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General Discussion / Re: Season ends with a loss.
« on: April 22, 2024, 11:42:53 AM »
Thanks for the info LM.  Not sure that Lakeland fancies Clifford ( was loaned out).Under contract players can still be moved on.  No point in keeping them onboard if they donít figure in the plans.  Not sure the other two mentioned  would help you get to the play offs.   

Interesting summer.


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General Discussion / Re: Season ends with a loss.
« on: April 21, 2024, 10:27:55 AM »
Certainly one to forget this one.   In the end it was job done.  AL has an important couple of months ahead in terms of recruitment.   

Which of the Lynn owned players would you keep for next season ?

Jones
McFadden
Hargreaves
Walker ( a given)
Margetts
Crowe
Stephens
Hughes

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 18, 2024, 08:21:15 PM »
Looking at next season the relegation from The National League and Club being promoted from step 3 are beginning to take shape.   Kiddie coming back down and Radcliffe coming up.   Will Needham Market be joining the NLN from the Southern League Central ?   That would be a tough gig for them travel wise.

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 16, 2024, 05:51:42 PM »
I agree CF. I donít expect Lynn or anyone at this level to play out from the back in the style of Pep.  You see so many Ďlesserí teams getting caught out trying to emulate that style.

There is a still away of playing without it being all about % football and winning 2nd balls and just getting it up to a 9 for him to hold up and play  from there.   AL in his interview was saying he would always back his team to outrun and be fitter than any team, full time or otherwise at this level. 

I think next season will prove very interesting.  I hope the fans come in their numbers and buy into it.

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 16, 2024, 03:20:48 PM »
Thatís great Paul,  itís all about winning Football for you.  100% get that.  Sure itís great to see us win but to win in style is somewhat more satisfying ( imho).  I guess we were spoilt at this level under Culverhouse ( though he could switch styles when needed) with his possession based game. 

The pitch being sorted could well give AL options in terms of planís A, B, C etc.

Tamworth certainly have shown the way how to win a Step 2 League without a doubt.  Be interesting to see how that style works at the next level.

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 16, 2024, 02:49:07 PM »
Lakeland was brought in to do a job.  The job was too keep us up after the mess Hughes had left us in.  It seems from ALís interview nothing was right within the playing structure.   

The Manager has succeeded in delivering on his first remit.  Next season will be about challenging in the play offs for Promotion.  That might take a different skill set.   Will we see attractive Football back at the Walks next season?  My guess not on that pitch unless some serious money is spent on it.  Also I think ALís style isnít all about free flowing, ball retaining football but more about % football with physically strong, fit players.   

I guess if itís winning football then will the fans care  what they are watching

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 15, 2024, 04:03:50 PM »
Just watched AL 15min interview after the Sports game.   Interesting insight into what the hopes are for next season.  Has a hit list drawn up for  who he wants in for next season.

Puts a bit more meat on the bone to the mess inherited when he entered the building earlier in the season.  Was very critical Of the standard recruitments last summer.  I guess the likes of Bartley, Clifford,Oke, Smith, Spence etc could fall into that category.    Who was actually behind last summerís new signings ?

To me the one glaring mistake in recruitment terms was Mark Hughes being appointment by Stephen Cleeve.  The rest followed behind that.

Well yes, BUT.....

If he didn't have the money for anything better at the time, what was he supposed to do?

No secret what Club finances were like when he decided to give the job to Hughes, and also in fairness to Hughes, that would also have hindered his recruitment.

Things then improved with finances and AL coming in.

A question is if Joe's money was just used to get us to the end of the season (I seem to remember the Chairman saying that 300k was needed to do that  :dontknow:), or if are there surplus funds for AL to use on his shopping list for next season.  :dontknow:

It wasnít just the lack of quality AL was bemoaning but the state of the fitness levels in the players and everything else he found when he came in.

Sounds very much like AL ( with Joeís cash) dug SC out of a very big hole that he had put himself in.


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General Discussion / Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 15, 2024, 12:38:44 PM »
Just watched AL 15min interview after the Sports game.   Interesting insight into what the hopes are for next season.  Has a hit list drawn up for  who he wants in for next season.

Puts a bit more meat on the bone to the mess inherited when he entered the building earlier in the season.  Was very critical Of the standard recruitments last summer.  I guess the likes of Bartley, Clifford,Oke, Smith, Spence etc could fall into that category.    Who was actually behind last summerís new signings ?

To me the one glaring mistake in recruitment terms was Mark Hughes being appointment by Stephen Cleeve.  The rest followed behind that.

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General Discussion / Re: Missed it Opportunity
« on: April 13, 2024, 05:59:48 PM »
Their loss was our Ö.. hmmmmm now whatís the word ?

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General Discussion / Re: Ex Linnet spoils the Party.
« on: April 13, 2024, 05:43:48 PM »
To think if we hadnít gone full time he could still be playing for Lynn.  One turn of pitch and toss.

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General Discussion / Playing squad
« on: April 10, 2024, 08:28:28 AM »
What squad are we left with once the loanees are taken out of the equation?     Admin ?

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General Discussion / Re: Cracking result that is
« on: April 10, 2024, 08:27:16 AM »
If the moneys there then why would SC not utilise it all ?  If someone is on the scene ( even from a distance) who is prepared to throw money at it then it would make sense, in the short term.

Have to think though that full time football for a gate of 650 plus does seem rather strange.   Whose benefit is Stephen Cleeve doing it for ? 

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General Discussion / Cracking result that is
« on: April 09, 2024, 09:48:55 PM »
1-0 win at home to Chorley.   That should do it 👍🏻

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General Discussion / Re: Points shared.
« on: April 08, 2024, 10:01:37 AM »
How so Paul ?

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General Discussion / Re: Points shared.
« on: April 07, 2024, 02:47:42 PM »
Up until the 2nd half of The Scarborough game next season was going to be all about keeping the core of the squad and adding bits.   Now it seems on the back of a 135mins of Football then the ethos for next season may have changed.

Surely AL sees enough in training to know which players he can trust to do a job for him next season.  Heís on record as saying he doesnít want to be Manager of a team struggling at the wrong of the table.

People Iím sure will see it very different to me but the quality of football we have witnessed this season has been poor.   AL has been at the helm now for some 6 months, changed the personal so what is he going to do for next season to make it more attractive.   Ripping that pitch up would be a good starting point.   Would a decent surface make any difference to the Ďstyleí of football that the Manager will adopt ?

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