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12 minutes ago, Brian said:

Reckon Taylor and Hurst will be expected to benefit from a proper preseason, and be first choices come August.

If Conlon and Taylor can hit the goals next season as they've done previously at their best, they would be a formidable attacking duo with a solid defensive midfielder behind them and Devante, Wozza and a new striker up front. It's all to play for. 

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Depends if you want the squad to include a 'luxury' player, whose main attribute is the capability of producing match-winning moments in games, or just fill the squad entirely with outfield players that will run their b0ll0cks off for 90 minutes?
I can't remember the last time he did that

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A few things to mention on going forward. Interesting that he asked for patience from the fans on recruitment. Sounds like things either might go quiet for a bit or they drip feed the signings in over the summer. I like the idea of a bus turning up one day, the doors open, Jim Gannon runs off it screaming and 15 new footballers get out. 

Thats my number one fantasy right now to be honest...

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No real surprises with Whitehead, Burgess and Theo. I'm sure they knew the writing was on the wall.

I'm really excited by the opportunities a huge squad change brings. I'm intrigued what style and pattern of play we will adopt next season. DC always says winning football whenever asked but the players recruited will  give us a big clue about the Flickers/ DC era.

I just hope we don't bring in another lot of journeyman BUT I trust the process and would be amazed if we did. I expect we will make VP as wide as possible to create a home advantage and recruits with that in mind.

#RZlegend

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8 hours ago, Rampant Zebra said:

In my biased opinion I am beginning to suspect that this is not about what is best for Port Vale Football Club, this is just about proving a point for Clarke. I think he is quick to take the credit for success but quick to blame others if it goes wrong. We will recruit players who are clever enough to say what they think he wants to hear.

Wow that is all

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10 hours ago, darren1810 said:

Exactly Lancy. I personally am disappointed to see Browny go, i think it's purely an age thing with him.

I was also sad to see Neal leave and Alnwick.

The king is dead long live the king.

Of those three, I think Alnwick would have turned out to be the better keeper!

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4 hours ago, Rocky said:

 

Naylor was technically gifted, he wasn't as good as Bogie in that sense but for a small striker, some of his first touches were incredible. I think people forget just how great he was for us. 

His flick up and shot here against Birmingham was outrageous. You could argue Mills and Naylor were our best front pair.

 

That Mills headed equaliser against Stoke in '97... I remember sat in the Bycars thinking of all the abuse I was going to get in school by Stoke fans the next day and then Mills pops up in front of the keeper. Those atmospheres were electric against Stoke.

 

Great video - and three great goals. Think it was that game when Trevor Francis left the ground saying it was unacceptable to lose to teams like Port Vale. Hopefully, we'll be doing it again 😀👍

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28 minutes ago, LancyTony said:

Of those three, I think Alnwick would have turned out to be the better keeper!

Yes he could have been the long term keeper but hey ho.

I’m really interested to see who Clarke gets to replace Brown because he was a seasoned, successful, well-liked pro who could have done a good job next season. Don’t get me wrong I would have released him too, but it would have been easy to just offer him a new deal.

We seem to be in a place now where we won’t accept players who can just do an acceptable job; Clarke wants players who will do a good job. That’s a huge difference.

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Yes he could have been the long term keeper but hey ho.
I’m really interested to see who Clarke gets to replace Brown because he was a seasoned, successful, well-liked pro who could have done a good job next season. Don’t get me wrong I would have released him too, but it would have been easy to just offer him a new deal.
We seem to be in a place now where we won’t accept players who can just do an acceptable job; Clarke wants players who will do a good job. That’s a huge difference.
We have been waiting for this as a club for a long time.

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2 hours ago, 1 said:

Yes he could have been the long term keeper but hey ho.

I’m really interested to see who Clarke gets to replace Brown because he was a seasoned, successful, well-liked pro who could have done a good job next season. Don’t get me wrong I would have released him too, but it would have been easy to just offer him a new deal.

We seem to be in a place now where we won’t accept players who can just do an acceptable job; Clarke wants players who will do a good job. That’s a huge difference.

If we end up with a first team squad of players who will do a good job, that will be a mahooosive difference!!

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7 hours ago, Playa Amodores said:

Joe, I agree with your point on Burgess. I thought that the 2019/2020 season him and Taylor complemented each other and it was a decent partnership. That’s why I was disappointed that Taylor went off to Scunthorpe at the beginning of last season. 

Totally agree that both Burgess and Taylor were superb last term, a real bonus. What on earth has happened to the pair of them?The amount of quality work (and running) they did was epitomised at the Etihad, I do hope Clarke has a keeper in mind? brown in my opinion would have done a job, perhaps bring in a younger guy to share the workload?

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I like Burgess, he has some ability, but boy is he lightweight. And doesn't seem to have toughened up over the past few years. His 50-50s become 60-40s or 75-25s. Sometimes ìt seems like a hard stare is enough for him to lose the challenge. Exaggeration I know, but imagine what he could be with a dash of Conlon, Gibbo or even Worrall about him...

And Taylor a massive disappointment since his return. Hopefully he can add a bit of steel and get back to competing, chasing, covering as if hìs life depended on it, and sniffing out a goal with late runs ìn his spare time.

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I think with Taylor teams have realised that if you knock him about a bit he slips out of the game and doesn't seem to want the ball. Maybe just a lack of confidence from his scunthorpe loan but whatever it is he needs to improve and I'm sure he will

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22 hours ago, LancyTony said:

It's generally acknowledged that the squad was too big, by at least 5 players? So those don't need to be replaced, and their wages will go towards bringing in the better players we need. For the first time, "Quality, not quantity" looks like it could happen!

Still think my point is valid.... we need around 15 players... how to attract 15 better players than those we ve released is still an open question in my mind... we may get a couple of better players over the line but 15...., I hope I m wrong but can’t see it myself.

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1 hour ago, andy jones said:

Clarke has bravely gone for a massive cull. Now we will really find out if the grass is greener on the other side.

Certainly hope it is, because there's no Pope or Scott Brown to save us if it isn't.

I wouldn’t call it brave. It was sensible given how poor this squad has performed and that the better players are now way past their best. 

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