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Where are we on the takeover?
at 10:16 21 Sep 2020

Last week the story was everywhere and we were all discussing it. This week it's silent.

I think Adam Blackmore posted something saying that the story was untrue but he hinted that there would be a sale of the club in the next couple of months. Other than that it's gone very quiet - which in takeover terms is a good thing as the prospective buys that make a song and dance are usually full of s h it.

I am coming to the conclusion that whilst a self sustaining model is a nice idea, there are so many teams in the PL league now whose owners are actively investing, I fear we could get left behind. Of course money is no guarantee but it certainly helps when it's sustained investment, even if it just gives you the chance to strengthen when things look grim.
A self sustaining model if fine when you buy well and sell those players for a healthy profit as we have done previously but it only takes 18 months of poor signings and you have a weak squad on long contracts. For example where will we be if Salisu turns out to be another Vestergaard or Hoedt?
I don't want to be owned by Saudi Arabia, or Disney, or even Amazon. I'd just like an owner (like Marcus) who had the will and funds to invest properly when and if we really need it.
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So post match...
at 17:20 20 Sep 2020

Ralph says
"With the team we have, we can't play much better than we are at the moment to be honest. It's not so easy to do something tactically different".

I'm amazed he's said that. Firstly I doubt the players will appreciate it. Criticise them in private surely.
But also I would think that even if he can't play the way he wants, he surely can avoid playing in a manner that even a second rate championship side proved was unworkable.
Pressing up against Kane who fed Son was suicidal. Thank god it wasn't Vardy or it would have been 9.
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Salisu
at 12:33 8 Sep 2020

Can someone clear up this situation for me? If I have missed something then I apologise but...

Salisu signed and all I saw was a tweet from the club welcoming him. OK maybe they did something on the official website but come on, who actually visits that !
Usually they produce a video of the player arriving at Staplewood and shaking hands with everyone from the bog cleaner to the manager but I didn't see a thing. Even with covid they could still bump elbows.
I've also read that he is injured. Is that true? Still doens't explain the lack of news about him. Im guessing he can at least walk?

So, is he injured and if so how serious is it?
If not is he in contention for this weekend?
Just seems a very odd situation and totally different to the fuss made around KWP signing.
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Boys will be boys.....
at 13:32 7 Sep 2020

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8705735/Mason-Greenwood-Phil-
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Koeman
at 09:50 17 Aug 2020

Finally seems to be getting what he wanted, apparently he's close to getting the Barcelona job. You'd think his stint at Everton would have put a dent in his chances...
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Would we take ....
at 10:38 30 Jul 2020

Vertonghen?
Bit like Cahill , past his best but loads of experience in the PL and internationally. Free agent.

I don't think it would be the worst decision in the world.
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I shouldn't laugh but.....
at 12:30 12 Jun 2020

Here's a headline from the press today.



Arsenal full back Cedric Soares 'is yet to agree a new contract and looks set to become a free agent at the end of this month'... despite not playing a single game since his £5m loan move
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PEH
at 11:44 17 Mar 2020

I just read on a rolling news story on the homepage that PEH has had the most shots in the PL this season without scoring a goal. 41.
41. Let that sink in.

Now clearly he isn't in the side to score goals but in reality he not only didn't score he gave away possession 41 times. He also bought those attacks to an end. Knowing that stat, what would you say to him if you were Ralph?
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Austin is getting worse....
at 09:27 16 Feb 2020

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Had enough yet..?
at 10:52 6 Feb 2020

Deep breath - I was talking to my mates last night after the game and most have really had enough of modern football. How on earth was that a pen?
From the 80's when I started going, getting a penalty was a rare occurrence. Someone had to be chopped down and other than that you just got on with it.

Last night we had Son push the ball wide of Gunn then feel a glove brush his thigh. Not only did he use that as a reason to collapse to the turf, but several commentators have said the line "there is contact" as if that justified it.
Dropping to the ground is now a legitimate tactic in a game in fact players say that their team mates will actively question them if they DON'T do it.
It's farcical to have ten replays so that some form of contact can be found to justify giving a penalty.
To be honest I blame the rule makers because the players wouldn't do it if the ref didn't oblige with a penalty.
Frankly I'm sick of it, we played so well and the game is decided by an act of cynicism and a level of contact that wouldn't knock over a toddler. And that isn't an exaggeration.
Add to that the fans that celebrate winning a game in that fashion - if Ings had done it, I'd take no pleasure from knowing we'd basically cheated.

Forget VAR - it simply looks for that contact. The rule is wrong and flies in the face of common sense.
Son must live in London. I guess he uses the tube and I can only assume he spends his days rolling around on the platforms as people jostle and knock against him.

Seriously a penalty must be given if a defender gains an advantage through foul play but we are at the stage where - unlike anywhere else on the pitch - a penalty is given if two players barely contact each other. It's pathetic and reduces the game to who can simulate and cheat the best, and frankly I'm tired of it. Rant over.

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Terrible decisions from the BBC today
at 13:25 26 Jan 2020

Could have shown any number of interesting games this weekend but they go with City and Liverpool . It's not like we don't see them every week.

Before the game a pundit said "Fulham might as well have a go as they are going to lose anyway". Logan immediately said "But keep watching anyway" - which about sums it up.

What happens? City win a pen in the 6th minute and Fulham have a player sent off. So any chance of watching a game already gone. Time to go do something else.
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McCarthy
at 13:00 24 Jan 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jan/24/southampton-alex-mccarthy-engla
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Long...
at 10:58 23 Jan 2020

I can't be arsed to do a poll thing, but what do people think.
I've seen a lot of fans suddenly demanding we give him another 2 year contract immediately and putting Ings form down to all the work Long does.

Personally I'd let him go. I agree he does cause problems. I agree he is hard to play against. I agree he works for the team.
But for me he costs us more points than he gains us. I've never seen anyone at this level so clueless in front of goal - and those goals would turn draws to wins and loses to draws.
Even Saturday he had the simplest of chances right in front of goal and side footed straight at the keeper. And missed a header at the back post - as he did away at Leicester.

I don't have an agenda and all strikers miss chances but he needs ten chances to score a goal and he misses so many relatively simple chances.
Overall he's been a good signing and we've had our money's worth I guess, but at his age now I think we need to thank him and move on.
He does seem to split opinion though. So ....in the summer, keep him or let him go?
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