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  1. Been some really good posts in this thread recently but still can't help but feel many of us are missing the bigger picture here and the opportunity for us British to get the band back together.
  2. Lovely language from Farage. No surprise that those behind him and the happy clappers in the audience are all white/gammon pink pretty much all at least 50+ who have either retired or are set for life and now couldn't give a shit about the consequences of Brexit on the generations that follow them. Selfish bastards.
  3. I think you'd be wrong then. Certainly people use them to justify their actions and the tone of their language will certainly stoke the flames in some. Terms such as cowards, traitors, betrayal, surrender. It is no surprise that since the Brexit vote instances of hate crime have gone up as those with xenophobic views feel that view has now been legitimised and abusing Johnny Foreigner is now fair game.
  4. Johnson's language tonight is shameful and dangerous. He is continually using the terms surrender, cowardice, betrayal all whilst facing a plaque in memory of Jo Cox a sad reminder of what such language of division can do. We so need someone leading this country who can reunite it. We now have someone doing the opposite and creating further division in the hope of feeding off it and winning an election. I know we have Tory supporters and defenders on here but surely no one can defend this.
  5. We'd be in a far better position though than had we have not come up last season. The average age of the squad would be much lower and even with the expected loss of some players we'd have the foundations of a squad rather than the total rebuild we would have had to still undertake had we have been a championship club this season. We'd also have the parachute payments. I think this season would need to be a total disaster for Smith to get the sack so that to me would mean going down with a whimper as we did in 2016. Based on what I have seen so far this season we are going to make a very good fist of staying up. We have held our own in every game we have played and given the level of some of the opposition that is some going. Had it not been for some very poor officiating we would have been a couple of points better off. I can't ignore the fact though that we have had some very poor spells in games and many of the goals we have conceded could have been avoided had we have shown a bit more nous. We aren't far way though for me and the biggest issue is maintaining intensity in games and playing for 90 minutes and stopping the tendency to have spells of getting deeper and deeper and not pressing. I believe it will come. I just hope as a fan base the magnificent support so far this season is maintained and we keep faith in these players and coaching staff. We are 6 games in with a new squad and it was always going to take time to come together completely so let's allow that time.
  6. She won't be alone in focusing on him being a Labour activist rather than on the fact he is the father of a seven day old baby who nearly died due to in his view the ward on which she was being treated not being safe for children due to NHS cuts. It obviously takes a special kind of person, one I'd describe in one word beginning with a c ending in t with a un in the middle, to see a Labour activist rather than a distraught father telling a few home truths to a Prime Minister blatantly telling him bare faced lies.
  7. I don't see that at all. You have a turnover of 25 odd players, which we had little choice but to do, then it is always going to take time to come together and likely mean that as the season progresses we'll get stronger and I think that is the expectation at the club. I think a little perspective is needed from some of us. We have played and in the main competed well against a side that finished runners up in the Champions league, two others that finished top 10 last season then spent big over the summer and two that finished mid table. We are trying to integrate more players than any other club in the top flight. Where as West Ham spent big on a few players to supplement a good squad that finished 10th in the Premier League last season we have spent around 130 mill on 12 players trying to improve on a squad that was decimated over the summer having finished 5th in the Championship last season. I am actually quietly optimistic based on what I have seen so far. We look solid defensively which is some going after only 5 games. Going forward we just aren't quite clicking but we have 6 players in those midfield/attacking positions who are not only adjusting to a new league but in most cases adjusting to a new club. My expectations at the start of the season were for us to hopefully finish 17th this season and anything above that being a bonus. I think that is realistic given the huge overhaul that was undertaken in the summer. Based on what I have seen so far, and the fact that we are likely to get stronger the longer the season goes on and the more the players play/train together, then I am confident my expectations will be met.
  8. You do know that the vast majority of council funding comes from central government and that since 2010 local councils, especially the major city councils which as you say traditionally are Labour, have had huge cuts. Birmingham for example has seen its funding slashed by 40%.
  9. I think some of us may be over playing the need for a forward to be pretty prolific for us this season. This is possibly due to Benteke's goals playing a big part in keeping us up before he left and we dropped and also because we had a forward who scored 26 goals last season. We don't need our forwards to be anything like prolific though to be relatively succesful, which this season is anything above 18th, as long as we have goals throughout the team. Man Utd finished 6th last season and Lukaku was their leading forward with 12 goals. Wolves 7th and Jimenez got 13 goals. West Ham 10th and Arnoutovic got 10 goals. Watford 11th and Deeney got 9 goals. Palace 12th and Zaha got 10 goals. I am confident Wesley can get us around 10 goals and we have plenty of others in Grealish, McGinn, Jota, Connor, El Ghazi, Kodjia, Trezeguet, Davis who can ensure, along with our defenders who can hopefully chip in with a few goals, we get 45 + goals this season as a team.
  10. I am not concerned about us not getting another striker or wide man. We have three forwards for one spot, and three, four if you count Elmo, for 2 wide spots. As for the concerns that Kodjia and Davis are unproven at this level then you could say that about 75% of our squad. I am sure we could have gone out and brought in another forward and wide man but it almost certainly would either have meant paying well over the odds for the players we want or going down a route and bringing in players that don't fit the mould of having their best years in front of them and chomping at the bit to improve. I honestly don't have a clue how this season will pan out. None of us do. I am sure some of those we have signed may well struggle to make the step up and some will excel. I am confident though that we now have a squad full of players with strong mentalities who will work their bollocks off to improve led by a coaching staff who will go out to win every game. That should hopefully mean that whatever happens we won't fail for the want of trying.
  11. Good luck to him if he gets a move away. It is not his fault that we paid well over the odds for him and he didn't have the ability to live up to that price tag. I don't have a problem with any player who tries and Hogan falls into that bracket and is a world away in terms of attitude and application from the likes of McCormack.
  12. For what we'd likely get for him I wouldn't sell him. He can cover two positions, has experience in the Premier League, had a good end to last season and helps to maintain some continuity in the squad.
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