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  1. Thought the whole point of FFP was to prevent clubs all building up massive debt gambling on the PL dream and being forced into adminstration. Since the FFP rules, going into admin has become quite rare, so it’s achieved it’s aims but it’s stifling genuine ambition and traditional PL clubs (bigger clubs) are finding it harder to regain their natural level.
  2. A few years ago on Talksport radio there was an interview with the man that is responsible for the fixtures computer. They read out the question about “why are the long trips usually on a Tuesday night” The guy said that was a common criticism however he explained that all clubs can make requests about which fixtures they prefer. He said that most clubs wants the local derbies and geographically closer fixtures to be held at a weekend to guarantee a bigger away following, so they try to oblige to cubs wishes. Apparently the long distance clubs wouldn’t bring many away fans regardless of when the fixture is played. So many clubs request that the (on paper) least attractive and/or long distance fixtures are played Tuesday night, leaving the attractive fixtures to be played at the weekend.
  3. Those recent offers at Bramall Lane were the 1st of the season. They were £10 a match for the 4 less attractive matches of the season, all cat B’s, mainly Tuesday night games. Also they are only for the family stand and you must have at least 2 children with you in order to buy an adult ticket.
  4. At the moment the home d3mand for both derbies is pretty similar so although your suggestion of 4K/ 5K away fans seem fair. it would only be fair if the Bramall Lane capacity was increased to 35K (matching Hilsboro’s current capacity) otherwise 3,000 home fans would miss out on a ticket. Agree with the sentiment though that it would be great to go back to both clubs have both tiers of the away end.
  5. Never said home areas are selling out. i said for the SU last home game the upper tier on the Bramall Lane end was close to a sell out. The South stand is almost sold out every match, the John Street stand is for families so must have a kid. Kop is camped with poor facilities. So if you want a decent seat and don’t have a kid, then there’s no where to go in the ground apart from the Bramall Lane upper tier. Safety committee has reduced stadium capacity to 30,200., (28,000 home with 300 of those restricted view and 2,200 away) So only full view 27,800 seats for home fans, against Reading last week there was 26,000 home fans, so only 1,800 short of a home sell out. The Bramall Lane upper tier has been used by home fans every match and is usually half full but overall BL is still usually 3 or 4,000 short of a home sell out. Don’t believe Wednesday use the bottom tier for home fans, so it’s not a similiar situation. Would love both stadia to be expanded/ improved with the Satefy Commitee allowing a full 5000+ away allocation at both grounds.
  6. Well that’s Derby losing their match in hand tonight, they seem on the slide. If Bristol City have a big dip in form then the door is open for a team to put a fantastic run together, that club might be Preston though but as Greavesie used to say football is a funny old game, seemingly impossible good and bad runs can happen.
  7. That’s not exactly true. Both clubs used to give all clubs both tiers, so of course Wednesday and United had both tiers. but in recent years Uniteds home crowds have increased, so now give all clubs just 1 tier as this enables home fans to acquire tickets. On Saturday against Reading the Bramall Lane top tier was close to a sell out. United give Wednesday the maximum available tickets (2,100) that they give to all away clubs. Wednesday give all clubs 4,600 tickets apart from against United (2,300). Can understand clubs looking after their own fans but if the bottom tier is empty then that’s lost revenue and with the FFP pressure one would have thought that DC would prefer the additional revenue.
  8. The Safety Commitee allow United give ALL away clubs 2100 to 2200 tickets , every away team is treat exactly the same. So it doesn’t make sense how SW can allocate Leeds both tiers (4,600 tickets) for that derby but can’t do it for the Steel City Derby. Unless of course there’s plenty of home demand for the bottom tier, which doesn’t seem to be the case, Surely Chansiri needs as much revenue as possible to go towards FFP, whilst making sure all home fans get a ticket.
  9. Thought that was straight forward Highest prices in the division and minimal investment in players next season would have some fans at most clubs demonstrating against their chairman. but DC has no choice and can’t reduce prices, so if you can afford it then need to support him.
  10. United played Norwich only last week. Fairly even match. Norwich edged the 1st half but United totally dominated the 2nd half half with Norwich holding on for a 2-2 draw. Norwich had 7 shots in the match compared to United’s 17 shots. Also at Bramall Lane United beat them 2-1. Norwich are nothing special but play well as a team looking really impressive against Leeds. Think West Brom have the best individuals, if they get their act together could top the league.
  11. Agree Mogbad, The whole point of FFP was to protect clubs from owners who are willing to spend and spend trying to chase the PL dream. Whst if 10 clubs in the Championship all have billionaire benefactors who invest 100 million a year on transfers? They can’t all be promoted, so some clubs would run up debts of 2 or 300 million to their owners. A few years ago there seemed to be clubs going into admin or threatened with going bust every year. Now under the FFP no clubs are going into admin and clubs are being saved, so the EF`L would say it’s been a success. The main problem is if every club played by the rules then the 3 clubs coming down from the PL have an unfair advantage with their massive parachute payments.
  12. He actually said “it seems I wasn’t aware of the full facts as I believe there were contractual obligations preventing him from starting earlier....look, if I got it wrong then I hold my hand up” It’s not an admittance of being wrong, he’s just admitted that he might be wrong and he hasn’t mentioned the words apologise or sorry. Suppose it’s an acknowledgement and a kind of apology.
  13. The problem for a few years has been foreign owner (different culture) and foreign managers (different cultures). They can all speak English but none were experts and could easily be mis quoted/ mis interpreted etc. At times Radio Sheffield would go down a line of questioning based on literal answers when you kind of had an idea the chairman and managers weren’t understanding the context of their replies making communication open to interpretation. Bruce is English, very experienced and knows the English football culture well. Over the next few months he’ll be able to fully explain the financial situation, contract situations and injury situations. The veil of secrecy, Chinese whispers and conspiracy theories should be very minimal. Not sure how Owlstalk will cope with the relative clarity?
  14. It’s just the novelty of having some one English with a bit of charisma and likability, it’s been a long time.
  15. Agree, it makes it tricky to know the exact situation though as whatever DC says could be lost in translation. At least DC’s heart seems to be in the right place. Bruce is on paper a good appointment, grear record and very experienced in all kinds of situations.
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