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  1. How many players have we said that about in this current system though? Who looks good in this 352 we've been trying to play for the last 15 games? Who have we beaten with this formation? When have we played well under this set up? My worry is that I can Reach being a starter in a promotion winning team like Brentford or Norwich, he's not a world beater but he's a good attacking player that can give you 7/10 performances every weekend in the right team. He has all the talent and has shown it, we just aren't getting the best out of him, people forget how good he was 12 months ago. (15 goal involvements, goals + assists, a team high). But yes, if nothing changes and the price is right selling would sadly be a valid option. If we really don't have the funds to bring in quality players we surely should be building around the younger ones we have that have shown talent and have plenty of potential? The likes of Reach, Irofa, Harris, Windass?
  2. If we're trying to be as positive as possible for the new season i think it's fair to say now is really where we get to see a true and honest reflection on Monk as a manager? He's been able to finally bring in his own backroom staff, full COVID pre-season, ship out (most of) his unwanted players and bring in some new blood. I know it's obviously a difficult position for any manager given our financial situation and point deduction but at least from this point on any failures within the team will be 100% on him, there is no deflecting now. I'm not trying to make excuses for his completely woeful second half of the season but let's be honest it would have been a difficult ride for any manager coming into the circumstances he did. Having said all that, my excitement for the new season still sits at a solid 1/10. Based on last season i still think Monk is out his depth and even if we got rid whoever comes in will still be in the same bad situation, limited budget, ageing past prime core of squad, lack of leaders, desperate need of goal scorers, point deduction etc. We face a serious uphill battle this season and every game needs to be played like a cup final, every point counts and waiting too long to make big decisions could be very costly to our future. UTO.
  3. If we're trying to be as positive as possible for the new season i think it's fair to say now is really where we get to see a true and honest reflection on Monk as a manager? He's been able to finally bring in his own backroom staff, full COVID pre-season, ship out (most of) his unwanted players and bring in some new blood. I know it's obviously a difficult position for any manager given our financial situation and point deduction but at least from this point on any failures within the team will be 100% on him, there is no deflecting now. I'm not trying to make excuses for his completely woeful second half of the season but let's be honest it would have been a difficult ride for any manager coming into the circumstances he did. Having said all that, my excitement for the new season still sits at a solid 1/10. Based on last season i still think Monk is out his depth and even if we got rid whoever comes in will still be in the same bad situation, limited budget, ageing past prime core of squad, lack of leaders, desperate need of goal scorers, point deduction etc. We face a serious uphill battle this season and every game needs to be played like a cup final, every point counts and waiting too long to make big decisions could be very costly to our future. UTO.
  4. People forget 12 months ago Reach had the best season of his career and was probably our best player that season alongside Hector. I'll be interested to see where Monk plays him going forward, when his confidence is up i think he'd be excellent on the wing or in that attacking midfield role. But, with Windass & Brown coming in and with Monk seemingly preferring a 352 formation where Reach has struggled it makes me wonder if we're paving the way for to be sold. I'm actually quite surprised at how unimpressive he has been as a LWB..hoping there is more to come if he stays as on his day he's a real game changer.
  5. 1.5 It's been a rollercoaster 5 years being a Wednesday fan, to go from 90 minutes away from the Premier League and back to back playoff campaigns to losing 5-0 at home vs Blackburn, all our best players leaving or getting injured (then leaving), suffering a 18 month embargo and now facing a new season with a -12 point deduction that will probably just tip us into the bottom 3 come May...it's been well typical Wednesday! Honestly though, i have never been so unexcited for the season to start. After all the self inflicted mistakes we've made in recent seasons seemingly getting worse and worse every year i sort of hope we go down so we can perhaps get the rebuild we desperately need.
  6. Listened to the interview he did with Andy Giddings earlier, as always very insightful and only makes you grow fonder of him! He does make a few interesting points over issues i thought otherwise of; -References he was paid quite well in his own terms, makes me wonder he may have been on the higher end of the pay scale when i would have put him towards the middle/bottom. Perhaps why Monk/Jos wanted him gone so quickly, just another big earner they wanted to shift? -Talks about the dressing room being brilliant when he joined and how it was under Carlos - massive factor in how successful a team is, highlights how much they struggled after Carlos left and the loss of "leaders' in the team. I think he's referring to Loovens which we all know is a big void we have never filled. -The comments he makes around Monk and his approach to practise, by the sounds of it his philosophy is if you can't train you don't play, perhaps a reason why he was frozen out? As by his own admission Hutchinson says he needed days of to recover due to past injuries, I think this could be a factor why Westwood joined him in the isolation brigade under more than 1 manager. -As you would expect full of praise for Carlos and Bruce, take this with a pinch of salt as Carlos was behind him getting his big contract and showing the world he can still play but facts are facts. When Hutchinson played regularly we were never a losing or a bad team for long. Great listen and best of luck to a truly inspirational figure that we will miss, hope he goes on to play 100 more games and continues to prove people wrong.
  7. Okay, i've thought about this and i've got it. We finish the season safe, but after a long overdue EFL hearing they dock us just enough points to tilt into the relegation zone allowing ex nuclear testing zone Stoke to survive. At the opposite end of the table L**ds clinch promotion on the final day in dramatic fashion sending the city into a frenzy. After we go down, we are then declared financial bankrupt and almost the entire squad departs except development/academy players, Odubajo, Pelupessy (now captain) and Nuhiu. We face the almost impossible task of surviving in L1 with a huge -12 deficit and Gary Monk proudly at the helm after accepting a 4 year contract whilst bringing in a newly created role for Jos Luhukay, head of player engagement. Meanwhile in the PL United sail into Europe after a remarkable season and Billy Sharp statues are erected throughout the city centre to honour their captain. The rumour mill begins to churn after an out of contract Cristiano Ronaldo visits the city after a hiking trip in the peaks and remarks to his agent that he'd love to playe for a "big club" and spend his final professional years crafting stainless steel cutlery. Whilst on their holidays in Portugal, Carlos Carvalhal enjoys a flat white with a well rested and jovial Fernando Forestieri, Sam Hutchinson, Keiran Lee, Keiren Westwood, Barry Bannan and Ross Wallace whilst he breaks out a sparkly smile as he slowly slides contracts across the table and declares he is "getting the band back together again". I'll see myself out....
  8. Great post. Totally agree with all of the above, i doubt it will ever come to light about how the behind the scenes at football clubs are really ran..who really has all the power? But, the cynical side of me thinks there is plenty of truth in these 3rd parties controlling Chansiri, as i'm sure happens a lot in inexperienced foreign takeovers. I do wonder how involved CC was with the player recruitment, i'd hazard a guess he would be behind any Premier Liga players but his team surely wouldn't have been tracking players for the English leagues? But for fun, tagged players i think were worth the investment - in some form or another. Highlights how poor our recruitment was the following summer, when we really were 2/3 key signings away from being the best team in the league. When i think about it, it's really the Rhodes signing that killed us. Just about all the others i can forgive, it's football it doesn't always happen for a player, they get injured, don't suit the style of play, manager fallout etc. But a monstrous club record fee £10million and what £35,000+ (guestimate) for a striker that we DIDN'T EVEN NEED (Hooper,Fletcher,Joao,Forestieri,Nuhiu,Winnall all fit and firing) when we were so desperate for a CB to replace Loovens, an experienced CDM and a wide man to compliment Wallace like Knockaert...we could have bought all those and more for what we paid for Rhodes.
  9. Hmmmm. Not sure why people seem to rate him so much, whenever he comes on we seem to miss whoever he replaced... Massive shoes to fill when Lee leaves in the summer, priority should be bringing in a proper CDM that we have been desperate for since 2014.
  10. The issue is, 3 wins from 18 and we are still making the same mistakes as we did in January. The only way we go down is if we get a big point deduction from the EFL which seems unlikely at this stage in the season, a small hit would still be tight but we have enough in the squad to stay up...Ridiculous i'm even typing that when on Boxing Day we were 2nd. Everything depends on what funds Monk has access to in the summer, I doubt we'll have any money to make a promotion push, but if we can shift any remaining higher earners (Westwood & Rhodes) maybe we could claw together enough to bring in some new additions instead of depending on the loan market. I'm still not convinced Monk is the man to take us forward, without Fletcher and long direct balls from the back i don't understand how he is trying to set the team up to play, but we'll see what happens over summer. it's hard to not blame certain players at times, but i don't think Reach, Harris, Murphy or Fessi want to be playing wing back...it's also pretty hilarious that just as we release the only ball playing centre back we have, Monk sticks to a 5 at the back formation. How depressing, a few long boring years ahead indeed!
  11. It doesn't matter who the manager is, they won't be involved in the recruitment. People forget before when Chansiri took over and brought in CC we were actually going to appoint another chap (forgotten his name) in a 'Head Coach' role and would still recruit for a 'Manager', this was all very public then quickly became hush hush after two senior figures Chansiri had appointment abruptly left. I feel like we've continued with that approach behind the scenes, other bodies making big decisions especially around transfers NOT the manager. Poch talked about it during his time at Spurs, obviously massive differences between us and them but he mentions how he would always be just a 'Coach' and had no real decisions on who or what they bought/sold into the club...some managers like it others don't.
  12. Frozen out by Jos & Monk, adored by Carlos & Bruce. Probably the most inspirational story of a footballer in the division and gives 110% every match, plays each game like it's his last and very public about his love for the club ...qualities we could use right about now. Can somebody explain to me why he is being given the cold shoulder? Not a high earner Not trying to force a move elsewhere Not a bad role model Not toxic towards the fans No better alternative in the squad Regardless of what the future holds, it makes me sad to see him being treated like this...very inspirational figure for me.
  13. Yep. I mean, yeah sure they both could and should have been moved on by now....but that still doesn't change the fact they're both the best players at the club in their respective positions. I'm more understanding on why Westwood isn't starting, but one big reason for our TERRIBLE run of form is that we're dominated in midfield every single game. Totally bizarre why Monk refuses to play our best CDM.
  14. We've missed Fox massively, cannot believe I watched FF play LWB for 45minutes in a 1-0 loss to bottom of the league/only team on worse form that us last night, one of the really low points of this modern era. If they were all fully fit, i'd be very excited to see a dynamic midfield 4 of Reach/Windass/Luongo/Harris, with Wickham up top and Hutchinson covering the back 4.
  15. I get that. The hardest thing about writing that was part of me still thinks under 'the right manager' with the current squad of players we've got we could still sneak into the playoffs and get by on the magic of wembley...I mean we saw the instant impact Bruce had and for the first 10-15 games this season lets not forget we were 3rd and were the better team in almost every game we played...it's just since Christmas we've gone to pieces... i can't help but think how would we be doing if Bruce had stayed? So many questions unanswered, we've not got a bad team, we have good players...it's just not working. Similar to Jos though, there are managerial decisions that i think Monk has just gotten totally wrong so i'm not trying to defend him - I just think long term whoever is in charge is ultimately set up to fail. I can't see us going down. Unless we were hit with a -12 or worse FFP points deduction, even then like i mentioned, we're not a bad team...we have talent in the squad and can get results we're just going through a bad run of form. Also, if our run of bad form does carry on and Monk gets the boot, I'm sure LB or whoever came in until the end of the season could galvanise use to remain in the division. That's the really difficult question, who do we trust to lead us into the storm post mass player departure. Financially i don't think we can afford to sack Monk early...I think currently the most likely outcome is we trudge on to finish somewhere below midtable and Monk gets the sack just before end of season.
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