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General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 14, 2021, 11:22:29 AM »
Bradley Rolt should be signed. Seen some of his stuff at u18, and think there's a top goal scorer in there. Obviously still needs to learn his game, but that's the sort of player the club should be targeting. As mentioned before, I'd only keep a small handful of existing squad and get rid of rest.

McFadden, Fleming, Smith, Richards, Clunan, Carey, Gash, Gyasi.

Mixture of players who are good enough to fill in the squad, and keep the dynamics of the club that know what it's meant to get here. So new players buy into the team, which has been completely lost since turn of the year. Experienced goalkeeper, CB and CM. Fill the wide positions with pace, ideally with younger players.

General Discussion / Re: Tennyson car park
« on: May 12, 2021, 10:44:05 AM »
I wonder how much the council value the land The Walks is on? Prime real estate where houses could be worth a small fortune. Park views, walking distance of train station that's straight into London. Developers dream.

Ideal for me if money was there to do a good stadium with council backing after selling the stadium land, locate it Greenyard Way, where the road infrastructure is already there. If logistically possible, have the main stand moved over from existing ground, have two terraced ends, and a brand new main stand that has top hospitality facilities. Giving size of land, can even build a few houses on there to recoup some of the money for the council (or go commercial to bring in jobs/investment to Lynn). There's also already a foot bridge going over the trainline so you can walk to the ground from Gaywood area (plus in future big games, links with the schools can see parking used at their places with a small fee going to them so the car network is distributed more away from the actual ground).

Logistically ideal, just unsure if council have that area/land earmarked for housing development. Fylde I always see as the template for new stadiums in the top level of non league if you want to go the full works.

General Discussion / Re: Clubs latest accounts
« on: May 04, 2021, 09:28:05 AM »
If Boreham Wood are cutting back next season, and Cleeve wants to make a statement at this level, then sign Tshimanga.

General Discussion / Re: V Stockport
« on: April 28, 2021, 04:14:25 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.

Going forward it's still been good at times, but defensively it's getting worse and it's the sheer basic stuff that's alarming.

Take the starting squad from last night: Richardson, Callan-McFadden, Clunan, Gash, Gyasi, Fleming, Kiwomya, Carey, Denton, Coleman, Howard.

Only McFaddan and Carey I'd want to be lining up in a staring XI come August 14th. Gyasi/Clunan/Gash/Fleming happily to have in the squad. Rest haven't shown anything to me, or even be players that can be justified to tie down on reasonable money for the whole season.

Club come up last year with myself thinking just a couple of players will need adding to be competitive at this level, and make a good showing. Staying up, before then looking at changing things further. This summer, IMO the work required just to get to the level of standard seen at the start of this season, is huge. Wouldn't blame IC if he felt it was a bit of a lost cause.

General Discussion / Re: V Stockport
« on: April 28, 2021, 11:56:00 AM »
If this is being used as a trial for players, then sack vast majority of them off. It's literally night and day to what the team was like at start of season, both in terms of quality and actual desire.

General Discussion / Re: Re: The Pitch
« on: April 26, 2021, 10:09:47 AM »
Lynns pitch is just what it is unfortunately. The amount spent on digging it right down, to properly sort out the drainage/layers etc. It would be a better investment long term just to go 4G. But then if Cleeve has his sights set on football league in next few years, 4G isn't an option.

With the club loan, surely now is the time to look at going down this avenue. Everything will then be able to done at the Walks. All the teams games, first team/reserves/academy training. Local clubs using it for games when not in use, community use as an alternative to Lynn Sport.

General Discussion / Re: The loan and the English Sports Council
« on: April 14, 2021, 09:24:56 AM »
I would like to see Lynn next season utilise P'Boro with them being close. Got a real good young crop of players coming through, and if they end up going up this season, and potentially establish in Championship, it's a strong club to have good connections with for the long term.

Potentially a good time for football in the area with P'Boro, Cambridge and Norwich all doing well, and King's Lynn can add their name to it hopefully by being a well liked club at this level for the football they try to play.

General Discussion / Re: The loan and the English Sports Council
« on: April 13, 2021, 03:14:10 PM »

Does anyone have any info on how Harrogate are funded ? I ask because they seem to be an unfashionable club with limited past history who have found a way to compete successfully.

Rich owner.

They did also have a 4G pitch, which was used 7 days a week all year round though, so whilst owner backed the club financially there was good income streams too.

General Discussion / Re: The loan and the English Sports Council
« on: April 13, 2021, 09:19:27 AM »
Has SC said yet how much the club has borrowed to get us to the end of the season?  Or when the repayments kick in ?

Hearing through the grapevine, it was £400k. 1% interest.

General Discussion / Re: Kairo Mitchell Leaves for Chesterfield
« on: April 12, 2021, 12:42:51 PM »
Based on what we have. received for Karo what is your valuation of Sonny Carey as the press seem to be trying hard to sell him.

Depends what sort of league club he goes too.

Probably something around £50k (with added clauses such as appearances/goals/promotion totalling X amount), with a home friendly and a sell on %. That's probably still towards high end.

General Discussion / Re: Kairo Mitchell Leaves for Chesterfield
« on: April 12, 2021, 11:53:36 AM »
Maybe the club needs to be tougher in negotiations ? On a crowd of 2000, takings would be 40-50k.... that's for each home game. On that basis £25k for Mitchell, doesn't seem much of a return to me.

The income would be less than £40k-£50k on 2000 fans, as a % would be young people paying less, season ticket holders where money is in already OAPs etc. Probably looking around more £20k-£25k the income from 2000 fans attending including food/drink. That's relying on a 40%-50% increase in attendance next season from 19-20. A lot of carrying required in the hope that certain home games bring big away followings, and the town turns up too. Because if results are like this season next, it'll be hard to increase the numbers, especially mid week games which is always a challenge.

A £25k sale might not seem big, but at this level it is, especially in current climate. It's money that can go straight towards clearing debts/money reserves, whilst the budget still stays based on projected home crowds. Say you get 4 sales like that across 2 seasons. That's a nice £100k, which for Lynn can't be sniffed at.

Trying to compete with clubs bank rolled beyond their means is a recipe for disaster. Getting Culverhouse to buy into a model like I said, and club staying in National League for 3-4 seasons would be utterly unbelievable, even if the best season is like 18th. One huge caveat of being at this level as we've seen this season, straight in at 4th Qualifying round. One game from a potential money spinner against a big football league club where's quite a few. Potential next season you could get home or away, Sheff Wed/Sunderland/Ipswich/Portsmouth, with quite a few other clubs that would carry good size crowds like Bradford/MK Dons/Plymouth/Swindon/Bolton/Lincoln.

General Discussion / Re: Kairo Mitchell Leaves for Chesterfield
« on: April 11, 2021, 10:58:48 AM »
Very, very difficult to keep players when its a full time contract versus a part time one.......and so Lynn have unearthed a few gems during the season and they get picked off just like that.........Carey is also obviously being looked at.

Been a tough reality check this season for everyone associated with Lynn. And hopefully everyone associated realises that Lynn have a ceiling which they're at now. No shame in that, but only so far you can push being part time.

Personally I think the days of having a 'close knit' squad are gone. You just need to keep a few vocal players involved who know where club has come from, likes of McAuley, Clunan, Gash and ideally would have been Pedro too. Then be ruthless in accepting the club will be a revolving door for players like Mitchell, where club picks them up cheap, gives them the chance to impress at this level, and cash in when the opportunity to play full time comes along. That's the 'sustainable' the club should be going for. Not paying big wages, and hoping the fans will come in big numbers.

Big question for that model though, would Culverhouse accept it?

General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 26, 2021, 04:06:45 PM »
He'll be either on a FL loan next season, or will play a season of U23 before getting a FL loan. 100% won't be in non league, so either Lynn get another keeper on loan from somewhere or have to spend big to get a keeper in.

General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 23, 2021, 01:06:56 PM »
On Carey, he was in the Dilly team when others were calling for him to be loaned out to “learn the game”, whatever that means.  BUT, I do think he’d be better off playing NL for another year, rather than a bit pert player higher up.

Personally think he should be all over that move to a Pro club, training every day, with better facilities/coaches/players. Even if it's for 6 months before he's loaned out to see what improvements have been made, beats playing for King's Lynn another season.

General Discussion / Re: Did We Play Last Night
« on: March 17, 2021, 12:50:16 PM »
Dread to think how much the club will spend on wages for a keeper to come in next season, when Pedro would be more than capable of doing a job on quite low wages compared to the other 'stars'.

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