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  1. "Hi Eros, how's it going? Sorry that City didn't offer you a new contract, what a bummer! Listen, this is a bit awkward but we've signed this kiddie called Pedro Periera to replace you. Is he any good? How funny would it be if we've replaced you with someone shite . Anyway, hopefully it wasn't too much of a hassle uprooting your family once again to go back to Italy and I hope the dole cheques are coming in ok."
  2. 433 Bentley Hunt Kalas Moore DaSilva Brownhill Pack Szmodics Weimann Fam Eliasson Subs: Gilmartin Vyner Rowe COD Walsh Semenyo Paterson I've assumed Niki, Baker and Wright are injured? Think Clarke and Palmer (and a new number 9 ) will be signed too late to make the squad. The new arrivals should then pave the way for Matty Taylor to leave hence why I don't think he'll be on the bench.
  3. That's it. We've officially run out of things to discuss this preseason.
  4. Has anyone read The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon? Apparently George RR Martin's main inspiration for ASOIAF.
  5. Hadn't watched the highlights for a good 6 months, just watched them now and both goals gave me goosebumps. I've never experienced scenes like that at a football match before and probably never will again. One of the best nights of my life
  6. @Davefevs helpful to see the signings in a visual form, thanks. +5 points for sneaking a Robboredism in there as well!
  7. Didn't you hear? She survived the vote of confidence. Sorry to piss on your BBQ.
  8. What was that shit? What was YOUR shit?
  9. I reckon in the week leading up to games against us, clubs will receive the following email from the team of analysts: Dear Birmingham City F.C. We have been observing your upcoming opponents Bristol City in recent matches in order to put together some opposition analysis in preparation for the match on Saturday 8th December. However, we have not been able to identify any of their strengths. As we have been unable to complete our engagement, please find attached a credit note equal to 1/46th of your annual fee. We look forward to returning to our usual high standards for your match against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 15th December. Kind regards SkyBet Championship Data Analysts Ltd
  10. Don't let me down JP
  11. I've been debating since Saturday about whether to start a new JP thread or not. Rightly or wrongly, he's this year's scapegoat. I accept that he has been, at times, woefully out of form for almost 12 months now. Despite that I can see why Johnson is persevering with him. When on form he is without doubt our best and most creative player in the squad and and up there with the best in the division. People talk about how pivotal Reid was to our play and they're correct, but JP was just as crucial in that number 10 role behind him. The timing of his virus was awful and I don't think he was really given long enough to recover and come back at full strength which could go a long way to explaining his poor form in the first half of the year. He's had a full preseason to rebuild strength now and some fans are refusing to see it but I am seeing glimpses of him returning to his old self and I think LJ is too. For the record, I don't agree with him being shoehorned in at left mid. I think he's wasted out there and impacts the team negatively as he doesn't help out the fullbacks in the way that our other wingers do. His best position is, and always has been in the hole behind an intelligent and hard working striker. His first few performances this season were bad and he came into criticism rightly so, but he has picked up in his last few performance and at Leeds on Saturday it was a poor attacking performance from the team but I thought he looked the most likely to make something happen. We saw a few of his trademark turns and weaving in and out of players. He didn't assist and he didn't score but I found his performance encouraging and has given me some confidence that he's returning to form. It's time for Johnson to stop chopping and changing, play his favourite 4-4-1-1 formation and give JP and another forward a run of games together and let them build up a partnership. I think the most likely player is Weimann but I'd be just as happy with Matty. All I'm asking from the anti-Paterson brigade is that they don't moan and write the game off as soon as they see him in the starting line up but try and wipe from their memories his 2018 form and try and judge his current performances on their individual merits. I genuinely believe he's the key to our turnaround.
  12. I can't quote it properly but re: your point about impairments: there's absolutely no chance that Baker or Diedhiou will be impaired. For a player's contract to be impaired they pretty much have to have been out with an injury the entire season (sometimes even that isn't enough) or have been rotting in the reserves. Being slightly out of form (auditors have a very different opinion of what constitutes form to what fans do), or being a bit part player are not strong enough on their own to impair contracts. Agree entirely with the rest of your points though. I'm not optimistic about next year's accounts at all.
  13. Hold on this can't be true. Surely they can't be blaming the officials... Didn't one of them once try to claim that referees that were being fast tracked up the leagues were always given games at their 'stadium' to see how they cope with 'large crowds and a hostile atmosphere'. Clearly all the hotshot referees were busy this weekend. Or maybe he was right. Maybe they did get a referee on the up but unfortunately he crumbled under the weight of pressure offered by the massive 8k attendance. Guess that's his career over.
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