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About DanFromDownSouth

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  1. Derek from the film Step Brothers, has taken a dark path!
  2. The comment has a bigger twist than an M.Night Shyamalan film!
  3. Mentions all 3 positions in here too... https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/middlesbrough-fc-set-finally-complete-10778219.amp
  4. Seen as all 3...there is bit in the article about it. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/victor-lindelof-middlesbrough-fc-set-10751506.amp
  5. Lindelof too, meant to join us on loan, but Benfica kept moving the goal posts. Then they sold him to United for a big fee!
  6. Christ that's a name I haven't heard in a while! Up there with the Isaiah Osbourne's or Mickaël Tavares'.
  7. What @Brunners has said below sums up how I feel. I didn't want Woodgate but I was happy if he did get it to give him a chance. What has filled me with optimism the most is the fact that Woodgate seems to be spearheading a huge overarching change in the way we do things at this club. What I don't understand about the doom mongers is they have made very valid points and complained about how as a club we have operated in the past decade and more. Then when we see the club seemingly trying to change that, it is still viewed as the worse thing in the world. (Brunners post below).
  8. I also don't understand the doom mongers either. Woodgate wouldn't have been my choice, but I have always been willing to let him have a chance to prove me wrong. After yesterday's press conference I along with many others are feeling a lot more optimistic about the direction we seem to be heading in. I don't think anyone has been mentioning that under Woodgate we will be at the top of the tree (yet). But I think the vast majority of us accept that the coming season will be one of transition and change. As long as we make a concerted effort to shift to our new philosophy this season I'll be happy. A top 10 finish this season I think would be a good achievement. But I have hope that we can finish higher than that. But equally as long as we make improvements to our style I wouldn't mind if we weren't in the top 10.
  9. I'd be more than happy to have him in the team if he was 100% committed, he'd be very effective in an attacking and pressing style. But I think too much has played out publicly for us to have him. He is allegedly our highest paid player too, and if the rumours of having a £6 Million offer on the table for him are true, I think we will cut our losses.
  10. So just because I'm bored this Saturday morning, I am going to put forward 2 very tinfoil hat theories (not that I think they are true, but it's just for fun). So our huge shift in approach, philosophy and focus on youth could be because; 1) We are trialling this style of football and approach so that we are more attractive to certain investors. A few months ago we had a thread on rumours of new investors, notably Red Bull. Thinking of all the teams that they own or are involved with they all follow strict philosophies. RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg being the flagships of this. Could it be possible that they wanted to invest in us but had reservations? And this shift is effectively a trial to show them we can work within their model? 2) Back in May Rafa Benitez said words to the effect that Newcastle should be dominating the North East in regards to the academy set-up and youth recruitment. Could it be that we saw this a big threat to our own academy set-up and decided how can we make ourselves more appealing to youngsters deciding where to play. If we have a clear pathway to the first team that will be a huge bonus. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/academy-master-plan-rafa-benitez-16295141.amp Before you all crucify me, I don't believe any of this for a second. But am merely thinking outside the box and am very bored!
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