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  1. 2 hours ago, Topram said:

    Definitely need a winger and a GK

    Could do worse than Cocu having a look at 20 year old Connor McLennan (Scottish under 21 international) Aberdeen pacy attacking Right winger, certainly fits Cocu's ethos for young players, better than what we already have and has really impressed when i have seen him play. Versatile player who can also play as a Left winger or CF. Not out of contract till end of next season but i don't think it would break the bank to get him and he would certainly add something positive to the squad

  2.  No matter how people go on about schools reopening and fans being allowed back into grounds, they are Two entirely separate issues. A friend of mine is a school governor and what the government are saying regarding kids going back to school in the numbers suggested is a logistical nightmare as regards separation.

    Someone posted earlier about how good people had behaved when the pubs reopened this weekend,that doesn't appear to be the case from the news i have seen.

    I think the clubs will be concentrating at getting the sponsors back into the executive boxes so they don't lose that lucrative sponsorship before ordinary fans are allowed back

  3. 2 hours ago, G-Ram said:

    I know he made a couple of mistakes the other day & seems to be the forgotten man in English football but how much would Stoke want for Jack Butland.

    Don't think its a massively unrealistic target & he used to be class. He can't be anywhere near the £20m valuation they had on him when they first got relegated & you'd think he'd want a move 

    I suggest you go on the Oatcake forum and see what Stoke fans have to say about him

  4. 2 hours ago, Paul71 said:


    I don't know,  i reckon there would be. I don't see why not provided the correct measures are taken.

    And what measures do you think could be put in place for half time. I think it will just be the maximum permitted number of fans allowed into the ground to watch the match without the necessity of providing food and drink. No one knows until/when fans are actually allowed back. As i said earlier when restrictions are relaxed from tomorrow and if the R rate spikes again fans may not be allowed back this year

  5. How people view going to a match in the future for the short to medium term is going to be way different as opposed to prior Covid-19.. I can see the clubs putting (and having to put) stringent practices in place. Turnstiles closed 30 minutes before kick-off so that people can take their seats, anyone turning up after that turned away, temperature checks being taken while in the social distancing queue to access the turnstiles with anyone showing a raised temperature being refused admission, anyone not adhering to the distancing rules inside the ground being made to leave the ground. That is if there is no increase in rates after shops etc. open from this week, if the R rate does go back up then the possibility of fans attending matches will be further pushed back. Football/sport in general will not want to be seen as a contributor to a second wave of the virus

  6. 1 minute ago, cool_as_custard said:

    They will know already that the authorities will not sanction player registrations for this season that isn't finished so no chance of legal action succeeding. They are protecting players rights to employment but not their ability to play games. 

    Can you imagine dirty L**ds signing Harry Wilson on loan on July 1st and playing him against Blackbum on the 4th? That improves their team by a huge percentage and disadvantages Blackbum against the team that played them prior to this date? Won't happen. But if L**ds want to get in him quick for next season (before someone else does) they can.

    It would indeed and Leeds or any other team should have every right to do that with the transfer window opening on 1st July. You simply cannot have a transfer window and then not allow players to play, it is no different to the January transfer window.

    We shall see, if that was the case why not just put the start of the transfer window back to coincide with the end of the season, when this was originally discussed (2 months ago) no one had any idea when the season would restart if at all, events have changed, i can't see how player registration can be withheld if a player is signed in the transfer window. I would imagine some CEO's are already having thoughts about such a possibility with their legal teams already primed

  7. But surely that was before it was decided when the transfer window would open. Clubs will have a legitimate claim to play new players that they have signed in the open transfer window which will give the new club live playing registration before the present season ends as opposed to signing a player on pre - contract terms. I can see clubs threatening court action of they are not allowed to play

  8. 16 minutes ago, cool_as_custard said:

    The article implies the opposite. "......the change was intended to allow clubs to complete the 2019/20 season with their original squad." and the headline refers to the 2020/21 season, not this one.

    And the 2020/21 transfer window opens on the 1st July

  9. FIFA announced yesterday 11/06 that the transfer windows for National Associations will open on the original booked dates so that any players whose contracts expire at the end of the season (June) are not left unemployed.


     I take this to mean that any player who signs for a new club can play for them from day One and not wait until the new season starts.

  10. 8 hours ago, rynny said:

    I would think most clubs aren't going I be trying to sign out of contract players atm.

    With the season scheduled to restart in under 2 weeks time i would say players out of contract at the end of the month are the players clubs will be having a good look at and more likely to be signed up

  11. 19 hours ago, Rab a dab doo said:

    I don't think you can/or could have ever guarantee getting your best 11 on the pitch at the same time for any particular match or for any length of time.

    There are surely too many variables,i.e.  loss of form, fitness, injury, suspension, falling out with the manager, not feeling like playing etc etc 

    But the clubs will be fully aware of those issues in the days before the match, it's what happens with the testing on the day of the match that's the difference

  12. So what happens if say Marriott, Martin and Waghorn all test positive for Covid-19 at the same time. People will be on here screaming the match they were down to play in should be rearranged to play at a later date. Matches may be on the way back but you can't guarantee the best 11 will be playing until a couple of hours before kick off

  13. 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

  14. 19 minutes ago, MackworthRamIsGod said:

    What an embarrassment this is becoming.

    Sky and BT talking of suing (money)

    Alex Neil complaining of unfair advantages (money)

    Footballing governing bodies refusing to call the season off and drag it out (money)

    We will knew what was wrong with football, but now, when people are dying, the stinking rich argue about money. I love football, but the whole lot can go in the bin for me.

    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.

  15. 3 minutes ago, Gaspode said:

    The transfer window bit has been reported in the DT - mainly based on Alex Neil at Preston crying that it's all unfair. Not sure there's any substance to it at all other then (yet again) the Telegraph writing click-bait stories to improve their readership stats.......

      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

  16. 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.

  17. 11 hours ago, Smyth_18 said:

    Hi everybody. Not been on the forum since December! Anything been happening in the world since I've been away?

    Yes since mid March the Rams have not lost a game, must be our best run for years

  18. 7 hours ago, CWC1983 said:

    Agree with you regarding playing games v safety. Without a doubt safety takes precedence. 

    The arguements will start if the Govt continue to ban social gatherings and the league governing bodies have no option but to call an end to this season. 

    Null and void means everyone stays where they are for another season, or stop the league and relegate or promote clubs in their current positions. 

    What happens with play offs? 

    Either way, every club in the top 10 and bottom 6 of every league will be affected. Its going to take a lot of jostling, talking, bargaining, compromise to get a solution that most will agree with. 

    The easy solution is to play the remaining games, but players are already speaking out about their safety, and I cant see anymore games being played in 2019/2020 season. 

     From a footballing/supporters point of view i agree that the easiest solution is to play the remaining games however that would not sit easy with the general public who want to see some sort of normality return to life, all shops open,pubs/restaurants open and a return to work. Football/sport in general come a long way down the list. The CMO is even saying we may have another outbreak over winter, thats if we have this one under control by then. Hopefully someone may have produced a vaccine if this happens.

     Perhaps, as time goes on and we still cannot put a defining time on when matches will restart, it may be best to pick this season up next year at the time this years leagues were suspended, that would appear the fairest solution. What happens to players who's contacts end this season is another issue. I can see a lot of clubs going into administration or taking steps such as Luton have done.




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