It is interesting that Devine was presented on the pitch before the Chester game. It could mean he is really good or, alternative ly, perhaps the club are trumpeting the youth policy because of recent criticism of the opportunities given to youngsters.
Do you have any memory of him from the Maidstone game, RLC?
We’ve signed up a few, Clarke, Wharton, Drysdale now Devine in part presumably to ensure we get a few crumbs when they move on. After the way Mellon has treated Gumbs, I’m not convinced that young players are best served by staying with us under the current regime.
With palios putting the emphasise on the youth to ballance the books . I would be suprised if we dont start using them . You look at how the youth are performing this season doing amazingly well . Still unbeaten . Meybe mm should look at a few of them.
Darlington’s manager moved to York half-way through Dawson’s loan period, it may be the replacement does not rate him. Doesn’t appear to have been pulling up any trees during his time there. If we could do some deal to get him off our books, it would be good, but if not we’re stuck with him until his contract runs out. Mellon gave him that deal so must accept some responsibility for it.
Don’t know if Archer was playing yesterday when Stourbridge got thumped by Macc. It would be wrong to have any great expectation of a player, who’s scoring freely but at a much lower level. MM has brought in Mangan, Alabi, Dunn, Waring and McDonagh as attackers already. In what other job would such a poor recruiting strategy let the person responsible stay in post?
I actually thought McDonagh looked OK when he came on yesterday and probably offers more than mangan or alabi at the moment, certainly in terms of workrate and movement. I agree the archer signing is very strange however, assuming it happens. Whatever the failings of his transfer strategy, it would be crazy to start questioning Mellon's position at this moment, just as we show signs of turning things around.
I agree the archer signing is very strange however, assuming it happens. Whatever the failings of his transfer strategy, it would be crazy to start questioning Mellon's position at this moment, just as we show signs of turning things around.
In terms of changing manager, at this point I agree that it’s not a good idea.
As AM was pointing out with Dawson and similar applies to Mellon in my view, their records might not attract such tolerance in a non-footballing job.
I'd love someone in the know to explain to me exactly what the club's transfer strategy is. We are told that all the budget has been spent but still players keep arriving every week without anyone departing. We have more than enough players (even without our promising youngsters) to fill every position, yet we have so many strikers we couldn't even fit them all on the bench never mind in the starting eleven.
As for the detailed recruitment since Micky arrived, we have signed Tollitt and Wallace (both long-term injuries), Rokka and Dawson (nowhere near even the bench), Waring, Alabi and Mangan (fringe players having little impact), McEveley and Dunn (inconsistent). Only Buxton and Norburn have been earning their money, although it's too early to judge Mottley-Henry and McDonagh. I expect at least four of the players mentioned to move on without playing again for the first team. We have been unlucky to see so little of Ben Tollitt, but for whatever reason, recruitment under Mellon has been poor, especially in comparison with Brabin, whose signings still provide most of the matchday squads..