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    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    Last accounts had total staff wages at 96m (including directors and 130 or so non-footballing staff). Adding up to about 110m when additional costs...
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    Yesterday, 02:35 PM
    Strikes the ball extremely well, but comically one-footed. Looks almost allergic to touching the ball with his right boot.
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    Yesterday, 01:35 PM
    Eh, whoever plays up front for Benfica seems to get about 30 goals a season, year in year out. One purple patch at 27 after multiple seasons only...
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    21-05-2019, 03:18 PM
    Hope not, he's always looked absolute gash when I've seen him during international competitions.
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    21-05-2019, 02:12 PM
    Personally, I wouldn't even say it's anything as complicated that. I'm mostly concerned that if such a dubious sponsor is a) the best we could do &...
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    21-05-2019, 01:32 PM
    'Move some of his investments' is a funny way to describe taking on 200m in high-interest debt.
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    17-05-2019, 11:43 AM
    The estimated cost of Belt and Road is counted in trillions of dollars, but you believe that a key stepping stone in the plan was sending a small...
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    16-05-2019, 09:40 PM
    You sound like you saw a headline in the Economist a few years ago and got carried away.
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    16-05-2019, 10:40 AM
    You'd have a point if billionaires were fighting among themselves for the right to redevelop grubby parts of Southampton, but I hate to break it to...
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    16-05-2019, 07:55 AM
    This is complete guff. Any of the UK's many financially moribund provincial regional/city councils will dance to the tune of whoever promises...
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    15-05-2019, 05:16 PM
    I think the concern is not about being evasive over who your sources are, but over what you think is actually going to happen? Obviously moot if the...
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    14-05-2019, 04:52 PM
    The port of Southampton isn't owned by anyone in Southampton. It's owned by a consortium that includes the Kuwait government and a Canadian pension...
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    14-05-2019, 11:56 AM
    How far off being in contention for the first team would you say he is? 18/19 would be very young for a PL CB, but the likes of Gomez and Stones...
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    13-05-2019, 08:42 PM
    You shouldn't be allowed to talk about FFP on this forum unless you know more about it than a vague sense that it's about stopping owners 'buying the...
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    13-05-2019, 04:42 PM
    Eh, healthy disrespect towards the club owner is one of the great traditions of football. For a start, the vast majority of them deserve no better.
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    11-05-2019, 01:00 PM
    Eh, the fact that only 5 teams in the league have scored fewer goals than us would suggest otherwise?
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    10-05-2019, 02:32 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Virgil/Mane in The Saints
    With the way agents are integrated into the game these days, the idea that you could keep interest in a player from a new club a secret is just...
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    10-05-2019, 01:35 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Virgil/Mane in The Saints
    One day a club is going to be stupid enough to try this, and the resulting legal challenge will probably destroy the way the transfer system works...
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    09-05-2019, 02:52 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Virgil/Mane in The Saints
    It's irrelevant - by virtue of being the best defender in the world he's automatically an edge case to which average behaviour doesn't apply. After...
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    09-05-2019, 01:12 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Virgil/Mane in The Saints
    As I've pointed out repeatedly, the idea that a renewed contract for an already proven player is anything other than a mechanism for protecting their...
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    08-05-2019, 02:10 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Virgil/Mane in The Saints
    You're kidding yourself. He'll be 28 at the end of this season, which would be the end of the 2 years you're talking about. No way was he going to...
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    08-05-2019, 01:20 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Virgil/Mane in The Saints
    It probably also gives young players who are weighing up whether to come to us something to put in the negatives column. So many players share...
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    08-05-2019, 01:06 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Virgil/Mane in The Saints
    Eh, new contracts are as much about the club protecting resale value as it is a 'reward' to the player for doing well (leaving to one side the...
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    06-05-2019, 12:23 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao in The Saints
    I'm pretty sure the Chinese govt policy towards foreign sporting acquisitions had already changed before the deal went through. Gao pushed ahead...
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    06-05-2019, 11:10 AM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Danny Ings in The Saints
    To state the obvious, on our budget it isn't - it's our record fee.
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    05-05-2019, 11:12 AM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao in The Saints
    Thing is, to sustain the self-financing model, you have to be extremely strict, and always sell two years before a contract is up, no matter how much...
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    30-04-2019, 04:04 PM
    Even the Dortmund/Atletico models seem to require more money than we are comfortable spending (though this might also be a function of being in the...
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    30-04-2019, 03:33 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Shane Long in The Saints
    Ings has missed 10 games through injury this season, and been benched for two games where he clearly hasn't been up to playing twice in quick...
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    30-04-2019, 01:43 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Shane Long in The Saints
    He was only supposed to be a bench striker this season, but Ings and Austin are injured so often we've ended up relying on him. Sure, keep Long if he...
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    27-04-2019, 06:25 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Shane Long in The Saints
    Just to reaffirm that he's not very good, really. He did his best to waste that chance by aiming straight at Boruc, but the defender did him a solid.
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