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  1. Could be George Better. (Sorry)
  2. I was going off what LJ says toward to end of this article. I have no doubt the youth teams do not play the exact same way but there is an attempt to embed an approach and a type of football from at least the under twelves up, which is a similar approach Cruyuff took when he transformed Barcelona, although I fear we may not see the exact same results. https://www.coachesvoice.com/lee-johnson-bristol-city-oldham-athletic/
  3. Maybe I am wrong but my memory is LJ was open at the time about wanting to loan Eisa out. If so, I presume the reason it did not happen was because there were no suitable takers...
  4. Presumably a fee will be set by a tribunal but, unless Brighton and Southampton made derisory offers, I agree it seems a strange decision.
  5. I think the last bit is a key point. We know LJ and BT are ensuring all teams from the young kids up are playing with the same style and philosophy and we know MA is ensuring the scouting teams have a long list of possible targets and contingencies in all positions, negotiating contracts and ensuring we sell players for as much as we think we can get for them. I imagine SL and MA have contingency plans in place to ensure continuity in the event of a change of a manager. I am genuinely unsure what it is that the OP feels we should be doing that we are not doing and a DofF would do. It seems like what he is pushing for is a mentor or advisor to LJ but that is a very different thing to a Director of Football and doesn’t need to be a formal role within the club. And it might be something he has already.
  6. I agree Jordan would be a great addition to the coaching staff and would definitely be someone to look at if LJ and his team wanted someone with more experience and a connection to the club. I suppose the issue for me is we are talking about three very different roles. Football management is about winning games, getting the right player for this season and getting a tactical edge on the pitch. A Director of Football is about the long-term strategy and identify of the club, identifying a long-term plan that ensures the club still has good talent coming through in fifteen years and planning ahead. And a coach is someone who can work with people on a one-to-one basis. They are three very different roles needing very different skills. You can be great at coaching an individual but terrible at managing a team. You can be great at managing a team but terrible at overseeing a long-term strategy. And you can be great at the long-term stuff but not have a clue how to coach someone on a football pitch. Far too often people seem to think someone who is good at coaching can do the manager role or someone good at the manager role can do the DoF role. And the DoF role in particular tends to present it some sort of compromise because they sort of want a more experienced manager and sort of want the one they have. But it isn't a matter of experience but personal attributes. If we wanted a Director of Football, the club should identify the skills they want and try to find someone who matches those skills. It just frustrates me when people say "we should appoint x as a Director of Football because they are a good manager" without recognising completely different skills are involved.
  7. I'll say what I always say on these threads. All of the clubs that make a Director of Football role work well - Barcelona, Real, Bayern etc. appoint a specialist Director of Football who wants to do that job, rather than someone who has never been a Director of Football and has shown no interest in the role but is interested in managing and could undermine the manager's job. If LJ ever left, Chris Hughton might be a good choice of manager. But Hughton has never been a Director of Football and there is no evidence he would want to do it or has the skills for it. Ditto Joe Jordan. If you want to appoint either of them as manager, sack the bloody manager and appoint them but it is utterly foolish to make them a square peg in a round hole. If we ever get a Director of Football, I want it to be someone who I've never heard of who has a track record of doing a fantastic job behind the scenes. Not someone who wants to be managing. I also don't think we need to disrupt the structure at the moment.
  8. Dorne didn't have much an army left, did they? I'd imagine that would factor on whether they demanded independence or not.
  9. I'm aware I'm going against the grain here but I thought it was as good an ending as it could have been. A couple of quibbles (specifically "what happened to the Dothraki" and "so where did the White Walkers come from", although I wonder if that is deliberately being held off to create interest in the prequel) but it had to end with the throne being united under someone rather than the idea that someone becomes "rightful heir" again (as the show has shown it would be inevitable they would be killed off within five minutes). Clearly Danaerys would have been an awful choice and Jon Snow had shown repeatedly he was not a good leader so it had to be someone else. I like the idea of it being someone who didn't actually want to lead people, and wasn't going to get caught up in internal politics. Also, I really, really want to see an Arya's travels spin-off series.
  10. I agree with you but I also wonder how much of it is that clubs are more PR savvy and want to maximise the timing of signing announcements to get the most publicity. Right now, everyone is focused of the FA Cup final and the play-offs. It probably suits clubs for fans to speculate and be clamouring for signings and then to make the announcement in the build-up for pre-season because it builds fan excitement, shifts season tickets to people who are still wavering and helps to feed merchandise sales etc. I think you are right that it makes sense for players to wait if they are in demand but I also think clubs often delay on announcing signings at this time of year so they can get the maximum publicity and buzz when the deal is agreed. Even if we had signed Jay Da Silva already, I reckon the club would be quite happy to have some fans clamouring for him to come back and hold off then release a social media video in mid-June. If Kalas or Da Silva do sign for us - and I have no idea if they will - I would not be at all surprised if the first time we see them is wearing a new away kit which goes on sale that day.
  11. Maybe I am wrong on how this works but I would imagine we had until 31st May to confirm to Chelsea we want to trigger the pre-agreed fee. I would imagine there would be a slightly longer period to then get the signing wrapped up. I don't know that though so I obviously could be wrong.
  12. I feel what you are describing is what the OP actually did.
  13. I don’t know. But you could say that about most threads on football message boards and I certainly do not agree this one is pointless. A lot of people do not understand how contracts and negotiations work in football, especially when clauses are in place, and so find it hard to be sure exactly how to interpret what is happening. It is utterly fair enough for someone to start a thread on it and I suspect many people will be interested in the discussion. I think you would do well to realise that the fact you do not see value in something necessarily means everyone else agrees with you.
  14. I am glad. Sometimes you come across as maybe a little bit lonely and I am pleased if that is not the case. I know. I’ve never done it before now for that precise reason. Apologies.
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