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  1. A good illustration of why signing Eisa was an incredibly odd decision that becomes more odd as the weeks and games, go by!
  2. Remember they also have to face an 'aggravated breach' charge for refusing to sell Che Adams in January. My understanding is that if found guilty that punishment will be from the start of next season.
  3. Don’t think that is true - the EFL were not happy with them signing him but they allowed him to be registered as they were going to be ‘working through the issues’ together. Dont know if it has been mentioned previously on this thread but Brum face another FFP case regarding refusing to sell Che Adams in January - that is being viewed as an ‘aggravated breach’ and will attract a bigger points deduction, which will be effective next season. All of this is IF the EFL have the cajones to push the points deductions through!
  4. As I have said previously on here, if LJ leaves and MA remains, put all you can on Appleton being the new HC. It is a terrifying thought.
  5. Great response - thank you for your time.
  6. I believe that is the case but I am pretty certain it won't come to that. Given there are not too many games left I expect the EFL and the PFA would step in and 'finance' them through to the end of the season in the hope that something more permanent could be done over the summer.
  7. Another one falling for the propaganda! If that were true, explain how Sheffield Utd look a decent bet for auto and have a smaller budget than us, explain how Preston with a much smaller budget look like they will finish above us (on current form). Explain why Villa and Stoke, for example, are not 15 points clear of the rest? Can you give an example of clubs that have 'broken themselves' by reaching the Premier League? I don't understand what you mean. 'Doing things the right way' Can you explain what this means? If, you mean constant improvement in league position, I think you may be disappointed by early May. Maybe you can explain how by doing things the 'right way' we will ever get promoted?
  8. Agree completely. He may turn out eventually to be the 'real deal', I have some serious doubts about that but I could well be wrong, in time. I think if I were in his shoes and with the abundant self belief he has ( that is not a criticism ), I would be thinking about my next move too. I don't think he will want to have a third season of being in with a chance of the top 6 and it then it fading away, that actually doesn't look to great on his CV were it to happen. It would be a highly interesting situation if Fulham or WBA, assuming they are both in the Championship next season, come calling. In that scenario what do the club do? Allow him to speak to them, or indeed any other club, or do they offer him a new contract and the promise of more resources? My money is on the former - get some compensation - and appoint another Div 1, young manager that is looking for a step-up - always assuming that his coaches go with him. Could be another rinse and repeat.
  9. All a bit too late to pick up any free agents I fear.
  10. I think the bloke sat behind you may enjoy a few too many ciders before a game!
  11. That is an interesting point, should we not make the top 6, and I agree that we probably won't, will LJ feel that he has done all he can with the resources he has been given and may be given moving forward. Unless there is a sea change in what is made available to him and I doubt that will happen, he may well think its time to move on. Is he good enough? I don't think anyone, including him, know that, but he certainly thinks he is. I think this could be an interesting summer.
  12. I think ‘frightened’ is a reasonable word to describe where I think we are it. It is my belief- and I am most certainly not in the know - that things are all a bit too cosy around the club. The coaching team are under a certain element of pressure but nowhere near the level they would be if SL was ‘demanding’ top 6. Of course they would argue that they need the resources to achieve that however, that is not the only factor required to get promotion, I sometimes doubt the ambition of the key stakeholders. The CEO, is on good money, has a profile in the EFL - does he really want PL football which might threaten his role? I believe, and this is to his credit, that LJ is highly ambitious, but he has youth on his side, it doesn’t have to be here and it doesn’t have to be now. He would take it, of course he would, but I suspect he is having some issues with the timeframe of the clubs ambitions, hence why I think he will leave this summer unless we get top 6 as a minimum. The players in the main, probably fall into two camps, 1. Bring it on, I won’t to test myself at the highest level possible - the reason, in my opinion, that JB, BR and AF left as they didn’t see that happening here. 2. Comfortable, on good money, like the area etc but have deep concerns on how promotion would effect that - will I be moved on? Will I lose my place? Finally, the owner, I suspect he would love to see us in the PL but equally has concerns about how that would play out with the supporters if we are bottom at Christmas on 10 points! - would the demand to spend big money in the Jan window sit well with him?
  13. Totally agree and I think most of us would accept that scenario. There would be some good days and some bad days. We just have to get there first.......
  14. Yes, it wouldn’t be a lot of fun if it turned out like that but, my view is that I would accept it on the basis that we spend the proceeds carefully and grow the club. We may become a yo-yo club for a few seasons but there would be a real opportunity to set the club up for real financial sustainability and also become stronger and more competitive.
  15. I agree he has looked good this season but I think @JonDolman has hit the nail on the head, Vyner and Hunt will fight it out for RB next season, unless Zak attracts an offer we would be willing to accept.
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