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post #1 of 640 (permalink) Old June 25th, 2002, 11:24 Thread Starter
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The bookies have made the baggies the favourites to go straight back down. Having mad no signings in the close season yet, is this reasonable or do the Albion have a chance?

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With Wallwork joining at the weekend, and the possibility of Maresca coming back and Zat Knight, Gary Breen + an un-named striker(unlikely to be Hughes), not to mention Megsons excellent tactics, I think we stand a chance of staying up.

Whats going to hamper us is the soon to be introduced xfer window. No club will be able to sign players between Sep 1 to Dec 31, and Feb 1 to end of season.

All other clubs that have come up, have usually waited a while to see how many of their players adapt to the prem and then replace those that haven't. With the likes of Hoult, Clem, Moore, Gilchrist, McInnes, Johnson, Appleton(although he's out till xmas), Roberts, Dobie, maybe Adam Chambers. We have the basis of a decent squad.

So dont give up hope yet.
I've already had a tenner on us to stay up.
I'm certain NO ONE knows any of of players or how we play, so we'll certainly cause a few suprises this season with our resilient playing.
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Re: West Bromwich Albion FC

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The bookies have made the baggies the favourites to go straight back down. Having mad no signings in the close season yet, is this reasonable or do the Albion have a chance?

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to be honest they've got a point. you need to make some major signings just to stay up. they are undoubtedly the weakest of the three teams promoted and i can't see city or many other teams getting relegated. my prediction will be for everton, birmingham and WBA to go down.

still, stranger things have happened!
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While West Brom are most people's faves to go down and Megson doesn't advocate the most exciting brand of football, I still think people are seriously underestimating them. Players like Roberts and Johnson have proven to be very usefull- Johnson is a good playmaker who when at Norwich was something of a talisman (they never lost whenever he scored!).

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Re: Re: West Bromwich Albion FC

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to be honest they've got a point. you need to make some major signings just to stay up. they are undoubtedly the weakest of the three teams promoted and i can't see city or many other teams getting relegated. my prediction will be for everton, birmingham and WBA to go down.

still, stranger things have happened!
Come on Beefy how many times have you watched West Brom last season? Tell me who you think we should sign then in the positions we need strengthening?

I'm not saying we're going to win the Prem, just that people have been writing us off for the last two years saying we'd be relegated from Div 1 to Div 2, finished 6th, then finished 2nd, and got promoted. Gary Megson does not tolerate sloppyness and be sure we'll be well drilled defensively.

Scoring goals, well thats a different matter.

Russel Hoults form last season was outstanding, and if plays as well this season, we'll be hard pushed to keep him.
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Its a tough question, as I have never seen them play in the last 10 years. Its possible that they will stay up. If Gary Breen joins then that has to be a major possitive. If he could impose his personality on the backline, potentially, you'd have a tight unit back there, and that is always the place you have to get right first.
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Well remember when people saw Charlton and Ipswich as no-hopers back in 2000... and they defied us all. So there's no reason why the newly promoted sides can't do the same.

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Unfortunately Gary Breen looks to be joingin Everton.

There is only 1 imposing presence in our back line (which I might add for those who didn't know was the 2nd most frugal(that means not conceding) of all clubs.), and that is BIG DAVE.

The man mountain is our rock at the back.
Phil Gilchrist(ex Leicester) plays the Left slot of the the CB,
and Larus Sigurdsson(Icelandic Int) plays the Right side(he probably needs replacing with a faster one.
Neil Clement(Ex Chelsea) at Left WB, and Igor Balis(Slovakian Int) at Right WB.
Captain Derek McInnes(Ex Rangers) in a DMC role, if fit Michael Appleton(Ex Man U) as another DMC, with Andy Johnson(Ex Forest) playing the Attacking midfield role. Jason Roberts up front, with either Danny Dichio(oh dear!) or Scott Dobie.
With Roberts out injured most of last season, is it any wonder we didn't score a lot. I really hope Hughes comes back, but I dont think he will.

Defensively I dont think we'll have much of a problem, especially now we've signed Wallwork from Man U.
Scoring goals on the other hand, well we have big problems there.

Look out for Neil Clements free kicks he scored 7 last season, direct form Free Kicks. An absolute pearler at the Hawthorns when we stuffed Man City 4-0.

I hope we surprise you with our commitment and determination.
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There seems to be a lot of interest in WBA around here, so I've made this into WBA's official club thread....

Blackburn got a forum of their own after having one of these in this forum, so you never know B-O-S!!
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McInnes and Johnson looks like a good midfield partnership, while Roberts should get the goals. Surely Megson will wrought a side which could surprise a few people.

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I think both of those will feature in our midfield. It all depends on where Wallwork will play midfield or CB.

Megson is offically a nutter. He turned down the chance to re-sign Enzo Maresca on loan for a season form Juve. I cant believe it, he's just what we need.

If he (Wallwork) plays CB (which I think he will) we will probably sign Sean Gregan from Preston, as Appleton is out till after xmas. Gregan is Prestons captain and is a no-nonsense sort of midfielder who can pass superbly well.

But Taylor/Dichio/Dobie are not classy enough to play as a strikers in the Prem(I might be wrong on Dobie's case), so I think it is imperative we sign another striker too.

I expect us to sign a Midfielder and Striker before the season starts.
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Has Johnson been the same talisman he was at Norwich (i.e. not lose whenever he scores)?

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Andy Johnson is a great player who moves box to box for 90 minutes(as do all our players), he's got a great shot on him too.
Although on eof his best goals for us was his header against Sunderland in the FA Cup 3rd round. So far I think you might be right
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God help us if he scores against Everton

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Good News for us is that Ronnie Wallwork has signed a 3 year contract with us from Man U.

One of our ex-players John Wile (him of the classic blood bandaged head in the FA Cup) is our current CEO, but the new Chairman Jeremy Peace is going to install Brendan Batson (Ex WBA + PFA CEO) & Mike Oleary(former CEO of Misys) & WBA season ticket holder for 30 years, as new CEO's.
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One of the Englands physios, Nick Worth, who is/was WBA's physio left WBA at the end of last season after falling out with the chairman.

The club had done nothing to replace Nicks leaving, which was a bit of a concern for the fans. However with the departure of the chairman, Nick has decided to rejoin the Baggies
One of his major gripes was that our new training facilities were very basic when it came to physiotherapy and treatment. The chairman dismissed his requests. Thankfully the new chairman has assured him they will be upgraded!
(Upgraded! Blimey we haven't even finished building the place yet!)
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From BBC sports

Preston fury at Gregan bid

Preston North End have described West Brom's £1m bid for captain Sean Gregan as "a joke".
Preston chairman Derek Shaw claims the Baggies are trying to unsettle Gregan.

He had expected a much higher offer for the player after weeks of media speculation about a possible transfer.

"This is not on," Shaw said. "For about eight weeks West Brom have conducted business through the newspapers and to then come in with an offer of £1mi for our club captain is a joke.

"We are seriously thinking of making a £200,000 bid for Scott Dobie - it's on a similar level to their bid for Gregan."



Hmmm... well Gregan is 28 now, never played in the prem, and doesn't score a lot of goals for Preston. He's a midfield grafter. We shouldn't go more than £1.5m for him, as that too much for a 28yo.
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Well after having a £2m bid for Gregan rejected by Preston, we have moved on.

The midfield interest briefly went to Leicester's Lee Marshall, the clubs agreed a fee on £1m, but he wanted more3 than we were prepared to pay, so he can continue getting booed by Leicester fans and play reserve team footy.

Now we are trying to sign MacBeth(Jomo Cosmos) (South Afria)
apparently he played in teh world cup, but cant say I remember him. Anyone else ?

We have signed Joe Murphy from Tranmere as cover for Russell Hoult.

As previously thought Wallwork is due to play in the centre of defence(right side of 3) rather than midfield.


Still after a striker, Hughes's name has been mentioned. And Crewe have rejected an approach for Leading scorer last season Rob Hulse.
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West Brom have also been credited with an interest in French full back Di Tommaso from Championnat side Sedan.

The 22 year old, signed from Monaco, had been linked with a move to Middlesbrough last summer, and also attended a trial at Blackburn Rovers.

Neil Clement currently occupies the left back slot at The Hawthorns but Di Tommaso would present another option for Megson although the arrival of another left sided defender would rekindle rumours or dead ball specialist Clement moving on.
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The prospect of a transfer embargo being placed on Coventry City is looming large after the club's chairman failed to guarantee that the latest tranche of transfer money for Lee Hughes would be paid.

Coventry still owe £3million on the £5m fee agreed with West Bromwich Albion for the striker's services 12 months ago.

But Baggies officials are becoming increasingly concerned that the next £1.5m instalment - due in little over a fortnight - will not be paid. With Coventry's debts running at around £30m, the chances of that cash being handed over appear to be slim and, asked directly whether the money would be forthcoming, chairman Mike McGinnity was unable to make West Brom any promises. 'Our financial situation is being kept in-house,' he said. 'If West Brom have any problems thinking that we won't be able to pay the next sum of money they are due for Lee Hughes, they should get in touch with us and we will discuss the matter privately.'

West Brom officials were alerted to the potential problems after summer sales failed to make any in-roads into Coventry's debilitating liabilities. When Gary McAllister was appointed manager, McGinnity confirmed that the Sky Blues would have to sell during the close season. However, the club's three main
assets - Hughes, goalkeeper Magnus Hedman and former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson - have not been moved on.

That has set alarm bells ringing over at The Hawthorns. Officials there more than raised an eyebrow when it seemed that McAllister's proposed purchase of Motherwell defender Eric Demouleaux floundered last month due to problems over
the £50,000 transfer fee.

If Coventry fail to make the payment, West Brom will make a formal complaint to the Premier League and Nationwide League, which will have no option but to impose a ban on City regarding in-coming transfers.

In another kick-in-the-teeth, they will also forgo their right to the £600,000 TV money the club was due to receive from Sky. That will not even enter the Highfield Road coffers and will be diverted instead to The Hawthorns. Future television income would go the same way until the debt is cleared.

One answer would be to give Hughes away on a free transfer back to his old club
- but even that option is fraught with problems.

The 26-year-old currently earns £17,000-a-week - more than three times his salary while at The Hawthorns - and will need a substantial pay-off on the remaining three years of his contract.
West Brom boss Gary Megson, who finally committed himself to the club by signing a three-year contract yesterday, is known to still be keen on the ginger-haired forward. But he may baulk at the £3m 'fee' - the net cost to West Brom if they write off the money owed to them by Coventry.

Meanwhile, Megson has admitted his interest in South African international Macbeth 'Khetho' Sibaya.
The midfielder, who appeared in all his country's World Cup matches, is due for talks this weekend.
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