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Everything posted by philmpv

  1. I don't know why but I've got a sneaky feeling that Sam Hornby will be back as a Vale player. Out of contract I think this summer. Always liked him myself
  2. If nothing else, it shows who is now calling the shots re player and staff retention/recruitment, as it was only in February wasn't it that Carol made it a condition of any appointment that Pugh was kept on (though she may have meant only in the short term)
  3. I'm pretty sure that if DC didn't want him, he would have made his feelings known and derailed the negotiations
  4. Think you're missing the point a tad. Nobody has said we should be looking to sign established L1 players. That's ridiculous and would cost a fortune. BUT we would be able to sign younger players with the potential to become L1 quality players, rather than concentrating as we have for years on 'decent L2 quality players', mainly those who are approaching the twilight of their careers or who are old enough to be unlikely to get any better than decent at L2 level. I think you can get away with those types of players in defence, by and large, but in midfield I don't think that you can. Prime exam
  5. Spot on. Sign 'league 2 quality players' (which a lot of people cry out for every summer) and that's exactly what you will get. Conlon is being touted now as a L1 player. Who would have thought that when he came in? Take a chance on younger players, give them TIME to develop, and we will reap the benefits.
  6. Now that we have huge scope for recruitment, it'll be interesting to see whether the DOF model can give us an advantage at this level. If we can recruit much better than other clubs in our league, you could argue that it has. DF has, in theory, had a solid 4 months to identify potential signings, find out their contract status availability and interest, scout them thoroughly and, finally, do the likely sums. If we get a lot of signings done early, that would suggest to me that they have been identified and pursued for some time. We can only wait and see! Exciting times
  7. I wouldn't worry about that too much if his Bury showings are anything to go by
  8. Meetings with contracted players tomorrow apparently. I suspect that means a few more will be transfer listed or paid off
  9. I don't doubt what you say, but we all know that there are (or at least were) people leaking confidential information from inside the Club. Whether that will be the case again, I don't know, but some 'rumours' will be based on fact if it does continue
  10. I wonder whether a number of players will also be transfer listed today, as well as players being released? I'm thinking of the likes of Amoo, Robinson, Whitehead and possibly Burgess
  11. I was being polite and covered it in 'fitness level', though I did say he makes Akinfenwa look slim at the moment earlier in the thread, which I stand by [emoji38]
  12. If you were daft enough to bet on Vale then you haven't been following them for very long. Either that or you've got more money than sense [emoji38]
  13. If Pope's of the same mindset as you I think he's going to end up very disappointed. Do you really believe that with his performance levels, goal scoring and assist record, injury record, fitness level and idiocy on social media over the past 2 seasons he can demand parity with his current pay? He'd be well advised if he got any offer of a one or two year contract to take it before its withdrawn
  14. I think it's safe to assume that he meant all players not under contract
  15. What a load of tosh. Continuity of the mediocrity and at times downright travesty? Vale are Vale. Whichever 11 is on the pitch come next season, you won't hear one fan lamenting that they don't recognise the players so long as we're winning
  16. So did I. I didnt waver during the good run. There's no point having a DOF structure in place if we're just going to do things the same way as before (tested and failed). So I have every confidence that this squad will be ripped up and recruitment will be much better. There will be some fails next season, but I hope these will be the exception rather than the rule. UTV
  17. Both obvs. BHF clearly wanted to thank the squad, which he did and is his right. I didn't, which I didn't and is my right. Refer to my previous post about public forums for clarity [emoji38]
  18. Don't judge. There may be valid reasons for today's performance which we don't know about. [emoji23]
  19. The thread is titled a message to the squad. A forum is about debate and expressing different opinions. If BHF didn't want comments and debate on his thank you letter, why start a thread on a public forum, and not just email via the Club directly? If this offends you, then I'd suggest you don't come onto a public forum with differing opinions
  20. But as they're 'working people' according to LT, you must find out why they didn't turn up before you can question it. [emoji38]
  21. So if someone robs my house, I need to find out the reason why they felt the need to rob my house before I may be outraged and judge them as robbing scummers? I'd like to live in your world of candy floss clouds and flying unicorns, but for now I'll stay in the real world thanks
  22. During our winning run Worrall was playing as RWB and Monty as LWB. Neither of those are naturally defensive players. But I get your point
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