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downendcity last won the day on November 8 2019

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  1. It's not so much about levelling the playing field with Derby, Wednesday and Reading, it's the relegated clubs with massive parachute payments that skew the championship massively. The pressure to compete financially with these clubs is, I think, what has driven the likes of Derby et al yo do what they did. I don;t see any problem with genuine open market commercial sales, as these will almost certainly be to unrelated third parties. For example, had we obtained permission for Ashton Vale and sold the Gate to Sainsburys, the sale price would be driven by the market. Not only that but the sale proceeds would have been used to pay for the new stadium. If they are still going to allow sale of fixed assets to related third party companies, then a sensible way to go would be that clubs need to obtain approval first from the EFL and the EFL then instructs it's own independant valuation ( I'd actually suggest a minimum of 2 valuations in case the club disputes the validity of one valuation!). The EFL's valuation can then be used to determine the "profit" the club can apply to it's accounts. All the problems at the moment are because the disputes have been created after the event. If the club is not happy with the valuation, they can dispute it with no problem, but until the issue is resolved they haven't got any profit to put into the accounts, which would present a problem if the reason for doing this was an ffp issue! I do think the bigger issue to come out of this is that the new ffp rules failed to do what we were told they would, i.e. enable the the ffp assessment and any penalties to be applied during the same season. Had they done so it is quite possible that Villa would not now be playing in the premier league and we might have been playing in last season's play offs.
  2. Also we probably think it better to sell him before he gets another EFL ban!
  3. Obviously to reduce the bloated squad, which I keep reading on here that we have.
  4. That's all in the past. Can't imagine they's do anything so devious these days!
  5. Ive seen quite a few comments online that they should be stripped of titles they won during the time they were cheating. It's also "interesting" that Sarries pleaded guilty and accepted this punishment, as to do otherwise would have meant having to open their books for investigation, the implication being that the scale of the financial cheating was greater than being suggested and might well also have resulted in historic titles being taken away.
  6. I also caught just the tail end of the interview, which was all about Rugby Union. It would have been interesting to open up the discussion about comparisons with football ffp issues, although I suspect that would be a trickier discussion. While Saracens have been caught and charged, the championship clubs , while charged, have yet to be found guilty of anything, so Steve would have been in an invidious position. I did notice that SL sidestepped questions as to what he thought of Nigel Wray, saying he's only met him a few times and he seemed a nice chap, when what he probably wanted to say was the guys a ******* cheat. He did finish by saying that Saracens has bought the game of rugby into disrepute.
  7. Away at Leicester when he started his run we wondered where he was going, but went on to score a fantastic goal. Hard to believe it would be matched in the same game by Cole Skuse's pile driver! As for how fast players can run - about 100 metres in 9 seconds when there is a nice new contract to be signed.
  8. I don't remember it being classed as "cringe" when we had a "love in" by many more on here for Pep's tippy tappy team over recent seasons. Perhaps one or two go a bit far in their love in, but for many I'm sure they just admire and appreciate a fantastic team - which is what Liverpool is right now. Was talking to a friend of mine, who is a lifelong Liverpool fan, and he thinks this is the best Liverpool team he's seen. Bearing in mind that includes the teams from the 70s and 80s that's praise indeed.
  9. Ive mentioned this before on here, but I remember Alan Hansen I think it was, talking about when he joined Liverpool back in the day. A day or so after joining. he was watching a practice match standing along side Bob Paisley and from watching the game, commented to Paisley that he hadn't realised that Liverpool were a long ball. team. Paisley replied " we don't play long ball, we play the right ball" This Liverpool team is very adept at stretching opposition defences and with their front 3 on the end of them, the right ball opens defences up .
  10. Proof positive that they want to take physical contact out of the game. DdG got his positioning wrong and VvD got to the drop of the ball quicker and better.
  11. Surely OTIB rules are like ffp, there's loophole there if you look for it!
  12. Here is what Ashton actually said We have to be very careful that we don't get ahead of ourselves and get carried away or believe in the hype that's been built up around the club and particularly around the cup run. "We're very much focused on the here and now and what we have to do. So yes recruitment programme now starts again for the summer. And people will say to me what happens if the club was to get promoted. Well, we'd be prepared as we possibly can be "But we're not getting ahead of ourselves. We're a Championship club at this moment in time and we have a job to do and we have to be competitive in the second half of the season. "So it's business as usual. we have a very set process of doing recruitment on how we identify talent and that will remain the same Ashton went on to confirm that the club are set up for the long term and are not specifically targeting promotion this season. This last paragraph seems to have tripped a lot of people up. It’s been twisted to read ‘we don’t want to get promoted this season’ which isn’t what he said at all. The point he was trying to get across was that it’s not ‘now or never’. Edited February 27, 2018 by BRISTOL86
  13. It is for all the OTIB experts posting from behind their keyboards Bob!
  14. I was just about the same, so good post @BobBobSuperBob. I think the dilemma we face is that MA and LJ are trying to square a circle, in that they are trying to build a team strong enough to challenge at the top end of the table, while at the same time addressing to stark realities of financial life under ffp. That means that while we are running losses at circa £20m pa, we need for sell players just to balance the books and avoid ffp penalties. This means that we are trying to achieve the difficult balance of bringing in players with ability and potential to benefit our first team, but who will also have potential to realise a profit if they want to move ( or we need to sell!) in future. I think this might be one of the reasons why, for example, LJ seems to have a lot of midfielders but struggles to determine the best formation and who to play there. I can well imagine that discussions between MA and LJ are "interesting" as from time to time they will each have different priorities to address and can see that this priorities could well be in conflict with each other.
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