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18 hours ago, dishydave said:
19 hours ago, LancyTony said:
Could be - you have almost 10 years over me. And I actually understand you thinking that we may have too many coaches - but, if you break it down, like this: 
Will we get a well-trained team without a coach? Probably not?
If we bring in just 1 coach, will he be an all-rounder, or a specialist? Probably an all-rounder won't be as good as a specialist - but, then we need a specialist for each discipline...so that's 4.
Then, are these coaches going to be training the youngsters, too, or do we need coaches who specialise in training and developing kids?
It soon mounts up, Geoff...and that's not even considering fitness, etc!  I believe we're finally putting a good foundation in place. Fingers crossed!

The bizarre thing is we only have a strength and conditioning coach for the first team at the minute so I'd say we're light in that department

 

18 hours ago, 1 said:

You walk down the stone steps, as darkness surrounds the air around you with an eerie, menacing silence. You dare not make a sound as you tip-toe through the maze of seemingly abandoned corridors. You hug your withered parchment to your chest as you scurry through, careful not to drop it in this cruel and hostile place.

Some say these crumbling tunnels were used long ago, but that is legend by now, and those who had uttered it have long since perished without a scrap of evidence to cling to. But you believe. You have to believe.

After what seems like hours of oppressive cold and blinding blackness pressing against your eyes, you see a faint glow in the deep, blurry distance. Hurrying hunchbacked towards it, you see the twinkle of sharp, icy, steel locks, bolts and hinges - apparent only through the dancing rays of a flickering torch light standing guard.

As your piercing pupils dart wildly across the sight in front of you, your mouth instinctively free-falls. Bewilderment, elation and excitement explodes in your heart. There is a sign decorating the door, carved into rippling wood. You recognise it as the graceful oak tree that stood until recently out in the daylight. Its ceremonial chopping could mean only one thing, so the myth goes. It was planted on the day of Port Vale’s last successful transfer window, in bountiful days seldom remembered. The eager hands that tended the soil that day could not have imagined the sandy, desert wasteland that would ensue before it could be uprooted, and celebrations could begin. The pain. The hurt. But here it was, felled, etched and mounted. Even in the dim embers, it was clear as day.

The dusty, charred-brown parchment still tightly scrunched in your fist, you bang frantically on the echoing, ominous door to confirm your hopes and dreams. A face suddenly emerges in the hatch. It is walled on all sides by an uncompromising metal sheen, but this is no match for the glint of determined hunger in the eyes meeting your gaze. “Welcome to the transfer operation centre war room battle planning strategic hub analytical intelligence centre” exclaimed a gruff bark. “2.0” came a equally passionate voice from inside the secure room “we did have a conference centre set out upstairs.” “Enough of this time-wasting” interrupted the first person “pass through the missing piece.” In a state of existential shock, awestruck glee and vindicated, renewed belief, you hastily push the precious merchandise through the hole and a swift hand snatches it from your grasp like a venomous snakebite.

You don’t mind that the frail parchment is pulled through suddenly and the reinforced hatch gets slammed in short order behind it. They have a job to do and you are simply thankful to be included, even if fleetingly.

As you skip away with a glowing sense of accomplishment, the day was only just beginning inside the chamber, despite the sun setting in a purple haze out amongst the clouds. Technology the world has never seen, experts from all over the globe and newly designed techniques fashioned solely for this ambitious purpose are all being employed on a vast warehouse floor bustling with earnest activity. Above them are two sultry figures, standing arms folded on their balcony, watching it all unfold below with a cunning, collective curl of the lip. As they unveil the image on the parchment with a flourished unrolling, they turn to each other and nod with mirrored, gleaming smiles.

Holding the four corners between them, with a glowing sense of endeavour that only a plan in action can provide, they stick it right in the centre of a whiteboard populated with hundreds of dog-eared mugshots of players. Some were crinkled, the creases telling tales of being passed around in anxious musing. Some were scratched out in fury, others circled with fervour, but each and all lead to this moment. Every hopeful little face has been reviewed and categorised, but none hold a candle to this missing link. This beautiful, diamond in the rough. Some will be honoured with a supporting role to the main act, but it’s painstakingly obvious to everyone in the bunker where Vale’s future lies. As the puppet-masters step back and admire their completed mission, they simultaneously burst into tears in fierce anticipation of the masterpiece fans are about to experience. They fold into a heap of released emotion. With their last morsel of energy they stare up into the eyes of the man who will single-handedly lead the Valiants away from League 2 obscurity. They grab their comrade’s shoulders, shaking, giggling and fighting back joyous screams. Then quietly ... they whisper in one united breath ... “Theo is the one.”

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On 17/05/2021 at 19:34, Tony Rodriguez said:

Presumably Brexit means we can no longer go shopping on the Continent as Mr Rudge occasionally did? It is not a subject I have heard mentioned anywhere.  

Good point. I don’t know, it does not seem to have impacted on the top clubs bringing in guys from abroad. 
 

I mean I believe movement of people remains as it was if you have employment, as Johnson had to make a hasty concession to get his deal. 
 

The downside for us is that you cannot reside in say, Spain with a second home for longer than 180 days or something like that. 
 

Although I’m with you, I’d like clarity. 

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1 hour ago, Rockape99 said:

The lack of rumours coming out of Vale Park is deafening. Moles are no more .

No news about anything re, the club. Can tell it is the end of the season.

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Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed? I don't wish to sound panicky, but with such a large 'culling' of previous personnel, I would have expected there to be some sort of a plan for 'oven-ready' replacements in the pipeline.

My biggest concern is that the longer it goes before any new squad members are recruited, the nearer it becomes to the start of next season and I would hope that we are not then making last-minute signings in desperation to have a totally new squad for next season!

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3 minutes ago, Bycarsbill said:

Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed? I don't wish to sound panicky, but with such a large 'culling' of previous personnel, I would have expected there to be some sort of a plan for 'oven-ready' replacements in the pipeline.

My biggest concern is that the longer it goes before any new squad members are recruited, the nearer it becomes to the start of next season and I would hope that we are not then making last-minute signings in desperation to have a totally new squad for next season!

Not concerned really as most players are still under contract until the end of the month, the play-offs arent completed yet, and there is very little movement elsewhere. Also factor in the clubs with no manager at the moment such as Tranmere, FGR, Orient, Bradford etc.....

I expect we will see a lot of movement inbound in a couple of weeks time.

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2 minutes ago, Bycarsbill said:

Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed? I don't wish to sound panicky, but with such a large 'culling' of previous personnel, I would have expected there to be some sort of a plan for 'oven-ready' replacements in the pipeline.

My biggest concern is that the longer it goes before any new squad members are recruited, the nearer it becomes to the start of next season and I would hope that we are not then making last-minute signings in desperation to have a totally new squad for next season!

Yes, as we need to be signing about 3 players a week for the ideal of everyone in place for the start of pre-season training. Nothing is ideal of course, but would like some moves in the right direction to give confidence that aims are achievable.

(Currently more concerned about getting a builder to look at my cracked rendering, with several already booked up until August 2022!)

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3 minutes ago, mikey said:

Not concerned really as most players are still under contract until the end of the month, the play-offs arent completed yet, and there is very little movement elsewhere. Also factor in the clubs with no manager at the moment such as Tranmere, FGR, Orient, Bradford etc.....

I expect we will see a lot of movement inbound in a couple of weeks time.

Exactly this. Clarke even alluded to the play-offs in an interview.

Say 3 of the unsuccessful teams have players out of contract then we could be in for them. Were they to go up they may stay with their current club.

It is a waiting game. 

There may even be a Blackpool,Oxford, Sunderland or Lincoln player we have on the radar .

Patience is needed .

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Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed? I don't wish to sound panicky, but with such a large 'culling' of previous personnel, I would have expected there to be some sort of a plan for 'oven-ready' replacements in the pipeline.
My biggest concern is that the longer it goes before any new squad members are recruited, the nearer it becomes to the start of next season and I would hope that we are not then making last-minute signings in desperation to have a totally new squad for next season!
It's been less than 2 weeks since our last game. Jesus wept!
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39 minutes ago, Bycarsbill said:

Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed? I don't wish to sound panicky, but with such a large 'culling' of previous personnel, I would have expected there to be some sort of a plan for 'oven-ready' replacements in the pipeline.

My biggest concern is that the longer it goes before any new squad members are recruited, the nearer it becomes to the start of next season and I would hope that we are not then making last-minute signings in desperation to have a totally new squad for next season!

Tbf just because things aren't announced it doesn't mean we aren't signing players

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I personally wouldn't be too worried right now. Ideally we'd like the core of the squad in for the start of pre-season training but there's plenty of time ahead of that.

Isn't this traditionally the time when nothing happens, players take a break / go on holiday etc.

I would imagine there's been informal talks (after all that's clearly what happened with Monty and Livingston - he obviously didn't agree that move within 48 hours of being released) and when players finish their holidays there will be an initial batch announced.

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1 hour ago, Bycarsbill said:

Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed? I don't wish to sound panicky, but with such a large 'culling' of previous personnel, I would have expected there to be some sort of a plan for 'oven-ready' replacements in the pipeline.

My biggest concern is that the longer it goes before any new squad members are recruited, the nearer it becomes to the start of next season and I would hope that we are not then making last-minute signings in desperation to have a totally new squad for next season!

Nope.

No one is doing business right now. Been about 5 transfers across 92 teams.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/transfers

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1 hour ago, Bycarsbill said:

Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed?

Chill Bill

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Is anyone else getting a bit concerned that after such a massive clearout, not one single replacement has yet to be revealed? I don't wish to sound panicky, but with such a large 'culling' of previous personnel, I would have expected there to be some sort of a plan for 'oven-ready' replacements in the pipeline.
My biggest concern is that the longer it goes before any new squad members are recruited, the nearer it becomes to the start of next season and I would hope that we are not then making last-minute signings in desperation to have a totally new squad for next season!
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