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Rollercoaster Ride - Squad changes (renamed)


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All i have seen lately is fans defending Mr Lerner for the fact that he has spent money on the club and brought the good times here.

 

The thing is Mr Lerner did not spend his money wisely. Now this is all down to him giving MON the freedom of the club, which indeed brought us success but at a huge cost. The main expenditure of the club when MON left was salaries, 75%+. Add into that the high prices paid for mediocre players, left us with a high bill that needed to be reduced.

 

But all this came from Mr Lerner, sacking the old director of football that doug had who restricted how much we gave to clubs for transfers and who much players got for wages.

 

Paul Faulkner has no clue on football and is treating the club very business like.

 

 

Just to paint the picture of the rollercoaster ride Mr Lerner has brought to the club i want to show what squad we started with back in 2006 and bring you all the way through to the team we have now. Then we can see if we have gone forward or backwards over 6 years.

 

2005/06 The end of the Ellis ride

 

1 GK Thomas Sorensen 2 DF Mark Delaney 3 DF Jlloyd Samuel 4 DF Olof Mellberg 5 DF Martin Laursen 6 MF Gareth Barry 7 MF Lee Hendrie 8 MF Gavin McCann 9 FW Juan Pablo Angel 10 FW Milan Baroš 11 MF James Milner (on loan fromNewcastle United) 12 MF Steven Davis 13 GK Stuart Taylor   14 MF Eric Djemba-Djemba 15 DF Ulises De la Cruz 16 DF Wilfred Bouma 17 MF Peter Whittingham 18 DF Aaron Hughes 19 DF Liam Ridgewell 20 FW Kevin Phillips 21 DF Gary Cahill 22 FW Luke Moore 23 MF Patrik Berger 26 FW Craig Gardner 30 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor

 

 

2006-07 The Start of Lerner

1 GK Thomas Sorensen 2 DF Mark Delaney 3 DF Jlloyd Samuel 4 DF Olof Mellberg 5 DF Martin Laursen 6 MF Gareth Barry 8 MF Gavin McCann 10 FW John Carew 11 MF Stiliyan Petrov 12 MF Steven Davis 13 GK Stuart Taylor 15 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor      16 DF Wilfred Bouma 17 FW Ashley Young 18 DF Aaron Hughes 19 DF Liam Ridgewell 20 FW Chris Sutton 21 DF Gary Cahill 22 FW Luke Moore 23 MF Patrik Berger 24 DF Phil Bardsley (on loan from Manchester United) 26 MF Craig Gardner 27 MF Isaiah Osbourne 28 MF

Shaun Maloney

 

2007/08 On the climb

 

1 GK Thomas Sorensen 3 DF Wilfred Bouma 4 DF Olof Mellberg 5 DF Martin Laursen 6 MF Gareth Barry 7 MF Ashley Young 8 FW Luke Moore 9 FW Marlon Harewood 10 FW John Carew 11 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 13 GK Stuart Taylor   15 DF Curtis Davies (on loan from West Bromwich Albion) 16 DF Zat Knight 17 MF Moustapha Salifou 18 MF Wayne Routledge 19 MF Stilyan Petrov 20 MF Nigel Reo-Coker 22 GK Scott Carson (on loan from Liverpool) 23 MF Patrik Berger 26 MF Craig Gardner 27 MF Isiah Osbourne 28 MF Shaun Maloney

 

2008-09 Rising to the top

 

1 GK Brad Friedel 2 DF Luke Young 3 DF Wilfred Bouma 4 MF Steve Sidwell 5 DF Martin Laursen(captain; retiredduring playing season) 6 MF Gareth Barry(vice-captain) 7 MF Ashley Young 8 MF James Milner 9 FW Marlon Harewood 10 FW John Carew 11 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 13 GK Stuart Taylor 14 FW Nathan Delfouneso   No.   Position Player 15 DF Curtis Davies 16 DF Zat Knight 17 MF Moustapha Salifou 18 FW Emile Heskey 19 MF Stiliyan Petrov 20 MF Nigel Reo-Coker 21 DF Nicky Shorey 22 GK Brad Guzan 24 DF Carlos Cuéllar 26 MF Craig Gardner 27 MF Isaiah Osbourne 45 MF Marc Albrighton 46 MF Barry Bannan

 

2009/10 Top of climb enjoying the view

 

1 GK Brad Friedel 2 DF Luke Young 3 DF Wilfred Bouma 4 MF Steve Sidwell 5 DF Richard Dunne 6 MF Stewart Downing 7 MF Ashley Young 8 MF James Milner 10 FW John Carew 11 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 12 MF Marc Albrighton 14 FW Nathan Delfouneso 15 DF Curtis Davies 16 MF Fabian Delph   18 FW Emile Heskey 19 MF Stiliyan Petrov(captain) 20 MF Nigel Reo-Coker 21 DF Nicky Shorey 22 GK Brad Guzan 23 DF Habib Beye 24 DF Carlos Cuéllar 25 DF Stephen Warnock 26 MF Craig Gardner 29 DF James Collins 33 GK Andy Marshall 45 MF Shane Lowry 47 DF Ciaran Clark

 

2010-11 See the bank balance and get ready for the view to vanish

 

1 GK Brad Friedel 2 DF Luke Young 3 DF Stephen Warnock 5 DF Richard Dunne 6 MF Stewart Downing 7 MF Ashley Young 8 MF Robert Pires 9 MF Stephen Ireland 10 FW John Carew (on loan to Stoke Cityduring the playing season) 11 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 13 MF Michael Bradley(on loan fromBorussia Mönchengladbachduring the playing season) 17 MF Jean Makoun 18 FW Emile Heskey    19 MF Stiliyan Petrov(captain) 20 MF Nigel Reo-Coker(vice-captain) 22 GK Brad Guzan 23 DF Habib Beye 24 DF Carlos Cuéllar 27 MF Isaiah Osbourne 28 MF Jonathan Hogg 29 DF James Collins 30 DF Eric Lichaj (onloan to Leeds United during the playing season) 33 GK Andy Marshall 36 DF Kyle Walker (on loan fromTottenham Hotspur during the playing season) 37 MF Moustapha Salifou 39 FW Darren Bent

Under-21 Players

 

12 MF Marc Albrighton 14 FW Nathan Delfouneso 16 MF Fabian Delph 21 DF Ciaran Clark 25 MF Barry Bannan 31 MF Chris Herd     32 DF Nathan Baker 34 DF Shane Lowry 35 MF Daniel Johnson 42 FW Andreas Weimann 43 GK Elliot Parish

 

2011/12 Decline a bit steep

 

1 GK Shay Given 2 DF Alan Hutton 3 DF Stephen Warnock 5 DF Richard Dunne(vice-captain) 6 DF James Collins 7 MF Stephen Ireland 9 FW Darren Bent 10 MF Charles N'Zogbia 11 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor(temporary captain)1 12 MF Marc Albrighton 14 FW Nathan Delfouneso 16 MF Fabian Delph 17 MF Jean Makoun 18 FW Emile Heskey 19 MF Stiliyan Petrov(captain) 21 DF Ciaran Clark   22 GK Brad Guzan 24 DF Carlos Cuéllar 25 MF Barry Bannan 26 W Andreas Weimann 29 DF Enda Stevens 30 DF Eric Lichaj 31 MF Chris Herd 32 DF Nathan Baker 33 GK Andy Marshall 35 MF Daniel Johnson 36 FW Graham Burke 37 DF Derrick Williams 38 MF Gary Gardner 40 MF Samir Carruthers 41 MF Jack Grealish

 

Now

 

1 GK Shay Given 2 DF Alan Hutton 3 DF Stephen Warnock 4 DF Ron Vlaar (Team captain)1 5 DF Richard Dunne 6 DF Ciaran Clark 7 MF Stephen Ireland 8 MF Karim El Ahmadi 9 FW Darren Bent 10 MF Charles N'Zogbia 11 FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 12 MF Marc Albrighton 14 MF Brett Holman 15 MF Ashley Westwood 16 MF Fabian Delph 19 MF Stiliyan Petrov(Club captain)1 20 FW Christian Benteke  21 FW Jordan Bowery 22 GK Brad Guzan 25 MF Barry Bannan 26 FW Andreas Weimann 27 DF Joe Bennett 29 DF Enda Stevens 30 DF Eric Lichaj 31 MF Chris Herd 32 DF Nathan Baker 33 GK Andy Marshall 34 DF Matthew Lowton 35 MF Daniel Johnson 36 FW Graham Burke 37 DF Derrick Williams 38 MF Gary Gardner 40 MF Samir Carruthers

 

My first question is, who out of the 2005-2006 team would you have now.

 

Then see how quick the cloth has been cut

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Why lock its a story that is truthful. Lerner's time has been a rollercoaster and now he wants off.

I am not a Moderator so I can't give you a definitive answer. However, there is already a thread for Randy Lerner so there is no reason to start another one when it could quite logically be posted in there.

 

Just a thought!

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Opening post: "Our squad was probably better when Randy took over than it is currently.  We improved the quality of our players during his tenure but this cost a lot of money and we couldn't afford to sustain it.  Financial mismanagement, whoever is responsible for it (which can't realistically be one person) has led to our recent decline."

 

Then again, that would probably sum up most posts on here at the moment!

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Samuel, Hendrie, McCann, Baros, Angel, Davis, Djemba x2, De La Cruz and Moore are the only ones I wouldn't want, the rest I'd welcome with open arms, that line up would absolutely batter our current shower of shite.

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