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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. Pretty fair assessment I'd say. Summed up in the game against them at the end, absolutely played them off the park even down to 10 men but just couldn't put the ball in the net and were sucker punched.
  3. Thing is, interest isn't just going to dry up overnight. If someone's willing to pay £20m now, what's to say we won't also be able to get stupid money next year? I'm on board totally with the club's philosophy of selling and evolving, but there's a balance to be struck. If you sell too quickly and too readily you don't give yourself a chance to evolve. There comes a point where money loses it's value. I'd take £10-15m to build on the foundations of an already good team over £25-30m to create a new one from scratch. Any day.
  4. 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
  5. Someone get this on Gaschat, ready made UWE replacement right there
  6. I was happy to sell Kelly if it meant getting Kalas and a striker. Kelly and Webster - no chance. We've already got a great reputation as a place for players to develop and potentially move on their careers. What we need to be wary of is going too far and becoming known as a soft touch, who'll sell anyone once a good offer comes in. As good as LJ's interview was on Sound of the City the other month, the one little thing that did concern me a bit was how readily he said when a PL club comes calling we won't stand in anyone's way. We've got to stand firm and say no sometimes, else we'll put ourselves in a terrible negotiating position with both other clubs and our own players in contract talks - not to mention the need to demonstrate to fans and everyone else that when we say we mean business, it's not just hot air. This feels to me like one of those times. Edit: Of course this rumour is probably just a load of b*llocks in any case
  7. I think this would be somewhere where we'd have to draw the line and just say flat out no, sorry - not for sale
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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