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  1. I wondered whether clubs are so totally biased toward hiring defensive managers and that since black players are most common in attacking positions whether they are discriminated because of their footballing philosophy (attacking). This discrimination could be in addition to any racial discrimination. However, on testing it I found that although black players are most commonly found further up the field, in all positions except goalie black players were currently more than 25% of players. There are so many black players in defensive positions today that at least for the next generation ther
  2. Thanks Rodders, awesome stuff. I like the wildcard idea too. Can you put a star or do something to indicate how many wild cards someone has left. That would be useful info for people strategically. Or else we would have to keep the tally ourselves.
  3. If Brian Deane does well I'd welcome him at Villa. I would like us to be managed by a former striker who was successful at the top level and not affiliated with one of the big clubs.
  4. We needed Westwood to banana in some of those whipped set pieces but he was not the most accurate crosser in the Premier League today. The best with at least 3 crosses were Steven Davis (100%), Steven Gerrard (75%), Raheem Sterling (60%), Branoslav Ivanovic (50%) and Jason Puncheon (44%). Stewart Downing gets special mention for 8 from 16 (50%). If we are going to compete against the top teams Westwood needs to be more consistent with his delivery because we're not going to get many chances.
  5. Has he got a new contract yet? His strength training really shows in the game when he bounces off the floor after tackles by the Ya Ya Toures he plays against in CM. He changes direction really quick too it helps him win a lot of fouls for us. Grealish should take note. Maybe a bit of shooting training wouldn't go amiss either. He and Grealish should stay on after training working on long range shooting.
  6. Will you never post a single thing about bannan either directly or indirectly again if he doesn't? No, but I will promise 2 months Bannan free, whatever happens. If I slip up, someone send me a PM and we can add another 2 months on to that. Please note though that I was not the one who bumped this thread.
  7. Do we have the updated table (for Week 5) posted yet? Thanks.
  8. Ugo Ehiogu has been working with the Tottenham Academy and is now coach of Tottenham U-21s. I'd say he's one to watch because the Tottenham youth are very highly rated at the moment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugo_Ehiogu
  9. That although Palace lost he can't have had that bad a game. If there were no positives to take from it he won't be on the bench. I'll hold my hands up and say my analysis is wrong if he's not on the bench. That would indicate there were no positives.
  10. As others have said, talent tends to rise to the top in football. I just don't buy into this idea that there is racism against black managers in England when black players are very widely accept in the game. Talented black players certainly don't get held back because of their race so why would that be the case with black managers? Because everyone is comfortable with the idea that black people are good athletes. Black people being seen as intelligent tactical thinkers still faces resistance in some quarters. It might not be that which the discrimination is against. If they make
  11. Will you take it all back if he's on the bench against Leicester?
  12. He may have shown enough tonight to get back on the bench. Consider the midfield four Zaha Guédioura Bannan Williams (Kaikai - 80' ) then Zaha Guédioura Bannan Kaikai Bannan and Williams is what you call a lightweight midfield and the 19-year-old debut winger Kaikai hardly helped the defense out there when he came on. And we all know how hard Zaha works at his defensive duties (/src). against Obertan Colback Abeid Ameobi (Sissoko - 67' ) then Obertan Colback Sissoko Abeid So they equalised to 2 : 2 even after Sisso
  13. It was 2:2 after 90' and the third goal came from a header inside the six-yard box. I think the second-string Palace defence, which also conceded a penalty, was more likely at fault. The fact Bannan's side still managed 2 goals without their most influential defenders, without Jedinak, against a strong Newcastle XI is a positive for him.
  14. AT 27 SEP 2014 - PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2 : 2 Everton Chelsea 4 : 0 Aston Villa Crystal Palace 1 : 2 Leicester Hull 0 : 3 Man City Man Utd 4 : 2 West Ham Southampton 3 : 0 QPR Sunderland 1 : 1 Swansea Arsenal 3 : 1 Tottenham SUN 28 SEP 2014 - PREMIER LEAGUE West Brom 2 : 1 Burnley MON 29 SEP 2014 - PREMIER LEAGUE Stoke 1 : 1 Newcastle
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