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Great stuff. See A League, expand platform to give teenagers/youngsters a chance and we can see more of this

But they are doing that which is precisely why that transfer is happening?

Should definitely push to 14 teams soon and bring in transfer fees between a league clubs to encourage more youth development though.
 

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But they are doing that which is precisely why that transfer is happening?

Should definitely push to 14 teams soon and bring in transfer fees between a league clubs to encourage more youth development though.
I was trying to say that was a result of 12 team expansion and teens like Koul getting more of a chance and keep going, probably didn’t word it the best
 

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They were third the previous season, still had a lot of talent and one of the highest wage bills.
Hadn't they just sold Hazard when he took over?

He integrated guys like James, Abraham, Mount and others into the side, so not as if he just took the XI that came 3rd the previous season and got the same result.
 

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Hadn't they just sold Hazard when he took over?

He integrated guys like James, Abraham, Mount and others into the side, so not as if he just took the XI that came 3rd the previous season and got the same result.
He still had one of the most expensive squads. Spent a shitload off season and didn’t work. Other Premier league teams won’t come knocking.
 

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He still had one of the most expensive squads. Spent a shitload off season and didn’t work. Other Premier league teams won’t come knocking.
So basically "Yeah I'll ignore the points you made" :p

He benched a lot of those expensive players and was essentially sacked for doing so.

He finished Top 4 ahead of sides like Spurs, Leicester and Arsenal, I'd say he did ok.
 

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So basically "Yeah I'll ignore the points you made" :p

He benched a lot of those expensive players and was essentially sacked for doing so.

He finished Top 4 ahead of sides like Spurs, Leicester and Arsenal, I'd say he did ok.
James and Mount would have came good regardless, certainly Mount at least

So just on my point again ...do you think a Premier League team will come knocking?
 

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Newcastle have an owner with no ambition. Staying up to skim the cream off the top is all he cares about
Might be controversial, but even someone like Soton or Leicester would look at him if they lost their current managers.

I think ultimately he was sacked for losing the dressing room and not bedding new signings quickly enough (not that Werner is looking much better since he's gone), not because he lacked the ability to get a team organised which he demonstrated in his first Chelsea season.
 

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