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  1. I’ll keep an open mind. So far I’ve been impressed, we’ve got the results, and he’s found a way to hide our weak midfield. He knows the players, knows the set up, and will be fully aware of the financial constraints. Wouldn’t be too disappointed if we went for the continuity option, after all, next season may be very weird. If the boffins are right, expect further disruption and restrictions.
  2. By accident, Norwich got it spot on With the Covid crisis trashing football finances. A club with funds, manageable wage bill and parachute cash. If they get it right, strong contenders next season
  3. Didn’t say it guarantees bankruptcy, just financial misery if it fails. Just fed up with this endless string of posts about Hughton, ambition and the ‘Groupthink’ that appointing him guarantees success. It’s going to be hard shifting players, we have no guarantee of income, a huge squad, so I suspect that the new manager will have to work within constraints, until things change. Totally agree about the midfield, but when this ‘Groupthink’ was screaming Upgrade last summer, I had doubts. Pack has limitations, but at this level you need grafters. I’m relaxed about who we appoint, just
  4. What an utterly ridiculous post. We have an excellent owner (Look elsewhere, plenty of dodgy ones), who will be hiring a manager that fits the club in terms of many issues, including affordability. Chucking money that we don’t have at Hughton (Or some other ‘proven’ manager) and expensive players guarantees absolutely nothing, other than serious problems if it goes wrong.
  5. Nagy has had a poor season, and games often just pass him by. Interesting that prior to joining, he had only played 50 games in 3 seasons, a clue that he might struggle with a full season in the Championship. See what happens next season, if he stays. Can’t always blame Lee for players not performing, might just be that they are not a good fit.
  6. Doesn’t matter who the fans want, SL has to make the call balancing finances, ambition, working within the various constraints, continuity and coping with the current exceptional times. No appointment comes with any sort of guarantee, so just fully support whoever is appointed and see what happens.
  7. Seems reasonable to me. No appointment comes with guarantees of success or failure, so see who it is, and keep an open mind. As we discovered this season, spending big guarantees nothing.
  8. How do we shift players? Most clubs will be on a very tight budget, so I’m sure that most contracted players won’t be In a rush to leave. There may be bargains to be had, but a large squad and a large wage bill will certainly limit our recruitment options. As for Benik, in normal times I’m sure we would have looked to sign him, but these are not normal times.
  9. Yeah great, likely to be limited home attendances, at a guess most clubs will exclude away supporters, so watching quite a bit of it on my laptop. Whoopee F’ing Doo!!! Or watching more of Bath City
  10. Once Brownhill left it was going to be very difficult to hit the play offs with such a weak midfield. I felt that this continuous improvement became a millstone, and last summer we deviated from plan, looking for quick fixes. Failing to make play offs, but the squad developing for the future is perfectly acceptable. Chasing the dream is generally when money gets spent badly.
  11. But how can we be successful with a long-term plan that changes after a few years to accommodate a manager with a totally different strategy? We have a good young squad, that puts us in a very strong position at a time of huge financial uncertainty.
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    Huge financial uncertainty, so why would we sign a right back who has not particularly impressed on loan, for a large fee?
  13. Absolutely spot on, Premiership will be less affected, but EFL will be a stagnant transfer market, so it will be difficult to shift players, and the last thing we need right now is an even more bloated squad. Huge risk that we undo all the good work of the last few years, don’t go up, and suffer serious financial problems. It may just be that Hughton would be the right man in normal times, but at a time of great financial uncertainty, with Covid and a looming recession, financial prudence is the better option.
  14. Yup, nothing happening in the World that may affect football finances....
  15. Benitez would make a statement - In an uncertain Financial time, we are spaffing wads of cash on a manager with no guarantee of success. And if it Goes wrong, we are financially Donald Ducked.
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