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  1. I'm reliably informed that in literally the last few minutes the betting markets have gone crazy with people backing them for relegation at silly prices and silly money. This sort of thing doesn't happen without people having some advanced knowledge of something - I see nothing public but assume an announcement is imminent.
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    If we're looking to Europe, another name to throw into the mix - Bruno Lage. Training ground coach who brings through young players and who coached many of the age groups Benfica developed into stars. Knows the Championship and Premiership as became assistant to Carlos Carvahal at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea. Went back to Benfica and unexpectedly became manager via a caretaker spell and won the title last season while bringing in players from the youth system and breaking all sorts of records for wins and goals. Was top of the table this season but all gone wrong since Janua
  3. The Preston 5-0 sort of got away from us, but the worst games were Forest away earlier that season, one of the most depressing games of football between two of the most abjectly terrible teams you will ever see, and Huddersfield away this season, for our ineptness and disinterest. There have also been a number of bland AG defeats (normally 1-0) that I have erased from my memory they were so depressing. Should probably mention losses at WBa and Leeds this season if only for the gulf in class and being embarrassed our team had nothing. Best - outside of the cup, too many away games to menti
  4. Agree and surprised at the other comments suggesting he didn't know what was coming. I was very critical of his Sky interview in another thread because of the self promotion of his 'preparation' and lack of answers, but on reflection obvious now he knew, the fact he seemed so at ease (spoke clearly, smiling) and that was his CV talking not him when he shared his diligence as a coach, plus the fact his answers were vague he clearly felt he was no longer under any pressure to provide any actual explanation. It looked like a weight had been lifted. With no pre-match press conference in the w
  5. Good point, but sadly more likely that someone in the media team was told to just write something, and even if Ashton approved it, the lot of them all forgot about the Head Coach job title, the five pillars and all that. It wouldn't be the first time that the veneer of an organisation with a strategy fell away in the rush to get some PR out, it's almost as if when they forget to spin, there isn't half the footballing philosophy they make out.
  6. 100% Paul Cook for me. I've been impressed by Wigan home and away the last couple of seasons, even in January at the DW when we won 2-0, we'd been on a poor run since December and I already had it in mind to look at how Cook set them up as felt he was an option - they moved it crisply down both flanks and had no problems passing around our box. Lacked the personnel, but far more fluid than LJ football and knew their roles. Cook already had 1 win and 2 draws (both at Ashton Gate) vs LJ too. Consistently successful with the last 3 clubs he's managed (multiple promotions/championships o
  7. Small reminder that last season we WON away at: Sheffield Utd Birmingham Brentford Middlesbrough Nottingham Forest Millwall Swansea Blackburn Stoke QPR We also went 13 unbeaten in the league, a run of 31 from 39 points including 7 straight wins. I'm no less convinced LJ's time is up, but just thought to point it out for anyone who thinks he was finished halfway through the preceding season.
  8. That's where the smart money should be. MA likes him, has previous with MA at both West Brom and Oxford, coached in the Premiership with Leicester, and just spent past 6 months coaching Joe Morrell. Done nothing to justify the hype, but Mark Ashton strikes me as someone who could spin his own grandmother as the best choice if that's what he's most comfortable with.
  9. LJ is the best "away" manager in my lifetime, and it's not even close. What we did last season in terms of wins at big teams away, is unprecedented. Even this season we're a top six team away from home. It's an oddity of his record but one he should always get credit for. I do think it hampered his reputation that a smaller % saw it.
  10. Hi RR, asking now for future OTIB historical accuracy - did Mark Ashton or Steve Lansdown tip you off that this was happening at any prior senior reds lunch? Your advanced warning of Steve Cotterill's dismissal is still a remarkable storyline, and I want to be sure I'm in on the next one before it goes down in legend.
  11. Sky interview was abysmal. The lack of responsibility should be a red flag to the people who employ him. It's basic leadership. Accountability and control. He was talking about STILL believing amazing work was done during COVID and in the recent pre-season (i.e. him - very conceited) and not knowing why it's gone the way it has since. He also talked about player turnover, which he now describes as "for whatever reason" (he knows the reason and he's been well funded in lieu of it). The message in all of it is not my fault. I understand he's at the end of the line but some humility and
  13. To be clear I think LJ's time is up in spite of so many phenomenal away performances in the past two years, overall we are regressing - but for a change of topic could someone please tell me why Nahki Wells is getting such an easy ride? We won four games in a row with Famara at the backend of January, often as lone striker, often without conceding a goal, but as soon as we made room for Wells, we've shipped goals and won just one game since he started (3-2 vs Derby) Anyone with eyes can see he doesn't want to be here, probably didn't want to leave QPR, even today, which for me having
  14. More to come out on this as by the sounds of things the owners who took over a month ago were pretty clueless and had zero understanding of British law or the EFL's rules or what putting the club into administration meant, and the administrators themselves only found out last week there was even a problem. Think when all is said and done this is another one for the EFL's hopeless fit and proper persons test. I wouldn't let the EFL run a bath.
  15. He had £24m of his own signings on the bench actually. Add on Benkovic and that's £37m of talent. That's just insane.
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