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General Discussion / Re: New Signing
« on: June 30, 2021, 01:54:48 PM »
Sorry Dilly but we will have to agree to disagree - we played a back for for a lot of games last season and got exposed a lot of the time, admittedly some of that was down to personnel but it looks like some of those players will be back next season so it would be folly to repeat the mistakes of the last campaign. 

In terms of sending players out on loan, I think the main benefit would be to get real match time into younger players, Fleming is a prime example - not a bad player but only had bit parts in the first half of the season when we had injuries and suspensions, far better (in normal times) had he gone out on loan to (say) step 3 and had regular starts.  If he is to stay with the club then that is what I would do with him this year as he didn't do enough for me in the chance he had post-furlough to force his way into a NL match day squad.

As for Kelly, some bright spots in the NLN season but not enough to make him an automatic choice and when IC was chopping and changing the side every game at the start of last season to try and find those capable of playing NL he looked well short of  what was required, maybe another NL side will pick him up and prove you right but to me he was a classic example of why the policy of longer term contracts hasn't worked at Lynn

General Discussion / Re: AGM of the fiends of the linnets
« on: June 30, 2021, 08:31:37 AM »
Tony of course there will a agenda and the accounts will read out and presented to the members present just like any AGM ,

Sorry Malcolm but I assume you are replying to someone else?  I have seen the agenda (on the club press release) and have been to enough AGMs to have a rough idea of how they function

General Discussion / Re: New Signing
« on: June 29, 2021, 05:11:50 PM »
Bird is reportedly 6ft 2 and a bit and 14 stone and is decent in possession. 👍

Good signing.

Do we now need a real shard as a third centre backto cope with all these 6ft 8 centre forwards in the NL or are we ok ?

All indications are that he can 'hold his own' but he is better known as a ball playing centre half.  Personally even with the addition of Bird and the new keeper I would still like to see a 'dominant in the air' centre half to play alongside McFadden and Bird.  Yes, that would limit options further up the field but given that I don't see Jones, Barrows and Denton being strong enough to be part of a back four I think we have to be looking at playing three / five at the back.

General Discussion / Re: AGM of the fiends of the linnets
« on: June 28, 2021, 04:05:55 PM »
To all lapsed Members of the friends of the linnets I can see no reason why you cant renew your Membership before the start of the AGM I will be there at 6 15 All membership will be up for renewal on the night

Malcolm, this isn't strictly true.  All memberships cease AFTER the AGM (rule 6.5), so are you proposing that you will accept new 2020-21 memberships that last for the duration of the AGM and then people will need to have to take out a new membership for 2021-22? 

General Discussion / Re: AGM of the fiends of the linnets
« on: June 28, 2021, 12:58:37 PM »
Will lapsed members be allowed to attend the AGM? Many people who have an interest may have let their membership slide due to the current situation, this could be an ideal opportunity to renew their membership? Could always keep the bar open after the official meeting to allow non members the chance to join, maybe a bit of an open evening,a few football cards or something? Every little helps.

Business as usual by the look of it. From the Clubs website:

"..................the meeting will be for existing FOTL members ONLY" (fair enough, there's a limit of 30 people due to Covid restrictions).

Club's site also says that 3 people will be seeking re-election. Would it not be in the interest of the supporters and potential new members of the FOTL if it was disclosed who they are? I would think that prospective new members would appreciate knowing who was going to be representing them, especially if the FOTL becomes a Supporters Club.

Is it a secret and not for public to know?

New start and the slate wiped clean and start again? I haven't seen anything that convinces me that's the case so far. Seems to be a  case of "as you were"  :dontknow:

Not ideal that potential new members are unable to attend but with COVID restrictions it is understandable - I do wonder how many renewed their membership remotely for 2020-21 vs how many lapsed for last year

As for the committee - it is just a poorly worded press release, there are three 'officers' to be elected (which I guess in MAH's case it would then be a re-election) and a maximum further 9 committee members, although it remains to be seen if there are eleven others who are willing to step forward and help Mr Hill in his quest to wipe slates clean

General Discussion / Re: Season ticket
« on: June 25, 2021, 01:49:20 PM »
Have prices for season tickets, and tickets in general, been released for next season?  Saw the press release today that the £35 membership is being continued into 2021-22 offering priority ticketing which may have a bit more relevance with (potentially) limited crowds for at least some of the coming season.

General Discussion / Re: Fixtures
« on: June 23, 2021, 01:41:11 PM »
Dilly, just to take more from your glass - Bet Victor have us as joint 2nd bottom of the odds at 250/1 for next season, basically only Dover below us and the few predictions I have seen on the national forums all seem to think we will struggle next season.

On a more positive note, I am not really concerned about the lack of signings this early - we need numbers by the first friendly in three weeks but more importantly need a competitive, balanced squad by the 21st August which is still a good way off with plenty of player movements to come between now and then (I still think we have to find a way to offload some of those on the retained list).  Just have to hope that we learned from the mistakes made going into last season and have a much, much clearer idea of what we need rather than just signing random players which seemed to be the order of the day last season.

General Discussion / Re: AGM of the fiends of the linnets
« on: June 14, 2021, 01:29:10 PM »
Tony M the changing off the name is the big one and in my opinion is the way forward

Presumably what is being proposed is more than mere window dressing (changing the name) but is in fact a reset of what the organisation is there to do and how it goes about it?  I would guess there is a need to consider which bits of the Constitution are no longer applicable or need amendment and what additions would be necessary to facilitate the change in operation?

Out of interest, can you say what you think is currently wrong with the FotL and what positives would arise from this change in name for the future?

General Discussion / Re: AGM of the fiends of the linnets
« on: June 14, 2021, 08:11:54 AM »
Malcolm, thanks for the update.  Would still like a bit more information on what you yourself describe as "very important decisions" if that is to include changing the FotL to a Supporters Club.

General Discussion / Re: AGM of the fiends of the linnets
« on: June 13, 2021, 07:29:34 PM »
There will be AGM of the friends of the linnets on July the 1st at the Kings Lynn football ground beginning At 7 oíclock due to unforeseen circumstances the meeting will be Chaired by Malcolm Hill , we have some very important decisions to make on moving forward

Malcolm, I assume members will be contacted concerning the AGM at some point, rather than relying on people reading a forum?  Is there an agenda and accounts going out to members beforehand?  Also are you actively looking for new committee members and are there any specific positions that are vacant / you are looking to fill?  Given that you are going to be chairing the AGM, can we take it that you are putting yourself forward as potential chairperson of FotL or whatever this new organisation might or might not be? 

Apologies for what seems like a lot of questions but given how little information comes out of the FotL to the members and then post on a forum that raises more questions than answers is hardly any basis to hold a vote on what may end up being substantial changes to the constitution (is there anything in the current constitution about the required notice period for proposed changes to be circulated to the membership?)

General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 11, 2021, 06:19:39 PM »
Letís hope this latest idea produces the goods itís supposed to.   Canít help thinking young players development would be helped by playing in ĎMenísí football. 
 Like you say Tone, Clubs like Norwich loan out even their U23ís to gain valuable experience  that they seemingly cannot get within age group football.

I hope the Academy set up is not being used as a fund raiser for the First team as some are suggesting.

The old saying the proof of the pudding is in the eating letís see what starts to roll of the production.  Or not, as the case maybe.

I think the issue is that the landscape has completely changed for player development in the past decade.  The bigger professional teams now hoover up far more players than they did previously but given that there is still a finite (and maybe reducing) number of professional contracts on offer there is a fairly high attrition rate at 16, 18 and 23.  By this measure Lynn are very unlikely to have a crop of players who are destined for the professional game but an academy for 16-18 can work as Dereham have shown - brings in a bit of cash for the club, allows players to develop and train for a career (although not necessarily as a professional football player) and might bring in a player or two into the first team.  To my mind that is a win-win situation between player and club but anyone hoping for a Norwich style academy with loads of players going professional (step 1 or EFL) football is probably going to be disappointed

General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:19:59 PM »
Iím sorry for appearing to be thick, but how goes a lad plying his trade in the academy make the overnight leap to Non League Step one.  Surely if the gap between the Reserves to the first time is massive ( it is). Then does the same not apply to gap between the academy and the first team or am I missing something ?

It seems a lot of clubs work with an U23ís as a bridge between the two.  Are Lynn looking to follow this MO ?

I don't think anyone is suggesting players will be able to bridge that gap overnight, I assume that if a lad shows enough about them that the club could sign them for an additional year after the academy and then loan them out to (say) a step 3 to gain more experience and then take a view on them twelve months down the line.  I guess this would only be a maximum of a couple of lads per year and would have the benefit to the player of playing at a higher level than if they were to stay and play in the reserves @ step 6 and the club would only be investing in those that it thought had the potential to develop with the club longer term.  I think an u23s would be an expensive option for a step 1/2 club, fine for Norwich as they are starting with players 'more likely to turn pro' but even they tend to loan out players as part of their development.

General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 09, 2021, 05:21:40 PM »
Seems a reasonable decision based on the modern football landscape, if anything it is probably a year or two too late - very few of our counterparts at NLN had reserve sides, not even the full time outfits.  As others have said the gap it too wide between step 6 and step 1/2 and far better for a promising academy player to go out on loan to step 3 for a season than play a year at step 6 with the (slim) possibility of getting the odd game on the bench.  Thus if the reserves aren't in a position to provide a viable stepping stone for players then you can reasonably ask what is the point of running them?

General Discussion / Re: Retained and Departed Players
« on: June 04, 2021, 04:08:03 PM »
Will get on my soapbox again - why oh why were this many offered multi year deals?  Basically 8 defenders on contract already for next season and it was hardly an area of strength last year but the club are now reliant on players leaving 'by mutual consent' (as may apply to Smith and McAuley) or potentially loaning players out to free up budget / squad gaps.

Also don't understand the signing of Gyasi?  Basically he had almost half a season to 'make his case' and I didn't see anything that looked like he could be part of a competitive NL side, sorry if that sounds harsh but think how many times pre-furlough IC talked about 'men and boys' and Gyasi certainly isn't the former in football terms.

General Discussion / Re: Next in ?
« on: June 02, 2021, 05:40:36 PM »
We need two I reckon, both at least 6ft 4, mobile, comfortable with the ball at their feet and with at least 3 years experience at NL or above. Then with Kyle and Tai we are sorted (Barrows as utility back up)

Can't see we have the budget for 2 new centre halves plus McFadden, Fleming and Barrows.  Last year IC went with a much bigger squad than in previous seasons, possibly due to the COVID compressed fixture list, and we ended spreading the budget with lots spent on players that didn't even make the bench most weeks.  I think we have to be smarter this season going back to that smaller core squad model and then make better use of the loan market if injuries arise.

For me, I would be happy with one additional experienced centerback (the lad from Ipswich might be out of our reach but something similar) and then maybe a loanee.  If Fleming is retained then we really ought to be looking to loan him out to get game time as I would be surprised (disappointed) if he was part of the matchday squad come August.

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