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  • Blackmarsh63 30 Mar 2020 08:54:18 3,138 posts
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    My weekend usually revolves around football but I've no appetite for it at the moment. Maybe its just me ?
  • captbirdseye 30 Mar 2020 09:03:17 9,565 posts
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    Any kind of football would be a nice distraction at the moment. I was hoping they would show Euro 96 a bit earlier.
  • askew 30 Mar 2020 09:16:16 21,324 posts
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    The England Croatia game was pretty decent. Might still be on iPlayer? 4:3! Black boots! Silver ball! Joe Royle and John Motson! Chelsea apparently going to sign Gerrard and Rooney!
  • Dougs 30 Mar 2020 10:06:57 93,610 posts
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    Blackmarsh63 wrote:
    My weekend usually revolves around football but I've no appetite for it at the moment. Maybe its just me ?
    Nah, I'm the same
  • Baihu1983 30 Mar 2020 10:14:33 12,239 posts
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    I'm not missing it anymore
  • RGeefe 30 Mar 2020 10:18:46 847 posts
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    Ditto. Still checking some of the transfer gossip pages but hardly thinking about it. I've no doubt we'll lose a good few clubs. I've attended a handful of games over the last few years due to ticket prices and I think a lot of people will be way more hesitant to drop money on the game, given how fragile everything is.
  • SolidSCB 30 Mar 2020 10:35:58 12,446 posts
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    The longer the suspension goes on the more I realise I was completely burnt out on football. It just never ends these days, even in the off season there's convoluted friendly competitions galore and other leagues to watch over the internet so there's never really that break you used to get.

    I think when it comes back I'm going to spend a lot more time doing other things and just stick to watching United. It's amazing what you can get done when you're not scouring r/soccer for hours and watching second tier Belgian football online for the sake of it.
  • DJCopa 30 Mar 2020 12:29:44 2,243 posts
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    All this chat about re-starting the season, 1 full week into lockdown is not helpful for the crisis (I don't mean on here).

    I get why, as so much money invested.

    If it does go ahead, why not other sports/events/etc.?

    edit - and I say this as someone who is set to lose £150 from an FPL league I'm winning :)

    Edited by DJCopa at 12:32:50 30-03-2020
  • Steve-Perry 30 Mar 2020 12:46:17 1,121 posts
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    Baihu1983 wrote:
    I'm not missing it anymore
    I'm missing the match days. Driving to the game, getting a pie, being severely disappointed then going home.

    I don't miss all the noise and constant 24 hour shit. I'm a sucker for it, I listen to talksport in the car, at work sometimes. Watch other games, read the news sites all day long for footy developments. Even in the summer to keep up with transfers.

    I agree with others, in that respect it's been a nice break.
  • Dougs 30 Mar 2020 12:54:15 93,610 posts
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    SolidSCB wrote:
    The longer the suspension goes on the more I realise I was completely burnt out on football. It just never ends these days, even in the off season there's convoluted friendly competitions galore and other leagues to watch over the internet so there's never really that break you used to get.



    Definitely this. I don't actually watch much more than the Arsenal games and the odd big game over the weekend, with others more on in the background on a pad. But I do spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking, reading and posting about it.
  • nickthegun 30 Mar 2020 13:04:11 81,348 posts
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    Yeah, like I said the other day, itís not football anymore itís a 360 Media Experience and itís quite liberating to be free of it.

    And once youíre stood on the outside it does look quite ridiculous.
  • nickthegun 30 Mar 2020 13:05:28 81,348 posts
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    Obviously, this is one of many epiphanies that idiots have before picking up exactly where I left off at the first opportunity.

    Edited by nickthegun at 13:05:57 30-03-2020
  • Dougs 30 Mar 2020 13:16:45 93,610 posts
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    But by then, we'll be so desperate for anything that isn't news/politics/health related, of course we'll throw ourselves right back into it with gusto
  • Kay 30 Mar 2020 13:19:07 20,510 posts
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    Exactly. I got burnt out on football years ago, but I'd definitely welcome a match or two right now.

    Edited by Kay at 13:19:22 30-03-2020
  • askew 30 Mar 2020 13:56:54 21,324 posts
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    The whole of the 2014 FA Cup final was on YouTube yesterday ;)
  • JYM60 30 Mar 2020 14:34:29 18,406 posts
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    I've taken up playing FM. First time I have played it since it changed from being Championship Manager. Been watching highlights of old matches too.

    Has filled the whole a little bit at least.
  • Frogofdoom 31 Mar 2020 12:45:13 16,223 posts
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    Spurs have furloughed their non playing staff.
  • Dougs 31 Mar 2020 13:44:38 93,610 posts
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    Frogofdoom wrote:
    Spurs have furloughed their non playing staff.
    20% cut from the playing staff would have covered the rest FT, I am sure. They must be bricking it. As are most clubs bar Utd and City, most likely.
  • JoelStinty 31 Mar 2020 14:01:47 8,798 posts
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    Yeah it not great optics. It seems that to reduce player wages the clubs are having to talk to the FA/UEFA etc, so I guess there is a lot to untangle contractually. Having said that the players should probably voluntarily take a cut or donate to a fund or whatever
  • Frogofdoom 31 Mar 2020 14:02:29 16,223 posts
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    Newcastle were the first to do it, I missed them.

    Yeah it would have been nice to see the playing staff come forward and make the offer. Maybe we still will.
  • Dougs 31 Mar 2020 14:05:28 93,610 posts
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    JoelStinty wrote:
    Yeah it not great optics.
    Especially coming at the same time as announcing Levy's salary increase to £7m
  • Jono62 31 Mar 2020 14:07:31 24,799 posts
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    Barca players are taking a pay cut. 70%

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52092809

    Hopefully the premier league clubs do the same.
  • Knighty 31 Mar 2020 14:46:57 1,115 posts
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    Even if theyíve furloughed the staff, they could still be paying the extra 20%? Might just be the way to get the government paying most of the wages while leaving the people on full wages.
  • Frogofdoom 31 Mar 2020 14:51:02 16,223 posts
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    That's based on someone earning 2.5k a month (pre tax). Anything over that is lost and you are paying tax and NI on the furloughed wages so its results in a take home of 1816 (give or take a couple of quid).
  • captbirdseye 31 Mar 2020 15:02:55 9,565 posts
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    I was wondering how long it would take for Premier League clubs to do this. The lower leagues are fucked then.
  • JoelStinty 31 Mar 2020 15:56:39 8,798 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    JoelStinty wrote:
    Yeah it not great optics.
    Especially coming at the same time as announcing Levy's salary increase to £7m
    Yup. Though to be fair to Levy he probably got that bonus last year. Just unfortunate timing that our financials have come out this week. Think he is on 4mil a year with a 3 mil bonus for completing the stadium.

    I think we will see all clubs follow suit but no normal member of staff should be losing a job (or material wealth like house etc) over this, hopefully the league can agree on something and players collectively lower wages and divert some of those funds to staff.

    Think there might be some big causalities here, quite a lot of the premier league and most league clubs have ridiculous high wage bills that account for 70-80 % of their total turnover.
  • beastmaster 31 Mar 2020 16:00:53 20,451 posts
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    Do you think theyíll void this years PL? How are the players even in training and itíll take ages for things to get back to normal after the ďall clearĒ. Whenever thatíll be.
  • askew 31 Mar 2020 16:02:15 21,324 posts
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    Think he is on 4mil a year with a 3 mil bonus for completing the stadium.
    Gah. I need to be my own boss.
  • DJCopa 31 Mar 2020 16:44:23 2,243 posts
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    @JoelStinty I'm guessing a lot of clubs have already spent next year's TV money as well - All such a mess, but hopefully puts a reset on the ridiculous amounts of money that have been thrown about for past umpteen years.
  • Dougs 31 Mar 2020 16:46:39 93,610 posts
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    Even if it does, I don't think it would last. Mind you, aside from Juve, most Italian transfers etc seem relatively sane.
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