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Thread: May football: THE RUN-IN!

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    I wouldn't like to call it. Mainly because the likes of Wolves, Watford and Everton have been having such wild swings in results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomlegend View Post
    Can't even feel happy at Liverpool not winning the title to be honest. We're an absolute mess.

    Greenwood looks like a serious talent at least.
    There have been a lot of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dino View Post
    I've watched Watford a few times lately and I reckon the cup final might be one of the biggest scores in recent memory. A truly terrible side.
    Theyíve had nothing to play for the past few weeks. Deeney v Kompany will be some sight.

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    Wolves can make europe somehow which i dont want. The squad is too small for it.

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    They'll have to start in mid-July with the qualifying as well.

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    I wonder if you gave the 7th placed team the option to accept or decline Europa League qualification (and if declined, the option passed to 8th, and so on), whether the 7th place would always take it and if not, which teams would and wouldn't take it.

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    Freesports are showing DC United vs Sporting Kansas City with an all female commentary team, one of whom has just suggested that 'SKC' will play a deep defensive line to nullify Wayne Rooney's pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dino View Post
    I've watched Watford a few times lately and I reckon the cup final might be one of the biggest scores in recent memory. A truly terrible side.
    On current form we really are a terrible team. Our defence is rotten. I'm going to the final but do expect to get thrashed. That 2% chance of winning though means I have to be there.

    We have a real block against city too. They're they only top 6 team we haven't taken points off since being promoted.

    Lump on the handicap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Freesports are showing DC United vs Sporting Kansas City with an all female commentary team, one of whom has just suggested that 'SKC' will play a deep defensive line to nullify Wayne Rooney's pace.
    I mean, there's logic to it in that there's less room behind to track. The alternative is a high line that you need a decent offside trap for. Both need something else to work, really.

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    On the flip side, Rooney doesn't have pace.

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    Oh well.

    Don't really think Liverpool have another 90+ point season in them, considering how lucky they have been with injuries and late goals and the like this season, whereas City can probably quite easily phone in a few more seasons like that (seeing as not having De Bruyne all season made them 2 points worse). In the end the team everyone expected to win the league won the league, so the great season didn't play out in the final analysis. Need the rest of the league to improve significantly. Ole at the wheel and Chelsea's transfer ban doesn't really auger well for that though, not to mention if Smallpockets sails off into the sunset.

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    Do Chelsea have another appeal on the go or are they now banned?

    God knows what United will do, other than line up more tractor deals.

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    Hughton has been sacked.

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    Seems like a poor decision, they're playing above their level from what I can tell.

    What is it about Hughton that causes him to get sacked harshly? This is the third time now.

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    I reckon it's the right move, I was hoping they'd get rid but wasn't expecting it. They've regressed from last season and I struggle to see Hughton ever finishing much above fifteenth. Plenty of good managers about and I reckon they'll make a good appointment.

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    15th is realistically about as good as Brighton can expect.

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    I don't agree. They're well run and have the fifth highest net spend over the last two years. Top 10 within the next few seasons.

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    Considering Newcastle finished 13th on less budget. Iím not sure thatís true.

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    Some signings haven't worked out (yet), but I don't think that means they were bad signings.

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    I didn't realise they'd spent quite as much as they had, but any team needs to invest if they've got a hope of staying up. Look at the money Fulham spent, and they still went down with a whimper.

    As for Newcastle, having one of the best managers in the league will of course help.

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    They got less points than Fulham did in 2019.

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    Good job the season didn't start in 2019.

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    I've just seen some 'By The Numbers' thing in the F365 mailbox...

    97 – 1pt for each of the 96 lost voices and 1pt for the rest of us who kept singing till the end.
    ...

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    'How can neutrals not want Liverpool to win?

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    I did wonder if it was you writing satire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    Do Chelsea have another appeal on the go or are they now banned?

    God knows what United will do, other than line up more tractor deals.
    They can appeal again to somewhere else. I’m fairly sure they’ll be signing players.

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    Sacking Hughton is probably the right decision.

    He's probably done himself out of the job by staying up, perversely. No way does he go if they go down as he's a great man to get a team out of the Championship.

    It seems harsh, but they've been pitiful this season and have only stayed up by the luck of there being 3 seriously poor sides in the division, or 2, and one seriously unlucky one in Cardiff. They were this season's Huddersfield looking forward to next season unless something changed.

    Of course, they now put themselves in the position of many a club beforehand who have sought 'better football' and we know where that can end. For no real reason Dan Ashworth seems a total chancer to me, and noise about appointing Graham Potter makes me think this could well end in disaster.

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    I assumed they would sack him from about January onwards. Next comes the progressive forrin appointment, which depending on how well judged it is takes them up into perpetual safety or back to the Championship.

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    Yeah, looking for a new manager in September a la Palace and De Boer is where this could easily go.

    I suppose Claude Puel is available . . .

    Is Martinez still with Belgium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SvN View Post
    Good job the season didn't start in 2019.
    Tell that to Pards about 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niko_cee View Post
    Sacking Hughton is probably the right decision.

    He's probably done himself out of the job by staying up, perversely. No way does he go if they go down as he's a great man to get a team out of the Championship.

    It seems harsh, but they've been pitiful this season and have only stayed up by the luck of there being 3 seriously poor sides in the division, or 2, and one seriously unlucky one in Cardiff. They were this season's Huddersfield looking forward to next season unless something changed.

    Of course, they now put themselves in the position of many a club beforehand who have sought 'better football' and we know where that can end. For no real reason Dan Ashworth seems a total chancer to me, and noise about appointing Graham Potter makes me think this could well end in disaster.
    Dan ashworth is a genius and about 50% responsible for about ten excellent seasons at our place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
    I mean, there's logic to it in that there's less room behind to track. The alternative is a high line that you need a decent offside trap for. Both need something else to work, really.
    What the fuck are you on about?

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    Sol Campbell is going to be furious about that Hughton sacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    I assumed they would sack him from about January onwards. Next comes the progressive forrin appointment, which depending on how well judged it is takes them up into perpetual safety or back to the Championship.
    This is the thing. But it's probably as calculated a gamble as possible given it's Bloom making the call.

    I think it's harsh on Hughton, and it feels cold after him seeming unaware yesterday. But if we're going to finish between 17th and 11th for, say, five seasons (and I know we could easily go down next year) then hopefully it can be with football that's a bit more fun than Hughton's.

    Cracking tenure. I do feel sorry for the guy.

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    3 weeks to the European Cup Final is an absolute joke by the way. I guess all the other European leagues have rounds of games to go, why have we finished so early? Is it to give the FA Cup some kind of end of season primacy? Just seems odd that you have all of this fixture congestion at various points in the season, and then a massive gap which turns the final into a semi-preseason affair. What are Spurs and Liverpool going to be doing for the next 3 weeks?

    UEFA Cup Final should be this Wednesday, with the European Cup Final a week later.

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    The players union want a proper length rest. Spain and Italy barely get off the beach until September so it's a bit different there.

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    Southgate fuming.

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    Mike Dean giving it the large'un in the Tranmere end is the moment of the season.

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    That League Two Playoff final looks like a regular National League game.

    Tranmere to go up.

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    Hughton would have been a nice appointment for us.

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    Bolton with a 12 points deduction next season.

    Woof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    That is brilliant.

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    Fuck the Albion.

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    The scenes when Terry comes out in his full kit if Villa are able to get promoted

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    That would actually redeem him slightly in my eyes but alas it would require a modicum of self awareness.

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    @igor_balis I thought Leko was supposed to be the new wonderkid. How's he not getting on the pitch?

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    I was convinced we were going out until Brunt was sent off. We're well on top now, but these fuckers are still dangerous from set pieces and pens are what they are.

    In summary, bricking it.

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    No away goals rule? Tragic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugbull View Post
    No away goals rule? Tragic.
    No joke, it was removed after Ipswich lost on them because their chairman was head of the league at the time.

    Until the 1999/00 season, the Football League used the away goals rule to separate sides who remained level after 180 minutes in the play-offs.


    However, the Ipswich Town chairman David Sheephshanks – whose side had been eliminated by away goals in the 1997 and 1999 semis – led a successful cross-club initiative to change the format.

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