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    (Original post by hskjlclcn)
    Yeah had a Leeds save last year on FM and he absolutely owned it, you could see all their composure when you played Boro the other week too. I feel the league isn't going to get any less competitive. Put it this way the sides coming down from the Prem are neither going to be good enough to run away with it or do as badly as Fulham did this season (unless QPR have the financial meltdown which has been due for about 5 years now)
    Interesting you see it that way, I thought the obscene money given to relegated clubs was supposed to make it easier for these clubs to come right back up.
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    Interesting you see it that way, I thought the obscene money given to relegated clubs was supposed to make it easier for these clubs to come right back up.
    Depends if they keep their good players, or rather, if their good players can adjust to the Championship. Scott Parker, being a prime example.
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    Interesting you see it that way, I thought the obscene money given to relegated clubs was supposed to make it easier for these clubs to come right back up.
    You'd think so with the money yeah, but I only see Leicester perhaps being the equivalent of Norwich next season. Burnley or Villa perhaps to do better than Cardiff and if QPR come down then I can see players leaving/anarchy reigning there. Fernandes already said he'd sell, and who'd wanna buy that load of debt?
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    Holloway's gone.
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    (Original post by hskjlclcn)
    You'd think so with the money yeah, but I only see Leicester perhaps being the equivalent of Norwich next season. Burnley or Villa perhaps to do better than Cardiff and if QPR come down then I can see players leaving/anarchy reigning there. Fernandes already said he'd sell, and who'd wanna buy that load of debt?
    The money is getting astronomical though, the Championship is becoming impossible for teams to compete in without either PL handouts or a benefactor. If we ever get back into it we'll have no chance.
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    Holloway's gone.
    Surprised it took so long. Good luck to Neil Harris who has taken over.
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    Jangrafess can you please take Proschwitz back he is even worse than the lumps we already have.


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    Mackie is on absolute fire for Reading. Fair play.
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    Jangrafess can you please take Proschwitz back he is even worse than the lumps we already have.


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    no no he's all yours
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    Shame about Holloway. The guy is an absolute journeyman of a manager. Had more clubs than Jon Stead.
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    (Original post by Midlander)
    I direct you to my club and Sheffield United. All of those clubs were allowed to spend big, Blackpool won't.


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    Were they? Because Leicesters transfers that year were mostly loans (Martin, Hobbs, Brown, Gilbert, Davies, Bunn, Warner, Cleverley, adjarevic) and a couple of frees (berner, adams, dyer, morrison). I seem to remember Southampton going down haemorrhaging money and unable to spend as well.

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    Were they? Because Leicesters transfers that year were mostly loans (Martin, Hobbs, Brown, Gilbert, Davies, Bunn, Warner, Cleverley, adjarevic) and a couple of frees (berner, adams, dyer, morrison). I seem to remember Southampton going down haemorrhaging money and unable to spend as well.

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    Yes the Liebherrs spent nothing during the Saints' promotion season. Also it's not necessarily all about transfer fees as wage budgets will also show large disparity.


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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Shame about Holloway. The guy is an absolute journeyman of a manager. Had more clubs than Jon Stead.
    Always been someone who gets more attention for what he says than his (generally modest with the exception of Blackpool) achievements.


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    (Original post by Midlander)
    Yes the Liebherrs spent nothing during the Saints' promotion season. Also it's not necessarily all about transfer fees as wage budgets will also show large disparity.


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    Again the wage budgets are bound to be bigger if you've just been relegated, because lowering an operating budget takes time. Question is where those clubs trying to make cuts? Leeds - they went down in severe financial trouble and had to, Leicester sold high earners like hume and replaced them with youngsters on loan.

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    Again the wage budgets are bound to be bigger if you've just been relegated, because lowering an operating budget takes time. Question is where those clubs trying to make cuts? Leeds - they went down in severe financial trouble and had to, Leicester sold high earners like hume and replaced them with youngsters on loan.

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    It does take time however success stories like Saints/Norwich/Leicester were made possible by benevolent and wealthy owners which Blackpool do not have. And nor do we, nor did Leeds and nor did the other sides who had to linger in this division. Wolves had their absurdly high parachute payments to help as well.

    It is an awful division where competent ownership gets you a long way.


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    I literally cannot believe we have lost 5 points in three games in injury time. Utter tripe.
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    I literally cannot believe we have lost 5 points in three games in injury time. Utter tripe.
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    Brighton fan here - can't wait for this season to be over tbh, it's been a bit of a nightmare.
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    On paper, Derby and Boro have the hardest run-ins from the top seven. The former have to play four of the top eight in the next three weeks, while Boro will face six between now and their final game. I reckon they'll both go up automatically, and if they do, then they deserve it!

    Easily the most intriguing league in Europe right now.
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    (Original post by hskjlclcn)
    You'd think so with the money yeah, but I only see Leicester perhaps being the equivalent of Norwich next season. Burnley or Villa perhaps to do better than Cardiff and if QPR come down then I can see players leaving/anarchy reigning there. Fernandes already said he'd sell, and who'd wanna buy that load of debt?
    I think the gap between Premiership and Championship (also Championship and League One) has decreased a lot over the past 5 years so it's not as simple as bouncing straight back up. All the clubs best players will want to leave, and there are bound to be several crap players on huge wages eating a fair chunk of the FFP budget because nobody wants them. They've also got a losing mentality, a lot will have financial problems and most of them will have a new manager with little experience of the lower leagues. Add all that together and it's no surprise that a lot of clubs fail to immediately get back up.

    Can guarantee that regardless of who comes down this year, at least one of them will struggle.
 
 
 
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