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  1. On 5/20/2019 at 6:11 PM, thfc said:

    Potter confirmed as the new manager.  Looks a good appointment to me, though it will be interesting to see how much investment is made into the team.  Despite @Tiffy's post, I still can't see them spending big to get the players that are going to push them much further up the table.     

    The assumption is always that you need to spend money to achieve things. Normally this can be the case, however

    - Spurs havent spent much recently, nothing this season, and yet finished 4th & reached a CL final

    - Man City spent less than EVERTON this season. They won the treble, Everton finished 6th

    - Leicester won the PL without spending big money

    SO, perhaps it's not always down to the money, perhaps the coaching has a lot to do with it?

  2. 2 hours ago, thfc said:

    Potter confirmed as the new manager.  Looks a good appointment to me, though it will be interesting to see how much investment is made into the team.  Despite @Tiffy's post, I still can't see them spending big to get the players that are going to push them much further up the table.     

    Brighton won't spend more than they can afford, so Potter will have to work with the players there. On paper, they are good enough to do much better, so hopefully he can get the best out of them. They should sign a couple over the summer, hopefully a new striker or 3!

    i am pleased with the appointment though, a change was needed. Obviously Dan Ashworth is running the show now.

    The big question now, is where will CH end up?

  3. Brighton are set to appoint Graham Potter as their new manager after he informed Swansea City that he wants to leave.

    Brighton sacked Chris Hughton on Monday and immediately targeted Potter.

    Swansea offered Potter, 43, a new contract which would have made him one of the best-paid managers in the Championship, but he felt he could not reject a Premier League job offer.

    Brighton will pay Swansea about £3m in compensation for Potter and his staff.

    Swansea assistant manager Billy Reid, coach Bjorn Hamberg and head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay will join Potter at the Amex Stadium.

    Potter was given permission to talk to Brighton after telling Swansea late on Friday that he wanted to leave.

    The continuing financial uncertainty at Swansea is thought to have been one of the key factors behind his decision.

    Swansea have been cutting costs since they were relegated from the Premier League a year ago.

    Following their relegation, they allowed 16 players to depart last summer and made only five signings.

    More players are expected to leave this summer. Wales winger Daniel James is set to be sold and more than £20m of signings will depart on free transfers.

    Potter joined Swansea from Swedish side Ostersunds FK in June 2018 and guided them to a 10th-place finish in the Championship despite drastic cost-cutting measures following Premier League relegation.

    Brighton finished 17th in the Premier League this season, two points clear of the relegation zone.

    They won only three of their past 23 games and none of their final nine.

    Hughton, who took over at Brighton in December 2014, led them to the Premier League for the first time in 2017, and they finished 15th in their first season back in the top flight.

  4. Ok ok, calm down calm down folks?

    My aplogies for writing war & peace. You may want to make a cuppa before you sit down to read this, and your thoughts, as ever, are welcome.

    On the face of it, it seems a strange decision. Brighton aren't a big club, and CH has kept us up. What more do we want!

    But let me give you my "insiders" view. Tony Bloom used a notable word in his statement yesterday, "RISK". That sums it up for me.

    There is one person at Brighton, that the supporters trust more than anyone. That is the Chairman, who we are incredibly lucky to have. TB, is a fan, he has deep pockets, is a very astute businessman, and the 3rd generation of Blooms to be on the board at the club. Here is a Chairman, who prefers to stand with the travelling fans at away games, than sit in the boardroom.

    TB, is a maths genius, and a professional gambler who has moved into property. One of his companies is STAR LIZARD, which places bets using Asian bookmakers, and it's rumoured that you have to part with £1m to join as a customer!

    Remember that when B&HA got permission to build the new stadium, they had no money, the banks were crashing, and they had to do a deal with the University to get funding. Part of the West Stand was going to house classrooms! TB  cam along, wrote a cheque for £100m, scrapped the Univeristy idea, instead going for corporate options. A young, unproven manager, with bright ideas was appointed, and Gus Poyet started to transorm the playing side. It was refreshing after an era that saw Mickey Adams and Mark McGhee, play some unattractive and outdated football.

    Since then, TB has also spent £20+m on a new traing ground, acquire a Belgian 2nd Division club to place the non EUROPEAN imports, and now acquired  land next to the training ground, to develop into community sports facilities, housing & retail (including an IKEA).

    He has recruited top people to run the club, including Paul Barber as Chief Exec, a top recruitment & worldwide scouting system, and most recently acquired Dan Ashworth as Techical Director from the FA.  If you look at what DA has done at the FA for the England set up, i.e. Get a young manager in, develop the youth, and play attacking football, it was clear that something at the club was going to have to change.

    TB has smashed the transfer record numerous times recently, buying the likes of AJ for £25m, Locadia, Propper, Bassouma & Bernado.  Mostly Good attacking players that have a pedigree. Now, if you are TB, DA or PB, watching your team pick up 3 points from 23 games, not score for over 6hrs, not see your new recruits perform to their potential, not see any more youngsters follow in the steps of Dunky & Solly March, suffer the humilitation of a 5-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth, suffer a 2-0 home loss in a relegation battle with Cardiff, see survival by 2 points, and quite frankly, only survive because Palace beat Cardiff, then something was going to have to be done.

    This poses a significant RISK to Tony Bloom's considerable investement.

    Rumours also abound that there was unrest in the dressing room, with the players wanting to play more expansive attacking football, which CH refused.

    Our games against Wolves & Spurs didn't see a shot on target. Our FA CUP SF against City was a dull stifling affair, and the club has seen its image & reputation suffer in the media coverage that followed. Very damaging for the brand of the club.

    So TB, has a long term plan, and wants Brighton to become a sustainable football club, with a return on his investment.  (Although the stadium loan was interest free)

    One of my customers, who is very well connected with the club, told me he went to see TB in his office, and he is surrounded by computer screens  running algorithms (on what the outcomes will be if he signs certain players.). He will be doing the same with managers. Pretty much every decision TB has made since he took over, has been the right one. Appointing Sami Hypia wasn't a good idea, but the club had their hands tied with FFP, and had to go for a cheap option. 

    In my humble opinion, we were certain for relegation if CH had stayed. TB has come to the same conclusion using his algorithms. I think you will see a younger manager come in again, with fresh ideas, and an attacking style of play. DA went to see Swansea play, and said it was the best football he had ever seen. 

    See this as Dan Ashworth making his mark on the club.

    Graham Potter, therefore is the clear favourite. 

    Frank Lampard is on a shortlist of 3, but perhaps it's a bit early for him.

    TB is prepared to spend some money, with rumours of players like Juan Mata being bought in. Perhaps Rafa could be tempted away from Newcastle if he doesn't get the assurances from Ashley.

    So, thanks CH, you have done a tremendous job, and every Brighton fan will be sad to see you leave. But it was time for a change. He has reached his ceiling with Brighton, but Tony Bloom, clearly has a much higher ceiling to aim for.

    So folks, take the 5/2 about them being relegated, but now, I wouldn't touch it myself. One thing is for sure, Chris won't be out of a job for long, and if he ends up in the Championship, then I'd be lumping on that team for promotion.



  5. I am also selling the time of Brighton's first corner at 39m. Granted, I don't think they will have many, but, with a full house, and the adrenaline pumping, and perhaps a nervy City, I can see them getting one before then!

    Ive also sold total goals at 3.3. I may be wrong, but I'd be surprised if there were more than 2.

  6. Thanks @StevieDay1983 & commiserations to the Bluebirds for giving down. You gave it a good go, and really have had some good chances to escape the drop. I think it's our early season form that has really helped, and in the end it's only a few points that separates us. It will be interesting to see if NW stays for next season, I think he has won a few new friends this season, as his manner has been so much better.

    It will be an interesting game this afternoon. Brighton are safe & the pressure is off. But Bruno has said that they still need to show defensive resilience again, so I'd be expecting a low scoring game, but definitely an Arsenal win.

    What you need to do now is to go and pay @Mindfulness a visit. It was those nasty boys from Croydon that sent you down. They obviously must really love Brighton and couldn't bear to be the team to get us almost relegated. Just when they had the chance to put a nail in our coffin, they gave us the kiss of life, lol:cheers


    I usually stick a tonne on Brighton to get raped but after their exertions last night in Europa league can't see the Arse sticking it up Brightons arse by more than one goal so for me the value is on Brighton +1 this week. 

    Well you were doing really well with your first post, but you've gone back to your old self on the second one. Your homophobic smut seems only to be reserved for Brighton and no other club. There is no mention of it in your Leicester write up.

    I followed Brighton for 17 years whilst I lived in Sussex, and I can tell you, all the homophobic innuendo just gets boring. There is no room for racism, homophobia or bullying on here. Banter is fine, but keep it respectful. 

    If it carries on, then I will be off.

    Over to you Mods.......

  8. @Darran

    im another one who reads your posts but doesn't post much himself.

    Im gonna follow a bit more seriously from now on. I've been watching Torquay since January, so I am taking a keen interest in the Non League scene now.

    My 34/1 Torquay to win the title came in too. Best bet I've ever had! Plymouth are rumoured to be after GJ at the moment. I think he will stay here tho. His rapport with the supporters is amazing. I'm getting a ST here next season, so will be able to offer more of an insight during the season.

    well done on another great season

  9. 15 hours ago, betcatalog said:

    The Champions League is good for Tottenham Hotspur, but in the Premier League the four is still open and there is a lot of consolation among several teams. Against today he has Brighton and has the chance to return to victories after Saturday's defeat at derby against Manchester City by 1-0. The Londoners can go to match the match and get a lot of goals
    TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION @@ +2.50 Over, odd 1.70

    I think it will be more of the same, as in the Wolves game. Brighton will go and look to preserve the point they start with. It will be 11 players defending for 90 minutes. U2.5 for me, or BTTS NO.

  10. On 4/21/2019 at 11:30 PM, skyblues88 said:

    You're right there!! Our city has a perfectly good stadium that we might not be able to play at! 

    Our stadium is owned by London Wasps Rugby Team. Our owners (Sisu) are pursuing legal action against the Council claiming the Council sold the stadium to Wasps for about £30 million less than what it's worth. Last week Sisu lost their appeal in the Supreme Court against the original court decision. 

    Wow, I didn't realise that. Sounds like someone has messed up. But you sold your ground to (I presume) the council, and had an agreement to play at the RICOH? It's abysmal how clubs are treated by councils, when a sports club should be the centre of the community. Keep us posted & good luck. I think they've had a great season under the circumstances.

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