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Love the way he talks he gets out of bed win football matches ,he knows he as to win football matches ,he seems like he as a edge I like that also .

For the first time this season looking forwards to watching all remaining games if the players reflect the manager ,yes we know theres no quick fix but we have players who can win games they have proved it ,because if you add all  the defensive bloopers and goalie mistakes out the equation we probably conceded no more than 5 you can do nothing about goals .

I think going forwards we have players who can score but too often teams are being given goals which they have not worked particularly hard to get ,cut that out a decent 18 games ahead of us however if they  do not cut it out then 18 games of self inflicted worry .

Let's hope the manager reinstated Legge and gets some leadership in that back four because along with Gibbons in the games they have played together we are generally solid UTV 

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Not read through all the posts but as it's titled "Darrell Clarke", I wanted to post my thoughts. When you come in as a new manager you have to focus on the immediate issues. If you think back to

Players deserve credit for tonight but special shout out to Darrell Clarke for me. He set us up with a game plan that saw us dominate the majority of the first half. We should've been 2 goals to

Heres an idea why dont we judge him on what he does at vale rather than going off the word of previous fans. There are fans that love him like bristol rovers and fans who arent keen of him walsall. Wh

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Welcome Darrell. Valiants are behind you and waiting eagerly for success on the field to match the aspirations and financial input by our tremendous owners.

Good vibes again eminating from Vale Park and maybe, just maybe, we fans can start to have a Club to be so proud with again. 

Division 2 is there for the taking next season if diligent and desired additions are made to the squad.

Time now for all fans to back the Club to ensure smiling faces are returned in these strange, dark times.

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Unexpected appointment for sure, but I think Carol is putting the structure in place to push the Vale on in the coming years and it is nice to see for a change.  I think we have a good manager now hopefully he will be a success as nothing is certain in football as Vale fans well know.

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7 hours ago, TylerB said:

The most positive thing some have said about him is that he made them hard to beat. But the general opinion seems to be that there was no pattern to their play and he loves to play squares in round holes. Along with being in love with himself. But my girlfriend say's that about me every day so it is what it is.

Now every manager with the exception of one or two will have a mixed bag as a record, so I'm not too worried that he didn't have a great time at Walsall. Bu if we paid as much as £100,000 compensation for him, which seems to be the case, then it makes it a massive gamble.

I would be amazed if we paid 100k for him,where have you seen this figure?

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2 hours ago, Colin Plant said:

Walsall fan here,(in peace). I will give you an honest opinion on Clarke and I hope he does well at Vale, not for him but for the owners and fans. Watching Walsall under Clarke was very frustrating, he changed the team every week simply to try and counteract the threat of the opposition instead of playing your strongest team every week and letting the opposition worry about you. He signed players then played them out of position, drop players for no apparent reason even if they had just played a blinder the previous game. He liked to play hoof ball constantly to a lone striker who sometimes was about 5ft 6" tall. Never revealed what players were injured or how long they were expected to be sidelined which is fine but fans don't know whats going on and think he has simply fell out of favour. It was a very frustrating time to be a Walsall fan under Clarke and thats why the majority were happy to see him go. I hope things go well for you with him in charge and I will be watching with interest. Best of luck for the rest of the season. 

Welcome Colin.

Only time will tell, either Clarke will do the same with us and it will be proven that you were right to move him on.

Or Clarke will do with us what he did with Salisbury and Bristol Rovers, which would indicate there are some serious issues at Walsall meaning he couldn't perform to his standards... cost cutting, small squad meaning less options, a fanbase expecting  one man to turn a sinking ship and demanding more than 6 points off the playoffs 2nd year after relegation, expecting the manager to cover all aspects of football when backroom staff are being reduced spreading him too thin, the need to sell to survive?

Lets wait and see, what I do know is he now finds himself at a club with a great structure, owners who are investing in a professional football set up and a DoF to help him with recruitment and player development.

Any man who can turn Zac Jules into a £300k asset has something special about him!

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19 hours ago, Walka003 said:

Experienced appointment, thought his Walsall team were hopeless every time I've seen them but if we're getting the Bristol Rovers then it can be a masterstroke.

Paying compo (if we have) and handing out a 3 year deal for him seems very strange in current times especially given he isn't really ripping it up with his current team.

All the best Darrell!

Walsall fan here in peace. I've been watching Walsall for over 45 years so I'd like to think I could give you an honest opinion on Darryl Clarke. Firstly I hope he does well for Vale and he repays the faith your owners have placed in him. When he got the managers job at Walsall we were all as excited as Vale fans are now but it didn't take long for that to dissipate. He did some strange things did Clarke and some of the most frustrating are as follows, he never picked his best team but always picked a team to counter the opposition, I know somehow you have to try and do this but it was at the expense of the attacking side of our play, it also meant he never played a settled team, if the team won one week he very rarely played the same team the next game. Always tinkering with the line up. He regularly played players out of position, natural strikers on the wing, left back at right back etc. He always seemed to have his favourites as well who would somehow get into the team no matter how bad they were playing. Watching Walsall was like groundhog day, every game seemed the same, huffing and puffing in midfield with no real cutting edge and if it wasn't for the fact the opposition were wearing different coloured shirts each week you would think it was a replay of the previous game. These are the main reasons Walsall fans are glad to see the back of him. You can't knock his CV and maybe he will do better in different surroundings, I will watch for vales results with interest. Good luck for the rest of the season. 

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4 hours ago, valiant_593 said:

What about all the losses askey had as manager? 
 

A week to turn this sack of <ovf censored> around isn’t enough. Happy or not back him 

I have written off this season so will be waiting to see who he ditches and who comes in during the summer and next season will be the tester,to say he should come in and get a win in 4 or 5 days is silly imo.

Adam Yates said earlier that he hasn't totally written off the play offs 😮 as one or two teams always make a late charge from lower down,now imagine that,i still think some would moan that he hadn't got us in to the top 3

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4 hours ago, Rampant Zebra said:

This is either an inspired choice of a proven manager who will lead us on to better things, or jobs for the boys. Only time will tell which. We are where we are, as someone said. 🙂

RZ you say jobs for the boys,what do you mean by that?

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5 hours ago, Rampant Zebra said:

He left there 3 years ago. We keep signing people based on their past reputation, particularly players. At least he is mates with Tommy Widdrington. 

Obviously, we can’t sign people based on their future reputation.

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I hope Darrell Clarke and David  Flitcroft do very, very well for Vale and have all the luck going when it's needed.

Looking forward to stability and success on the field and in the backroom staff.

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12 minutes ago, Colin Plant said:

Walsall fan here in peace. I've been watching Walsall for over 45 years so I'd like to think I could give you an honest opinion on Darryl Clarke. Firstly I hope he does well for Vale and he repays the faith your owners have placed in him. When he got the managers job at Walsall we were all as excited as Vale fans are now but it didn't take long for that to dissipate. He did some strange things did Clarke and some of the most frustrating are as follows, he never picked his best team but always picked a team to counter the opposition, I know somehow you have to try and do this but it was at the expense of the attacking side of our play, it also meant he never played a settled team, if the team won one week he very rarely played the same team the next game. Always tinkering with the line up. He regularly played players out of position, natural strikers on the wing, left back at right back etc. He always seemed to have his favourites as well who would somehow get into the team no matter how bad they were playing. Watching Walsall was like groundhog day, every game seemed the same, huffing and puffing in midfield with no real cutting edge and if it wasn't for the fact the opposition were wearing different coloured shirts each week you would think it was a replay of the previous game. These are the main reasons Walsall fans are glad to see the back of him. You can't knock his CV and maybe he will do better in different surroundings, I will watch for vales results with interest. Good luck for the rest of the season. 

Maybe having Flitcroft as DOF might help things,i am happy with the appointment and listening to what Chris Lines said of him i like it even more.

On a side note what is your defender Clarke like as i am sure he will move for him in the summer maybe to replace Legge? walsall fans think we will go for sinclair as well BUT as we want a younger team i cant see us allowing him to bring in a 34/35 yr old midfielder

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3 hours ago, Colin Plant said:

Walsall fan here,(in peace). I will give you an honest opinion on Clarke and I hope he does well at Vale, not for him but for the owners and fans. Watching Walsall under Clarke was very frustrating, he changed the team every week simply to try and counteract the threat of the opposition instead of playing your strongest team every week and letting the opposition worry about you. He signed players then played them out of position, drop players for no apparent reason even if they had just played a blinder the previous game. He liked to play hoof ball constantly to a lone striker who sometimes was about 5ft 6" tall. Never revealed what players were injured or how long they were expected to be sidelined which is fine but fans don't know whats going on and think he has simply fell out of favour. It was a very frustrating time to be a Walsall fan under Clarke and thats why the majority were happy to see him go. I hope things go well for you with him in charge and I will be watching with interest. Best of luck for the rest of the season. 

Thanks for that, uncertain times in football at present, as elsewhere.  The main thing in L2 is to escape upwards, we tend to weigh less than other teams due to height and build which puts us at a disadvantage against the robust teams in this league.  So will be interesting to see who he brings in, and whether he is more communicative. Sometimes it is tactical to keep injuries quiet, but we have had unexplained  episodes too. Best of luck too, only us old ones remember the laundry wall at Fellows Park.

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10 minutes ago, Fosse69 said:

Thanks for that, uncertain times in football at present, as elsewhere.  The main thing in L2 is to escape upwards, we tend to weigh less than other teams due to height and build which puts us at a disadvantage against the robust teams in this league.  So will be interesting to see who he brings in, and whether he is more communicative. Sometimes it is tactical to keep injuries quiet, but we have had unexplained  episodes too. Best of luck too, only us old ones remember the laundry wall at Fellows Park.

Happy days them mate. Wished we were still at Fellows Park. 

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14 minutes ago, werstayinup said:

Maybe having Flitcroft as DOF might help things,i am happy with the appointment and listening to what Chris Lines said of him i like it even more.

On a side note what is your defender Clarke like as i am sure he will move for him in the summer maybe to replace Legge? walsall fans think we will go for sinclair as well BUT as we want a younger team i cant see us allowing him to bring in a 34/35 yr old midfielder

Clarke is average at best mate, also prone to the odd mistake which leads to a goal. Big mates with Darryl Clarke though so could see a move on the cards there. Sinclair is getting older but he is a workhorse who covers every blade on the pitch. Cant see Clarke coming in for him but you never know. 

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2 minutes ago, Colin Plant said:

Happy days them mate. Wished we were still at Fellows Park. 

They weren't happy days for me chuffin Alan Buckley and that youth Don Penn, we couldn't beat you at any price.....lol

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2 minutes ago, Colin Plant said:

Clarke is average at best mate, also prone to the odd mistake which leads to a goal. Big mates with Darryl Clarke though so could see a move on the cards there. Sinclair is getting older but he is a workhorse who covers every blade on the pitch. Cant see Clarke coming in for him but you never know. 

Sounds a bit like Legge anyway but a bit younger,from what i have seen and obviously dont see them game in game out but i would take McDonald and Gordon 🙂 

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OMG love this guy Clarke. Even a welcoming interview and press conference have a little bit of an edge.

The tree is going to be getting one hell of a shake and imagine a lot of leaves will be falling!!

Bring it on !!

 

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3 hours ago, Colin Plant said:

Walsall fan here,(in peace). I will give you an honest opinion on Clarke and I hope he does well at Vale, not for him but for the owners and fans. Watching Walsall under Clarke was very frustrating, he changed the team every week simply to try and counteract the threat of the opposition instead of playing your strongest team every week and letting the opposition worry about you. He signed players then played them out of position, drop players for no apparent reason even if they had just played a blinder the previous game. He liked to play hoof ball constantly to a lone striker who sometimes was about 5ft 6" tall. Never revealed what players were injured or how long they were expected to be sidelined which is fine but fans don't know whats going on and think he has simply fell out of favour. It was a very frustrating time to be a Walsall fan under Clarke and thats why the majority were happy to see him go. I hope things go well for you with him in charge and I will be watching with interest. Best of luck for the rest of the season. 

Interesting post, CP. Many here would say we had the polar opposite in our previous manager who never seemed to be able to select a team to combat the opposition let alone change it during the game. Best example I can think of is actually your home game when we left the pitch at half time two up and lost 4-3, mainly due to Clarke making four subs on the restart and going on to dominate the game while our staff just stood there and watched. We had a set pattern of play, 433 - and hardly ever deviated from it no matter what happened. It worked at first then we got sussed playing the same way week in, week out and teams would set up to stop us. So much for playing your strongest team every week.

I can see it's going to be a lot different with Clarke from what you're saying!

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