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  1. Sydneybcfc

    Mark Ashton On Summer Transfers

    I always see people criticizing the Diony thing but we took a punt on a player who we had been tracking for several years and maybe had we got him early enough been the next Kodjia, Fammy etc. They had been tracking him for years but obviously he got a transfer and was locked into a decent sized contract at Saint-Étienne. Out of the blue he was unsettled at the club and we rightfully took a punt on it, some times these things net you a top player for cheap other times you end up with Nicky Hunt. Lightning struck twice and we ended up with Nicky but if anything we should give the club credit for only putting in an option and not a mandatory purchase!
  2. Sydneybcfc

    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    You only have to look at the goings on with Barcelona earlier to know it can go even further down to the wire, in that case both sides had announced it before Barca swooped in and stole the guy. At least the clubs have all kept quiet this time until the paperwork is lodged with the FA.
  3. Sydneybcfc

    Goals from midfield.

    The midfield is basically the heart of the team, we've got loads of specialists who have grown and improved over the last few years but none of them are the kind of player who will dictate the tempo of the game. We've got a mixture of defensive midfielders who get a nosebleed in the final 3rd or lightweight midfielders (in the Bobby Reid mould) who fail to impose themselves on the game. You only need to read the João Carvalho thread from the forest game to know were crying out for an all rounder with an eye for a pass and goal. Losing the midfield battle puts more pressure on our defence and makes our attack look toothless, i'm not saying its an easy position to fill as i think De Bruyne already has a club but i think its certainly an area we haven't strengthened and its probably the most important.
  4. Sydneybcfc

    Bobby Reid in the Premier League

    You have to only go back to last summer when people were losing their minds that he was our replacement for Kodja "sack the manager and board, were getting relegated" to see why he doesn't owe us anything. I'm not saying he ever did anything before last season to earn our admiration but he also didn't do anything to receive half the abuse he got either. Regardless i hope he does well, I've got Cardiff supporting mates who I've had to endure all last season and while i'm hopeful they come straight back down and start wearing red again i do hope Bobby goes on to be a success.
  5. Sydneybcfc

    Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    As an occasional poster on here, this forum can be at times be full of the most negative kind of city fans.... but holy mackerel that thread bar one poster is the epitome of bitter old men who like to make sh@t up and probably commit petty crimes then wonder why the police have it in for them.
  6. Sydneybcfc

    Minimum wage (Merged)

    From the EP article it actually sounds like we paid them more than the minimum wage overall, its just some months we were short of it other months over it. Not going to say that's ideal but lets not turn a molehill into a mountain.
  7. Sydneybcfc

    JET finally released by QPR

    He got loaned out to MK in his first season after failing to make an impact in the Championship, then joined Gillingham on loan for a season in L1 where he played nearly 30 games. I think at some point in that time Skeletor arrived as QPR manager and totally froze him out of the squad, last season he wasn't even listed on their website as a player despite them holding his contract. I don't know if he even trained with them, when i bothered to see what he was up to (i don't follow him) he was always at the boxing with his mate/watching or playing basketball or organising his club nights. Bit sad really, get the feeling they probably tried to mutually rip up his contract and he refused which is probably understandable the wedge they probably gave him Vs what he earned with us.
  8. Sydneybcfc

    Team for next season

    It will be interesting to see who gets captaincy this season, if its Bailey then i can see him possibly being preferred to Baker especially after all his injury niggles last season. I don't know, hes not old enough to be a Louis Carey statesman captain who is happy to be backup but a steady head in the dressing room. I know the fans prefer Baker but LJ will have a tough decision as CB isn't a great position for rotation unless one gets a long injury.
  9. Sydneybcfc

    New kit

    Was in there today and there wasn't a lot outside of polo shirts and the like, unless you want kids socks of course which they have by the bucket load. I guess its most likely the upheaval of the rebranding of the Rugby lot thats causing the delay if you call it that.
  10. Sydneybcfc

    Replica Kit Sale?

    When we used a big manufacturer there was always a minimum order for a club our size, when we used adidas the minimum order would be at a guess something in the order of about 10k shirts etc. Inevitably we'd have a lot left over and have to sell them off cheap. Since moving to self made kits we now not only get to design the kit (rather than just picking a template designed by the manufacturer) but we can also keep much tighter control of whats left over at the end of the season, now its so little as others said we give it to charity instead of selling it off. Its full price or nothing i'm afraid.
  11. Sydneybcfc

    Set Piece Goals For/Against

    I think it tends to be fairly decent for us thanks to Flint from corners, but yeah our direct freekick taking was pretty dire in terms of goals until the end of the season.
  12. Sydneybcfc

    Silent Majority? Johnson In or Johnson Out?

    In Overall hes improved our position and its the first championship season in a long time where we haven't had at least one eye on the bottom 3. So long as he keeps us that way i'm happy for him to stay Mick McCarthy style and keep trying to improve on that even if it doesn't lead to promotion. However if we end up in a bottom 3 struggle or the board decide they are setting expectations as promotion or bust them he'll have to go if he fails to achieve.
  13. Sydneybcfc

    I earned the right to start a new LJ thread

    I always want whoever is in charge to succeed just as i always want us to win no matter who is playing, I've never understood those who dislike or even hate the people in the club trying to achieve the best. Having said that, why are we suddenly promotion favourites who must get promoted or the manager is out? We haven't been that since the Danny Wilson days in L1. One season near the top does not entitle us to call ourselves promotion favourites or set the board expectations for our managers that its playoffs or the sack. I agree if we end up in a relegation fight early then its probably time he went but a sniff of promotion and suddenly we are the Man United of the championship demanding promotion or the manager falls on his sword. There will be 3 relegated premier league sides and numerous others still on parachute payments that will be demanding promotion but i still see us in the hoping for promotion/happy for progress pile. Is LJ the man to keep us improving? I hope so but if we stagnate/get stuck in a relegation fight then someone else will get the job.
  14. Sydneybcfc

    Govt Safe Standing Petition (Merged)

    Official response via email read something along the lines of "stop wasting our time, we'll debate it but we've already made up our mind"
  15. Sydneybcfc

    retain list.

    I thought we did away with the DoF when Burt left, Ashton is the wheeler and dealer but from what i gather LJ and whatever scouting team we have put together the list of priorities and track players then MA does the deal for whatever positions are most in need. I still think central midfield is our weakest point, its also the part of a team that makes it tick. Most successful teams will have a defensive style midfielder and an attacking creative type, how many goals and assists do Pack and Smith have between them? I could probably count it on both hand and at worst both hands and feet. I've no doubt Smith and Pack have improved significantly but i'd hazard a guess that their lack of creativity is what stifles us against the teams that shut up shop and defend deep. Depending on what happens with Bobby id argue we need to get our checkbook out and spend 5mill+ on the french leagues version of De Bruyne rather than the next Kodja/Fammy/Bobby.