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  1. Tbh I think it's pretty good for yourselves also, it's Boro who've come out on the wrong end of this
  2. Villaboy and Tractor Boys, 2 posters round those parts. Real shame it's dwindled away like it has, the place has a great core of posters. The back and forth with the Swindon lot during our promotion season was a lot of fun
  3. Someone get this on Gaschat, ready made UWE replacement right there
  4. Agree. I think of him kind of like Gary Rowett. So far in his career he's proven adept at turning mediocre teams into decent ones, but not so much that he can turn a decent side into a promotion contender. Which is what we'd be looking for hypothetically if LJ were to leave. His football is very attritional and he's also something of a self-publicist - seems like the type who's always off at the first sign of a better offer. Again, rather like Gary Rowett. Wasn't bad at Swansea, thought he was very hard done by to be sacked, and did a good job at Leeds initially. But they fell of a cliff at the end of the season and then he jumped ship sharpish to Middlesbrough, where with a big budget and good squad he failed pretty miserably. If I was a Hull or QPR fan, say, he'd be exactly who I'd be looking at; but I don't reckon he'd be a smart appointment for anyone with Premier League aspirations.
  5. What's the biggest problem with the game? The Sky money at the top distorting the competition. What's the biggest complaint about the ESL? All the Sky money would go out of the game. Why does nobody seem to get it? It's the perfect solution.
  6. Everytime the subject of a European League comes up people say the same thing: "It would be the death of football". It's the polar opposite - it would be the rebirth. "Classic example of the big club's greed" Yes. Exactly. So let them **** off. I can't understand why anyone would want to fight to keep them around.
  7. Just found the Bolton thread and might as well just copy the link - it's an argument all in itself. People talk about wage caps, scrapping parachute payments - these things will never happen in a million years unless the big clubs break away. The system's broken. This is the way to fix it.
  8. Exactly this. Cotterill was given no less backing than Wilder with a very similar squad playing an almost identical system. Difference is: one threw his toys out of the pram and the other knuckled down and got on with the job. That's why Chris Wilder is now a Premier League manager and Steve Cotterill is still out of a job, whining to fans about how hard done by he is. He came very close to undoing all of the great work he did getting us up in the first place. Thankfully, we clung on by the skin of our teeth and have now got ourselves back on track, but we wasted 2 or 3 years in the process.
  9. You've rumbled me. I in fact work for the EFL as a Fixture Logistics Manager. You can set that date aside in your diary for Middlesbrough away, folks.
  10. I did wonder why we went against our usual policy of waiting to get a replacement in before selling, but that would explain it. Such a good deal we just took the money and ran! Not that I think it's a particularly bad deal for Bournemouth, mind
  11. Nos. 3, 4 and 6 make a lot of sense. Finally, something being done about the god-awful drop ball rule
  12. It's flirting dangerously with the edges of a conflict of interest the influence of Jorge Mendes, but then you could probably say similar about the relationship between Lee and Gary Johnson and ours with Cheltenham and now Torquay in turn, so it's difficult.
  13. But why leave it at that, is what I don't understand? What not set it as a basic requirement of registration to the league that you must file your accounts for each year prior to the end of the season - 31st April say. It's such an obvious, blatant loophole and it appears so easy to close
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