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  Pardew Interview
Posted by: Albion - 30 minutes ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (3)


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  Communication with fans
Posted by: baggie93 - 2 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (9)

I'm sure I read a statement sonewhere at start of season whereby Jenkins said there would be regular comms with fans from him and Lai.
It's worse than ever.

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Posted by: Brunty - 4 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (14)

Set to miss tomorrow's game with an ankle problem.

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Posted by: albion_pigeon - 5 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (51)

Set to join for the rest of the season as first team coach.

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Posted by: baggiebloke - 5 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (3)

I notice they're playing a few festivals this year.

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  Shan on Hoolahan and Leko
Posted by: Albion - Yesterday, 10:13 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (10)

The Irishman – who joined the Baggies on a free transfer in September – is yet to feature under interim head coach Jimmy Shan and made his last appearance for the club as a 70th-minute substitute in the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest more than two months ago. 
But he returned to the substitutes’ bench at Reading on Easter Monday, and would be ready to step into the side, according to Shan. 
“That’s been purely selection,” said the interim boss, on why Hoolahan hasn’t featured under him. 

“But we’re going to look to maximise our squad (in build-up to play- offs). 
“Wes as an individual has been excellent. It’s been very difficult to leave him out of squads. 
“He’s a fit, fit boy. He trains with pure enthusiasm and has bags of quality. 
“Wes, day in day out, trains the only way he knows – full-heartedly. 
“Should Wes need to be available, I am sure he will be because of the manner he looks after himself.” 

Hoolahan’s old club Norwich look set to seal promotion to the Premier League this weekend and Shan knows rotation will be key if Albion are to be fresh enough going into the play-offs at the end of a 46-game Championship campaign. 
“We just need to get everybody up to speed, willing and raring to go,” he said. “We have to make sure everybody is raring to go. 
“One player that springs to mind is young Jonathan Leko. He has not figured a lot, but we have done a lot of planning for the play-offs. 
“One thing in that meeting was about Jonathan. He is an exciting player and exciting talent. We’ve got to make sure he is ready to go as in any tight game, he has the potential and the tools to unlock teams. 
“With him as an example, we need to make sure everyone has enough exposure.”

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  FFP - the future?
Posted by: Pragmatist - Yesterday, 09:55 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (8)

As posters on here will know, I follow FFP very closely.  Unfortunately I fear that I am wasting my time because there seems to be no desire for the EFL to enforce the rules that they created, and it is increasingly evident that there is no incentive in complying with them if others can ignore them with no consequences.  Some clubs have been hammered for breaches, while others seem to get away with it.  

It is time for the EFL to make a decision.  Either enforce it properly and consistently or scrap it, at least in its current format.

FFP may well minimize the number of clubs going bust, but let’s be honest, in the Premier League at least it’s got nothing to do with that. It’s solely about the big 6 creating a cosy cartel which other clubs cabbie break.

So, what’s the future?

In my view some form of FFP is required. I don’t think anybody is likely to argue that protecting clubs from reckless owners who risk a club’s future existence isn’t a good thing.  But why should clubs with wealthy owners not be allowed to spend their wealthy owners’ money, provided that the clubs doesn’t get burdened with debt?

I would strip FFP right down, and say that a club should be allowed to freely spend up to 75% of its income on wages, and that all losses must be covered by the owners contributing capital.  If the owner does not do that within (say) 6 months of the club’s year end, then sanctions should apply.  But if the owner covers all losses and bears all the risks, with no risk to the club, then they should be able to spend whatever they like.

In order to cover the death or change in financial circumstances of a wealthy owner, who cannot then meet his obligations, I would stipulate that if any club has a wage bill which exceeds 75% of its projected income for the season, then they should have to inject capital equal to two seasons worth of that excess wage bill.  So, assume that you are an established Championship club like Bristol City with £30m of income. A cap of 75% of that for the wage bill is £22.5m. Assume that it’s billionaire owner, Landsdown, wants to bankroll a promotion drive.  He increases the wage bill to £50m, £27.5m over the limit. He therefore has to put in £55m as capital, so it is his risk, not the club’s risk. In addition, if the club loses £20m in a season, he has to put in a further £20m of capital to cover those losses.

The effect of this is that Championship clubs suddenly become very attractive investment propositions. Investors, not reckless speculators, can freely buy a club and bankroll a promotion to the Premier League. If it succeeds, his investment produces a good return for him.  If it fails, he wears all the losses.  The club’s future is never out at risk, and there is then no limit to clubs going up and threatening to break the big 6 cartel.  Much as though I’d hate to see it, why shouldn’t Wolves or Villa with their wealthy owners then “go for it”?  

FFP is designed to stop clubs going bust by spending money that they haven’t got, and which their owners cannot cover.  It should not be there to stop wealthy owners spending their own money, at their own risks.  Add in a couple of safeguards as outlined above and a “light” FFP (which is already now known as Profit & Sustainability”,  a far more appropriate name), would achieve its objectives.

The “big 6” wouldn’t like it but “screw them”. The Premier League is already broken as a true competition because of the ceiling on spending which is far lower than for the other 14 clubs. 

Something has to change.

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  Will Oliver Burke be given a chance next season
Posted by: KfordBaggie - Yesterday, 09:05 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (28)

Think it all depends on who the new manager will be. But 4 goals from 10 starts while in loan at Celtic aint a bad return. We didn't invest £15 million for nothing. Ok he's all pace, but with right coaching, could be a great player. Get a David Wagner, or Slavisa Jokanovic coaching him, be a good player. Cool

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  How much would we have to spend if we were to get promoted
Posted by: KfordBaggie - Yesterday, 08:49 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (9)

Fulham got relegated after spending £100 million. If we were to get promoted, we'd easily have to spend equal, if not more. Our squad is awful. Do you trust Luke Dowling to do the, and identify the right players. I don't. Plus how much would Guochaun Lai give our new manager.

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  What's gone on with the Fan Zone
Posted by: KfordBaggie - Yesterday, 08:46 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (20)

Attended the fan zone for the last match. Music act was good, Beer was awful, had to revert to Cider. Not enough food stalls or vans for my liking. Needs to improve for me to make another visit. Dodgy

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