a full-ish season he will do well for them. Hope he doesn't!

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