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De Zerbi leaving Brighton
at 22:25 18 May 2024

If he isn't confident in his ability to deliver at least par with Brighton though, he shouldn't really be targeting the level above either. We know he's "highly ambitious", in his own words, and I believe he believes in himself. I hope he believes in himself and us enough to stay the course, as we're undoubtedly an ambitious challenge we'll undoubtedly support him to the best of our abilities (and within the league's financial constraints).
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De Zerbi leaving Brighton
at 22:17 18 May 2024

Highly doubtful we placed 16th for wage bill, as an aside. I know FLW and others have us 16th, but we know playing wages in 22/23 were £12.7M, courtesy of our own annual accounts. The idea we reduced the playing wage bill down to the FLW's figure of £8.3M last season is very unrealistic. I've seen other tables placing us slightly above 16th with a wage bill of around £11M, but the truth of the matter is the wage bill has only gone in one direction since Gamechanger arrived. PL promotion bonuses will likely distort the 23/24 figures, but even without them I believe we would have been competitive with the next rung down from parachute clubs.

The depth of Gamechanger's pockets are somewhat immaterial with the current financial landscape, as we're limited by FFP. Brighton's squad is inaccurately valued at £500M, while ours is valued at £50M. Even accounting for extreme innacuracies, it's undeniable that their resources far outstrip ours for now. We're both only allowed to spend our revenue + FFP allowance, so it's unlikely we'll overturn the gap in one summer.

Brighton is a safer bet for building a PL career, but it's also much less rewarding in the near term. I don't predict he'll go, but I can totally understand why he would. In the medium term, I don't believe he'll still be here (or there, at Brighton) on the day we maybe realize the dream of a new Cobbold Stand and all the extra capacity that would deliver. He'll be at an elite club by then, if all's gone to plan.
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De Zerbi leaving Brighton
at 20:58 18 May 2024

Budgets and squad talent are important. Suggesting it counts for little is delusional. Apologies for the word choice but I don't know how else to accurately describe it. Any given squad has a ceiling and floor, while McKenna is so sought after because he has delivered this squad close to its ceiling. He wouldn't be attracting such interest if football were a level playing field and all players possessed the same ability.
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De Zerbi leaving Brighton
at 19:59 18 May 2024

The opportunity (to my eyes at least) would be to cement himself in the top flight. Brighton have maybe the 12th biggest wage bill, maybe the 10th best squad. Is he capable of keeping them in these positions in the table, or even pushing them higher? It's an emphatic yes from me, and doing so stylishly would place him firmly in the mix for a top job in 1-2 years' time, much like Potter and De Zerbi. He wouldn't need to turn them into a top 4 or top 6 club in order to attract the elite, just outperform the middle pack in points and performances. Could certainly go wrong if he found himself in a serious relegation scrap, but all the tools are there for Brighton to avoid this.

We're 20th for squad value, no doubt and by a large margin currently. If McKenna remains and we thrive, mid-table finish, how much more satisfying would that be for him and the reward in status would be equivalent to taking Brighton to a European place. If he stays and we just survive, this would still be much more satisfying and a great achievement, genuinely, but it may not be sufficient to open elite doors in 25/26. They'd likely remain ajar and would continue to monitor.

If he stays and we're relegated, all top club doors would close for a period. He may retain interest from the bottom, or someone in the middle, depending on the nature of the relegation, but he could well need to prove himself again in the Championship, like Kompany will probably have to. That's the significant jeopardy as far as I see it, and it doesn't exist for an excellent manager with a mid-table budget.
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De Zerbi leaving Brighton
at 18:36 18 May 2024

As much as we want the figure to be massive, I doubt McKenna will have agreed to anything which significantly impacts his autonomy over his future.
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Taylor Harwood-Bellis incoming for £20m…
at 22:34 17 May 2024

Lol quite. And some of the past assertions have been ludicrous. McGinley's transfer window "swung" from the top of the English Championship to the bottom of the Scottish one! 🙄

This claim is at least conceivable, but obviously not the claim of requisite insight to make said post. On the small chance they do have a source, that source either doesn't trust them, doesn't like them, likes to mess them about, or is as low level and uninformed as legitimate sources can possibly get.
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Taylor Harwood-Bellis incoming for £20m…
at 19:58 17 May 2024

Not to forget Patrick Bauer, Beni Baningime and Shilow Tracey lol.
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If only 400 odd of us will be moving
at 19:09 17 May 2024

Can't see them giving more than half of the lower, we won't want away fans lining the length of the pitch. Does V1, V2, E and S not get us to 3000?
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Norwich Finances
at 17:27 17 May 2024

I may have had a skim for my sins! What I really want is to be reading the revisionist posts of next decade though, along the lines of "he didn't deserve the criticism he got", "if only we'd given him more time". That is when I'll truly be satisfied.
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Norwich Finances
at 16:52 17 May 2024

Also think it should be a bit easier myself; nobody will have to play us after all! And even if West Brom win the playoffs, Leeds and Saints will see their parachute payments reduce by 10% or so.

Away from the summit mind, I do see a few in the middle being better for their experiences this season (Boro, Cov, QPR, Weds even), and once again it's the big names finding their way out of L1. If Bolton do the business, we'll climb to presumably a new record of 20 ex-PL clubs. No clear basket cases at the bottom and 15K+ attendances everywhere, could it be Norwich's time to drop again?
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Norwich Finances
at 15:33 17 May 2024

QPR too, who took 35 points from their last 20 games and were genuinely brilliant against Leeds.
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A very happy Saint Jim's day to you all
at 15:23 17 May 2024

Barry didn't need VAR to tell him what a penalty or red card looks like.
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Moving on to tonight
at 14:28 17 May 2024

West Brom to win in circumstances where only Martin thinks his team were the better side, but I would cash my chips on Leeds losing to Saints now if offered (danger of being too greedy).
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Managers
at 14:21 17 May 2024

Bonkers! 19 of this/last season's 24 now either have a manager who's been in post less than 12 months, or no manager.

Kieran, Carrick, Robins, Lowe, and Corberan are the old-timers, with only three of those past the 2-year milestone and just Robins past the 3-year. McKenna is 3rd in length served, a fortnight behind Lowe.
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This summer
at 14:51 16 May 2024

Oh that's a shame. They seemed to be mixing up what's best for Town with what's best for pennblue's mental state, which is easy to do on occasion.
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Squad we finished the season with & a prediction beyond 30th June...
at 14:39 16 May 2024

FotMob rated him 20th in the league last season, WhoScored 26th. Burgess was rated 8th and 9th respectively. Probably over 70 CBs will have picked up meaningful minutes, so to be ranked in the top half of first choice players is no mean feat. Where his scoring is most held back is in the quantity and success rate of duels, aerially and on the ground, compared to those CBs above him in the ratings. As the defender who stays back for set-pieces, on account of Burgess's physicality, he also misses out on this uplift for attacking contribution. And our style of play lent itself to less involvement on the ball than was racked up by CBs of more ponderous sides. But it was in defensive actions (tackles, duels, blocks, interceptions) that the league's best CBs were simply busier and more effective.

The above isn't an attempt to denigrate the very positive season he's had, but I predict one or two new CBs in the summer and Woolf to drop into the Fridge role for a period.
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Omari's goodbye
at 17:37 15 May 2024

Yeah I wouldn't be surprised if that's the next step for him.
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Omari's goodbye
at 17:34 15 May 2024

PL is a whopping great step up though Frimley, so lots of minutes with us may still be preferable once all options are on the table.
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Brighton is literally….
at 14:08 15 May 2024

One area in which Brighton feel lightyears ahead of us is in their recruitment. It wouldn't surprise me if enormous investment and time is required to replicate their scouting infrastructure. Another obvious area is playing squad. The likelihood of us achieving parity here within 1-2 years is slim to none I'd wager, unless Brighton are relegated in surprise circumstances.

I couldn't criticise him for wanting to demonstrate his capabilities with a middling PL budget, rather than the lowest. Normally, managers who compete at the bottom do so because they've yet to reach the necessary kudos to avoid this jeopardy. That being said, I'm optimistic the summer will pass and he'll remain at the wheel. Can't be fretting over this stuff for two months.
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In more important news - time to get your lawyers out Phil
at 19:42 13 May 2024

I hope it doesn't Comté that.
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