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  1. Oh , a podcast, from the podcast guy, nod. I remember being super excited when Sean O'Driscoll joined, and you could hear Carey light up when he spoke about his coaching. What I found interesting was how much emphasis he placed on having an assistant manager or whatever to fill in the gaps that a manager has. He sounds like he's learned a lot from the managers he's played for and will put that into use in the future. Another thing is having a generally settled group of players and them getting on and that making such a big difference to a team. You can get new players to adapt to a culture that way, instead of acting out. What we're doing at the moment with the consistency of culture is clearly paying dividends. Louis from his own words clearly wasn't a locker room leader in the way where he could shape the culture to be positive and professional. He was definitely a follower of whatever was going on around him. And that comes from the change in managers, the change in players being brought in and having to deal with that. Everyone here was either brought in by LJ, or could have been gotten rid of by now. And the squad looks very united because of that. Feels like Carey will be our manager one day.
  2. Signing George Weah's "cousin"
  3. I'm guessing the people who say "What's the big deal?" have zero experience with the queer community. He's going to get death threats. He might get physically attacked. And he's going to get horrendous abuse. He's also going to get massive support and "who cares, just play" from the majority. It'll be a big deal for the person. That's why it matters, it matters for them, and it matters as his treatment will affect others getting into football. It will inspire others to be open about themselves. Or it will scare people into silence. It is a big deal. If there is no problem, then it will cease to be a big deal. Let's hope so. Let's hope for a world where it's not news. But in a country where people are still being beaten up and abused for their sexuality, it is. WE have a responsibility to support this player if you care about the wellness of others.
  4. I think it should be a double header at the Cardiff game. We can have the Women's match after and guarantee a huge crowd. Let's keep the Cardiff fans locked in for an extra two hours after the men's match and help them calm down and be safe by watching a nice game of football. Think how safe that will be. Then the traffic will be much better for their bubble trip home.
  5. The article doesn't mention that no pandas were killed in the making of the kit so we can only assume...
  6. Have any other teams been relevant in his lifetime? OTIB
  7. Again good stuff, Interesting reminder that Tommy Rowe played for Gary.
  8. He had an agreed amount. I don't think (couldn't find anything on google) there's a precedent for someone legally challenging the amount of a buy out clause that they agreed in their contract so I can't tell you the result of that. I imagine if they agree it then there's no room for a legal challenge. The problem if it did happen would be it takes time to go through the court process which doesn't benefit the player, and I'm guessing because it's a court setting (judges vary) the amount could vary. That's why it's agreed beforehand to avoid all of that. Ronaldo's interesting because it was Real lowering his buy out for PR reasons/to facilitate a deal, not the player trying to force his way out. They wanted someone to pay the buy out (oh no! what could we do???!!!) so not to look bad in their fans eyes. The buyout wasn't reduced for Barcelona or PSG... It's all a PR game that can be seen in Mark Little's cold dead eyes. He's a TRUE BLUE forever! He's certainly not moving down here because he likes the area and wants to be closer to his business. He's a TRUE BLUE forever!
  9. Every player doesn't have to have a buy out clause in Spain. They have the right to buy out their own contract. They just do because if it isn't agreed they can go to court and try to get their contract bought out and that amount could vary because of courts so it's best to agree it before hand so it's always done as it's best for both parties. Just a technical correction on that one. Interest dried up because no-one was willing to pay what we wanted. I.E. we stopped his "progress". But if Leeds had offered us £20 million (just being ridiculous here for the point) we'd had definitely let him "progress his career." Man Utd are owned by the Glazers, they don't care about anything other than profit. They as we've all seen have sacrificed Man Utds place at the top table because of their desire to make money when other Billionaires are spending to win. I'm sorry but the buyout clause in the Spanish contracts is making them available at a price. That's exactly what it is. It's negotiable in the amount that it's set at. "We didn't stand in the way of his dream, we respect our great player" etc. Sounds better for everyone than, "We got the best offer we could for a player who didn't want to be here." A players buyout clause is equivalent to them running down a contract. They could renegotiate, and up the clause if they want to with a new contract. Both cases are them refusing to sign a contract to force a move. If you notice Neymar's release fee was a lot lower comparatively than others at the time as it is currently. That negotiation is a way to force a move. It's not the club being kind. It's Neymar's agent team using power to force a comparatively low release clause so his client can move and they can all make more money. It's PR. IMO. Money talks, ignore what the people involved say most of the time.
  10. I mean that's a narrative to be used to our advantage but is it really true?... In my opinion we sold Reid because he had one year left on his deal. We sold Kelly because he wasn't in our team and the value was fantastic for a player who couldn't get in the team. Joe Bryan we got a great deal for, he was progress stopping Lloyd Kelly and we've upgraded to Jay Da Silva. There's no indication of either progress stopping or progress helping. We have good recruitment and coaching now so big teams are looking at our players and they're paying what WE want as prices or they're taking advantage of our players on contracts running out. Are we helping Callum O'Dowda's progress or are we waiting on the right offer for a ticking contract? Cristiano Ronaldo was for sale, Neymar was for sale. No club will stop a "players progress" if the price is right. Our biggest selling point is that we give players a chance to develop and be seen. We play young players. Our players get better. And our position in the football pyramid is a great stepping stone.
  11. Well for English football and the top clubs around the world specifically. TV deals mean no-one in the Premier League needs to sell. Billionaire owners don't need to sell. We never need to sell anyone. We choose to sell when players contracts run down, or when we think it's a great deal. The only people who need to sell are the clubs whose parachute payments run out or are mismanaged or don't have wealthy backing. There's a reason we keep signing players with one year left on their contract at their former clubs. That forces a value proposition for their club. There's a reason we signed Semenyo to a 5 (4+1) deal. So we don't get burnt. I'm surprised his agent allowed that deal (unless there's an escape clause in there if a top team/value comes in for him)
  12. It was a suggestion for assistant referees not a rule. Commentators started talking about it so it made its way into public knowledge even though there was never that change to the offside rules.
  13. I'm not underwhelmed because there's a context to the signings. Even the clubs official page didn't bother to give them individual announcements. We all know what's up with the signings. One's a squad player who could play some games, and one's a third (4th!) choice goalie and coach. If we were saying "WOW look at these guys" maybe you can be underwhelmed.
  14. Thanks for the tip! I am! Hence looking at views from the opposition. Maybe try reading. If you could read properly it says "according to the thread above." It's not my opinion. But thanks for the stats! That answers part of my question! He's actually played a lot of games and therefore isn't injury prone!
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