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  1. I've seen the relegation play-off idea compared to the situation in Germany, where they have such a play-off. But the thing is, their 2nd division only has 18 teams. The top 2 go up and 3rd plays the team in 16th in the top tier. So their teams already have a better chance of going up than ours do now.
  2. It has to be said that given the size of Sheffield and its love of football, the lack of success for both Sheffield teams in the past 80 years is quite something. We have won as many major trophies as Swindon Town. In the past 50 years, we have finished in the top half of the top tier 6 times, the pigs 3. 9 times in a combined 100 years. That's appalling.
  3. Many of these goals aren't just late as well. Take today's. It was almost as if Sheffield was in a different time zone. Ok, there was a quite a lot of injury time, but they scored 5 minutes after virtually every other game had finished. Was it after 5:00?
  4. Following tonight's games, I think we're the only team in the top 4 divisions not to have conceded a goal this season (every other team not to concede in the league has conceded at least 1 in the EFL Cup).
  5. A number of Eastern European clubs have followed a similar path. Take Unirea Urziceni, from Romania, once managed by Dan Petrescu. They had the best record of any 3rd-place team in the group stages of the 2009/10 Champions League, beating Sevilla at home (or, rather, in Bucharest), and thrashing Rangers 4-1 away. But almost immediately financial problems took hold, and the club was dissolved in 2011. An attempt to reform it in 2015 led nowhere, and the club was wound up again in 2017. Or, perhaps even more dramatically, Ukraine's FC Dnipro. Back in the '80s, they won the Soviet league a couple
  6. Kaiserslautern - 97/98 Bundesliga champions, regularly in Europe. Now mid 3rd-tier.
  7. Forest wrote off £40m of loan debt when they were taken over in the 2016/17 financial year, allowing them to post a "profit" of £32m, despite operating losses of almost £22m. They've also had multiple (I think) transfer embargoes.
  8. Have there been any others apart from ours and Birmingham's?
  9. But Wigan have been relegated and we haven't. I would say that shows their offence is seen as more serious.
  10. Well, the UEFA Cup was mostly league-position-based, so you really had to be a good team to qualify. You could finish anywhere and get into the Cup Winners Cup, as long as you won your domestic cup.
  11. Tell you, this Maritimo game has had a hell of a finish. Famalicao were 2-1 down with 5 minutes to go, turned it around to go 3-2 ahead, but deep into injury time Maritimo have made it 3-3!
  12. To be honest, I'm not sure what point I was trying to make with that rather long post. I do think that it is good for a manager if they can show they can turn bad form around - as Ainsworth has done on multiple occasions over the years, and Monk has failed to do for us so far. Obviously, this has been a terrible year for us. There's been all the off-field stuff to contend with, while on the pitch I've never known us to make so many individual errors, at both ends. True, many of Monk's decisions haven't worked, but without knowing the facts, it's difficult to judge whether he was right to leave
  13. Ainsworth is an interesting example. When he was appointed (as player-manager), they'd made a bad start to the 2012-13 season, having just been relegated from League One. He stopped the rot and they finished 15th. But in 2013-14 they stayed up on goal difference. At one stage, they picked up 11 points (1 win, 8 draws) from 18 games. However, Ainsworth wasn't sacked, and in 2014-15 Wycombe reached the playoff final. After a good start to 2015-16, their form dipped and they finished 13th. But they started 2016/17 badly, and were 21st at the start of November with 16 points from 15 g
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