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View ex hibitionist's Profile ex hibitionist Flag Hastings 17 Feb 20 12.53pm Send a Private Message to ex hibitionist Add ex hibitionist as a friend

Originally posted by dreamwaverider


Which is?

I think that's probable Charlie's bank account - maybe a zero or three short of our requirements

 

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View EddieMac's Profile EddieMac Flag 17 Feb 20 1.06pm Send a Private Message to EddieMac Add EddieMac as a friend

Originally posted by Gribbo

Are we really paying Wayne Hennessy 40k a week. I nearly spat my tea out.

If that is what Max Meyer gets then Hennessy has nothing to answer for.

 

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View Uphill's Profile Uphill Flag Bedford 17 Feb 20 3.56pm Send a Private Message to Uphill Add Uphill as a friend

Originally posted by Gribbo

Are we really paying Wayne Hennessy 40k a week. I nearly spat my tea out.

I am far more concerned about the wages Sakho and Benteke are getting. WH has been a loyal servant and is an excellent back-up keeper.

 

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View Bexley Eagle's Profile Bexley Eagle Flag Bexley Kent 17 Feb 20 4.10pm Send a Private Message to Bexley Eagle Add Bexley Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by EddieMac

If that is what Max Meyer gets then Hennessy has nothing to answer for.

Absolutely.

The modern day footballer generally looks after themselves far better than has been seen in the past. Therefore there is no reason that some cannot play on until 33/34 at the highest level.
The problem being that there is no resale value in the vast majority of players listed. Our strategy recently has been to regenerate the squad with others cast off that are in their late 20's. It does mean we get 2/3 years of performance when near their peak. The downside is there is no resale value after that so we are limited in what we can spend on the initial transfer fee to regenerate again.

Clearly we should be looking for some experience (and the likes of Kouyate and McCarthy seem to be decent additions to the squad) balanced with some younger players. This is where we have struggled and our attempts to do this have pretty much failed every time (Sorloth, Meyer - although some would say the jury is still out on both)

 

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View Pierre's Profile Pierre Flag Purley 17 Feb 20 4.11pm Send a Private Message to Pierre Add Pierre as a friend

Originally posted by Uphill

I am far more concerned about the wages Sakho and Benteke are getting. WH has been a loyal servant and is an excellent back-up keeper.

You forgot to include the excellent squad after dinner entertainment WH provides as well!

 

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View Plaistow Eagle's Profile Plaistow Eagle Flag 17 Feb 20 5.06pm Send a Private Message to Plaistow Eagle Add Plaistow Eagle as a friend

This debate is pointless...!!

Unless the American's reengage financially or we are bought out - we are doomed, maybe not this season, but certainly within the next 2.

And doomed, maybe beyond the Championship.

It's that simple, anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves...!!

Sad to say I know but true I am afraid...!!

 

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View Eaglecoops's Profile Eaglecoops Flag CR3 18 Feb 20 7.44am Send a Private Message to Eaglecoops Add Eaglecoops as a friend

Originally posted by Plaistow Eagle

This debate is pointless...!!

Unless the American's reengage financially or we are bought out - we are doomed, maybe not this season, but certainly within the next 2.

And doomed, maybe beyond the Championship.

It's that simple, anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves...!!

Sad to say I know but true I am afraid...!!

Thats quite enough Private Fraser.

 

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View alffy's Profile alffy Flag 18 Feb 20 12.43pm Send a Private Message to alffy Add alffy as a friend

When you look at our current squad and the lack of young players, and add in our financial problems, it looks very bleak. We can't keep giving the current squad new contract extensions until they retire.

We apparently tried to sign a few youngsters in January but who knows if we really would have got the deals done. We don't exactly have a good record in that department lol.

We've left it too long now and we're going to need nearly a full squad overhaul in the next few years. Steve, and the investors, have only themselves to blame. Years of over paying in transfers and wages have tied our hands.

Roy will only stay if we give him money but then that doesn't make sense if it's only a single year. That's not planning for the future. Steve will want him to stay as we've no money lol. The most infuriating thing is Mr Parish has disappeared. He couldn't wait to show his face when we were planning a new stadium and training ground but were these just smokescreens?

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 18 Feb 20 1.25pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by alffy

When you look at our current squad and the lack of young players, and add in our financial problems, it looks very bleak. We can't keep giving the current squad new contract extensions until they retire.

We apparently tried to sign a few youngsters in January but who knows if we really would have got the deals done. We don't exactly have a good record in that department lol.

We've left it too long now and we're going to need nearly a full squad overhaul in the next few years. Steve, and the investors, have only themselves to blame. Years of over paying in transfers and wages have tied our hands.

Roy will only stay if we give him money but then that doesn't make sense if it's only a single year. That's not planning for the future. Steve will want him to stay as we've no money lol. The most infuriating thing is Mr Parish has disappeared. He couldn't wait to show his face when we were planning a new stadium and training ground but were these just smokescreens?

Mr Parish could argue that the decisions they have taken have meant that at present we are in our 7th consecutive season in the PL and perhaps will be in the PL next season.

When we were promoted perhaps many supporters would not have predicted we would retain our position in the top-flight for so many seasons.

I will readily accept however that with the age of the squad, a re-build is necessary in the near future and without significant financial backing we could be in pitchy seas.The 'Revolving door' is being oiled ready for use.

 

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View Eaglecoops's Profile Eaglecoops Flag CR3 18 Feb 20 3.22pm Send a Private Message to Eaglecoops Add Eaglecoops as a friend

If we had bought just one young player capable of slotting straight into the first team in each of the last 4 windows (2 years) then we would be in a far better position than we currently are. As others have said, we now need to buy maybe 5 or 6 at the same time. It is not going to be easy.

 

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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag Kent 18 Feb 20 3.36pm Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by Eaglecoops

If we had bought just one young player capable of slotting straight into the first team in each of the last 4 windows (2 years) then we would be in a far better position than we currently are. As others have said, we now need to buy maybe 5 or 6 at the same time. It is not going to be easy.

I know it is easier said than done but it is a valid point.

An point earlier was made that Parish et al would argue that we are in our 7th and looking potentially at our 8th consecutive season in the top flight. Again a valid point but I am sincerely hoping somebody somewhere must have had an inkling to consider a longer term sustainability model as opposed to just implementing short term solutions and relying on some luck - without which we could have easily gone done in numerous seasons!

Looks set to come to a head most certainly within the next 18 months. Again, my only hope is that I am understandably very ignorant of how to run a football club despite what I can see from my seat and any plans/conversations going on at the top and that there is a plan there somewhere that for obvious reasons is not made known to hoi polloi like me!

 


Here's to you the famous red and blue.....

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 18 Feb 20 3.49pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Not really surprising. Its been discussed for years the mistakes repaired by Plaster-a-Parish would catch up with him and us. Unfortunately it could be really bad, but lets hope not and something as financially saving as AWB lands at his feet, because without that sale wed be really stuffed, or planning to use Zaha funds, only to find well spend virtually none of it.

More ugly and/or boring seasons of football that as much as I hate and am bored stiff of, is hopefully worth it eventually. The alternative of relegation could be disastrous anyway.

Big main stand? What a joke.

Edited by Rudi Hedman (18 Feb 2020 4.34pm)

 


COYP

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