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  1. Heretic

    Dean Smith

    No. The Rodgers I'm thinking about managed Liverpool. Rui Faria has been extensively praised by and worked closely alongside Jose Mourinho, a man who's got 2 Champions Leagues with spells coaching at Barca and managing Real Madrid, Man Utd and Inter Milan. As for managing a semi-pro team in a bush league, who's Dean Smith been managing recently? And where did he manage before? Walsall.
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    Dean Smith

    Must confess to being underwhelmed, given the names previously linked. Perhaps the owners tried to bring in bigger names and couldn't attract them? Don't mean to rain on parades, but I would prefer someone with a bigger profile. This is a big club with expectations that are commensurately difficult to manage. I think this job is too big for him. But I very much hope I'm wrong.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Given the names banded about, I confess to being underwhelmed. The owners will know the difficulty they've had attracting the right candidate. Perhaps the club isn't as attractive a proposition as I'd like to think? Perhaps their plan is to have one manager for promotion, another manager for the Prem campaign? But if it's him, then best of luck to him. That said, he has many good players here to work with. Our league position doesn't reflect the strength of the squad. (Might get the best out of Hogan. Note I said, might...)
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    Match Thread: Play Off Final v Fulham

    Fulham down to 10 men! Odoi gone!
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    17/18 Promotion Charge

    I have no fear about the game. It's a big game, and we have big game players. I feel confident that we have the grit and creativity to win this one. I think we will.
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    17/18 Promotion Charge

    Small feature in the Guardian about SB: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/25/aston-villa-steve-bruce-solace-torrid-few-months When Steve Bruce is asked whether work on strengthening the team will start immediately if Aston Villa win promotion to the Premier League on Saturday, the first thought that comes into his head has nothing to do with new signings. “The one thing I need this year, more than any other year, is a holiday,” he says. The Championship can be a grind at the best of times with all those Saturday-Tuesday fixtures and all the more so when a 46-game season is extended by another three weeks because of the play-offs, but Bruce is looking forward to a break for reasons that transcend football. More at the link.
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    17/18 Promotion Charge

    Performance of the season. They proved they could cope under the pressure of playing at a rocking VP against an elite team. That said, I was a bit surprised with how cynical some of those Wolves players were. They know how to mix it up. Loved the fact the Villa lads rose above it and stuck to their task. Showed how much belief they have that a Top 2 position should be theirs. Don't think Cardiff will look forward to VP. Next 4 games for Villa, the best team we'll face is 16th in the league. A Villa team playing like that could win all 4.
  8. Biggest club in the vicinity, don't you know...
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    Keith Wyness

    I wouldn't be so sure...
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    Jonathan Kodjia

    Keeping limpid happy.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Wrong thread. Try the SHA one.
  12. I think 46 will be enough to stay up. They've got Middlesbrough next chasing sixth, at home. Then Cardiff looking to make second their own, that's away. Two games they could easily get nothing from. That's 16 points required from 9 games, one of which includes Wolves away. Assume a loss there. That's 16 required from 8, an average which would be good enough for promotion chasers.
  13. If Cotterill's not careful, their fans will slash the tyres on his vehicle. The big ones, I mean.
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    17/18 Promotion Charge

    I think we're better playing 4-5-1.