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Alex V
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I founded this site but it was a long time ago and I'm long gone from the running of this place. Nov 15 1997 is the first date I can definitely confirm the site existed, though it probably ran a while before then.

I'm @ratfootalex on twitter. Using that a lot now.

Here's some answers to the laundry list of complaints is aimed at me regularly on here, by what seems like a clique of people who bear a grudge, probably because I disagreed with them in an argument sometime during the last 20 years.

"You always praise other clubs [Southampton, Swansea, Spurs, Arsenal, Villa, Newcastle, Liverpool etc]".

So what? I praise what I think is praise-worthy, usually an aspect of a club's decision-making not the club itself. And it doesn't follow that gives those clubs a divine right to be successful, or that I think everything they do is correct, or that I think we should copy them.

"You want to buy / fill the team with only youth players"

I don't. This is just one of those silly distortions. I like youth development and think it's the key to progress - that doesn't mean I would play or buy only youth players. Senior players are great too.

"You say player X was a bad signing, yet they're great on the pitch"

I criticise signings on whether or not they were good value or the right fit, ie whether I think we gained from signing them rather than other options. It is NOT a judgement on the player themselves. An example - I loved Felipe Anderson as a younger player, I respect his talent, but I don't think £35m on a player who will be hard to fit in a premier league side is a good decision - at £5m I'd be doing cartwheels.

"You don't want the club to buy players"

Rubbish. I think we should be doing more in the market, not less.

"You're fishing / you're a contrarian / you only ever criticise"

I think I've praised plenty. But when I'm reading a topic I tend to only directly contribute when I actually have something to say. So this will likely be a counter to an argument. So it will be contrary. If I agree I don't post. This is imo how discussion works, I actually don't know any other way of doing it.
User Posts:

Re: Issa Diop - Signed (2019-11-12 14:02:20)
Re: Pellegrini Out (2019-11-05 15:16:14)
Re: Pellegrini Out (2019-11-05 11:55:06)
Re: ⚽ West Ham v Newcastle- Official Match Thread (2019-11-04 13:53:28)
Re: Pellegrini and his lack of trust in our youngsters. (2019-11-01 18:17:11)
Re: Issues and points to note after the first 10 games (2019-11-01 16:21:10)
Re: Issues and points to note after the first 10 games (2019-11-01 14:57:16)
Re: IF Pellegrini would get the sack what options are there out there to replace him? (2019-10-27 15:30:08)
Re: Pellegrini and his mantra (2019-10-25 18:38:02)
Re: ⚽ Everton v West Ham - Official Match Thread (2019-10-20 14:38:18)
Re: Lanzini (2019-10-06 15:32:34)
Re: The reason why a centre midfielder wasn't signed this summer (2019-08-22 15:51:49)
Re: The reason why a centre midfielder wasn't signed this summer (2019-08-22 14:21:20)
Re: The reason why a centre midfielder wasn't signed this summer (2019-08-22 14:12:17)
Re: The reason why a centre midfielder wasn't signed this summer (2019-08-22 14:05:05)
Re: The reason why a centre midfielder wasn't signed this summer (2019-08-22 13:54:46)
Re: WHU team Vs Watford? (2019-08-20 15:03:23)
Re: WHU team Vs Watford? (2019-08-20 14:48:19)
Re: News - NY Fire Commissioners Demand New 9/11 Investigation – “Overwhelming Evidence of Explosives (2019-08-05 16:05:50)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 19:08:11)
Re: News - NY Fire Commissioners Demand New 9/11 Investigation – “Overwhelming Evidence of Explosives (2019-08-03 16:44:26)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 16:25:02)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 16:10:56)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 16:01:18)
Re: News - NY Fire Commissioners Demand New 9/11 Investigation – “Overwhelming Evidence of Explosives (2019-08-03 15:52:49)
Re: News - NY Fire Commissioners Demand New 9/11 Investigation – “Overwhelming Evidence of Explosives (2019-08-03 15:50:47)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 15:46:53)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 15:45:41)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 15:35:15)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 15:26:32)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 15:24:01)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 15:22:56)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 15:15:22)
Re: News - NY Fire Commissioners Demand New 9/11 Investigation – “Overwhelming Evidence of Explosives (2019-08-03 15:06:35)
Re: Reece Oxford gone. Anyone care? (2019-08-03 13:48:11)
Re: 1 week to transfer deadline, how have we done? (2019-08-01 16:03:30)
Re: 1 week to transfer deadline, how have we done? (2019-08-01 15:52:58)
Re: 1 week to transfer deadline, how have we done? (2019-08-01 15:48:06)
Re: Summer Transfer window rumours/discussion thread. (2019-07-31 17:44:46)
Re: Summer Transfer window rumours/discussion thread. (2019-07-31 12:25:12)
Re: Ravel Morrisson joins Sheff Utd (2019-07-17 11:36:53)
Re: Maxi Gomez (2019-07-09 15:30:26)
Re: Maxi Gomez (2019-07-09 15:27:48)
Re: Maxi Gomez (2019-07-09 14:53:36)
Re: Maxi Gomez (2019-07-09 14:45:54)
Re: Worst case scenario,no striker purchase (2019-07-07 17:53:27)
Re: Summer Transfer window rumours/discussion thread. (2019-07-05 12:30:56)
Re: Pablo Fornals - signed (2019-07-03 00:33:08)
Re: Change to FFP rules (2019-07-01 17:23:56)
Re: Change to FFP rules (2019-07-01 17:09:20)
Re: Change to FFP rules (2019-07-01 14:04:09)





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