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Richard Oakley

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  1. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    Oh the assumptions in that statement. I think I'll content myself with 'they're all on holiday, there's nobody home. I think Mowbray et al have put a draft budget together and may even have Suhail Pasha's seal of approval. However, if Mowbray goes out to India, he'll have 14 quarantine on his return in addition to any quarantine requirement as in India. Going to India seems impractical. The current offer to Downing seems to have uncanny similarities to Rodwell last year.
  2. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    For a keeper who went to Forest and got sent straight back? Not a chance.
  3. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    Had Mowbray had any sort of budget, he'd have used it.
  4. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    If the salary site I look at is any where near accurate, the players we've released, including Downing would save about £5m a year. If rumours are correct and a saving in the wage bill of £5m are correct that money would not be available to be used in transfer fees or to pay wages of those brought in on a free.
  5. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    It's the beverage. it makes @chaddyrovers hyperactive. He must be, for he tells us he isn't a scout in capitals in one post, only then in the next one tell us he's suggested hundreds of players.That's a lot of work to qualify them all. In fact, I think that's what the club does. Instead of setting out criteria must be a ball playing cb,left footed who wins his aerial duels and is a fine defender, we get any CB who is available. Yeah, we've a head scout like we have a director of communications. @phili tells us Venkys won't put any money in for two weeks. That just means we'll lose targets we could have had in here.It also means that people who are owed money have two weeks to sue the Club for payments and push us into administration. We all know Mowbray is stubborn. Trying to switch to his preferred style despite not having the players to play it or persisting in playing Gallagher wide right for no return. If I signed a forward for £5m, I'd be looking for goals, not work rate in return. If Venkys don't put enough money in to force Mowbray to sell players, it is not going to work.He won't sell and Venkys don't have the cash to pay him the balance of his contract. In terms of 'that team' I'd go with Lewis Thompson at LB and JRC in place of Rothwell.
  6. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    That's the question, isn't it? Mowbray would have selected the destination. When I say that Wharton says he's ready - and he has said it - I'm saying that he has confidence in his own ability. This discussion over Wharton reminds me of people downplaying Gareth Ainsworth's credentials to succeed Coyle by saying that he'd never managed at this level.That's no longer the case this year.
  7. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    Wharton''s not a youth player. Not sure why there'd be uproar. You'd have to ask your mate Mowbray why he kept sending him back to League 2. Three promotions won say he's a lot better than that. Wharton's paid his dues, put in the hard graft and he says he's ready.
  8. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    A salary site I look at had Ayala on 25kpw and Hoorn on 15kpw. Kipre might be secured for a million, but that's just speculation. He's the same age as Wharton, whom I really want to start this year at CB for Blackburn Rovers.
  9. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    Agree with you on the text I've highlighted. I'm curious why you don't expect Wharton to come in and start. He knows the club. he knows Lenihan. He knows the standard he has to reach and he thinks he has.
  10. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    I was treating Carter, Magloire and Grayson as prospects and equating Souttar as being a prospect as well. He suddenly developed at Fleetwood. I don't see him as someone ready to go into our team straight away.I do see that with Wharton. He ought to be ready to step straight in. I would have had talks with van Der Hoorn and Ayala, though Ayala's wage demands could put him outside our limit. Kipre had a break out season at Wigan. His fee might be outside our limit.
  11. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    There's the same argument you use against Wharton. He has no Championship experience (Wharton has a couple of games). Wharton's been on loan for the past three years and been promoted with each club. Wharton's played a lot more league games. Why do you want us to sign him? Carter is a better prospect. Magloire's a lot faster and Grayson is a deadball specialist, too boot - something we've not had since the Mulgrew bust up and legs going.
  12. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    You're a very naughty man! (NB:assumptions)
  13. Richard Oakley

    Championship Season 2020 - 2021

    This is Watford. Their managers have tenures denoted by months.
  14. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    Lancs Live suggested Harry Souttar as a CB we might be interested in. Stoke player who spent last season on loan at Fleetwood. Article said Stoke manager wanted to use pre-season to see how far he'd developed. At 21, he'd be straight into the u23s.
  15. Richard Oakley

    Summer Transfer Window

    That would be the historical precedent that none of Mowbray's teams have been able to not concede goals. Mowbray's historical tendency to only sign midfielders. Mowbray's historical tendency to play players out of position. Mowbray can't set up a team to defend across a season. Yes that makes it Mowbray's fault. Mowbray has complete control over football. He gets to sign the players he wants, within budget. The season opener could see 7 Academy products starting, with 3 making their debuts. I'll be slightly more nervous than I normally am about season opener, which we normally lose.
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