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General Discussion / Re: Torquay 12th March
« on: March 14, 2022, 01:29:02 PM »
I can understand WITS comment although not sure I would say it was 'enjoyable' but it was certainly good to see more commitment from the players which, even if TW says that is the minimum to expect from professional footballers, is still something we have missed in many games (under both managers) at the Walks this season.  Also thought K-B showed what a forward with a positive intent looks like, even if he did look well short of match sharpness and hope to see more of him going forward as none of the forward line will be here next season so no need to worry about 'developing our own' or upsetting anyone.

On a less positive note, can anyone explain why we play Clunan and Hardgreaves on their 'wrong' sides?  I though both players did OK at the weekend but both often had to take extra touches or come back inside to their stronger foot when neither had anything really outside them.  Gold had one of his better games but still doesn't look up to NL football and I am still waiting for the improvement that TW promised as apparently all his problems stemmed from the wrong type of delivery into him during IC's tenure.  Barrett had another game where he had lots of the ball but little to no end product, again some of this may be down to the players around him but if we are looking to move the ball quicker and play a longer game I am not sure this plays to his strengths although he still seems to be a MotM contender with the club Twitter page every game.

General Discussion / Re: Ask Tommy
« on: March 12, 2022, 11:49:29 AM »
Yet again SC finding a way to have an argument in an empty room.  Unfortunately his articles continue to be littered with half truths that just harden the views for or against his way of running the club - I think he is probably right re Joe Taylor as we could all see IC wasn't great at giving younger players their chance if he could find a more experienced alternative and he is right that current attendances can't support NL but equally he then talks about the budget being higher than he would like but hasn't decided if we should be part-time next year and also probably the most outlandish claim within the article, that the club is an attractive proposition to a potential investor.

I don't envy the new commercial manager, if he can even find someone to take it on, as they will be walking into an impossible situation with far, far too many bridges having been burnt with businesses that were open to working with the club and an owner who still doesn't understand why he hasn't got full perimeter boards this season and that there should be a queue of people just lining up to donate money to the club.

General Discussion / Torquay 12th March
« on: March 11, 2022, 01:44:56 PM »
Another game closer to the end of the season, TW seemed relaxed at the press conference this morning and talked of players taking their opportunity although whether we see that many changes from the side that played Tuesday evening only time will tell.  Preview on the club site saying Barrows may be fit and so for me he should come straight back into the starting XI and I don't understand why Hickman is being given game time, Jones is a much, much better player imo and more likely to be here next season so doesn't make any sense.

The additional £40k (at least allowing for depreciation) in fixed assets seems excessive, maybe the last lot of drainage (an asset?) and possible transfer fee for McFadden (the only addition retained at 31.5.21?) but really neither has any real value, much like the £129k brought forward.

A small profit £10K for the furloughed year really shouldn't mask what a financial mess the club were in at the end of May 21 with SC presumably having to put more of his own money in before the Sport England money came in and I guess things are in a much worse state now, I wonder if SC is having 2nd thoughts on the benefactor model given what is going on at 'his' club?

General Discussion / Ask Tommy
« on: March 10, 2022, 07:39:37 PM »
Not quite a fans forum but the opportunity to have your question put to TW at tomorrow's press conference

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Woking
« on: March 10, 2022, 02:04:55 PM »
Do people think that setch's team that got promoted from the ucl would beat Cleeves current team

In a word, no, I think people underestimate the quality of the teams we are playing against and whilst everything is relative i.e. there are a few are poor sides along with us down the bottom of the NL, we won at home against Peterborough Sports and Nantwich, both of whom were far better than UCL level (or any team Setch was involved with at the Walks).  The biggest difference as you go up the pyramid is the quality of strikers as we have seen the past two seasons with mistakes at the back being punished far more regularly than was the case even at NLN.  When you add in the drop in confidence from getting beaten on a regular basis compared to the relative success of recent years then we will understandably look a worse side than we probably are, that said there are a number of players that I won't be upset at seeing leave come the end of the season.

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Woking
« on: March 08, 2022, 10:26:55 PM »
Well, two poor sides produced the sort of game many of the 713 (not sure where they all were) feared as they made their way to the Walks.  TW has managed to turn a poor NL side bereft of confidence into a poor side that huffs and puffs a bit and that had Jones to thank for the point tonight.  You would hope there would be changes for Saturday but given that it was well over the hour before the first substitution and then Charles was only introduced right at the end maybe TW was happy with what he saw this evening?  Roll on the end of the season.

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Woking
« on: March 08, 2022, 01:58:35 PM »
So with Phipps and McFadden still injured and potentially no Barrows will TW stick with the back three that failed to hold onto the lead at the weekend or does he recall the out of favour Bird?    Maybe tonight is the night for Walker to get a start, particularly given TW was on record as only signing players who would replace people in the starting lineup (maybe there was a proviso in there that was unless they came from Bristol Rovers)

Hopefully the talk around Clunan leaving can be put to one side and he can return to the starting lineup as captain, although maybe TW's comments after the game at the weekend have given Michael reason to look elsewhere if he doesn't want to be on TW's 'bus'

General Discussion / Re: Clunan
« on: March 07, 2022, 01:48:25 PM »
Wonít be a recognisable player soon of our championship N winning side  all gone in 2 seasons Ö Hope TW knows what he wants rebuilding Ö early indication Nope !!

Do we know how long a contract TW was offered?  Think SC will have a decision to make over who he wants to be in charge of that "rebuilding" for next year, think we have to give TW the rest of this season and then take a view, not just on results but whether he is the right man to lead a part-time club into NLN

General Discussion / Re: Clunan
« on: March 07, 2022, 01:25:48 PM »
Surely County are a full time squad.

How would that work with his career?   :dontknow:

Much as I am sure he is appreciative of the support he has received from his employer in relation to his footballing activities, particularly this season, I would guess very few of us would turn down the opportunity to go to Notts County full time, he can always make the conversion back to semi-pro / accountant in the years to come.

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Woking
« on: March 07, 2022, 01:19:57 PM »
Certainly looks one of the more winnable of the remaining 14 fixtures.  Would like to think TW will pick a more attacking formation but guess some of that may be dependent on who he has available.

General Discussion / Re: Solihull 5th March
« on: March 05, 2022, 01:22:32 PM »
Our fate is already sealed, however a few wins would be good. Quite a few players need to prove themselves if they want to play next year for us. Thats also true do we want them! Anyway good luck to the Linnets today  :scarf:

I would guess very few will want to play for us next year, as you say relegation is sealed and that has to mean we revert to part-time so only Clunan, Jones (A) and Barrows (maybe McFadden) have played for us a semi-pros.  I think the only one of those who might look to stay full-time would be Barrows as the other two have retained their old jobs whilst playing for us this season (which makes their performances in comparison with their teammates all the better imo).  Hopefully deals can be struck with McFadden and Jones (P) who are both NLN standard and reasonably local but beyond that is there really anyone who you would make a case for being a 'must retain' for next year?

General Discussion / Solihull 5th March
« on: March 05, 2022, 12:16:13 PM »
I guess the big news going into todays game is the extension to Coulson and Hargreaves loan deals for another month.  Coulson has given us a bit more maturity and calmness at the back but as Maidenhead showed last week if you run at him he just isn't up to the pace of NL any more, Hargreaves must have been a more marginal decision and maybe you could make a case with TW jnr and McGavin / Clunan injured we do need bodies in the middle of the park, although I don't think he adds that much to what we already had so keeping him would probably be a financial decision in terms of what sort of percentage of his wages we are having to cover.

For me, today is just crossing another game off as we look to finish the season, in terms of selection decisions will Tommy go with his 4 full back formation again and which of the frozen out centre backs will come in for the injured Phipps?

General Discussion / Re: CLUNAN GONE.
« on: March 04, 2022, 05:11:02 PM »
Manager's Press Call

Clunan is carrying a knock
McFadden not trained all week
Theo Widdrington - out for at least two weeks

Every cloud and all that, whilst I don't wish injury on any player, it did seem the only way for TW jnr to lose his place was through injury so hopefully we can have a bit more quality in midfield for the two home games next week.

General Discussion / Re: CLUNAN GONE.
« on: March 03, 2022, 02:02:59 PM »
From a personal point of view the Football I saw played by ICís teams at step 3 and then step 2 was the best Iíve seen at Lynn ( and away).   Off the Field was a mess.  Thatís a given.   

Two great seasons football wise.  You disagree with that side of things Chilly ?

I get your point Mallard, however step 2 & 3 was at a low level compared to where we are now.  Surely the point in the lower divisions is to win that division get the promotion and hope you win in the next Div and get promoted... The goal is to play in the football League Two and that would be a tall order if you look who the teams are. For me staying in the National League mid table winning games regular would be my aim. A good run in the FA Cup would be good too. Just my honest opinion as I see it.

Anton, I think we are way, way off NL as 'a club' and unfortunately that is now being reflected on the pitch.  Personally, given all the turmoil there is likely to be during the off season, I think it would be an achievement to finish mid-table in NLN next season, hopefully we can then stabilise at that level and over time build things off the field that would support NLN, once (if) that has happened then we can think about NL again

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