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« on: May 03, 2024, 12:22:24 pm »

As much as we keep hearing good news, work starting on the stand, biggest attendances in decades , new investor on board
On the pitch the ambition is to again avoid relegation, not me saying it, the club saying it
I shall renew my season ticket as I always do, but it would be nice to gear 'we will be pushing for the play offs'. I suppose I have an agenda against the club by posting this 🙄
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2024, 12:51:49 pm »

Can you quote the source for this please?
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2024, 12:57:02 pm »

Yes, avoid relegation with the aim of becoming an established division 1 club to give a fully appraisal of what JB said. I think we could concur with those thoughts as we are unlikely to be getting too close to the promotion places unless we have an outstanding transfer window.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2024, 13:05:24 pm »

I think itís a fair challenge.

Perhaps they could phrase it differently as our ambition is to establish ourselves in L1 properly and the look to push on?
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2024, 13:25:21 pm »

With a £3m budget, now that Chelts have gone, we will have the lowest budget in the league, so yes itís some challenge to avoid relegation.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2024, 13:34:46 pm »

My ambitions for next season :
Essential - avoid relegation
Desirable - win more than we lose and become an established League One side
Hoped for - push for the play offs
Beyond my wildest dreams - a championship season


However, I am a realist, even if I do enjoy the occasional dream.
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2024, 14:48:12 pm »

My ambition for next season, is to find:
two new keepers
three new strikers
A creative number 10
A proper wide man with pace
Then mould this lot into a cohesive unit for the start of the season, hit the ground running, and jobs a good un.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2024, 14:56:38 pm »

I'd be more than happy with a similar season to the one we've just had to be honest.
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2024, 14:57:10 pm »

Surely the only ambition should be to keep improving?

If we finished lower than 14th next season it would be a backward step right? Or are the masses still going to accept a 20th placed finish next season as a marvellous achievement?
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2024, 15:00:04 pm »

Surely the only ambition should be to keep improving?

If we finished lower than 14th next season it would be a backward step right? Or are the masses still going to accept a 20th placed finish next season as a marvellous achievement?

Excellent question.

I think context of the league next season should be taken into account probably.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2024, 15:03:25 pm »

13th next season for me please.
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2024, 15:38:38 pm »

My ambition for next season, is to find:
two new keepers
three new strikers
A creative number 10
A proper wide man with pace
Then mould this lot into a cohesive unit for the start of the season, hit the ground running, and jobs a good un.

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16th or better.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2024, 15:46:07 pm »

My ambitions for next season :
Essential - avoid relegation
Desirable - win more than we lose and become an established League One side
Hoped for - push for the play offs
Beyond my wildest dreams - a championship season


However, I am a realist, even if I do enjoy the occasional dream.

Actually, I have another one, a realistic one - to be top of our section (probably the middle one) of the league table. We held 11th place for good number of games this season, I'd be happy with that again. If we did a Lincoln and flirted with the play offs for a spell, that would be nice, but let's get embedded in League One. Then build from there.
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2024, 16:13:25 pm »

My ambition for next season, is to find:
two new keepers
three new strikers
A creative number 10
A proper wide man with pace
Then mould this lot into a cohesive unit for the start of the season, hit the ground running, and jobs a good un.

As you perhaps hint at, we need a very good transfer window .
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2024, 17:49:52 pm »

Realistically all of these will have significantly bigger budgets than us. Assuming who might drop from the championship.

Bolton
Barnsley
Reading
Charlton
Birmingham
Huddersfield
Stockport
Wrexham
Wigan

So finishing mid table, to top half of the table, would be quite an achievement..

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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2024, 18:38:08 pm »

To 'avoid relegation' is no ambition at all. Eat at the altar of emperors using only a spoon whilst quaffing on virgins mucus. Now that is more like it.
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« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2024, 18:40:17 pm »

With League 1 likely to be even stronger next season, another 14th place finish would be no mean achievement. A top half finish would be real progress.
Obviously so much depends on recruitment, bringing in quality players and maintaining the team spirit of the present squad.
I hope JB can keep sending out the team to play on the front foot whilst continuing to develop a more expansive passing game.
Lastly I hope we can test opposition goalkeepers more, something we often fail to do even in games we dominate.
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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2024, 18:54:45 pm »

We'll be 18th in attendances next year assuming we manage to maintain the highest attendances we've ever had at sixfields, and our budget will be around there (It was 17th this year, so 20th seems a reasonable guess).

So we will have to punch above our weight again, but Brady has done that for 3 consecutive years now.
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2024, 20:05:25 pm »

We'll be 18th in attendances next year assuming we manage to maintain the highest attendances we've ever had at sixfields, and our budget will be around there (It was 17th this year, so 20th seems a reasonable guess).


All sounds about right to me, with top end clubs having at least double our budget. So as far as ambition goes does it really matter, the higher the ambition you just trade the likelihood of it actually happening. Any position next year is possible itís just all probability, itís fine to aim for something realistic and itís fine to hope for something better if less likely.
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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2024, 20:37:25 pm »

Derby budget this season was apparently £17m!
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