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  1. I agree. Full of management bull and doesn’t seem a particularly nice bloke to work with when things aren’t going his way. Sunderland were still getting their 2nd season’s parachute payment (around £30m) and benefiting from from ticket and commerce revenue from crowds averaging in the low 30 thousands. They should have absolutely smashed League 1.
  2. So why do you think that Brighton fans hear homophobic abuse all the time and Wednesday fans don’t then? Or do you think I’m making it up? Burnley are just one example of many.
  3. You’ve not heard any homophobic chantings because Wednesday don’t have any out gay players and Sheffield isn’t considered a particularly gay town. Ask any Brighton fan that travels regularly and they’ll give you a long list. As I said previously, the big city clubs tend to have more progressive fans (Leeds is an exception), but go somewhere like Turf Moor and it’ll be 90 mins of chants such as ‘town full of homos’, ‘does your boyfriend know you’re here?’ and ‘we can see you holding hands’ etc.
  4. Sadly, that is absolute testicles, particularly at a number of football grounds.
  5. Anyone who thinks that a footballer coming out wouldn’t face serious abuse at most away grounds should go and watch a few Brighton away games. It’s generally ok at the big city clubs, but go to places like Burnley, Stoke or Middlesbrough and it’s like going back 70 years.
  6. Boro came down in 16/17 and the accounts shown for them are the 17/18 season as it seems that they haven’t published their 18/19 accounts yet either. I’m assuming it’s done this way as comparison with a clubs accounts for a year that they were in the Premier League would be pointless when analysing Championship finances.
  7. I doubt any clubs have a financial year end on March 31st 6 weeks before the season even finishes. They will have it sometime in the off season. I didn’t notice Fulham in there first time, but it’s showing their figures for the 17/18 season (same as for Wednesday), the year they got promoted.
  8. It’s for season 18/19. Fulham, Luton and Huddersfield weren’t in the Championship. I’m guessing that West Brom and Stoke aren’t included as they haven’t submitted figures for 18/19 yet, and it wouldn’t provide a reasonable comparison to provide their 17/18 figures, as they’d be from a Premier League season. Swansea, who came down the same season, are included as their 18/19 accounts have been published.
  9. He’s not wrong. FFP restrictions do exist for PL clubs.
  10. Two seasons of regularly destroying teams by 3 or more goals and turning goal-line blocks into counter attacks and goals was quite exciting.
  11. Hughton inherited a terrible team in the Championship that were in the bottom 3 at the half-way point. He kept them up that season, almost got automatic promotion the next, secured automatic promotion with 3 games to spare the following season, and then consolidated all that by achieving safety fairly comfortably in the first Premier League season. Something happened in the second season around the turn of the year. Nothing was in the pubic domain, but you could clearly see a difference on the pitch. I think the reason he wasn’t kept on for this coming season was the fear that the terrible form from Jan to May (and it really was terrible) would carry on next season, not dissimilar to Huddersfield in the second half of 17/18 and into last season. Anyone that says he’s an inherently defensive manager is talking out of their arse. The football by Brighton in 15/16 and 16/17 was scintillating, and they were capable of turning a penalty box clearance into attack (and often a goal) in the blink of an eye. He is however realistic, and he knew that the players capable of employing those tactics in the Championship would get destroyed doing the same against some of the best players in the world.
  12. Where did you get the info that Bong was being made available for transfer? He’s been in nearly every match day squad this season, so fairly sure he won’t be going anywhere this winter. Schelloto (RB) and Suttner (LB) are likely to be available however.
  13. It’s only been running for 4 seasons, so maybe too early to tell. Although I’d guess that the percentage of players that make it to the senior squad will be very low, not because their route is blocked but just because because most U23s just wont be good enough. The difference in standard between senior and U23 is huge even for the top youth league. To give an idea, Brighton U23s beat Man City 5-0 a couple of weeks ago and then got outplayed by Luton (presumably not even their strongest team) in the Checkatrade a few days later.
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