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  1. I can only remember a handful of threads over the years about the women's teams, and those have usually been for big news stories. I don't know why so many of you are bothered by the women's threads being on here, considering there are never any posts.
  2. It's worth remembering the power dynamics at play here. The Premier League (and in some ways the EFL) won't come down too hard on clubs looking to bend the rules, because they want to keep them on side and ensure that they don't form a billionaires club that looks to breakaway into its own league - and ultimately its own sport if we keep a distinction between domestic and franchised football. Rugby has no such worries, and ultimately if the league wanted to punish any team harshly they can do so without repercussion.
  3. I would prefer the various leagues around the world to fix this using the opposite approach. Instead of allowing more players to come on during a match, and offering an advantage to the big clubs that can stockpile players, why not set a "maximum game" cap on players, so that no single player can play more than x games in a season? The arguments are always the same, around players being tired and not getting enough rest, all despite clubs with a winter break jetting off abroad to play a friendly instead. Instead, set a UEFA-wide rule that states a player can't play more than a given number of league games in a season, and clubs will be forced to rotate their players and offer opportunities to others.
  4. I never used to believe this until I watched one of those "day in the life" YouTube videos of how modern footballers train. An hour or two in the morning, some gym work, and maybe some tactical training later on in the day. To add to your post, there's a good reason why footballers aren't training 9-5, but why clubs are keen for them to bond more, and that's because rest and recuperation are often just as important as the training itself. Clubs want players as relaxed as possible, and they want them getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night, maybe even more. I remember Swansea had built sleeping pods at their training ground for any players that wanted a nap in the afternoon after a hard morning, and many players had credited their use as building team spirit and ensuring players felt fresh when match-days came.
  5. The takeaway part is that it'll all be worth it IF we make it to the Premier League. By far my biggest worry is what will happen if we have a dip in form and have a less successful season than expected. For the past few years we've experienced steady growth, and steady increases in income. The biggest test of the Lansdown and Johnson regime is what happens if we suffer a dip. Does it set us back a year or two? Can we make it up the season after? Does the board panic and start spending money we don't have?
  6. I went to Allstars to watch UFC the other day, and I got to chatting to some football fans. One of them supported Chelsea, and he banged on about Abraham. I said that he was immense when he played for us, and I was met with blank states from everyone. I know it was a few years ago, but a lot of people that support Premier League clubs don't even remember Tammy Abraham starting his career out on loan with us. He remembered Swansea taking him in, and his season at Villa, but outside of that, nothing. We should absolutely be proud, but I think we should also recognise that we're a small footnote in his career now, and we should probably move on like he has.
  7. I kinda see his point. He works in a very specialised field, and while it's just "kicking a ball around", he's one of only a few thousand people in the world skilled enough to do it at his level. This is why he gets paid 20x more than a nurse or a teacher. Off-topic, but I've never understood why people consider both professions to be so poorly paid. Sure, at the start of your career it's poor pay, but after a few years the money can pile up when you get more responsibilities. My girlfriend is a teacher and she earns more than me as a software engineer. The same goes for nurses - I know some people in the nursing profession that earn upwards of £50k. With his skills, he absolutely earns his money, but ultimately I think the lack of empathy for others is pretty standard for young athletes. All they know in life is the lives of other young athletes, or those involved in their chosen sport. Especially nowadays, where many working class people have a distrust of the kind of leftist politics you see from Labour, it's not uncommon for a lot of working-class people to agree with lower taxes for the rich and less help for those in poverty. It's the "self made" belief, and because they've "made it" they deserve the money, while those that didn't....don't. I don't agree with it at all, and while I think his beliefs should be criticised, he's probably only saying what thousands and thousands of other people genuinely believe.
  8. I'm not suggesting that he'd find success - only that he'd be welcome back in the Championship if he did take a role and balls it up. He's got a good thing going here, but ultimately you have to wonder how long it can continue. I'd say that a poor run at Bristol City would have the fans calling for LJ's head too. It's happened before, and if it were to happen again it would largely be considered a backwards step from a position we've slowly built up over the years. While I like incremental growth and improvement each year, I truly believe we're one bad signing or one big injury away from several years of work being undone. If we finish in the bottom half of the Championship this season, would the fans will be warm to LJ, and vice versa - would LJ take a Premier League move if he felt that things weren't going to improve?
  9. If a Premier League club comes calling for LJ, he'd be a ******* idiot to turn it down. His time with us has showed that he can handle the Championship just fine, and if he takes over somewhere like Norwich and burns them to the ground then he'll still get a job back in this league I know it's silly for a Bristol City fan to suggest this, but I would think less of LJ if he didn't take a job in the top flight. With all that being said, I'd be surprised if they bothered to look at a Championship manager, when foreign coaches would love a crack at the Premier League. There's a reason why many managers coming into the Premier League are from top European countries, and why they're often not established in England first.
  10. They'll keep him for the same reason that ITV employs Piers Morgan. They are human clickbait. They actively go out of their way to say provocative and stupid shit because people will cling to it.
  11. This is why rotation is key, and it's why LJ has wanted to grow the squad over the past few years. Before, with a smaller squad, we were running ourselves ragged and going on huge winless runs at the end of the season. Massengo is a rare talent, but he needs a proper rest. In an ideal world we would've told him to take 2-3 weeks off during the international break and to get him on a plane to somewhere nice and warm to rest, so that he can hit the ground running when he came back. Rotation is needed for a club looking to challenge near the top. We cannot rely on individual talent, and we need a plan to rotate any player out when it is needed. If it's not an established player, then it should be an academy player that can jump in for 30-45 minutes and try to stake a claim.
  12. I'm all for shitting on Scottish teams, but they beat a team whose fans were marching through Glasgow throwing up Nazi salutes, so good on them. I only wish I could say the same about the police that seemed to do **** all about it.
  13. In many ways, you're actually arguing for positive discrimination. You talk of meritocracy, but in my example what actually makes someone the best person for the job? You say they need black people for testing, but I would argue that this mistake would have never happened if they had hired an engineer from a minority background, because their background would give them the sense to test against people without light skin. In this instance, and in many others across multiple industries, the best person for the job was the person with the foresight to test all likely outcomes - not just those familiar to themselves. This is why companies hire people outside of the majority. If your customer base is diverse and your company isn't, then your skills are largely irrelevant, even in industries that pride themselves on meritocracy. The sad truth nowadays, having been involved in hiring in the past, is that the market is flooded with qualified people, and that if someone achieves the same as you while facing harder adversity, they'll probably make more of a mark in the interview than you will.
  14. Out of interest - why? I see it as a good thing, because it's largely a proven fact that a diverse workforce is better equipped to solve workplace problems and to better empathise with customers and other businesses. A key example is in automatic hand washers in bathrooms. A company was recently under fire for releasing hundreds of those automatic soap/water/dryer things, only to find that the sensors they had used didn't work for people with dark skin. They had spent tons of money on testing, but discovered that everyone involved in the testing phase was white. This company only hired top engineering talent, and as it turned out, the top engineers from the top universities in the UK were all white. I work in tech, another industry dominated by men, and while a lot of people aren't happy at the preferential treatment that women get, I see it as a good thing when you consider the barriers to entry for a career in tech, and the undeniable fact that I am building applications and services for the general public - and the general public is diverse in background, ability, race, gender, etc. Again, I go back to empathy. While positive discrimination is still discrimination, it is hard to argue that people from a disadvantaged minority have had to work harder to get where they are, and while it is absolutely illegal to hire someone because they are of a minority, it's very easy to argue that their background is a competitive advantage to a well-functioning workforce - otherwise you hire people that are so similar that you cannot solve the problems of people that are different.
  15. I can support the ban on single-use plastics while using a plastic tooth brush. I can support those supporting environmental legislation while driving a car. I can support those that want financial equality while earning an above average salary. I can support minority rights and representation while being a white male in a position of power. Just because I hold a pretty basic view like "let's keep racism out of football", it doesn't mean that I need to make fighting racism my life's work, and while there are people that take it way too far and become SJW nutjobs, the vast majority of people only want to promote one thing - empathy. Racism is bad, and so are ill-informed crusades. One thing we can all agree on is that if everyone tried to improve the world they see from their front door, society as a whole would benefit.
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