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  1. Took a taxi to town today with the missus and small Stiliyan. Told them to sit in EAT for 20 mins as popped to the jewelers to get her a ring . Walked to the top of Birmingham library to the secret garden. She said yes.
    21 points
  2. Up until last season my son has only ever known us to be shit. Much of this was down to the fact that there was no long term plan in place after MON walked out. Last year after Smith came to the club I saw a plan, a style of play that could be cemented into the club that would hopefully last long after he himself was gone. I knew it was going to take a while, 2 step back in order to take 2 steps forward if you like, and knew that promotion last season was pretty much impossible. Fast forward a couple of months, a record breaking winning streak and I got to share a moment with my son at Wembley that will stay with us for the rest of lives. So what of my summer expectations? A complete bloody squad overhaul going into a league that is lightyears ahead of the one we left. People got excited about the spend bit when you break it down it's £10m per player, Bournemouth paid twice as much as that for Jordan bloody Ibe. It was always going to be a big ask and I would have snapped your arms off for placing of 17th. So we've lost many of our games, that's what teams looking to stay up do. We've also saw some very good performances against UTD, Liverpool, Newcastle, Everton, who would have thought that a brand new team under a manager barely in post for 12 months would be inconsistent? Back to my weekend in London with my son and that day at Wembley, I will forever be grateful to Smith for that and I'm certainly not going to write the bloke off because he sits 3 points behind what most of us believed would be a successful season (17th place). He deserves more respect. Note: it's Xmas, I've had a couple of beers so can't even be bothered to proof read my post, apologies if the grammar is awful.
    8 points
  3. I have only picked out a couple of parts of your post as I don't have time to answer it all. I am not sure what you expected to be honest. This is 80% a new team and pretty much for every outfield player a step up from the level they have played at so of course we will have shortfalls. I can accept that some of those shortfalls appear to not have improved, although it is only 3 weeks since we beat and completely outplayed Newcastle and then deservedly drew at Man Utd, but I doubt that is down to not working on them that is more likely down to the fact the pressure is now on and inexperienced players are struggling to perform under it. As for stating sentiment alone will not keep us up. I doubt one fan is basing their judgement of Smith on sentiment. He has been here 14 months. Took us from a mid table Championship team playing dire football to a Premier League team who along the way have played some cracking stuff. He has also got us to a cup semi final. Not unexpectedly given the huge overhaul in the summer we have struggled in the league and we are, as I personally expected, in a relegation battle, but Smith has earned the right to be given more time given how far he has taken us in just 14 months and it has zero to do with sentiment. This club needs our support as much as it ever has. We have an inexperienced side who are struggling and the boost and confidence that will come off the back of a couple of quick wins would do them the world of good. I hope we are all behind them on Thursday, and the coaching team, and don't have short memories.
    8 points
  4. I think there's a whole heap of misunderstanding here. No one is saying the Labour Party should get a leader who will start an illegal war in Iraq. What they are saying is that the Labour Party need a Leader that can pull in votes from both sides of the spectrum and make peoples lives better Did he win 3 elections in a row? yes. DO Labour have anyone else that can say that? no As much as there are things he did I totally disagree with and he did "Go Bad", he also has some savvy on how to actually get elected and what policies might be required to achieve that, not just political policies but internal policies. Labour is currently run by idealists, not politicians. Those idealists will never form a government All the self analysis that's currently going on in the Labour Party is an absolute waste of time, they are incapable of looking in the mirror and seeing the problem. It's the political equivalent of an eating disorder or a drug addiction
    8 points
  5. The daughter and the missus have just made this. We decided to have a slice now
    7 points
  6. I've stuck rigidly to my diet. It's around 30kg and counting now I've lost. But tomorrow, oh tomorrow, I'm cramming everything down my face. Mince pies for breakfast, and quality street during the mid-morning wank. Cheese boards might make an appearance before lunch. All washed down with gin, prosecco and brandy.
    7 points
  7. Somehow this tells me that you may be out of touch of modern football. He is, as most clubs are run today, head coach not manager, this means that he is most likely involved, but is no by any means the main man when signing players, this is the job of the scouts and director of football, so you really can't blame him solely on the signings. He took us from 15th to promotion last season, I think everyone would agree that this was a fantastic achievement, we lost our main right sided center back and one of our most important player in Tuanzebe, also, probably more significant, we lost our topscorer and one of the premer leagues highest scorers this season in Tammy. Add to that we basically lost our entire rotational squad. FFS we had only 9 senior outfield players left at the club after last season, and this is including a broken Chester and players like Elmo, Taylor, Kodija, Lansbury and Davis. Also there are no decent youth players available, which could have made filling the squad up an easier task. Also, there are two types of expenditures in football, net transfer spent, where we addmittely have spend a bit (though apart from Wesley and Mings, I'd argue that our players are very very cheap in todays market) and contract expenditure, where I'm willing to bet our majority of our players are very cheap. Not to forget that all the players apart from Heaton, Jota and Mings are 25 or below, meaning that they have been signed with the long term in mind, players that can and most likely will improve. When have you ever seen a club having to buy a new 9 out of starting 11 and be successfull?? we miracly finished 5th in the championship last season FFS and are arguably weaker as we lost so many players !! Things arent going great but people really need to be realistic.. So whats the plan after sacking Smith? go for Mark Hughes, Harry Redknapp or another dinosaur, play hoofball again and sign players above the age of 28 on high contracts? I feel like we have tried that a few times. For the first time since I was old enough to follow football, we are actually a club that tries to play football the right way and that are trying to buy players that dont bankrupt us and have sell on value, for the first time we are actually trying to be smart and modern about it. Give it time for crying out loud, success doesnt happen overnight.
    7 points
  8. I imagine they would reflect a bit upon the fact we came up through play offs. That we lost our entire spine of loaned players. That we bought a brand new team for £140 million. That Man Utd bought a single player for 60% of that and we just drew them away. That we've largely done very good this season up to the last 3 losses. That we almost beat both Arsenal and Liverpool who have players worth more than 60% of that budget. How much was Pepe again? And a lot of other stuff I cba. writing on a phone.
    6 points
  9. That £100k figure wasn't just the prize money - there's not much TV money for the Carabou cup and it doesn't do much for your international reputation - in the early rounds it's difficult to even break even - we made a six figure loss on the Wolves game. Trezeguet's instagram following will make us more this season than the League Cup. Winning the league cup won't make us rich - we need to increase our incomes through merchandising and sponsorship. That's the club's current focus, growing the fanbase in North Africa, America and Scandinavia - and finding ways to monetise that support where we can. Top line is king in the Premier league and the way to increase it is through Commercial activity. In the last season of recorded accounts for most clubs (2017-18), top line income for the clubs near the bottom of the table (Bournemouth, Burnley and Brighton) was at around £135-140m - which is a not inconsiderable amount. We made £68m in the Championship that year. The clubs we need to compete with are: Everton £189m Leicester £159m Newcastle £178m Southampton £153m West Ham £175m The big clubs at the top make three times that amount of money and the big differentiator is Commercial revenue - sponsorships and merchandise - of the clubs in the group above, Everton have a clear lead in this area with around £43m, Southampton have £15m and Newcastle £28m. For Everton, that £43m is more than two and a half times their gate money. The top clubs make in excess of £150m in their commercial incomes alone, Manchester United made £276m in that year just on Commercial income. There are some decent sized differences in TV income and in attendance between the big clubs and the rest, but it's commercial income that makes the difference. That's what we're working on; that's what Christian Purslow and Nicola Ibbetson and the other good people we've brought into the club do. The League Cup is almost inconsequential to that, it might make us a million or two if we win it. It's rumoured that W888 are paying us £9m a season and we're constantly told that shirt sales and merchandise are at record levels - it'll be interesting to see where our incomes end up and I would hope we can get ourselves firmly into the group above as soon as we can. We'll have to wait about fifteen months to find out I suppose. The elephant in the room of course if the £68m in the Championship - relegation is a killer - that's why any FFP fine is likely to be much less dangerous than the threat of relegation - if we're down for three years it'd cost us £300m - Man City and PSG were each fined around £20m for their breaches, it's unlikely we'd be fined more than that. The risk against the reward is pretty obvious I think.
    5 points
  10. I want a long-term plan implemented at the club. I'd stick with Dean even if we went down this year because I believe we'd come up stronger again next time. Short-termism in football doesn't help build anything and we haven't built anything for years and years.
    5 points
  11. Modern football for you, its either something is brilliant or shit nothing is Ok. Not just Wesley, go to Smith, Guilbert, Pitarch thread etc. Its childish and embarrassing (this is not just a VT issue, social media is to blame for this crap)
    5 points
  12. 4 points
  13. we should look at 17 year old Ricky-Jade Jones of Peterborough United Very exciting player and can play as midfielder also as a striker.
    4 points
  14. I'm sorry to follow this up with a depressing additional post on Christmas Eve, but the funeral was today and damn, that was tough. The thing I like about all of you bellends is I can just put something like this here, on this thread that contains posts about moomin dildos, and it's all good. I was kind of shellshocked on the day I found out, then everything just kind of moved on until the funeral. We've been regularly just dropping off meals at their doorstep to try to help out a bit without imposing on them, but we've not had much contact other than that other than the funeral invite. Life just went back to normal for us other than that. We got there and the place is absolutely packed, standing room only which was brilliant to see. The parents arrived, and the family got out other than the mother. I couldn't really see what was going on but she was just hunched over not wanting to get out. It was a few minutes later that her husband convinced her she had to get out and I saw why she was hunched over in the car. The coffin was so tiny, it was just perched between the mum and dad on the back seat. I'd never considered that a coffin could possibly need to be that small, stupid as it sounds, and I just **** teared up as soon as I saw it. I can't overstate the admiration I felt for both of the parents to stand up and power through the tears to give a wonderful eulogy. I can't imagine anything harder. I'm going to knock back a few stiff drinks tonight, I think!
    4 points
  15. Nice of the kid to give a homeless man a place to stay this Xmas
    4 points
  16. I am Happy to tell you my position.....I want it to work for Dean, but he is the architect of that. I cannot re-write the facts.....what I and many fans see is not a figment of our imagination and quite frankly, i think its worse than many fans have said. right now, i think we are the worst team in the league, for not having a grip on a fundamental aspect of the game. Every team has a dip, every manager has set backs......some of the shortfalls we have , have gone unchecked all season....game to game no improvement. Look, maybe its me......maybe Dean thinks he can just out score teams without any regard for defending, in which case, i am waiting for something that is simply not going to happen. Personally, i like a team that wins, that means scoring and containing when the opposition have their moments....We can't defend as a team and surrender any leads we have, unfortunately, we are not good enough to keep scoring.....I am not obssessed with the spectacle, I am more a substance man, that,s why i reverred Paul McGrath who was a defender....I appreciate defensive skills from all outfield players, i like to see a competitive approach, commitment not players standing off and aimless running to claim stats. No, I don't want Dean to fail.....but some of his critics are not wrong either, in their observations. If he is the manager we all hope he is.....he will come through it, but he has to make effective changes for us to see tangible improvement. sacking managers is not nice and causes much disruption, in some cases the disruption, is just what we want......i am not certain that IS the case here. I have no idea, which way it will go.....but sentiment alone will not keep us up, remember that.
    4 points
  17. Yep. I am still waiting to see the `easier' teams we were expecting to be able to beat to avoid relegation.
    4 points
  18. Dean Smith is your head coach the same as he was at Brentford would think the blame game should be aimed at the people involved in recruitment as apart from Konsa and Engels I expect the other signings were not his.We are doing well since Dean left us and Thomas Frank replaced him as we still have kept our recruitment structure maybe you should replace yours.Does John Terry coach the defence out of interest?
    4 points
  19. I think what we have to except is that we have an inexperienced coach at this level, with a relatively inexperienced squad. Add to that an inexperienced CEO, working for owners who despite all their business acumen have only owned an English football club for about 18 months. I think getting promoted sort of caught everyone on the hop. So is it really a surprise that everything isn’t going instantly swimmingly? Right from the top, Wes and Nas, we are learning on the job and doing it in the glass bowl that is the English Premier League. Everyone, not just Dean Smith has been and will be making mistakes. They will learn with the experience, but there’s no quick fix, no golden bullet, time and painful mistakes are generally the building blocks of success. Teams and businesses that do well grow together, win and lose together and have the collective experiences that make them strong in the future. Ripping everything up and starting again every few months is never the answer.
    4 points
  20. We are trying to go on a different path. We are trying to build something that will last. Something bigger than the current head coach. We have been through endless depressing cycles of a bloke coming in, bringing his own boys with him, buying his own players, getting sacked after 2-3 years to be replaced by a new guy who does exactly the same thing whilst the squad swells with loads of overpaid, underused players who we cannot get rid off. It is brain dead and depressing! We now have a structure that means the above can’t happen again. I know it is hard, particularly after a horrible defeat like Southampton but we need to remove the emotion from the situation and have the courage to stick with the long term plan (cue me calling for DS to be sacked if we lose to Norwich!)
    4 points
  21. The morning of Christmas Eve. So far, my lad has wet the bed and came and told us at six o’clock. First wash on. One of the cats were then sick in the hallway after breakfast. Cleaning done. My two children are now watching Christmas films and eating malteasers, but i have peace for now! They are like two bottles of pop ready to explode waiting for Santa to arrive later. Probably be up at 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, but I love this priceless time with them all. Merry Christmas VT.
    4 points
  22. Lost for words in regards what's written about Deano here. Just no words.
    4 points
  23. We have had this discussion numerous times, within this very thread there will be lots of back and forth between you, others who agree with you, and myself, as well as other who agree with me. See the difference is I don't speak in absolutes or try to create fact out of fiction. As a matter of fact if you even go a couple of pages back you will see my comments. lol However let's just summarise my thoughts, AGAIN. - Signed for 22 million from Club Brugge - where he was an integral part of a team competing at a high ish (Level) and Champions League. - Has no blame to bare for the price tag they agreed on him. - Was scouted by a few top clubs ( Professional scouts and coaching teams), obviously us included, which obviously saw some potential or raw attributes they feel they can turn into something valuable. - Signed as a 23 year old to a newly promoted club going through a rebuild, in a new country, at a new club, new teammates, new system etc. - Has played a grand total of 18/19 games with above considered, scored 5 goals. - Decent performances have come alongside decent all round team performances. Shite performances have usually come alongside tripe all round team performances. - Has been too weak at times, heading is a weak point, plays too deep most of the time (I partially blame turd team performances, lack of support and system for this) - Has been generally poor in a few games, looks generally awkward, although has shown when he has the support he is capable of doing things up front. - Severely lacking confidence. - Has been thrown in at the deep end, I've said on here multiple times that I don't think anyone would see him make an impact until next season. Should either not be starting, or starting with more support or a system more suited to helping him. - 50/50 on whether he will come good, have also learned, from my experience as a Villa fan, and football fan in general, that it is naive to write off a player, especially the mitigating circumstances, after this amount of time. - Could go down as an absolute flop, could also be a revelation. I can;t say whether I rate him or don't rate him yet, but what I do know is that he is a mammoth of scapegoats, while favourites get an easy ride whilst performing even worse.
    4 points
  24. At least if Benteke had attacked Iraq he’d have probably missed.
    4 points
  25. Bowen would be my number 1 choice.
    3 points
  26. This is true, but last season we went on to get promoted. This year we just need to finish 17th.
    3 points
  27. This honestly reads like you've never worked hard for something your entire life. From my finances, career, education, sports accomplishments, fitness, nutrition whatever I've put my mind to, it has taken a plan, discipline and PATIENCE. It's not like you just start a project/class and have a phd in chemistry after 12 months. Dodging weight doesn't happen over night. I dropped 40 pounds in 2017. Surprisingly I had the right plan, but it took a long time of brutal patience and discipline to get where I wanted to be. There's a large amount of good managers, but mentality where you can't accept thinking long term and working for it, just stops progress for so many sides. If you got a manager that wants and tries to implement attractive football, maybe it's smart to be patient. We seriously JUST had the same scenario last season and we came back stronger. I am just amazed people can't just rally behind Deano.
    3 points
  28. Maybe you should go back and look at your own posts from last season Credibility crashing by minute
    3 points
  29. While writing him off is silly, to say he is doing fine is just wrong. If he was doing fine, there would be no discussion of needing a new striker in January. He is struggling. Not sure why it seems to be a big deal to admit it.
    3 points
  30. This thinking that they are a small club, we are a big club mentality is really some of the stuff that's holding us back. We ARE a big club, but ultimately it's hard work that pays off. Burnley are whether we like it or not a more established PL club than us now. Using stature as an argument as to what we should expect doesn't hold water. We need to buckle down and earn what we want like everyone else.
    3 points
  31. I find it very weird too, Nick. Some seem unwilling to take the rough with the smooth and have somehow forgotten about the last 10 years at the club.
    3 points
  32. You forgot we are now playing PL teams every week rather than Rotherham. How bizarre.
    3 points
  33. Really unfair to compare Smith to Wilder. The latter has had several years to work with his team and on his system with minor tweaks along the way. Smith has had a year and had to build 2 completely new teams in that team whilst adjusting to the highest level. He may not be cut out for it. But writing him off under those circumstances is very unfair in my opinion. I really hope he proves many of you wrong. If we do sack him the next appointment is crucial. Another Garde type situation and we’re truly f**ked.
    3 points
  34. Lets not rely on hope. We are in a crisis. We are in the bottom 3, we are now closer to bottom than to safety Fed up of hearing how we nearly beat some one and how well we were doing against top teams until they scored against us . The results show we lost How long can we do the same things for and hope it works. It is not working, that is statistically obvious to every one except for the guys selecting the players, their positions and the style of play. If they are not prepared to change the above. Then they have to be changed Something needs to change. A change of players, tactics or manager - may not work, perhaps we just aren't good enough But for gods sake try something different.
    3 points
  35. Nobody's putting the manager above the club. People just want to support a club that gives managers a fair crack at it. He hasn't even had half a season in the Premier League.
    3 points
  36. why cant there be an in between? i dont think Wesley has been that great tbh but at the same time dont think hes been that bad as people think and dont always get the stick he gets, dont think he gets the service he needs think bringing in jota could help.
    3 points
  37. If I didn't know better, judging from VT I would think the season is 18 games long and ends in December. We've been relegated, Dean Smith should be sacked and Wesley is our worst signing since Balaban. It's all been settled just in time for the holidays.
    3 points
  38. Smith seems to very much prefer left footed CBs to play on the left side and right footed CBs to play on the right side. He's not competing with Hause, he's competing with Engels.
    3 points
  39. This Blair discourse - that Labour should either ask him how to win elections, or copy his leadership - is very simplistic and misguided. Firstly, there is no evidence that Blair would have handled the politics of 2016-2019 any more successfully than anyone else. He has been able to shift from 'being a prominent supporter of the People's Vote Campaign' to 'complaining post-election about losing northern Labour seats' without skipping a beat only because nobody cares enough about him to interrogate how incompatible those two positions are. Secondly, the idea that Blair's legacy is part of Labour's problem is not absurd at all. It's true that Laura Pidcock is using his bad reputation as a shield to ignore the more immediate problem of Corbyn's popularity, but it's weird that people who were and are very able to read Corbyn's personal approval ratings and draw the appropriate conclusion (that he was dragging the party down) seem to be completely ignoring that Blair also 'enjoys' toxic approval ratings in 2019. Thirdly, as Peter demonstrates with the polling above, Blair benefitted enormously from the Tories torching their reputation through Black Wednesday before he became leader. It's true that he didn't lose that lead, but then he also had the advantage of being leader for years 15-18 of Conservative rule. Fourthly, the specific group of voters that Blair attracted from the Tories - asset-rich boomers in the second half of their careers - have now aged out of the workforce and aren't likely to vote Labour en masse in the future under any type of leader, and there isn't an equivalent mass group in the current electorate who would be impressed by exactly the same policies. Fifthly, there is no evidence that Rupert Murdoch, specifically, is going to support a Labour party under any type of leader. He had already stopped endorsing Labour by the 2005 election, and since then has had his media properties vigorously oppose the party, under Labour Right leadership (Brown), soft-left (Miliband) and left (Corbyn). Both he personally, and his media empire more generally, have become much more radically conservative in the intervening two decades. Which brings me to the final point, which is that the world has changed in a lot of ways - more than can be listed here - since 1994, which is 30 years before the next election is likely to be held. It's tempting to imagine that if something worked once, it must work again, but that isn't true, and copying is definitely time-limited. Blair didn't take over the party in 1994 promising to copy everything that Harold Wilson had done thirty years earlier, and neither will Labour's next leader. In general, it's funny coming to this thread after reading On Topic, where I notice there is the standard chorus of siren voices demanding the club re-sign Christian Benteke.
    3 points
  40. How about a cheeky loan move for Harvey Elliott or an even cheekier one for Phil Foden?
    2 points
  41. Don't let this troll derail. @Vive_La_Villa has made some great points recently.
    2 points
  42. We have been given a massive opportunity. Promotion wasn’t in the plan last year when DS took over....there is no way anyone at the club was expecting this year to be a PL season. Now we have to give ourselves the best chance of staying here instead of the alternative which is fighting for promotion in the quicksand of the Championship. That will require us as fans to get behind the team. The team can do their part and start showing the fight that was missing from the last three performances. Combine both points above with some shrewd January signings and all is not lost. UTV
    2 points
  43. Totally agree with the bit in bold. This is where Smith can help himself and team. Try something different, even if it’s only of a couple of games. 433 is not working at present.
    2 points
  44. I was wondering to myself yesterday if there might be a chance we could get Tuanzebe back on loan, he's only played 186 minutes of league football for Mancheser United this season, just over two games. I think it would be worth it even without and option to buy.
    2 points
  45. If you want the ideal opponents to get out of the kind of rut we're in, then I can't think of a better side to be playing. Having already given them a hiding should be reason enough to get that confidence soaring back into the side. Hopefully, this is our moment to seize the occasion and, who knows, maybe we'll talk about this match as the day we turned that proverbial corner. That's how important this fixture could turn out to be. We have to believe in these boys of ours. They need us more than ever.
    2 points
  46. Bit early for this, but we must try something different now. Will never happen, but I would go with something like this: ————————————Heaton———————————— ——————Konsa———Engels———Hause————— Elmo Targett Luiz Nakamba Grealish Wesley Kodjia Subs: Nyland, Chester, Guilbert, Lansbury, Hourihane, El G, Jota 5-3-2 without the ball. 3-5-2 with the ball.
    2 points
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