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  1. You can’t be for real? He’s been in the role now for 6 months. In that period he’s appointed Clarke; appointed Crosby; helped bridge the gap between the academy and the first team by appointing Rooney; made plans for a new training ground; he’s been a part of the overhaul of a new squad (releasing 15 and signing 12); and there is probably a hell of a lot behind the scenes which we just simply don’t see. Give the bloke time to implement his ideas, we’ve not played a competitive game in over two months.
  2. I think Clarke will go with Johnson at LCB. From what I’ve heard, he’s on a decent wedge and we beat a lot of clubs for his signature. Therefore, I reckon he was one of our biggest targets, and he fits perfectly into a back 3 considering he’s a left footer. I’d imagine Jones will compete with Benning, while Martin will most likely start in the middle with Smith to the right of him. Just my opinion, but I don’t think that’s a bad guess.
  3. You don’t seriously believe we have a chance of signing Mullin? Come on, let’s be realistic.
  4. I fully understand what you’re saying, and I heard the same a few weeks back. I’ll say it again - just because we signed him a few weeks back doesn’t mean other clubs weren’t sniffing around him.
  5. That doesn’t mean he didn’t turn down other clubs. He was out of contract, so I’d imagine various clubs had been pursuing him for a while.
  6. I was told he turned down Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury, alongside a number of other clubs. Apparently we’ve offered him a very good deal. I could be wrong.
  7. Do you ever have anything positive to say? I know for a fact we beat quite a few EFL clubs for his signature. Hartlepool fans are very complimentary about Johnson, so I’ll take their word alongside Clarke and Flitcroft’s judgement.
  8. Personally, I’d be making sure Worrall is starting - it’s a must.
  9. The fact that Scott Brown is 3rd choice at a club that Covolan supposedly turned down suggests to me that he is an upgrade. I could be wrong though? Browny was no where near up to the standards shown in his previous two years. Not only is that a strong opinion, but one which can be backed up by stats. Secondly, I really don’t understand this ‘proven player at this level’. The best goalkeeper in League 2 last season was Vaclav Hladky, and he’d never stepped foot in English football before moving to Salford. If you’re good enough, you’re good enough. Simple as. I genuinely believe Covolan will be good enough, and that’s why there was a number of EFL clubs supposedly after him. Yes, Vigouroux was only at Leyton Orient and I’m well aware of that. But, as I said, let’s be realistic. He was one of the better goalkeepers in League 2 last season, and there is supposedly a number of League 1 clubs after him. There was zero chance he was signing for us. Visser was steady, but he’s 31 and an understudy. It’s makes very little sense having an understudy at that age when you can bring in a younger lad to develop and push on. Covolan may seem like a risk, but I’m very confident in Clarke and Flitcroft’s decision. As you said, it’s an important part of the pitch and I’m very sure them pair wouldn’t want to make a t*ts up job of finding their number 1. Trust the process.
  10. I find the fact that people thought we’d actually get Vigouroux quite amusing. Let’s be honest, there was very little chance of us signing Vigouroux. I think some people should be a bit more realistic. Anti-climax? Not for me. We’ve arguably signed one of the best goalkeepers from the National League, whilst adding an understudy who played over 20 games in this division last season. Covolan and Stone, for me, are an upgrade on a declining Scott Brown, the journeyman Dino Visser who hasn’t been able to break into any side in this country and an untested Tom Scott.
  11. I didn’t think GK’s contributed towards the registration numbers?
  12. And it is. I’m still hoping that we might see Ryan Sweeney due to his connections with DC and DF. From what I’d heard, we’d offered him a deal alongside a number of other clubs. So, fingers crossed on that one. 5 CB’s would suggest we’ll be going down the 5 at the back route.
  13. From what I know, Aaron Martin and Ryan Johnson (waiting until after the play-offs to be announced) have reportedly signed. Also, I was led to believe Josh Gordon had signed a number of weeks ago, but apparently there have been a few issues surrounding his personal terms - In which case, I’d look elsewhere. The signings of Brad Walker and James Wilson have impressed me. Two players with experience of playing in higher divisions. For me, they are certainly an upgrade on Joyce and Robinson/Guthrie/Cullen. An attack of Rodney and Wilson is truly terrifying - PACE. Not to mention, they are at the right age and there is no reason why they can’t develop even further in their initial two-year period with the Vale. Ben Garrity arrives with mixed reviews. I once spoke to Toby Macormac (Warrington Town chairman) at the time Garrity was there. He spoke very highly of Ben, and told me there was countless EFL clubs sniffing around Ben. Toby was very complimentary of Ben’s ability, but one asset stood out. Ben was apparently known for his ability to arrive into the box late and score headers, and to this day that’s what he’s known for at Warrington. So, don’t listen to Blackpool fans or Oldham fans, I trust Toby Macormac, DC and DF. Ben is 24 and only played his first full season in the EFL last time out. He could be a smart acquisition. Trust the process!
  14. Agreed. I'm not entirely sure on this one, but I'd imagine Amoo is on a decent wage. I genuinely feel as though there is better out there for similar money.
  15. Gordon should be announced very soon...
  16. I've heard the same. He will be our first signing in the Darrell Clarke era. Don't know what to make of this one. He clearly has potential, but he seems to have lost his way last season. Clarke has obviously worked with him before, so he must think he get a tune out of him again. Best of luck to the lad!
  17. Agreed. As you've said, I'd be happy with a couple (Benning, Gordon) but, for me, we should stay clear of the rest.
  18. I’m intrigued to see whether the last 5 games have changed anyone’s opinion on certain players?
  19. Despite my comments about Legge, I wouldn’t be against him staying on next season. He’s a capable back up and he adds much needed experience to the squad.
  20. Legge? I want to know which Legge you’ve been watching this season? We’ve got one called Leon, and for 70% of the games he’s been poor.
  21. Do you really think the appointment of Rooney is going to decide Saturday’s result? I’d be very surprised if it did. Just because we haven’t got over the finishing line yet, that doesn’t we can’t plan for the future. Carol simply just can’t win with some of you sometimes. Let her get on with it. Jesus!
  22. I suppose there is always the concern that it's coming from the same pot. I know Carol has said it will not come from the playing budget but am concerned they are overspending on backroom staff. It's OK to have ambition but what is needed at our level or league 1 , think we are over egging the pudding. Appreciate playing budget limits are now in place. If we have spare cash would rather it be put away for a rainy day fund to spend on players when restrictions are eased or as a buffer to cover reduced season ticket sales . They aren’t overspending on the backroom staff at all, they are simply putting the right infrastructure in place. Can you not see the long term plan?
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