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General Discussion / Re: Lynn News article
« on: Today at 10:23:56 AM »
I did say when the extensions were announced that it made sense renewing Gyasi's contract if it meant we ended up getting a fee for him.  Dilly, not sure how much you actually saw of him in the flesh but 'one of the most gifted' might be stretching things a bit, what he did offer was something a bit different and certainly a more direct threat, although that threat was often more potential than actual.  I think at a bigger club you could easily use him as a 'plan B' player coming off the bench but from the last time I saw him, still a lot of work required before you would say he should start in the NL

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General Discussion / Re: Squad
« on: May 27, 2022, 01:46:23 PM »
I would suggest promotion is based on SCís expectation level.  Having done it once he knows what is needed in terms of financial support. Plus it seems he has great belief in Tommyís ability to take the Club back up.

Be interesting to see how things play out, on all fronts.

Think the club is in a different place than the last time we started a NLN campaign, previously we were a team full of confidence, playing really good football and with a number of leaders on the pitch and a goalscorer in a purple patch.  Whilst the financial support may have contributed to some of those things being in place, some are certainly elements 'you can't buy'.

News that Barrows is off to Altrincham will be a blow but totally understandable and I think everyone will wish him all the best, just waiting on Jones and Clunan now.

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General Discussion / Re: Squad
« on: May 27, 2022, 07:51:04 AM »
I guess playing a low defensive line would help negate the lack of pace.
I'm very keen to see how we play next season, TW/HL obviously played relegation tactics and put square pegs in round holes. I'd like to know how they'd approach a season where presumably promotion is the goal

I think that is a fair point that we can't really judge how a TW side will look but I still think it is strange that we are going with so many of last seasons 'pegs' which didn't really fit together that well.  As for the goal for next season, personally I would be hoping for mid table stability, maybe pushing play offs if things go really well and I don't see what any expectations above that are based upon

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General Discussion / Squad
« on: May 26, 2022, 02:01:41 PM »
So the squad is looking much nearer to it's final shape than many might have thought before the end of May with 17 signed and 3 offers on the table although I don't see all of the retained players being here come the start of pre-season training.  It is surprising, to me at least, given our performances last season, albeit at a higher level that it doesn't seem like there will be wholesale changes but maybe TW thinks the drop to NLN will be the difference and obviously still some new players required to balance out the squad in terms of positions:

Keeper - Jones now signed which is a big positive imo
Defenders - Coulson, Denton and Scott all look capable at NLN.  Assume Bird & Bowry to be moved on, Bird seems to have done OK at Halifax.  Altintop and Fleming are both unproven at NLN, and whilst it's always good to have players who have potential is there is space for both?  McFadden is the tricky one, can't play alongside Coulson in a back four as zero pace between them and still questions over his fitness.  Hopefully we get early decisions from Barrows and Jones so that the club can react quickly if replacements are needed.
Midfield - Knowles is a 'project' which seems fair enough but then only Sundire and Widdrington currently signed so would imagine there are more additions to come here, Clunan would obviously help massively but even then I would like to see at least one more 'starter' signed
Wingers/attacking midfields - after years of IC not playing wingers we now have Walker and Gyasi signed up.  Still don't understand Walker's signing and whilst Gyasi offers something different I am not sure that equates to a starting position in a NLN side.  Hopefully Barrett will come back in better shape for next season and turn that technical ability into a key asset in the majority of games and not go missing so often as he did this year against the better sides.
Forwards - currently Omotayo (who improved no end under TW) and Charles who never really looked on the pace at NL level.  Not sure that those two as a strike force would put much fear into NLN defences so more recruitment needed here too.

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General Discussion / Re: Retained list
« on: May 20, 2022, 01:30:59 PM »
Courtesy of the Lynn News:

https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/sport/linnets-announce-retained-list-of-players-9255407/



The Linnets have released the quartet of Joe Gascoigne, Jak Hickman, Arthur Iontton and Cameron King.

The club remain in contract negotiations with the "big four" of Ross Barrows, Michael Clunan, Aaron Jones and Paul Jones, for next season.



Grapevine around the Leagues is saying that the only one likely to stay is Paul Jones, but time will tell on that one.  :dontknow:

Some Clubs still appear to be offering silly money to get the signatures of the players they want.

The mistakes made in recruitment continue to hang over the club with the retained list presumably being those offered multi year deals at the start of last season / when they signed:
Baris Altintop, Josh Barrett, Pierce Bird, Daniel Bowry, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Ken Charles, Gold Omotayo, Munashe Sundire
Of those, you would imagine TW would be looking to offload a minimum of Altintop, Bird and Bowry plus question marks remain over McFadden's fitness and whether we really want to go into NLN with a strike force of Omotayo and Charles?

Perhaps more surprising (at least to me) is those who were out of contract that have had their contract extended.  I think Denton and Scott did enough to warrant extensions and Fleming is probably worth looking at for a place in the squad at NLN level, likewise Knowles.  Gyasi seemed to do well with more minutes at Dover so no harm in extending his contract as we drop down where he may be more of a threat or alternatively we may get a fee for him, the exact opposite would be true for Walker who did nothing when on loan and then even less when signed for the latter part of the season.  The extension of TW juniors contract isn't much of a surprise but think there would be better options as he always looked like a stop gap signing

The strength (or otherwise) of the squad does look to hinge on those contract negotiation players and keeping Paul Jones would be a huge positive.  Pretty resigned to Barrows leaving (deserves to stay NL), actually surprised to see Aaron offered a spot as TW tried all and sundry at right back and then there is Clunan - TW continued to play him out of position to facilitate jnr getting a game and he was comfortably player of the season in most peoples eyes but will he and the others from the Culverhouse era think now is the time for pastures new?

All in all, I would have preferred to see less on the retained / extended lists but maybe dropping down to step 2 will mean more are playing at 'their level'?

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General Discussion / Re: Barry Pierpoint
« on: May 19, 2022, 01:33:10 PM »
Pretty good article on the Lynn News website

https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/sport/new-linnets-ceo-speaks-about-his-vision-for-the-future-9255127/?fbclid=IwAR0qjOLawbNPievx_XPglbbjUWAip_nOUq0_2UFqu6J4ah81dW8rudyht-Q

Certainly says a lot of the right things in the interview although there is also a worrying reference to the 'sleeping giant' nonsense.  I am less concerned about his Leicester experience, much of which won't be relevant, but he has also operated nearer our level so you have to hope that having brought him in, SC then listens to why BP has to say, just hope all parties (including TW) appreciate this isn't going to be a quick fix

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General Discussion / Re: Retained list.
« on: May 18, 2022, 01:31:26 PM »
In fairness every NL Club only finished their regular season on Saturday.  Kings Lynn finished theirs a week earlier.   Plus 6 teams are  now involved in the Play-offs, so hardly going to be releasing players.

A few more NL clubs have started to release their lists, SC has posted on Twitter that we will remain full-time next season which will probably mean the likes of Omotayo and Barrett (who I think were both on multi year deals) will be retained unless a NL side comes in for them.  In terms of players we might be interested in, McGavin has been released by Ipswich although he might think he could get a spot back in the NL and Coulson has been released by Southend which is no great surprise and is probably more likely to be open to NLN football next season.

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General Discussion / Re: Retained list.
« on: May 17, 2022, 06:19:02 PM »
To be fair, whilst lots of EFL sides have published their retained / released lists, I have only seen Eastleigh from the NL produce their list.  Maybe the club are still speaking to TW about his role and what resources he will be working with next season before making decisions on the current playing staff?

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General Discussion / Re: Barry Pierpoint
« on: May 17, 2022, 05:39:11 PM »
Positive noises from BP on Twitter:

"I am looking forward to meeting all fans and supporters at an Open Meeting in early June, more details to follow.
Looking forward to working with you all."

Hopefully he gets a good turnout and becomes the start of a new relationship between club and the fanbase as a whole

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General Discussion / Re: Is TW the right man
« on: May 17, 2022, 01:51:39 PM »
For me as much depends on what happens off the pitch as on it. 

In TW's favour he seems to have a much better relationship with SC than IC did which is not difficult I guess.  He also improved the physicality of the side, which was most evident in McGavin and Omotayo who looked far better under him.  Loan signings of Phipps and Coulson may well point to reasonable contacts in the Essex area but the signing of Walker maybe proves you can't get everything right

I do worry about whether TW will cope with the budget constraints which will have to exist next year which will exist whether we are full or part-time and comments about training facilities and overnight stops for 'longer' trips point to potential clashes with SC on the horizon.  I think the jury is also still out in terms of TW's style of play and how much of this season was dictated by circumstance and working with what players he had / could attract to the club mid-season and whether we can expect something a little different when it is his squad that starts 2022-23

Personally I think the relationship with SC means TW should be given the nod for next year but I just hope SC and the fans have realistic expectations of what success looks when judging TW


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General Discussion / Re: IV Geezers. Part 2 Fotl related
« on: May 17, 2022, 01:10:46 PM »
TONYM  there are no exact choice of genre, music, etc. But being a member of a regular social club involving live music, this is definitely the best choice out there to get punters in...they have a hard core off  followers and guarantee a decent turnout.. Well done everyone involved 👏👏👏

Appreciate we all have different tastes, I wouldn't imagine we would pack out the B&G with my choice of music and pleased to hear that you think IV Geezers are a good choice and should get a crowd in which is what we would all like to see.  I guess this is the sort of band we are looking for with their 'own' following rather than having to rely on FotL members, hopefully those who go will enjoy themselves and the B&G can become a viable venue on the local music scene.

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General Discussion / Re: IV Geezers. Part 2 Fotl related
« on: May 15, 2022, 10:48:44 AM »
Anyone going?
Please support any events put on to help the club.
Or just sit back and say the friends do nothing to try to raise funds.  :welcome:

I take the point and would agree that it would be great if events were well supported but maybe bands are not the thing people want to support?  Hopefully a change in genre will provide a change in fortunes but if not then maybe alternative events are the way to go.  Appreciate it is still a bit 'chicken and egg' - the FotL needs to expand it's membership / relevance but without successful, well attended events, whether they be band nights, quizzes or whatever, it will struggle to do so.  Unfortunately the current financial situation for many households, that is only likely to get worse during next season, isn't really going to help things.

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General Discussion / Re: Next seasonís Admission Prices
« on: May 16, 2022, 01:55:56 PM »
..............................I see one of the things on the new CEO's 'to-do' list is to have an open forum with fans, lets hope that is sooner rather than later,

He'll come across very well in that environment. I'm sure people will be impressed with his "on stage" performance.

I believe he still has his own business interests, so the question is if this is a part time gig for him?   :dontknow:

To be fair, there probably isn't really a full-time CEO position so part-time might suit both parties and will add to the off-field experience at the club, something that has been sorely lacking since reformation.

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General Discussion / Re: Next seasonís Admission Prices
« on: May 16, 2022, 01:25:42 PM »
Think B&G and Mall are right to question whether there is a viable number of fans prepared to pay a sufficient entrance fee for us to be pushing for playoffs (if that is the aim) next season, so SC firstly has to decide how much he is willing to put in as financial doping and then given that whether he wants to subsidise lots of people a little bit or a few people a lot.  Personally I would rather see us go with £15 as a standard ticket (maybe with a few category A games although we will lose one in the NLN playoffs), cut our cloth accordingly and not have season tickets to allow the club to have flexible pricing in what will certainly be uncertain financial times for many households. 

In an ideal world if SC does go with lower than he would like entrance, those that are willing and able to pay a bit more should be encouraged to do so through things such as the FotL 12th man but for that to be anything like a significant source of income I guess a lot of people will have to be won round to how the club is run and where the money is going.  I see one of the things on the new CEO's 'to-do' list is to have an open forum with fans, lets hope that is sooner rather than later,

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General Discussion / Re: Who to keep, who to let go.
« on: May 12, 2022, 01:13:01 PM »
I guess you could argue most in football are part-time compared to normal jobs and I am not sure how many are on 52 week contracts so that probably accounts for the bulk of those that we think of as full-time during the season.  The 45 is an interesting number, I guess that is football staff (players, management, support staff) and then the next biggest group being matchday catering staff as I thought most of the stewards, etc were volunteers.

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