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Mr Popodopolous

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  1. If I was him I would be pondering Wolves- as competition at minimum for Jonny. If I was Wolves I would be thinking about him too as Wing backs an area they need more depth in. Or Sheffield United with their back 3 system, him as a wing back could be quite good IMO. I hope not though, but I have a bad feeling we won't be signing him this summer...
  2. FWIW, historic League table I saw a couple of years ago shows us above Barnsley. One place though- that will have improved the last couple of seasons and I think we are bigger than Barnsley but club size can be subjective.
  3. Szmodics, Reece Brown and Moore? They would be signings but nothing too exciting to offset the quick sale of Kelly. Still the first 2 especially appear to be highly rated so we'll see...
  4. Agree...though I think Joe Jordan would by dint of him seemingly having no real managerial ambitions would be more suitable than Hughton who is in prime managerial age. Jordan would be a good addition to the coaching staff though, I am sure of that. May have contacts here and in Italy to help us with an edge in the market as well.
  5. Agreed- but given this seems not to have happened, I don't know how it would work if say Aston Villa win the playoff final- it could in theory but who would go up in their place? Mnd you I saw Swindon mentioned on this thread in 1990- precedent?? I think most clubs financial years end at the end of May or June- and in a couple of cases, end of July- so all clubs have an opportunity to sell within time but some more than others- something needs to be standardised if possible on this- maybe accounts up to a certain cut off point- end of May? Can't say I know of any ending in March though. Agree, forecasted sales being abolished would be best. Still the above paragraph may have some sort of scope for standardisation. Agreed- and especially for the entitlement brigade, love to see them taken down a peg! Think the rules are mainly alright though, it's the implementation of them that is the problem- what @Coppello wrote on Friday about his discussions with someone at the EFL was shocking!
  6. The other problem thinking about it with a DoF is you have to be very careful about who you choose. Now that goes for recruitment in general of course, but with a DoF- if you have someone like Hughton who still surely has managerial ambitions, that could go very wrong, very quickly.
  7. Some ideas on that. Provided it's fair value and market rate...we could get each stand sponsored by an SL company or a company to which he is linked. Maybe HL one stand, his green energy interests another, his Botswana interests a further one. Same could go for training ground, whatever else is being built on the Wickes site- basically make sure is legally watertight with fair market rate and I see no reasons for trouble- have it independently assessed if necessary. It's if we vastly inflate there would be problems, but all that cash would help- every pound counts in this FFP time. Of course then, the big one- naming rights for AG. Sell it, to the highest bidder- and with our profile growing in recent times, what with being a good club in a League that is seriously on the rise, that could bring in more cash. If we want to go down that road that is- the tradeoff is it would be going down the total corporate road, dunno if we want that- what price success etc- but it's surely a path we could financially legitimately consider.
  8. Joe Jordan? Experienced- knows the club, contacts aplenty- ex manager but presumably no ambitions to get back into it. Spent time in Italy too as a player so may have some links into their market too. If not as DoF, on the coaching staff? Think would be an idea worthy of serious consideration- but as DoF? Think it has a lot of positive points...
  9. If they actually have a hard and fast deal in place to sell though- that is possible, then that would be somewhat more legit? I very much doubt they do, but look how quickly the Kelly transfer happened- this can be possible. As in, he goes regardless. Agree, denial of promotion the only way- unsure how it would work though- replay the playoffs but with places shifting around- ie Leeds 3rd, WBA 4th, Derby 5th and Middlesbrough 6th? Award the final to Derby by default- maybe Leeds as the highest team who didn't go up automatically, but seemingly actually did comply with FFP?
  10. I think if enforced by UEFA (or us on here )instead of EFL, we would have seen harsher and swifter punishments- the fact they i.e. UEFA are pushing for a Man City ban from CL is belated but finally- they have been trying to reopen the PSG investigation too, post Football Leaks. Same could go for EPL, but then the limit is set at such a level that combined with TV money and allowable write offs it is almost impossible to fail (STCC a different matter)- funny that!
  11. Ha yeah not a chance he'll be loaned there...surely. Not training well- sounds interesting. Think Adelakun was also linked with Nottingham Forest last summer too- maybe there is a problem at our end with development of some of those we sign. I say a problem, more of a work in progress- can't get them all right and our record is good in some areas, Adelakun a reason we didn't loan him IMO was as we still owed Scunthorpe for a tribunal- had we loaned him to League One and he done very well, that maybe would've cost more. Could have loaned him back to Scunthorpe to continue development in an environment he knew for one more season and it would have made their pushing for a bigger fee less of an issue- think that could have been a deal worth pursuing but a bit late now!
  12. Would have thought a loan to Charlton or Sunderland- or maybe even Plymouth in January would have been a good logical next step for development. Now Plymouth are relegated and one of Charlton or Sunderland coming up- he knows the area Charlton, they play decent football- from memory they were keen, if they stay down why not try and resurrect that? If only to retain value if we aren't convinced about him making it here- neither playing nor loaning him was an odd move IMO... Similar goes for Adelakun though there was at least a possible financial reason there.
  13. It would for the period to 2018/19 season yeah, but if they stayed down they would have a major hole still IMO. A question as to whether Kieran Maguire's Infrastructure figures included depreciation etc as part of it, if they did that takes total losses down but still in breach- similar for Derby. Also questions about whether they are getting a lot of HS2 compensation- saw one below the line comment on an article of £15m! No idea on that though- but a former Aston Villa chairman is in HS2 committee or similar in that region!? http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/former-aston-villa-chair-announced-as-wmca-hs2-growth-delivery-chair Given Aston Villa are or maybe were due some compensation, it's an unbelievable conflict of interest, or has that potential at least- but then is anyone surprised anymore?
  14. Excellent comment I saw from what I assume to be a Birmingham fan on a Guardian comment- media have been pretty pathetic, as per- but that is exactly the questions media should be asking.
  15. You can sell even good assets to reinvest and improve- this has been proven demonstrably true at a variety of clubs here and in Europe- but you must build flexibility in- now is the time for that flexibility, for a push in the market. Whether we will or not- either in fees or taking a chance on wages part subsidised by the fees- well we'll see. Signs don't look great so far but we are only 20th May so there is still plenty of time to use sales to help fund growth. Now will we, there's the question?
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