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General Discussion / Re: January to March Finance
« on: December 29, 2020, 01:37:11 PM »
Unfortunately, much as many would like to see football clubs operate as 'normal businesses' - how many normal businesses have the terms and conditions of their employees dictated to by a union which operates across the whole industry and has the power to make one of a club's biggest assets completely worthless?  Until the PFA accepts that they are 'part of the problem' it will be very difficult for an individual club to reduce the wages to their playing staff without all of those players being able to walk away from their club with no consequences, admittedly many won't, but the threat of even a relatively few doing so has been enough to see clubs avoiding this at almost any cost.  Maybe the next round of grants / loans will be the final straw for many and a league(s) will take a stand on behalf of their clubs but I am not optimistic.

As for taking a break, this will be the equivalent of voiding the season imo as we can't be sure when it will be safe to return and even then there will still be outbreaks similar to the current position which with the combination of the already packed season and backlog of fixtures will make completing the 20/21 season almost impossible. 

KES, appreciate the sentiment about signing embargos but for every buyer there is also a seller and some clubs may be grateful for the opportunity to turn a player into cash to support the club's survival - making the pool of potential buying clubs (those with cash that don't need grants / loans) that much smaller will enable those clubs to force prices down and distort the market even more than they already do

General Discussion / Re: Podcast
« on: December 24, 2020, 03:10:29 PM »
The thing I found very interesting was that they have the same playing budget for their Ladies team as they do their senior men’s team, both of which have a budget of 2.5k per week.   SC seemed genuinely shocked at how little they were spending on players.

Seems ages since we were step 3 but actually only two seasons ago which shows how far we have come in such a short space of time and there will always be different budgets within divisions and across regions but I would imagine our promotion winning side was on a fair bit more than the £2.5K that Lewes are paying to be lower mid-table in the Isthmian Premier although it would be interesting to compare to what Buster was paying at the same level.

The other topic that SC brought up a few times was the relationship that Stuart Fuller had with his first team Manager, and seemed very impressed with the closeness of the relationship.   Hmmmmmmm

I got the impression that Stuart was closer in role to Robbie Back than SC so not unreasonable that he was more involved and he did say it was the manager's first management role having previously just been a coach, but it did make for interesting listening. 

I also thought the whole interview spoke volumes about how a fan-owned club 'could' work but it was pretty obvious they have some good people in key positions and with a board of ten all having authority to do their jobs and taking that responsibility on - certainly puts our off-field structure into some perspective.

General Discussion / Re: Podcast
« on: December 24, 2020, 01:41:21 PM »
Really interesting listening to Stuart Fuller from Lewes FC, seemed very open with how the club is run, it's ambitions and equally the constraints within which it opperates.  SC, as ever, keen to ask lots of questions and at times seemed a bit perplexed with some of the answers but no less interesting for that.

SC really has to be commended for continuing with these podcasts as it must be a drain on his time but he keeps coming up with good guests with something to say and he is also prepared to put forward things from a King's Lynn Town (his) perspective.

General Discussion / Re: New Signing - Michael Gyasi
« on: December 21, 2020, 06:12:47 PM »
Certainly has an interesting history for a 20 year old, albeit at acadamies and then lower down the pyramid.  The odd bit in the press release for me was that he was "not a direct replacement for Jamar Loza and we are still in the market for another player" which makes you wonder what opportunities Gyasi will get given that Power has had to fight for game time as have Kelly, Carey and King so we appear to have added another winger / attacking player and are still looking for another to replace the one we lost, although maybe that is just to take some pressure off a player moving up two steps when all the players are saying what a big jump it was from last year to this.

General Discussion / Re: Loza
« on: December 18, 2020, 06:11:34 PM »
Don't think there needs to be any 'slagging off' of Jamar, although I think it would be fair to say the signing wasn't a complete success mainly down to the side being chopped and changed meaning he never got to settle into a role.  Equally it did look a strange signing from the off if we were going to get Power back on loan again. 

Will be interesting to see what IC does given there was a fee involved and this also frees up some of the wages budget, does he replace like for like, strengthen elsewhere or settles with the squad he has for now?

General Discussion / Re: Saturday’s Trophy game now on at Alfreton
« on: December 18, 2020, 01:43:18 PM »
...Looking at the league, it looks like we’re comfortably good enough to stay out of the bottom three, but not good enough to get into the playoffs this year...

Whilst that may be true, I tend to agree with SC in his commentary last weekend when he said something along the lines of - it doesn't matter how good you are it's points that decide whether you go down or not.

I am with those above who think the league is the only thing this season and until we can put some daylight between us and those below we will always be looking over our shoulder - just find the table from a month ago when Chesterfield swapped their manager and where we are now to see how quickly things can change.  I am not saying the same will be true for Barnet and Flowers and we should only worry about ourselves which for me means getting minutes at the weekend into as many of the squad that haven't featured much lately, Marriott for one certainly looks like he needs 90 minutes, I would also start McAuley (if fit) and Fleming but not sure I would be risking Gash unnecessarily.

General Discussion / Re: Saturday’s Trophy game now on at Alfreton
« on: December 15, 2020, 05:20:11 PM »
Has anyone any idea of what the 'rules' regarding what happens when there is a COVID incident really are?  Every club / competition / league seems to have a different outcome to a positive case (can see why some Notts County fans still feel a little aggrieved).  Will this mean we will be on our travels midweek next week?

Update, just seen this from Blyth Spartans - having to withdraw due to a positive case (after dialogue with National League officials)

General Discussion / Re: Torquay
« on: December 15, 2020, 01:44:46 PM »
Totally agree that IC has been searching for the right combination and it would be great if we could have a settled side that, in turn, was capable of getting us to mid-table safety.  Lots of positives to come out of the Torquay game but not sure I would stick with the formation/personnel but appreciate others would have a different point of view.

For me the positives were (in no particular order) - Jones back which shored up one full back slot and Barrows did a good job at left back and with both centre-halves having good games and attacking the ball, which hasn't always been the case this season, we had a pretty solid back four, both wingers had their moments and created opportunities, Southwell ran his socks off and Gash brought others into play as, it appears, only he is capable of.  Perhaps the one single factor was all eleven 'put in a shift', whether that was down to fans being back, a rocket from IC or just the 'learning' that IC keeps referring to has finally sunk in who knows but that will now set the standard for the rest of the season, irrespective of personnel.

That said Torquay were pretty one-dimensional and never really tried to play through the midfield (open debate about how much that was due to our pressure, the conditions or just them having an 'off day') and didn't take the chances they created (again good work by Mair).  I can't see Notts County playing the same way in either fixture and Chesterfield are on a hell of a run since the appointment of their new manager so whatever side we put out over the next three league games we will be up against it.

General Discussion / Ownership models - pros and cons
« on: December 11, 2020, 09:01:55 AM »
Whilst the debate rages (well at least continues) about whether the we have set the price for the return of fans too high there have been a couple of developments at fan owned clubs that might add a bit of perspective.

The One Show on BBC last night had a feature on Chester with their chairman making a lot of sensible comments about being fan owned and the restrictions that is placing on them and the struggle they face getting through the season.  On a brighter note, I have just seen this from our league rivals Chesterfield who are asking fans to pay for extra equipment that wasn't in the budget and have raised £5K of the £10K target in 24 hours. 

Much as I am not a fan of the 'benefactor model', I really can't ever see a point where Lynn fans would be prepared to fund a team above step 3 (at best) so maybe others are right and we just need to enjoy the journey with SC and IC and not think about what happens when it goes pop

General Discussion / Re: Torquay Ticket Sales
« on: December 09, 2020, 07:07:01 PM »
The original pricing was a difficult decision and I think many clubs, not just Lynn, have been caught out by the lower than expected take up of tickets.  There are still plenty of fans who when weighing up the pros and cons will settle for the stream in the short term, personally as much as I miss standing on the terraces I can't justify going (at any price)

If we don't hit capacity (has it been officially confirmed @ 800?) for Torquay then maybe SC will have a rethink for kids / concessions for Notts County which would presumably be 1400 capacity barring any conduct this weekend that would stop any increase.

General Discussion / Season so far
« on: December 09, 2020, 01:49:05 PM »
Now we are more than a quarter through the season and the National League is looking as tough (if not tougher) than many of us thought.  I still don't think IC has found a system that allows us to be competitive in enough games and looking at last nights selection the starting players were all here last season apart from Mair (Pedro debate has been had), Brown (quicker than Fox but still not convinced he is a better defender), Fleming (would have been McAuley if fit) and McFadden.  This to me raises a question about the recruitment over the summer and if it really added additional quality or just more players of a similar standard or who don't fit the IC's preferred system?

With the league leaders in town on Saturday and then two games against Notts County sandwiched either side of Chesterfield, who have found some form with a managerial switch, it doesn't look like the next month will be any easier.  IC continues to talk about 'men' in post match interviews so maybe getting in younger loan players isn't the route (lad from Peterborough didn't get much of an opportunity) so are we able to alter the squad and bring in a bit more leadership / experience call it what you like that will help us to compete at this level?  I think most of the players are capable of holding their own at step 1 so it isn't a case of wholesale changes but I do think we need to be looking to swap in a couple of new faces.

General Discussion / Re: FA Trophy Third Round Draw
« on: December 09, 2020, 01:27:17 PM »
Not much of a let up from league action, we either get Alfreton who gave us some really good games last year in both league and cup or Bedford with points to prove?  Probably the best option would be to have a 'COVID withdrawal' and be done with the Trophy, appreciate the £4500 isn't to be sniffed at but bigger games to come in December and without the potential of a 'big game' with the COVID restrictions are cups really that big a deal this season?

General Discussion / away to Hartlepool (8th Dec)
« on: December 08, 2020, 01:12:36 PM »
Whilst everyone seems to have an opinion on the arrangements for Saturday, tonight's long trip up the east coast seems to have slipped under the radar.  Still 'doubts' over McAuley and McFadden and the preview on the game on the club website still seems to suggest Jones isn't quite ready to start.  Hartlepool are not in the best of form so hopefully we will aim to do more than 'park the bus' but with IC accepting we look 'brittle' at the moment I am not subscribing to Dilly's 2-2-6 formation. 

Richards, Barrows, Smith, Fleming, Brown
             Clunan, Jarvis
           Marriott, Mitchell

subs Jones, Kelly, King, Southwell, Loza

would also love to see Gash get into Mitchell's ear and reassure him that it is the goals the team get that count, not individual achievements but that probably comes with age/experience and will take time and reinforcing by IC and the management team.

General Discussion / Re: Altrincham FC v King's Lynn Town FC - Saturday
« on: December 04, 2020, 02:18:59 PM »
Paul, sorry I only caught snippets on Tuesday but have watched the highlights and I don't dispute he does come up with some good goals - its just the rest of the 90 minutes I struggle with, for example vs Portsmouth he had the one moment in the first half where he grazed the post but then did absolutely nothing for the rest of the game and we are not in a position to have a 'luxury' player at present. 

Maybe if IC set the team up differently he could develop into a role but whenever he is in the starting lineup I think we look short elsewhere.  Likewise the same could be said for Loza why I don't have both of them on the bench and just think Loza gives us more options if he comes on.  We have moved away from what made us successful under IC, partially because we have made a huge step up this year but also when you look at who we have recruited in 2020 they haven't really complimented and built on what we already had but look more suited to a completely different gameplan.

General Discussion / Re: One price fits all.
« on: December 04, 2020, 01:56:36 PM »
Norwich have suspended their season tickets for this season and are rolling them over to next season, so all pay at Norwich.

It was on Radio Norfolk this morning that Norwich were opening up ticket sales again as they hadn't moved all of their allocation and there was some debate as to why they hadn't been 'snapped up'.

I think people underestimate the caution many feel about 'unnecessary' risk and so the question is whether going to the football is a 'necessity' - as much as I have missed it, not worth the risk for me for now.

I think Mr Cleeve is trying to make up the shortfall to compensate for season ticket holders who have already paid upfront, but £22 for a child?  This really has to revisited.

Not sure it is about the shortfall caused by season ticket holders as much as trying to maximise the income from a finite attendance.  If we can get to 1400 with everyone apart from season ticket holders paying £22 then you have to conclude SC has made the right call.  I accept there may be a longer term argument about losing the younger generation but equally would it be any fairer for the club to lose out financially if (say) 200 kids got in cheaper and then 200 adults were prevented from attending because the max capacity was reached with concessions?

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