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    Dean Smith

    I think that just highlights what a mess Dr Tony and Keith Wyness made of it. Spending the money we have should have virtually guaranteed promotion within 3 years. But we’ve wasted so much, and it can’t continue.
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    Dean Smith

    Dean Smith has never been a ‘quick fix’ manager. Look at his record. It took him 4 years at Walsall before they looked like promotion contenders in League One. At Brentford, it took him 2 years (whilst selling all his best players) to start seriously challenging for playoffs. If our owners got Dean Smith as a quick fix, then they have made a big mistake. I still firmly believe he will get it right but it might take 2 years to change the culture at the club. I still think we need to change 80% of our squad. One thing Dean Smith must sort out short term though, is how to play without Grealish.
  3. We need to find the next Maupay. We can’t keep throwing money around in The Championship. It hasn’t worked.
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    Lovre Kalinić

    Completed according to John Percy on Twitter.
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    Dean Smith

    Performance wise, Smith has done an exceptional job in 2 weeks. Tonight’s performance was a huge improvement on anything a Steve Bruce team would have produced. Yes, it’s frustrating that we lost, but the improvement in 2 weeks has been massive. Smith now has a full week to prepare for the next game, and I’m looking forward to another improved performance (and hopefully the result to match).
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    Alan Hutton

    You won’t find me arguing, he is an awful player. Not sure why he is still in our team to be honest. I would have hoped that Smith had been more radical with the team early on. Still looks like a Bruce team on paper.
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    New Manager Speculation

    I’ve always thought JT would make a good manager (natural leader, etc), but for some reason it seems like much more of a gamble than Henry to me.
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    New Manager Speculation

    I was really annoyed when they kept Bruce in the summer (but could see why they did it). Most of us could see this coming though and it seems like a big wasted opportunity now.
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    New Manager Speculation

    If Henry is out of the running then it’s got to be Brendan Rodgers for me. It’s a no brainier if he wants it.
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    New Manager Speculation

    Spot on. Nuno was linked with Man Utd last week. There’s no way that link happens without his 18 months at Wolves.
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    New Manager Speculation

    If the owners are chasing Fonseca, then surely with the links to Mendes, they must have received some kind of encouragement to pursue it.
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    Steve Bruce

    Surely today is the day. I see absolutely no point in waiting until after the Millwall game. The atmosphere will be toxic if Bruce is still there. Much better to have a caretaker and at least have everyone united.
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    New Manager Speculation

    That would be random to say the least
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    We won’t get top 2 with Bruce, that is quite simple. But with the right appointment we could. We’ve still got all the top teams to play, so if we beat them, we close on them.