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Paul Mani

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  1. Paul Mani

    Ben Brereton

    Ben Brereton is 20yrs Old (2-0) and has represented England at U19 and U20 level. He has also played in 79 Championship games. You’re writing him off. Let that sink in. Give your heads a wobble lads.
  2. Paul Mani

    Ben Brereton

    Read the post mate. Really read it please.
  3. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    I think you’re misunderstanding the size of the wages paid at many of the clubs you have mentioned there. In any case, you just reeled off every pin up “we did it on the cheap” club. In reality they didn’t. Relax. The money spent is about par (fees and wages) with most clubs looking to get in the top six. There’s nothing scatter gun about that approach. It’s playing the % game. As far as your expectation of ‘a level of planning and competence “needed” for promotion’. I am genuinely interested to know what your experience of planning for such an event is and your take on what is “needed”. Don’t you also think it would be better if you actually knew what the plans were prior to judging. Apologies in advance if you do know.
  4. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    Tbf I think the “Top ten” rhetoric is more of a nod to Venkys as he wants more money in January if we are in the top 10. Target is defo top 6 and promotion
  5. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    We couldn’t even dream of affording top quality forwards. Even the loans want 40-70k a week in salaries. Hence why we have spent our money on the former category I outlined. Gally, Armstrong and BB are young and fit within our wage structure. The mandate therefore is to develop them and find a diamond. Again, just common sense really.
  6. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    Exactly right. Ultimately there are short and long term goals. The long term goals are achieved through funding the academy and creating a pipeline into the first team as well as buying hungry, talented players like Dack, Rothwell, Arma, Gally, BB etc with a view to developing them and in order to win you promotions and / or create revenue in the future. The short term plan is to go up THIS season and that involves the introduction of top quality. We couldn’t afford to buy a Tosin or Walton plus wages and could get nowhere near a Johnson or Downing in their prime so what we do is loan them or pick them up later in their career to provide that injection of necessary quality over the short term. Its straightforward enough really.
  7. Paul Mani

    Luton Town home

    Lenihan and Travis are better than most of the managers signings. Buckley, JRC and Butterworth are expected (by the current management) to play in 10-15 first team games this season. Magloire, Grayson and the striker (can’t recall his name) expected to integrate as above next season. Very strong pipeline into the first team created and instigated by the manager. Jonty is the conduit and has also brought in the technical analysis booths as well as bespoke individual programmes with the focus on development. The increasing expectation of the club and obvious quality additions in the summer means that the young players need to continue raising their standard to break through but there are a lot of last years team (Bell, Evans, Smallwood, Graham and even Benno) who know that the writing is on the wall. The likes of Johnson and Downing may not have another season in them either so the opportunity is there IF they’re good enough.
  8. Paul Mani

    Luton Town home

    I think we will play one of either Travis or Johnson with a ball player like Holtby or Downing in the middle this weekend. There’s no need to have two holding / combative midfielders at home. Walton Bennett Lenihan Williams Cunningham Travis Holtby Armstrong Dack Downing Gally OR Walton Tosin Lenihan Williams Benno Travis Holtby Downing Armstrong Dack Gally
  9. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    Haha which of my common themes would you prefer I climb down on? The transfer thread where I fought the daily barrage with a message of “let’s wait and see until the end of the window?” OR The ‘Mowbray out’ thread where I tried desperately to add some context into the incessant pleas to sack a manager who’s done a great job for us? Where did you sit in those discussions Stu? Have your views changed since?
  10. Paul Mani

    Luton Town home

    100% - And since then he has been passed from pillar to post around lower championship clubs and currently plays for Millwall! 🤣🤣
  11. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    The ability of those who were emotional and situationally irrational to change their opinion isn’t flaky Stu. It says more about them as people...it’s cool to admit you were wrong mate. Try it.
  12. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    Touché...I’m just glad I didn’t join in with the ‘Mowbray out’ furore tbh. It was pretty difficult to resist at times, such was the levels of vitriol and allegations levelled against him.
  13. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    I think it’s refreshing when people realise that their emotive rants were unnecessary and feel able to change their opinion.
  14. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    What’s the question?
  15. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    I don’t intend on referring to all of this and of course it’s all about opinions but here goes: The league one signings overall were very good (hence promotion) and Samuel hit 10 goals before being displaced by our current player of the year and then picking up a long term injury. Holtby and Tosin can be seen as positive signings based on their pedigree and the clubs they’ve played for. BB is just turned 20. “A colossal waste of money” Wow Gally £5m and 8 games in a league where Bamfords get traded at 7-10m? Rodwell was very good for us in games last season. He’s good player, but a weird guy. Norwich are one of the exceptions to the rule. This is like bottom half PL teams saying they should be trying to win the league because Leicester did it. Of course there’s a model there but a lot of external things must line up for it to work. Some of Bowyers signings were excellent. But they were in a different market. Plus you have the benefit of hindsight. Maybe in a few years you will see the likes of Rothwell, Dack, Armstrong, BB and Gally banging goals in the PL for whoever and think...maybe it wasn’t all that bad after all! Finally, In the interests of balance you should have mentioned the managers development and integration of youth into our team. You may have simply been countering a previous post so I apologise if so. But if you’re neglecting all of this then I fear that is you who is being disengenuous. I look forward to your transfer review.
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