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14 Feb 2024 19:24:41
A few places reporting that Dan Ashworth is close to agreeing a deal to become sporting director. Ed has anything changed regarding this? Also, how is he regarded within his role compared to others within the industry?


{Ed002's Note - He remains an option if compensation can be agreed. He would be a reasonable option.}

1.) 14 Feb 2024 22:43:18
Are they also looking to bring in a recruitment special-ist alongside him?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

2.) 15 Feb 2024 06:38:40
Good Morning Ed002

Hope all is well. Is there a clear sum for compensation in these things or an arbitrary number the two clubs need to agree on.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Manchester United will be told what it is, or may have been already.}

3.) 15 Feb 2024 08:45:00

Whobin your opinion would be the best option?

{Ed002's Note - Paul Mitchell would have been.}

4.) 15 Feb 2024 09:16:02
Ed002, "reasonable" option sounds like you feel there would be a better option, or am I reading too much into that?

{Ed002's Note - Paul Mitchell.}

5.) 15 Feb 2024 09:50:51
Ed is he definitely going to Roma?

{Ed002's Note - He is not interested in taking what Manchester United have offered him. Could be a huge mistake,}

6.) 15 Feb 2024 09:58:52
Mitchell was the name that lots of us wanted for years and it would be great if he was brought in. I imagine he will not want to take the role below Sporting Director and rumour is he pulled out of the running a while back (maybe realised he was not being looked at) .
I am excited about Ashworth if it comes off however, one of the top in the position, appears to have a detailed knowledge of players all over the world. Looking at what he has done at previous clubs we should be excited by his appointment.
I would expect we also bring in someone below him on recruitment to form a strong partnership with Berrada.

{Ed002's Note - His knowledge came from the scouts and recruitment team at Brighton.}

7.) 15 Feb 2024 11:08:09
Hi Ed002, do you think there is a chance of us recruiting any of that team from Brighton? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - No, they are largely no longer at Brighton.}

8.) 15 Feb 2024 11:24:23
Thanks for all info Ed002. Do you think Ashworth will return to Brighton to tempt Sam Jewell to United as head of recruitment? Seen rumours that Chelsea also looking to sign him….

{Ed002's Note - No.}

9.) 19 Feb 2024 17:32:10
As Sporting director Mitchell woukd have responsibilities he hasn’t had experience in before. I think Ashworth is the best option for the sporting director role. He’s widely regarded as gold standard for the role.

10.) 21 Feb 2024 09:20:13
A huge mistake by Mitchell ed?

{Ed002's Note - No, Manchester United.}

11.) 21 Feb 2024 15:06:25
Thanks Ed. I presume they are not giving him the position he wants.

{Ed002's Note - No - so he is not interested.}



02 Jan 2024 21:04:51
Apologies Ed if its been covered.

Rumours the club have opted against triggering Varanes one year contract extension. Could you provide some insights into potential targets in his position? Covered to death but will these targets likely change based on ETH potentially leaving and SJR coming in.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any changes to targets at this time and Jim Ratcliffe will not himself be deciding on which players the club will chase after.}

1.) 03 Jan 2024 09:41:02
Thanks for info Ed002.

Do you think that the person who will decide upon transfer targets will be appointed as soon as part investment officially cleared by authorities?

(Stil looking like Paul Mitchell?! Loads of rumours about SDB’s admiration of Dan Ashworth! )

{Ed002's Note - Paul Mitchell is available. Dan Ashworth is contracted to Newcastle. Manchester United have an idea of what they need to do in January but the summer will be more significant.}

2.) 03 Jan 2024 10:39:32
Thanks for taking the time to post swift reply Ed002, much appreciated!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

3.) 03 Jan 2024 11:50:07
I'd imagine January will be about clearing the decks as much as possible. Move players on who aren't part of the long term future. That would free up squad space and create the financial leeway needed to bring in new players in the summer.

Oddly being completely out of Europe might give United more freedom to move players on in January as, "in theory" at least, we shouldn't need as deep a squad in terms of numbers with less games and traveling. Although if the injury problems persist then that might remain a theory that doesn't play out in practice.

I imagine January incomings might be restricted to loans for two reasons. Firstly prime targets are rarely available mid-season and if they are they tend to come at a premium transfer fee. Secondly, I can't imagine that any new potential DoF will be able to have any input for January signings. Which means that the club risk signing a player on a long term deal who by the summer might not be part of the new set ups long term plan.

Therefore, loans or temporary solutions seems a much more likely outcome if anyone.

Rumours of lots of players possibly leaving, Martial, Donny, Greenwood, Varane, Sancho, Pellistri, Reguilon, McTominay, Maguire, and Hannibal. Have all been linked with moves away either permanently or on loan.

None of them seriously have a future at the club bar maybe Hannibal. With his move away being a loan to gain regular minutes and continue his development.

Casemiro has also been linked, but given than he and Mainoo are the only competent players at CDM I doubt the club will let him go in January. With a summer move more likely for him if he is to leave. I also doubt McTominay will be allowed to leave unless we see another midfielder join in January given the lack of options we have in that position. Again a summer move seems more likely.

As for incomings, Timo Werner and Thomas Muller on loan deals have been linked. Both seems to have an air of believability to them, Werner probably more so than Muller. While probably not anyone's first choice both probably would offer more to the team during the second half of this season than Martial will.

Other than that I haven't seen any other mooted deals that even remotely sound likely. We won't be spending 70m plus on the likes of João Neves, Antonio Silva or Michael Olise who are three names we've been linked with over the past week. Those sort of deals for those sort of players will more than likely be summer options. You rarely see a key player for a side move for a massive fee in January.

One player I'd like us to seriously look at who would be available is André from Fluminense. He's the sort of CDM that EtH likes and has tried to sign previously. He's also a profile of player our squad is missing and drastically needs to be able to control games. While due to the Brazilian season finishing in December, the January window is actually the preferred time for Brazilian clubs to sell their players.

Unfortunately any links we have had with him seem to be tenuous and without real substance. He's also the kind of smart signing that seems beyond our club, who scout 900 RB's from around the world to go and sign AWB after he had a good game against us that one time.

Fingers crossed though. For me a great January window will see 5 or 6 players who have minimal impact on the team leave. With André maybe on a permanent deal for 20-30m, along with a loan deal for Muller or Werner.

Start clearing the decks, bring in temporary cover upfront without eating in to the budget or permanently signing a substandard player. While bringing in a relatively cheap but very smart option in midfield that if he hits the ground running will have a real positive impact for the rest of the season. While if he takes a little time to settle then it's not really a big deal and means he should be ready to make his mark from the start of next season.



08 Jul 2022 12:24:08
Hi Ed, hope you're good.

I understand from reading here that United have offered a "low" bid for Antony and I appreciate he has been spoken about a lot on this page.

With Ajax now signing Bergwijn, does this open up the door to his exit? Has anything changed with the situation or is our low offer the only one that has been put on the table.


{Ed002's Note - They are unrelated, they play in different positions. Again, if Manchester United want to persuade a club to sell, they must put forward an acceptable offer.}

1.) 08 Jul 2022 13:22:01
Out of curiosity Ed, why is this a constant issue for United? Is it down to arrogance and trying to get the player to push for a move so the selling club are in a weaker position or the amateurish way we communicate with other clubs?

It seems for years we have been putting in low bids or bids which are well short of another clubs valuation despite the fact we are in talks with said club.

{Ed002's Note - It is not a good negotiating start point with a low ball offer.}

2.) 08 Jul 2022 14:44:31
Especially when negotiating for more than 1 player at the club ?.



22 Apr 2022 10:28:28
Happy Friday all

I must say as dreadful as this season has been, I am optimistic about the EtH appointment. Providing he is given the tools and freedom needed over the summer to recruit the right people, I expect that we could see an identity change in the way we play quite quickly.

I do want to probe an Ed if possible. RR said in his post match interview that a rebuild is required because of contracts expiring and that there may 6 - 10 new players.

Would this be over a number of transfer windows? or is the overhaul that extensive that we could see this over the course over the summer.


{Ed002's Note - Six players are out of contract in the summer although one may be forced to stay another year through an option the club has. Others are to be sold and replaced.}

1.) 22 Apr 2022 11:11:14
Is the club considering enforcing the extension on Matic Ed? That would seem very unprofessional after he announced that he would not be taking up the option.

{Ed002's Note - No, Matic is not one of the out of contract players, but he is being allowed to leave as well.}

2.) 22 Apr 2022 11:17:11
Hi Ed, would I be right in saying Chong is the player who may be forced to stay due to the option the club have with the other 5 with contracts expiring being Grant, Pogba, Mata, Lingard and Cavani?

Now that the new manager has been announced, do you have any idea on which other players may be looking to leave/ the club may be looking to sell in the summer?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Chong may be force dto stay. I very much think that the new coach will look to revise the list of those leaving from what it is expected to be at present. By how much I don't know. Decisions will need to be taken about the likes of Garner, Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Dalot, Tuanzebe and others. Youngsters will need to assessed.}

3.) 22 Apr 2022 10:47:14
Ed, is Paul Mitchell joining United?

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement with any club regarding Paul Mitchell but he will be leaving in the summer.}

4.) 22 Apr 2022 10:50:40
I think it’s probably likely to be 5 or 6 signings and then players coming back from loan being added to the squad, the obvious one being Garner but you’d assume Donny will get a chance as well.

5.) 22 Apr 2022 11:40:22
The squad is bloated anyway we need to reducw the size of it, we ain't going to be in the UCL and we could end up having no europe at all.


All leaving on frees, then yoy have the likes of

Then awb?

I can't see at least 10 leaving through sales ans frees, martial williams and awb will prob stay along with dalot

Going to be a very busy summer.

6.) 22 Apr 2022 13:48:57
In my opinion I think we could see at least 10 players leave the club with the 5 who’s contracts are expiring + potentially Chong, Matic, Jones, Pereira, Tuanzebe, Williams, Bailly, Martial also leaving, with the latter 5 players ideally generating an extra £50-60m to add to the transfer budget.

Henderson could also leave either on loan or permanently + a few youngsters will go out on loan.

In terms of signings however, I don’t see there being more than 5.

Van de Beek and Garner will likely rejoin the squad to fill gaps in midfield as I can’t see us going to the market for more than one midfielder. In addition to a deep lying midfielder, other areas that will need addressing are a back up GK if Henderson leaves, a left sided CB, a CF with Cavani and (probably) Martial leaving and hopefully a special-ist RW (preferably left footed) as all our wingers prefer the left side.

I could see Sam Johnstone returning on a free as a back up GK. I’d love Nunez and Neves to join as the CF and CM with someone like Raphinha or Antony as the RW. If something like this happens I can’t see there being much left in the budget for a CB (I see CM, CF and RW as higher priority positions) so we may have to look at the lower end of the market for a CB. In terms of free agents Rudiger would be the absolute dream but as that is unlikely we would maybe have to settle for someone such as Zagadou and revisit the CB situation in a year.

7.) 23 Apr 2022 08:40:35
Whatever happens, I've actually got a little hope about the summer. As long as united start next season with 11 players on the pitch who actually care, tackle, structured and want to play for the shirt then I'm happy. Just feels like I'm back in the 80s but back then we had players that cared. but I'm hopeful for Eric.

8.) 23 Apr 2022 21:52:37
At least in the 80s we had Robbo at the club.



15 Jul 2021 14:38:39
HI Eds,

Hope all are well.

A question for one of the Eds if possible. I was wondering if you could give us an update on the goalkeeper situation? I know Heaton has arrived, but are we looking at a first choice at the risk of DDG and Henderson moving on?

Ignore my previous post I hit send by accident.


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United really want to keep both De Gea and Henderson and only add a third choice.}

1.) 15 Jul 2021 15:16:04

That sounds rather foolish. Another season of chop and changing the Gks wouldn't be the best of ideas.

{Ed002's Note - If they sell one or both the ituation will change.}

2.) 15 Jul 2021 15:45:40
The rumours are that Ole has told Henderson that he will be United's No.1 at the start of next season.

He supposedly returned from the England camp to make sure he would be fit in time for the start of the season, after picking up a hip issue while on international duty.

While other rumours say DDG has said he wants to stay and fight for his place next season. This suggests that DDG has been told he can find another club which backs up the Henderson being first choice rumour. Yet he wants to stay and fight for the starting place.

Ideally one of them leaves this summer as the indecision over which is first choice is impacting the form of both of them.

However, if both do stay then we need strong leadership from Ole. He needs to pick his No.1 and stick with him, he can't drop him at the first sign of a wobble or after any mistake. Doing that is what will create more indecision amoung the keepers.

He needs to say he's number one and he's number two, for the whole season and we'll readdress it next summer.

3.) 15 Jul 2021 16:37:58
Hendo will start off the season as number one mainly because DDG was at the Euros and isn't due back training until 4 August, so unlikely he will be ready for the first few fixtures. Question is how long does Ole stick with Hendo?

4.) 15 Jul 2021 18:01:30
But Ed002, how does this work with us extending Lee Grant’s contract and then signing Heaton as 3rd choice GK. Seems odd to carry 4 GK’s in the squad.

{Ed002's Note - Heaton is a replacement for Romero and Lee Grant will work with the youngsters whilst completing coaching qualifications.}

5.) 15 Jul 2021 20:30:40
Henderson for PL, DDG for the CL and cups. Other clubs have operated in such a fashion. For example Casilas and Diego Lopez for real madrid.

{Ed0666's Note - England with Clemence and Shilton




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13 Dec 2023 22:33:54
Interesting quote on Sly Sports News earlier quoting Einstein regarding ETH and the managers post Fergie era.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results"

8 managers in the time since Fergie left. I think we need to allow a bad season under ETH and give him a chance under a solid structure. We can then judge his capabilities. The only constant in our downfall has been the same players. As much as we talk about his signings, the spine of the team remains unchanged.


1.) 14 Dec 2023 08:15:55
For me eth has shown he has very little idea how to get a tune out of this lot and the money he has spent and the return he has for that is frankly firing material anywhere else on earth. the squad is awful true but the reasoning that if we keep eth and allow him a new squad (billions? ) he could win the league is like planning your retirement on winning the lottery. Having said that sjr won’t be spending 1.25 billion without knowing who his manager is going to be and probably signed in principle.

2.) 14 Dec 2023 09:23:05
What a load of rubbish one third, he got a great tune last year! Again so many of us are so blinkered, there’s huge mitigating circumstances we’re currently dealing with if you don’t want to see that it’s fine but don’t take rubbish!
The squad isn’t awful it’s decimated and he’s now relying on Jose and ole players predominantly bar a couple of his own!
18 months in and some are throwing him to the wolves.

3.) 14 Dec 2023 09:51:37

Page is toxic Atm and no point. Same characters who used to have a go at Fergie not being good enough anymore.

We are limping into Anfield and did not realize we have scored once in the last 8 years going there.

However, It will be eth fault though afterwards no matter what, given the current noise. Its on him to get a reserve team to beat Liverpool or else he is a terrible coach, tactics wrong, selection wrong.

Only if he got those things right Liverpool will lay down and be clueless and we will win. its all on eth.

Its eth fault our front 3 looked like 3 kids playing against men vs Bayern. Not a single shot registered by any of them. Not having a go at the front 3 but the narrative and the noise.

4.) 14 Dec 2023 10:29:20
I for one am not expecting to beat Liverpool. To do so would need a miracle, albeit not entirely impossible.

All I want is for the team to show some real heart, win, lose or draw

Can’t ask for anything more than that.

5.) 14 Dec 2023 11:39:07
People forget Klopp finished 8th and 4th for the two following years and weren't realistically challenging until his fourth year.

Arteta finished 8th in his first two seasons and then 5th and are again now only challenging after his fourth year.

ETH had a good first year and now just because the going gets tough the usual fickle fans are calling for his head? The same fans expect things here and now and clearly have no understanding of transition periods, or football for that matter.

6.) 14 Dec 2023 12:07:41
My major complaint with Ten Hag is that we concede the same type of goal every week, we are always battered through the middle of the park. Been the same in nearly every single game this season.

I have sympathy for the injuries, but you watch Newcastle and Spurs who have had similar luck. Whilst the results have been up and down, you could see what systems they are playing. With us, no one has a clue.

Ultimately it is a squad game, and the whole squad should be playing the same way. We don't have that here. We have lost more games than we have played, that in itself is inexcusable given we are in December.

7.) 14 Dec 2023 14:49:53
Sorry Chris and Ahmed I honestly can’t tell if you’re agreeing with me or not? Still you’re entitled to your opinion.

8.) 14 Dec 2023 15:28:14
Ten hag is trying to play a very aggressive formation, which it feels like we don't have the right players for. It has resulted at times with us getting caught with big open spaces in midfield, especially when we fail to look after the ball.

If you look at city, they play similarly, with rodri in a single pivot and 2 hard working 10s ahead of him.

On one hand he is trying to play his way. And expose the players who are not good enough to play his system. The alternative is to play a double pivot. Which would be more secure, but is moving away from the system he is trying to implement.

I would like to see mctominay replaced with a better ball player. Eriksen is a big loss for ball retention through our midfield. He was knitting back to front last year. We have missed Eriksen, martinez, shaw, cassemiro, varane (injury and fallout) have all been out of this team and it is a huge impact on how EtH wants to play.

9.) 14 Dec 2023 15:51:32
Losing more games than we've played! That's some going Caolan, i didn't realise it was so bad, lol.

What he did last season means he deserves some time in my opinion. If we get to the end of the season, haven't made it into the champions league or shown any improvement in performance when players are back from injury then that's the time to look at it again. Until then let's get behind him!

10.) 14 Dec 2023 17:16:07
No Newcastle and spurs are not going through the same crisis don’t believe the media spin, far from it! Spurs lost 4/ 5 because they lost their centre half and number 10! We’ve got about13/ 14 unavailable players, some have become terrible overnight because according to some on here they’re not starters!

18 months in come on!
Let’s get behind him!

The klopp arteta comparisons are again wide of the mark because guess what, they finished in those positions without the injury crisis, off field antics of players etc etc!

11.) 14 Dec 2023 18:05:45
The problem facing ETH is that a new DoF with proper control will want and rightly should want a manager who fits with his vision and philosophy.

I don't particularly want Ten Hag gone, what I do want is a football club run properly from the top down and if we do get our new CEO and DoF then they eighty need to put the best people in place at all levels.

In many ways I think ETH is a goner for this reason alone. If the right person is running a club and he is getting his number one target as manager who perfectly fits his ideas then its the right thing too do.

12.) 14 Dec 2023 20:28:38
Agree with that oakbark. And EtH is trying to change man utd DNA quite a bit. That is why we are having the growing pains I think. Maybe a new DOF is happy with him, but j agree that we need to be reviewed and aligned from top to bottom. Jnvludibg the way the youth teams play.

13.) 14 Dec 2023 20:29:47
Injuries have had a massive impact on our season

We have not been able to play our strongest line up once this season

You can’t be successful chopping and changing constantly.

Plus as seen with previous managers certain players that are still in this team don’t perform on a consistent basis

Untill these players are gone any manager will fail some of these players are not to the standard of where we want to be

We have to stick by ten hag get rid of these players, these bluffers that time and time again have not performed

Why do we keep sacking managers but the same players are getting new contracts

Hope Jim and ineos come in and set a proper footballing structure but if the glazers are still having final say then this will fail..

How on earth we still have players in the club that played under Jose is a joke

Arteta has 2 players in that arsenal squad from when he took over and look what happens when you stick by the manager and not th e players

Give ten hag the time and the structure.

We massively overachieved last season, give him time

We have been though a lot worse the past 10 years than to sack another manager again.



08 Dec 2023 16:21:26
November Manager of the Month: Erik Ten Hag
November Player of the Month: Harry Maguire
November Goal of the Month: Alejandro Garnacho

Crazy to think so many people have us down and out and have been questioning ETH give the off field issues and injury problems.

3 points off Man City and we are still the most talked about team in the league. Sly Sports News did a piece debating whether the Chelsea game was ETHs most important game of his tenure. The journalism is really embarrassing. When will they stop talking about is like we are Chelsea?


1.) 08 Dec 2023 17:30:06
Let's ne fair, we have been erratic. However, I think that's less to do with the Manager or player quality, and more to do with culture and approach. A few bad apples can upset everyone, they need sorting quickly.

2.) 08 Dec 2023 18:55:52
Clearly we can't have that. Need to fire Ten Hag and sell Maguire and Garnacho asap. Oh, and while we're at it Mctom too. He's scoring way too often.

I think one can see the ingredients of a decent team. Even Antony has stepped up. All we need is Hojlund to start knocking a few in. which is why Mctom has to go because he's poaching all Hojlund's chances. ?.

3.) 09 Dec 2023 06:01:31
I'm getting more and more amazed by McTom in the final third. He really does have a very high class instinct when balls are crossed into the box.
Even if he doesn't remain a starter, if he keeps scoring like that, he can always be a substitute when we are chasing the game.

That finish to lift the ball up from his right foot and volley from his weaker left foot was a very good strikers goal.

The guy might be cery bang average in other departments but the moment ball is in put into box he becomes someone else.

4.) 09 Dec 2023 06:49:06
it should be a tough game today and bit different to chelsea. chelsea came out and wanted to play and had two teams pushing forward and very open game.

Bournemouth will most likely play more defensive and possibly sit in, which will frustrate. Hope we can unlock it early to get them to come out.

It would be nice to bank 3 points and relax and watch the villa/ arsenal game later on and spurs/ Newcastle tomm and see how the top end does.

Thinking United win, draw for arsenal and win for spurs.

5.) 09 Dec 2023 11:12:50
Well, we had a great November :)
Hope it can continue. Tricky few games coming up and I do see a few defeats, but the positive signs are there.

6.) 09 Dec 2023 17:38:17
Not anymore. that was. a word not been invented yet for how bad that was. All in ten hag that, bewildering team selection set the tone and never recovered after 5 minutes. Keeper is dodgy, defence all over place, midfield non existent and a forward line that can't hit a barn door. After 400m spent.
Someone utd are 6th and can have a good season if things change, I'll be amazed if ten hag survives this. old Trafford was empty with 20 minutes left, that's not good. most I think have had enough.

7.) 09 Dec 2023 17:42:55
Interesting to see the comments after today’s massacre.



16 Oct 2021 19:12:35
You can give a man all the tools in the world, it doesn't mean he will be able to build you a house.

Unfortunately the same can now be said about Ole. Strengthened areas that needed it and we look a worse team than we did last year. Club legend status has worn off, he isn't the man for the job. Time to move him on before things start to get worse and we end up like Arsenal.


{Ed014's Note - ?? you’ve been the new Arsenal for years!

1.) 16 Oct 2021 19:29:53
He was never the man for the job.

2.) 16 Oct 2021 20:31:03
Ole has got the tools but not the blueprint to build the house ?.

He's still searching for it with Fred helping him out ?.



22 Jun 2021 20:56:45
Reports Haaland has agreed personal terms with his next club. Do you have any knowledge Ed whether this is true and if so on who it is? Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Wrong page, this is the Manchester United page.}

1.) 22 Jun 2021 22:04:30
Hasn't Mino agreed personal terms with every club in Europe for Haaland.

2.) 22 Jun 2021 21:49:08
Sorry Ed, thought he might be a target still so posted here. I'll repost on the euro page.



21 Apr 2021 13:50:01
Just when we thought it couldn't get any crazier, Conor McGregor has come out saying he wants to buy Manchester United.


1.) 21 Apr 2021 14:11:45
He's going to need a rather large promissory note seeing as his current net worth is around 120m, but the club is valued at around 3bn.

2.) 21 Apr 2021 14:19:36
Worse than any American owners that clown would be. He would probably want to start up front himself.

3.) 21 Apr 2021 14:42:03
lol Leahy :)

4.) 21 Apr 2021 16:01:58
Lol Leahy! True story. He was only taking the mick anyway.

Shappy, although he wouldn't come close to 2billion, he is worth a considerable amount more.

5.) 21 Apr 2021 17:44:00
All we need is MBS turning up thinking he can get United on the cheap.

6.) 21 Apr 2021 21:17:21
Angel, just checked Forbes have his net worth at around 181m. He's not short of a Bob or two, but he's a pauper when it comes to the money needed to buy our club😂.




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02 Mar 2024 20:13:28
Seriously do not understand why so many are backing Potter like he is an improvement. We've seen what he can do at a big club. Stay well away.

Give ETH one more year then put it to the jury.




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04 Feb 2024 18:38:59
Ed002, probably covered, but is there any circumstance in which they stick with ETH? Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Maybe, but I doubt he will be in charge at the end of the summer. The club will look to a restart and a new fture.}



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30 Dec 2023 22:48:47
Ed is ETH aware that he is likely to be out of a job in the summer? Are you aware of any conversations that might have taken place?

Sorry if its not that simple or more complicated, just want to understand whether this is affecting the group.


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea about any conversations but he will know things must improve drastically.}



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20 Dec 2023 15:18:42
No issue moving Casemiro on in my opinion. We have a capable replacement in Mainoo and I think Casemiro starting would hinder his development. He is more than capable of starting and a good run of games will see him continue to grow.

The contract offered was far too long considering his age. I agree with Fzz, time to bring the squad to acceptable wage levels and I am all for it. Similar to what Arteta did with Arsenal.

Lets get some money back and use it wisely in the summer.




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18 Dec 2023 14:51:09
Hi Ed,

Do you expect their to be more departures than incomings? I can imagine the club being reluctant to sign many on permanent deals given the uncertainty on ETH if and when the SJR deal completes.


{Ed002's Note - January is a difficult time to buy and the future of Murtough is still a little unclear. The summer will be a much more significant time for transfers.}




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04 Mar 2024 19:15:09
Shawthing, your post was a breath of fresh air, offering a balanced and realistic perspective on ETH's situation. I'm over the constant negative takes from certain individuals. ETH is a competent coach who's being undermined by the club's ongoing issues, a scenario too familiar for his predecessors.

Success is a must in his role, and while it might look like he's not living up to expectations following a promising first year, I believe he's exactly where he should be. Last season was a pleasant surprise for many of us, and it seems we're now seeing our true level. Like Arteta and Klopp, ETH deserves time to prove himself within a properly structured club. If, even then, improvements aren't seen, it'll be fair to discuss his departure. However, looking at the alternatives Ed mentioned, I'm not convinced many are a better fit.

Just taking a look at our bench from yesterday's game gives a clear picture of where the club stands. We're significantly behind, and it's apparent ETH is trying to achieve something substantial with limited resources. The conversation around spending £400m often misses the mark; it's not just about the amount spent but understanding the inflated football economy where even that sum doesn't stretch far enough to bring in multiple world-class players due to the high transfer fees demanded by clubs today.




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15 Dec 2023 14:47:44
From the point Mount joined Chelsea to the point he left he was 1st in the following areas:

Appearances, Starts, Minutes Played, Goals, Assists, Chances Created.

He had a bad year not helped by injury, and has struggled with the same since joining. Fully fit it would be naïve to say he offers nothing.




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14 Dec 2023 11:39:07
People forget Klopp finished 8th and 4th for the two following years and weren't realistically challenging until his fourth year.

Arteta finished 8th in his first two seasons and then 5th and are again now only challenging after his fourth year.

ETH had a good first year and now just because the going gets tough the usual fickle fans are calling for his head? The same fans expect things here and now and clearly have no understanding of transition periods, or football for that matter.




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10 Dec 2023 08:34:09
You say you do not trust ETH with transfers? How do you replace those players you move on this window if you don't trust the manager and you plan to move him on in the summer.

I agree about the culling of players, but those players need to be replaced instantly. We simply do not have the squad depth to move players on.

We can't just buy players who are not part of a managers plan and who the manager doesn't want. Especially if you want him gone. The squad will just become more disjointed than it currently is.




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04 Dec 2023 16:24:48
Its difficult to identify what the style of play or tactics are when players aren't willing to execute them.

Its been mentioned a lot here that no one can identify what ETH style of play is and whilst I agree to an extent, I am past looking at the manager and focusing more on the players. Its clear to see some of them just aren't interested and are not putting 100% effort into games. Some players want to play and some dont, therefore the team becomes disjointed and tactics go out the window.

ETH is not without his faults, but I think people need to stop looking at the manager and focus more on the 11 of the pitch. Its clear he is struggling with getting players to play, but I'd rather see those players moved on, players brought in who want to play and the manager backed. Its clear some of these players have not and will not perform for any manager.