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27 May 2019 00:15:59
Congratulations to Charlton today.

Hope Sunderland enjoy the Poznan in L1 for another year.

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26 May 2019 11:22:04
It's Sunday and another rumour this time about SAF being marginalised. It is said he is a bit put out that he is not asked for any input at all and wanted Pochettino not OGS. The articles mention the Busby and Shankly transitions and highlight a subtle difference in that Busby and Shankly maintained a close tie with the club particularly training in Shankly's case but SAF didn't, he was aware of the impact of Busby. Personally I think we need to move forward, learn from the past but modernise, however if SAF wanted Poch I am with him. It would be better than his first choice, he who should not be named. It also suggests in the articles that SAF is not as close to OGS as people think.
The articles also mention who is making the decisions, plus the remaining unwieldy scouting network. Yet we just seem to be blundering on. Some say we have a direction now, I fear whether it is the right one.

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26 May 2019 14:37:29
I thought Ole was in SAF's back pocket, according to the previous rumours?

26 May 2019 15:03:02
Redman you spent the last 10 days telling us we have to move on OGS to close to fergie etc etc. Now a rumour the opposite to that comes and your quoting it.
At your age i thought you would have more sense than to pay any heed to the crap you quote from the press / web
Your not even making any sense just moaning its getting tiresome for most.

26 May 2019 15:54:12
Dear me Ken

Seems like we can’t have a discussion on here unless it is positive, matches your opinion and has your approval. It also seems we have to forgotten it is a banter and rumour site

At my age I have learnt that everything is not always what it seems and to question things, not meekly accept. Similarly, years ago I refused to believe the rumours in the press about Moyes being SAF replacement, sometimes they get it right so why shouldn’t we openly discuss rumours.

26 May 2019 17:19:21
For a new manager to be effective SAF needs to be marginalized. His last bit of influence on football matters should have been the appointment of Moyes - a disaster. A real manager needs to manage without the ghosts of the past second guessing his every move.

And why would Poch want to leave Spurs for United rather than a plum job in Europe? Why would any top manager want to work not only for Woodward but also the detritus of a disastrous recruitment policy.

{Ed001's Note - ah but history is being rewritten now and Fergie is claiming he never wanted Moyes, even though he recommended him as his successor.}

26 May 2019 17:19:23
But redman. You moan about 1 thing and then the next and then the next. Yiu take a negative slant at every opportunity.
Ive no issue discussing any topic but you only said a couple of weeks ago that ogs was too close to fergie and were moaning about the consequences of that now your saying he is not close and fergie didn't want him.
Rumours are rumours but you only want to be negative abiut everything.
You quote rumours that back yiur negativity but ignore any postive rumours. Funny that.

26 May 2019 18:41:16
No problem with rumours, but this one is a complete contradiction to the ones about Ole not using Fergie's parking space and the rest, that you were putting up last week to make a point. So which is it?

26 May 2019 19:21:50
Nou

Think about your post. It isn’t a contradiction is it!

26 May 2019 19:51:09
I don't believe any of them, but if people choose to believe them, fair enough. It's using two totally contradictory rumours to try and make the same point, that's confusing me.

25 May 2019 10:01:37
Why don't we buy Bale? Madrid want him gone so I'm sure a deal could be done. He's world class and would solve our right sided problem.

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25 May 2019 11:19:02
Because Rooney and Sanchez.

25 May 2019 11:38:53
Rooney?

25 May 2019 11:49:09
The only way i would consider bale would be as a loan deal.
At his best he is great but there are too many question marks over his fitness, fee and wage demands.
Probably just a season or 2 too late.
There is no doubt that he is going to do well for someone.

25 May 2019 14:33:31
Eric - I’m referring to giving a 30yr old a silly contract when their best days are long gone.

25 May 2019 15:25:18
Sanchez was 29 wazza lol.

25 May 2019 18:28:11
Gotcha Wazza.

25 May 2019 19:19:06
I know Angel but what’s a few months between friends.

Bale is 29 but will be 30 when the season starts.

My point being he’s well past his peak and we should not be offering him the wages that he surely would demand.

25 May 2019 20:35:53
No, of course I'm joking. I agree, I hope the days of signing players within that age bracket are over. We need to invest in younger hungry players.

25 May 2019 20:45:37
I'd rather sign Christian Bale than Garth Bale.

Both great actors, playing millionaire playboys with an inflated ego and a questionable night life. But only Garth has dodgy knees.

On a serious note, we NEED to steer clear of the mega egos on huge money this summer. We need to clear out the shirkers, and bring in the grafters. Build a side that want to play for the club, that have the right mentality and work rate. Then after you have that solid base you add the flair players who take you to the next level. As we have proven over the last 6 years signing those players without the right team behind them only leads to their failure and ultimately the teams failure.

26 May 2019 00:18:41
30 is no longer zimmer frame age. The way fitness and science are going, 30 year olds could still have another 3 or 4 years at the top level.

26 May 2019 07:38:34
True Stevie, however, Bale has has been having injury issues and strapping his legs up since the age of 23. Best avoid I think.

26 May 2019 08:37:50
Bale is a game changer who's proved it time and again.

If we can get him on loan and he can play 30 games he will for sure deliver and would replace Mata.

We have the Europa next season.

Put it this way Bale strengthens all of the top 6.

Imagine Spurs with a fit Bale in their team.

{Ed025's Note - i think you have enough overpaid mercenaries without adding another UR, yes hes talented but plays for himself and i believe he would create more problems than he would solve if he went to utd mate..

26 May 2019 09:58:35
Jadon Sancho, Joao Felix, Nicholas Pepe are all far better options than Gareth Bale.

26 May 2019 14:37:47
Nou, that’s certainly true of goalkeepers and centre backs, but not of forwards who have relied on pace and/ or played too many games.

Rooney was flogged by the time he hit 30 because he played too many games, same as the likes of Owen.

Sanchez lost his turn of pace exactly when we signed him due to repetitive injuries.

Bale has relied on pace and had more injuries than most, his decline will be sharp and fast.

In 18 months time he will likely need to drop down a level or go to a team such as PSG where a lot of (not all) the league competition is Sunday league standard.

26 May 2019 18:42:26
By all accounts, Bale looks after himself, something that Rooney didn't.

26 May 2019 21:40:47
Darren Anderson looked after himself, but that didn't stop him getting injured.

Bales injuries will catch up with him sooner or later and will rob him of his pace. Bale without his explosive pace and spending half of the season out injured on 400-500k a week sounds like a bad deal.

I also have concerns that he has never bothered to learn Spanish or integrate with his colleagues. Often avoiding get togethers and social events.
I don't expect all our players to be best friends, but they need to enjoy being in eachothers company if there is to be a good team spirit.

Again not a major point, and not something that should be the sole reason not to sign a player. But when added to the cost, his injury history, his age and the likelihood that he will soon decline, it just looks like a poor idea.

24 May 2019 13:54:33
What are peoples opinions on Bailly? Would you stick or twist. Looked great first season but been awful since then. Worth sticking with or getting rid?

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24 May 2019 14:34:18
I can't see us getting 2 CB's in, Mort, so I'd stick. There's a player in there. Disjointed season for him, but I'd give him this one to fully prove himself. I'd certainly rate him as having more potential than Rojo.

24 May 2019 15:02:49
the guy is a liability he's either close to a sending off or he's getting himself injured.

i like the guys no nonsense approach but its like watching bambi with football boots on trying to skate


but i think he will still be here, he's injured and will be for a while.

24 May 2019 15:17:09
Smalling and Jones are liabilities too. On his day Bailly is our best CB. Having Mourinho wreck his confidence has not helped.

He is injury prone. So was Smalling. In fairness to Bailly he never had an experienced CB to play with when he joined.

Ideally the club will sign another CB.

24 May 2019 15:21:36
If he were to leave and smalling and jones stay then i would be dissapointed as he is clearly better than them.

For a start he can actually pass a football.

But if he was to leave as a big clear out of our centre backs which leaves only lindelof and tuanzebe then i wouldn't be too fussed.

24 May 2019 15:45:35
Given that we need help at centre back I would be prepared to swap him with Alderweireld. Then add another young CB like De Ligt or Milenkovic and we’re set.
De Ligt Tuanzebe Lindelof and Alderweireld. Solid CB’s there.

24 May 2019 17:23:03
Pessimistic I know but while Woodward is dealing with the transfers I can't see us signing another CB so probably best to keep hold of what we've got.

24 May 2019 18:55:50
Said it the whole time he’s played for us and took a bit of stick for it on here, he’s nowhere near good enough for a title chasing team. Rash, accident prone and a poor attitude.

24 May 2019 20:05:07
Im torn on this one. Initially i thought he looked like a great prospect.
But he has been hugely inconsistent.
Some cbs mature and grow into the role with experience very few are hugely consistent at a young age.
I don't hear much about him being problematic in the dressing room.
If attitude is no issue then i'd stick and sell jones and rojo and buy 1 cb to play alongside lindelof and let him fight it out with smalling for 1st reserve.

24 May 2019 21:52:42
Ken, something did come out at the start of the season, there were reports he was a big part of the rebellion against Mourinho.

I will admit I don’t remember the source and can’t say how true it is.

25 May 2019 02:49:07
Ideal would be sell Jones and Rojo. Bring in a complete centre half like De Ligt, Koulibaly or Alderviweld to partner Lindelof. Then have Tuanzebe, Bailey and Smalling as backup.

25 May 2019 10:07:38
Rid, he is another Pogba voice in the dressing room. Rubbish as well.

25 May 2019 18:33:30
Would City, Liverpool, Madrid, Juve, Barcelona or Bayern have him in their squads?

Of course not, so why are we even entering the idea?

26 May 2019 06:37:09
Would City, liverpool, madrid, juve, Barcelona or bayern have 23 out of 25 of our players in their squad?

Probably not the best strategy when it comes to building a squad.

26 May 2019 09:32:40
Not sure a 19 year old is a complete centre half.

24 May 2019 09:47:58
I keep reading about de light rumours and how ManUtd are now front runners in getting him. How true is this and can we actually get him?

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24 May 2019 11:18:31
I’d be very surprised if we signed him, Bayern, Juve and Barcelona will all be interested, can offer him CL football and will challenge for honours this season. We’re in a scrap for the top 4, have an unsettled line up and are playing in the Europa league. Apart from cash and guaranteed playing time we don’t have much to offer him right now.

24 May 2019 15:18:37
Rom,

I say were in a battle for the top 6. Realistically it's a battle for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.

24 May 2019 15:47:11
As we have seen in the past. Money talks.
Don’t underestimate the lure of a big pay check.

23 May 2019 13:24:52
Daniel James father suddenly passed away poor guy just when he was going to see his son move to the top of football : (.

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22 May 2019 17:00:43
Hi Ed002, if you have a sec.

Would you be able to explain to me what ..............

{Ed002's Note - We are not going to get in to that. Sorry.}

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22 May 2019 17:04:27
Lol I did think writing it that it would be impossible to answer here. Am i on the right track though? Thanks again for the swift reply.

22 May 2019 16:52:04
Brandt and Hazard to Dortmund for 25m each.
Surely players Manchester United could attract these kind of players rather than the likes of Dybala for 100m who we know has a questionable attitude.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United have no interest in either player.}

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22 May 2019 17:03:17
Thanks for the amazingly quick resondse, no i realise that we're not specifically interested in those players however just feel that there is value in the mrket in certain areas, just not what we are targeting be they young or old.

24 May 2019 04:02:50
But general observations is. as soon as United become interested. Prices gets to double.

22 May 2019 08:58:31
Looking at the rumours so far.

Anderwierald swap for Bailly CB
De Ligt CB
Collins (young CB) develop
James in LW develop
Longstaff in CM Develop
Joao Felix AM/ RW
AWB RB
Pedro RW
Gyere CM

Wou, d people be happy with this as a first step?

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22 May 2019 09:18:42
Hi Perthredmike,
Seems a lot for a 'first step'.
As I've said before, Alderweireld is one of two CBs I think the club should sign this Summer and Bailey isn't good enough in my eyes. So your first point is what I'd take. AWB is my first choice RB for the club also so I'd take that.
James is looking like a done deal, I know nothing about him but am encouraged by what I've seen.

22 May 2019 10:07:12
Alderweirald will be a short term solution for about 2-3 years.
He will be a steal at 25m.
Wan-Bissaka is a no brainer.
Felix looks level headed and a potential superstar in a few years.
Daniel James would suit the counter attacking style.
These 4 plus a top midfielder will be a good window.

22 May 2019 11:44:33
We will also need a keeper a forward and at least 2 centre midfielders.

22 May 2019 12:06:39
It will also depend if De Gea, Lukaku, Mata, Perreira and Pogba leave.

22 May 2019 12:42:05
We're not going to sign 9 first team players but I'd take everyone from that list.

De Ligt won't be coming, I also wonder if we can get Toby and Felix without CL football, given other teams are likely to be interested.

21 May 2019 22:29:05
The transfer policy is changing but are we now looking at young players to develop and sell on for profit? or are we actually trying to build a team, time will tell. I'm still a bit wary of the owners and Woodward.

{Ed025's Note - you should be redcon..

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