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General Discussion / Re: Lynn travel to Buxton
« on: January 14, 2024, 10:34:01 AM »
Only managed to listen to the final 10 minutes although to be fair I can't take much more of Rob's sidekick anyway.  In the end has to be seen as a point gained after playing over a half with 10 men but a much better selection imo and assume Crowe will come in next week with a full weeks of training under his belt.  Saw AL's comments about Stephens which seemed fair - he has been given more opportunities  when not in form but now maybe an opportunity for Curtis to get a couple of starts and stake a claim to extend his loan for the rest of the season.

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General Discussion / Re: Holding a lead
« on: January 14, 2024, 10:27:25 AM »
Whatís the problem theyíre wrestling with?  Most talented player on the books.  Simples!

OK Dilly, a simple question for you, when was the last time you saw with your own eyes Barrett (again like B&G assume that is who you are referring to) have a big influence on a game at the Walks?  Would be interesting to know what serious offers we have had for him, personally if the fee for Crowther was £35k plus a sell on then basically we should be listening to any offer for Barrett - doesn't seem to be in managers plans and out of contract at end of season so as Mall says, time to cut our losses if we can find a buyer

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General Discussion / Re: Lynn travel to Buxton
« on: January 12, 2024, 10:24:22 PM »
Powell, Tony ?

Personally I would have him in the starting XI but for whatever reason AL has preferred to play Rogers at left wing back but very much a round peg in a square hole imo.  Lots of opinions and options but ultimately it will be down to AL to find the right mix to get us out of our current position

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General Discussion / Re: Lynn travel to Buxton
« on: January 12, 2024, 05:45:44 PM »
Tomorrow could be a good litmus test as to where we are at.   ALís first game in charge was a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Buxton.  Lakeland said the squad was unfit and blew up after 60 mins. 

By my reckoning ( I stand to be corrected) AL has brought in 8 new faces so the side now is really Ďhis teamí. 

Can we afford to settle for a point or is 3 points against one of the teams in the bottom half what we have to, not expect but now really need ?

A defeat tomorrow give Lakeland a return of 0.9 points per game, during his reign.  Hughes got the sack after registering just 0.8 points per game.

To be fair to AL, four of those 8 have signed in the past 10 days and Billy Jones has been injured so only really three AL signings in his squad for most of the time (Morrison, Walker & Rogers), although why Walker has only featured once off the bench is anyone's guess?  Will be interesting to see who he starts with tomorrow, probably only Jones, the three centre backs (by default), the new right back and Hargreaves (purely on commitment even when asked to do a role that isn't his natural or best) are inked in which is probably why we find ourselves where we are with no consistent selection or pattern of play.

Would obviously be good to get the win given Buxton's form but in light of how poor we have been since Christmas I would take a point, particularly if it comes with being more cohesive.  I know some would say they want three points however they come but we can't show up every 5th game (Scunthorpe, Southport) and then look like the players have never met each other in the games in between.

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General Discussion / Re: another signing
« on: January 12, 2024, 01:15:24 PM »
Crowe possibly looka the better of the two signings as appears to be an upgrade on what we currently have or rather haven't had in that position all season.  Nothing against Taylor and hope he does well but can't imagine he is going to add much pace compared to the departing Crowther and personally thought it was that not experience that was lacking in the back three, but as AL had sent out Oke on loan we we did need someone in. 

Hopefully there will be at least a couple more arrivals and departures before the next home game to Curzon in a couple of weeks time.

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General Discussion / Re: Investment
« on: January 10, 2024, 01:44:15 PM »
Interesting interview with SC on Radio Norfolk this morning.  It sounds like he still may have a few short term issues before the new owners start feeding the cash in

Any idea of rough time he was on Mall?  Thanks

3 hours 12 minutes.

Thanks B&G, just had a listen, SC certainly sounds as if a weight has been lifted although had to smile at his comment that he has been 'too open' with the fans!  Still very vague as to how the deal is structured and what they are actually investing in so hopefully they will allow SC to open up a bit more on that, if only so that expectations can be managed as to what we can expect to see going forward. 

Football has an uneasy relationship with venture capital and very difficult to see how they can get what they want (a return on their investment) whilst a football club can get what it wants (another source of finance to pour into the seemingly bottomless pit).  Generally venture capitalists aren't in it for the long term and Turn Capital say similar things in terms of their other invetments, looking for positive cashflow in 12 months and then flip their investments within 5 years so could be some interesting times ahead.


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General Discussion / Re: Investment
« on: January 10, 2024, 09:22:13 AM »
Interesting interview with SC on Radio Norfolk this morning.  It sounds like he still may have a few short term issues before the new owners start feeding the cash in

Any idea of rough time he was on Mall?  Thanks

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General Discussion / Re: If you were the manager
« on: January 07, 2024, 05:27:48 PM »
TonyM - I donít think players really go on how the manager has set them up to play!  I think players only pretend to listen when the manager screams from the touchline and points in a temper to where they should go!  The manager, imho, before the game,  should merely tell them to try to always outnumber the opposition whether attacking or defendingÖ

Are you saying you haven't seen the difference in Hargreaves this season to last year?  Under TW he was continually making runs from midfield beyond the forward line into space and drawing players with him creating space for others, this season he has 'sat' in midfield and hardly ventured away from the middle third of the pitch.  Also last year he was a key ball winner, now under AL you can see so often when the ball is potentially there to be won he stops himself and forces the opposition to play sideways / backwards but they still retain the ball as AL appears not to want his midfield to commit to tackles and risk getting beaten. 

Dilly this obsession with numbers is worrying me, are you sure you are not watching under 8s and the 'honeypot' formation?  There are many ways to set teams up, IC's midfield diamond and TW's dynamic midfield three were very different but both were effective and got the best out of the players available which for me is the key to good management, particularly when you are looking at non-league where clubs can't just go out and buy a ready made player to fit a certain role.

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General Discussion / Re: If you were the manager
« on: January 07, 2024, 02:22:11 PM »
Mall - I agree!  I and others would have an equal chance of winning a match against a name manager!!!  But then I donít think I have the only answers, as everyone on here has their own equally valid opinions!  Itís the eyes that inform my opinions, not listening to Redknapp and Carragher trying to sound like they know more than those who watch the game!  Iím also entertained by the likes of Pep and Klopp answering pretentious drawn-out questions with virtually one-word answers with an understandable smirk on their faces!  Take a look!

Dilly, what did your eyes tell you yesterday at the Walks?  My eyes have told me that virtually every game this season we have lost the midfield which has then exposed a pretty fragile back line whilst failing to hold onto the ball long enough to create openings for the forward players, although I would accept that they haven't helped with a real lack of movement which has to come back to how the manger(s) have set their side up to play.

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General Discussion / Re: Linnets lose to Darlington
« on: January 07, 2024, 01:01:23 PM »
Not a dig at any individual but don't see how those who haven't been to many games this season can really comment, although I appreciate some games have been available on the stream (although probably the best performances - Brackley & Scunthorpe), as unless you were there watching the full 90 minutes yesterday it is difficult to understand quite how far we were off looking like a step 2 side - full or part time.

The worst part of yesterday were that this has been coming - the question was asked a while back about progress under AL and I said the emphasis on fitness, whilst perhaps necessary, seems to have been at the total exclusion of doing any ball or formation work and that can be the only explanation of yesterdays, being polite, 'hit and hope' tactics.  Appreciate Darlington were up for it to impress Watson but first half was just two very poor teams, the difference was that as the game wore on you could see Darlington trying to play to a plan and players working together whilst we, not for the first time this season, got more and more disjointed and the goal was a well worked passing move, again something that we look less and less like being capable of as the weeks pass. 

That said, however frustrating things are on the pitch, off the pitch seems even more so with SC's EDP article and programme notes being a mix of fantasy and self justification, neither of which went down well with the fans I spoke to on the terraces.  I just hope we can get to the end of the season and somehow there can be an orderly transfer of the ownership of the club to start afresh next year, probably at step 3, but yesterday didn't make me any more hopeful of that being able to be achieved.

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General Discussion / Re: Darlo
« on: January 05, 2024, 02:23:00 PM »
Different reaction from our vistors tomorrow to being down the bottom - https://darlingtonfc.co.uk/news/boost-the-budget-january-2024 - and currently almost half way towards their £30k target.  Just shows what long term emphasis on fan engagement can deliver, I am not saying it would be easy at Lynn given all that our current and previous owners have done to fracture the fanbase for their own ends, just highlighting that there are examples of different ways of doing things other than relying on the financial doping of a single person.

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General Discussion / Re: Outgoing?
« on: January 03, 2024, 05:44:24 PM »
Why would we want to lose Barrett?  The likes of Crowther can be made out of village players, whereas talented players are hard to find and keep.  JB has been the best player here throughout, and would have been even better had he had others of his level around him.  On the finance front, fingers crossed things arenít as bad as have been painted.  Perhaps ďAcademiesĒ can produce players, but Iím not a believer that footballers can be taught, and if the odd one is found he will be likely to go to a higher level.  There is a chance of avoiding relegation, but it is now looking difficult.  Suggest putting JB first name on the team sheet, and going for wins rather than holding out for 70 minutes a gameÖ

Dilly, I assume you haven't watched too many games live this season with that statement about JB, it seems it isn't just me that would question it either and AL would also disagree, I think it was after the Boston home game he was asked if  the reason JB didn't make the bench was an injury and he said he wasn't injured, just not selected or words to that effect.  I don't think anyone doubts JB's 'talent' but when there is so little end product (as has been the case for most of this season and I would argue longer) then questions will be asked and it may be that he needs better players alongside him but given we have what we have then either JB needs to adapt (which he hasn't) or we go another route (which appears to be what AL is doing).

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General Discussion / Re: Outgoing?
« on: January 03, 2024, 01:24:38 PM »
I would have thought that Crowther is a more valuable asset than Barrett by some distance. One has obvious development potential and is reasonably consistent. The other on his day must be amongst the best at National League level but those special days are few and far between.

Would totally agree with all of that Rod although maybe best at NLN rather than NL for Barrett.  Interesting that SC has gone down the 'future sell on' route, if it was a fire sale then you would expect cash to be more valuable than a promise of 'jam tomorrow'.  Would be interesting to know if Bromley were seriously interested as that would point to the fee being a proper bid rather than Southend being able to take advantage of our current reported troubles.  Still expect more to go before we see anyone coming in and think we (including AL) need to be realistic, personally I would be happier with loans / short term signings rather than anyone on a contract going beyond the end of the season.

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General Discussion / Re: New years day defeat for Linnets.
« on: January 03, 2024, 08:34:27 AM »
Hughes was being lauded until the Kidderminster play off debacle, where he was found out big time but has there been any discernible and consistent improvement under the new management team?

Rod, just for balance I disagree with Linnet's assessment above.  We have been a little bit better in some games under AL compared to MH, some of which could be down to better player availability (notably Crowther and Hargreaves).  The two games Linnet quoted - Scunthorpe was a backs-to-the-wall / attack vs defence for the second half and, as often happens with night games, everyone got behind the team and the players responded with a really good performance, being fair to MH we saw something similar against Brackley earlier in the season with a much less experienced side that again on the night put in a really good display.  As for Warrington, that was two poor sides who didn't look like would have scored in a month of Sundays and really didn't see that as a performance of note.

To be fair to AL he has inherited the squad and pretty sure it isn't the squad he wants but we have played a few different formations now and none have really looked like they are the right one to get the best out of what we have and we just seem to be searching for something that clicks - maybe that is what happened at Southport but with the same side against Boston (h) all the same frailties we exposed by not playing a left back, trying to cover it with McFadden and Rogers which I don't think works but having brought in a left back from Peterborough it seems strange not to play him.  Appreciate it is difficult to overhaul a squad mid-season, particularly with the financial constraints that we can assume are not helping AL but with a full time squad in a predominately part time league I would have hoped to see a bit more cohesion and pattern of play given the time he has now had with the players.

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General Discussion / Re: New years day defeat for Linnets.
« on: January 01, 2024, 06:52:40 PM »
Just a dreadful day all round:

Clueless on the pitch, not for the first time under AL and questions have to be asked about how good a manager he really is, appreciate he isn't working with his players and confidence isn't likely to be great but this whole focus on fitness seems to be at the complete absence of doing any ball or formation work in training as if they are doing any of that it sure as hell doesn't show in games whatsoever.  That said, will be interesting to hear his post match comments, he can't keep clinging to praising full time players for 'working hard' at some point he has to accept that today they barely did that and we have to find a way to shift a few more bodies out of the door, either those who will command a fee such as Crowther etc or the likes of Ronan etc who just need moving on.

Not great off the pitch either and whilst I understand fans frustrations, shouting for Cleeve to sell up shows a real detachment from the reality, my guess is that he has been trying to do that for months.  The issues at the club are far deeper than just finding some new mug with deeper pockets to dig us out of the current hole.  I do wonder how many of them would concur with Jono's comments about playing the under 19s, personally I wouldn't want to put young lads into that environment at present

All in all pretty dire but the madness of football is we will be back again on Saturday at home to Darlington, if we still have a club to support.

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