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  • dander
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    Yep, assuming Southampton are down, it’s two from four. Hopefully Everton will go.

    Re Man U – Rashford’s goals have dried up a bit and they have very few other regular scorers, aside from Bruno chipping in.

    binners
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    I know that players get a lot of criticism, a lot of it unfair, but this is a really nice video of Declan Rice after the match last night. He always comes across as a top bloke and he would have been in a good mood after his MOTM performance and a thoroughly deserved 3 points

    binners
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    Right… Whats going on?

    I’ve just flicked the Everton game on and they’re 3 up against Brighton before half time? Fulham beat Leicester 5-3

    The end to the season is going to be absolutely nuts by the looks of things

    MoreCashThanDash
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    Blimey, not surprised at 3-0 but was expecting Everton to be at the wrong end of it!

    binners
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    4 now 😳

    Caher
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    Been watching it. Looks like lozenger dodger Sean Dyche is pulling them out of the swamp.

    dander
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    Tonight is tasty as well. Lots of goals!

    binners
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    A proper relegation scrap, three 6-pointer matches, 21 goals 😳

    Caher
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    Two words that go together of late: Reading lost.

    scratch
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    I don’t think I can take another 3 games of that…we went from potentially 5-2 to 4-3 in minutes.

    MGW flick on was Bryan Roy’esque.

    MSP
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    When Southampton were promoted to the PL, they were the team that were well run, developing players selling them on to champions league clubs for big profits, but it slowly faded as they lost the backroom staff and manager that lead it all. Then Leicester took a turn, rode their luck to actually win the PL, but they recruited well and built a really good team, but as the big teams picked off their star players they couldn’t keep repeating the recruitment success.

    Now it’s Brighton, I wonder how long they can ride the wave. I think it gets harder to buy good players cheaply when you get that reputation, the selling clubs will want more, other clubs will shadow your moves and compete for the same signings. So even when you have the money to reinvest from big sales, the success rate of the signings dwindle. Plus the backroom deal makes also get moves to bigger clubs.

    muggomagic
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    Now it’s Brighton, I wonder how long they can ride the wave. I think it gets harder to buy good players cheaply when you get that reputation, the selling clubs will want more, other clubs will shadow your moves and compete for the same signings. So even when you have the money to reinvest from big sales, the success rate of the signings dwindle. Plus the backroom deal makes also get moves to bigger clubs.

    I’m sure that we will have a dip at some point but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts as we’re just so good to watch atm (didn’t enjoy last night at the Amex too much mind).

    Southampton were run really well by Markus Liebherr and since his death they’ve had a couple of different owners and the decline has come after that.

    The one thing we’ve got going in our favour though is that our owner is a lifelong supporter and the brains behind it all and one of the things we’ve done better than most is succession planning for everyone at the club, players and staff alike and hopefully that extends to if anything were to happen to Tony Bloom.

    MoreCashThanDash
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    Forest fans in the office seem to think all their birthdays came at once this weekend 🤣

    muggomagic
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    I went to Forest away a couple of weeks back and I genuinely hope they stay up. Great old stadium with really noisy support.

    It’s been a mental season with loads of random results so I wouldn’t be surprised if come the final game of the season 16-19 in the league are all on the same points and it comes down to goal difference.

    inkster
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    I was wrong about Dyche and Everton, thought they were dead in the water when I saw them against Man U. I might have even refered to their tactics as ‘Burnley Ball’. I take it back.

    My comments about de Gea in that game weren’t so wrong though…

    argee
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    It would be weird to see 3 teams going down with none of the promoted sides in that, Leicester are looking in trouble, with the amount of talent they have it’s weird, hell this season has been weird.

    I do think there’s a bigger and bigger gap starting between the EPL and Championship though, which is correlating with the money unfortunately.

    Caher
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    Must be awful if you’ve paid loads of money to watch a game and find yourself under a huge banner.

    dander
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    Don’t usually want City to win but I hope they stuff Real.

    ElShalimo
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    City were excellent tonight. Real were very lucky not to get more bookings. Apart from a 10-15 mins spell in the 2nd half Citeh were much the better team

    alanl
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    And, in a parallel universe, Annan Athletic had their best performance of the season by beating Dumbarton 6-0 in the first leg of the Scottish Div. 2 play off semi final. They play the 2nd leg on Saturday, then the 2 legged final Tuesday and Friday next week against Clyde or East Fife.

    Caher
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    Another good ref tonight allowing the game to flow and ignoring tantrums and simulation.

    stevenmenmuir
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    It was 40 years ago today, the last team to beat Real Madrid in a European final. Leighton, Miller, McLeish, Rougvie, McMaster, Strachan, Cooper, Simpson, Weir, McGhee, Black and the super sub Hewitt. All led by some fella called Ferguson, whatever happened to him. Stand free.

    Caher
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    Last team to break the Old Firm monopoly on the Scottish Premier League.

    dander
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    Good article on the guardian website about it. Team was all Scots, eldest 28. Seems Fergie mellowed a bit by the time he was United manager!

    stevenmenmuir
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    Both Sky and BBC have programmes on tonight. Tom English has done a really good podcast interview with Willie miller and the Scottish Football podcast did one with Richard Gordon that gives a fantastic fans side of it.

    argee
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    Last team to break the Old Firm monopoly on the Scottish Premier League.

    You had Dundee United as well, they were the ‘new’ firm at the time, back in the 80s clubs weren’t run very well, Celtic nearly went to the wall because of their board, rangers survived by being bought out by Murray, and we know how that ended for them.

    I do miss seeing teams having strong players in their squads like in the early 80s, United had half a dozen of the Scottish team in their ranks, so did Aberdeen.

    stevenmenmuir
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    My first match I went to was Dundee UTD V borussia mönchengladbach at Tannadice after they beat Barcelona. My family weren’t football fans but my cousin’s uncle was a united season ticket holder and took us. They were really unlucky not to win a European trophy. A wonderful era.

    argee
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    Yeah, not an era we’ll ever see again i’m afraid, not even Celtic or Rangers can keep hold of their young players now, the minute they hit 16 and are any good, an EPL side is offering them big contracts.

    Caher
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    I’d love to see Celtic in the premier League, they’d become a proper big club then. They could keep a B side in Scotland. Seems to work in Italy I seem to recall. Don’t think it will ever happen though.

    PrinceJohn
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    CaherFull Member
    I’d love to see Celtic in the premier League, they’d become a proper big club then. They could keep a B side in Scotland. Seems to work in Italy I seem to recall. Don’t think it will ever happen though.

    A bit like Newcastle Utd? If that ever happened it would cheapen the Scottish League.

    Maybe they could join in the 3rd division?

    Cletus
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    Celtic moving to the Premier League might make the rest of Scottish football more interesting with Hibs, Hearts etc. maybe competing for the title but equally it might kill the league. Not really sure where I stand on it.

    Would the majority of Celtic fans want that move given that it would probably mean no trophies or European football in the short term and would they be ok to go to the Championship (and maybe lower) if the finish in the relegation spaces? I am dubious that they would survive if they somehow played in the English Premier League next season.

    MSP
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    How about the winner of the Scottish league gets a play off place to get promoted to the premier league.

    Then its not just Celtic and Rangers but all the Scottish clubs get a chance. Obviously it is relegation that would take a bit more working out, but I am sure it could work. I expect the Scottish football authorities would be against it, as they would lose control of their biggest teams and paydays. But I wonder if the fans would also be against it, big matchdays against PL teams vs tradition and safety.

    stevenmenmuir
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>You wouldn’t be able to have one without the other, the ugly sisters come as a pair and TV companies wouldn’t want to see that broken up.  Celtic would probably be mid table in the EPL as they are but they would be able to attract big name players pretty quickly once they got their share of the big money.  I’d be happy to see the back of them, I think the Scottish game would be a happier place without their baggage, I’ve been to Pittodrie a couple of times to watch Rangers matches and it’s not the friendliest of atmospheres, possibly even more so now that away fans are banned from the Glasgae derbies.</p>

    binners
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    After the last time we had the pleasure of hosting the delightful Rangers fans, they’d be in for one hell of a reception in Manchester. I imagine most places would be equally as happy to see them or be looking forward to the return leg

    i suppose it boils down to the question ‘do you believe that the Premier League would be enhanced by the presence of a gang of obnoxious sectarian bell ends?’

    dander
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    It’s a non starter as it stands currently – the Premier League would never vote for their admission. And why would Championship clubs want potential places taken up by a team from another country.

    The only way I could see it happen is if the leagues all fragmented with a European super league in place. Which is what the big English clubs were after. Money talks.

    binners
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    There is no Eoropean Superleague unless everyone fancies watching  Real and Juventus play each other every week

    MSP
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    How did this Brighton team lose 5-1 to Everton last week, they have been brilliant today.

    binners
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    Looks like the title is Citeh’s then

    Brighton played Arsenal off the park today. They were brilliant! Arsenal looked like they’ve just completely run out of steam

    MoreCashThanDash
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    How did this Brighton team lose 5-1 to Everton last week, they have been brilliant today.

    My Leeds supporting mate has said the same. Thinks it’s another conspiracy against his darling club. Still, you’d be paranoid if everyone hated you.

    Klunk
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