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  1. (thread for us Aussies in Scotland, Honorary Aussies and those interested in the plethora of Scottish based at the World Cup playing in the Gold and Green) 31 Man squad announced for the upcoming centenary games against NZ https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/september-squad-announcement-0 No less than 7 playing in Scotland plus a few others that have. New WC Home Strip released today https://www.nike.com/gb/t/australia-2022-23-stadium-home-dri-fit-football-shirt-r3z2zp/DN0677-719 Bring it on.....
  2. It does look at most times from the two European games I've seen that Ange and the players think pressing is just the front players running really fast towards opponents with the ball, the individual effort is there but they just don't press as a team or in any cohesive way. Works in Scotland as most home grown players are technically poor under any sort of pressure, not in Europe were you just get passed round. Its really naive at times and there appears to be no plan b.
  3. Both would appear to be shit in the box.. Looking forward to the gaslighting bingo later. Dominated. If we took our chances. Progress. Positive. Almost. Always the same in Europe., all of the above. But never a win.
  4. It genuinely looks that the Scottish and English Police forces are struggling for resources this week, looks like the Arsenal V PSV games has the same issue. If they are expecting 100k + (weirdos with too much time on their hands) in Edinburgh and 1m + in London then it is what it is. Its an extra-ordinary one off event and we cant really expect them to be everywhere. Although I would suggest they draft the Army in as "police" at Ibrox just as a social experiment..
  5. Another example of why VAR and the way its been operated in football is a waste of time and still relies on human interpretation, still open to error and in practice full of unconscious bias. The VAR operator rushes to select one suitable still for the on pitch ref to review, without first having conducted the most basic of checks. VAR should either be scrapped or learn some lessons from Cricket when they conduct a review. In Cricket there is a understood process and checklist that they go through that is understood by all, conducted in the open for all on tv at least to hear the umpires and tv umpires decision process. The first check in any offside review should refer to the actual rules and check for 2 opposing players between the goal. They then need to be actually consistent in the criteria and the lines, one weeks its a foot arm etc...the one with Lukaka last year was a joke, measuring from Lukaku's arm to Van Dijk's torso and foot, conveniently ignoring the two arms in line... edited to add ....I wouldn't be against American football type yard lines on the pitch to make it a more transparent process, they don't have to be as visible as they existing white lines or across the whole pitch. just something to demonstrate that the VAR line is actually straight. at the moment its open to interpretation.
  6. That's the only point of interest really in the accounts, everything else is as you were.. Land beside the stadium sold for £1,848,000 to be paid in 2 instalments (recovery of the debt subject to planning permission on houses) Apr-23 £300,000 Apr-26 £1,548,000 there is a difference between the reported debt at £1,503,482 and the note on instalments, although it mentions proceeds discounted at appropriate rate of interest so I presume given inflation and land value falling it effectively worth less when its due. (£1.8m to be paid in the future is only worth £1.5m now)
  7. maybe those involved at the club could look into taking payments on phones. Should technically be possible for the staff to use their own device but the funds still go to the club account. Anything is possible these days, I was bucket shaking in Morrisons recently (no signings spotted) for charidee and could accept donations via an app in seconds...
  8. below "borrowed" from The Athletic.. Moshri has been a disaster (compared to the potential). Usmanov is gone...so should be positive if this mob are at least professional. We've no assets left to strip so cant see it being like the Glazers...personally as this is Everton - I dont see it happening this summer. Moshri will hold on until the new stadium is ready and sell for double what's being offered now (assuming we dont get relegated in the mean time) Explained: Everton’s proposed takeover By Greg O'Keeffe, Matt Slater and Paddy Boyland Everton owner Farhad Moshiri originally intended to talk about stadium funding. The Iran-born billionaire agreed to speak with Peter Kenyon’s consortium of finance heavyweights to find out what they might be able to offer his club’s project to build a glistening new 53,000-seat ground on the banks of the River Mersey. But then it became apparent that Kenyon, gold-mining magnate John L. Thornton and real-estate tycoon Maciek Kaminski were interested in more than that — in buying a controlling stake in the club itself. Moshiri continued to listen. Chastened by events last season which culminated in a brush with the club’s first relegation since 1951 and the withdrawal of key sponsor Alisher Usmanov as the global economy was rocked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moshiri has been contacted by several groups interested in acquiring his majority share of Everton. To date, the group led by former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Kenyon are in pole position. There has been a head of terms agreement drafted — essentially a non-binding document that sets out the main issues in a proposed takeover or sale. Nobody close to the talks expects them to be resolved imminently. Some close to Moshiri are urging caution, counselling him that if he were to plough ahead with building the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in time for the 2024-25 season, he may then be able to sell the club for around £1 billion — double the £500 million he presently values Everton at. But Moshiri, who seven days ago broke his silence to supporters to apologise for the mistakes of his six-year reign thus far and reiterate his commitment to building Goodison Park’s successor, may yet decide two years is too long to wait. The Athletic understands that, ideally, the former accountant would retain a 10 per cent stake in the club after any potential takeover, but it remains to be seen if his conditions and valuation of the club are shared by any of the interested parties. Moshiri may want to remain in a new era under new owners, but there have been suggestions the Everton board could look substantially different should a takeover happen. Why would Moshiri be open to selling? It was only last week that Moshiri appeared to publicly reaffirm his commitment to Everton. In an open letter to fans, he apologised for the mistakes made under his leadership, which began in 2016, and promised to “deliver a fully-funded new stadium” that would “underpin our status as a leading club”. “Of course, the stadium alone will not help us achieve our objectives and we are committed to not making the same mistakes again, including how we have not always spent significant amounts of money wisely,” he wrote. Yet it was a troubling season on and off the pitch; one that has taken its toll on many at Goodison, including Moshiri. After spending just £1.7 million on new players last summer, Everton only narrowly avoided a first-ever relegation from the Premier League, securing their top-flight status with one game to spare. The big game-changer, though, came in February, with Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sparking a chain of events that saw Everton temporarily sever ties with a host of sponsors linked to Russian Usmanov. Those deals have been suspended indefinitely, and are highly unlikely to return. Moshiri has also been forced to distance himself from Usmanov, a close business associate and someone who has at times been a looming presence behind the scenes at the club. Worth in the region of £20 million a year, and with the potential for more later down the line in the form of a stadium naming rights deal, the loss of those deals left a significant hole in the finances of a club that had already posted three successive annual losses of over £100 million. Even with the money from Usmanov’s company USM in place, Everton had been in regular dialogue with Premier League officials for well over 12 months regarding their ongoing compliance with financial fair play regulations. They are having to be more careful now than at any point in the Moshiri era, and can no longer look to spend their way out of a mess even if they did have the money to try to do so. Tough decisions have already been made. Last week, Everton agreed a record sponsorship deal with Stake.com which will mean a gambling firm’s logo again appears on the chests of their shirts, two years after splitting from SportPesa. While it may plug a clear shortfall in funding, the move has attracted criticism from some supporters and campaigners. Back in 2020, the club’s then and current chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale admitted that, “in an ideal world”, Everton would not have a gambling sponsor in the most prominent position on their match-day kits. Yet here they are, already back in that territory. Some would say out of necessity. The events of the last few months mean Everton are very far from operating in an ideal world. The well has almost run dry. Until recently, there has always been an insistence on the part of Moshiri and Everton that he remained fully committed to the cause. Reports that Moshiri was considering selling, particularly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, were quickly denied by all camps. His commitment to plough in an additional £242 million, as revealed in January’s accounts, also appeared to show his unflinching support. But the whispers continued and it is true that the search for extra investment, in one shape or form, started some time ago. With the owner’s blessing, Everton have had talks with numerous potential partners over financing for the new stadium, with Moshiri also said to have been keen at various junctures to bring in further additional funding to supplement his running of the club. Those talks, which have been underway for some months, have now escalated further… and developed into something else entirely. These are tough conditions in which to secure new finance. Tougher still, if those you are trying to convince to invest do not feel as though they’d be able to put their stamp on proceedings. Who is in Kenyon’s consortium? The group is fronted by a familiar face to football supporters, as well as Everton manager Frank Lampard: Peter Kenyon. The former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is understood to be leading the talks so far. Since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2009, Kenyon has become a director at influential football consultancy business, Opto Advisers. From his headquarters in Jersey’s capital St Helier, the 68-year-old has worked with various prospective owners, playing an important role in the Qatari takeover of Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 and advising Chinese conglomerate Fosun International on their purchase of Wolverhampton Wanderers six years ago. He was also involved in a failed bid to buy Newcastle United. But in global terms, the most high-profile member of the group is US businessman John L. Thornton. Also 68, Thornton is a billionaire and the executive chairman of Barrick Gold, the world’s biggest gold and copper mining company. His gilded career encompassed a period as a star banker at Goldman Sachs, leading the investment giant’s European expansion in the 1980s before rising to become its president. From there, he moved into academia and the orbit of politics. A professorship at Tsinghua University in China’s capital Beijing followed, along with becoming chair of the board at the Brookings Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC. Thornton also worked in a senior role at HSBC bank but was lured to Barrick Gold in 2012 with a reported $12 million welcome package. “John was a highly desirable, well-known commodity,” the company’s then-chair Peter Munk told Barrick’s annual meeting. “We had to secure him.” Thornton’s esteem in political circles continued. His knowledge of Chinese commerce and his connections in the Far East led the administration of previous US president Donald Trump to ask the urbane, Harvard-educated father-of-four to represent the country in trade talks with China. In the hours after the news of Thornton’s involvement in the Everton consortium broke, a photograph began circulating on social media of Thornton dining with Trump’s controversial former advisor Steve Bannon and former UK politician turned right-wing commentator Nigel Farage. Alongside Kenyon and Thornton around the table will be American real-estate tycoon Maciek Kaminski, who is chief executive of Minneapolis-based Talon Real Estate. The Polish-born businessman may be less well known than Thornton but reportedly hopes for a significant role in any takeover. What would a takeover mean for the new stadium? Whatever happens, Moshiri is likely to want — at the very least — to make good on his promise to help deliver Everton’s new home at Bramley-Moore Dock. Whether that is with him still at the helm or through other investors, though, remains to be seen. Backed by his money, the £500 million project continues apace. Moshiri supplied the funds for the now-completed preparatory works at the site and, more recently, the club signed what is in essence a fixed-costs agreement with constructor Laing O’Rourke. It is still on course to be completed in time for 2024-25, and is still on budget. With the help of US finance giant JP Morgan and Japanese bank MUFG, Everton continue to look for stadium funding. This has been the basis of past talks with investors, which has, in turn, paved the way for these more serious conversations over a fully-fledged takeover. In the ongoing absence of the right funding partner for the new stadium, The Athletic understands Moshiri has offered to front the money until such time as conditions in the private lending sector improve. Any consortium, the Kenyon one or otherwise, would need to ensure the project is fully funded and seen through to fruition — a substantial commitment that would almost double the cost of Everton for any potential buyer.
  9. Unless Australia decide to "go home" and re-join Oceania. Initially it looked like the right move to AFC as they had two automatic spot qualifications but that arguably coincided with there "golden generation". Now they are back to relying on the Inter continental play off anyway! Probably an argument that the extra competitive games in AFC have helped navigate the play off lottery than use to be the case. Used to be Australia only had two real competitive games in 4 years to qualify for a WC. However they've done it, its not as easy as perceived. 5 consecutive tournaments is a better record than Italy and I doubt Scotland would have come through the below qualification path each time. 2006 - Inter-continental play off v Uruguay- 5th placed South American 2010 - Automatic - Winners ahead of Japan 2014 - Automatic - 2nd behind Japan - beating Iran, Jordan and Oman, 2018 - Inter continental play off v Honduras - 4th place CONCACAF 2022 - Inter-continental play off v Peru - 5th placed South American anyway its the World Cup and all the better for it to have teams from all the confederations, who wants to watch a Euros with Brazil and Argentina added. Its a cup and needs upsets and unusual match ups.
  10. Lol funny if true.. I think we need a re-think on penalties as a decider at the top level. The gamesmanship, un-sporting behaviour, antics and basic shit-housery in trying to get a small advantage has gone too far now...from both the keepers and the penalty takers. The Peru keeper was just as annoying in his facing the takers down, delaying, the whole charade of checking the ball was on the spot, leaving his goal for water. Don't get me started on the whole stuttered run up.. Feel for the Peru players, no way to go out a tournament. But as a nation they kinda deserve it for declaring a national holiday before they have even qualified should of fact checked first - was a national holiday to watch the play-off, not for qualification.
  11. sorry for off topic (as someone living close to Renton I've read a bit about them....hence the below) Hibs didn't "give" Celtic any players for the first game, they were essentially stolen. The entire first team were taken from other well established teams, without payment (which wasn't officially allowed, anyway) or permission. Some even went back to play a few more times for there officially registered teams. Celtic were one of original purveyors of brown envelopes and (Sh)amateurism (early EBTs even) to hide professional payments, targeting the best Irish players and those with Irish backgrounds. So much so, Renton considered not training anymore "Irish" players that could potentially be stolen anyway by Celtic. (well before the other side initiated their bigoted ban). Renton's two best players were in the first Celtic team. Celticwiki - James Kelly - here was a working class man from Renton who was suddenly able to buy multiple pubs, one for £650 in the 1890s. The majority of people now in the area still wouldn't be able to raise that money unfortunately. If You Know Your History and all that...
  12. Just realised the Glasgow Schools Team Manager was my old Dumbarton Academy PE teacher. Can only be him, he was still involved in the Glasgow Schools Select trails in the 90s and took me along for the trial each year. One for the few Sons of the rock that I know follow this thread..
  13. Thanks for this. My uncle is the 16yo. Number 10 just about to sign for Clyde.
  14. was reluctant to come back to this point as I would think there's no way Hibs are going to go with someone with so little actual managerial experience... But, Yes Dunc is an Everton legend for his playing days just for being Dunc basically, scoring in the big games and that old bollocks of "getting the club". (the list of things he does with the fans and community outside of work should embarrass most other players) Most sensible Everton fans see that the club is an actual disaster from top to bottom and has been for decades. Duncan is now seen as part of the problem. He's remained as assistant to the now hundreds of managers they've had the last 5 seasons. The club is littered with ex-players who won bugger all in their career now in cosy coaching roles and holding back the club. So good luck to him, he needs to leave if he ever wants to actually manage. But I suspect he's far too cosy in his role out the firing line. Maloney would be interesting to see what he has learned from another ex Everton Manager in Martinez...
  15. The very man. Amazing stats thanks, where did you find that info if you don't mind me asking? (Couldn't find the season stats with scorers). The 5 years missing from football...lol, I'm lead to believe he quit football to go make the big time in music. Moved to London..Tin Pan Alley. Appeared on the 6 o'clock show singing. Wrote some jingles etc..man of many talents.
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