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Re: Rival Watch

by Snowflake Royal » 28 May 2019 12:39

Looking forward to reading how Leeds will win the league and break our record after 5 games again.

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Re: Rival Watch

by Denver Royal » 28 May 2019 16:48

Victor Meldrew I thought Leeds were outstanding at our place and but for the terrible mix-up between centre-back and keeper v Derby would probably have made the play-off final this season.
The key will be them keeping hold of most of their young players and signing a left-back and reasonable striker and the only thing stopping them is that everybody wants to beat them as the biggest club in the division.

I don't particularly want it to happen but they look clear favourites to me.

Vic, agree, also think Roofe being injured for the 2nd leg hurt them a lot. Bamford didn't really show up.
Jack Clarke's health issues/scares in Feb/Mar didn't help them either.
They just announced Bielsa will be back.

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Re: Rival Watch

by URZZZZ » 28 May 2019 17:57

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Victor Meldrew I thought Leeds were outstanding at our place and but for the terrible mix-up between centre-back and keeper v Derby would probably have made the play-off final this season.
The key will be them keeping hold of most of their young players and signing a left-back and reasonable striker and the only thing stopping them is that everybody wants to beat them as the biggest club in the division.

I don't particularly want it to happen but they look clear favourites to me.

Vic, agree, also think Roofe being injured for the 2nd leg hurt them a lot. Bamford didn't really show up.
Jack Clarke's health issues/scares in Feb/Mar didn't help them either.
They just announced Bielsa will be back.


Agreed. Bamford just isn't good enough to be a regular starter in the XI for a promotion contender, possibly a good option off the bench albeit an expensive one. Their squad depth just wasn't good enough in the end, and the injuries were adding up for them at the end of the season

Don't think they'll replicate their form next season however, they were found out in the second part of the season

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Re: Rival Watch

by Victor Meldrew » 29 May 2019 10:54

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Victor Meldrew I thought Leeds were outstanding at our place and but for the terrible mix-up between centre-back and keeper v Derby would probably have made the play-off final this season.
The key will be them keeping hold of most of their young players and signing a left-back and reasonable striker and the only thing stopping them is that everybody wants to beat them as the biggest club in the division.

I don't particularly want it to happen but they look clear favourites to me.

Vic, agree, also think Roofe being injured for the 2nd leg hurt them a lot. Bamford didn't really show up.
Jack Clarke's health issues/scares in Feb/Mar didn't help them either.
They just announced Bielsa will be back.


Agreed. Bamford just isn't good enough to be a regular starter in the XI for a promotion contender, possibly a good option off the bench albeit an expensive one. Their squad depth just wasn't good enough in the end, and the injuries were adding up for them at the end of the season

Don't think they'll replicate their form next season however, they were found out in the second part of the season


Well we certainly didn't find them out. :wink:

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Re: Rival Watch

by URZZZZ » 29 May 2019 20:05

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Jack Clarke's health issues/scares in Feb/Mar didn't help them either.
They just announced Bielsa will be back.


Agreed. Bamford just isn't good enough to be a regular starter in the XI for a promotion contender, possibly a good option off the bench albeit an expensive one. Their squad depth just wasn't good enough in the end, and the injuries were adding up for them at the end of the season

Don't think they'll replicate their form next season however, they were found out in the second part of the season


Well we certainly didn't find them out. :wink:


No we didn't but actually that loss *could possibly have kept us up. That and Sheffield changed the way we approached the bigger teams, allowing us to pick up valuable points

But Leeds lost plenty of points in the second half of the season and actually became quite easy to play against IMO


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Re: Rival Watch

by URZZZZ » 05 Jun 2019 20:41

Jota - Birmingham to Villa
Gary Gardner - Villa to Birmingham
McManaman - Wigan to Luton
Mo Eisa - Bristol to Peterborough
Shinnie - Aberdeen to Derby
Lloyd Kelly - Bristol to Bournemouth

Main transfers so far in the FL. Surprised to see Jota in the prem, hasn't really cut it at Birmingham but then again I suppose Dean Smith has worked with him before at Brentford
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Re: Rival Watch

by Zip » 05 Jun 2019 20:42

URZZZZ Jota - Birmingham to Villa
Gary Gardner - Villa to Birmingham
McManaman - Wigan to Luton
Mo Eisa - Bristol to Peterborough

Main transfers so far in the FL. Surprised to see Jota in the prem, hasn't really cut it at Birmingham but then again I suppose Dean Smith has worked with him before at Brentford


I was surprised that Brizzle didn’t give Eisa a chance really. They paid enough for him but did he even start any games?

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Re: Rival Watch

by URZZZZ » 05 Jun 2019 20:45

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URZZZZ Jota - Birmingham to Villa
Gary Gardner - Villa to Birmingham
McManaman - Wigan to Luton
Mo Eisa - Bristol to Peterborough

Main transfers so far in the FL. Surprised to see Jota in the prem, hasn't really cut it at Birmingham but then again I suppose Dean Smith has worked with him before at Brentford


I was surprised that Brizzle didn’t give Eisa a chance really. They paid enough for him but did he even start any games?


0(5) appearances for Eisa this season. Shocking considering they paid 1.5 million for him but Weimann and Diedhiou seemed to be doing OK for them

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Re: Rival Watch

by Wycombe Royal » 05 Jun 2019 20:47

URZZZZ Jota - Birmingham to Villa
Gary Gardner - Villa to Birmingham
McManaman - Wigan to Luton
Mo Eisa - Bristol to Peterborough
Shinnie - Aberdeen to Derby
Lloyd Kelly - Bristol to Bournemouth

Main transfers so far in the FL. Surprised to see Jota in the prem, hasn't really cut it at Birmingham but then again I suppose Dean Smith has worked with him before at Brentford

There's the annual Gardner transfer between two West Midlands clubs.


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Re: Rival Watch

by Hound » 08 Jun 2019 11:54

Adkins has left Hull. Shocked by that tbh, but seems his choice. Did a Cracking job last year

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Re: Rival Watch

by URZZZZ » 08 Jun 2019 12:06

Clever from Adkins, he’s boosted his own reputation by doing a decent enough job. Wouldn’t call it cracking but he’s certainly done a good job considering the situation Hull were in. Had he stayed and they lose Bowen/Grosicki I think they may struggle this season, but there’s little doubt he’ll get a job pretty quickly now

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Re: Rival Watch

by leon » 08 Jun 2019 13:43

URZZZZ Clever from Adkins, he’s boosted his own reputation by doing a decent enough job. Wouldn’t call it cracking but he’s certainly done a good job considering the situation Hull were in. Had he stayed and they lose Bowen/Grosicki I think they may struggle this season, but there’s little doubt he’ll get a job pretty quickly now


He’ll need to. That St Tropez tanner doesn’t buy itself.

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Re: Rival Watch

by tidus_mi2 » 08 Jun 2019 14:31

Good chance of Hull being in a relegation scrap with Adkins leaving.


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Re: Rival Watch

by muirinho » 08 Jun 2019 16:03

tidus_mi2 Good chance of Hull being in a relegation scrap with Adkins leaving.


Yep, had them down to do pretty decenly next season, obviously depends on who they bring in, but doesn't look good for them right now

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Re: Rival Watch

by Snowflake Royal » 08 Jun 2019 17:33

Hope he finds a good club and continues to rebuild his career and reputation.

Hopefully a sign of troubles at Hull and they slip into the relegation danger. The more the merrier for us.

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Re: Rival Watch

by AthleticoSpizz » 08 Jun 2019 18:52

Yup, no problem with Adkins....liked him at the scummers....even if it was the scummers

Right man, wrong time for us (cr4p times in fact, but not really that bad compared to times now), and it wasn’t all his fault.

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Re: Rival Watch

by Mr Optimist » 08 Jun 2019 19:28

I am just guessing here but as Hull's parachute payments have just stopped I think the likely scenario was that Adkins new contract offer at Hull was on much reduced wages so he has decided to take his chances in the job market elsewhere instead.

He can possibly take four of five months off and wait until someone at a reasonably sized Championship club that starts the season poorly gets shot of their manager and take over there. Or he could've got the nod about the Boro or West Brom vacancies?

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Re: Rival Watch

by AthleticoSpizz » 08 Jun 2019 19:42

The ‘up and coming’ Orient job is vacant ☹️

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Re: Rival Watch

by Hound » 08 Jun 2019 21:04

AthleticoSpizz The ‘up and coming’ Orient job is vacant ☹️


Yeah very sad news that.

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Re: Rival Watch

by URZZZZ » 08 Jun 2019 22:57

Awful news :(

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