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duke63

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  1. The EPL will financially implode eventually. You only have to see the panic induced when the football was stopped by the pandemic and the quite horrible sight of football restarting with no crowds just for the benefit of the TV money. The money men now running the game are only interested in themselves and could not care less about supporters actually attending games. I'm looking forward to a much more enjoyable season this year and pray we might be able to attend matches at some point. Seems highly unlikely that will happen though.
  2. Is Holty still playing? How we could have done with someone with his guile and aggression and leadership last season.
  3. Football cannot be immune from the economic fallout of the pandemic. Personally i am wondering if i want to bother with televised football next season at least in terms of the Sky model. If i could pay solely for City matches i would.
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/11/premier-league-clubs-australian-bank-macquarie-loans-tv-earnings This is how modern football does it borrowing at top level....and its fraught with danger as the last few months have shown. I wonder how keen they will be to lend in this way over the coming 12 months? Its easy to see why the top leagues in Europe wanted the season to finish at any cost and its also easy to see how it could all collapse like a house of cards overnight.
  5. Banks do not lend money to football clubs to go out and spend on players and have not done so for a number of years.
  6. Pouring money into a football club is no guarantee of success. And yes, if people like that owned the Club i would seriously conisder whether i wanted to follow football anymore.
  7. Someone needs to test it in a court of law. I can foresee the PL not using VAR or Hawkeye next season if Bournemouth do pursue it.
  8. I do agree its strange to get over excited about staying up for a club like Villa. I thought they were supposed to be a big club?
  9. Can anyone seriously see Champions league football being played over the winter months in Europe? Spain is already back in quarantine and in the middle of their hottest spell of weather for years. Players travelling across Europe to play football in the middle of the worst pandemic for over 100 years should not be allowed to happen. Hopefully Governments will put a stop to it and then financial reality will set in with the biggest clubs.
  10. Its an exhibition game without fans. Sadly football seems to think its immune from the economic fallout of covid and we hear of top clubs still willing to spend £xxx million on a single player. It just does not sit right with me and i think football at the top level is in danger of disappearing up its own ****.
  11. Its hard to pick one manager but there have been some great seasons in recent times. I remember us being promoted back to then Divison 1 under Ken Brown after the Milk cup winning season. We played some fantastic free flowing football that year and looked a cut above in many games. Dave Stringer deserved to win something with his considered style of football. 2 FA Cup semis but couod never make that last win. Mike Walker's I guess was the best season of all. We really could and maybe should have won that very first Premier League. that is unlikely to ever happen again. Lambert, three promotions in three seasons, stuffing the scum twice in one season with a 9-2 aggregate. Shame he ruined his legacy by being a complete **** at the end of it all...and ever since. And then Farke last season. Some truly great football and a joy to watch. I really hope we can repeat that next year.
  12. I'm not convinced we can afford to play Emi and Cantwell in the same team, it makes us too lightweight physically. In all honesty, the team has not proven to be good enough this year so changes are neded regardless.
  13. It would be interesting to see the stats on Hanley, Klose, Zimmerman and Godfrey all being available for selection at the start of each match. I doubt even three on them were fit on matchday very often. It has had a profound effect on our season tho that isn't to hide from the deficiences and errors elsewhere. I don't know whether that is bad planning, bad training regimes or just bad luck but it does need to be addressed.
  14. Trouble is our two main leaders and physical players, Zimmerman and Hanley, have spent so much of this season out injured.
  15. For the life of me I cannot understand (Injuries permitting) why we have not played Godfrey in DCM, he is made for the role. As a centre half we have players who can do the same job as he can, at centre midfield, we do not.
  16. I wasn't looking forward to it because football without a crowd is pretty pointless anyway but at least I know not to waste my time watching anymore. Ps I bet we get to the FA cup final
  17. I don't think anyone has been relegated on 54 points so far.
  18. It seems 1p5wich wanted L1 play offs to go ahead with anyone who was interested reagrdless of their position over the season to date.
  19. Think they have only published the first three games for now as they have no idea if this will work.
  20. I doubt many clubs will be spending big this summer with the uncertainty around. There is no guarantee if this season will finish or when next may start.
  21. The reality is football needs to have a wage cap. Its been introduced in many sports over the years with success. The problem in top level football is that the rewards are potentially huge for thsoe employed by the clubs, especially those actually running the club ( not the owners).
  22. Football is unlikely to go back to what it was, in my opinion. I wouldn't be surprised if this makes a Euro League of the biggest Euro teams far more likely and the rest of us can go back to football on a much more sensible scale.
  23. Read this thread till about page 3 and then gave up. Let's be honest, until football is played in front of a full crowd again, it's not a football I would bother with and I know I am not alone. Unless something dramatic happens in the next couple of months, I thinks that is unlikely until 2021 at the earliest. Even the brightest of scientific minds have no idea what the rest of this year holds for any of us. Imagine Leeds in the Prem for the first time in years and the whole season is behind closed doors. ?
  24. If the PL season is not completed in the same way it started then it needs to be voided. Those are the only two fair options. Anything else is a fudge and NOT sport. Sky can forget about receiving any money from me in the future if it becomes a fabrication to suit the big clubs.
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