2015/16 Premier League & General Football Discussion

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    PREMIER LEAGUE


    Current Champions: Chelsea

    Competing In Europe
    Champions League:
    Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United
    Europa League: Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Southampton, West Ham United

    New Teams
    Came Up:
    Bournemouth, Watford, Norwich City

    Arsenal
    Aston Villa
    Bouremouth
    Chelsea
    Crystal Palace
    Everton
    Leicester City
    Liverpool
    Manchester City
    Manchester United
    Newcastle United
    Norwich City
    Southampton
    Stoke City
    Sunderland
    Swansea City
    Tottenham Hotspur
    Watford
    West Bromwich Albion
    West Ham United

    2015/16 Winners: Leicester City

    Relegated
    Newcastle United
    Norwich City
    Aston Villa


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    CHAMPIONSHIP

    Current Champions: Bournemouth

    New Teams
    Came Down:
    Queen's Park Rangers, Burnley, Hull City
    Came Up: Bristol City, Milton Keynes Dons, Preston North End

    Birmingham City
    Blackburn Rovers
    Bolton Wanderers
    Brentford
    Brighton & Hove Albion
    Bristol City
    Burnley
    Cardiff City
    Charlton Athletic
    Derby County
    Fulham
    Huddersfield Town
    Hull City
    Ipswich Town
    Leeds United
    Middlesbrough
    Milton Keynes Dons
    Nottingham Forest
    Preston North End
    Queen's Park Rangers
    Reading
    Rotherham United
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Wolverhampton Wanderers

    2015/16 Winners: Burnley

    Promoted
    Middlesbrough


    Relegated
    Charlton Athletic
    Milton Keynes Dons
    Bolton Wanderers


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    LEAGUE ONE

    Current Champions: Bristol City

    New Teams
    Came Down:
    Blackpool, Wigan Athletic, Millwall
    Came Up: Burton Albion, Shrewsbury Town, Bury, Southend United

    Barnsley
    Blackpool
    Bradford City
    Burton Albion
    Bury
    Chesterfield
    Colchester United
    Coventry City
    Crewe Alexandra
    Doncaster Rovers
    Fleetwood Town
    Gillingham
    Millwall
    Oldham Athletic
    Peterborough United
    Port Vale
    Rochdale
    Scunthorpe United
    Sheffield United
    Shrewsbury Town
    Southend United
    Swindon Town
    Walsall
    Wigan Athletic

    2015/16 Winners: Wigan Athletic

    Promoted
    Burton Albion


    Relegated
    Doncaster Rovers
    Blackpool
    Colchester United
    Crewe Alexandra


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    LEAGUE TWO

    Current Champions: Burton Albion

    New Teams
    Came Down:
    Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Crawley Town, Notts County
    Came Up: Barnet, Bristol Rovers

    Accrington Stanley
    Barnet
    Bristol Rovers
    Cambridge United
    Carlisle United
    Crawley Town
    Dagenham & Redbridge
    Exeter City
    Hartlepool United
    Leyton Orient
    Luton Town
    Mansfield Town
    Morcambe
    Newport County
    Northampton Town
    Notts County
    Oxford United
    Plymouth Argyle
    Portsmouth
    Stevenage
    Wimbledon
    Wycombe Wanderers
    Yeovil Town
    York City

    2015/16 Winners: Northampton Town

    Promoted
    Oxford United
    Bristol Rovers


    Relegated
    York City
    Dagenham & Redbridge


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    ENGLISH SUPER CUP

    Current Holders: Arsenal

    2015/16 Winners: Arsenal

    Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea


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    FA CUP

    Current Holders: Arsenal

    2015/16 Winners: Manchester United

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United (AET)


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    FOOTBALL LEAGUE CUP

    Current Holders: Chelsea

    2015/16 Winners: Manchester City

    Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City


    Manchester City win 3-1 on penalties

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    FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY

    Current Holders: Bristol City

    2015/16 Winners: Barnsley

    Barnsley 3-2 Oxford United

    Sackings are at a thirteen year high. This will be a log of this season's casualties and departures.

    MANAGER WATCH

    9th May - Lee Clark (Blackpool, resigned) League One
    12th May - Paul Cook (Chesterfield, moves to Portsmouth) League One
    24th May - Sam Allerdyce (West Ham United, contract expiration) Premier League
    25th May - Steve McClaren (Derby County, sacked) Championship
    25th May - Nigel Clough (Sheffield United, sacked) League One
    28th May - John Sheridan (Plymouth Argyle, sacked) League Two

    5th June - Slaviša Jokanović (Watford, contract expiration) Premier League
    11th June - Stuart Gray (Sheffield Wednesday, sacked) Championship
    30th June - Nigel Pearson (Leicester City, sacked) Premier League

    6th September - Dave Robertson (Peterborough United, sacked) League One
    8th September - Paul Dickov (Doncaster Rovers, sacked) League One
    12th September - Darren Kelly (Oldham Athletic, sacked) League One
    28th September - Marinus Dijkhuizen (Brentford, sacked) Championship
    28th September - Steve Evans (Rotherham United, resigned) Championship
    30th September - Graham Alexander (Fleetwood Town, sacked) League One

    1st October - Terry Butcher (Newport County, sacked) League Two
    3rd October - Dick Advocaat (Sunderland, resigned) Premier League
    4th October - Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool, sacked) Premier League
    17th October - Mark Cooper (Swindon Town, sacked) League One
    19th October - Uwe Rösler (Leeds United, sacked) Championship
    25th October - Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa, sacked) Premier League
    25th October - Guy Luzon (Charlton Athletic, sacked) Championship
    26th October - Russ Wilcox (York City, sacked) League Two

    2nd November - Richard Money (Cambridge United, sacked) League Two
    4th November - Chris Powell (Huddersfield Town, sacked) Championship
    4th November - Chris Ramsey (Queen's Park Rangers, sacked) Championship
    8th November - Kit Symons (Fulham, sacked) Championship
    10th November - Gary Bowyer (Blackburn Rovers, sacked) Championship
    26th November - Tony Humes (Colchester United, sacked) League One
    28th November - Dean Saunders (Chesterfield, sacked) League One
    30th November - Dean Smith (Walsall, moves to Brentford) League One

    1st December - Paul Sturrock (Yeovil Town, sacked) League Two
    4th December - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Burton Albion, leaves for Queen's Park Rangers) League One
    4th December - Steve Clarke (Reading, sacked) Championship
    9th December - Garry Monk (Swansea City, sacked) Premier League
    17th December - John Still (Luton Town, sacked) League Two
    17th December - Jose Mourinho (Chelsea, sacked) Premier League
    21st December - Wayne Burnett (Dagenham & Redbridge, sacked) League Two
    29th December - Martin Ling (Swindon Town, resigned) League One
    29th December - Ricardo Moniz (Notts County, sacked) League Two

    12th January - David Dunn (Oldham Athletic, sacked) League One
    13th January - John Sheridan (Newport County, moves to Oldham Athletic) League Two
    14th January - Steve Cotterill (Bristol City, sacked) Championship
    18th January - Mark Robins (Scunthorpe United, sacked) League One
    18th January - Ian Hendon (Leyton Orient, sacked) League Two

    1st February - Teddy Sheringham (Stevenage, sacked) League Two
    6th February - Lee Johnson (Barnsley, moves to Bristol City) League One
    8th February - Neil Redfearn (Rotherham United, sacked) Championship
    8th February - Paul Clement (Derby County, sacked) Championship
    10th February - Ronnie Moore (Hartlepool United, sacked) League Two

    7th March - Sean O'Driscoll (Walsall, sacked) League One
    11th March - Steve McClaren (Newcastle United, sacked) Premier League
    13th March - Dougie Freedman (Nottingham Forest, sacked) Championship
    15th March - Neil Lennon (Bolton Wanderers, sacked) Championship
    19th March - Jamie Fullarton (Notts County, sacked) League Two
    29th March - Remi Garde (Aston Villa, sacked) Premier League

    12th April - Kevin Nolan (Leyton Orient, sacked) League Two
    23rd April - Graham Westley (Peterborough United, sacked) League One
    25th April - Mark Yates (Crawley Town, sacked) League Two
    26th April - Kevin Keen (Colchester United, sacked) League One

    6th May - Russell Slade (Cardiff City, kicked upstairs) Championship
    7th May - Jose Riga (Charlton Athletic, resigned) Championship
    12th May - Roberto Martinez (Everton, sacked) Premier League
    12th May - Nigel Adkins (Sheffield United, sacked) League One
    12th May - Chris Wilder (Northampton Town, moves to Sheffield United) League Two
    18th May - Neil Warnock (Rotherham United, resigned) Championship
    18th May - Neil MacDonald (Blackpool, resigned) League One
    19th May - Rob Page (Port Vale, moves to Northampton Town) League One
    23rd May - Louis van Gaal (Manchester United, sacked) Premier League
    27th May - Brian McDermott (Reading, sacked) Championship

    Sackings: 53
    Resignations: 7
    Expirations: 2
    Approaches: 7
    Kicks Upstairs: 1

    Total: 69
     
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    Right, a few things to kick off as we enter the summer.

    Daily Fail

    *Shudder* Pardon the link, and mildly NSFW pictures therein, but this is the source with the most detail; three Leicester City reserve players have been rumbled filming some kind of lads holiday/sexual misdemeanor in Thailand which includes racially abusing the Thai women involved.

    One of the players involved is James Pearson, son of manager Nigel, and lest we forget Leicester City are owned by Thais. What a complete and utter lack of respect and what horrible, entitled :censored: these players are. I hope they're sacked. The Beeb has a tamer write up if you don't want to click on the Fail.

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    Patrick Viera is one of the favourites for the Newcastle job

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    Van Gaal
    Koeman
    Hasselbaink
    Moniz
    Dijkhuizen

    There are now five Dutch managers in the top 92. Lest we forget that Edgar Davids and Dick Advocaat have been managers in England rather recently; an invasion has begun.

    Dijkhuizen has taken over the Brentford job. Brentford, who let Mark Warburton go despite him guiding them to the play-offs in their first season in the Championship, are supposedly looking to use 'statistics' much more often in recruiting players. I'm very interested as to how they will do.
     
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    I'm really entrigued as to how Brentford do as well but I can't see them doing so good this season unless they somehow manage to convince Spurs to get Alex Pritchard again, who is hot property at Spurs atm and could well be this season's breakout star after Kane and Mason last year.

    Any predictions will have to wait until transfer season is nearing the end and we've an idea on what the teams are shaping up to be like.

    At the moment, the usual Chelsea-City Top 2 prediction, United need a top class defender and a striker or two as backup to Rooney to be challengers should De Gea leave.

    Arsenal could be challengers though I reckon they need a CDM and maybe a striker.

    Spurs need to get rid of a lot of deadwood, another defender (already signed Wimmer from FC Koln) and some strikers as backup to Kane.

    Liverpool probably need an overhaul. Skrtel is still their best defender by a long way and Sakho, Toure and Lovren have been sub-standard. Up front Borini and Lambert haven't produced anything and Ballotelli doesn't look like his old self, although that may be due to a lack of crossing from Liverpool.

    If Southampton are to remain fighting for Europe they would do well to hold on to their key players and maybe need slight improvements in their squad debth, not that much though.

    Some key players that will be free this summer include Khedira, Ings, Konoplyanka and Andre Ayew.
     
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    cover/long term replacement for Carrick. This season has showed just how essential a DM is to the team.
    A right back is also high on the list, with Rafael likely to be shipped off in the summer.
    Coquelin has done rather well this season I think.
     
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    A second CDM is important in big games IMO, Cazorla, while he is a great player is not a defending type of midfielder. A second CDM could allow him to just concentrate on playing the ball.

    It's been City's problem for years in the Champions League, a 4-4-2 where the only midfield player that defends is Fernandinho has led to them being unable to contain quite a lot of teams.
     
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    Berbatov is also a free agent this summer; he could still do a job for a Prem team, just not a top 4 one any more I don't think.
     
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    I haven't seen Arsenal play two DMs since the Vieira/Gilberto Silva days.

    Two sitters, yes, but with one of them being a box-to-box/deep playmaker type.
     
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    They haven't won anything since then apart from two FA Cups.
     
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    So big breaking news a little earlier with Sepp Blatter to resign as FIFA president once a successor is named, very good news for Football as a whole I'm sure you agree and I hope there will be big changes there now, Prince Ali and David Ginola have thrown their hat in to the presidential ring, successor to be named as soon as possible...
     
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    Breaking news.

    Luis Suarez has stopped playing football and started an immediate career in a fastfood restaurant in Pakistan.

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    Anyone hear about Newcastle and how they released their players last week? apparently what happened was the club rang up Ryan Taylor to say he wasn't going to get a new contract and they then asked if Jonas Gutierrez was with him and it was sheer coincidence that he was and he past to the phone to Jonas and told him he wouldn't get a new deal too...

    ....two problems with this, firstly doing it by phone is cowardly, at least have the balls to do it face to face, secondly, releasing Jonas Gutierrez after everything he's been through is shocking, he was diagnosed with cancer last September, got the all clear in March, forced his way back into the first team, and then scored the winning goal in the last game v Villa to keep them up....I think releasing him and the way in which they did it really does say a lot about what's going on at Newcastle right now...
     
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    This is, by some distance, the stupidest thing Real Madrid have done since they replaced Del Bosque with Carlos Queiroz.
     
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    Correction: Real Madrid appoint Max.

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    Good manager but I don't rate him as a coach, trying to figure out whether this is a good move or not...

    ...This summer will be a bit light on Football but there is the Copa America, The Euro U21 Championship and the Women's World Cup, I'll start threads on the Copa America and the Euros....not about the Women's World Cup though..
     
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    Good news! Dickie Advocaat stays on as manager for Sunderland!
     
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    And is removed from manager watch as a result. This puts us at six Dutchies managing in the top 92.
     
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    James Milner set to join Liverpool on a free from Man City once his contract runs out on July 1st subject to a medical, I cant honestly believe City are letting him go like this, he was one of the best players last season and is a really good player..
     
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    I really, REALLY hope that Louis will make Man U champions next season. The Brits deserve a ridiculous speech from him.
     
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    We have another Spanish manager in England too by the looks of it, Quique Sanchez Flores has signed a two year deadl to become Watford head coach, breaking news in the last 15 mins...
     
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    Sterling wants to go from Liverpool to Manchester United because of van Gaal.

    Apparently that road hasn't been travelled since 1938.
     
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    Sterling is a bang average player, only somewhat better than his peers. Being in a bad Liverpool side makes him look greater than he is. Sturridge, on the other hand, is a real talent; it's just a shame his legs are made from glass.

    The Football League is also looking to bring in interview quotas; at least one B/EM candidate will have to be interviewed for jobs.
     
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    Flores has been announced as the new Watford manager and we have our seventh casualty of the season already.

    5th June - Slaviša Jokanović (Watford, contract expiration) Premier League

     
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    A lot of rumours and speculation to do with transfers at this time as ever, here's what I want/think should happen at one of my clubs, Manchester United

    Goalkeepers
    It certainly looks like De Gea will be leaving for Real Madrid, we have been linked with a few 'keepers to replace him like Lloris, Begovic, Cillesen and Muslera, I'd quite like Lloris although I think he would cost quite a bit as Spurs spent £8 mill on him and he has improved in the years since then which would add to his value, personally I wouldn't mind Valdes getting the number one jersey when De Gea leaves, he was fantastic against Hull and we can sign someone as a back up for him.

    Defenders
    We have been after a right back as Van Gaal doesn't rate Rafael who hasn't played much this season and Valencia has played there for a majority of the season, Clyne and Dani Alves have been linked but I think Seamus Coleman would be a good fit, we have been heavily linked with Mats Hummels and Nico Otamendi to play in the centre, anyone of those will be great, Luke Shaw has been out a lot of his first season but I don't think we need to sign anyone as cover as Blind and Rojo can do a job there.

    Midfielders
    I don't think we need anymore attacking midfielder wise unless Di Maria goes and he has already said that he isn't going anywhere which I think is great as I think he was treated a bit unfairly last season (which was his first in the PL don't forget), I would rather have Di Maria than Bale in the team right now, I think we should focus on a long term replacement for Carrick who is getting on a bit now and is getting more injury prone, Gundogon or Schneiderlin would be ideal.

    Strikers
    Rooney isn't going anywhere and will most likely finish his career at the club and end up our highest ever goal-scorer, Van Persie could go as I think he might be past his best and I think Higuain would be a great replacement, I'd rather keep Hernandez as I've always liked him, Wilson can go out on loan, maybe to one of the promoted PL teams...Bournemouth would be perfect for him

    ....and the one signing we have made....
    Depay is a great signing, fantastic young player and he has potential to be one of the best players in the world in the next five years. :tup:
     
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    Sunderland will be relegated this year.
     
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    I have a friend who won't be happy with that.
     
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    And I have a friend who would be delighted.
     
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    Just a gut instinct. It's an all too familiar story by now.

    Di Canio; keeps them up, puts them on track for relegation.
    Poyet; keeps them up, puts them on track for relegation.
    Advocaat; keeps them up, ??? ??? ???
     
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    Qualifies for the Europa League.
     
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    Number of Wrexham AFC season tickets sold so far: 2,000

    That's better than the average attendance of 19 out of the other 23 Conference clubs. Including Chester.

    Chester's Population: 120,000
    Wrexham's Population: 60,000

    We have half the population but get twice as many fans watching the football team. Yep. We do. Real club, real fans, blah, blah, blah.
     
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