The European factor

One of those special European nights...
Having already touched upon how sweet European qualification would be in terms of rubbing pundits noses in their own orally produce faecal matter, I now find myself thinking about the number of major benefits it would have and how they affect our club.

The extra finances of course would play a major part in the further development of the club, whether this would be used for repayment of debts, players recruitment, or improving facilities is anyones guess but all would be worthwhile benefactors from a financial increase.

Something that would be a big plus point with the supporters especially, would be the ability to keep hold of our top players. It’s a worry for us all to hear the names of our top players being linked with moves away. Like me, I’m sure we all want to see our players performing well, and this season not many have let us down in fairness, but I always get to the stage where I begin to think, “he’s playing a bit too well now!”

El Capitano Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye and the Harry Redknapp “bro-mance” with Demba Ba were all subject to much transfer speculation during January and no doubt it will raise its ugly head (no offence Harry) again in the summer. Ok nothing become of the constant speculation but the number of players who seek moves citing European football as the reason is there for us all to see. Top players want to play in Europe and we have a far better chance of keeping our star players if we can offer them the chance to play in one of the European competitions.

If playing in Europe will help us keep our current top players then of course it stands to reason that it will also increase our chances of attracting a better class of player to sign on the dotted line and play in the famous black and white stripes. Although I am sure the recruitment policy will stay the same with regards to signing younger players with resale value, maybe we would stand a chance of signing some of the better young players available with the ability to push us onwards and upwards.

The extra matches would also be of great benefit to the current promising youngsters and fringe players, they would surely get a good run out in some of these matches, bringing a good level of first team match experience and keeping players happy as they will be involved in first team affairs which is obviously what ambitious young players want, we could one day have some strength in depth if we can keep a large but happy squad. Who knows?

And finally let’s just face it, European football is a great adventure, the chance to go and watch us play abroad for those who can afford it, or maybe the chance for our international supporters to get to a match within their country of residence. And for those who don’t have the financial clout, the chance to watch us on TV a bit more than usual, happy days!

I miss us playing in Europe and want the Euro nights to return. Not counting my chickens here, but dreaming of better days. Tonight I will probably have a nightmare where we qualify for Europe, make no signings and our wafer thin squad gets stretched beyond its limits, but we all know Mike Ashley won’t allow that, not when he can advertise SportDirect.com across the continent.

Would he?

42 thoughts on “The European factor

  1. It’s a win win situation.

    Of course if we qualify then investment has to be made by Ashley otherwise it would be a one season event. Without investment the premier league campaign would obviously suffer.

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  2. Let’s worry about next season when it actually happens. This season has been quite a surprise and that doesn’t happen very often.

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  3. So Wolves appoint Terry Connor as there manager til the end of the season.
    Seems to be 6th choice after failing to get Alan Curbishley, Steve Bruce, Brian McDermott, Walter Smith and Gus Poyet. But Wolves claim:
    β€œHaving spoken to a number of people, we have drawn that process to a close and myself and the board are unanimous that Terry is the right man to lead the club for the remainder of the season.
    He has been with the club since 99. Surely if he was management material he would have moved on to a L1 or Championship club to give it a bash?
    Seems like they have shot themselves in the foot with this one. Sacking McMakem and now no one will touch them so theyve stuck with what they had minus the manager :/
    I think this is good news for us for the game tomorrow.

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  4. If we are very lucky and get in to europe we might get a second load of luck and ashley will sell us !
    My best days following the toon were in europe heerenveen marseille alkamar mayorca gent frankfurt , happy days let’s do it all again my liver is shaking thinking about it πŸ˜‰

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  5. TAE – just been having a look too. Everyone seems to be pretty desolute over there. Can only expect the players to feel the same. Apply early pressure and I can see them folding. Should be able to control the game and win by 2 or 3.

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  6. I think we need to get europe really we are in such a good position we would be mad not to want it.

    As for tmz I dont think it will be a straightforward 3-0 victory we are going to have to work for it and think it will be closer than people expect. Wolves are not an easy team to break down.

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  7. LST ime with you on that m8,they are fighting for there lives with nowt to lose,mind i think a early goal might just break the camels back,if not i would be happy with a one goal win πŸ˜‰

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  8. A finish in the top 8 would be excellent, to qualify for europe phenomenal. 2-0 against Wolves at the weekend…no problem.

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  9. Agree with ice and lst about wolves. They’re not a team built on star performers. What success they’ve had in the last few years has been based on teamwork and hard graft. They know they’ve let themselves and their manager down and could come out fighting to honour mick.
    An early goal would make the game a lot easier (more so than usual)

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  10. Can any of younger readers translate Sammy’s last tweet for me?

    Samuel Ameobi ‏ @Sammy_Ameobi
    As if Besty thinks he’s the better looking version of @Drake #beserious #nohomo

    To me that sounds like he’s calling Besty a “homo”.

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  11. Honestly I agree with Bobby on this one…

    There are no negatives for me in qualifying for europe, but we will need more quality depth if we are to make it a regular occurrence. The league is full of 1 and done european qualifiers

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  12. our best team

    ——————————-forster—————————–
    ——————————-willo——————————–
    raylor————–saylor————-colo————santon
    —————————–guthrie——————————
    ——————–vuckic————–cabaye—————-
    ——————cisse———————ba——————-

    bench
    fergie
    airey
    sammy ameobi
    best
    krul
    harper
    hba 😎

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  13. Too much is being said about Wolves and their managerial situation – who cares???!!!!

    We need to go out and play our game and look to win – forget what pundits predict or what’s going at Wolves. The players should go out and put a really show on for the fans … particularly the poor buggers who were at White Hart Lane.

    I was at the Noel Gallagher gig last night and while the music was class – the bastard loved taking the piss about the Stadium name change.

    I honestly think it’s still too early to consider these issues. There’s a long way to go and plenty of points to play for. Let’s see where we are at the beginning of April before looking at European footy as a real possibility next season.
    I don’t anticipate our season taking a ridiculous turn for the worst but stranger things have happened.
    For me, the mackem games is pivotal. Win and that should give us the confidence and inspiration to really kick on as it did at the start or the season. Im not even considering the consequences of loosing.
    Let’s christen the SDA with a couple of home wins πŸ˜• πŸ™„

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  14. are maybe
    —————————-elliot—————————-
    ————-willo———colo——————-fergie—
    ———cabaye———guthrie———–sammy——-oba
    ——cisse——————ba———————–vuckic—

    bench
    harper
    krul
    soderberg
    tiote/maybe if not shola
    best
    simpson
    jonas

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  15. TC, haha! It means Best thinks he looks better than the rapper, Drake. Sammy is trying not to appear homosexual while also commenting on which man looks better

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  16. or maybe
    ——————————elliot—————————-
    ——————————-colo——————————–
    oba——raylor——saylor——–willo———santon—-
    —————————–guthrie—————————
    —hba————————————————sammy
    ——————————-ba———————————
    fuck the bench there all shite

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  17. our best team of all time

    ————————————elliot————————————
    carr———————colo——————boumsong———–bernard
    obertan—————–emre—————gazza—————–ginola—
    ——————————–ameobi——–ferdinand———————
    subs
    given
    shearer
    bramble
    dyer
    oba martins
    owen
    carroll

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  18. Pig, I really can’t tell if you’re serious or not with those line-ups. Are those future line ups after krul and tiote are supposedly sold?

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  19. How about this for a stat!!!! 😯 Really spooky!!! 😯

    The last time Wolves won a top-flight match away to Newcastle was on 7 February 1959 – the day former manager Mick McCarthy was born.

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  20. best prem team of all time
    ——————————————given———————————————-
    Ferreira——————vidic———————campelll——————-cole—-
    ronaldo——————scholes—————viera———————-giggs
    —————————-shearer—————-bergkamp——————-

    subs
    terry
    Schmeichel
    henry
    Roy Keane
    Gerrard
    Solskjaer

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  21. these are our best teams now krul is dutch so is not considered and tiote is crap and breaks down our own attacks by passin to our own defence

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  22. There are 4 teams chasing 1 CL place & 1 or 2 ? EL places. Our 1st team is on par with the others our run in is not the worst. Our manager is as good. Our team spirit is 2nd to none. Whats the problem.

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  23. PIG… are you that chocolatemangosundae person from a few months ago who was, quite clearly, mentally ill? ❓ πŸ˜•

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  24. Bitter sweet really.

    The kudos of being in the Europa league is good but it doesn’t make a club a lot of money and with the investment needed in a bigger squad it could be argued its not too cost effective being in it.

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  25. Stuart, agreed on cost effectiveness but I think the other benefits make it worthwhile- expanding the brand, attracting new payers, keeping our current players, etc. Plus its a nce reward for us as supporters who have obviously had a few tough years

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  26. I’d love to get back into Europe, and even if it turns sour, it’d be worth it for me. I remember sitting in the snow while we beat Herenveen a few years back, then out on the piss with a great crowd including the Dutch supporters – who were a great lot.

    As for CL… I remember watching Shearer bury a 1st-half hat-trick against Bayer Leverkusen. Happy days.

    I just miss it. Want it back.

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