By this I really mean do we need 7 or 8 players this summer or 2 or 3? Is it impossible to not spend much but substantially improve every area of the team? Or would we need a bunch of money to do that? Maybe in order to make the next step we need to move on from Smith, Chambers, Gerken, Hyam, Anderson. Very harsh on those individuals if so.
Have heard rumours that as part of Crossrail, the Government are looking to sink an awful lot of money into regenerating this and opening the tunnels, possibly aligned with a new tram system. Investment could run into the ¬£bns. Exciting times if the rumours of the new stadium come true as well.
Deadline Day Signing!24th Mar 2000 00:15 Town moved to add to their squad on deadline day bringing in Ajax attacking midfielder Martijn Reuser. The 25 year old, who plays on either flank or in the centre of midfield, spent two seasons on loan at Vitesse Arnhem after not making it to the Ajax first team regularly. At Vitesse, however, he impressed and made the Dutch bench for a game against Peru in 1998. If all goes well the move could end up being permanent. 0
As always this trite piece is badly flawed and so ill-conceived it defies logic. This was always going to be a season of consolidation with a bunch of strangers recruited from the reject pile at very poor teams to bed in (not to mention a shamelessly opportunistic manager who saw fit to openly tout for the Ireland manager's non-job mid-season). Talk of the play-offs was absurd, merely reflecting the ignorance of writers and supporters who fail to appreciate that a six to eight point gap between mid-table obscurity and a nearly, but not-quite-so-ordinary sixth spot is a chasm built up over the entire season... ie 1 point dropped every 8 games. With a dull manager seemingly incapable of appreciating the value of winning games this is clearly ridiculous to even contemplate at present.Talk of finishing as high as possible now is utter rubbish - this season could and should have been about bedding in players and building a team with plenty of opportnity for emerging young talent. Instead we have seen the disgraceful loaning out and demoralisation of players who should have been given opportunity, the sickening recruitment of burnt-out old wolves lags.... and players like Taylor ostracised This division is much worse than last season. Promotion was decided by christmas - relegation before a ball was kicked. Taking a mid-table team to mid-table in a poorer division is a step backwards. Two steps backwards given Julie's daft selection policy and terminally dull football.
"Either you believe that people who are born into Britain's disaffected underclass are born with criminal proclivities - a belief which I hope you find bigoted and ridiculous - or you accept that the criminal behaviour of the underclass is the direct consequence of environmental factors. If this behaviour is an environmental construct, then surely there are ethical issues in punishing it. Those with power are reprimanding those with no power, for crimes they themselves would be committing if they'd been born into a different household. To me that is not a functioning society, it's abhorrent."
...3 changes of Manager, 2 changes of CE, about an extra ¬£50m in debt monies, approx 60 new players and a loss of about 3000 season ticket holders but we are finally back where we were when Jim was sacked.