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New season is fast approaching so time to start up a new thread.

Should probably start with some news, so Frank de Boer has taken over at Palace, got to say I'm slightly surprised by that appointment, I thought de Boer was quite sought after, quite the coupe for Palace. 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40413087

League One side Shrewsbury Town have become the first English club to apply to have safe standing at their ground.

The club aims to have the rail seats fitted and in use, in a section of one stand, before the end of 2017-18.

Shrewsbury's Greenhous Meadow is 10 years old so is not governed by the all-seater stadiums legislation which permits clubs in Leagues One and Two to keep terraces that existed before 1994.

Standing has been banned in England's top two divisions since then.

That law change followed recommendations made in the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

Last November, Hillsborough Support Group secretary Sue Roberts told BBC Sport it would be a "backwards step" to bring back standing.

Earlier this month, West Bromwich Albion said they were willing to use The Hawthorns as part of the pilot scheme for safe standing - though a change in the law would be needed before that could come to fruition.

Celtic opened a 2,900-capacity safe-standing section last year after the Scottish champions were granted a safe-standing licence by Glasgow City Council.

Brian Caldwell, Shrewsbury Town's chief executive, says the move at Celtic has improved the atmosphere and he expects the same for his club.

"More people are encouraged to sing and get behind the team but also it's a safer environment as well," he told BBC Sport.

"Our safety officer has been up to Celtic to see it in action and was very, very pleased with how safe and secure it was."

 
Celtic's safe standing: how does it work?

The club, which finished 20th in League One in the 2016/17 season, hopes to raise the £50-75,000 required to finance the project through a crowdfunding campaign.

The campaign will be run jointly by the Shrewsbury Town Supporters' Parliament, who first approached the club with the proposal, and the Football Supporters' Federation.

They will invite donations from fans and the public in return for 'rewards' from the club.

Mike Davis, from the Supporters' Parliament, says it will help Shrewsbury Town compete with other sides in League One.

"The issue we tend to have is when we come up against the big clubs - the Sheffield Uniteds, the Boltons - who bring huge away crowds, we get drowned out a little bit," he said.

"So the hope is that bringing our vocal support behind the stand will improve that.

"Some of our fans already stand but they want an area where they can do that safely and also we want to be able to improve the atmosphere within the ground."

The application has been put to the Sports Ground Safety Authority and Shrewsbury say they hope to find out the outcome in a matter of weeks, rather than months.

The club's initial aim is to raise sufficient funds to purchase and install around 400 rail seats but if the target is missed, a smaller safe standing area will be created.

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3 hours ago, RIP Mourinho said:

On an unrelated note i see Mourinho wants Kane at Utd. Can't see that happening at all. Who do we think Utd will sign to lead their line next season? Lukaku? Morata?

I had the impression Morata was almost a done deal with Utd so a little surprised about the media noise linking Harry with Utd.

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On 26/06/2017 at 18:28, ForeverCarefree said:

New season is fast approaching so time to start up a new thread.

Should probably start with some news, so Frank de Boer has taken over at Palace, got to say I'm slightly surprised by that appointment, I thought de Boer was quite sought after, quite the coupe for Palace. 

I don't know whether it's a coup or not tbh...

I suppose the fact Palace wanted to move to a more attacking style of play this is an okay appointment but from what I've heard de Boer's football is very unentertaining and pretty boring - a lot of people compare him to Van Gaal as opposed to someone like Guardiola.

I am interested to see how it ends up working though, they have a good squad and imo should not be fighting relegation but instead finishing around mid-table.

On 27/06/2017 at 09:44, RIP Mourinho said:

On an unrelated note i see Mourinho wants Kane at Utd. Can't see that happening at all. Who do we think Utd will sign to lead their line next season? Lukaku? Morata?

It seems like Morata is most likely but I could see Kane at United one day - not next season though.

On 27/06/2017 at 16:58, Scott Harris said:

There is no chance Tottenham are selling Kane to United. Tottenham wouldn't even accept £100 million for him.

Tbh I reckon they would accept £100m

On 27/06/2017 at 19:02, Tibbers said:

I want to see Lewa in Premier League. Sometimes I think he's got it easy in Bundesliga.

Be amazing if we could get him but doubt that'd happen lol.

 

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Multiple reports saying Lacazette to Arsenal.

 

 

Not sure if he fits them or the Prem. Ofc with Sanchez probably going off to City, might not be such a forward step

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lacazette to arsenal is a strange one. is he really bettering himself by going to a team outside the top four than staying at lyon? maybe wages has a part to play, but surprising nobody else is in for him apart from arsenal. 

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1 hour ago, enigma said:

lacazette to arsenal is a strange one. is he really bettering himself by going to a team outside the top four than staying at lyon? maybe wages has a part to play, but surprising nobody else is in for him apart from arsenal. 

I don't think he's a great striker tbh. An upgrade on Giroud but not enough to turn them into title winners.

 

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On 27/06/2017 at 20:05, RIP Mourinho said:

Is this the same De Boer that failed massively at Inter or is this his brother?

I think 'at Inter' is a more important part of that sentence than 'failed massively', tbh. Joining in August to replace Mancini was never going to work out well.

He has a better track record than fellow Dutch manager Koeman, who has variously failed at: Ajax (to an extent), Valencia, Benfica, AZ Alkmaar.

 

15 hours ago, enigma said:

lacazette to arsenal is a strange one. is he really bettering himself by going to a team outside the top four than staying at lyon? maybe wages has a part to play, but surprising nobody else is in for him apart from arsenal. 

You wonder why he doesn't wait out six months at Lyon and join Atleti once their ban is over. He won't be CL-tied at Lyon so could come in and play the knockout stages assuming Atleti get through their group.

I think he'd be a solid addition to Arsenal as an addendum to Sanchez, but not as a replacement. In the context of Sanchez to City he'd be a clear downgrade.

Edited by Charles Ryder

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Michael Keane signs for Everton for an initial £25m, potentially rising to £30m. 

Takes Everton's summer spending to roughly £90m to date... They're not f**king about. 

Question is, are they just spending whatever cash they may get from the sale of Lukaku? 

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