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If this article is to be believed
at 18:55 13 Jun 2024

It may have been the release clause, that some decried as "measly", which saved McKenna for us.

(Last but one paragraph)

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/man-utd-left-two-bosses-105611447.html
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Simple way to solve the current Prem crisis.
at 08:55 5 Jun 2024

Bar English clubs from being owned by nation state investment entities. Private individuals/consortia only.

Still a vast amount of wealth for the sport to spend, but not the almost unlimited resources of a Gulf oil country - combined with the anti-democratic inclinations of their rulers.
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If McKenna leaves, the new manager (transfers)
at 09:57 26 May 2024

People are talking as if this courting of our manager has brought all planning and transfer activity to a shuddering halt. But why would this be the case?

"The new man will have his own targets." He may do. But at so many clubs now (including Brighton) the manager has little influence over transfer activity anyway. They are given a squad to train and work with. Candidates will have come across the situation before. After all, it's no different to arriving part-way through a season and inheriting someone else's squad. Not to mention the fact that many more transfers happen towards the end of the window than at the beginning.

"What if he plays a different style?" Well, don't hire him, then. You wouldn't expect a club to sign players who didn't fit into their system. Why would you do it with a manager? Find someone who plays his teams in the style we already use and can run with our current setup.

"McKenna will have lost focus." He doesn't strike me as that kind of bloke. More the slightly obsessive kind who can't resist doing a bit more research on players or teams at any time and any place. Plus he's still under contract here and (so far as has been reported) hasn't actually had any offers from elsewhere yet. It might be distracting Ashton a bit, but he has teams of people to do the ongoing work anyway.
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Let's all be preppers
at 19:54 22 May 2024

For when the balloon goes up.

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/britons-three-days-worth-tinned-084700659.html

Where the feck do people who live in normal houses store 30 lites of water per person?
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Cazoo gone bust
at 20:57 21 May 2024

All that advertising and sponsorship come to nothing. All the cars on there were blinking expensive for second hand, mind.
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Well, that Brighton press conference
at 10:30 21 May 2024

didn't say very much. Barber batted away the mention of McKenna pretty quickly, said lots of names were being talked about.

Edit: Mostly talking about De Zerbi. And even then didn't say a lot other than praise.
[Post edited 21 May 10:31]
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A bit of perspective
at 10:26 20 May 2024

I keep seeing, even on here, people talking about the Prem as if every team apart from us is going to be at or near Manchester City's quality. That is manifestly not true.

There is about a quarter of the division which is genuinely very strong. But even they can slip up to lesser teams away from home - ManC lost at Wolves, Arsenal at Fulham and Liverpool at Everton in the last season.

There is also about a quarter of the teams who are of no more than Championship standard. They swap between the two divisions on a fairly regular basis, after all. Not even necessarily top Champ standard, either. Over the ten seasons preceding that just finished, only once have all three finished in the top six post relegation. One team did in every case, another averaged 8th position, the third 13th-14th.

Then you have the middle group, who are somewhat better than Champ, but not outstanding. Quite capable of losing to Champ teams in cup games, as Wolves did to both us and Coventry during the season.

To survive, we need about 40 points. 10 wins and 10 draws will do it. If we can beat the bottom six and draw with about half the rest, we're there, irrespective of what the strongest group do to us. Grabbing a few more wins here and there could push us to mid-table or beyond. Not losing too often will be the key, something we've been very good at the last two and a half years. Don't worry about the top six (some of whom will be in transition after changing managers), they are almost irrelevant to our prospects.

Basically, we have to treat this like our season in the Championship. Trust ourselves, get a bit of confidence and push on from that. There is little pressure, almost no expectation. All we can do is excel.
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More potentially destabilising world news
at 17:21 19 May 2024

The Iranian President's helicopter crashed (or crash-landed) in a remote mountainous area of the country's north west this afternoon. Unclear yet on whether lives have been lost.

Edit: Not looking good from latest reports.
[Post edited 19 May 17:36]
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This is what you get
at 10:29 19 May 2024

from decades of governments who refuse to spend money on necessary things because it won't allow them to make tax cut bribes at election time and keep wealthy/corporate donors on-side.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/may/18/meet-becky-aged-14

Mental heath provision - especially residential - has been pretty much dismantled since the advent of "Care" in the Community during the 1980s. As you will know if you've ever had to plead for suicidal friends to be taken into hospital, with the response "You look after them".
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It's interesting that
at 13:17 18 May 2024

outside our "bubble", McKenna's name is much less mentioned in connection with the ManU job as a candidate right now (rather than one for the future).

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/hes-one-tnt-sports-pundit-133757745.html
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Wolves complaining about VAR
at 10:41 17 May 2024

But would have been six points and three places worse off without it, according to this article.

https://uk.yahoo.com/sports/news/liverpool-hit-reality-premier-league-174347630.
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Was it simply pot luck
at 09:12 15 May 2024

or, if McKenna should be poached by ManU, do we trust Ashton to pick another top candidate? As this article suggests, he already has ideas of whom to approach. We will not be caught cold.

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/sport/23923471.ipswich-town-mark-ashton-keeping-ho
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Wrexham plans to build a 55k-seater stadium
at 18:22 13 May 2024

Do they really think they could fill it on a regular basis? That's larger than the population of the entire town.
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If you listen to one a day
at 00:37 11 May 2024

and two on Saturdays, it should take you nicely to the start of next season.

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Another analysis video
at 19:58 9 May 2024

with very positive thoughts for our prospects in the Prem.

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If there was a fairer promotion system
at 19:32 6 May 2024

in the women's game, we might have been celebrating double promotions over the last season or two.
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Woke up this morning
at 10:05 5 May 2024

It was sunny and my mind went back to the Morsy curler at Forest Green and John-Jules taking the ball, turning, running through and scoring at Shrewsbury. Seems an age ago, but it was the beginning of this amazing run.
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Guthrum's Confirmed Final Table
at 18:20 4 May 2024

No form needed.



I did say that losing no more than six games and drawing not more than twice that number would put us in a great place for automatic promotion. And that's exactly what the team did!
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Wooohoooo! (n/t)
at 14:44 4 May 2024

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