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by Hound
01 Aug 2021 16:33
Forum: The Team
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 645
Views: 71140

Re: Relegation

Stranded It's almost as if, at least half the clubs in this division are strapped for cash.


They are. And there’s a fair amount of toss in there as well - Cov, Peterborough, Derby, Luton, Hudders, Brizzle etc. Sadly no Rotherham to take one of the bottom 3 spots by default

We’ll be mid table I reckon
by Hound
01 Aug 2021 15:55
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Kadeem Harris
Replies: 54
Views: 5617

Re: Rumour - Kadeem Harris

Apparently had a half decent spell at rb once according to Wikipedia . Played cf against us last year

So definitely squad padding but could certainly be useful
by Hound
31 Jul 2021 17:14
Forum: The Team
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 645
Views: 71140

Re: Relegation

I know pre-season doesn't guarantee success for the season if you win them or failure if you lose your games but 2 defeats and a draw vs a lower league side in the last 3 friendlies won't give us good momentum to start the season. Stoke will beat us comfortably next week. I just don't see where the...
by Hound
31 Jul 2021 15:46
Forum: The Team
Topic: Pre-season games 2021/2022
Replies: 175
Views: 14913

Re: Pre-season games 2021/2022

Kadeem Harris playing as a trialist today. Impressed me in games against us in the past, wouldn't be against signing him. Ah wondered who it was when saw it down aS a trialist Would be keen on him actually Would bring us some pace and width if I'm thinking of the right guy. Didn't he run us ragged ...
by Hound
31 Jul 2021 14:58
Forum: The Team
Topic: Pre-season games 2021/2022
Replies: 175
Views: 14913

Re: Pre-season games 2021/2022

NathStPaul Kadeem Harris playing as a trialist today.

Impressed me in games against us in the past, wouldn't be against signing him.


Ah wondered who it was when saw it down aS a trialist

Would be keen on him actually
by Hound
31 Jul 2021 13:04
Forum: The Team
Topic: Fate?
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: Fate?

We 100% won't be relegated this season and anyone to suggest so simply is not a supporter. Of course I don’t want to see us get relegated and technically our anniversaries are the season after it was just meant as a bit of fun. Having said that I am worried there maybe a hangover from last season, ...
by Hound
30 Jul 2021 10:12
Forum: The Team
Topic: Sign Esteves and Semedo?
Replies: 87
Views: 6531

Re: Sign Esteves and Semedo?

He is

Anyway I’d hate to lose Laurent but I’d also hate to see him go on a free at the end of the season. Along with Rino

Need to get contracts to them as soon as we can
by Hound
29 Jul 2021 20:35
Forum: The Team
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 645
Views: 71140

Re: Relegation

Think we’ll be fine tbh. Enough quality in the squad, we should be able to add a few more decent loans and we’ll be good to go Rafael Yiadom Moore Morrison new LB Rino Laurent New RW swift Ejaria Joao With Puscas, Tetek, Azeez, Southwood, McIntyre, Holmes as back up is more than adequate. It sounds ...
by Hound
29 Jul 2021 12:46
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Kyle Edwards
Replies: 78
Views: 7287

Re: Rumour - Kyle Edwards

Also probably worth noting that we could barely afford to give new contracts out at end of this season - So mid season bumper deals were probably not really on the cards. Richards obviously knew this - plus when bigger teams came knocking, why commit to Reading. Yep this as well We’ve just about sc...
by Hound
29 Jul 2021 10:08
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Kyle Edwards
Replies: 78
Views: 7287

Re: Rumour - Kyle Edwards

obviously anecdotal, and happy to be proven wrong, but I certainly don't remember there being any clamour for him to get a new contract end of that season. The general feel was he had been a bit disappointing - really to miss so many games to a half crocked Obita and a disinterested Blackett wasn't ...
by Hound
28 Jul 2021 20:54
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Kyle Edwards
Replies: 78
Views: 7287

Re: Rumour - Kyle Edwards

Yeah that pretty much. Explained it better than I could be arsed to do Can’t really go handing out 3 year deals to any u23 who looks ok in a 1st team game once or twice - or you get a Smith/East/Watson hanging around for 3 years Damned if you do and damned if you don't. I personally think there was...
by Hound
28 Jul 2021 15:04
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Kyle Edwards
Replies: 78
Views: 7287

Re: Rumour - Kyle Edwards

Yeah that pretty much. Explained it better than I could be arsed to do

Can’t really go handing out 3 year deals to any u23 who looks ok in a 1st team game once or twice - or you get a Smith/East/Watson hanging around for 3 years
by Hound
28 Jul 2021 13:11
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Kyle Edwards
Replies: 78
Views: 7287

Re: Rumour - Kyle Edwards

QPR were an even worse version of us all those years ago with FFP, they only recently got out of it. Now they constantly scout for homegrown, young players not quite good enough yet, but they give them a year in the championship then they’re assets the next season. Not afraid to pay for the more ex...
by Hound
28 Jul 2021 09:12
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Kyle Edwards
Replies: 78
Views: 7287

Re: Rumour - Kyle Edwards

I think buying McNulty and Baldock in the same window was bonkers. Felt like they shit themselves with McNulty then panic bought Baldock. Likewise Joao and Puscas in the same window. One or other but not both. And then as you say, letting Novakovich go. Can't have been any worse than McNulty. Obvio...
by Hound
27 Jul 2021 21:53
Forum: The Team
Topic: Pre-season games 2021/2022
Replies: 175
Views: 14913

Re: Pre-season games 2021/2022

Azeez is 20. Is there any reason why is only on a one year deal? Simple, we haven't learned any lessons at all from Olise, Richards and the lad who went to Porto (Brain Fart, forgot his name lol) :cry: :cry: If there was ever a time we needed a "Director of Football" now is that time!! &q...
by Hound
27 Jul 2021 19:42
Forum: The Team
Topic: Pre-season games 2021/2022
Replies: 175
Views: 14913

Re: Pre-season games 2021/2022

Yep he looks a prospect - bit frustrating if he is stuck on a one year deal. Hopefully can do something with it if he starts the seaosn for us
by Hound
27 Jul 2021 14:53
Forum: The Team
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 645
Views: 71140

Re: Relegation

If that's true, then the current wage budget is about £15m. Which means between them, Obita, Blackett, McCleary, Gunter, Aluko and Baldock etc accounted for about £18m. Which would put them all on an average (let's assume I've forgotten two big earners who left this or last summer) of £43k a week. ...
by Hound
27 Jul 2021 13:14
Forum: The Team
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 645
Views: 71140

Re: Relegation

As Snowflake said earlier, if the club was sticking to the '80% of turnover' target, then our player wages should only be 11-12m a year. That works out an average of 9k a player for a 23 man squad. yep, and currently half of our squad are likely on about half that or below. Holmes, Azeez, Tetek + a...
by Hound
27 Jul 2021 11:31
Forum: The Team
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 645
Views: 71140

Re: Relegation

Yeah, people have said that to me every year since relegation. Yet to see it happen. I'm hoping it's down to about £26m last season, maybe £20m this season. No way it's anywhere near where it should be yet though. I don't think capital expenditure on infrastructure is usually including. But they wi...
by Hound
27 Jul 2021 09:53
Forum: The Team
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 645
Views: 71140

Re: Relegation

I can't see how the wages will be anything near that now though. We gambled, like many clubs who did it successfully, and failed due to poor signings Did the cost of the new training ground come out of those losses? And yes, also the academy and women's team as well. . Yeah, people have said that t...
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