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  1. Not surprised with the number of Sports clubs now involved with us. If we make good kits then we should be selling to other clubs. Another good business development.
  2. Re Vyner and TM it sounded like they are on the cusp of stay or go. He mentioned that Vyner has proved himself in the Championship but whereas before we needed players coming through to be good enough for the Championship we now need them to be Premier League potential which I assume changes Vyner and TM’s situation, The most worrying thing for me is that he seemed dubious about Kalas signing (wages ?) but said if he did he knows he can work well with Webster and Bailey Wright. Now that may refer to playing 3 at the back or with the mention of Bailey Wright could be that Webster bids incoming. He said re his contract that things came up last week which meant it was put off for a week or so and that the board and he have to match each other’s ambition. So with glass half empty I am worrying LJ was in Portugal and hears about a bid for Webster which with Kalas possibly going elsewhere would probably kill off any chance of a better season ahead unless we spend very big bucks. Probably just me overthinking but losing Kalas, Webster and LJ is a nightmare scenario.
  3. As far as I’m aware Chelsea have only just announced that they are taking 2 loanees into the first team squad next season, Tammy and Zouma. I presume they now have to sort out the other 30/40 that they have out on loan and hold discussions. Not a five minute job I suspect. Our 3 loanees will no doubt be leaving negotiations to their agents whilst they take a well earned break. I’m sure Chelsea’s staff, Players agents and players themselves will be doing everything they can to prioritise their future but I suspect the impatience of fans of BCFC will not be their biggest concern just now. I know it sucks that they keep us waiting but I’m sure LJ and MA will do a little video soon with one or two underwhelming signing announcements to try and appease us. How long until the window closes ?
  4. I guess it’s all about the timing of the players coming through. Undoubtedly some need to go out and learn at lower levels but occasionally someone like Kelly bursts through. Had Joe Bryan stayed maybe Kelly would have played less. What will be interesting is seeing if anymore will be stepping up pre-season. Bakinson, Semenyo and Morrell for example could all solve problems for us if they do and possibly save us a wad of cash. Likewise Moore and Vyner and possibly Janneh could come into the reckoning. It is one of the dilemmas as to deciding ‘the right time’ for these and others. We are rumoured to be spending a large chunk of our budget on Moore when we may already have better in Semenyo. LJ has a lot to ponder, especially if the budget is tighter than many expect because expectation levels are certainly now much higher after this season.
  5. ‘No ambition apart from treading water’ Are you serious ? 1/ Fantastic stadium rebuild 2/ Improved final league position 5 years in a row. 3/ One of the best young English managers 4/Sold 2 Academy graduates for £17m last year 5/Sold 1 Academy product for £17m today 6/ Have more young players getting league experience than most Championship teams and some wonderful talent coming through. 7/ In with a chance of play-offs until the last game of the season 8/ An owner that is also a fan that’s got us into a position where we will probably spend more on players than ever before in the close season. Lets keep treading water like the Gas eh ?
  6. Interesting that Gregor mentions rumours that LJ is not happy with next seasons budget as a factor in the sale. Maybe SL told him if he needs extra funds for Kalas/Da Silva and a striker then money needs to be raised. Taking a bid early in the window gives LJ the chance to possibly meet their demands before they go elsewhere.
  7. Let’s face it he may well become an England international but he was our 2nd choice left back and 5/6th choice centre back this season and would probably not be a first choice in either position next season unless we are struggling. LJ I think said 12/18 months away from converting to centre back and to get out of this division we need strength in depth now. For the same reason I would not expect to see O’Leary first choice for us next season. Good luck Lloyd, so now use the money well and onwards and upwards.
  8. So Wednesday owner has apparently sold the stadium (as per Derby method I’m guessing) and another bit of FFP avoidance no doubt!
  9. The key word is ‘estimated’ wealth so it’s not difficult to estimate the value of the assets SL holds that are in the public domain. The Rich List does not include funds in bank accounts. My guess is that would probably be a nice little chunk of available cash for Maggie L to do her weekly shop down at Tesco’s.
  10. I think our chances of Kalas, DaSilva and Palmer plummeted once we missed the chance of promotion. Had we gone up all 3 were possible. Kalas has spent a few seasons in the Championship and this was his only failure. He would probably want Premier League although his recent International appearance will not have helped that. So for me probably Celtic or Europe as he can do no more for his career in the Championship. DaSilva will also feel he’s done enough to get a bigger club (we could be his fall-back option) and Palmer may want more regular football. I’m hoping all 3 stay but I’d be pleasantly surprised if we recruit any of them.
  11. How I read LJ’s explanation is that the only way a red card is overturned is if there is no offence at all. In this case there is an argument for a yellow card but appeals don’t change red to yellow so an appeal could therefore be termed a frivolous appeal and incur an extra game ban.
  12. Don’t see the problem with a player being upset. It just shows he is passionate and being a professional will probably be raring to go again on Sunday. Sometimes I think we look for something deeper when it’s just a player disappointed at being subbed. He is a man who clearly cares about the club and the fans and probably in hindsight felt a little embarrassed by his strop so didn’t come out at the end.
  13. I would say that LJ most definitely wants sparkle but it has to fit the team and the way it plays. Whether it’s Palmer, Eliasson, Semenyo, Walsh, O’Dowda or whoever it’s up to the individual to make the team better. Where we have made massive improvements this year is in the teams ability to adapt to different formations and tactics and some players ie Webster, DaSilva and Brownhill in particular have responded brilliantly. I fully expect some of the others to step up next season and give us the extra flair we often lack to turn the tight games especially at home. It will need one or two quality additions but then I would hope that we would challenge for top 4 rather than top 6. Of course we all want it now but I think most of us now believe that we are heading in the right direction with LJ and that in itself is a massive change. Having said that I’m not quite ready to give up on this season yet. Maybe after Tuesday/Wednesday but not yet.
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