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  1. What if Liverpool only pick up draws or losses in those games? You can't really carry on a season just until Liverpool pick up the required points. What we need is for 2 clubs to agree to forfeit their remaining games against Liverpool, giving them a 3-0 win in each game, with the agreement that only Liverpool's league position will count, and the positions of the teams in 2nd-20th will be void and we'll start again next season. Simple Villa and one other relegation candidate can agree to forfeit our remaining fixture against Liverpool, and we'll call it quits.
  2. Kevin Friend would do the double of us that way
  3. A lot of people on Twitter are mentioning this ‘75% of games played’ rule, which says that a season can be finished if 75% of the games have been played. I think it was in relation to when a club withdraws, but people are saying it could potentially be applied here and the league positions taken as they are. The funny thing is that without playing our game in hand, we haven’t played 75% yet We’re at something like 73.5. How lucky is that. Thanks Arteta
  4. Teams I think would be happy to void the whole season: Man Utd, Spurs, Arsenal, Norwich, Villa, Watford, Brighton, Bournemouth & West Ham. Teams I think would be happy to end the season in current league position: Liverpool, Man City, Leicester, Chelsea, Wolves, Sheffield United, Burnley, Palace, Everton, Newcastle, Southampton, Brighton, West Ham & Watford
  5. Everyone understands that. The opinion of the people disagreeing with you, though, is that him 'stopping the rot' happened in his first half-season. He then got a chance to succeed in the second season and, to his credit, got us to a play-off final. Any bad decisions in that season (continuing to rely on expensive loans, lack of plan for the future etc) can be forgiven because he got us to the final. But then the following season is where he gets no credit whatsoever. Poor football, poor future planning with a continued reliance on loans (yes, some were good, but also we were being set up to fail by needing a squad overhaul whichever league we found ourselves in) and gross mis-management of our players (Elphick sent on loan, using Jedinak in defence and Tuanzebe on the right) etc.
  6. Everyone: CORONAVIRRUSSSSSSS TRO: Hang on, I need to clear something up in the Bruce thread again
  7. The daft thing in my office is that over 150 of us are being made redundant this year, and many of us have very little work on at the moment anyway - and - we have full working from home facilities, because all of us have laptops and often work from home for 1-2 days a week anyway. It's crazy that they haven't just said to us "anyone who has the facility to work from home can do so". My boss won't object to me working from home because of my families circumstances, but there are others in my office who want to but feel like they can't because if disciplined it could effect their redundancy payout (unlikely, I know, but people worry when their only silver-lining of being made redundant is a payout).
  8. I was someone who never saw why Elphick was criticised as heavily as he was. At the start of the season he was one of our most consistent players, then he had a 3-4 game spell where he made a few blunders and Bruce lost complete faith in him. He came back in for a few fleeting appearances and I thought he looked fine. The fact that he went to Hull and was picking up MOTM awards and getting their 'player of the month' (IIRC a couple of times), just shows that he wasn't as bad as was being made out, and that it was a bad decision to let him go when we had ONE other senior centre-back. If we had 3-4 central defenders then you could understand it, but for Bruce to let him go and continue the season with Jedinak and Chester as our back 2 was just ridiculous. Made worse by the fact that we had Tuanzebe in our ranks, but Bruce preferred playing him at right-back or on the bench. Bizarre mis-management.
  9. I work in central Birmingham for Barclays and my boss went to our London office on Monday. He got back and said that they have hand sanitizers everywhere you turn. What do we have in our Birmingham office? Nothing. We've had an email to say that the cleaners are increasing their duties, but they still seem to appear at the usual times, lazily wiping the same dusty old rag over the desks and taps. I've just been to the kitchen to make a coffee and the taps for washing hands aren't even pouring out warm water. This is an office with probably 500 people in it. I'm not at risk myself, but as my daughter is under 2, my wife is pregnant, and my dad has stage 3 cancer, I'm going to work from home from next Monday. For how long, I'm not sure. Do I just work from home for weeks/ months until things start to look on the rise?
  10. I think Villa play better with a home crowd that's up for it. We've shown on many of our night games this season that the crowd has played a big part, and I think if you play behind closed doors, that would seal our relegation.
  11. We could go for the whole of the Top 6 if it kept them happy, but then the teams in 7th, 8th and 9th would moan because they’re only 1-2 points off 6th. Maybe change it to the Top 3 get promoted because, on the same amount of games played, Fulham are 4 points above the others and the top 2 are even further ahead.
  12. Some journalist (Roman Murphy) has said this on twitter: The DFL and DFB are considering ending the Bundesliga season after this weekend, according to the Express. No trophy would be awarded and no relegation would take place. Instead, the Bundesliga would be expanded to 22 teams for 2020-21 with the top four teams from the second tier Something like that would work in England Give Liverpool the title, because of their lead, let Leeds and Baggies get promoted, but no-one gets relegated and have 22 teams next season with 5 teams relegated. That would be exciting.
  13. Some journalist (Roman Murphy) has said this on twitter: The DFL and DFB are considering ending the Bundesliga season after this weekend, according to the Express. No trophy would be awarded and no relegation would take place. Instead, the Bundesliga would be expanded to 22 teams for 2020-21 with the top four teams from the second tier Something like that would work in England Give Liverpool the title, because of their lead, let Leeds and Baggies get promoted, but no-one gets relegated and have 22 teams next season with 5 teams relegated. That would be exciting.
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    Dean Smith

    Bournemouth now struggling is nothing to do with how they performed the season they first came up. The reason they're struggling now is because they've not built on it properly. Personally, I think part of the problem is that Eddie Howe only really wants to bring in (mostly) British players. The point, however, that we were talking about, was newly promoted teams being able to play good football to stay up. All of those teams I mentioned (and many more, if anyone wants to look), stayed up playing decent football.
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    Dean Smith

    Yes, in terms of different things. Sheffield United - Well drilled players that have been together for multiple seasons under the same manager playing the same way. Individually, their players aren't better, but as a unit, they're much better. Burnley - Yes, their squad is much better. They can afford much, much higher wages than we can, and they've had the benefit of years in the Premier League to gradually build window after window. A player like Chris Wood who is 'one' of their options, would end up being our only option, because of the rebuild we had to do. They signed Ben Gibson for £15m in 2017, which in the 2019 market would be over £20m. If that was a Villa signing, we'd have been relying on him all season as a starting defender. Whereas, Burnley have a good squad built over many years, and therefore (after coming back from injury) he's barely made a single appearance for them. This clearly shows the difference in squad quality. Southampton - Yes. See Burnley.
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