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Jose Mourinho Sacked For The Second Time by Chelsea. Joins Manchester United. And now sacked by them too!

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Sea foot   

There was a time when prophylactic was a common word.

Now we just have these johnnie come latelies.

Ta boom tish!

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The biggest mistake we made was to underestimate Everton's determination not to pushed around by the lure of money.

Shared my take on this recently in the transfer thread, but to me it seems we've had a few prospective deals where we've had mixed messages from clubs in recent years. United's PR that first summer with Mourinho back seemed to be pointing very much to them wanting to sell Rooney, while they way we pursued Stones suggests to me that we'd been given cause to think it was only a matter of time rather than we just mercilessly pursued the deal.

But cam4blue's post is pretty spot on. Numbers should have come in either way, and even if those numbers weren't especially great players I'd wager we'd be far better off than we are, but sweeping changes was never a sensible option and it's 20/20 hindsight on behalf of anyone who suggests it was always obvious now.

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xCELERYx   

Not spending = standing still / going backwards.

Not spending does not equal 7 PL defeats by mid November after losing 3 all last season.

There's no rule to suggest that shouldn't happen either.

Few sides in any sporting world manage to repeat success unchanged. We took that gamble, despite it being quite clear during the second half of last season we weren't as good as we maybe thought per the first half of the season. That's no fault but our own.

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Kezza   

If you don't spend, these days, you stand still or probably regress.

Man City - circa £147m during the last transfer window

Man United - circa £96m ditto

Squads require continual refreshing and replacement, we didn't do this to the level required these days and we're reaping the 'benefits'.

How many underprivileged children out there who didn't have expensive new toys that did much better or simply got down to play with what they have in school? They may not get the top spot in class but certainly they are also not washing the toilet everyday. Edited by Kezza

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There was a time when prophylactic was a common word.

Now we just have these johnnie come latelies.

Nice one sir.

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How many underprivileged children out there who didn't have expensive new toys that did much better or simply got down to play with what they have in school? They may not get the top spot in class but certainly they are also not washing the toilet everyday.

You've, probably unknowingly, described Arsenal.

Thankfully we haven't been them, however unless we learn the lesson (the lesson being, almost continual improvement, refreshing of the squad), we might just be like them, or possibly worse.

Anyone who believes that in the current English PL environment (and the immediate future with even more millions sloshing around) and resting on your past successes without proper squad management is living in cloud cuckoo land or Liverpool.

As for washing the toilet, we've hardly been doing that. Should your ditty be referring to this season, thus far, then disappointing as it has been, there's a way to go yet.

Mistakes have probably been made by a number of employees of the club, as well as underperformance by a good few.

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Blue Rod   

You can justify a 5th place on the table with a bad transfer window, not a 15th place.

At the current rate we will struggle to hold on to 15th Place. If we get relegated we can always blame Mr Roman Abramovich for not offering Everton £100m for Stones.

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At the current rate we will struggle to hold on to 15th Place. If we get relegated we can always blame Mr Roman Abramovich for not offering Everton £100m for Stones.

Still, at least you'll be happy then.

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Russ   

Transfer dealings are part of the reason we are where we are. What is far more worrying is JM's inability to coach his players back into some sort of form. That is having a much bigger impact on our season than anything that happened or didn't happen in the window.

I'm confident the world will not end this season but ONLY because JM / CFC will throw money at the problem in January.

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