Jason Wilcox - New technical director

Lawyer: "Your honour - he was supposed to be on gardening leave but he was sharing our top secret transfer targets with them!"

Judge: "Really? That's terrible - what unknown South American gem did he tell them about?"

Lawyer: "errr, no it was Tosin Adarabioyo"

Judge: "You mean the lad who has played 25 times for Premier League side Fulham this year and is available on a free?"

Lawyer: "Yes that's him"

Judge: "Feck off."
 
The plausible deniability is there with Wilcox as the Technical Director, he will have known Tosin coming up at City and will still have a relationship with him.
You are seriously overthinking this We could bring in Newcastle's most obscure targets whom nobody had even heard of and Still Newcastle would have hard time to make any case against Ashworth which won't be thrown out at first instance .
 
You are seriously overthinking this We could bring in Newcastle's most obscure targets whom nobody had even heard of and Still Newcastle would have hard time to make any case against Ashworth which won't be thrown out at first instance .

I'm almost 22,000 posts deep on an internet forum about Football. Yes, I am absolutely overthinking it.
 
It's clever business. We need to build a squad with the right age profile whilst being savvy with how much we spend bringing them in. Varane is leaving and its likely Lindelof, and potentially even Maguire will leave, so two centre backs will be necessary.

It would be wise to see us look to do something similar across the pitch.
 
Hmm, I imagine he knows him from his time at the City academy. I hope he is good enough and we're not just going down another "sign who we know well" route.
 
From what I've seen he can pass, good head but switches off at times but is young and has potential, I don't think top tier potential but could be a decent squad option for free

Martinez and Lindelof are injury prone. Varane is leaving. Maguire may also leave. We may need to sign a few CBs. It will be good to have him as squad option with Kwambala. But I think we need to sign 1 more top CBs next season and hope one of them youngsters develop to be good CB next year.
 
Martinez and Lindelof are injury prone. Varane is leaving. Maguire may also leave. We may need to sign a few CBs. It will be good to have him as squad option with Kwambala. But I think we need to sign 1 more top CBs next season and hope one of them youngsters develop to be good CB next year.
Agree with all of that, I like the look of Yoro or if we have the budget I would go for Scalvini, Silva etc but I don't see it with Branthwaite relative to his price.
 
Hmm, I imagine he knows him from his time at the City academy. I hope he is good enough and we're not just going down another "sign who we know well" route.

He's 26, had a good season for Fulham and would be free. Makes a lot of sense to be in for him.
 
He's 26, had a good season for Fulham and would be free. Makes a lot of sense to be in for him.
I can't say I know too much about him, so I hope so. I actually remember watching him in an FA cup game for City and thought he was pretty good, so was surprised they let him go.
 
Martinez and Lindelof are injury prone. Varane is leaving. Maguire may also leave. We may need to sign a few CBs. It will be good to have him as squad option with Kwambala. But I think we need to sign 1 more top CBs next season and hope one of them youngsters develop to be good CB next year.
Can’t see Maguire leaving. He’s been our best CB this year when fit.
 
Lawyer: "Your honour - he was supposed to be on gardening leave but he was sharing our top secret transfer targets with them!"

Judge: "Really? That's terrible - what unknown South American gem did he tell them about?"

Lawyer: "errr, no it was Tosin Adarabioyo"

Judge: "You mean the lad who has played 25 times for Premier League side Fulham this year and is available on a free?"

Lawyer: "Yes that's him"

Judge: "Feck off."

:lol:
 
Well he was being all coy and refusing to name the player. I couldn't be arsed searching up the players out contract who fit the description. I'm not claiming he's had the scoop of century or anything like that.
How odd that he didn't just state the player's name. It's been widely reported.
 
It’s a fine line between both

for example if they say “we want to see a compact team, playing entertaining attacking football” that’s not focusing on which tactics the coach must use but is the mandate to work to.

however if they say “we want to see a 442 system with 2 line hugging wingers taking their man on and spreading the play”. That’s clearly tactical instructions.

we are not privy to those conversations so nobody can say for sure
We can. Pep would NEVER work under anyone who tells him who and what to pick come match day. He worked under Berrada and Wilcox just fine
 
That's not saying a lot and he doesn't suit anything other than a low-block.

We've been trying to get of him for a while. He'll be gone if makes sense from an FFP perspective.
But Southgate loves him.
 
Agree with all of that, I like the look of Yoro or if we have the budget I would go for Scalvini, Silva etc but I don't see it with Branthwaite relative to his price.
I agree, I worry we'll throw a huge amount of money at the next English defensive talent who may yet turn out to be a bit meh. Clearly massive potential but we can't afford more costly transfer mistakes.
 
I agree, I worry we'll throw a huge amount of money at the next English defensive talent who may yet turn out to be a bit meh. Clearly massive potential but we can't afford more costly transfer mistakes.

Yeah definitely need to start utilising the continental market instead of paying English premium. Hopefully having a proper structure will mean we start doing that but remains to be seen
 
Wonder if players undermined the manager in their one-to-one with Wilcox. Certainly would help devising a list of whom to boot out since they will extend Erik's contract.

I also hope there will be a lot less of the club briefing who is for sale in the press and rather work behind the scenes to get things done, so it's not a bag of shite for Erik to deal with when they return for pre-season.
 
Wonder if players undermined the manager in their one-to-one with Wilcox. Certainly would help devising a list of whom to boot out since they will extend Erik's contract.

I also hope there will be a lot less of the club briefing who is for sale in the press and rather work behind the scenes to get things done, so it's not a bag of shite for Erik to deal with when they return for pre-season.

I'd expect we'll have a lot less leaks than before.
 
Wonder if players undermined the manager in their one-to-one with Wilcox. Certainly would help devising a list of whom to boot out since they will extend Erik's contract.

I also hope there will be a lot less of the club briefing who is for sale in the press and rather work behind the scenes to get things done, so it's not a bag of shite for Erik to deal with when they return for pre-season.
Undermined in what way? If somebody expressed concern with tactics or training, are you insinuating they should be booted out for sharing their opinion?
 
I'd expect we'll have a lot less leaks than before.

That would be a good start. You can't be putting all the work of changing an unprofessional culture on one man, and especially not when he'll go from being "manager" to "head coach". His authority needs to be backed up by the hierarchy.

Let's hope Ashworth will be more clued up in his communications hence forth (if true, that crazy story).
 
Undermined in what way? If somebody expressed concern with tactics or training, are you insinuating they should be booted out for sharing their opinion?

If someone shows they do not believe in his methods or his leadership, then yes, they should be booted out. Not because he is infallible, but because we need a team that is aligned. And we had an awful lot of leaks in recent years..