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Mr Popodopolous

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  1. Just to play Devil's Advocate here. Bit of counterfactual history too! Had Shaun Harvey and the Football League stood firm and looked to genuinely refuse QPR entry when they came back down in 2014/15, clubs would have little choice but to accept punishments surely- in particular those who came down from the PL while in dispute with the Football League! Refuse to allocate in certain circs an offending/accused club fixtures...could this be an Football League/majority rule led bargaining chip for clubs accused I wonder? I just wonder how history of FFP may have played out had they been
  2. I was pro selling him but his display the other night. Yes it was only Hull at home, but he was excellent. Goal- tick Won free kick that led to 2nd- tick. Created several chances with the final pass- 'would be assists' in other words- tick. I wouldn't be averse to keeping him as he has certainly improved in recent months in a number of areas, but OTOH I also recognise he's a saleable asset. Final year of contract also makes it a risk holding on...see also Eliasson.
  3. FFP? This was an undoubted factor too, especially in the first 3. See my post. Would add to that, there are more and more clubs falling foul of/being dragged through the process now. There's a balance to be struck of course- we keep Reid and Bryan, we go up last season then no need to sell any! We stay down...we lose them both on frees, no cash, no profit on disposal to offset operating losses- hell no amortisation removed even!
  4. The two year accounts preceding that and the FFP regime that we are under indicates that this was more of a need than a want tbh. Birmingham got 9 points, an EFL business plan, and a soft embargo that became generalised restrictions on incoming transfers in 2018/19. There was/is also the possibility of Projected accounts x 1 and real x 2 forming the basis for a breach and deduction with rules surrounding RPTs- though Harvey was too weak/incompetent/lazy to enforce this last season! Happy to check against our losses/profit and FFP figures. How much did those two sell for- £15-16m? Tha
  5. Hughton, Jokanovic or Cook please. All would want a certain amount of autonomy yet both of the first two especially have worked under DoF or Sporting Directors IIRC. Unsure about Cook in terms of the latter! Think both sides will need to give a bit- dunno if a new manager can have 100% control or autonomy but a lot, and the club will need to make adjustments/tweaks to the model as well.
  6. This is the main thing, the bit in bold. General point...4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. It's an interesting one- I think if you play someone who can easily filter back into a 3 then that's different to if you have more of a pure CAM as the central player in the 3- say a Szmodics, or a Palmer- Paterson maybe he can be considered for the 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 hybrid, but I wonder if Brownhill last but more like earlier this season could've played central in the '3' and helped us have a bit of each. We'll never know now of course! A good example might be Johansen in the Fulham side of 2 years ago. I think i
  7. Agree on that. It just offers that extra protection, bit of margin for error- stops a side being overloaded. Players can be creative with a little less worry about losing possession and quick breaks. There must be a reason why most sides play that way after all...wonder who is best at DM in that three however- Massengo? More energy isn't he! Smith? Has had injuries and significant ones. Walsh? Seems to be both creative and have a few tacklers. Morrell perhaps? I know less about him admittedly. It's the same principle, the Nagy point, about why I'd like to see 3 CMs behind Palmer. 3 C
  8. Exactly. One way or another there are 3 GENUINE CMs in the bulk of sides- my main objection is that LJ was basically swimming against the tide, making an already difficult task even more so! I'm sure it suits Nagy- hell it probably suits the bulk of our CMs, to have 3 CMs. Maybe a Hughton or Dyche style could make it work but beyond that...?
  9. This x 100...though yesterday gave me a bit of hope that Pato may be plausible as the 3rd CM, vs weaker sides or at home vs middling to lower ones maybe? Or away from home v certain sides and him having a dual role... Still I broadly agree. Agreed. I wouldn't make Nagy a certain stater but I'd say 3 of Nagy, Massengo, Walsh, Morrell- the 4th of those will be good cover, be able to slot in- champing at the bit. Probably need a 5th too and we know Rowe can always cover...could Korey be that ideal third man, or maybe we get Williams from Wigan- but as it stands and if Smith can prove his fit
  10. Leaning significantly towards Hughton but I would certainly not be disappointed with Jokanovic or Cook.
  11. ON the topic, what time was SL on? I've listened to at least two segments of the Jim White show so far and heard nothing!
  12. Brentford are an interesting one- their balance looks nice enough yet they are a dominant side, yet their GD is +41 and still third!
  13. Wilder, Fairly open football yet with a balance structually, tweaked type, now pushing top 6/7 in PL! Nuno- As above but perhaps more Bielsa- Great side to watch, and seem to have a better balance than say Fulham of two years ago, or Norwich or Aston Villa last year. Frank- Definitely an improvement on Smith, in terms of the balance style yet great to watch. Never say never but odds are that one of Leeds or Brentford will go up- it's not impossible it'll be both. Bilic is a bit less free flowing but nonetheless rather good! I'd be interested to see how Hughton wo
  14. Matic-Pogba-Fernandes is very good on paper and seemingly at the minute on grass too! Vs lesser sides maybe you would drop one of those 3, possibly even Matic if the opposition are looking at parking the bus but not a guaranteed starter right now, IMO.
  15. I think even Walsh and Morrell would get outnumbered and outmaneuvered- you play Leeds, you play Brentford- they are good players but 2 v 3 poses an issue! Whether Nagy started is a separate issue but I believe he would likely better look better in a) A fairly dominant possession based side or b) A general CM three but I think he's good technically, with the right players around he can show it more readily.
  16. Something else I note, just searching on Twitter in general. A reasonable number- maybe it's a small number with an amplified voice making it misleading so let's go with a minority but how big or small is unclear- appear to believe FFP to be suspended or on hold or frozen or extended for a year. At UEFA level perhaps but nothing yet confirmed in this League! I'd say you have to make adjustments owing to Covid 19 but not suspend it, no free passes etc etc at this stage. They seem to equate, some of them anyway, UEFA decision with a decision that Championship clubs have to vote on and
  17. I'd be happy to give the EFL a clue or two about where to look- unless it's us in that situation of course! Some on Twitter have described the scrutiny or if there was an investigation as a witch-hunt, or akin to it. Some Aston Villa fans that is! Tbh they (the EFL) will know- much better than me you'd hope. Not under Shaun Harvey however, they wouldn't have!
  18. That's a fair and reasonable assessment by @AnAstonVillafan but not necessarily one I agree with. *If I am Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday, let alone the many other truly compliant clubs, well there will be massive pressure to look again. Don't forget Gibson. *Villa Park fair value measurement poses a problem. As I've stated on countless occasions, it was shown at cost under Tangible fixed Assets. Then it got seemingly changed to Investment Property. Don't forget about the Impairment between that, then using a Triennial Review it was I think restated to Deemed Cost? This ba
  19. Was good last night. Scored the goal and won the freekick. Created a number of chances too. I do feel that he can be one used to trade upwards, but him and Paterson at times do link well..Wigan away in January another example.
  20. Is best at '10' overall but showed some good signs in CM. Maybe he could be that third man, drifting between there and '10'...think he's worth keeping however.
  21. I thought I'd seen more about. A bad job can **** a manager these days, it can be tougher than ever. I think he was sacked by Walsall, but don't know how his record stacked up there. It's a selective reading tbh, to overlook his strong body of work before joining us. His time here surely set him back significantly. Had quick look. 20 pts, 14 games I think, round about playoff pushing (at Walsall). However may have miscalculated.
  22. Why do you think that was? You will have more insight than many I'd have thought. Strong and most memorable body of work at Doncaster, harshly (wrongly, oddly?) sacked at Nottingham Forest, reasonable first job at Bournemouth. Certainly nothing in his prior work to suggest that he should've presided over in particular our plummet to bottom end of League One.
  23. Spot on. Especially the last paragraph. As you say cast-iron self belief, this is an absolute must for a manager for the reasons you system. Would say that he, like basically manager now, how many departures are due to quitting solely over results or lack of belief that a manager can take a club forward? Very few I'd suggest! He, like 99.9% (maybe more) of managers will be backing themselves, their philosophy with iron belief. They will believe it can be turned around/salvaged until the last possible moment. That their way/methods will prevail, this belief will be held u
  24. Solid record until he joined us...did he drag us down or vice versa.
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