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  1. In an unlikely event of an incomplete season where all title and relegation issues have been decided, then you could luckily avoid null and voiding the season as consensus would probably be reached that the season is effectively finished. In the past some postponed dead rubbers have not been played. Otherwise in the absense of regulation, then yes, null and void is the only option and far superior imposing a rule change mid- season. I’m not saying it’s fair and it’s not about Norwich. It’s just ridiculous the leagues don’t have regulation to cover this.
  2. Using points per game to decide incomplete leagues is on the whole accepted within journalism, ex-players and seemingly administrators. But it is flawed. The mean average is a statistic – it informs what has happened but isn’t predictive as to what will happen. And we have so much evidence (West Brom ‘05, Portsmouth ‘06, Fulham ’08, Wigan ’12, Leicester ’14, Sunderland each time we go down to name a few off the top of my head) that using it as a predictor is flawed. It would be quite easy to show that often the average points after 38 matches is significantly different from after 29. A bugbear is that while pundits like to appear sophisticated by talking about “complex” statistical concepts such as a mean, in a league 90% of teams have played the same number of matches, it’s identical to freezing the table at an arbitrary date. What if the suspension had happened after 9 or 19 matches? We could have still worked out average points (or frozen the table then). The logic seems “well after 29 matches we’ve played most of the games, and this gives positions which would probably not change that much”? So poitns per game is nonsense, but this isn’t the point. The point is using this would represent about the biggest regulation change imaginable mid-season, and one that teams can’t respond to. Presumably there is nothing in the Premier League regulations on incomplete seasons, or we wouldn’t be discussing how to decide final positions. It’s amazing given the turnover and staff at the Premier League, that no one ever thought to write a regulation to cover this. How is it allowed to change the regulation mid-season? Whose mad idea was it? Is the one regulation that matters that if 14 clubs vote for a law change mid-season, anything can happen? Can they vote that Brighton to go down as their chief exec is annoying some other clubs? Which gets me on to the championship…..why is it widely accepted that Leeds and West Brom should go up? A 7 point gap in the championship can disappear in a week, and usually does in Leads’ case, but again, this isn’t the point. All the Premier League teams earned the right last May to compete for 38 matches (19) home and away to finish as high as they can and the top 17 remain in the division; the championship teams earned the right to play 46 matches (23) home and away to finish (yes finish) in the top 2 (or win the play offs) to go up. If either (not neither) cannot be completed, then no one has earned/ forfeited the right to swap divisions. Null and void is the only means to solve this. Yes, there will be winners and losers who will be lucky and unlucky, but you accept luck and bad luck in sport. Average points/ freezing the table contravenes the existing sporting laws and regulations, which isn’t acceptable and surely be crushed legally.
  3. There was one very good angle from above shown ten minutes later on the international feed that showed the Palace player, knees buckling, going down prior to contact with Amadou. Still can’t expect VAR officials to consider all available information
  4. Can’t you still waste time with the keeper taking a slow goal kick that doesn’t leave the area and the defender refusing to touch the ball despite it being in play?
  5. Chosen for international audience for us outside UK so won’t be on ifollow but you should be able to find a dodgy stream. Or take out a 14 day free subscription on BeIN NZ and VPN/ DNS it.
  6. Well Sheffield Utd could do a Huddersfield or Bradford in the first season and stay up whereas Leeds have all the potential to do a Fulham. Regardless think we’ll be on 50 points and above either.
  7. The season was over on Boxing Day when we beat Birmingham to avoid a relegation battle. WIth one of the strongest squads in the league and probably the best player, it''s some achievement to be 14th and to have scored an average of one goal per game - well done Farke. Still the beauty with Webber''s strategy is it''s repeat-ability. No matter how many Borussia Dortmund reserve team coaches and lower league Bundesliga players he takes, they will be replaced so can end up at Carrow Road in the future.
  8. "The season is not over. We still have another 4 1/2 months of you throwing temper tantrums like a 3 year old girl who didn''t get the dolly she wanted." Yes, and I''ll certainly be making the most of it. After all, we won''t have the opportunity to waste such a good opportunity for a decade or so.
  9. Each of the 24 teams in the division has a plan and philosophy but what is more important is the players on the pitch. I agree we cannot afford this squad, but it was together for this season for the final time and much stronger than most of the other teams''. This is the point of difference; not a philosophy. So this season was not the one to gamble on Daniel Farke, Mario Vrancic and Franke tearing up the championship. If all had failed being conventional this season then next season was the one to change philosophy.
  10. The 3 Chelsea diving bookings were theoretically all correct on VAR as there was no evidence of a clear error to overturn the on-field call. This will nearly always be the case in most penalty decisions; William''s penalty was about a 75% penalty, but he was going down. However, in the shoot out, (which I assume is a goal and can be overturned?) Caballero left his line before Oliveira struck the ball. This isn''t an opinion, this is fact. Now, in all 9 penalties this happened and would be a shambles if in each save a retake was applied. But you can''t introduce VAR, expect all bad decisions to be eradicated and the good things of the game to remain the same. Referees don''t apply all the laws in order to allow flow and common sense. Introducing VAR requires laws to be applied to the letter, and the game would change. Is football really that bad as it is? I notice it was quite a common sport pre-VAR....
  11. The season is over, we’re 13th, 9 points off (only) the play offs and it’s mid-January. Webber has been very good at saying we’ve got no money and we need four transfer windows but this doesn’t wash. Having no money is problematic when in most cases it goes with having a very weak squad. This is not the case – we have one on the best squads in the championship (don’t tell me Bristol City, Cardiff, Sheffield Utd., Brentford are stronger); each transfer window it will get weaker and weaker. The ‘rebuild’ is a fallacy – next year no Maddison, no Oliveira, no Klose, no Pinto – how will we have a chance of anything other than mid-table? This season was our best chance of promotion, indeed automatic promotion in the next 5 or 10 years, and Farke has wasted it. Last season Neil failed (but saved us before and is doing well with Preston), but we were the top scorers and every 3 matches or so we absolutely wiped the floor with teams. And when Alan Irvine came in, we were mainly excellent. We’re hardly weaker than last season (pre-transfer window, when if we''d been performing adequately we may have kept Pritchard) Murphy, Howson but Gunn, Hanley and Maddison. Unfortunately we have a second rate, reserve manager in charge. On the whole the Bundesliga signings have been woeful – we waste half a season playing with ten men (Vrancic being the 11th), and playing the strongest team in ALL cup games has cost us further points. I’d guess that any other manager in the championship would have us in the play-off picture, but it’s Webber who appointed Farke and oversaw the signings. I was very sceptical of this one trick pony who thought he’d cracked the football business. Seems that there isn’t a limitless ‘arbitrage’ from the lower reaches of German football.
  12. Think I''ve given it sufficient thought....so there weren''t offers for Pritchard, Klose and Oliveira in the summer? And next summer we can expect higher offers (plus their wage costs for this seasons) for them when they''ve finished mid-table in the championship with one year less left on their contract....how is any one of these players going to be worth more next summer?
  13. Totally agree. Just posted something very similar before I saw this
  14. as he explains at every opportunity, why has he settled for a season of re-building whilst maintaining one of the highest paid squads in the league? His permanent signings have on the whole been cheap and not up to standard. If the objective was to come tenth and re-build for some non-explicit future, why pay millions in wages to Oliveira, Pinto, Naismith, Klose, Pritchard, Jerome, etc. and loose out on several million in transfer fees when we sell/ release these guys next summer? The alternative, more ambitious and indeed pragmatic approach would have been to spend a little more on better players, a striker and a better manager (like Heckingbottom or even keep Irvine), and aim to be as good as, er Sheffield Utd, Cardiff and Bristol City in what is final chance of promotion for many years. Sure we can fire-sell our high earners in January, but then we''ve paid 6 months of wages and will receive less in a fire sale. This guy is a one trick pony who employed a "look at me" strategy at a club where is doesn''t really matter where they finish in Championship or League 1. HUFC did great and scraped through the play offs after he''d left, but it was naive to think he''d get that lucky again...there''s a limit to the talent in Bundesliga zwei drei vier.
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