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    15-07-2019, 01:05 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Mario Lemina in The Saints
    True, though it helps that if you play any of the US's three main sports, their leagues are really the only game in town. So only around 20 team...
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    15-07-2019, 07:48 AM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Mario Lemina in The Saints
    I wonder if clubs would be happy for players to move to an at-will model of employment?
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    14-07-2019, 06:37 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Mario Lemina in The Saints
    He seems to be convinced that employees have a moral obligation to their employer but not the other way round. First against the wall when the...
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    12-07-2019, 09:17 AM
    My point is that all clubs recruit unsuccessfully, and I don't see any reason why our list of 'players with no future' (many of whom were matchday...
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    11-07-2019, 09:14 PM
    Since our total wage bill is about 113m, that means about 28% of wages are going on players who 'have no future at the club' (though I'd suggest...
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    11-07-2019, 03:09 PM
    No, we just haven't been very good for a few seasons. If we were still hovering around 8th in the league, the wealth, attitudes and social media...
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    11-07-2019, 11:22 AM
    Almost all of them have been here a couple of seasons now - presumably their book value would have been marked down over the percentage of their...
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    11-07-2019, 09:59 AM
    So only the first four in that list earn over the average premier league wage (57.6k per week). Worth bearing in mind when discussing the apparent...
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    10-07-2019, 01:31 PM
    How do you know whether FF wants to play or not? Besides, at the most basic level, footballers are paid to train and be available to play if called...
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    08-07-2019, 12:02 PM
    Honestly, unless Djenepo and Adams suddenly tear up the league, I feel we'd be roughly in the same place we were last season, albeit with perhaps a...
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    08-07-2019, 11:45 AM
    Hopefully just trying to give other clubs the impression that he isn't totally surplus to requirements, boosting his desirability in the market.
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    02-07-2019, 09:30 AM
    Agreed on the Austin front - his lack of mobility is just too big an impediment these days. As for whether Long played into form or luck, 20% of his...
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    02-07-2019, 07:53 AM
    Long is more suited to moving about than Austin, and that's about the sum of it. As for his goals towards the end of the season, he ran into a vein...
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    26-06-2019, 08:42 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Sofiane Boufal in The Saints
    Agreed - would much rather take a huge haircut on Elyounoussi's fee, as we know he can't run and RH's style requires runners. Boufal at least has the...
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    25-06-2019, 05:00 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Sofiane Boufal in The Saints
    Maybe we can use the money to lure Davis back from Scotland to provide a much needed boost to our creativity.
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    23-06-2019, 05:27 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Sofiane Boufal in The Saints
    To be clear, I mean 'changed the game' in a way that none of our current squad would've been capable of doing (with the jury obviously a long way out...
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    23-06-2019, 04:30 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Sofiane Boufal in The Saints
    Not the greatest opposition, but changed the game when he came on.
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    14-06-2019, 09:12 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    My point is that you seem to think that the owner investing money inevitably carries an unacceptable risk, unlikely to lead to a positive return. I'm...
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    14-06-2019, 06:55 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    Eh, as so many people are happy to blather on about the club being a business (though I dispute this definition - it's merely a convenient...
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    13-06-2019, 10:30 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    You keep banging on about business, but you miss some really obvious stuff. For a start, who says that a higher investment in players wouldn't yield...
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    13-06-2019, 08:59 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    Whether a business is 'self-sustaining' or not depends on the competitive context in which it finds itself. I'm not sure why you struggle so much to...
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    13-06-2019, 05:31 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    Eh, since 600m is more than the entire share value of Lander, it's an improbable figure that I mentioned only because using the Forbes list, it...
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    12-06-2019, 09:00 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    As pointed out elsewhere on the thread, he's not in the Forbes China wealth list, which bottoms out at about $850m, which puts an upper limit on...
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    12-06-2019, 08:09 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    What we know of Gao is that he was a bureaucrat who struck out into the private sector during the liberalisation of the Chinese economy. As such, I...
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    12-06-2019, 05:23 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    Saints are a business entity owned outright by an individual. As such, there's nothing the club could do to stop Gao if he decided that part of being...
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    11-06-2019, 07:55 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    The existential fear is that he'll have to start using club revenue to service the loans he used to buy us. All of this debate and speculation is...
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    11-06-2019, 02:28 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    Do you have reason to believe that the loan described by Bloomberg (and widely reported elsewhere at the time) doesn't exist?
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    10-06-2019, 07:37 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    "A source close to Allen said he 'believes there is long-term investment value in UK soccer.' He added: 'Southampton is a sleeping giant, a...
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    10-06-2019, 01:59 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    Could you secure a loan against the stadium without violating the terms of Macquarie's charge against our TV central funds?
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    09-06-2019, 11:03 PM
    verlaine1979 replied to a thread Gao FT article in The Saints
    The issue with that is the likelihood that we will fall behind and eventually be relegated if most other clubs are not operating under such a...
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