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I always thought Howe would do well if he was given a chance at one of the bigger teams but by a chance I mean more than 2 seasons which seems to be the tolerance level nowadays.
I've always thought the opposite. He completely shat the bed at Burnley, so i've made an assumption he can't deal with anything other outside his comfort zone.
 

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Well... It's confirmed.

The only saving grace is it's not being a last minute decision, days before the start of the season.

We don't have to panic and bring back Allardyce for now
 

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I'm not sure I should but I don't see RM as much of an upgrade over Everton.
 

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I'm not sure I should but I don't see RM as much of an upgrade over Everton.
Champions League Semi Finalists Real Madrid not much of an upgrade over 10th in the Premier League Everton?
 

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Champions League Semi Finalists that will likely have to sell everyone and rebuild without a pot to piss in.

Big Sam to Real would be better.
 

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The "Conte to Tottenham" stories have really started flying out in the last hour. They're trying for Paratici as Director of Football as well (was at Juve with Conte), maybe Levy *has* learned some lessons.
 

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The "Conte to Tottenham" stories have really started flying out in the last hour. They're trying for Paratici as Director of Football as well (was at Juve with Conte), maybe Levy *has* learned some lessons.
He has to have. Not many top managers will be queuing up to work with him unless he changes.
 

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Champions League Semi Finalists that will likely have to sell everyone and rebuild without a pot to piss in.

Big Sam to Real would be better.
This rhetoric that is doing the rounds always ignores the fact that they (and Barca) will once again just get bailed out by the government if they're skint.
 

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This rhetoric that is doing the rounds always ignores the fact that they (and Barca) will once again just get bailed out by the government if they're skint.
They are being forced to payback the state aid they originally received, I don't see them getting more.
 

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They are being forced to payback the state aid they originally received, I don't see them getting more.
They'll find a way, they always do. Spain can't afford for Barca & Real Madrid to be shit.
 

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This rhetoric that is doing the rounds always ignores the fact that they (and Barca) will once again just get bailed out by the government if they're skint.
Not allowed under EU competition law any more.
 

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They'll find a way, they always do. Spain can't afford for Barca & Real Madrid to be shit.
They find a way to drag the process out, they have largely failed to get away with it. In no way will other countries let it slide and thus nor will the EU.
 

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Fun while it lasted.


Could be posturing but I highly doubt it at this stage - there have been Italian reports all day about Conte suddenly realising that it was in fact Tottenham he was dealing with and him suddenly being "unsure about the club's ambitions".
 

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Fun while it lasted.


Could be posturing but I highly doubt it at this stage - there have been Italian reports all day about Conte suddenly realising that it was in fact Tottenham he was dealing with and him suddenly being "unsure about the club's ambitions".
It's been doing the rounds all day. Conte didn't think Spurs could give him what he needed apparently. Namely £250m to spend.
 

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Spurs are looking at rebuilding with Kane and a tight purse string or selling Kane and buying 5 Soldados. And that just's the way it is when Levy is around.
 

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The rumour is that the naming rights for the stadium have been sorted which would be huge.

Conte is saying he wasn't sure about how ambitious the club was (as if trying to appoint one of the best managers in the game wasn't an indicator) and the club is saying he made mad demands and wouldn't have wanted to develop youth. So it's "he said she said" and that's probably how it'll remain.

At least it looks like Paratici, the Director of Football, is still happening.
 

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The rumour is that the naming rights for the stadium have been sorted which would be huge.

Conte is saying he wasn't sure about how ambitious the club was (as if trying to appoint one of the best managers in the game wasn't an indicator) and the club is saying he made mad demands and wouldn't have wanted to develop youth. So it's "he said she said" and that's probably how it'll remain.

At least it looks like Paratici, the Director of Football, is still happening.
As great as a big name like Conte sounded to Spurs fans, surely in their heads they know it would have been a complete disaster?
 

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Pirlo to Everton would be so weird. Probably even weirder than Gerrard taking over there (for me at least).
 

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It seems Everton are going down the route of possibly Nuno... But it's very early days still. So hopefully there's more names in the mix that are seriously being considered.

I do wonder if they're going to do what had been on the cards for years... Appointing Big Dunc. He had a decent spell overseeing the team before Carlo showed, but long-term i don't think it's his time yet.

He has the passion for the club and likely would be the cheapest... But it's got to be someone else for the moment.
 

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As great as a big name like Conte sounded to Spurs fans, surely in their heads they know it would have been a complete disaster?
Oh yeah it was batshit crazy but the thought of someone who is currently demonstrably world class coming in and wringing this squad's neck was appealing.
 

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Villa signed Buendia for £30m. Just another sign that football is completely and utterly fucked.
 

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haha wtf. Wijnaldum to PSG. This deal was done with Barcelona but has been sabotaged at the last second.
 

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Still no place for JWP, what does he have to do to get in the squad? How many defenders do we need in a squad? Short on midfield options.

Really not confident for the tournament.
 

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It might be an indication of their confidence about Maguire's fitness. I'd take JWP instead of Henderson though.
 

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I would still take Henderson because the squad is so young, which may or may not be a massive issue as most are used to big games, but as a captain that's fine. I still think JWP should have been nailed on, and Bamford for that matter...
 

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