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    Ricardo's report v Villa

    after all the good early season work - a great second half against Liverpool, the demolition of Newcastle and the performance against Man City that had the whole country talking - we seem today to have lost our spirit. The lads have taken a few beatings and it showed. Today, against a side that we were promoted with and expected to take points from, we were outclassed and it will do nothing for our confidence, let alone all our injuries. This is not a time for excuses though. There is a major rebuild of confidence and a look at our tactics required. We simply cannot defend - or play out of defence - the way we are doing at the moment. Either we tighten up at the back or today will become a regular feature of the season. If there is any consolation, we got off to a slow start last season yet managed to turn it around. hopefully we can learn from this as we did before.
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    Match thread

    This isn't inuries
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    Match thread

    Good godfrey!
  4. Godfrey on the right touchline when the cross comes in.
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    Bribery endangering health

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    I can't cope...

    As Farke says,, time to put Man City in the past and focus on the next game now.
  7. Looking at performances since the start of the season against the best sides in the division, we really seem to be more than holding our own at this level. we have what it takes to consolidate our position with a firm foothold in the Premier League. So it seems reasonable to be optimistic for the future and hopefully we can build on this early success and start challenging for a European spot next season and beyond. I think this team has the ability to emulate the success of the 1992-93 squad and even cement our place as a European regular if we can keep the coaching setup n place.
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    Match Thread V ManC

    An historic performance that will be remembered for years to come.
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    Power vacuum

    In keeping with the spirit of this post you should call it D I c k as it's something yer missus would want to get her hands around.
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    I thought the Vietnamese came by boat?
  11. We shouldn't fear a Frank Lampard side. He is out of his depth at this level and is coach by virtue of his name. They are there for the taking
  12. From the Telegraph The ease with which the biggest two football signings of the summer were funded could hardly have been more different. In early July, Atletico Madrid paid Portuguese club Benfica €126m (£116m) for 19-year-old forward Joao Felix – the third-biggest upfront fee ever paid for a footballer; and the fifth biggest deal of all time. Two weeks later, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann left Atletico for Barcelona in a deal worth €120m. The Griezmann transfer caused a right ruckus, according to reports in the Spanish media. Barcelona had hoped that local lenders such as Santander, Caixabank and Sabadell, would stump up the transfer fee to Atletico. They refused, it is said. Having already lent Barcelona around €600m to revamp its stadium, they weren’t going to hand over any more. And so, Barcelona turned to 23 Capital, a London-based firm set up specifically to fund big football transfers, El Confidencial reported. The fund is majority-backed by billionaire George Soros. 23 Capital also financed the Felix deal. Sitting on the sunny terrace of its new offices near Oxford Street, co-founder Jason Traub says the transfer of the Portuguese teenager “was much healthier for us”. “We were involved throughout which means we can really help both sides get what they want.” Traub is resolutely tight-lipped on the Griezmann deal but the inference seems clear. Barcelona were running around like headless chickens for someone to provide the financing for the deal, reports suggest. For Felix – a move that the ex-Investec banker is at liberty to speak about for the first time – 23 Capital was involved from the outset. As a result, it was a comparatively pain-free experience, he says. “What is common among every transfer in the market is that you have a selling club that wants all their money today and a buying club that would rather not pay everything today.” And if football clubs are prepared to accept this reality, we could soon see the death of eleventh-hour deadline day deals, he argues. “For decades, look at what happened with the transfer window. Ten years ago nothing happened until the last day. “Then there was a frenzy, that was all negotiation. Because one club wanted £100m today; the other club wanted to pay over five years. And everyone went: ‘I’m not going to blink until we have to.’ And we’re talking about clubs with some egos at the top. And so it all used to come to a head in the last hour.” Michael Savva, a specialist sports finance lawyer at Watson Farley & Williams, points out that clubs which are looking to sell a player use the deadline as leverage over those that are buying. “The frenzy on deadline day is the result of a knock-on or domino effect of one long-running transfer deal feeding into two or three other ones... So there will inevitably always be a mad rush in one way or another. Would we really want it any other way?” Traub’s fund is just one piece of a financing jigsaw that has evolved in recent years. As the money in the game has rocketed, so has the way clubs are funded. “In the early days obviously less capital was required, so local owners were able to fund moves personally and normally via their other business relationships with the bank,” says one former Premier League chief executive. “It then all started to change when the Premier League emerged in 1992.” With transfer fees soaring “normal lenders disappeared, leaving the financing to owners and specialists”, he says. Football transfers are generally reported by way of a headline figure. How much money changes hands on day one is much more complicated than that, however. Often fees are paid in instalments; if this is the case, the selling club is often unwilling to wait; it wants the money upfront. A specialist bank will therefore loan the club the money, with the selling team repaying the debt as it receives staged payments from the buyer. Beyond transfers, loans can be advanced for future TV rights money or sponsorship earnings. Savva says that the rise of football banking specialists does not necessarily fan the flames of transfer fee inflation – it’s something of a chicken and egg scenario. “There are examples where actually the reverse is the case. In other words, because of the transfer fee inflation, new liquidity is required to come on tap,” he says. While the likes of 23 Capital target football’s “blue-chip” names, mainly on the Continent rather than at home, there is concern about a growing divide between the haves and the have-nots in English football that a new wall of finance could create. “The knock on effect of the growth in the Premier League has been devastating for lower league clubs as they try and keep up but [struggle] without the revenues,” says the ex-Premier League chief. Richard Price of New Century Finance, a self-styled “packager and arranger”, brokers loans from merchant bank Close Brothers and football clubs. Since 2000, he’s been involved in transfer deals totalling £750m. He says the financing of transfers has changed in England in recent years as a result of the increasing amount of TV money that has poured into the game. “The Premier League clubs are so wealthy, the top 10 don’t really need help,” he says. “You will rarely see Liverpool or Manchester City go into market.” So instead Price is rushing to seal a £7m deal between two club’s from the Championship, English football’s second tier. “The Premier League clubs borrow less and less. And the Championship clubs borrow more and more.” Does this mean the market is saturated with lenders? “There is still not a queue,” says Price. “Traditionally, banks do not like football clubs.”
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    fubo tv

    What they do is give you a free trial but hidden away in the small print it will say they will bill you for the next games/month/period/whatever, so they need your billing details.