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  1. Mao we are gracing the Championship with our presence, hopefully just for a season, so about time we had a thread for all things to do with the league and our new company that doesn't fit in threads about individual teams. I don't know about anyone else but I'm not that up on the players in the league so looking forward to changing that.
  2. maqroll


    Looks like the Chelsea players have had enough of AVB...bit of a row the other day after training, apparently. RA got involved in the arguing, too. I'd loved to have witnessed that one RA sacked Ancelotti for AVB, so he's kind of painted himself into a corner. And why did they buy Gary Cahill only to let him rot on the bench? Torres is a has-been, it's all over for him, at least in England. Mata got off to a blazing start, but he's gone awfully quiet since... An aging team going nowhere fast, IMO.... I love it.
  3. This club deserves its own thread, much like the Toon and SHA ones. I find it incredible how many players this club is buying WITHOUT even offering European football, it's simply astounding! These players are moving there to sit on the bench and rake in loads of oil money, lining their pockets to play for such a small club! They've already got loads of strikers! How could any striker want to go there knowing they've got such a fight for their place?! Eto'o to City is just astonishing, I can't believe he might even be considering it, it's madness. Going from a club that just finished best in the world, to play for a club that won't even be playing Sevilla in competition. How many players do you think will leave in the January window next year? If they aren't in the top 4 by Christmas I think we'll see an exodus, and hopefuly Villa will be in prime position to pounce on a couple of their more talented players!
  4. Looks like some near local derbies next season as they almost back in Premiership, if results go their way possibly even by 5pm Had some good games with them! the 4-4 at Villa Park when we was 4-1 up with 9 minutes left in mid 90's springs to mind! The French scout for them or whoever spotted them has struck gold with Anthony Knockaert (around 1mil) and one very good footballer and Riyad Mahrez (cost £400k in January and been an absolute steal, he is possibly as good or if not better than Knockaert) Those 2 will be their key to survival in premiership..
  5. Seems reasonable to start a thread on this lot. Let's see how Moyes handles the Sideshow Bob-esque shoes he has to fill. Personally I don't think he'll manage and I can't see them winning the league this season. In fact if I had to guess I'd say they'll be 3rd behind Chelsea & Citeh. I also think Moyes' defensive approach to football will not go down well with their fans.
  6. Had to check a newcastle forum to check its legit, it appears so according to them, but joe kinnear is to be announced as there director of football
  7. Fast track back to the big time for them or false dawn and another Pompey situation? Have to hand it to Ken to take two clubs in financial difficulties and make a fortune selling both
  8. Do we not have a Spurs thread anymore, or was it closed in reaction to they're interest in Benteke?
  9. Jimzk5


    bastards yeah we had a twitter campaign, an add in the mail and a few protests at the the grounds against mcleish, most of which come about when it was obvious he wasnt up to the job, but 19 matches into the job to vandalise the blokes car, i know it will only be minority of wolves fans but still, no need. edit - txt size changed cus ray charles has better eyesight than avfc1991.
  10. From Howler via the Guardian
  11. Rino8


    Agreed. I think Newcastle are pretty much as big a team that did/could go down. I'd say Leeds are bigger than Newcastle.
  12. PieFacE


    Looking good in the Charity Shield game. Though, Chelsea dont look quite ready for it at the minute. Can Arsenal win the league this year now they've signed Cech? Not convinced myself, but they are looking good.
  13. So after defeating Chelsea at the weekend our simple neighbours from Smethwick, a local club for local people, are up to 4th place and flying high. I've always found WBA a bit of a funny team and never know what to really make of them to be honest. Steve Clarke has easily and simply taken over the reigns from Woy in what must appear the most seamless managerial change in history. They have a balanced, well-formed squad and play good football, and they haven't spent a huge amount to do so. Are they a force to be reckoned with now, or will the fun end when they get a few injuries and a poor run of form? As I work with a fair few of them I wouldnt hear the end of it if they were to do the unthinkable and actually win anything or qualify for europe.
  14. Deserving of its own thread I think. Disaster waiting to happen or master stroke? They say he has motivation skills, maybe he does on impressionable players but established premier league players? Will they react well to his special brand of management? The circus currently surrounding him could actually deflect a bit of pressure away from his team as well and may help them. I actually hope the appointment backfires spectacularly , not least because it helps us but also because I think he is a totally objectionable character with repugnant views. I also think he deserves payback for his comments against us after we did his team in the cup earlier this season so I hope we hammer them at VP. His appointment could go either way , hence my question at the start. Here's hoping it fails miserably
  15. Solihull Moor's have just signed striker Adam Rooney from Salford for undisclosed Fee and rumoured £4k a week.
  16. Promoted to the premier league so thought I'd start a thread on them. How do people think they'll do? Last two appearences they've been rock bottom. Will Troy Deeney score goals as regularly as Ings and Austin? I do think they'll be competitive as I know their transfer model isn't to everyone's taste but they've already been signing decent players from Udinese and Granada for the championship so you'd imagine the lure of PL football will get an even better selection. Think I'll get a season ticket down there if Di Natale puts off retirement and pops up there for a season , one of my favourite modern players.
  17. Qwpzxjor1


    I think the last Everton thread was closed because it got a bit.... heated... But as we have a few Everton fans on here, and, at the risk of writing off Hull, they are realistically our main challengers to 5th spot in the league, I thought it might be time to discuss them again. Considering their terrible start to the season, and the fact they are not playing particularly good football, they have had a series of good results and are now breathing right down our necks, after just picking up a point against Boro (not the best result for them I'm sure they feel as they were the home team.. but it's a point more than we managed...) They have a decent keeper and a settled back four, with a decent midfield and 2 strikers who, if they can keep fit, are capable of scoring goals. Fallaini (sp?), although was an obvious panic buy is turning out to be a pretty decent signing for them aswell. I'm glad our first game against them is away though.. their home form is certainly not as good as their away.. This could well become one of the most important games of our season.
  18. Not seen any thread on Brentford in Other Football so thought i'd start one Great read here about their recruitment strategies using analytics:- https://talksport.com/football/fa-cup/659667/brentford-data-revolution-england-smartest-club-championship-leicester-fa-cup/
  19. Looks like both teams are very close to going out of business. Desperately sad for the fans and the loyal staff who work there as well as the players. Bolton were founder members of the football league. Bury are 134 years old. With so much money in football nowadays at the top, its awful to see teams like this scratch around for money to survive. Goes to show, most clubs are a bad owner away from oblivion - just look at us last summer!
  20. MMFy


    Losing 3-0 at West Brom today, which could have quite easily been 4 if the Baggies got their penalty. This could be their year...
  21. TRO

    Norwich City

    Just watched an outstanding display from them.....showing all the pitch craft I would like to see from my Villa team....a master class of pressing and combative spirit, with a exhibition of composure. This team has been put together with modest funds, mainly free transfers from the German league. I guess Farke is well connected to do as well as he has in the transfer Market.....It fly's in the face of our expensive and cumbersome attempts to get back. If any Villa fan wants to know how to get out of this league....Watch the Leeds v Norwich game , Norwich on that display have the answer.
  22. So it turns out that horrific Huddersfield kit with the sash was fake. It was all part of a campaign to get rid of shirt sponsors once and for all. Here it is, modelled by our good friend Tommy Elphick: Fair play to them. They've pulled a blinder there.
  23. Demitri_C


    How does every one think they will do? They have signed a shed load of players and they have just spent 30m on a player from France. Their owner is really backing then isnt he? Or gambling? If this goes tits up and they go down they will be in the financial trouble.
  24. Crisis Coventry City are in the midst of their bleakest winter, facing the possibility of insolvency, a winding-up order on Boxing Day and playing home matches 45 miles from their current ground. The crisis engulfing the Sky Blues and threatening their very existence has been brewing for some time. It involves the club's hedge fund owners, Sisu, and Arena Coventry Limited, who run the Ricoh Arena. The supporting cast in this sorry saga includes Coventry city council and the Higgs Trust, the joint 50% stakeholders in the stadium that City occupied in 2005 after 106 years at Highfield Road. It has proved an ill-fated switch. Sisu, which took control of the club in 2008, was given a 21-day deadline to pay £1.1m in arrears after ACL issued a statutory demand on 5 December. The Mayfair-based owners, however, are locked in a stand-off with ACL over the annual rent at the Ricoh, which stands at £1.28m. The club, which claims the figure dwarfs the average League One rent of £170,000 and even the Championship average of £290,000, has been attempting to negotiate a smaller annual sum. Yet despite a new offer from the stadium owners, a resolution remains some way off. ACL recently wrote to the Coventry chief executive, Tim Fisher, who was appointed one year ago by Sisu, with a rent reduction proposal "designed to provide a secure, stable future" for the club. A reduction of 67% was put forward that would decrease the rent to £400,000 per annum, fixed for three years with any future increases dependent on promotion and improved match attendances. ACL has also given the club the opportunity to pay back the rent arrears over a period as long as 10 years while offering the potential for the club to take what ACL makes from the match-day refreshment sales. Sisu, which had previously been negotiating a deal to purchase the Higgs Trust's 50% stake in the ground, does not deem the offer sufficient. The club claim they are now engaging in "the sensible process of making contact with other football clubs" regarding potential venues for matches to be staged elsewhere, including a reported move to Nene Park in Northamptonshire. Coventry claim that the club's objective in requesting a reduction in the stadium rent is to "bring about a state of commercial normality", however, they are embroiled in a dangerous game of brinkmanship that could have disastrous consequences. Peter Knatchbull-Hugessen, clerk to the trustees of the Higgs Charity, said: "The Alan Edward Higgs Charity is, as a shareholder in Arena Coventry Ltd, wholly supportive of the action taken by ACL. After 10 months attempting to find a resolution, it is clear that Sisu are not prepared to work to that end and the company must protect itself. This support does not mean that the charity takes pleasure in the plight of Coventry City Football Club." John Mutton, the Coventry city council leader, said: "ACL has done this in the best interests of its shareholders – including the council – employees and the many other tenants, customers and stakeholders with an interest in the Ricoh Arena. "The council fully supports ACL's action; CCFC has a legal obligation to pay its rent and ACL's financial position should not be undermined by CCFC's owners failing to do the right thing by the club, ACL and the city." Sisu was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Guardian. A potential new location for matches could be Nene Park, the former home of Rushden & Diamonds, and Kettering Town. If such a move materialises supporters who live in Coventry would have to travel 45 miles to home matches. Attendances at the Ricoh Arena have dwindled this season as the Sky Blues look to consolidate their mid-table position in League One. A decrease was expected after relegation yet the dip has been significant. Last season Coventry's average attendance was 15,118, compared with 10,569 in this campaign. That number could reduce further if the club opts to move again – Nene Park's capacity is 6,441. Sisu has bankrolled Coventry for the past five years but has been the subject of vociferous chanting from sections of the supporters. Mark Robins, appointed as manager in September after the departure of Andy Thorn, has overseen a six-match unbeaten run, yet this has served only to mask the serious problems under the surface. Relegation to the third tier for the first time in 48 years was regarded as a major setback at the time, however, endless uncertainty means Coventry's decline may not have reached its nadir. Fans who enjoyed Premier League football until 2001 have been left "in limbo" at the club's demise. A move to the Ricoh Arena that was hailed as a new dawn seven years ago has turned into a desperate and desolate nightmare. Their plight was recently epitomised by a statement from the Sky Blue Trust. It simply said: "What is to become of our club?"
  25. What a start to the season for them so far, Gary Monk has settled into the role really well indeed. Shocking to think he is 35.. If he keeps this up he is going to be some coach! Anyone else impressed with them so far?
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