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Nobody's sure yet how everything will pan out, but if there are a lot of out of contract Championship players, then some could end up down at L2 level. If that does happen, might Mansfield miss out, having already sorted their squad early doors?
I suppose it’s possible, but considering the likelihood, and the fact the club might just go ahead and offer said Championship player a contract anyway.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think GC is the sort of manager to sign somebody just because he’s suddenly available (Steve Evans definitely did that at Mansfield)
 

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How could you forget, felt like we played each other every other week at one point!

Seriously though, feels like a very very long time ago now, this season I’ve even caught myself having some semi fond memories of being the big fish in the small pod whilst getting batterEd by championship sides - thoughts very quickly dismissed of course!
You’ve put a few useful results together the last few games
 

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I suppose it’s possible, but considering the likelihood, and the fact the club might just go ahead and offer said Championship player a contract anyway.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think GC is the sort of manager to sign somebody just because he’s suddenly available (Steve Evans definitely did that at Mansfield)
You’re right, he’s not.

It became clear quickly he likes a specific type of player and the ones he’s gone for has confirmed that.

There won’t be any show ponies at Mansfield next season, that’s for sure.
 

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Looks like dates for the new season are either 29th August or 12th September.

In fairness the date of 12th September has been knocking round for some while as it’s the “latest possible start date” with keeping all competitions intact.

Also to be discussed at the EFL meeting is what to do with fans attending, which of course is pretty much needed by every club
 

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Looks like dates for the new season are either 29th August or 12th September.

In fairness the date of 12th September has been knocking round for some while as it’s the “latest possible start date” with keeping all competitions intact.

Also to be discussed at the EFL meeting is what to do with fans attending, which of course is pretty much needed by every club
29th might be pushing it due to the National League Play offs?
 

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29th might be pushing it due to the National League Play offs?
Maybe but in fairness that’s also a fault of their own doing and not a concern for the EFL.

Why are the conference fannying around as long as they have done regarding their playoffs until the middle of this month, they’ve had plenty of time and warning.

However, clubs will want it as late as possible to try and ensure there’s as much chance as possible for fans to attend
 

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You’ve put a few useful results together the last few games
Yeah took us until February to work out how to play at the level, the gap between League 1 and Championship is obscene really.

A shame everyone else has picked up at the same time though!
 

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My suggestion today is to rename this part of the forum. 'The Year of the heavily bankrolled Staggies Forum' sounds good to me. What say you Mansfield fans? :shifty:

I reckon we're in for a very long 2/3 months.
 

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My suggestion today is to rename this part of the forum. 'The Year of the heavily bankrolled Staggies Forum' sounds good to me. What say you Mansfield fans? :shifty:

I reckon we're in for a very long 2/3 months.
The thing is, you won’t hear any of the stags fans going all billy big bollocks, none of us are like that.

Any poster on here will know I’m usually pretty pessimistic - I think a standard for a lower league football fan - and the rest are grounded.

The only ones making something of this is the fans of other clubs :lol:
 

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How could you forget, felt like we played each other every other week at one point!

Seriously though, feels like a very very long time ago now, this season I’ve even caught myself having some semi fond memories of being the big fish in the small pod whilst getting batterEd by championship sides - thoughts very quickly dismissed of course!
You're telling the 9 years we spent down really happened? ;)

But yeah I agree, it certainly feels like a long time ago now and we've all moved on. Or to be precise you Hatters have moved on, we're still stuck in the 4th division. I'm not grumbling though, being in the FL is much more preferable than going back down there. That FA trophy business was no fun, though the one thing I really used to hate was that extra game we all had to win to make the first round of the FA Cup. Aarrgh!

BTW I forgot all about Bristol Rovers as well. Another one of those sides that went up the leagues in quick succession so that's another set of fans that have got personal experience of the step up in quality.
 

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Rumours up here that we’re going to announce next week that we’re going part time for the 2020/21 season. The majority of the contracted squad have agreed to it for a season, a couple haven’t and will be free to move on.

I wonder if any other clubs at this level will follow suit.
 

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I would suggest taking that to the tinpot thread but I'm too scared that it's going to be the reality for all of us....
 

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I don’t think there’s any need to go part time I just think players are going to have to be more realistic about wages.

I’m sure that twat at the PFA will complicate things no doubt
 

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Can you even be part time in accordance with EFL rules? Never heard of anyone doing it.
From what I heard today there’s possibly special dispensation to do it for one season given the circumstances and the fact clubs may be operating with no or reduced crowd revenue. I guess they’d rather this than clubs go down the Wigan Athletic route.
 

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Damien Johnston and David Dunn is the latest rumour i'm hearing from various sources, but who knows at this stage?
 

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Vale should really be finishing in the autos, good season with a strong finish, squad kept together with a good team spirit. That’s all you need. They’re a banker if you’re a betting man. Be lively seeing the 94.6 FM boys in the same division in the season after next, so long as we’re not back in the championship...

Hope Barrow can stay up, used to live and work around there. Armpit of a beautiful county but they deserve it.
 

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It all seems a bit too nailed on right now, we can dream but the bastards will probably undeservedly scrape it. Ironically thanks to their only good player, Nick Powell. Hoping and praying for their further demise though.
Vale-Crewe-Arsenal alliance is required on Saturday to scream Barnsley to victory. That'd be getting within millimetres of job done.

Relegation/FFP/possible wage caps would mean a total turnover of the squad. It would be chaos. 25 new lads who've never played together before. It'll be fucking brilliant.

Soften them up for us. In the way those mad Saudi executioners slightly nick the prisoner with the sword before swinging at them as the tensing up makes it easier to decapitate.
 

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They’d be truly fucked, the meltdown is already beautiful, imagine what could be.
 

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Every club in the country hates them really but Arsenal are in the special club with us, after the leg breaking incident.

They're already talking about protests on the scroatcake. If it wasn't for the coronavirus I think in another universe we'd have seen the boardroom physically stormed again. Coates is 82 which even for a billionaire with zero stress and top drawer nutrition/private medical care, is really getting on. If he leaves it to Denise I'm not sure she's bothered. If he leaves it to the idiot they will self-implode.

I am a very conscientious man but I'm not sure deep down that I have any principles that I wouldn't abandon if it meant I could twist the knife in on those bastards. I hate Stoke City the way the Japanese Imperial Army hated the Yankee pig dog. Hacksaw Ridge was an advert for the 2021-2022 league one season.
 

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Sadly think Wigan will keep the lard up on default which would be typical! Now they’ve nose dived though that fella who ate the bat and cost us a chance of promotion isn’t on my Christmas card list put it that way! Feel slightly more gutted about the curtailment of the season if they go down and we missed the chance to have our annual 4-6 points off the deckchairs whilst they embarrass themselves bog bothering.

Have a huge overhaul on their hands though, full on nose dive for 3 years now.
 

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Seen this morning that Micky Mellon is 1/5 for the Dundee United vacancy. Obviously don't want him to leave given all he has done for us but would be interesting to see who we'd be after if he did head north of the border.
 

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Do, you’ve been stuck with us the vast majority of seasons we’ve been on here, I’ve followed us since 1996 in which we’ve been in division 3/league 1 whatever for ONE season, where we conceded 8,536 goals.

On match day I’m normally more concerned on whether the local still has thatchers/bulmers on tap so I don’t have to drink strongbow
 

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Vale-Crewe-Arsenal alliance is required on Saturday to scream Barnsley to victory.

Mentioning old grudges, Barnsley and Arsenal in the same sentence... Barnsley still hold a grudge against Arsenal for robbing them of promotion to the First Division in 1919 when they finished above Arsenal in the league but Arsenal got more votes in an election for the final promotion spot. Apparently the Barnsley representative at the meeting where the vote was held stormed out, presumably after throwing his flat cap to the ground and declaring 'Eee this is't greatest injustice since God were a lad!' to a chorus of 'Yurrrrkshire, Yurrrrkshire' from the other representatives.

Arsenal have been in the top flight ever since. Obviously had Barnsley been rightfully promoted back then we'd be hailing the Barnsley invincibles of 2002 in modern footballing annals.
 
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Do, you’ve been stuck with us the vast majority of seasons we’ve been on here, I’ve followed us since 1996 in which we’ve been in division 3/league 1 whatever for ONE season, where we conceded 8,536 goals.

On match day I’m normally more concerned on whether the local still has thatchers/bulmers on tap so I don’t have to drink strongbow
Have you had that Bulmers Pioneer stuff? I'm not a massive cider drinker. A hipstery looking hairdresser down the road from where I live used to give it to their customers but apparently they're not allowed to now. My neighbour knocked on my door telling me they were giving their stock away for free and let me borrow his hand trolley. Went there and loaded up five boxes of 24. Now I have loads of cider. Shame it gives me heartburn!
 

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