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  1. You can establish a culture that works, you can set standards that need to be met, and define what is acceptable and is not. All those things can come through coaching. I'm not sure we can coach mentality still, but we can instill confidence and expect not to see a repeat of losing from 2-0 up against a side that up to that point had offered very little. I'm optimistic for the season still... we'll have our first choice wingers back soon that will give us the boost we need. When they're starting and the starters against Wolves are the ones coming on instead, we'll be in a much better place. The subs Smith made were largely forced on him, but given Nakamba's form hasn't been terrible, and Ramsey had only had one really bad game before wolves, amongst a run of good games, you'd still expect us to hold on. I hope it was a truly freak occurrence, and we won't see it happen again, at least this season.
  2. Agreed. I'm pretty sure the insta post from mings saying we must learn from this and not let it happen again is exactly what he said after the last time we capitulated. Conceding a last minute goal can always happen, but agree that if we lose a 2 goal lead like this again I'd be incredibly annoyed.
  3. I'm aware of that. But it's still effectively a means to block competition, just like FFP. Of course 18 clubs voted against it. The ones outside the top don't want to see anyone else get an advantage they can't have either. City abstained because they want to continue with their dubious sponsorship deals as they have the capital to compete with Newcastle. Competing against one is better than what they have to compete against currently, win win for them. A market rate sponsorship deal from the owners company is a mutually beneficial arrangement for the owner. Trying to ban them because the PL dropped a bollock by allowing the ownership to pass is a pathetic move. Change the rules of a competition to target a "new" player, the same week they signed up to it, really classy. Just refuse them entry in the first place. Total shambles. Edit: on topic, we have a real challenge to increase our revenue, but moves like this will hinder us as much as help us I think, relative to our current position in the league.
  4. It's very much another FFP (keep the status quo) style rule. Let the clubs at the top abuse it, then block it as a route to the top once they've established themselves using that model and no longer need it. Can't see it passing as a long term rule change, legally, anyway.
  5. You mean we can't send Dean Smith's clone to manager another team and get him to buy all our rubbish players for over market value?
  6. This move by the PL clubs is hilarious and looks really quite amateur. How can they expect this to stand up, when it has been allowed for Man City, Leicester and I'm sure a whole host of other clubs already. Total panic stations reaction. Too little, too late, gotta accept your fate PL.
  7. Not sure I'm livid, but incredibly disappointed and somewhat frustrated. At least Ramsey and Nakamba have played themselves out of contention for a while. Gives Sanson chance to secure his place, if he can stay fit, and we may stumble on our best team. Bailey and Traore both to return means we'll be better placed in future games, but annoying that we threw this one away.
  8. So disappointing to see. Totally gave up. Wolves had nothing and we've gifted them two goals.
  9. Booking for that after giving the wolves players free reign all game. Oliver is such a prick
  10. Was clear Watkins was losing that ball the second he tried to run with it. Poor decision, but shows he's got the confidence in himself. Hopefully gets his touch to back to match it soon
  11. But he's not there to score goals. Kane is... apparently. Sterling is the issue. So one dimensional and offers nothing to anyone. Not even scoring this season so how he kept his spot where Jack was brought off is a mystery. Southgate out of his depth. England going nowhere under him.
  12. You can see the date on the images.. 9/8/10 . Looks pretty legit, but assume any new plans would be very different.
  13. Whilst there are some decent points in there, the fact they get the allowable losses wrong straight off the bat calls into question the validity. Its £105m over 3 years, not £155m. Either way, the fact remains that whatever loss they incur this season by signing a new squad, will be on their FFP books in 2 years time, and will severely limit their expenditure over the next 2 seasons. Mildly inflated sponsorship deals for toothbrushes, crypto currencies, and official car cleaning partners will only get them so far.
  14. I thought Grealish would stay with us because he's a life long fan and we were clearly on a continuing upwards trend. I didn't think he was loyal or a genuine guy (drink driving is a crime and he totally mugged the legal system off to get away with it). Emi strikes me as a nice bloke who regularly speaks about loyalty and appreciating what we did for him. Totally different characters for sure, whether it results in any different outcome remains to be seen.
  15. Tthe way i see it is that we're the club that gave him the big break, helped get him into the Argentina squad, which has seen him become Argentina's second favourite player (behinde Messi obviously). He stayed at Arsenal playing a bit part role for years and got nowhere. He's a very loyal player and I don't see him trying to shaft us. I do see him trying to get the best contact for himself and his young family, so possibly stalling to get more money out of us, but if there's a clause in that next contract it will be representative of how good he is, what salary he's on, and effectively be the thank you to us if we're ever forced to sell. Martinez seems like a genuinely nice bloke, but without actually knowing him I'm guessing there.
  16. Can you point me towards where this loophole we breached was closed. All I can find is that we were investigated for over inflating the value of our stadium when we sold it, except, they found that we hadn't. Isn't the selling of a stadium for market value still allowed? Man City was different as they sold contracts for sponsorship way over market value , but before the rules got changed, so again, didn't break the rules, just found gaps in them.
  17. Bet most of our spend there was in the last couple of years of that 10 year period too. Newcastle were a prime undervalued commodity, with plenty of room for improvement. Shame that it was a despotic regime that saw the potential.
  18. Will be interesting to see if any potential sponsors refuse to be asosciated with the club, or whether money will talk like it always does. Also, if the ffp limits that are so high for them this year get used to their fullest, they'll be hamstrung for the next 2 seasons. That profit from 2 years ago will be replaced in next years calculations by a huge loss this year. This is not the end of the world for us, or any other club trying to break the top 6/4. It might be the end of any remaining shred of dignity left in the game, but let's face it...the continued racism, Sepp and FIFA's corruption, financial disparity, the attempted European super league and, to a lesser extent, diving have all long since killed the beautiful game.
  19. That last sentence is atrocious reporting. Suggesting they circumvented British law to avoid isolation. Terrible from the BBC.
  20. To defend Risso here, that is absolutely not what he said. I read it as "how do we punish them if they're not villa fans?". What if they're not even based in the UK. Whoever they are, Villa fans or not, British or not, they should be arrested.
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