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Mr Popodopolous

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  1. Fair yeah. No fan of Pulis as I say, he was an awful fit for us- wasn't aware of the reasoning behind the Akinbyi sale either/at least one of the motives. Ex Rovers too, always an uphill battle right there... Was Beadle so bad? Thought Hutchings predated Pulis, but yeah it was an unhappy time and a happy day indeed when he left! He also signed Mercer though- good keeper and would've been an excellent addition if not for injuries. Millen too- don't recall much about his playing days here granted.
  2. I'll believe it when I see it but a few might be interested in this- appears to be Reluctantnicko's response to an Aston Villa fan...wonder what's on the cards? @chinapig @Davefevs @downendcity @Coppello "Need to hope FFP rules are relaxed a bit"... Might also be interested thinking about it, @The Gasbuster @Vincent Vega @Ska Junkie Lest we forget after all, in May 2019 they were under a soft embargo, but then started spending as soon as it hit June 6th/7th. See Jota. Makes me wonder- they eventually spent £100m + that summer under the PL jurisdiction! @hav
  3. Worth noting just where we were an hour in, vs the 10 men on the evening of Saturday 30th December 2017. It maybe only 3 points but the psychological difference is/could have been quite significant! For both us and Wolves. Wolves in Table B are over the hill and far away. Disappearing into the distance, over the horizon. Table A however, seems them dragged back in! They would have been dragged back in, because they would have ceded 5 pts to us in a week. 2 to Derby as well. With trips to: Cardiff, Leeds, Aston Villa, Preston, Middlesbrough, Ipswich and Fulham still to come in 2n
  4. Thanks. Strong tactically then, it would seem- that's a good start. The preparation sounds fantastic. I'm not saying he'd be in my top 5 but he definitely sounds like a manager on the rise.
  5. Pulis did have the last laugh over Taylor in the end though. I'm no fan of Pulis but he kept Stoke up, built them up, returned, built them up a bit again, took them up. Several years in PL with Stoke, including an FA Cup final, into Europe (the first was beyond us since 1980- top flight, the second since 1909 was it, the last- well, never)! Did well to keep Portsmouth up, Plymouth up pre either of these- Taylor surely improved style of play and took Gillingham up but Pulis was building that side further. He's actually had a solid track record in many places. Except here. Wh
  6. 10th wasn't it? However it was a strong start indeed. Experience at this level doesn't have to be a must.
  7. Thanks- will certainly have a read of that.
  8. Think he steered them towards the playoffs. I don't remember his Millwall team but I do remember his Wolves side especially and there was some good stuff, with wing play. He ticks a lot of boxes for sure but I have one or two tactical queries.
  9. Well, define never "done it". No he hadn't managed in the Championship before but he had managed, with a reasonable degree of success big clubs such as Valencia and Porto. 4th in La Liga, and Porto will always be high in their League but CL experience too. You factor in the Mendes aspect over there too. Yes he's a fine manager but they are a package, those two- Mendes and Nuno.
  10. Interesting. Do you think there was some sort of clause for early termination perhaps target based Dave? Always thought it was fairly standard that clubs had to pay up remainder of deal for a sacked manager...changing?
  11. Don't quite follow this post. Unless I'm misreading it or the message. Klopp was a highly respected and successful manager who had rescued Borussia Dortmund from the doldrums, restoring them to a high level in the national game- two titles- and string in Europe, CL final and competitive in the latter in subsequent years. Point is, he was never some unknown when linked with Liverpool.
  12. Cannot organise a defensive shape though tbh a bit better since the resumption. However that's the PL. Problem is he had issues with it last season too with one of the highest paid squads in Championship history and he had issues with it at Brentford. So I have some doubts. Reason I have a few about Jokanovic too, the whole balance aspect.
  13. Modern equivalent? "Premier League club in training" or whatever the expression was...
  14. A good manager but attractive, attacking philosophy? Think Jokanovic ticks as many boxes, based on a quick Wiki search.
  15. Cook seems a great choice. I had a concern with respect to his away record of course, think he win two games in a season and a half or thereabouts? 2020 comes along! Give me Five (away wins)! Strong man manager, good tactically?
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