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General Discussion / Re: Friendly
« on: July 17, 2024, 11:22:11 AM »
 Sorry, I meant Crowe not Crane!

General Discussion / Re: Friendly
« on: July 17, 2024, 11:18:27 AM »
Does anyone know why Coulson, Crane, Chong and Oke are not featuring in the friendlies. The manager is interviewed after each match but he is not asked about absentees. The media department is suppose to be trying to up its game - surely this is something fans would like to know?

General Discussion / Media team update
« on: July 13, 2024, 08:21:38 PM »
For many of us information coming out of the club has been patchy. I donít do social media so am relying on the clubís website for information. This has been well below par on the whole. The head of media, Travis Wright, has now penned an update of the media teamís plans etc. He is also asking for feedback from fans.  This is a good opportunity to voice our concerns and provide ideas for improvement.

General Discussion / Re: Kit launch and Q & A,
« on: July 04, 2024, 02:10:39 PM »
Makes you wonder if anyone other than invited guests attended. Surely the local media men should have covered it. If not, why not?

General Discussion / Re: Squad
« on: June 28, 2024, 02:16:05 PM »
Any further news on McCammon joining from Peterborough Sports? I recall he is a midfield man. When do the Linnets start training or have they started?

General Discussion / Re: .
« on: June 24, 2024, 03:10:53 PM »
This smacks of the Lynn News wanting Mr Wild back as MP.  On the other hand, how many constituents really give a care about Lynn FC? And will Mr Wild still be a supporter if he fails to get re-elected?

Sorry, Iím completely mystified by this topic. Can someone please enlighten me?

General Discussion / Re: Incoming
« on: June 14, 2024, 02:17:15 PM »
Keeping fans updated is very patchy. For a full-time professional club the media output is well-below par. More Southern League standard than National League. I emailed the club a couple of weeks ago pointing out the first team pen pictures on the website were hopelessly out of date and remained the same throughout last season. It included a player Adam Lakeland booted out early in his managerial reign. It remains unchanged.
Having seen the club, apparently, on the brink of collapse last season I would have thought the owner would be keeping supporters informed about the current financial situation.

News of former Linnets / Re: Frazer Blake-Tracy
« on: June 05, 2024, 11:26:03 AM »
He has joined newly promoted Mansfield on two-year deal.

General Discussion / Re: Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 16, 2024, 04:36:50 PM »
Possession-based, free flowing football and winning matches is the ideal.  Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool have the players to do that. Most of the other big clubs try to match that but fall short.
You have to be realistic and realise at National League level the old virtues of effort, commitment and organisation, backed by sound defending, are the main attributes.  And if you are lucky your team will have two or three players with skill and flair to raise fansí pulses.
Achieving that balance is the key to next season for Lynn but so much depends on what budget is available for Mr Lakeland to attract the players he wants.

General Discussion / Re: Adam Lakeland Interview
« on: April 16, 2024, 12:58:29 PM »
The starting point for any professional sportsman is surely to be 100percent fit. Clearly Mr Lakeland felt Lynn players were well short of that bottom line. He will have a full pre-season to make sure that doesnít happen again.
He admits recruitment is the hardest part of the managerís job. And clearly at elite level that has largely been taken away from the coaches. He will no doubt want to improve Lynnís skills level next season and that should lead to more attractive football.  This season he had to survive relegation and generally that means players rolling their sleeves up, fighting the cause and not worrying about how pretty it looks.
Lynn financial situation, whatever that is, will have a massive impact on the quality of player they can attract.
Having saved Lynn from relegation he deserves respect from fans and the chance to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion.

General Discussion / Re: The Future
« on: December 18, 2023, 10:49:55 AM »
I can not see a so-called rallying call making much of a dent in the massive shortfall facing the club, and likewise Mr Cleeveís attempts to find investment from other sources producing the desired outcome. Why should fans, who for years have basically been kept in the dark over finances, give to what appears a lost cause.

Mr Cleeve should now be prepared to reveal the total picture regarding finances. He has always appeared hostile to the Trust, who are probably the only organised group of supporters with some financial ability. Perhaps a better relationship with supporters would have guided him to a more prudent approach to financing the club.

I find it hard to believe that this situation wasnít foreseeable months ago, yet Lynn continued with the full-time model involving expensive overnight stops for away games, which in the light of results has proved a waste of money.

I have supported Lynn since 1961 and I really hope a miracle can be produced. But I think, along with others on this forum, that we should be looking ahead to a re-boot under a new setup with the prospect of lower-grade, but more sustainable football in the future.

General Discussion / Re: The Future
« on: December 17, 2023, 12:13:56 PM »
I donít know Mr Cleeve and living outside of the county it is not so easy to gauge opinion about his tenure at Lynn. But I would judge from comments in the past and continually on this forum that a fair percentage of supporters have not trusted his leadership. Therefore it is possibly not surprising a lack of rallying from fans is apparent.
He has taken Lynn down this route in the vain hope of Football League status without the infrastructure being in place to support it. A club like Lynn must surely have a thriving commercial income to support match-day revenue. I have seen several times an appeal on Twitter X, by the owner, for match sponsorship, just a day or two before a forthcoming home game.
The club has been really poor at keeping fans abreast of what is happening, whether on the financial side or the football side. Is Mr Cleeve telling all even now?
The situation appears dire and virtually beyond rescue. One lesson to be learned if Lynn fold and eventually return as a new enterprise. No single person should be allowed to own the name of Lynn Football Club.  It is the supporters who own the heart of any football club.

General Discussion / Re: SC in the EDP
« on: December 16, 2023, 12:05:44 PM »
My earlier post re the manager and the owner backing him with possible new signings seems irrelevant now in the light of todayís EDP revelations. On the evidence available it seems Lynn FC are facing a similar demise to 2009. I have followed football and reported it as a journalist for many years and it seemed so obvious that the club did not have the infrastructure to succeed long-term when plans to turn to full-time status were announced.
Yes, professional football is a mess and has been for years.  Now, apart from the biggest clubs, who themselves are largely reliant on their TV masters, the lower ranks must come to their senses and start living within their means.
The pyramid system at Lynnís level is not working when clubs are travelling vast distances for matches. That should change to more regionally friendly leagues. The Holy Grail of promotion to the Football League from non-league is a dubious ambition. Remember Rushden and Diamonds?
As for Lynn, a team playing at Southern League level and living within budget is surely preferable to the owner and supporters than no team at all.

General Discussion / Adam Lakeland
« on: December 15, 2023, 04:37:24 PM »
Iíve just watched Adam Lakelandís assessment of the Banbury defeat. He gives forthright opinions, is prepared to admit his players fell short in the first half and is clearly frustrated by the difficultly in bringing in fresh talent. He also says, as you might expect, that the buck stops with him. On paper Lynn still have some good players but sometimes graft and consistency are just as important as talent.
Experience is always vital in relegation battles.  Therefore I wonder why his assistant Sam Walker hasnít been seen in action given his experience at Football League level.
I hope Adam can save Lynn from the dreaded drop, but he clearly needs maximum effort from all his players, every game, and the owner to back him with new signings, once they have been identified.

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