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19 Dec 2016 10:01:40
A question for any of the eds if they are able to clear this up. There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Ross Barkley since the new manager came in. In the last week I have read in the press rumours of other teams, namely Spurs, being interested in him. In one paper today it says we are actively seeking a buyer for him. So can you enlighten me on whether any of you have heard that we are encouraging other teams to put in a bid for the lad or is it just paper talk? Cheers in advance.

spudv

{Ed002's Note - I have already explained about Spurs so I cannot help further there. Barkley is available but the cost may put clubs off. Rob Jansen may well have been informed that he is available immediately if another club can be found. Do not be suprised in interest from Crystal Palace.}


1.) 19 Dec 2016 10:59:39
Cheers for the reply ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


2.) 19 Dec 2016 16:35:17
Does barkley want to leave? or do everton no longer want him or is it a bit of both. I am not his biggest fans but some think he is one of the best young talents in the game so why would we want to get rid? When we could bring players in to improve his game.


3.) 19 Dec 2016 17:23:34
If koeman wants rid of Barkley then I'm sorry but he's a fool imo and it would say to me that he doesn't care about the future of the club and is only interested in the short term. Which going by his previous managerial positions and the time he spends at each club wouldn't surprise me tbh.

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained over and over, in order to add players spaces need to be made in the squad and money needs to be raised.}


4.) 19 Dec 2016 17:55:44
For me it's about improving the team and if we sold Barkley and brought in a siggurdson or a traore type of player I wouldn't think there would be too many complaints. He is no longer up and coming he should be established which unfortunately he isn't.


 

 

26 May 2016 13:50:06
I see Rom has been shouting his mouth off, again, and has confirmed that he wants to leave. He added that he will talk to FM out of courtesy, according to an article (can't remember the source) online.
First of all, I'd rather he stayed as he scores plenty of goals. I'd go as far as saying that, without them goals, we would have been worse off last season. That said, he has a lot of improving to do (first touch springs to mind) . I'd let him go as long as two stipulations are met. The first is to a champions league team, this is what he claimed he wanted if he left us. That will rule out Chelsea and Manchester United but give him his wish of playing in that competition. The second is that we get top whack for him, name a price and don't take a penny less. We need to be as ruthless as Liverpool where when they sold LS and RS.
If he does go, almost a certainty, then I wish him well.

spudv

 

 

20 May 2016 10:02:25
According to the express on-line, Manchester United are reportedly interested in Funis Mori. His agent has been quoted as saying Lazio are also interested but his value is £23m. Here's a snippet of his interview,
"Lazio are a great club, but Everton do not want to sell and the value is more than [£23m], " Followed by
"But football is strange, anything can happen, he is the best left-handed centre-back in the world at the moment. "
The report contradicts itself later on when it states we are willing to listen to offers in the region of 11.5m!
Not sure why his agent seems to think being left handed is a necessity, maybe he has really neat handwriting!

spudv

1.) 20 May 2016 10:34:13
I like Mori but the best left CB in the world ha ha, come on Agent there is bigging them up then there is just a ridiculous statement which makes the agent look daft as a brush.


2.) 20 May 2016 10:38:26
Sick of agents coming out and saying that their player is the best player in europe/ premier league etc. Fair enough if Funes goes, he had a fairly good season, helped us out big time whilst Jags was injured, and hopefully we'll recuperate the money we spent. But seriously Lukaku's dad and agent bigging him up to be the best striker in Europe and all this, i appreciate they're trying to big them up for their own benefit (bit of commission) but they just seem ridiculous. Agents really are what is wrong with the game.


3.) 20 May 2016 11:34:01
they can all frig off if they don't wanna play for the best team in the world - Only one way once u leave everton (rooney aside) haha. let's get a new manager first before we talk about ins and outs, no one is leaving or coming in till this happens fact.


4.) 20 May 2016 12:22:01
Spot on Dazza, why get involved with player trading at a stage when our squad it a draw to any prospective candidate for the managers role.


5.) 20 May 2016 16:44:50
If agents want to bigger there players and give higher values aslong as they ask for a transfer and give up loyalty bonuses then let them gain us more cash.25 million for mori would be well worth a sale.


6.) 20 May 2016 18:46:55
People keep talking of knee jerk reactions to the appointment of Martinez and now hus replacement. I'd be amazed if Kenwright knew nothing about Moyes being tapped up from at least the Christmas before he left, hence running his contract down. I'd also be amazed if Martinez's replacement wasn't being shortlisted at least a month ago if not 2. And suddenly De Boer resigns!

De Boer has done a great job developing youth, just look at the 3 Tottenham now have. Clubs also looking at Ajax players now including defender and forward. We would have the money to buy influential players and a mix of developing the great youth we have been crying out to see play. Plus if he managed to bring his backroom staff. even better!

JM would not develop youth in fact he would ruin what we have, Koeman would be gone in 2 years to Arsenal or Barcelona.


7.) 20 May 2016 20:04:59
"best left-handed Center back"

I never knew center backs played with their hands.


8.) 20 May 2016 20:56:14
Jason1878: quite a few CBs use their hands - left and right - but the refs and linesmen just won't award the penalty kicks they should ;-)


9.) 21 May 2016 06:30:19
That's what made me laugh jason1878, I know agents talk up their players but his statement is a bit strange!


 

 

10 Mar 2016 15:21:58
Read an article online the other day, sure it was the echo, but the writer was comparing RM to the days of Mike Walker, showing a few comparisons between both of their stints as manager. Decent read for a change from that rag!
The interesting thing from the entire article was a different comparison with a current Premier league manager and the stats were quite shocking. The other manager was Tony Pulis.
Basically, Roberto's time in the league, with us and Wigan, are on a par with TP's time with Stoke, Palace and the baggies. Take a gander at these:
RM = 80 wins, TP = 84 wins.
RM = 74 draws, TP = 74 draws.
RM = 102 defeats, TP = 102 defeats.
RM = 256 games, TP = 263 games.
RM win % = 31.2%, TP = 31.9%.
What do you make of these lads?

spudv

{Ed025's Note - interesting spud, but it fails to highlight that while at everton he has had a far superior squad to work with so should really be way ahead of pulis mate..


1.) 10 Mar 2016 15:49:07
Without doubt ed, his last three seasons should have been a lot better especially, as you point out, the squad is a lot better than TP has ever had at any of them clubs. Don't know why these stats shocked me, bar one season (his first with us) he hasn't really done anything of note with either us or Wigan. Goes to show that you can be as attacking as you like but you must be solid at the back. Pulis always sets his teams up properly defensively, just hasn't had the best attacking players at his disposal. If he had a Rom in his squads then his stas would blow away RM. Scary stuff!

{Ed025's Note - it is mate..


2.) 10 Mar 2016 17:28:56
interesting comparison, especially to Mike walker who had us playing nice football but poor results, luckily the board acted in time!


3.) 10 Mar 2016 19:01:28
Interesting spudv. One question, there seems to be 3 games not accounted for with TP? Maybe I'm missing something. I know 3 games wouldn't make much differ.

You bring up a good point about Rom playing under TP. Ed025 I mentioned last week about the possibility of TP as manager. You rightly said it would be boring dire stuff that we would be playing like our last manager. Sorry, I try to limit the amount of times I mention him because people think I'm his love child.

My point is and spudv touchs on the subject. With a manager like TP or my true father 😁 the defence would obviously be a lot better like all their teams. Nothing new there but where it would be new is neither manager ever had an attacking side like we have now.

So how do we know what exactly they would do with it when they never had it at their disposal before? I'd love to see what both managers would do if they had our squad.

How do people know if they would lower the goals Rom would score or not play Del boy or Barkley when they never had these type of players before. Just because they had teams in the past who didn't posses the amount of talent that we have in the squad now does not mean they would have them playing the same way.

As I said before goals win games, conceding little wins titles. That's why my number one is Simeone. Newcastle tried the theory we'll score more than you. We all know that didn't work. Did it ever?


4.) 10 Mar 2016 19:06:39
Agreed wakka, Walker had a liking for attacking players much the same as Roberto. The comparison with Pulis is an eye opener though. That should give his supporters something to think about.


5.) 10 Mar 2016 19:07:01
Doesn't quite add up. Same number of draws. Same number of losses. Pulis won 4 more. Yet pulis has managed 7 more games. What's happened to the other three? Either way it's a shocking stat for Martinez. I'll be honest I like the bloke. And I like what he represents in terms of the football. But there's a massive part of his management missing. I was listening to an interview a short while ago with Danny Simpson. And he was saying Steve McLaren is a fantastic coach, one of the best he's worked with, but not a manager. I wounder is the same applies to Martinez?


6.) 10 Mar 2016 21:45:12
Not sure whether I have copied the stat wrong or if the journalist has misled us with the article! Didn't notice the game discrepancy, cheers for pointing it out to those who did. I'll try and find the article to clear it up when I get chance. Either way, I doubt 3 games will make too much of a difference. It is still not the sort of form he promised when he took over. His management has taken us closer to the championship than to the champions league.


7.) 10 Mar 2016 22:59:25
No doubt spudv. I dread to think what it's like when you leave out the first season. At least TP is steady and consistent. Over time with 3 different clubs he done good work with what he had.

I'd love to see only the last 2 seasons in that statistic. Don't think many if any managers would still be in a job like Martinez is.


8.) 11 Mar 2016 02:23:41
Maybe we should get Moyes back as defensive coach 😚.


9.) 11 Mar 2016 08:25:27
Ha, if only Southern Toffee.


10.) 11 Mar 2016 13:38:58
Moyes was a better manager for Everton than people give him credit for, he over achieved most seasons. Fans often have short memories he turned Everton from a relegation haunted side to a team competing for Europe every year with very little money.
History will reflect he was a very good manager for the blues, who knows he may come back.

{Ed025's Note - i dont think anyone will dispute he did a good job milomj, but the time had come for him to leave and the way he went about that left a sour taste in the mouth mate, would i want him back?...not in a millon..


11.) 11 Mar 2016 16:01:44
Haven't been able to find the article online but I have managed to look at a copy of Wednesdays echo and it is exactly the same as what I posted. Story was compiled by David Prentice. Was actually hoping that I'd made the mistake as his error detracts from his point a little bit, albeit 3 games wouldn't change the outcome a great deal. Just thought I'd try and clear up the discrepancy, to no avail I know!
DM defensive coach? I wouldn't even let him drive the team bus! Nor would I want him back in charge, the reasons are simple really. Firstly, as ed says, the way he left and comments he made, derisory bids for our players etc. He burnt his bridges for me in the lead up to him taking over the mancs. Secondly, although he was defensively sound he stifled his attacking players. Certainly there is a few forwards who he ruined during his time. For all of Roberto's faults, he has given us a taste of how powerful we can be when attacking on the break and I don't want us to lose that. We need to strike a balance between the two.
DM did a good job for us when we needed him to but he is not the right man to take us forward.

{Ed025's Note - i totally agree spud..


 

 

25 Aug 2015 00:53:35
@Truebluemetz79. Have you any further info regarding Yarmolenko? Is the deal dead like the UK press believe? Cheers in advance mate

spudv

1.) 25 Aug 2015 08:33:02
Reports in England say the deal is dead but reports in the Ukraine suggests otherwise, anything on your end Ed's

{Ed025's Note - only that its dead ste..


2.) 25 Aug 2015 09:43:25
Cheers ed not what I wanted to hear but it's the truth hopefully we sign Mori and Rodriguez


3.) 25 Aug 2015 09:53:15
Hi spudv, I still believe the deal is on, you have to remember this lad is showbiz for there country he is loved and like a national treasure, he has lots of sponsors and so you have to understand a deal like this does take time Ukraine will want this to go to the wire and to be honest from there point of view I can understand that media coverage, so don't be put off by our press saying no deal, a famous Ukraine commentator has said he is 99% sure a deal is being done I believe him more than the sun, star or echo


4.) 25 Aug 2015 11:20:19
We can't afford to wait around and then be let down last minute. We need players, sooner the better!


 

 

 

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11 Jan 2017 17:20:32
Can any of you believe that, despite having around 6 medicals since Thursday*, we still haven't signed that fella from the mancs?
*source MEN

Seriously though, let's hope that things are progressing behind the scenes to strengthen our squad. MS will give us better options in midfield than we already have, providing there are no last minute snags. Just a case of getting match fitness since he hasn't really featured too much this season.
Of the players we have been linked with, whether it is the press just throwing names in the hat or not, I hope we stay away from Fonte. As good as he has been for the saints, at 33 I think we should pass on bringing him to Goodison. Mainly because he is the wrong side of 30, we have enough of them in defence as it is. We only have to look at Jags and how he seems to have aged this summer, his legs have gone imo.
I'd take the lad from West Brom in a shot if it wasn't for his attitude, he certainly knows where the net is.
Hopefully we will get the MS deal over the line in the next 48hrs and then maybe ship a couple out. Fingers crossed it is a busy month with comings and goings as RK and SW shape up the squad

spudv

1.) 11 Jan 2017 17:32:09
Hey

. can't argue with any of that.

Mart


 

 

21 Dec 2016 13:28:51
Just read an article regarding Ross. This piece got me thinking about how we can get the best out of RB before he is shipped out.
There are rumours that he likes to party, not sure how true that is but I've seen a few posts on different sites alluding to this. Anyone shed any light on that?
Anyway, RK has been quite hard on the lad since he became boss. There is no doubt that the lad is a talented footballer, he just needs better coaching than he has previously had for him to kick on. It must be hard going from being told (by your previous boss) that the sun shines out of your backside, even when not in form, to a new manager who is prepared to call you out publicly.
Anyway, I've got it in my head that it may be best for the lad to move out of the goldfish bowl of Liverpool city, get him away from having the weight of EFC on his shoulders. What would you all say to loaning him to another prem club for a season, a team where he can get games under his belt without the pressure of his home club fans baying for his blood after one stray pass? For me this is a better proposition than selling him on. At least we will get to see if he can realise his potential or if he is just another that flattered to deceive. Thoughts people?

spudv

1.) 21 Dec 2016 15:30:58
Good shout that it worked for Wilshere it may work for Ross.


2.) 21 Dec 2016 16:18:20
Good thinking spudv. I'd be all for that. Could be the making of him.


3.) 21 Dec 2016 17:17:55
Has it really worked for Wiltshire? It's simple really get enter players around him. Especially attack minded players. The team we have at the moment don't play with any freedom, and Ross just looks lost. I tell you now if we sell him to Spurs he will flourish in that team, and we will all be gutted.


4.) 21 Dec 2016 19:04:15
I don't want to sell the lad Woburn, but thee are rumours that we are willing to accept bids for him. I'd rather him leave temporarily if it came to that. But you're right, better players could also make a difference.


5.) 22 Dec 2016 12:17:52
He has been loaned out before ok a long time ago, but he is not showing the improvements he should be. If Ross goes let's wish him luck and move on.
Time to give up on 90% of this second rate squad, I care about Everton not individual players.

There is sentiment in keeping Barclay because he is local and I do understand that but I want us to stay in the Premier league and not follow Villa who kept good old club suporters like Abonglaore (spelling not sure) .
Our decline looks very similar we need to change this team ASAP.


6.) 22 Dec 2016 13:23:06
Have to disagree with Woburn. If we sold him and he flourished I wouldn't regret it. He can't do the business for us so I don't see the reason to hold on to him hoping he lives up to his potential or so he doesn't do it with someone else. i'd cash in and give someone else a chance.


7.) 22 Dec 2016 14:53:56
Obviously if he gets sold then I will wish him well but I think the lad will come good with a combination of decent coaching and game time. Nothing to do with sentiment, on my part anyway, as I believe he will go on to become a top player. He has the attributes, maybe it's just a mental thing. Don't think you can compare us to Villa and the fall they have had. They were a poor side for quite a few years before they dropped, we haven't been pulling up trees but we have been in and around mid table/ Euro places more so than they were. They were also selling players and replacing them with inferior quality but I trust RK and Walsh to bring in new players for a new era.


8.) 23 Dec 2016 08:23:52
The big issue with Ross is when does Promise become Fulfilment?

{Ed025's Note - thats right wakka, we are all desperate for him to do well and the weight of expectation on him is immense, the fact is though that the clock is ticking mate..


 

 

11 Dec 2016 14:00:58
Transition -
the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

None of us are happy with the way things have been going lately, performances haven't been good enough and we can't seem to buy a win right now. But we all have to be mindful that RK and his staff have only been in the job five minutes. We brought the manager in a bit late and he was immediately hampered by the Euro's, similar situation for other managers but it didn't help him assessing our squad. Walsh came in too late to make a difference and we struggled to get our transfer targets in.
We are going to need a few windows for RK/ SW to do their thing and strengthen the squad, god knows we need players who can implement the pressing game we are trying to play. Some of the current squad do not seem able to do what is required of them.
As ed25 says, football is about opinions and we should respect the views of others but it can be hard when we see posts that slate the new investor/ board or question what RK has done in his career!
Rome wasn't built in a day, as the saying goes, and if anyone really thought that we was going to have an easy passage to European competitions then they really need to reassess their expectations. Let's all have a bit of patience, let RK build the team to the way he sees fit and then we can judge. Despite the bad form we have shown, I still believe we will move forward as a club and that RK, given the time, will get it right on the pitch. Have faith boys and girls.

spudv

{Ed025's Note - good post that spud mate..


1.) 11 Dec 2016 17:04:38
As always good post sudv!


2.) 11 Dec 2016 18:51:33
What has RK done in his career? He won 3 Dutch titles when rival clubs were falling apart, and the Copa del Rey with a decent Valencia team who had been in the Champions League when he took over and whom he left within a year of taking over with them 15th in La Liga. In a 16 year managerial career, he's left almost every club he's been at in a worse state than when he took over, the exception being Southampton. I will support him because he's the Everton manager, but not blindly, because I care more about the future of Everton than I do about any individual. It doesn't make sense simply to throw all of the blame on pretty much the whole squad, many of whom have been loyal servants to this club for years and who haven't just become rubbish en masse within a year or two (notwithstanding the damage Bobby did) . It's more than that going on and blind faith in a manager without getting the facts straight about his record won't help. I'm not saying get rid of RK of course - I don't want Everton to stoop to the level of some other clubs, and I will support him as long as I believe he has the club's best interests at heart. But he may have to adapt, by for example playing some U23s and stopping the hoofing up to an isolated Lukaku. Remember Mourinho at Chelsea last year. Their squad had just run away with the league and a few weeks later, they all looked rubbish. I don't know everything that went on, obviously, and you couldn't have argued with maureen's record at the time, but looking at how the same team is now playing again, the manager was clearly partly to blame. Maybe the players were wrong to react how they did, but just bringing a few new faces into the dressing room wouldn't have solved their problems and it won't solve ours.


3.) 11 Dec 2016 18:39:39
Cheers ed25 and nbtb, got to be positive haven't we!

{Ed025's Note - we have spud..


4.) 11 Dec 2016 19:51:38
coyb, I wasn't just meaning in his managerial career but his playing years as well. I believe it's relevant as he knows how to win things, the correct attitude to instil in his players. But those players have to want to listen and learn and, sadly, it seems as though there are a few who are just not on board with his style of play/ style of management. If they haven't got the self-discipline to adapt then they need to be shown the door. I don't think it is down to the manager to adapt to the players, that is down to each individual to listen to their boss and follow his instructions. He has his way of playing the game and he picks his team accordingly. If his current players can't do what he wants then they will be replaced during the next few windows.
All said and done, the records will show his team won the title so it doesn't matter what happened to the other teams. Over the season, his team got more points so there is nothing to belittle about his achievement. I'm sure the original tinkerman wouldn't care less that Spurs imploded in the last few games, that Chelsea were awful or City didn't challenge as expected. He still had to steer his team over the line and against the odds at that.


5.) 11 Dec 2016 19:51:57
Lol fair enough, spud. I'll shut up and try to be positive :-)


6.) 11 Dec 2016 21:58:48
haha don't shut up coyb it's always good to discuss things and see other opinions. We are all entitled to our views mate but I would say stay positive, this is the start of a better EFC and it will take a while to get the end results FM et al all want. Bound to be blips on the road and this is just one of them!


7.) 12 Dec 2016 08:36:55
Coyb i think at Chelsea once Maureen stopped making the PG Tips and went to Typhoo the players began to protest 😂.


8.) 12 Dec 2016 18:06:05
I assume they've gone back to the PG this year, Bluegray? Maybe we need some investment in better teabags at Finch Farm? Give the lads a biscuit as well and the sky's the limit!


 

 

02 Dec 2016 21:04:49
Football fans are a fickle bunch, I don't think many could deny that. When things are going well, as a collective, we seem to take things in our stride and not sweat the little stuff. But when things are not as we would like, or expect, tiny details seem to make even the meekest of men/ women transform into crazed blood thirsty hounds.
Take our own manager, he has come under a bit of scrutiny over the last month or so but not really for what has happened on the pitch. His Lukaku comments in the Belgian press caused much consternation among the fan base with many believing he had disrespected the club who pays him a very decent wage. Was his remarks taken out of context? Did the journalist take a few liberties and miss out, possibly even add, things that he shouldn't? We probably won't get to the bottom of this one but, for what it's worth, I'd take anything printed in the press with a pinch of salt. Foreign or domestic.
He also courted controversy by answering a question about our red neighbours. I posted at the time that he was just giving an honest assessment of how they were fairing in the league at the time. They were top, if memory serves me right, and scoring for fun. What people seemed to overlook was the fact that, at the time, only about 11 games had been played in the league. Nobody has ever been crowned champions after that many games.
Today I have seen the furore over his Christmas tree, I mean wtf! One thing I've noticed about seasonal decorations over the years is that, predominantly, most of them are red. Saint Nick himself is emblazoned in that colour, the stockings hung up by the kids are much the same. With all the things that are being disclosed about football, I find it hard to believe that such a non-story has got people so riled. Chill out people!

spudv

1.) 02 Dec 2016 23:33:57
Agree spudv. Its the social media world we live in today. Fickle is putting it very mildly indeed.


 

 

31 Aug 2016 09:43:32
According to the guardian, Sissoko has left the french training camp to talk to a club. He's heading to london and a chat with spurs they believe.

spudv

1.) 31 Aug 2016 10:12:12
Spurs backing off due to price.


2.) 31 Aug 2016 10:14:57
spurs not interested now, everton?


3.) 31 Aug 2016 10:27:16
sorry looks like spurs.


 

 

 

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03 Jan 2017 20:21:58
To be fair, the red supporters put a lot of pressure on SG when it came out he had decided to join Chelsea. Do you not remember the death threats or the burning of replica Gerrard shirts? The lad was forced to stay. With that in mind, and the fact that none of our supporters really care what SG has to say, why should anyone listen to his advice? Advice he never took himself during his career. Nobody at Everton gives a flying you-know-what about anything that comes out of this mans mouth.

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30 Dec 2016 23:59:56
Agree with NB, think his game is more suited to Spain or Italy. His stamina is questionable and he doesn't like the defensive side, no big loss if he goes but will wish him well.

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19 Dec 2016 10:59:39
Cheers for the reply ed002.

spudv

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

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30 Nov 2016 13:18:16
Not just Liverpool linked with him, I read somewhere that City and Chelsea are also interested. Soli, if I remember correctly, there was quite a few on here who didn't want him when the lad was leaving Celtic.

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15 Nov 2016 15:37:25
I think the lad isn't the type to hang up his international boots, I'd say he will not retire from the national set up when he is a few games short of the appearance record. Likewise, I don't see him leaving united until he has at least equalled Sir Bobby's goal tally for the club.

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15 Jan 2017 18:48:35
Great post Svenny. And fair play to you, I thought in a previous post that you were unduly harsh on Davis but his performance today certainly warrants praise. They all put a shift in today, let's hope Kev et al continue in that vain!

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12 Jan 2017 12:04:04
It's not so much that he is 33 but the fact that we already have quite a few over 30's already in that department. We also have some promising younger players in the cb position so I'd rather give them a proper run out than spend 'x' amount of millions on a player we may only get a couple of seasons out of, at most.

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11 Jan 2017 23:50:45
Great post mate, nobody can argue with any of it

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08 Jan 2017 22:35:17
Who said there was a problem between them? RK has only come out and said what a lot are thinking, doesn't mean there is something not right behind the scenes. We are 8 days into the window, it's not like we are used to getting things sorted before deadline day! I'm confident things will progress nicely this week

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08 Jan 2017 14:06:11
It's a bit early to judge RK, especially since the squad he inherited hasn't been overhauled too much. It's also a bit daft to label him a mercenary just yet, we did, after all, court him despite his club saying he was unavailable. RK was happy to stay at the saints but we, as a club, persevered and pulled out all the stops to get him. The board had to make him an offer he couldn't refuse and promise him the funds to pay for the massive rebuilding job he faced by taking over the reigns.
DM did a good job in a financially restricted period. But we are in a different era now with a total different set up. When RK joined he said it would take a few windows to get the players in that he believes can have the club competing for the top 4 and trophies. We are in the second window of a two year project so there is no need for knee jerk reactions. Nothing has changed in the months that he has been with us.
Only time will tell if RK is the right man for the job but, as fans, we have to believe he will get it right and we must get behind whoever dons the shirt on match day. This year was always going to have its ups and downs as he finds the right formation and gets the right additions to bolster and improve the squad. Some on here don't like the word but we are in transition and patience from us fans is needed. There is a lot to look forward to, the club is moving in the right direction so we shouldn't moan and groan too much. I will, however, agree with the doom mongers if we are in the same position this time next year but I truly believe that the club will continue to improve both on and off the pitch

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