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I care about West Ham going up, said so in a tweet yesterday. Best result, as i think Blackpool will be more beatable than West ham for championship sides like Boro.

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Boro's academy not done bad this season.

Ross Turnbull - Champions League winner, FA cup winner. Penalty saving superstar, saved 4 i think?

Stu Downing - 0 goals 0 assists but a League Cup winners medal.

Adam Johnson - Premier League Winner

\o/

Less medals than Reading's academy :brock:

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aside from the ones won by reading themselves what have former academy players picked up this season?

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We were just a laughing stock with him in charge (arguably still are to be fair) as we were getting a new manager every few months. Of course with a new manager, comes a whole new set of backroom staff, etc. The players didn't know whether they were coming or going, neither did the fans! It of course cost us our Championship status that season. Mandaric's redeeming factor was his appointment of Nigel Pearson that season, and we walked the league :cool:

Basically, when he took us over, he told all our fans how he'd have us competing in the Premier League within 4 years, blah blah blah, and he failed. Live moves on :thup:

Tbf he actually said he'd get us out of the Championship and he did actually do that, only the wrong way. :rolleyes:

SheffWeds fans can praise him for sacking Megson and bringing Jones in, but they won't be so happy when he actually starts forcing out your good managers who've done everything right there, like Pearson did the first time round to replace them with the ilk of Paulo Sousa. Mandaric is ridiculous, there's trigger-happy then there's Mandaric and most of his appointments have been godawful over the years, he'll just eventually find a good manager by law of averages because he goes through so many, but then he'll get rid of him for someone awful again in the end too.

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And then Leicester bounced straight back and made the Championship playoffs the year after. I'd probably be happy with making the playoffs next season.

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aside from the ones won by reading themselves what have former academy players picked up this season?

Nothing :(

Well, Ben Hamer was in the PFA Team of the Year for League 1 and won the league, Michail Antonio was promoted with Sheffield Wednesday, and Alan Pardew was LMA Manager of the Year. Nam Tae-Hee was a runner up in the Qatari league but that hardly compares to the PL or FA Cup.

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Nothing :(

Well, Ben Hamer was in the PFA Team of the Year for League 1 and won the league, Michail Antonio was promoted with Sheffield Wednesday, and Alan Pardew was LMA Manager of the Year. Nam Tae-Hee was a runner up in the Qatari league but that hardly compares to the PL or FA Cup.

You cant be using that smiley at me then. BIATCH!

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Matt Ritchie - League 2 Player of the Year and League Two Champion

Marlon Pack - Third League 2 Player of the Year and currently in the League Two playoff final with Cheltenham

Super successful Academy we have... (albeit at League two level...) :cool:

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Tbf he actually said he'd get us out of the Championship and he did actually do that, only the wrong way. :rolleyes:

SheffWeds fans can praise him for sacking Megson and bringing Jones in, but they won't be so happy when he actually starts forcing out your good managers who've done everything right there, like Pearson did the first time round to replace them with the ilk of Paulo Sousa. Mandaric is ridiculous, there's trigger-happy then there's Mandaric and most of his appointments have been godawful over the years, he'll just eventually find a good manager by law of averages because he goes through so many, but then he'll get rid of him for someone awful again in the end too.

Mandaric saved us from administration and possibly even liquidation, and got us up a league within 18 months.

He can walk on water as far as I'm concerned.

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You cant be using that smiley at me then. BIATCH!

Didn't realise your academy was only supposed to win things for other clubs ;)

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Matt Ritchie - League 2 Player of the Year and League Two Champion

Marlon Pack - Third League 2 Player of the Year and currently in the League Two playoff final with Cheltenham

Super successful Academy we have... (albeit at League two level...) :cool:

Both players could be in the same league as you in August. Should have kept them both!

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Its the Middlesbrough philosophy.

(before anyone makes a Saints dig, Arsenal + Spurs haven't won much ;))

We had academy players in the Carling cup winning side. :cool:

And we being a smaller side have to continually sell on players to bigger sides. Part of life.

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Supposidly after Richard Keogh - wouldnt mind him at the club at all.

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It's safe to say our academy has produced the best this year.

Tom Kilbey' date=' new star of TOWIE[/quote']

Is he actually? :D

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He actually made 2 sub appearances for us under Cotterill, think he set up a goal when we lost to Brighton in the cup.

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think he's Joey essex's flatmate. who's also a millwall fan funnily enough

Don't you have Mark Wright's brother playing for you at the moment, Josh I think?

TOWIE FC

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Supposidly after Richard Keogh - wouldnt mind him at the club at all.

Yeah you and Ipswich (another of his former clubs). Does seem likely he'll be off :(

Can also add Cranie to our released list now, we were going to offer him a new contract but we've now massively revised our 'bounce back budget' and can no longer afford to offer him a contract.

Andy Thorn had lined up a load of transfer targets (free agents) for us to sign but we can't actually offer any of them contracts until we exit our transfer embargo. Unfortunately it doesn't look like we can exit our transfer embargo until discussions about Ricoh ownership are finished, which according to the Alan Higgs Trust (who own 50% and are looking to sell) will take at least 60 days. So we wont be looking at signing anyone until at least late July :(

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Supposidly after Richard Keogh - wouldnt mind him at the club at all.

Hopefully not...he's an absolute arsehole of a person. Good player, mind.

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Makes your job a lot easier, I have about 90 people in mine to work through this summer.

I've got about 60 in mine...

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Makes your job a lot easier, I have about 90 people in mine to work through this summer.

Easy enough, just give anyone who is u18 -9 and you're half way there

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Hopefully not...he's an absolute arsehole of a person. Good player, mind.

Seems you've had a bid turned down.

COVENTRY City have rejected a ‘derisory’ offer from Bristol City for centre-half Richard Keogh – but the Robins’ official approach could spark a full-scale bidding war for the Sky Blues’ prime asset.

A number of Championship clubs have already made inquiries about the centre-half, who logged 91 consecutive Championship appearances before a red card against Doncaster Rovers brought a premature close to last season. And while City insist that they want him to stay they admit that, in their current financial situation, they would find it difficult to turn down a realistic bid.

Confirming Bristol’s offer, City’s development director Steve Waggott said: “It was derisory, way below the value we would put on the player if we were of a mind to sell – which is not the case at all. “We’ve got a season left with Richard and we are having discussions with him and his agent about what the future looks like from his perspective. “We’ve had approaches, by telephone and e-mail, from three or four interested Championship clubs that haven’t led to a formal offer. “The type of player Richard is he’s going to attract attention and we’ve got to consider all reasonable offers that come in. "But he’s a terrific asset for us – Andy Thorn and the directors want Richard to lead us back to the Championship and we want to retain him for as long as we can.”

I'm sure we'll still be selling him despite that spiel but hopefully for a decent price.

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Easy enough, just give anyone who is u18 -9 and you're half way there

He's not the old Arsenal researcher... ;)

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Don't you have Mark Wright's brother playing for you at the moment, Josh I think?

TOWIE FC

yeah he brought nana pat as his gues to the player of the year dinner. Mark & Arg and co have come down tow atch a few home and away matches also. scary

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I'm hoping they justify it with some decent summer signings.

Its not justifiable at all, its just fans who will act like sheep.

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£20 to pay by installments at MFC.

Anyone stupid enough to pay £50 for installments on a ST deserves to be stung. Its cheaper to whack it on a credit card then balance transfer it to another card who will have 0% on transfers for 12 months.

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Is it though? For most things you pay for in instalments, it costs more to do so.

For effectively a 6 month loan? of 75% of the cost? £50 is outrageous, there are people out there that won't be able to afford that. Let alone telling them, we'll help you but it'll cost you £50. I was annoyed at the £20 admin fee our club charged.

There's quite alot of little things taken, wasn't there a young adult price for under 23s last season? You're expecting a new 18 kid to fork out £600? £650 if he can't afford it upfront? It's ludicrous. The pricing structure for youths is still there though, which is good. I suppose you're far too happy to be in the Premiership to worry about a 30% hike.

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Cardiff City are making an amazing record £5.5 million bid for Burnley’s brilliant young striker Jay Rodriguez.Malky Mackay’s owners are backing him with cash to win promotion and the England under-21 prospect is their top target - and available for the right price.

Rodriguez has been watched by a handful of Premier League clubs and the Clarets may cash in as he is entering the last year of his contract.

However Cardiff have surprisingly jumped to the head of the queue and will pay more than their rivals for Rodriguez who could shoot them to the Premier League.

thats what losing a million quid a month does for you apparently

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A few guys were mentioning this to me claiming we were very interested, I simply laughed them off.

What a club!

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Fellow newly promoted side Reading's prices are a lot cheaper...

http://www.readingfc.co.uk/page/SeasonTickets/0,,10306~2750697,00.html

Season tickets 2012/13

Lower west, east and north stands:

Adults £525, 16 & under £150, concessions (65 & overs and 17-21s) £330

Upper west stand:

Adults £595, 16 & under £200, concessions (65 & overs and 17-21s) £400

Why yes, yes they are. You could argue though that Southampton will attract thousands next season so demand will be VERY high. So price has to go up as there is a limited supply.

It's sad really, the 'big' clubs in London are the only ones that could justifiably go for a high ticket price because of the affluent area, but it's sad to see a club basically hold the fans to ransom because you'll be playing a couple of games against big clubs.

It would actually be nice for you to be a bit honest and criticise something about Saints for once, usually you're pretty robust with your defence, seems a bit lacking on this news.

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Seems like a few clubs are potentially interested in Jay Rod then. Here's hoping for a bidding war that bumps his price up. Would be disappointed to see him go to another Championship club though.

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I dread to think what our ST prices will be like if we get promoted.

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