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  1. CraigSGM

    Onomah

    A mate of mine who is a big Villa fan said he's best as a number 10. He's either the complete midfielder who can do everything, or no one can figure out how to get the best out of him.
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    Hillsborough & Frustration

    I think it's because a full bottle of liquid with the lid on is quite a hefty missile.
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    Blackburn Away

    I wouldn't be surprised if next to none run. I live in Selby, we're currently on 2 trains a day into York on Saturdays, whereas they're every hour usually.
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    Bounce back

    Yes. I too am annoyed that Westwood is being overlooked in favour of Joey Pelupessy. It doesn't make any sense!
  5. We seem to have done pretty well for goalkeepers for quite a few years now. Keiran Westwood Chris Kirkland Nicky Weaver Lee Grant Mark Crossley David Lucas It's interesting that only six first choice keepers take us all the way back to 2004. It's been a solid position. We've produced a few decent kids in that time too - Richard O'Donnell has ended up with a decent career in the football league, and Adam Davies has a decent career at Barnsley.
  6. A PL2 that isn't a closed shop at the bottom end could be catastrophic all round. The Football League would get a really poor deal from Sky, because the "top" teams would be the likes of Wigan, Bolton and Millwall. That's hardly an attractive deal. Because of the lack of money, the gulf in class would soon become massive, as the teams at the bottom end of PL2 would be able to spend as much as they like to try and avoid the drop into an incredibly poor league. Someone still has to drop though, so the teams that do would be in a right mess unless there was still some kind of parachute payments. That's also risky because the gulf in class would be much bigger than the PL/Championship is now, so the teams coming down would be much more likely to bounce straight back due to their massive financial advantage, and after a couple of years it would create a closed shop with the same handful of teams yo-yoing between the two.
  7. Madjid Bougherra didn't do too badly after leaving us either. A season and a half at Championship level with Charlton and then three seasons at Rangers before heading over to Qatar for a last big payday.
  8. Probably nowhere near the level of the first team yet. Gibraltar Under 19s are hardly a comparable opposition to the teams in the Championship. That said, it's good to see him doing well. It'd be nice if, come the last few games of the season if we're safe mid table with nothing to play for, players like him get a shot to see how far off the first team they really are.
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    If we were relegated...

    I dunno. Bannan - £5m Reach - £8m Forestieri - £5m Lees - £3m Hutchinson - £1m Winnall - £2m Fletcher - £1m Joao - £2m That's £27m and I'd call some of those low offers. If Bannan, Reach, FF or Lees went for those prices in January there'd be a meltdown on here.
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    If we were relegated...

    Through just accepting the first bid out of fear we'll be stuck with a player we can't afford? Or just our sheer incompetence in the transfer market?
  11. A friend of mine was asking me the other day about what would happen at Wednesday if we didn't sort ourselves out this season and ended up getting relegated, and what wider impact that would have on the club as a whole. Given we've got a squad of high earners and a handful of players that are worth a few quid that certainly wouldn't drop down a division, it could be interesting. I don't for one second believe that we'll go down, I feel that we've got too much quality in the team to let it happen, but it did get me thinking about which of our current players would still be here next season if it did happen... Dawson Baker Van Aken Thorniley Penney Pelupessy ??? ??? ??? Nuhiu ??? And what would it mean for the club financially if it were to happen? Given that we're riding pretty close to the line with FFP anyway, could we afford to take the hit if we were to go down? Well, maybe, because we're sat on something in the region of £30 million in players that are salable assets, none of whom are likely to want to stick around if we went down - Bannan, Lees, Reach, Forestieri, Fletcher, Hutchinson and maybe Joao. Would that, plus the out of contract players wages offset the costs of dropping down a division in terms of lost revenue? As I say, I don't think there's much risk of it happening. We've got enough about us to turn this around, but it'd been a fascinating (and sometimes scary) thought process wondering about it. What do you think?
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    Luhukay's Credentials

    It's also worth noting that based on the stats on his Wikipedia, his time at Sheffield Wednesday has returned the worst win % of his career. From what I can see as, he's taken over very competitive sides in the 2. Bundesliga. Both Hertha and Monchengladbach were newly relegated, so would be better compared to him taking over at the likes of West Brom or Stoke than us. Assuming the squad was largely kept together following relegation, promotion would have been expected in any case. That's not to discredit his work as Augsburg though, after getting them promoted at the second attempt in 2011, they've stayed in the top flight. Comparing other second divisions around Europe to the Championship is difficult. I don't really know too much about them, but I get the feeling that it's more common for the newly relegated sides to bounce back quickly, rather than have big clubs disappear further down the ladder like we've seen with us, Leeds, Southampton, Wolves and now Sunderland. That's what makes the Championship one of the most competitive divisions in the world. It's got nothing to do with the overall standard of football, it's the lack of gulf in class between top and bottom, barring a few exceptions. The fact that newly relegated sides can go down again, or newly promoted sides challenge for the playoffs is just amazing, and what makes this division so great. (And also so bloody easy to end up in the mess that we're in too!)
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    So which one is it?

    I think point four has happened as a consequence of point three. In my opinion, it was said in summer that youth would get priority this season, so long as there wasn't a massive gulf in class between them and the old boys that they were replacing. Dawson is a good example of that - he's proven he's as good a shot stopper as anyone in this league, and on Friday he looked a lot more confident for having a good defense in front of him. That said, I don't think the path to the first team was completely blocked off for the likes of Westwood, Hutchinson, Boyd et al. If they trained well and did everything they could to earn their place back, showing on the training ground that they would add more to the team than the young lads getting picked ahead of them, they'd be given a shot, especially during a run of poor form. Unfortunately, at this stage, number four happened and they spat their dummies out, expecting to be in the side on reputation/former glories. Jos, being widely known as a disciplinarian, told them that no one gets into his team with an attitude like that, and they were cast aside. And that brings us to where we are today. Several decent players not available for selection. Whether there's a way back from number four under Jos, I don't know. Could it be the players sticking to their guns and waiting for either a transfer or for Jos to get the sack, or have they backed down, are cracking on in training but Jos is having none of it? I guess we'll never know.
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    Forestieri

    Absolutely - it's very strange how he's just been cast aside so quickly. He has been a very loyal servant to the club, so it is a shame the way it's gone. Same with Sam Hutchinson. I guess how the players have reacted to being told they're not first choice anymore will have played a part in them being cast aside. Just look at Fletcher - he's 31 and came back from a long term injury. He's clearly worked hard and is in the team because of it. That shows that there is a way back into the side for older players and/or the long term injured. It makes me wonder if the likes of Westwood, Boyd, Jones etc aren't willing to fight for their place, and just expect that because they're big names they should be picked on reputation and past achievements.
  15. Every fan will say that their derby is the biggest and most important, because to them, it is. To the people of Sheffield, this is the most important fixture of the season. Everyone in the city feels it. But then if you were to go to Glasgow in the run up to Celtic vs Rangers, or to the North East when Newcastle play Sunderland, I'm sure that the fans in those areas would tell you that their match matters more than any other. In the grand scheme of things, despite it's local importance, I think if you looked at sporting rivalries around the world and compare attendance, press coverage etc, I don't think the Steel City Derby would be anywhere near the top of the list. But to us it's everything, and that's what's great about it. My interpretation of what Jos said is that he truly understands the importance of a local derby, and has this understanding from managing one that pulls in double the attendance of this one.
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