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    Looking at the number of players nearing the end of their contracts and with Oscar heading into his first full pre season knowing his squad and what it needs, the turnover of playing staff could be pretty high.

    Anyone slightly apprehensive that it could mean another period of transition as new players settle in?

    Personally I entered this season thinking a top ten finish would be fine. Wasn't expecting anything more. Am quite happy with the Albion in the top half of the Championship, showing signs of progression. Just wonder if some supporters would be quite so patient if next season brings another settling in period.

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      Next season will be just as difficult financially as this one. We'll need to reduce our costs by another £3m or so. On that basis we may not be bringing too many in but trying to use those we've already got - especially from the U21 group.
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      I don't think most supporters are willing to accept midtable averageness given our huge crowds and season ticket numbers - but I think they are giving Oscar the benefit of the doubt because the play-offs are still possible. If they no longer become possible, I think they will have their say big time.

      But anyway, the key thing is what Bloom accepts. The received wisdom on here is that he will be very patient and accept averageness - I'm not so sure that is his record if you look at our past 4 or 5 managers.
      "I have been in professional football since I was 16 - that's 33 years this summer. I have seen and done it all. In Brighton, I thought that I had found a club that sat outside the norm. People who love their club but are realistic about their club's prospects in dire circumstances. That appealed to me. That is what I call true loyalty. Supporting the club as you have done through the hard times. I am prepared to be here through these hard times and to develop a squad as I have started to do in preparation for the day that we all move to a new stadium at Falmer. I need your support, patience and understanding in the long-term because there is no quick fix. I hope you will continue to give me that opportunity." Mark McGhee, 17th April 2006
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      I think there will be alot of changes in the summer which is not necessarily a bad thing, however I think if we are in the bottom 10 by Christmas Oscar will be history.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Jim D View Post
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      Next season will be just as difficult financially as this one. We'll need to reduce our costs by another £3m or so. On that basis we may not be bringing too many in but trying to use those we've already got - especially from the U21 group.
      I would actually not mind seeing Walton step up to reserve goalkeeper, Ince continue his progression to a key player and Dunk, Forster-Caskey and March get regular starts. Chicksen and Monakana used on the bench.

      That said, our budget this year was up on last season so would think even if it went down next campaign it would still be reasonably competitive. Might be Oscar puts more faith in young players as back up and works with a smaller squad of established players than Poyet favoured.
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      Haven't raised the white flag yet on this season personally.

      If it's as successful as it may be then we'll certainly need a squad transition.
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      Could someone please explain to me what a transitional season is. In 1976, Peter Taylor (the first) left in July to join his oppo, Cloughy, at Forest (and that produced one of the great football stories). Mullers, untried as a manager, with an inherited squad to which he made few if any additions in the 1976-77 season, took us to promotion playing fantastic football and by way of a bonus, two wins against top flight opposition.

      In October 2001, after the season had started, Mickey Adams left to become Assistant Manager at Leicester City. Peter Taylor (the second) came in and we won the divisional title.

      GP did not dynamite the Amex and machine gun to death the first team squad. He merely left.

      Imagine the binfests - Brighton managers leaving to be assistants.

      So, no more talk of transition seasons please.
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      I'm still not sure I understand where the 'progress' is? Yes we had a completely absurd pre-season, even though the club told us that it would be 'business as usual' and that the playing side would remain 'unaffected' (Paul Barber's words).

      So that's not Oscar's fault, but I know I'm not the only one that thinks that brand of football is really quite boring. It's easy to blame an injury crisis, I actually thought we were better earlier in the season, but it seems to have got slowly worse.

      Yes it gets results, but that doesn't equal progress.
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      I haven't raised the white flag yet, however, we have known since before Christmas that we had a lack of fire power. If TB, PB et al really thought we had a realistic chance in The Premiership don't you think we'd have seen an end of contract / out of favour EPL striker on our books now?

      My thinking (and before you shoot me down it's just my opinion, I'm not saying it's right) is that Championship success, i.e. Top 10 finish and always being in or close to the play-offs keep the interest in the club whilst we wait for the Training Ground etc to be established. If we'd gone for a striker it would have made the likelihood of PL football much more real so why didn't they? Wages, don't think so £40k per week, for 12 weeks or so would easily be outweighed by the potential benefit in terms of a play-off semi final (two legs and possibly a final?)

      There must have been a reason for holding back and my feeling is there is a established belief within the club that we're not ready.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Walt Jabsco View Post
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      Looking at the number of players nearing the end of their contracts and with Oscar heading into his first full pre season knowing his squad and what it needs, the turnover of playing staff could be pretty high.

      Anyone slightly apprehensive that it could mean another period of transition as new players settle in?

      Personally I entered this season thinking a top ten finish would be fine. Wasn't expecting anything more. Am quite happy with the Albion in the top half of the Championship, showing signs of progression. Just wonder if some supporters would be quite so patient if next season brings another settling in period.
      I think the lack of spending this season and the number of players out of contract are linked big time. Here is my INFORMED opinion of what we have in store.

      Oscar will have had a season to see what he has at his disposale. He now knows who he wants to keep and who he wants to get rid of.
      He will have decent money to spend hence we didn't spend loads this year.
      He will have his own pre-season plans with HIS squad mostly and importantly at the new training ground.

      I have no doubt that Bloom and all would not bother with Nike, American Express, State of the Art Ground and Academy/training ground just to have us be average in the Championship. I don't think we will spend loads but we will invest wisely and look to move forward from this season. It's slowly, slowly catchy monkey but in my opinion it WILL NOT be going backwards. Bloom wants Prem but not at the cost of being a Pompey.

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