Expectations

Mathematically Possible but unlikely. So barring a huge win over Burnley and results elsewhere heading in our favour we're ending the season in the bottom half of the table!
It seems to be only the last few weeks, that the upheaval we've faced this season, has contributed to us falling below many fans expectations which I'm sure included another shot at Europe.
So a tough season but we've escaped the tragedy Hull, Boro and Sunderland face, so what if any are your expectations for next season? Do you see us battling for survival with the same crock forwards, or challenging in the battle for a coveted European spot. The ole chestnut of a decent cup run I'm sure will figure for many.

Dicks is the man's picture

comes down to the board. they chose to fill the squad with average at best players. if they do same then its curtains.

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I expect next season will be pretty much the same as this maybe a bit worse. The board won't be able to hide their intentions anymore but say their ambition is champions league. I've got question that but whatever happens we need a manager who gets the best out of who we have or get in. It requires a far more meticulous manager than bilic. So IMO, if we have a window similar to this season AND bilic stays survival is the most I expect. If we have a better window and bilic stays itl be a slightly better season than this, and if we get a decent manager and a bad window is say top half and if we get a decent window AND a decent manager we will fight for Europe. Personally I think bilic will stay and we may have a slightly better window making us about 9th - 12

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mcbikeman's picture

its not the board who decide on transfers as mr gold tweeted its Bilic who has the say on who we do or don't sign...if that is really the case then we need to stop him I mean look at the dross we got in it was shocking.....

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Dicks is the man's picture

yes but the,board decide how much he can spend

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The signings were fine on paper a good coach wouldve got 8th or 9th with a squad easily without the piss poor performances and batterings

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Dicksy it not all about the spending tho is it. You can improve your team by being well organised or improving the players you have, or bringing on young players with more drive. I doubt very many managers get the transfer budget they want, that's life.i bet it was bilics decision to get the quantity of players we did. Whereas he could have thrown all the money he got on 3 or 4 top players that would walk straight into the team.

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Dicks is the man's picture

I think the lines are blurred as to who buys what etc. does bilic put names forward? do the board get notices about freebies and cheapies and buy them regardless? who sits and negotiates the contract? bilic? the board? who is responsible when deals fall through? I am suspect of the board. the unprofessional garbage they broadcast makes me so. I think in modern day the manager needs the power to choose players. then the board get him those players. I honestly think this summer bilic bought crap like tore but the board bought crap too. there seems no thought or method to signings. none fitted into the system we played last season.

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Gokhan Tore is a good player bilic mismanaged him like he has the entire squad.

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Dicks is the man's picture

come on fred. everyone is 'good on paper'. but its not always the case. you keep going on about bilic can't coach players….thats why managers have coaching staff mate. just coz someone did well in turkey or spain etc doesnt mean they can hack it in the prem league. you can't blame bilic for every duff player otherwise you have to say the same for every manager going. tore is 25, surely you don't expect bilic to be teaching him how to kick a ball or make a run. yikes, thats scary. next week when noble has a poor game you're going to say its not nobles fault its bilic for not coaching him how to pass to a teammate.

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Theres a difference between poor form and poor ability. Gokhan Tore barely featured and didnt get a run in the team, but why do players like who were blessed with pace turning slow and overweight under bilic. Why have so many of our players gone backwards under bilic. Noble having a bad game next week? What an absolutely idiotic statement.

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Dicks is the man's picture

are you mark in disguise?

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No but the point was how incredibly stupid that point of your post was

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Dicks is the man's picture

what point? you lost me. I'm lost in the woods…like a noble long pass.

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We have to have a reality check about the current squad before anything. Having endured this season I'm pleased its over if I'm honest. Apart form Chelase in the cup and Spurs, we've been average and poor mostly. The keepers aren't good enough, Adrian thinks he's De Gea and feels he has to do something tricky or clever every game. Byram sorry for you fans but he's not good enough at this level. He has two or three clangers in him every game, where the opposition get a chance to score. Cresswell hasn't been the same since his injury and can go to Liverpool for a big fee and good luck to him. Obiang good but average, Koyate needs legs around him in midfield and should probably play back three now as Fonte, Reid, Collins aren't capable of bring the ball out meaningfully. Noble, love him but which other Prem teams would he get in apart form those coming up, so not good enough for the "next" level. Lanzini class but isolated, Antonio the same. Carrol pointless. Every team has recognised striker even two we have none. Ayew, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Nordveit also rans average players at best. Calleri is League one quality at best. Fernandes I like and think could play as a right wing back. So there's not a lot there even for a new manager to pick the bones from. I can't see the board overhauling the squad so more of the same next year I'm afraid.

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mcbikeman's picture

but I agree with every word you said

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Noble would get in to any team in the bottom 13.

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burkie's picture

Bleedin hell Bet you dont half paint depressing picture ,so what your saying is the whole squad. Is tosh and i pretty much agree ,i still say our redemption lies in our tranfere policy ,the right leg is going in a different direction to the left ,we must sort it and quick other wise we'll be fighting relegation in November

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Fighting relegation in November? Make that start of October as our first 3 games are all away!

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La Vida Hammer's picture

You forgot Arthur........

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To come out of this season!!Masuaku,although carrying an injury at the moment,has been a revelation this year imo...

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Gives the ball away far too much in dangerous positions for my liking!!

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Thing is hes a number 10 not a number 8 or 4. Althought hes very good at wing back

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asheshammer's picture

There are not 3 teams clear favourites to go down. If Reading or Fulham win the playoffs, we could see the most competitive season in the Premier League in a long time. I would say that Watford and Swansea are in trouble. I don't have a good enough sense of Brighton to know if they can cling to their promotion. Newcastle are not going back down for a while. Stoke, potentially, could have trouble, and possibly Leicester. We should be safe, but we'll be in the mix to be relegated at some point, most likely. The trouble is that there is so much investment needed. If we can get two really competitive players to sign this summer, then I'd be pleased. We'd have a chance of a season with a solid mid-table performance, no threat of relegation, a couple of scalps here and there, and maybe a cup quarter-final, with a lucky run. Sorry to say, that's about the best we can hope for, in my opinion, and I would be satisfied if that's what we get.

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