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  1. Agreed, but as far as we can tell Steve Gibson was a lone voice when he raised objections about Derby. Steve L was quick to have a go about the trivial 'spygate ' nonsense but we have heard nothing about his view of a club circumventing FFP when he plays by the rules. Which leads me to assume he is not bothered. Shaun Harvey, who has a somewhat chequered past, was forced out as EFL CEO of course. Perhaps somebody at Ashton Gate has their eye on that job in due course. Though I can't think who.
  2. The problem there is that the EFL is a trade association not a governing body. This is in a sense an offshoot of the FA ceding its power to the Premier League, meaning there is in many respects no governing body. A trade association is likely to be dominated by its most powerful members - witness the richest PL clubs getting a bigger share of the TV money from next season for instance. Which means that the most powerful members are more likely to get away with gaming the system. Woe betide smaller clubs that step out of line though, they will be made an example of so the EFL can claim that FFP works.
  3. Now we have LJ tied down to a new contract can we not kill two birds with one stone? SL should buy him from the club for £80m* and lease him back. *as independently valued by Hargreaves Lansdown.
  4. Worse, he accepted then did a U-turn. If he can't be trusted to keep his word then we are better off without him.
  5. Which is pretty much the question LJ is publicly asking. Rightly so imo.
  6. I never got the feeling that LJ was that keen. I can't help thinking some at least of the ones for the future signings are given to him rather than asked for.
  7. I think you may indeed be over thinking in that he means Kalas can work with Wright or Webster as circumstances require - 3 at the back, injuries, suspensions etc. LJ is again throwing down the gauntlet to the club though. He has delivered his side of the bargain so far and expects them to go to the next level now.
  8. At Newcastle he declared himself unfit in the dressing room before the game so Dean Gerken played. At the airport later he was sat apart from the other players, his head down, reading a magazine. All was clearly not well.
  9. I take your point but in the context of the hyper inflation in transfer fees in recent years it's pretty par. Though I do expect, and hope, that the inflationary bubble will eventually burst.
  10. Thankfully the days of grovelling to players as Sexton and Millen did to Maynard are over. One of the most important contributions SL has made is when he said we shouldn't get so attached to players.
  11. We have always been a bit snobbish as a club about non league players and have missed out as a result. I was not alone in wanting Andre Gray when Luton were in the Conference for instance. Some of our fans are still snobbish it seems. I put it down to a fixation with celebrity for its own sake. As @Mr Popodopoloussays above, the right player is not necessarily the most expensive.
  12. Plus the grovelling media who keep telling us they belong in the PL because they used to be good decades ago.
  13. I'm going to find myself supporting FLDR in the final just to see what happens to Villa. My guess is still that they will be allowed to game the system though. There is a parallel with Man City in that there is a prima facie case against them but not a peep from the Premier League. All clubs are equal but some or more equal than others.
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