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  1. Everyone is forgetting the one problem with all this... fans. The amount of abuse some of our young players get, academy or not when the have a bad game tells me that before long you're potentially ruining careers playing youngsters not ready for the level who now have to wade through heaps of negative social media about how they'll never make it and are the worst player someone has ever seen. I'd definitely like to see more academy in the squad but even telling fans our intention as above wouldn't buy them much time if results went south.
  2. We are quite sensibly trimming wages and telling players that the days of golden paychecks are over, I suspect we are rightly telling players they'll have to take wages about half what they're on in preparation for MAs wage cap and the fact no clubs have any turnover... But what is going to annoy me is half the clubs in the league will continue to pay what players are currently on and probably even payrises speculating on either making it to the prem or getting some kind of bailout. There never seems to be any punishment for running clubs recklessly and some owners will continue to do so
  3. Isn't it fairly standard, i'm sure there are many of Fergies rejects that have nothing but bad things to say about him in contrast to the golden generation who mostly think the sun shines out of him. Not comparing GJ to Fergie in any way but i'm sure its a common tale for just about every manager to have disgruntled ex players who thought they deserved more than they got.
  4. Didn't we go through this last season with even an explainer from LJ that captain is basically ceremonial these days, the team leadership is made up of several (leader) pros including ones at younger ages (so TM probably part of that assuming we don't loan him out). Louis Carey was ours in his final season where he played only enough games to get the record. So long as the players 'always' have a leader on the pitch no matter who is picked is way more important than trying to pick one player as captain who will play all the games.
  5. I only found out about it when i was playing FM in the lower leagues, its basically a poor version of what i want the EFL cup to become. It was formally the Scottish challenge cup i think but for a few years they've started invited top teams in from the Welsh league, Irish league and Vanarama National (The conference where you sometimes find Rovers). So its become a sort of lower leagues cup that's also a home nations club cup. Got to be more interesting away days in Ireland and welsh grounds than playing Gillingham or Peterborough for the 100th time and getting beat or playing Prem reserve te
  6. Seems to me who the on pitch captain is now fairly irrelevant, with the manager yelling instructions from the touchline there isn't that big a role for a captain as ideally we should have many leaders on the pitch armband or not. Its probably more important for the off field role in being the spokesman for the players and general go to experienced head for the younger players, fairly sure Carey was still 'Club captain' in his final season when he barely played as his impact as captain off field was where it was most useful.
  7. There are cases in all sports at all levels really, its probably incredibly difficult to quantify. Every human has their price whether money or threats against their family or blackmail. There was a young talented aussie tennis player who got caught for it not long ago. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-22/tennis-player-oliver-anderson-match-fixing-offence/10293928 Team sports are even harder to pick as other than goalkeeper there are very few positions that can really influence a result, but its more likely to be rife at the upper and lower ends of the scale where people have
  8. Tit-crickets from his time at Bristol Rovers?
  9. Id imagine we'll let him go if someone wants to offer him 18months on a good wage and we're not willing to match it, having said that we should still enact the contract extension so we can get a small fee for him in Jan. Hes 35 and i can't see us giving him a deal until hes 37 just on the premise we're looking to go up/challenge at the top and i can't see him being any more than squad here next season.
  10. Is Williams contracted til January? I thoght he was, his good form could mean another club offers him 18months plus coaching so maybe hes not even here after xmas.
  11. TBH i expect the club were hoping this wouldn't leak before the game, we are playing hopefully one of our promotion rivals and i'm sure delaying a news is a bit of gamesmanship to keep Swansea thinking Afobe would be the one starting. It leaking early gives them more time to prepare to face Fam (although i'm sure they're doing their homework on all our players even before the injury news).
  12. Salary caps don't work much better, over here in the NRL they're frequently being rorted. Things like the players girlfriends getting paid 100k a year to work for 1hr behind the clubhouse bar, lots of owners and private sponsors paying brown envelopes outside the system to top players. Unfortunately human greed will always find away around most of the rules, i guess all you can make is the punishment for getting caught not worth doing the cheating in the first place.
  13. This is always an interesting point, its not always the better players carrying the player in question either. If you threw Messi into a L2 team would he shine? probably but would he still be the Messi that we know, receiving passes to him as long balls and having players around him with little movement. Sometime having better players around you will allow you to play your natural game and the lower leagues aren't exactly accommodating for a ball playing CB.
  14. I think lower down they're far more flexible so it may make the conference N/S a team less for a season but below that i guess its still a regular occurrence for teams not getting promoted due to lack of facilities and the like. I remember that being Portishead Towns problem the lack of floodlights mean't they couldn't play midweek games.
  15. I watched the Arsenal game on Saturday, its interesting watching a team that will do absolutely anything in defence to pass it out rather than hoof it long when under pressure. The nature of having to take a lot more risks to retain possession is that a lot more mistakes and intercepts will happen, I've not watched TM but a combination of age and trying to play that style of game will always lead to more mistakes than a defender who does it simple then potentially gives possession away by hoofing it long and shifting the responsibility to a target man or wide player to chase down. F
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