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Corona.
at 10:49 29 Mar 2020

There’s a zero percent chance you read the underlying article. How do you have an opinion on it?
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Corona.
at 00:26 22 Mar 2020

Please

To anyone who is still going out

Please listen to the government guidelines and follow them.
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Corona.
at 00:09 21 Mar 2020

My condolences
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Football fix
at 19:45 15 Mar 2020

Since we're all football deprived, now is not a bad time to go into the back catalog

if everyone could chip in with one QPR-related video and non-QPR one

Here's my two. The non-QPR one may is arguably pornography, so please dont watch on your work computers




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Corona.
at 20:34 12 Mar 2020

this saturdays match is going to bring a whole new meaning to the term "die hard supporters"
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Playoffs
at 17:39 9 Mar 2020

This post highlights the key thing: the number of teams were competing with for the final playoff spot

It’s not about how many points we are from 6th.

It’s more about how many teams are between us and 6th. Even if we win the next 2 matches, there’s bound to be at least 1 team in 6-11 who will also not drop points.

Having said that, there’s always one team who makes a late run to the playoffs.....
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Jack Clarke
at 14:09 28 Feb 2020

The last sentence captures my sentiments 100%

Shodipos debut was against Leeds in August 2016. He was so good that day that Gary Monk actually subbed off his first choice rightback in the 30th minute (of the opening game of the season!!)

He was really good under JFH, and progressing very well, but fell out of favor when Ollie came in in November. Ollie bizarrely brought him on as a sub in his first match in charge against Norwich (where Norwich had a man sent off in the 1st minute of the match). He fell asleep defensively and was partially responsible for the goal we conceded (we still won). Ollie criticized him in the press, and we really havent seen much of him since. He's had a few bad injuries though

The biggest travesty of the Clarke signing is how it has hampered Shodipo. He literally scratched and clawed his way back into the first team- he got a few sub appearances and made the bench in January. Since Clarke was signed, Shodipo has basically been dropped from even the bench.

What a shame- a young player overcomes adversity to earn back his spot in the first team only to lose it to another club's academy player... does not make sense and sends the wrong message
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QPR latest Accounts
at 22:41 27 Feb 2020

Brentford have the best track record in the efl of buying low and selling high. Just because we’re not as good at scouting as the best team doesn’t mean that our scouting team is somehow bad.

That’s like saying wolves and Leicester are bad footballing sides because they’re not as good as Liverpool.
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at 16:45 27 Feb 2020

Brentford has made a lot of poor signings, too. You just don't know them, just as a Brentford fan probably doesnt know who Sean Goss or David Wheeler is.

A lot of the players you also mentioned below were hardly failures and many of them accomplished their remit. Citing Perch, for instance, is silly, as he was signed as a short term signing, rather than a young player we scouted for future sell on value. Are you going to also say Cameron (signed on a free) is a failed signing b/c we didn't make a profit on him when he likely leaves this summer?

In any event, failure is inherently part of the model. By citing past failures, you're really missing the point.
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Jack Clarke
at 16:39 27 Feb 2020

No one has any leverage in a negotiation with QPR when it comes to Eze. This is one of the few situations in the last few years where QPR holds all of the cards in a transfer negotiation

If Levy or anyone else tries to play it too cute in the negotiations, QPR can turn to Wolves, Palace and any other team that is after a player of his talent, durability, experience, age and stats
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Pound climbs to €1.20
at 14:02 25 Feb 2020

Both sides engage in the same behavior

When suitable, both sides attribute positive or negative economic indicators to Brexit. When its not suitable, they attribute it to some external factor like global macroeconomic trends, coronavirus, trade war, etc.
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In rotation - Preview
at 13:51 25 Feb 2020

Clive- agre that MW has done a good job of rotating players, but he is going to need to be more careful with Hugill.

Because I am an absolutely miserable OCD with a tendency to see the negative in everything, I was slightly annoyed with MW's substitution of Hugill against Stoke. When Chair scored the 4th goal to put us up 2 in stoppage time, MW should have immediately subbed Hugill off. Hugill stayed on for another 90 seconds, before MW took him off and brought on Oteh. Right before he was subbed off, Hugill sprinted to close down a speculative long ball from Stoke's left back in Stoke's defensive half. For all the criticism of Hugill, by the way, everyone should acknowledge how hard he works for the entire 90 minutes

But that work rate may be an issue given our lack of striker depth. It is not sustainable for a player to play with his level of physicality and effort for 90 minutes a match from here on out. And unlike a veteran striker (eg Ronaldo now, Glen Murray, etc) who manages his sprints and tries to limit his expenditure of energy to certain high probability situations, Hugill plays at full tilt for basically the entire match. He only has one gear, and he's not going to manage his own work rate- so the job is going to have fall with MW.

MW has two approaches to managing Hugill's minutes. First, he can absolutely flog Hugill now to try to accumulate as many points as early as possible to secure us safety, at which point he can start to rest Hugill/provide Oteh with longer spells. Alternatively, he can start proactively managing Hugill's minutes now, perhaps sacrifice a few points by subbing off Hugill/starting Oteh to ensure Hugill is fit and fresh enough to play in matches in April and beyond.

It appears that MW is opting for the former- and given how close we are to securing our position in the league, this may be the optimal approach.

Separately, and not totally unrelated, MW has failed to use all 3 subs in each of the last 3 matches (which is probably my biggest manager pet peeve). While I can't complain with the results, he should be figuring out how to use his subs better.
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Pound climbs to €1.20
at 19:06 24 Feb 2020

Not factually correct. The exchange rate is at basically the same level year on year. Also, if you go back to the period pre referendum, the pound is significantly weaker against the euro

I’m not sure what you’re basing your projections on, but I’m going to assume it’s not a phd in economics. Anyone projecting future exchange rates here is guessing

If you’re trying to save 20% on your holiday, I suggest you buy a cheaper brand of beer
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Hugill
at 17:33 23 Feb 2020

Shots on target ratio is a pretty useless stat. Mark Pugh has taken multiple shots that are glorified back passes to the opposition keeper. This would reflect well in shots on target ratio but it doesn’t really mean much.

Also, presenting a random stat like shots on target without reference to what an average or good strikers ratio would be is not particularly helpful
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Pound climbs to €1.20
at 17:25 23 Feb 2020

The uk is a net importer.

While the depreciated pound may help some exporting businesses, the net effect is going to be higher cost of imports, resulting in inflation.
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Pound climbs to €1.20
at 00:10 22 Feb 2020

you are aware that there are other countries out there which have their own currencies? You know, all those countries that the uk is now free to trade with. The pound has depreciated massively against all of them- just as an ecample the pound is down 25% against the dollar from the period prior to the referendum

But I’m glad you believe, based off your boundless economic training, that the pound will appreciate to the magically round number of 1.50
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Contracts Extended
at 15:46 20 Feb 2020

Agreed, although for so long as were in the championship, our issue isnt a capacity issue as much as it is a utilization issue. we're currently only filling up ~70% of the stadium on average.

if we ever do get back to the prem, i suspect we'll have a capacity issue rather than a utilization issue. but then by that point, we'd be so awash with broadcasting money that it wouldnt matter much

i'm leaving aside the issue of other events (like how spurs uses their stadium for nfl, concerts, etc). i dont know much about this or how it affects the bottom line/ffp, so i cant really speak to it. but logically, it seems that this doesnt help us.
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Contracts Extended
at 15:30 20 Feb 2020

Clive, id argue that stadium size is overrated from a revenue perspective.

Take a look at qprs accounts from the last two years: gate receipts were £4.9m last year and £5.2m the year before.

Even if we doubled our attendances (let’s assume capacity permitted at loftus road), it would barely move the needle for us

The only way to make money in this division is through player trading

This is a bit oversimplified, but Our Luke freeman sale will provide comparable revenues to ticket sales for 23 home matches! Selling Eze for 20m would be the equivalent of selling 48k tickets to every home match.
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Contracts Extended
at 07:56 20 Feb 2020

It is mostly a myth that length of contract remaining affects transfer values.

Length remaining on contract is irrelevant for purposes of transfer fee if the player is going to sign a new contract with the new club, as bright will likely do when he moves on.

The benefit of a longer contract for the new club is that they get to lock down a player under a fixed wage by assuming the terms of the prior contract. However, in most transfers, the player just ends up tearing up the old contract and signing a new one (see nakhi Wells, who tore up his Burnley contract which was assigned to Bristol city and reentered a new one w new terms). Therefore it’s irrelevant whether that player has 1 year or 10 years left on his contract.

As a separate point, it’s arguably irrational for a club to ever exercise an option until the last possible moment. If ryan Manning or BOS, god forbid, suffer a career ending injury between now and seasons end, we’ve guaranteed their wages for another year. We gain nothing from exercising our option earlier than we need to. However, it’s more complex than that bc clubs have to manage PR, sell season tickets, etc

Ultimately this isn’t really a big deal

Edit: I will caveat the above to state one, of a few situations, where length of contract affects transfer value: if you’re at the last window you can sell a player before his contract expires (eg if we’re having this conversation abt BOSnext January window) and there is only one bidder for the player, then the selling club will likely get a lower transfer fee bc the acquiring club knows they can just wait until the summer and get the player on a free, therefore affecting the selling clubs bargaining power.The player also has an incentive to block any such transfers bc they will get a higher wage as a free agent in the open market
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Swansalooser match thread
at 22:01 11 Feb 2020

looks like everyone disagrees with me here. fair enough and all are valid points, particularly anttis point on rotation from last saturday- i actually didnt take that into account

i just think this game was for the taking....

i would have taken off pugh for chair....

if we needed to shore up and grab the point, we couldve taken off an attacker for another midfielder like amos
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