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  1. The real question is what is the true ambition of our owners? If it is truly to compete at the highest levels then we would have an opportunity to attract a Pochettino, Benitez, Allegri etc. If any of those managers are Potentially interested We would be absolute idiots to not replace Smith and that’s regardless of whether we were comfortably in mid table. If the owners ambition is more realistic then we have three options. The middle road of sticking with dean and not backing him in January would seem to guarantee relegation as there is not much evidence to suggest that he or we are adapting to the tactical requirements of the league. This leaves us the gamble of a big Sam type or another untested manager or backing dean to the absolute hilt in January. Unless we have a clear upgrade available and interested my gut tells me that our most realistic option is to back Dean and go big in bringing at least three experienced first team players in as quickly as possible in January.
  2. Unfortunately football just reflects wider society and it’s clear that racism is now back stronger than at any point since the 80’s. Politicians have a lot of blame to take for the lies about the reasons for the erosion of living standards for all working class folk.
  3. It’s been a good pre season but fearing the worst versus spurs. They were a Champions League finalist and have strengthened again. It’s a real baptism of fire. I just hope that it’s competitive and we come out of the game with something to build on. I’d be ecstatic with a point.
  4. Because they have two or three very good players and the rest are ok or bedding in for next year....when they sell their best two or three players again.
  5. He’s clearly worked hard over the summer. It’s his shirt to lose - simple as that.
  6. Only reason he didn’t change the formation was due to how lopsided the squad was and the run we eventually went on. He specifically said after we bought one of the centre halves a few weeks ago that we need the option of going three at the back.
  7. Would you rather have Maguire or McGinn? Utd would have to bid a stupid amount to get him.
  8. Of course everyone would rather sell Hogan but reality is that no one would be stupid enough to make any kind of substantial offer for him. Kodija just doesn’t have the work ethic and team work required to play consistently at this level.
  9. I’d sell Kodija in a heartbeat if we had a decent bid for him. He’s served his purpose for us and can now go and get another big contract somewhere else. Maupay would be an excellent back up for Wesley and would also allow us to play two up top if we wanted. No signing is risk free but Maupay will work his nuts off and will not be overawed. The work ethic coupled with being a bit of a dirty bugger means he has every chance of succeeding for us.
  10. Or how about 60m on the transfer fee of an exceptional young player? You could realistically get Zaha for transfer fee and wages for the same outlay a - half fit with nothing to prove - bale. Which one would you go for?
  11. Bale is on 600k+ a week. Best case scenario you’d get him for us 300k a week on a 4 year contract. That is a 60m+ contract. Add on an additional 30m for extra wages when all existing players form a line asking for a rise. For that reason I wouldn’t take him on a free. Far better off putting that money in a younger player who would want less wages and see them appreciate in value.
  12. Aguero hadn’t played in the Premier league before Man City signed him so I don’t understand your point. My comment was slightly tongue-in-cheek as it was really anti Sturridge as opposed to pro Maupay. Sturridge is a man made of glass, with nothing to prove and will be significantly overpaid. He is the exact opposite of our clearly stated transfer policy and that’s without even trying to imagine (chortle) him working his backside off trying to press defenders. According to whoscored.com, since 2014/2015 he has scored the grand total of 24 goals for Liverpool and West Brom. I’d therefore contest that he doesn’t even particularly know where the goal is. Realistically, Maupay would be £20m and I’d have him in a heartbeat as he’s bound to work hard and score goals given the opportunity. It’s open to question how many he will score but it’s guaranteed to be a damn lot more than Daniel “where’s my dog?” Sturridge.
  13. Id sign Maupay for 30m if it meant stopping this incessant sturridge tripe. If I was a betting man I’d reckon Sturridge will end up at Newcastle playing for Bruce. That’s tells you everything you need to know about his potential fit for us under Smith.
  14. If anyone offered me 17th I’d take it right now. Top end of expectations would be comfortable mid table with no relegation fears and a decent cup run. Next summer will be the one to really kick on and target the upper half of the league.
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