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    Jack Grealish

    You can say that again.
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    Tyrone Mings

    If it helps him make any decision to sign for us in the Summer, give him the armband. Seems like a natural leader.
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    What Year Will Villa Be Promoted?

    I went with next season. 2020. And I honestly believe that for many, many reasons. While I believe some of our squad are poor, we have a few players who I think can do a very good job in this league. Grealish stays for me. Unless he bangs in 20 goals in his remaining games I don't see anyone matching his valuation given his season so far. The youngsters will be back, except with first team men's football experience and a few of them will be very handy at this level, hopefully next season. We will have money to spend. Not a lot, but we will. I'm sure of this given our coolness regarding FFP and the investment we've made into a goalkeeper and buying a right back, to loan him back for the rest of the season. Sound like a club under financial pressure? I dont buy the 'next season will be a transition' stuff either. Preseason is the transition phase. Farke, Jokanovic, Nuno, Bielsa.. They didn't have a whole season to transition. The first two had poor half's of a season with someone else's squad. They all had one preseason though and their squad was ready. 2020. Its ours. Champions.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    Can't wait to find out who I'll be watching.
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    Dean Smith

    Well he's signed a goalkeeper for double Brentford's record signing so..
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    Dean Smith

    With a League one budget.
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    Dean Smith

    Jokanovic ended his first season at Fulham with a 30% win percentage. Farke got 32%. Bet Fulham and Norwich are glad they weren't so quick to pull the trigger.
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    Dean Smith

    Love this game. At Forest, Warburton was sacked at 15th, Karanka got them to 7th. At Boro, Karanka was sacked at 19th, Mowbray had them in 7th. At West Brom, Mowbray left at 20th, Hodgson got them to 10th. At Blackburn, Hodgson was sacked at 20th, Allardyce had them on 13th. At Sunderland, Allardyce left at 17th, Bruce had them at 16th. At Villa, Bruce was sacked at 12th, Smith has them at 10th. Culverhouse.
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    Dean Smith

    Warburton went on to get sacked twice and Brentford were forced to sell a load of players at the end of that season to meet FFP. Not sure what we're proving by bringing this up all the time?
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    Dean Smith

    In terms of style, there's probably nothing in it between Jokanovic and Smith.
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    Dean Smith

    If the job became available, it would be Rodgers or Jokanovic for me and I suspect the latter would be more attainable.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    He was on ITV playing tiddlywinks with James Haskell last night so I won't hold my breath. No but really, I have faith. Praise be.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    I suspect promotion was all but given up on in January, hence sending the youth out for first team football. I think we'll see a few of them integrated into the first team over the summer, along with many, many cheap transfers and hopefully a little help from uncle Jorge.
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    Dean Smith

    I think quite a few teams have managed it without Grealish, Abraham, McGinn, Mings and Chester. I'd have to check Wikipedia though to be sure..
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    If we win every game between now and the end of the season, we'll match our final points tally from last season. [/thread]
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    Kortney Hause

    Do we have a Hause thread? I'm starting a Hause thread. Finally signing today it looks like. Anyone know how he is as a player? Wolves fans seem to like him.
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    Dean Smith

    Smith is renowned for having poor defensive records, that's true enough. It's a weird one. Mings has consistently been rated our best player since joining. A lot said Hause was brilliant on Saturday and I would concur. Those are the two we have identified and recruited since Smith joined. I won't count Elphick as we had no choice but to recall him at the time with Chester being out only 'fit' CB - especially now we know he wasn't. Kalinic seems to be improving since he started, although is he better than Steer? Not sure. It is what it is I guess and in my eyes we're 15th currently. If this run continues for the next 10, I think the choice is clear for the board. If, and I hope this is the case, he turns it around and we end in the top half, I think he'll get a crack at next season
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    Dean Smith

    They said something on Soccer Saturday yesterday that resonated. I can't remember which team they were discussing now but it wasn't us. They were describing the tough turn around of results under a new manager and said 'When you've got players who have been so used to playing route 1 football for years, it's underestimated how hard it is to change that mentality'. And when you think about it, a lot of the squad have been playing a certain way for a couple of years now. This puts Smith in an awkward position in my mind. He will be well aware that the fans wanted him because of his trademark style of football. He will be well aware if this group of players can or can't play to that style. If they can't, what does he do? Stick with it and lose games as the players make mistakes, poor touches, poor awareness etc. Or change to one the players are more used to until summer: Bruce Ball. Either way, it's going to be a tough few months on the fans. With that in mind, I think there's a way this squad goes on a winning run. That way is getting in a good route 1 manager. But no one wants that. I honestly feel that any manager who plays this expansive football is doomed to fail unless they're given that preseason and summer window. It's a tough one mentally on the fans though. We just want performances and results. At the moment I think we have a manager incapable of managing the way the team plays, and a team incapable of playing the way the manager wants.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    Edit: Wrong topic. While I'm here... We're going up! One day.
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    Dean Smith

    He's really not helping himself is he? I know he can't exactly kill morale by slating everyone on the pitch, but at lease admit that our performances are dire. Unless he truly believes the game could have gone either way. In which case, we have a problem..
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    Dean Smith

    Well the next game is supposed to be Grealish's first back, so there's that..
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    Dean Smith

    Very disappointing. He has to give us something to ensure he gets time. He's giving us worse than nothing currently. We look awful in all areas. Fair play for bringing Ramsey in today, but it's nothing revolutionary. I haven't struggled this much to watch a team since Garde.
  23. Best players on the pitch are the ones Smith signed. The rest can bugger off.
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    Dean Smith

    Just to add to this, I've been reading more on the Bucks under Edens' ownership and there are a lot of similarities. When he and Lasry bought the Bucks they had a squad of aging players and weren't doing great. They had just had a club record worst season. A full rebuild was needed so they brought in a young coach and gave him time to complete the rebuild with young talent. What helped Kidd keep his coaching job for so long under this rebuild, though, is a surprising first season and good run of results. Arguably that's something Smith doesn't have to prop him up at the moment. Either way, it feels like Edens and Purslow are fans of giving someone time to turn things around. Sawiris is the unknown. All we can hope for is a good performance today. I'm at a stage where the season is probably over, so I'm not fussed about the result (lie), but what I want to see is a performance, and a dominating one. I want Smith to be able to play his style of football and I hope the players will oblige.
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    Dean Smith

    Quote right, my apologies. I can't imagine they're involved in the day-to-day running of the club, but they would take great interest in what their asset is doing, particularly Edens who is used to owning sports teams. While they wouldn't hire and fire themselves, they will put Purslow under pressure if they felt a change is needed.