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Everything posted by atherstoneram

  1. As i posted earlier, i have cancelled both Sky and BT Sports and will not be renewing, it's not i have fallen out of love with football it is how the game has evolved,with broadcasters money meaning more to clubs than fans through the turnstiles but we, as fans, are as much to blame because we all accepted the mega bucks that was being thrown at the game and the thought of the players we could sign or hoped we could sign. Yes i may well be ridiculed for that comment but that doesn't bother me as i am on 12 week lockdown (or confined to barracks as i prefer to call it) due to being in the vulnerable group, i don't need a text message everyday from the government telling me what i should and shouldn't be doing to survive, i can work that out myself, and when all this is over if i can look back and read the comments it means i have survived this ghastly pandemic. A couple of friends of mine sadly haven't. Do i hope to go to matches again, of course i do but it will be non league games where players want to play because of their love of the game rather than how much they can make ,where my admission money goes towards playing the players wages and the running of the club rather than my £30+ at PP just putting another bottle of wine on the directors tables on match days for their guests to sup at my expense
  2. Being honest i couldn't agree more, yes this is a football forum and there are a lot really missing football. Until i suffered with illness a couple of years ago i was a devout ST holder for years but now i have cancelled sky sports and BT sports and will not renew them when the season does resume nor will i attend matches i have to say i am not missing it one little bit. It just shows what a farce football has become. The reason they (the PL and EFL) won't call the season off is because of the money they would have to return to broadcasters, they are waiting for the government to call it off so the PL and EFL can turn to broadcasters and say get your money from the government, they called the season off, not us.
  3. I can actually see where Alex Neil is coming from, it could be deemed that such teams have gained an unfair advantage by offering contracts especially free transfer players when they still owe existing players money. If they have not got enough money to pay the players their current salary during this suspension how will the magic money tree suddenly appear to bring new players in when the transfer window does open. I am sure the debts the clubs have accrued during this suspension, deferred wages etc, will not disappear in a matter of weeks
  4. According to the Telegraph (Daily) broadcasters BT and Sky would sue the PL for breach of contract if relegation was not involved when the season is eventually restarted also reported (but i can't find it anywhere) is that clubs in the EFL have stated that teams such as Derby, Leeds, etc who have entered into a voluntary wage reduction with their players during this suspension should not be allowed to participate in the transfer window until all outstanding monies have been paid to players taking part.
  5. Surely you mean 48 hours
  6. Yes since mid March the Rams have not lost a game, must be our best run for years
  7. Glenn Murray just needs to watch videos of DCFC to see how to keep social distancing on corner kicks
  8. I don't think any lawsuit would win in court even if it went to the highest court in the country, clubs could shout and scream as much as they like but safety of the populace would i imagine be more paramount (unless a guarantee could be given that no one is at risk of catching or spreading C19 which of course they can't) and no credence would be given as to restarting the season just so teams could gain promotion/suffer relegation. Yes it would be stated there is a huge financial cost at stake but that would pale into significance when it comes to maintaining the ongoing fight to protect the health and safety of the nation . Even if matches were to be played behind locked gates you would still get fans turning up outside just to see the teams getting off the coaches etc, people can't be trusted which has been apparent as witnessed with current lockdown rules
  9. Martin might not want to sign a new contract and feel it's time to move on, some other Championship club may well be in the position to offer a better contract. I certainly couldn't see him signing a new contract for less than he is on now but the question is could we afford it
  10. It may well be like the first game of the season to some when football eventually returns however some may have second thoughts about their priorities, businesses will struggle to restart, some may not even reopen. People who take a 3 month "holiday" on their mortgages will find their monthly repayments increasing, overdrafts to be repaid etc. People will want to get their lives back to sort of normality which for a good number of fans won't include football to begin with and i certainly don't see matches being played at full grounds
  11. It may well have but at a price,it's not free same as here at home and i am sure insurance policies would be amended so that Covid-19 cover is not available. Experts are now saying after this wave has been contained another wave will start. Would Qatar want visitors from all over the globe anyway?
  12. Of course it wouldn't, the players would be furloughed as is happening in other industries
  13. Football is more business focused nowadays so teams who are in the lower leagues who say they are skint will go into administration as in any other business structure. They will certainly not get a government bailout and i cannot see that other clubs will bail them out unless they buy them as feeder clubs. People are saying there is money in football and PL clubs could afford to do this but global stock markets are crumbling worldwide so teams may not finish up as rich as people think. Owners who run clubs out of their own pockets may also find returns on their investments depleted for some years to come. I don't see football carrying on in the form as when it was before the virus hit.
  14. This situation will get a lot worse before we start seeing any sort of returning to life as we knew it pre covid-19. As much as the PL/EFL will want matches to be played behind close doors, football,sport in general will be way down the governments list of priorities and won't allow a restart. When the government get covid-19 "under control" by the use of lockdown measures it won't be lifted anytime soon after that, the measures could remain in place for months I don't think we will be in a position to start next season on time never mind trying to finish this season and unfortunately some clubs will go to the wall, that may well include championship clubs as well as league 1
  15. But i would have thought the opposite "season long loan"meaning exactly that, the dates given as that would be the length of time when a "normal"season is brought to conclusion as they would no longer need the services of the player.
  16. I may be looking at this all wrong but Te Wierik was joining us after the season should have officially finished so it would follow that he will join us when the season does eventually finish and up until that time he remains a Groningen player, same with players on loans until the end of the season, they remain on loan until the season is completed, as the season may still be ongoing in June/July such players would still technically still be on loan. Same with players out of contract at the end of the season, that will come into force when the season has been played to a finish one way or another
  17. Actually the Daily Mail was only printing on what was already posted in the Daily Telegraph
  18. No he is not, he makes Patrick Bamford look highly intelligent after posting a comment like that.
  19. But i would imagine the EFL will want the season concluded to avoid any possible legal repercussions from teams or TV contract issues rather than whether fans can attend or not. The possibility of fans being able to attend will come way down the pecking order in the complexities of getting the season restarted asap especially if there is a possible government order banning mass gatherings still in place when the EFL/teams agree it is safe for the season to restart with certain restrictions in place
  20. In all probability it will be later than the 30th April and i would imagine it will be games played behind locked gates purely to bring the season to a conclusion if that's what they are endeavouring to do.
  21. For anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms there is a full match replay of DCFC v WBA play off final 2007 on Sky channel 403 at 8PM. Go on relive the memories
  22. They have not said anywhere it will be on its way by April, it is not expected to peak for another 6 weeks.When it peaks it doesn't mean the virus miraculously disappears overnight, we may well be in the same situation we are in now for another 3 - 4 months. The EFL said all matches would be suspended until April 3rd at the Earliest. More information will be released when they have had a board meeting later this coming week
  23. If the rest of us stayed off work the country would fall to its knees, however failing to play sporting fixtures would not have the same impact.
  24. They would probably have those rules in place already (cases of exceptional circumstances) but are holding off implementing them with a knee jerk reaction until they see how things stand on the 3rd April
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