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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Year 2021 Transfer Window on: January 17, 2021, 23:53:17 pm
Seems like Smith is indeed off to Bristol Rovers.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Home v Oxford Saturday 16.01.21 on: January 16, 2021, 11:06:30 am
That picture in the Chron seems convincing!

The zoomed in picture of one part of the pitch? I am not saying that its for certain, but I think if we were bang in form then we would probably be giving ourselves more time to try and get the game on.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Home v Oxford Saturday 16.01.21 on: January 16, 2021, 10:39:38 am
When was the last time we had a postponed fixture at home? I remember we have managed to get games on in some shocking conditions in seasons gone by. The cynic in me agrees that we are probably trying to buy some time for players to get fit etc.

Not that its a bad thing, we need our best XI available at all times if we are going to stay up!
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Year 2021 Transfer Window on: January 16, 2021, 10:34:37 am
The problem us we could say that about all our players. Put Adams in a side that feeds him the ball high up the pitch out wide and he would still be racking up assists. Give Sowerby a team that retains the ball and he would look better for us (although I appreciate he at least attempts to pass). Same issues could be said with Marshall, Holmes etc etc.

Same problem with our forwards, the problem for all of them is that we create so few clear cut chances for them as a side because we are on the back foot for the majority of each game. BAS has shown clear improvements in the last few games I think. But to come from U23 football from a premier league side where the ball barely leaves the ground to us is going to require a large adjustment.

I think you could bring in any forward and it would be unlikely they would reach double figures in this side. So because of that I try (not always easy) to cut them a little slack.

Even though Edmundson only has limited game time in his career the positive that I can see is that his ball retention looks good. That will be more tricky with limited bodies around him but hopefully that will help us.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Year 2021 Transfer Window on: January 13, 2021, 13:18:31 pm
There is a twitter rumour from a lower league reporter suggesting that some L1/L2/SPL teams after Harry Smith. The tweet suggests we are looking to cash in to strengthen the team.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Year 2021 Transfer Window on: December 22, 2020, 20:55:24 pm
Suggestions on Twitter that we are close to getting Lloyd jones back in whoís still currently a free agent.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Crowd trials on: September 22, 2020, 11:30:57 am
I am not sure which thread this fits in so thought I would add it in here. I saw today something on twitter that explained how the Ifollow money is divided currently. The home team gets all the revenue from the streams they sell for home games and the revenue from the first 500 streams purchased by the away side.

So for the smaller teams in the league who may not sell more than 500 streams for away games or sell just over they are going to get 0 income or close to 0 for each away game. Also the games in which you would expect sell out away ends dont benefit much more now, as most of the revenue will be going to the away club.

Another demonstration of how difficult it is going to be for so many clubs.

The article was taken from someone at Colchester i think. They said that from their home game against Bolton on Saturday that Bolton made more than they did. Colchester would normally take in around 54k in gate receipts but will get around 8k. Bolton will take in about 14k from their sales.

Just highlights how big a fluctuation it is on a game by game basis. I cant see how a lot of clubs can survive.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: September 18, 2020, 14:57:45 pm
Hopefully he replaces Missilou, who isnít even a footballer, he canít pass a ball 5 yards.

I think thats one of the issues. He can, but Curle dosnt want them to play 5 yard passes!
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: September 08, 2020, 17:44:25 pm
Itís pretty hard fo Nuttall to demonstrate target man ability When he hasnít played yet. 😂

haha this is true!

I am basing it off his record at previous clubs, last calendar year averaging 12 headers a game, won 35%. Compare that to Smith and Oliver who rack up mid 20's regularly and win around 50%.

Thats why I assume Curle says more to come from him and Seal. Got to be more involved without the ball etc.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: September 08, 2020, 10:08:38 am
I think we will bring in another target man up top, otherwise we are going to be overly reliant on Smith and neither Nuttall or Seal have currently demonstrated that sort of ability to be such a focal point.

As others have said though, I like the fact we have gone for a young player on a permanent who you would hope will develop with us in the structure we have.

A target man, a centre midfielder and another CB and i guess we are done. Still plenty of time in the window and beyond that. At least we have some options up top now.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: September 07, 2020, 10:03:35 am
I would make all the changes I could, but even then with the injuries we currently have we are limited with what we can do.

Mitchell
Marshall
Ballinger
Horsfall
Martin
Roberts
Lines
Watson
Warburton
Smith
Johnston

Something along those lines? Everyone that did not start on Saturday I would bring in!
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: September 05, 2020, 10:52:56 am
I know it was mentioned on here that Omar Bogle has gone to Crewe but it was actually Omar Beckles (a CB), just wanted to add that clarity! Would happily take Bogle here though as the forward to replace Morton, different types of player but with a target man next to him I think he would be fantastic.

I still think we will go in for another big man up top, I dont see Curle changing his style that greatly and Oliver averaged more headers than anyone in Europe per 90 minutes last season.... no way we now move to liquid football!

We still need 2 forwards, a centre midfielder and another CB. There is still time so obviously not like all is lost, but as it stands the squad definitely looks weaker than the end of last season in its totality.

I think Mills is the only clear definite upgrade so far.

You would think that as the season begins the players that are out of contract are going to start to reduce their demands more. Also prem / championship clubs will start to release more loanees. Hopefully KC will get more addtions before the league season starts.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: September 01, 2020, 19:08:23 pm
Bogle isnt the target man type as Smith or Oliver is, his aerial ability is actually not great for someone of his size. As has been mentioned, he has been on a downward curve the last few seasons. The championship seems to have been a step too far, no shame in that.

However looking back at his performances in L2, he tore it to pieces. Scored some goals truly outstanding goals. He needs to get his career back on track which is something we could offer potentially. But he prefers the ball at his feet, I wonder if our style would unlock his goal return from a few years back.

Would be an interesting signing though thats for sure.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Leyton Orient (h) Pre-season Friendly on: August 22, 2020, 12:19:24 pm
Carruthers career seems to have gone downhill the last few years. Not sure if thats due to injuries or off the field issues. But he has played a season in the championship and played plenty of L1 games. He offers something different so if he can return to anything like his former self could be an interesting one.

Definite no on German, we had him on loan years ago right?

No idea on the other two.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: August 13, 2020, 15:35:44 pm
It has filled my heart with joy that you have faith in KC and the back room staffs professionalism which is not in doubt.

Unfortunately your faith needs to be matched by hard cash investment for us to be able to compete for players at this level.



A salary cap was literally brought in within the last few days. Smart investment is required for us to compete at this level, not blowing our budget immediately.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: August 09, 2020, 13:24:46 pm
In League One we are that bigger club. It's surprising how much of a difference that that makes especially when he's 30...  Grin

Haha good point! I mean a bigger team in this division, but who can resist the lure of the mighty Teyn?!
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: August 09, 2020, 10:27:13 am
Delighted to get Mills in. FGR fans are pretty much unanimously praising him which is always a good sign. Experienced and a leader both good traits to bring in. He was seen largely as the best LWB last season in L2. I thought he would be going to a bigger club, fantastic signing!
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: August 07, 2020, 14:23:59 pm
No I was just tempering the enthusiasm of anyone expecting us to compete for the finished article/quality signings which in fairness KC has stated today...
We will be shopping in Aldi despite the cup run and bonus money made last year....


The last big name wage player we brought in was who? Kevin Van Veen maybe? The half season he came in for he had the worst season output for goals or assists of any striker we have had in the last 5 years. Marvin Sordell, a recognisable name from his time in the championship is second worst.

Morton, Marquis and Collins are in the top 5 and yet were all loan signings, were they Aldi signings?

Can we please stop with all the unnecessary negativity, we just got promoted and the transfer window still has 2 months to go!
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: August 06, 2020, 15:06:50 pm
There are bigger clubs than gillingham in for the Portsmouth striker.
If we couldnít match gillingham(who have a bottom 4 budget) we have no chance of signing anyone decent.

Iíve said before the inconvenient truth is our current owners do not have the finance to run us as a league one club (they hadnít last time we were in league one citing the need for extra investment , and they havenít now)

We will struggle to get league one quality players and end up back in league two.

I see no chance of anything changing under the current ownership.

Why is it though that we couldnt match what they offered and simply decided not to? Just for example Gillingham offered 3k a week, purely throwing out a figure, i dont imagine it to be that high! Its Curle and the clubs job to decide whether or not they deem that to be worth that wage. I would suggest not spending a larger percentage of our wage budget on a striker who scores 5 goals a season not to be a bad thing. Would you consider that to be that we cannot match a wage offer, or simply do not want to?

Its how you see it i guess.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dismantling the squad on: August 06, 2020, 10:42:06 am
To me the biggest issue was losing Wilder in the title winning side. It meant a new boss came in with his own ideas, wanted his own players etc. The players that are still here know what Curle wants and expects, so thats already a leg up on our previous promotion. Players were frozen out almost immediately by Page as confirmed by Byrom and Cresswell. So that would have caused issues immediately.

Also the loanees we had come in that season went on to become highly valued commodities in the likes of Marquis and Collins, one of which we had to sign again. If we can get Morton back on loan then thats another huge plus, hopefully Wharton also. I dont think anyone can compare Oliver to either Collins or Marquis in terms of ability though.

I dont consider this the same as the previous promotion dismantling. The new signings are going to suit the way we have played in the last 18 months, Curle isnt going to change his stripes now. The investment we made in old players ala Matt Taylor, Revell and Zakuani who we relied on heavily was a mistake. I cannot see us making the same mistakes and as such remain confident.
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