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  • TheSaint 24 May 2013 10:35:02 14,827 posts
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    Hughes to Stoke seems to be gathering some momentum. At least that is one of the three relegation spots sorted.

    Edited by TheSaint at 10:35:54 24-05-2013
  • Syrette 24 May 2013 10:38:28 44,211 posts
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    Thinking about it, it'd be nice if Benteke gave Villa at least one more season. He's certainly got age on his side. I can't see him having a nightmare second season with Villa so I'm sure he'd be allowed to leave next Summer if he feels Villa don't match his ambitions.

  • RobTheBuilder 24 May 2013 10:42:31 6,521 posts
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    Don't do it Stoke!!
  • nickthegun 24 May 2013 10:47:07 61,298 posts
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    I cant imagine there ever being a scenario where Mark Hughes is the man to take a club to the next level.

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  • Mr_Sleep 24 May 2013 10:59:53 17,368 posts
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    Syrette wrote:
    Thinking about it, it'd be nice if Benteke gave Villa at least one more season. He's certainly got age on his side. I can't see him having a nightmare second season with Villa so I'm sure he'd be allowed to leave next Summer if he feels Villa don't match his ambitions.
    The only solid link I've heard/read about is the Dortmund one. Otherwise Benteke has been "quoted" as saying he's happy to stay at Villa for the time being and also he's been "quoted" as saying something about not being stuck at a club or some such. So it's all just talk at the moment. I kind of hope he signs a new contract publicly soon so that it stops all the media bullshit.

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  • Syrette 24 May 2013 11:05:57 44,211 posts
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    Are you telling me that The Sun might have made something up?

    No. I can't believe it.

  • Mr_Sleep 24 May 2013 11:13:07 17,368 posts
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    I know, I bet I've just rocked your world!

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  • Jono62 24 May 2013 11:35:28 14,356 posts
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    His agent said he's happy at Villa too. It's more than likely he was asked a loaded question where whatever answer he gave, he would be seen as wanting out.
  • TheSaint 24 May 2013 12:05:51 14,827 posts
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    BBC are saying that Arsenal are after Ashley Williams.
  • Humperfunk 24 May 2013 12:08:43 2,492 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    BBC are saying that Arsenal are after Ashley Williams.
    Saw murmurings of 12million for Williams, with Vermaelen out for 5million.

    Hilarious pricing. Vermaelen hasn't had the best season but still, pfffft!

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  • Deleted user 24 May 2013 12:08:58
    TheSaint wrote:
    Hughes to Stoke seems to be gathering some momentum. At least that is one of the three relegation spots sorted.
    Oh fucking hell, it's all going to shit isn't it.
  • TheSaint 24 May 2013 12:13:13 14,827 posts
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    Management is a bit like the England squad, if your face fits you'll keep getting work even if you're shit.
  • Deleted user 24 May 2013 12:14:53
    It is weird isn't it. There's a carousel of 50 year old blokes with a 30% win record.

    We've had ten to fifteen years of thinking that if you have no money your options are Allardyce percentage football or relegation, but recently we've had a few rays of light in the form of Swansea and the Argentine lad at Southampton to name a couple that indicate with tactics you can have a bit of culture.

    Edited by bitch_tits_zero_nine at 12:15:48 24-05-2013
  • nickthegun 24 May 2013 12:15:02 61,298 posts
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    We, for some reason, tend to give great players more credit than they probably deserve as managers.

    I know hes not a 'great', per se, but the amount of people asking for Phil Neville as the next everton manager is just crazy.

    But, yeah, i said after he got the shove from QPR I would be surprised if Hughes got another top flight job and I stand by that. He probably put the rumours out there himself.

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  • HarryPalmer 24 May 2013 12:15:06 3,584 posts
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    Humperfunk wrote:
    TheSaint wrote:
    BBC are saying that Arsenal are after Ashley Williams.
    Saw murmurings of 12million for Williams, with Vermaelen out for 5million.

    Hilarious pricing. Vermaelen hasn't had the best season but still, pfffft!
    We made him captain, he must be sold at all costs.
  • Mr_Sleep 24 May 2013 12:19:59 17,368 posts
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    The Ashley Williams to Arsenal thing has been a rumour for a while now. Is he that good? He seems to have a fair number of clangers in his arsenal.

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  • TheSaint 24 May 2013 12:22:17 14,827 posts
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    bitch_tits_zero_nine wrote:
    It is weird isn't it. There's a carousel of 50 year old blokes with a 30% win record.

    We've had ten to fifteen years of thinking that if you have no money your options are Allardyce percentage football or relegation, but recently we've had a few rays of light in the form of Swansea and the Argentine lad at Southampton to name a couple that indicate with tactics you can have a bit of culture.
    Adkins, Poyet and a few other Championship managers who also know how to play football, could be worth a punt. Obviously seen as too bigger risk though.

    Edited by TheSaint at 12:23:07 24-05-2013
  • Trowel 24 May 2013 12:35:50 18,054 posts
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    For the record, I have seen literally no Everton fans asking for Neville as manager. It's all about Pereira. Hardly anyone wants Martinez either.
  • nickthegun 24 May 2013 12:39:32 61,298 posts
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    Ive heard quite a few and, even more strangely, Man U fans touting him as Moyes second banana.

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  • Blotto 24 May 2013 12:45:06 2,777 posts
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    We just want Ashley Williams because he tried to kill Van Persie
  • TheSaint 24 May 2013 12:57:10 14,827 posts
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    BBC seem to be entertaining themselves during the closed season by posting tweets from weirdos:

    Fahad Khan: Di Matteo, Benitez, Poyet, Martinez all available and Stoke decides to consider the manager who solely took QPR to relegation.
    Mark Buxton: Stoke shouldn't be too hard on Mark Hughes, Look at AVB at Tottenham.
  • President_Weasel 24 May 2013 13:00:53 9,656 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    I cant imagine there ever being a scenario where Mark Hughes is the man to take a club to the next level.
    "Next" doesn't have to mean "higher".
  • captbirdseye 24 May 2013 13:00:57 5,464 posts
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    Lol, Williams for Vermarlen. Good luck making a decent defence with that donkey.
  • ascue 24 May 2013 13:06:14 167 posts
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    He'll add some steel.
  • Trowel 24 May 2013 13:10:40 18,054 posts
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    Williams's book reviewing last season got a great review in WSC. Perhaps there's a perception in some parts that, if a player sounds like he knows what he's talking about off the pitch, that must translate to his performance on it. He's a liability.
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