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  1. By all accounts, there were a number of bids on the table, but La Liga didn't like the numbers on any of them - so as of right now no one has the exclusive rights to broadcast La Liga. While I understand that you don't want to be undervalued, any money is better than no money. A lot of people that follow Real Madrid/Barcelona on Twitter were kicking off over it, and saying how La Liga is poorly managed.
  2. While it's a huge shame, the important thing is ensuring he returns to full fitness. I'd rather he be out for five months and us give another lad a chance than five weeks with a player at 60%.
  3. To go 3-3 on the night against Liverpool shows that Chelsea aren't awful, and to be honest I think Tammy had a decent game, but I think we'll see if he's got what it takes a few games into the season. If he does have a bad season at Chelsea, I wonder what his transfer value will be. He's obviously a proven player at Championship level, so I reckon £15m to land him on a perm.
  4. EnderMB


    Football isn't Top Trumps, and even though we've improved in many areas, this team is going to need some serious time to gel - at least ten games, maybe even half a season. Most importantly, they need wins behind them, otherwise several years of building goes down the shitter and we destroy whatever confidence we had built over time. There's a lot of potential, but that's all it is right now. If this level of rebuild was needed I hope that the pressure is off of LJ and that he isn't held to the idea that we need to achieve better than 6th this season.
  5. There's another element to this - whether our academy resurgence is down to Tinnion's work, and whether he's been offered the freedom to work in an environment that he is comfortable with, being a modern-day Bristol City legend and all. Could he move to a different city and work the same magic? Sure, he'd get better facilities and might get to work with a Category 1 academy, but outside of gutting Bristol City for young talent would he know the area well enough, have enough of a rapport with local parents wanting their clubs to play for the one team in Bristol, etc?
  6. If we're not going to play Moore, we should get rid. He's been with us for a while now, and while 22 is still young he's not really been given a fair chance. As already said, we've got a fair amount of cover, and to be honest I'd rather we spend that stupid £20m+ elsewhere if possible.
  7. One thing that few people have suggested is whether Taylor Moore could take over at CB. He's not been offered a fair opportunity yet, and while he'll definitely be no replacement for Webster, I wonder whether giving Kalas the reins to lead the defensive line and to work with Moore would be a good idea? This would give us £20m+ to play with - more than enough to buy that goalscoring forward that many feel is the missing link. Maybe even bring that lad from Arsenal in on a loan-to-buy option, depending on how we both do this season.
  8. Yep, that's pretty much it, but it's also why it makes me laugh that many fans on here consider the playoffs as achievable. It's a goal, for sure, but truthfully would you say out squad is a step above last seasons? I'd say that LJ has worked wonders with this squad. A lot of it is down to him having the freedom to build his squad, and to put his vision into place, and IMO he's done a great job to build the numbers up and keep the good runs of form going for longer. In the back of my mind is whether we're one standard/bad season away from undoing several years of good work, and above any other position a good forward masks a lot of problems. We've had this with both Tammy and Bobby, and last season was mainly about a more complete squad over anything else. I'd like us to sign a solid forward, but I don't think it will happen because LJ will have wanted his target in place for pre-season preparations. It might still happen, but unless we're buying pre-prepared quality I think a forward is out of the question.
  9. The prognosis on here is probably right. We haven't bought a forward because a good forward is expensive, and ultimately we cannot afford one. Since pre-season is almost over, I think it's unlikely that we're going to buy someone, and if we do it's likely that they won't be fully integrated for at least a few games into the season. Will this hurt our promotion chances? Most definitely, but as I've said a dozen or so times on here, if you're worried about money, you probably don't have enough to compete at the top of the table, so I'd say not securing a forward with either a record or potential means promotion/playoffs aren't on the table this season. The league is full of solid teams this year. I'd consider it tougher than last season, so I'd be happy to finish where we finished last season.
  10. Haha, looks like this thread has gone a bit off-topic! Anyway, Jim White, the journalist with TalkSport that had allegedly spoke with this person via DM has gone incredibly quiet, so I'm starting to believe that the wool has been pulled over his eyes and he's too ashamed to admit it. If his Twitter replies are anything to go by it's given his reputation a bit of a kicking. Not to name names, but if you dig deep enough on Twitter, a name keeps being passed around as the person behind the hoax, and that person has received a lot of hate, while not denying that they were involved. It wouldn't surprise me if this person ended up deleting their account or taking their real name off of the account to ensure that hate doesn't follow them around to real life.
  11. This news has really pissed me off. If this is fake, then whoever is behind this account has probably put football society back another decade. Whether you like it or not, it is a big deal, especially for those that wish to be involved in the game and don't wish to hide who they are to the fans or their team mates. They might have thought that making a fake account to raise the subject in the public eye would've been good, but it's done the exact opposite by painting people in the LGBTQ+ community as attention seekers. If it's true, then again, by going back into hiding the subject has been held back once again. I would've assumed that someone making such a big deal out of this would have put assurances in to whoever he leaked the information to (Jim White being the most notable) that a reveal was already in motion. The person behind the account also made a number of assurances to others that they would be involved in this story, so I wonder whether he'll be reaching out to those people to say sorry. Either way, this news is damaging to equality in football.
  12. The inevitable slide writes itself, though. Sunderland looked like a Championship team when they were relegated from the Premier League, and they looked far weaker than the sum of their parts when they went down again. I think a lot of people expect Fulham to stumble after spunking 9 figures in one season on talent only to go right back down again. That, and there are so many people that believe the Championship is stronger than those at the bottom of the Premier League. The fact that many people here consider that we are are up there for the playoffs this season despite some strong teams coming down says it all, really.
  13. Didn't want to revive this thread, but we now know that he'll be coming out on the 24th, so prepare for it to be all over the news.
  14. He'd do a solid job at this level, and could be exactly what we need to push on for promotion. Despite this, he's got previous. I remember him decking a Swindon fan after being caught doing coke in the toilets. If he's mellowed since those days, sure, but the last thing we need at the club is another "lad" with a superiority complex.
  15. I have a few mates that follow the Championship, and contrary to the belief on here, many of them would class us as "dark horses", but ultimately not being good enough to achieve promotion this year - mostly because we lack a goal scoring centre forward. A glance across the internet shows many that share this view, so hopefully we'll have a forward coming to Ashton Gate soon. As for other dark horses, a lot of people are discounting Fulham, but I think they'll have a good season. My main pick for dark horse is Sheffield Wednesday. Bruce usually puts a good foundation in, and given that Bruce's leaving was despite the owners being fairly accommodating to him, I can see a decent coach taking over the reins and them rallying around for a promotion push.
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