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  1. Maybe. I certainly don't watch enough to know. But we're far and away the best attacking side in the division: I suppose that's a personality thing. To my mind there's not enough upside for downside. He should be talking up the strengths and giving them some freedom to play out the season their way on the hope that in the summer we can bring in some improvements at the back and build on that.
  2. Isn't he completely wrong about the players, too? We are the top scoring team in the league and by a distance in some measures. We've lacked massively at the back and we all know the likely reason. But turning to a side that's out-score the entire division and saying "You're all shit, get lost..." is utterly baffling to me right now - surely this is the best chance we've ever had to keep the core and tweak the defence? Christ, I almost cared there. Never mind. On we plod.
  3. I thought I read the break-clause was about £8m...
  4. It's certainly an interesting point of view. I would expect a fuckload of those Facebook followers are bots though... That said, they are probably Russian, so if we ask Putin nicely maybe he'll buy them?
  5. Not a fucking chance. The only reason UEFA gave a fuck in the first place was the that they lost access to the cash-cows. There's not a chance anyone will be banned from Europe or be given enough of a points deduction to stop them getting there. This is the same as what people were saying yesterday - this isn't revolution, it's evolution. There's no winners here, just lesser evils. Again, I don't think we should be happy about any of this. FIFA and UEFA are corrupt shithouses of people just as self-serving and malicious as any of the ESL clubs and their plans. If a
  6. I admit this could happen, but I don't think it will. The people running these clubs (more below) want to win for the vanity, sure. But more important is the money, power and prestige that come with it. The US has better/worse teams but all of them get a shake of the stick now and again. They are OK with that because even the lowest of the low "make money" (more on that below). Kronke at Arsenal knows all about how this model can make him money hand over fist whilst the companies/clubs flail. Yet now and again they will get a win and all is forgiven for another 20 years of neglect. It's the
  7. That's a very good point - one they made on Football Weekly too. The NFL's International Series (which I selfishly love, as an NFL fan with a 'season ticket' to the London games) shows these owners have no concern with moving games. So the teams may well remain Manchester and Liverpool in name, but they will quite possibly play 'select games' internationally. The meaningless pre-season games in the US and Asia pull 80,000+ fans... frankly they'd be mad not to accommodate that and play games in those locations.
  8. I think is a massive part of their motivation/aspiration for it. They see a world in which the national leagues supply their elite league with players akin to the US College game. It's bullshit at it's finest and I oppose it as much as I'm fascinated by it... but teams like Latics could ultimately be more sustainable from it, in reality. It comes at a cost many (very reasonably) will find too much. But the game's unsustainable as it is - it needs something to change and maybe this lot fucking off is just that.
  9. Yes and No. There's an old saying which has taken on more weight in recent years, which is "If you're not paying for something, then you are the product." That's to say that they don't need people paying a subscription (though of course they want that income too). They want people watching the heavily advertised product, the metadata they can capture from the online habits of those watching, the political power gained from influencing those people (sportswashing being the obvious but not unique one), etc. The gap I see in what is being said a lot right now is "Football
  10. They are not trying to make money the way people think... this isn't the old way, it's the new way - online and international from the sport and in the markets from the business. The list goes on - the likes of Ipswich have more European trophies than some of the participants! Not if they can implement parts of the US system they like, given this is based on those. The can use the Collective Bargaining Agreements as a payments cap, put players in to bands etc. They just need to crush the domestic game first - give them a few years. In my industry
  11. For anyone who's not paid the £3.99 for the monthly subscription to see it - Sign up for the annual subscription with the 7-day free trial, read it and immediately cancel.
  12. I've really enjoyed the last two Mando's that's for sure - though I know who basically no one is. But, they've been fun. That canyon battle amongst the rocks was fucking stupid though. That pissed me off a bit. I'm one behind on Discovery - maybe at lunch today I will get to it. I've actually enjoyed how it's swung toward monster of the week STNG/Voyager like.
  13. Speaking of which - new series starts soon!
  14. I love it. Can't follow what's going on half the time, mind. But still... We should do this on WhatsApp really!
  15. Exactly. I think they've created a rod for their own back with some of it. Trying to be super-serious and losing sight of the fun. Which thankfully Waititi never does - because he's a fucking genius. What We Do In The Shadows is hilarious and brilliant. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is gorgeous. His Mando's are the best. etc. etc. Portal not being available to the current (last now, I suppose) gen of consoles is a travesty and the only reason I still have my Xbox in the loft. In fact I may get that down this weekend and smash through it. And yes, it's all created by Val
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