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He was great in his day, but his legs have gone. Always remember his hat trick at Maine Road. 

I’m not saying we’ll do anything this season, I’m as disappointed as most with the standard of football we’re seeing but at the moment BUT we’re unbeaten in four and picking points up.   As

Hey pal thanks for the detailed run down on the lad.      downvote.          you don’t change teams.        fuck off. 

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6 hours ago, League one forever said:

Apparently not. 
 

With 13 senior players, 3 of which could be off I think we should just be grateful to have a starting 11. 
 

I wonder if Baz can fudge the paperwork, and get a couple of ringers in? 

Reminding me a lot of the run up to the season with Stephen Robinson as manager.

 

That didn't end well.  Didn't start well either.

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4 minutes ago, TheBigDog said:

Will Tarko be drafted in as his replacement? 

I'd like to think so. Maybe I'm biased, but I think Tarky is a much better player than Maguire. For me, Maguire is a bit Phil Jones. Makes too many unforced mistakes; both Championship standard, but not much more. Still, I'm not the England manager.

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25 minutes ago, Bristolatic said:

I'd like to think so. Maybe I'm biased, but I think Tarky is a much better player than Maguire. For me, Maguire is a bit Phil Jones. Makes too many unforced mistakes; both Championship standard, but not much more. Still, I'm not the England manager.

Both Championship standard but both captain sides in the top half of the premier league ? Come off it. 

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10 minutes ago, LightDN123 said:

Both Championship standard but both captain sides in the top half of the premier league ? Come off it. 

I meant Maguire and Jones are Championship standard, not Tarky. I honestly think he's better than both of those.

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7 minutes ago, Bristolatic said:

I meant Maguire and Jones are Championship standard, not Tarky. I honestly think he's better than both of those.

If he had a yard more pace Tarkowski would be absolutely top class

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1 hour ago, LightDN123 said:

Are we genuinely going to sign anyone ? The first game is a week on Saturday. 

Crusoe lists our 13 contracted pros which realistically could actually be 11 if Woods and Wheater are, as alleged, frozen out due to Covid contract related issues.

Please correct me if I’m wrong but La Paz, Branger, Mouche and Egert are also no longer part of the 20/21 squad.
 

Historically, our first team squad of 22-25 players has generally been the norm, which has included a full complement of loans, plus the odd promising youth or two.
 

So, where does that leave us now? Are we still around 8 or 9 signings short?

 

 

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6 hours ago, hollandspies said:

Crusoe lists our 13 contracted pros which realistically could actually be 11 if Woods and Wheater are, as alleged, frozen out due to Covid contract related issues.

Please correct me if I’m wrong but La Paz, Branger, Mouche and Egert are also no longer part of the 20/21 squad.
 

Historically, our first team squad of 22-25 players has generally been the norm, which has included a full complement of loans, plus the odd promising youth or two.
 

So, where does that leave us now? Are we still around 8 or 9 signings short?

 

 

Almost a signing a day then! Crazy 

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6 hours ago, hollandspies said:

Crusoe lists our 13 contracted pros which realistically could actually be 11 if Woods and Wheater are, as alleged, frozen out due to Covid contract related issues.

Please correct me if I’m wrong but La Paz, Branger, Mouche and Egert are also no longer part of the 20/21 squad.
 

Historically, our first team squad of 22-25 players has generally been the norm, which has included a full complement of loans, plus the odd promising youth or two.
 

So, where does that leave us now? Are we still around 8 or 9 signings short?

 

 

 

I agree it would have been far better to have the majority of the squad together at this stage of the close season.

 

We could also say, historically we would have the majority of the season ticket money in the kitty too. Could be a symptom?. That's been done to death I guess on here, but it was decided that wouldn't contribute.

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9 minutes ago, nzlatic said:

We’ll probably just sign most/all of the triallists won’t we?

 

I would hope only if suitable rather than making up the numbers.

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7 hours ago, hollandspies said:

Crusoe lists our 13 contracted pros which realistically could actually be 11 if Woods and Wheater are, as alleged, frozen out due to Covid contract related issues.

Please correct me if I’m wrong but La Paz, Branger, Mouche and Egert are also no longer part of the 20/21 squad.
 

Historically, our first team squad of 22-25 players has generally been the norm, which has included a full complement of loans, plus the odd promising youth or two.
 

So, where does that leave us now? Are we still around 8 or 9 signings short?

 

 

I do not think anything about the coming season will be comparable to previous years.  Clubs will be operating with smaller squads and less revenue as a result of COVID-19.  It will be a fine balance of remaining solvent and trying to be competitive for many lower league clubs.  We are not the only ones in this situation; I have colleagues who are Grimsby Town fans, and they say they only have 9 first team players under contract.  It will be a busy couple of weeks but the days of bigger squads are probably no longer realistic.     

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4 minutes ago, Whitts said:

I do not think anything about the coming season will be comparable to previous years.  Clubs will be operating with smaller squads and less revenue as a result of COVID-19.  It will be a fine balance of remaining solvent and trying to be competitive for many lower league clubs.  We are not the only ones in this situation; I have colleagues who are Grimsby Town fans, and they say they only have 9 first team players under contract.  It will be a busy couple of weeks but the days of bigger squads are probably no longer realistic.     

I mean you need 2 for every position at least. 

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1 hour ago, Lags said:

 

We could also say, historically we would have the majority of the season ticket money in the kitty too. Could be a symptom?. That's been done to death I guess on here, but it was decided that wouldn't contribute.

Natalie told us that season ticket money was just a bonus

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Suggestion by DMaarms on Twitter that 2 being signed before weekend.  I reckon those will be the midfield pairing we’ve been playing in friendlies - Saul Milanovic & Callum Whelan.  
 

Still need at least another 2 midfielders, a striker (Mampala rumoured from Everton U23), a winger and full backs?  That’s 6 to account for injuries but I suspect we’d rely on youth if that happens.

 

Also depends on formation as looks like Kewell playing front 3?

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20 minutes ago, oafcmetty said:

Natalie told us that season ticket money was just a bonus

 

I'd suggest Natalie was wrong if that's the case. What do you think?

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Just now, Crusoe said:


Why would you assume the club is wrong? Doesn’t seem very balanced.

 

Why would you assume the club is wrong, given it was Natalie's statement. Doesn't seem very balanced.

 

Do you know what, I'd really like to know why some posters on this board treat every post I leave as if it was about me. It's not. I really am not that interesting to warrant it. Just read the  subject matter and answer accordingly, that's why you're here and me oddly.

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23 minutes ago, Lags said:

 

I'd suggest Natalie was wrong if that's the case. What do you think?

If she did say it. She isn’t in position to say that as an employee. So I think it’s clear she had discussed it with the great man. Otherwise our MD has gone rouge- highly unlikely. As she will know, anyone who speaks against regime or without authorisation gets the chop. 

 

If season ticket money doesn’t matter, it’s fair to ask why we have 13 contracted players a week before the season starts. 
 

If season ticket money does matter really- then we’ll have to put this under another one of the great mans quips.
 

 

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3 minutes ago, League one forever said:

If she did say it. She isn’t in position to say that as an employee. So I think it’s clear she had discussed it with the great man. Otherwise our MD has gone rouge- highly unlikely. As she will know, anyone who speaks against regime or without authorisation gets the chop. 

 

If season ticket money doesn’t matter, it’s fair to ask why we have 13 contracted players a week before the season starts. 
 

If season ticket money does matter really- then we’ll have to put this under another one of the great mans quips.
 

 

 

In true OWTB fashion, a lot of assumed conversations taking place there. Culminating in another of the great mans quips. Not a dig personally, it's just what happens and becomes lore. 

 

I reckon season ticket money is important. Less so in the Premier league where sky money and more so (currently) BT money is the main income.

 

 

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It seems inconceivable that season ticket money is unimportant. It also seems inconceivable that the club's Managing Director would say that is the case. Can't have a stab at rationalising that. 

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