Is it a good idea for the lads ?
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Didn't think of it that way to be honest.
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Look at Bolton as well. They are in Europe and not doing bad this season
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Posted 15 Feb 2006 - 13:38
I think that we should forget it - its only a pressure move from the board room.
2006 summer - isn't that when the world cup is being played!!!
So any players that make the world cup squads (where a midfield finalist is said to run a distance of 58 miles! over the course of the competition!)
will be knackered and in dire need of a break - Especially Cahill.
It means an extra couple of games in closed season - when we should be training to get ready for the prem. Look at Newcastle this season - they entered it and the players have never been fit this season.
Its too much for a nothing competition that puts you in the VERY early stages of the UEFA cup.
Too many games in my opinion - we should forget that idea.
Posted 15 Feb 2006 - 15:40
Posted 15 Feb 2006 - 16:35
Isn't it 3 rounds of home and away legs, so 6 games. then you get into the second round qualifier, so another two games.
Making it 8 competative games before the season starts?
What happens is that you preseason is all based around the intertoto cup. Our preseason for this term was based on two CL qualifying games - and look at the start we got of to in the league.
I am a believer that you earn a place in Europe from you exploites of the season before - I am not a fan of the intertoto cup, trying to force the fact you are good enough to play in Europe. There is usually a reason why you didn't qualify proper.
Playing in the Intertoto cup risks the start you may have in the forthcoming domestic league - we all know how tight it is between the majority of the teams in the Prem.
Wherever we finish this season - even if we win most of the games between now and mid May - We will all look back at the start of the season and wonder what if -because of all the point we drop in before Xmas. (for example if we had picked up home wins against Wigan, Portsmouth and West Ham, which we have the squad capable of - we would now be sitting joint 4th)
And is the UEFA cup all that - even if you qualify for the group stage - you end up playing a bunch of teams you have never even heard of. It not even that lucrative moneywise.
Applying for the intertoto cup smells of Sounessesc type desperation to be able to offer player second rate European football to incoming player.
I have managed to do without European football for the most of the last 15 years, I won't lose sleep on missing one more season, if it means we are properly prepared for the beginning of the next domestic season.
Intertoto cup offers to many risk in my opinion for the reward it offers.
There is a good reason why MOST teams never put there names in the hat.
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Posted 16 Feb 2006 - 01:57
Theres a reason why clubs dont bother with it
A total back track from me - As I didn't realise it was only two intertoto games that need to be played. For the sake of a couple of games instead of pre-season it is worth the punt just to get some more euro experience.
I thought it was strange for the club to suddenly decide the intertoto cup was worth entering.
If Blackburn are the only other Prem team to put there name forward - I would say some of the other clubs have perhaps missed the point like I did.
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