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General Discussion / Re: Chicken Run
« on: May 26, 2021, 05:12:29 PM »
Club has published an 'open letter' on Twitter which basically confirms what is in the article

General Discussion / Re: Chicken Run
« on: May 26, 2021, 05:03:53 PM »
No real surprise for those of us who were there last night although I guess there will be those who will try to defend the supporters involved.  There might be an argument that the stewards could have been a bit more proactive although they did appear to try and engage with the fans but given that virtually nobody moved this was always the likely outcome, as Jamie is quoted in the article, the issue is less around Saturdays game and more looking towards next season when a lower capacity is likely to have more of an impact.

General Discussion / Re: Tuesday v Solihull
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:59:56 PM »
Good effort shown by all the lads, not sure what IC sees in Gyasi or Kiwomya and, for me, I would prefer to have seen Alfie Payne in the lineup to encourage us to play a bit more football, thought we looked far more dangerous with the ball on the deck as their giant centre halves looked comfortably when we went long but maybe IC still doesn't trust the pitch / this group of players not to 'overplay' and get caught?

General Discussion / Re: Chicken Run
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:54:58 PM »
Aside from the 'chicken run' comments, I assume the announcer was having someone from the Safety Advisory Group bending his ear about distancing, masks etc so lets hope that this doesn't come back to bite the club at a later date with a reduction in capacity if we are still operating under some sort of restrictions next season.

General Discussion / Re: New signing
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:47:03 PM »
Be interesting to see retained list as I thought  on streaming last night it said we had 11 players on contract.

Being at the game I missed that, without sounding like a broken record that really does show the dangers of giving extended (more than one year) contracts, carrying eleven of the current squad into next year would massively restrict the management's ability to make the necessary changes to the squad.  GS, were any names mentioned?

General Discussion / Re: New signing
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:38:48 PM »
Like KES, I assumed Coleman was coming in to fill the 'Jarvis role', but good to see we are bringing in new faces. 

Understand the desire to keep players who have done well on the pitch involved with the club (there was a similar comment about King if he can't play next year) but we have to accept that there isn't a bottomless pit of money to pay support staff, although in Ryan's case I think he is the one I would most want to keep around.  I think it might be a situation where we keep either Jarvis or Gash, neither are likely to be in the starting 11 if we are going to push on next season but would provide some continuity and a 'known quantity' for IC. 

One, partially related question, does anyone know if Bastock has managerial aspirations of his own ie would there be an 'assistant' spot available at some point in the future or do IC & PB come as a pair?

General Discussion / Home to Solihull (with fans)
« on: May 25, 2021, 01:34:22 PM »
So, aside from the attendance - which I think will be small reflecting the lack of anything riding on the game and still concerns over COVID - what are we expecting from tonight?  Note on the front page saying McAuley is back available after suspension so will IC revert to a back three that he started with on Saturday or go with another forward from the start given we are at home with fans in?

My team (and can't see this being the starting eleven):
                    Richardson (sorry for my typo gs)
   Fleming, Barrows, McAuley/McFaddon
Howard, Clunan, Payne/Babos, Denton
              Gash, Jackson

With it being not much more than a pre-season game the disappointing thing is that there are probably very few of the squad playing for their place as I expect most to be moving on with the exception of McFadden (if fit tonight), possibly Clunan and maybe Jackson has done enough to warrant a place next year?  Could also make a case for Denton and/or Barrows but will travelling distance mean there are other closer / cheaper options of a similar ability?

General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 24, 2021, 01:50:51 PM »
Pleased to see Coleman signed as he didn't really look out of place at this level in a patched together side, so can only expect more when he (hopefully) has better players around him next year.  Still don't understand what the club are thinking giving two year deals but no doubt they have their reasons, just feel we always seem to have a few players retained in the squad (and on the payroll) that the manager won't select but can't be moved on at the end of a season.

General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 20, 2021, 02:20:49 PM »
More weight to the 'reset' button being pressed and player wages coming back to some sort of normality, although for how long is anyone's guess

Also saw that Southend have taken up an option on Howard's contract so you could argue that his stay with us was a win-win - we got a much needed player and he proved he could hold his own at this level which is where Southend find themselves next season

Dilly, I think Carey has shown he is more than ready for a step up so don't think we should be standing in his way however big a hole it will leave.  Masssive off-season coming up for the recruitment team, I just hope they make the (multiple) changes necessary and don't stick with too much of what we have, also note in the article about about many one-year deals being offered, whilst it might not help in terms of potential transfer fees we have now been burnt a number of times with offering multi year deals to unproven players

General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 14, 2021, 01:42:26 PM »
All fair points so far, really difficult decisions to be made, primarily are we looking to establish ourselves as a NL side - in which case it probably requires more full timers with all that financial gamble that entails, or are we just looking to try and stay in the division ahead of Dover and two others - which 'could' probably be achieved on a part-time model around a few key players which would be lower risk if we found ourselves back in NLN and part time again.  Whichever we opt for I just hope we don't go handing out lots of two year deals as surely we have learnt our lesson by now?

As most agree, keeper is a key, as is someone to partner McFadden (NL - personally I would only keep one of Smith & Fleming), can't see that FBT won't find another EFL team but Norman may be available.  I also think Carey will find himself an EFL side next season which will leave a big hole.  NL, appreciate the comment about the squad dynamics but I think needs must although I would have Jones back (if fit) but not Gyasi.

General Discussion / Re: Tickets
« on: May 13, 2021, 11:56:48 AM »
SC just tweeted this
"They are back. After a great meeting today with our SAG group 1,600 fans will be back into our final home games.  Ticket details circulated later - members and season ticket holders can buy 4 tickets and they will go on general sale at 6pm Friday.  Letís get The Walks rocking"

Not quite sure why season ticket holders can buy tickets but hopefully everything will become clearer once the official announcement is made but they had better get a move on if tickets are going on general sale tomorrow at 6pm.  Will be interesting to see the reaction of fans this time - I think there will be less hesitancy in terms of the virus, which is now at pretty low levels, so it will just be whether people want to watch the current squad play a couple of meaningless games.

General Discussion / Re: Tennyson car park
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:49:44 PM »
Really can't see that there is the finance within the club or the appetite within the council to spend taxpayer's money on a new stand.  There is also the view that it would just be 'good money after bad' and that any substantial investment would be better spent going towards a new ground (out of town) than developing the Walks which will always be massively compromised with it's location and drainage issues.

General Discussion / Chesterfield (away)
« on: May 11, 2021, 02:21:05 PM »
Hopefully get one more ticked off tonight as we get ever nearer to the end of the season.  Chesterfield didn't look that impressive at the Walks last month but did enough to win which probably sums up both club's seasons.

Preview on the club site  says we are missing Baggot again due to Ipswich's progression in the FA Youth cup - whilst their cup run couldn't have been predicted, he does seem a strange signing as he hasn't looked NL level (mainly down to his age) and we are very unlikely to see him back at the Walks for 2021/22 so, to me, it was an opportunity missed, maybe at the time it was just a case of getting bodies into the club?

Good to read in SC's column in the EDP at the weekend that the recruitment and scouting team has been bolstered, certainly one of the areas where we are well behind other step 1 clubs, fingers crossed they and IC can put together a better squad for next season

General Discussion / Re: V Stockport
« on: April 28, 2021, 01:11:55 PM »
Sorry NL but we are going have to agree to disagree.  Much as the past couple of performances haven't been great (I didn't see the Dagenham game but did get reports), there were signs prior to that that we were actually trying to get back to something resembling an IC team, not something that could be said of more than a few short spells in any game prior to furloughing kicking in.  Also be careful to compare like with like - it would seem that the current crop only meet up on match days whereas their semi full time counterparts from the start of the season were training regularly during the week. 

I am not saying all of the current players should be signed up for next season but given the circumstances they have been thrown together and what they also have around them is probably not the ideal situation to 'trial' players.  Maybe what we can agree on is that the squad (both furloughed and current) needs a major overhaul in the summer if were are going to be anywhere near mid-table safety next season.  There was a brief comment by SC last night about how late the current season finishes and when the next starts not leaving much time for planning which didn't really inspire much confidence as it might be hoped that planning for next season was already well underway.

General Discussion / Re: V Stockport
« on: April 27, 2021, 02:01:16 PM »
Not sure if we are able to get anyone else in on loan now to provide a bit of cover at centre half.  Keep seeing FBT's name being mentioned as not figuring in Peterborough's match day squad so might be good for him to have half a dozen games as I would think he is still capable of picking up an EFL contract somewhere next season.

There is also a worrying report in the EDP about Coleman having to finish after Saturday as his current contract with Brackley is up at the end of the month so that when his loan spell has to end, don't know if this would also hit Alfie Payne (I think Jackson was 'released' from his contract so isn't technically here 'on loan').  Assume the likes of Howard and Babos have contracts to the end of June with their (EFL) parent clubs

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