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  1. In normal circumstances, I'd be all for hanging on until the end of the window in the hope of securing better players etc. However, as others have said, we absolutely cannot afford a slow start this year - if we do have our usual sluggish start, we're as good as down. Which makes it more baffling that we haven't adapted ourselves in the transfer market to this. Surely early business was more crucial than ever this year - we should have either upped our financial offers to get deals done early (if finances allowed), or lowered our sights and gone for more realistic targets for a low end Championship side. We needed most of our players in for the majority of pre-season, and we commend the club for getting Dunkley Brown and Fisayo done early, but we've now ground to a halt in the pursuit of the position we always needed to strengthen the most. We need at the absolute least 2 strikers, and even that leaves us short I think (you'd have to optimistically hope Rhodes starts to make an impact, and that Hagan is capable of being our 4th striker, which are huge assumptions). If our eggs are now all in the Premier League loan basket, not only do we have to wait and start the season with one senior striker (who has been underperforming for seasons now), we also risk these targets signing elsewhere and us missing out altogether. Then we're in absolute panic buying territory, where we'll have to pay over the odds or sign worse players. We may aswell have done that weeks ago and at least given them a pre-season with us. Its almost as if the gravity of our situation isn't hitting home yet, and we'll just waltz our way out of the -12.
  2. But we didn't. He had an incredibly high risk plan, that although it came close, failed. Reminds me of the phrase "if you're going to take a shot at the King, you best not miss". We've done the equivalent of clipping his shoulder and saying "oh well, we were close". And since that plan failed, we've had absolutely zero idea of a legitimate plan B. I've no idea what we're meant to be rallying around? Not at this moment anyway - people are allowed to angry about all this, and rightly so.
  3. https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/sport/football/news/sheffield-wednesday-dejphon-chansiri-recap-18039401 "The Thai businessman also made it clear that his intention is to pass on the running of the club to his son Att at some point in the future." You can draw your own dots from the above, and how we are being run at present, and will continue to be run for a few more seasons yet.
  4. Reach has never been as great as his fans make out, and probably never quite as bad as his critics have made out over the course of his Wednesday career. What is ultimately frustrating about Reach is that, especially in a 3-man midfield, he should have the attributes to prosper. 'On his day' he's a fairly intelligent player, links play well, has an engine, doesn't need to do heaps of dirty work in a 3... attributes which don't put him a world away from the style of play of someone like Lee (don't get me wrong he's nowhere near the quality that Lee was at). For whatever reason, he hasn't harnessed it. But we've found a system that seems to work for the majority of our players, we definitely should not be throwing that out just to try and accommodate Reach. He has to want to work hard to fit into it. Post-lockdown, his performances have been absolutely abysmal. There comes a point when players have to take some responsibility, Monk has given him gametime at LWB, and CM, and to say he's not grasped either opportunity is an understatement. Whether he's not versatile enough to play in a team that isn't playing exactly the formation he wants, or whether he can't be bothered here anymore, or whether he's not fit, I don't know. But bar a turnaround these last two games, you're probably looking to wish him well, shake hands and let everyone move on.
  5. Give over. You were even time wasting at 3-0 up - one free kick after one of your midfielders had took their turn to clip one of our players down, about 5 of your players touched the ball before it travelled the 10 yards back to where the referee was stood. Its clearly ingrained into your side, fair enough though. Its nothing to be ashamed of, its tremendously effective and we could do with being a bit smarter sometimes. Anytime we tried to break, one of your players took us down and killed our impetus. And realistically killed off our attacking threat, as that was our only chance of catching you out. Smart play. Your lot did that more than any other team I've seen this season; possibly explains partly why you're up there to be honest.
  6. IF he'd be on a modest wage, then he's one of the few I'd actually look to keep for next season. A centre midfield selection of Bannan, Luongo, Lee, Hunt, Pelupessey and a new signing isn't the worst considering our situation (don't get me wrong I wouldn't have re-signed Pelupessey, but that's another thread, and we absolutely need to sign a new starting option centre mid - we can't expect Lee to be that anymore). I don't see us being in the market for two new starting centre mids; you'd think we'll be looking at Bannan plus Luongo/new signing as our starting options, so its a bit of a luxury we can't afford to sign two new starting centre mids, unless we're offloading one of Bannan or Luongo. And then if you are saying Hunt is to have a breakthrough season, he needs to be the backup to those main 3 of Bannan, Luongo and the new signing at the very least. You then, if all are happy in terms of the finances, may as well keep Lee around as an experienced backup. Although he isn't the player he was, I don't think he's done. The penny has probably dropped he won't be able to cut it physically as the box-to-box link man anymore, but for such an intelligent footballer who is good on the ball and reads the game so well, he can no doubt adapt his game. You can't say that for many players in our squad.
  7. I'm far from Chansiri's biggest fan, but with the topics that Prince Andrew's 'sense of entitlement' refer to, and all the connotations that come with that, its absolutely incredible that The Athletic decided it was OK to publish that comment. Maybe if it was attributed to someone, then at least that gives some accountability and someone to come back onto, but to just allow an unnamed source to attack someone's personal character in an article way overstepped the mark. There's plenty to discuss regarding how Chansiri runs the football club in a legitimate manner, without descending into that sort of territory. Looks like they pulled that comment fairly swiftly anyway - someone got a bit twitchy somewhere, and rightly so. For what its worth, if we get found guilty we should absolutely be punished this season, no doubt. If we're found not guilty, all parties need to accept it and crack on - it can't work both ways that a party will only recognise the result if it goes in their favour.
  8. https://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/sheffield-wednesday/latest-owls-news/steve-bruce-amadeu-paixaos-involvement-sheffield-wednesday-84950 When asked about Paixao, Bruce, who recently brought in David Downes as head of recruitment and Dean Hughes as recruitment analyst from his former club Aston Villa, said: "Look, he (Paixao) is part of the club. He's part of the structure of the club - and if he can help us with someone…" Chansiri only has himself to blame for any 'misunderstandings' about his main advisor's role with our club If he is such an integral part of the Club, as many people have stated publicly (including Bruce above), then he should be accountable; they could both address this by actually having him turn up to a proper interview with him, or a fans forum.
  9. If true, then wow. Shouldn’t be surprised, but somehow still can’t quite believe it. Going on for three seasons of abject failure now, and there is no recognition that we might possibly need to refine, let alone overhaul, our strategy slightly?! You can join your own dots about which group of football industry professionals stands to gain the most out of a ‘spend spend spend’ strategy, and what advice Chansiri has possibly received to suggest that is the best course of action.
  10. Pretty obvious they’re looking for to try and make an example of someone - they need a big enough name to make an impact, and it looks like we’ve potentially given them just enough rope to have a bit of a go. Will end up in court, and I don’t think there will be a shortage of lawyers lining up for a run at the whole FFP system. It will end up going places the EFL don’t want it to, strap in.
  11. It’s nothing more than a PR article for Bruce, scaremongering and laying the foundations for his inevitable narrative about why he had no choice but to leave etc etc. See below quote from article: “He has been at Hillsborough for less than six months but has found it hard to push through some of his demands behind the scenes when operating under a soft transfer embargo from the EFL (Football League).”
  12. Wonder if some of the local journos (and others have made thinly veiled digs recently too) start scrutinising every other footballer's 'character' as much as Westwood has been subject to recently? Don't care one bit if he is/isn't a bit of whatever, if he's the best goalkeeper then he should be playing. As others have said, his teammates looked pretty happy to have him back celebrating after the Preston game, hardly seemed like an outcast. This is some pretty low-level stirring (Biggs has been at it too, albeit slightly more subtle about it, about how 'harshly' Cameron Dawson has been treated etc).
  13. I’m not normally one to buy into the whole ‘local media hates us’ stuff, but at the moment a few of them seem to be quite keen to make the fans out as overly abusive, aggressive and a problem. Biggs’ ‘wild hyenas’ comment the other day too, now Howson is quoting rubbish like the fans would attack a partner and child of a manager. They are letting a minority of morons on social media cloud their judgment, just can’t work out if it’s because they are on the receiving end of a lot of stick and want to vent, or they’re being deliberately sensationalist. Dont recall them doing this with other clubs (where as others have said, there is exactly the same knuckle dragging minority). On the whole, particularly at the ground, I think we’ve been remarkably bloody patient.
  14. The only topic of discussion should be his advisor(s) - who they are, what do they advise him on, and what (if any) are the financial links between advisors and Chansiri/Club (not in a mischievous way, but it won't be done pro bono, there must be some reward)? There has been a lot of inference going on, but we need to hear it from the owner's mouth now about the exact relationship that is going off here (it doesn't have to be murky, we just need to know how the Club is being run). If we have a de facto DOF as has been suggested, then Chansiri should be willing to explain his role/remit. I'd be interested to know why, if he wishes to continue down this route, does he operate with the current arrangement instead of establishing a permanent advice structure accountable to the Club (i.e. people are listed as SWFC members of staff, and paid as such, to work for SWFC only - Sporting Director, Head of Recruitment, and so on). What is the benefit of this to SWFC (again, genuine question, but there must be a reason why he feels his current 'set-up' benefits us more than direct accountability of named members of staff). Anything else discussed is an absolute waste of time (manager and on-the-pitch issues included). We can't possibly understand these issues properly unless we understand more clearly the above.
  15. He's been dealt a rough hand with injuries, form, confidence and so on, but he has shown almost next to nothing in terms of being able to rouse a team into a coherent unit. I'm not talking about barking at them from the touchline, but there is no identity to his football, at least what he's served us up so far. They aren't playing like a team. He's not managed to galvanise any sort of spirit, seen very little in terms of proactive game management - we've either been ultra-defensive anti-football, or wide-open loose football. Sign of a good manager is being able to pull some results out of adverse situations. Not a play-off run, but even with the players he had, mid-table safety should have been the target weeks ago. Instead, we're probably going to stay up by the way of the bottom 4-5 showing no signs of life. It's no base to build on for next season.
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