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    Theres flaws with pretty much everyone next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rzarecteh View Post
    For the record, I think both these clubs will finish bang in mid-table.

    It will take years to sort Sunderland's shocking squad out and Hull don't seem to have an owner that likes them very much.
    Hull are good at the whole yo-yo thing though aren't they?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    I still think Sunderland will come at us all guns a blazing for Britt once they lose Defoe (to I assume, West Ham).

    Either way I think those recently relegated teams despite being in the same league as us Championship regulars still have the larger advantage and biggest attraction for players to move to.
    I agree with you there, Sunderland will throw massive money at a big name striker. Hope its McCormack rather than Britt tho


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    Quote Originally Posted by MXJ View Post
    I agree with you there, Sunderland will throw massive money at a big name striker. Hope its McCormack rather than Britt tho
    Sunderland like villa hung around for years getting worse and worse till they fell.... and as per villa chucking a shit load of cash at it wont solve the problem.

    All hinges on JD if they do well or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Sunderland like villa hung around for years getting worse and worse till they fell.... and as per villa chucking a shit load of cash at it wont solve the problem.

    All hinges on JD if they do well or not

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    thing is defoe class, to get 15 goals this season in that team shows he is a class poacher but apparently he can leave for free due to a relegation clause, at 34 and maybe 1 more premier league season left in him would expect him to leave


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    Now that Derby have got Martin back, they're gonna walk this league... that's what them sheepie fans are sayin'.
    Martin who couldn't get into the Fulham side?

    Derby fans always say they are going walk the league but I honestly think they have blown it with the current squad. Their expensive players have only performed in patches over the last couple of seasons when in reality they should have done much better.
    I predict mid table for them next season. They have off the field issues and no CEO.

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    Monk has quit Leeds, now that's hilarious!


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    For what it's worth I've just put my lucky 15 on for next season Man Utd 7/2-Villa7/1-Blackburn 8/1 and Swindon 9/1. Mansfield are favourites for league 2 and Pompey for league 1


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    Quote Originally Posted by tricky_tree1982 View Post
    Monk has quit Leeds, now that's hilarious!
    Presumably got his eye on bigger and better things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QUARKSOUP View Post
    Presumably got his eye on bigger and better things.
    Middlesboro is it?

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    Default Re: Championship 2017/18 - how wide open?

    Sunderland?


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    Think Sunderland would do well to hire BD to keep them around the top of the table. The backs to the wall, siege mentality would do them well for a bit I think.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tricky_tree1982 View Post
    Monk has quit Leeds, now that's hilarious!
    Palace.


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    Default Re: Championship 2017/18 - how wide open?

    I think Villa will get one of the automatic spots, Bruce knows how to get promoted from this league. Assuming Middlesbrough appoint someone somewhat competent, they will be my pick for the other automatic spot.

    Sunderland will have a season similar to the one Aston Villa have just had I reckon, and I can't see Hull doing much unless they have a change of ownership.

    Playoffs will be any four from Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham, Derby, Norwich, Leeds and Huddersfield/Reading.

    We'll finish somewhere between 10th to 15th, which will be a good season all things considered.

    Relegation to be any 3 from Ipswich, Burton, Bolton, Millwall and Barnsley.


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    Big blow for Leeds, they were deluded enough to think Monk was one of them and would never leave. Looks like Karanka might go there.


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    Karanka would be a good signing for Leeds. Did well at Boro before a lack of investment did for him.

    "It is better to live one day as a lion, than one hundred years as a sheep"

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    Marco Silva resigns.


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    Can see Pearson heading back to Hull.


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    Default Re: Championship 2017/18 - how wide open?

    There'll be a lot of pressure on Sunderland to replicate what Newcastle have done. Can't see it though, I think they'll do a Villa.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    There'll be a lot of pressure on Sunderland to replicate what Newcastle have done. Can't see it though, I think they'll do a Villa.
    They won't do as well as Villa,think they might nosedive,140 million in debt is a big millstone.


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    Default Re: Championship 2017/18 - how wide open?

    We'll finish higher than the sheep. They'll finish bottom half.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDMANRED View Post
    We'll finish higher than the sheep. They'll finish bottom half.
    I was thinking that ive a feeling rowett is there to steady the ship and shift on the shit....

    Play offs? Cant see it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QUARKSOUP View Post
    Presumably got his eye on bigger and better things.
    Chalk his name up on the Watford door...


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    Right, my thoughts:
    1 The change in ownership cannot make things any worse than they were.
    2 The appointment of credible off-the-field management of a high calibre indicates that the change of ownership is more likely to improve things.
    3 Warburton is as good a manager as any in the Championship, and better than most.
    4 Much will depend on the policy regarding the sale of prized assets - remember, when we sell a prized asset all of the profit on the sale is taken into the profit and loss acoount in the year the sale took place. When we buy a player the cost of the player, less an estimate of the resale vale at the end of the contract, is spread over the number of years of the contract.
    This is one strategy to ensure we avoid the nightmare of FFP. In terms of prized assets where there will be a significant impact on the profits when they are sold you have to look at the stars coming through the Academy, as they have no acquisition costs, so the net sales value is all profit. The likes of Britt, who may be a target for ambitious Clubs may command a large fee, but there is a significant value in the Balance Sheet to be written off (plus I bet Peterborough have a sell-on clause meaning some of the sales value would go them. Therefore, I doubt that Britt will be sold
    5 While Warburton has made some big improvements in the short time he has been with Forest, last season's league position didn't lie, and he does need to improve the squad. If he runs with a slimmed down existing squad, with no additions then I think the team will struggle over the 46 games to maintain the improvements and therefore top 6 would be unlikely.
    6 Marinakis isn't going to retain McParland, put in a CEO and be responsible for the recruitment of Warburton without backing that team when they say they want money to bolster the squad.
    7 So, I see some sales, some purchases, a lot of departures over the close-season, and we will start the season with a squad that may need a bit of time to gel in match situations, but which is likely to be able to challenge for a top-6 spot.
    8 In terms of key departures, I think Brereton is a likely sale - we would make a big profit because there is no asset value to write off, and Brereton is too young to be playing week-in, week out. A Premiership side with a strong squad could nurture his obvious talent - we don't have the luxury to be able to do that really.
    So, an exciting season lies ahead.
    Mrs S and I will get to as many games as possible - we expect general sale tickets in decent seats to be a lot more hard to come by.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Chalk his name up on the Watford door...
    Marco Silva confirmed. Not often you get a recently relegated manager and call it a coup but reckon they'll be pleased with that appointment.


 

 

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